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FBI Director James Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to a Portland Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program
FBI - Oregon - 04/04/14
On Friday, April 4, 2014, FBI Director James Comey presented the Director's Community Leadership Award to the Second Chance Program run by Big Brothers, Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. Tami Wallis, the Second Chance program manager, accepted the award from Director Comey during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters. Second Chance is a program that pairs adult mentors with youths ages 12 to 17 who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system.

"We know that some kids need the help and opportunities offered by programs such as Second Chance to break the cycle of bad choices that lead them into the justice system," said Gregory T. Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These mentors truly care about encouraging and supporting these youth as they work to get an education, gain life skills, and find the path to a successful and productive life as a member of our shared community. We are proud to have nominated Big Brothers, Big Sisters' Second Chance program, and we applaud the work they do."

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

Volunteers who work with the Second Chance program at Big Brothers, Big Sisters commit to meeting with their matched youth at least three to four times a month over at least an 18-month time period. Each volunteer must pass a background check and participate in training specifically designed to help them deal with the challenges of helping these youth transition back into the community. They also receive continuing guidance, training, and resources.

"I was matched last August with a 17-year-old and have experienced positive experiences together--laughing, car dancing at red lights, singing at the top of our lungs, watching movies, and just talking. After several months, she texted me asking for help. This was significant because it meant she could trust and depend on me. Now, she just calls me for fun. She definitely brings me joy, and I feel like our relationship is bringing her joy as well," said Caresse, a Big Sister.

Since Big Brothers, Big Sisters established the Second Chance program in 2010, it has supported more than 43 youth from throughout the Portland Metro area. The program is seeing big improvements in those children in terms of social confidence (up 67 percent), scholastic competence (up 100 percent), educational expectations (up 100 percent), grades (up 50 percent), and parental trust (maintained or up 83 percent).

Second Chance mentors include adults previously involved in the justice system, educators, lawyers, police officers, members of the faith-based community, and others who have a passion for working with older at-risk youth.

Media may download a high resolution image at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2013/portland

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FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/02/14
John Doe 28 photos
John Doe 28 photos
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public across the country and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side.

** There are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown. **

The suspect appears to be a white man, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: ECAP Fact Sheet , Operation Rescue Me Fact Sheet , John Doe 28 poster , John Doe 28 photos
Gregory T. Bretzing Named Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/31/14
FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
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Director James B. Comey has selected Gregory T. Bretzing to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI's Portland Division. Mr. Bretzing most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bretzing began his career as an FBI special agent in 1995 and reported to the Phoenix Field Office, Sierra Vista Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, corruption and violent crime matters. He was the case agent of a large, multinational organized crime and corruption case and received the Office of National Drug Control Policy National Task Force Investigation of the Year award, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator's Award.

In September 2000, Mr. Bretzing was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division's Money Laundering Unit at FBI Headquarters. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, he was instrumental in tracing funds used by the hijackers to carry out the attack.

Mr. Bretzing was promoted in August 2002 to unit chief in the Terrorist Financing Operations Section. He was recognized for his work by the CIA and received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for his contributions to the FBI's counterterrorism efforts.
In January 2004, Mr. Bretzing transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he managed the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in September 2007 and led the office's Criminal Branch. In August 2009, he was assigned as the FBI on-scene commander in Afghanistan, where he served for four months.

In December 2009, Mr. Bretzing returned to Salt Lake City as the assistant special agent in charge and assumed responsibility for Salt Lake City's National Security Branch in July 2010. Mr. Bretzing was appointed as an inspector in August 2012.

He attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor's degree in accounting.
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Attached Media Files: FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
Update: Missing 14 year old male FOUND
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/14
UPDATE: Subject has been located and returned. We thank the public for their assistance.

A 14 year old male went missing from 210 Tacoma St. near Merlin about 4:23pm today. We are seeking the public's assistance in helping to locate this male.

MISSING: 14 year old male, 5'9" tall, weighs about 150 lbs., last seen wearing grey, knee length shorts with vertical white stripes on the sides of them and a grey and white hooded Mexican Poncho.

If you see this male please do not approach him but call 541-476-3302 ext.5
Southern Oregon Residents Encouraged To Prepare for Wildfire Season
Medford Fire-Rescue - 04/17/14
All indicators predict that Southern Oregon will experience a longer and more severe than normal fire season this year. Residents living in wildfire risk areas are encouraged to take the opportunity now to prepare their properties and homes for the threat that will occur later. Experts say as many as 80% of homes lost to wildfires could have been saved if their owners implemented a few simple fire-safe practices. Of the homes that burn in wildfires across our nation each year, over 90% of the losses are attributed to small spot-fires or flying embers that initially ignite the home. Providing defensible space and reducing home ignition hazards are essential elements in creating the best defense against wildfire. Preparing before fire season not only reduces the threat to your property, but also reduces the overall risk to the community surrounding you.

Here are some good rules of thumb for making your property more wildfire resistant:

The Home
* Remove combustible debris from on top of roof and decks/porches
* Clean out rain gutters and consider replacing vinyl gutters with non-combustible gutters
* Install screening on vents using corrosion resistant maximum 1/8" grid wire mesh to prevent embers from entering the attic and underfloor areas
* Consider installing non-combustible siding, or if not possible, caulk/fill any voids where embers could collect
* Clean out combustible debris from under decks and consider installing solid skirting around the bottom of decks
* Trim trees to provide a min. 10' horizontal to chimneys and any part of the house

0-5 feet around the Perimeter of the Home
* Eliminate highly flammable vegetation and other combustible items that wind-blown embers could ignite close to the home (shrubs and trees are not recommended in this zone)
* Remove any dead vegetation or accumulation of combustible debris
* Relocate plastic garbage and recycle containers
* Consider making this a fire-free zone (non-combustible ground covering or concrete)

5-30 feet around the Perimeter of the Home
* Maintain green landscaping by ensuring it is watered
* Keep weeds and grasses cut to a maximum of 2" high
* Trees and shrubs should be in well spaced groupings and well maintained.
* Reduce or replace as much as the flammable vegetation as possible with fire resistive vegetation
* Eliminate ladder fuels below trees (vegetation below tree crowns that will spread fire up into the tree crown)
* Trees should have a 15' minimum horizontal spacing between crowns, with the distance of the spacing increasing with an increase in slope
* Prune limbs or branches to a minimum height of 15', or 1/3 the tree height for shorter trees
* Relocate propane tanks at least 30' from the home. Create a defensible space around the tank (at least 10' clearance to combustible materials)
* Locate smaller firewood piles at least 30' from your home

30-100 feet and beyond the Perimeter of the Home
* Thin small trees, keep larger ones, and remove dead or fallen trees
* Eliminate ladder fuels below trees (vegetation below tree crowns that will spread fire up into the tree crown)
* Locate large firewood piles a minimum of 100' and uphill from your home
* If you live on a slope or hill, you may need to double or even triple this safety zone

Medford Fire-Rescue offers free home evaluations for anyone living in the wildfire risk areas within our jurisdiction. The goal of these evaluations is to educate and advise homeowners about mitigation efforts they can take to make their properties more wildfire resistant. To schedule a free home evaluation, call 541-774-2300.

For more information about steps you can take to reduce the risk of wildfire on your property, visit our office or our website at:

http://www.ci.medford.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=343


Attached Media Files: Media Release 4-17-14
911 Dispatcher Karen Greenstein Celebration of Life
Medford Fire-Rescue - 03/30/14
On behalf of Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) Director Margie Moulin -

CELEBRATION OF LIFE TO BE HELD FOR KAREN GREENSTEIN
A celebration of life will be held for Karen Greenstein on Saturday, April 5th at 11 a.m. at Ashland High School. Friends, family and Emergency Service workers from all agencies are invited to attend. Uniformed personnel are encouraged to wear Class A uniforms.

Karen was the victim of a traffic accident early Thursday morning on Interstate 5. Karen was a much-loved member of the Emergency Services community, having served the citizens of Jackson County for more than 20 years as an emergency dispatcher. During her career, Karen touched countless lives. She is remembered as personable, compassionate and professional. Her confident and steady voice, and ability to remain cool under pressure carried many of our citizens and first responders through stressful situations.

Margie Moulin, Director of Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon notes that, "Karen's smile, laughter and natural ability to help others will never be forgotten. Her service to this community has helped countless people through their darkest hour, and brought calm to the most difficult situations. She will be forever imprinted on the hearts of those of us in public safety, and those whose lives she has touched throughout her career."

Karen loved her life in the community of Ashland, and volunteered for numerous local organizations including Friends of the Animal Shelter and the Ashland Film Festival. She was an avid reader, fitness buff and was an Ashland fixture, frequently seen walking her beloved dogs, Murphy and Billy Jo. She is survived by her husband Bill, her daughter Amanda and her sister Linda.
Wanted Fugitive Avoids Capture, Two Others Wanted Out of Wheeler County Arrested Following Elude & Search west of Roseburg (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) & Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) are asking for the public's help to locate a dangerous, wanted felon who avoided capture Wednesday afternoon following an attempt to elude west of the Roseburg area. Law enforcement cautions the public to not approach this person if seen and to call 9-1-1 or OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 800-442-2068 with information about his whereabouts.

HIRAM SAMUEL CUNNINGHAM, age 30, from Sutherlin, is wanted on numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants out of Douglas, Lane and Jackson counties. CUNNINGHAM is described as a white male, 6'2", 170 pounds, with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He is known to wear disguises including a wig and reading style glasses to avoid being recognized. He is known to carrying firearms, is potentially violent, and has previously eluded arrest.

On April 23, 2014 at approximately 4:04 p.m., two OSP detectives in a marked OSP pickup traveling northbound on Interstate 5 in the Roseburg area recognized CUNNINGHAM driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala four door with two other occupants. The Chevrolet took exit 125 and turned west onto NW Garden Valley Boulevard where detectives attempted a traffic stop.

CUNNINGHAM drove into a mall parking lot and fled at a high rate of speed through the parking lot. After returning to NW Garden Valley Boulevard, he attempted to elude the detectives and responding troopers at speeds over 100 mph along Old Garden Valley Road for approximately five miles when OSP officers lost sight of the car.

As officers from OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and Roseburg Police Department (RPD) searched the area for the car, it was spotted abandoned near Capital Lane. OSP detectives contacted two people on foot and confirmed they were passengers in the car. Both people were confirmed wanted on felony warrants out Wheeler County for Fail to Appear - Dangerous Drugs. They were identified as CHANTEL DAWN WOODY, age 26, and BROGAN JOHN DELIA, age 22, both from Fossil. Both were later lodged in the Douglas County Jail.

Officers assisted by DCSO and RPD K-9 teams searched the area of Capital Lane and Old Garden Valley Road until about 8:00 p.m. when they discontinued their search.

Photographs - Douglas County Sheriff's Office

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Cave Junction Man Arrested For Assault Following Stabbing During Altercation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 22-year old man following a Wednesday afternoon altercation and stabbing in Cave Junction.

On April 23, 2014 at approximately 4:23 p.m., an altercation occurred between two men who lived in separate trailers at 5646 Rockydale Road in Cave Junction. During the altercation, BRIAN FLETCHER ELLINGTON JR, age 22, allegedly stabbed JOSH NELSON, age 27. NELSON's injury was non-life threatening.

A 9-1-1 call was transferred to OSP Southern Command Center dispatch and OSP troopers were dispatched to the area to assist medical responders and start an investigation. Both men were transported by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

OSP detectives responded to the hospital to contact both men. Subsequent investigation led detectives to arrest ELLINGTON for Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use/Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. ELLINGTON was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the charges.

NELSON was treated and released.

Photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Oregon State Medical Examiner Released 2013 Drug-Related Death Statistics (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/24/14
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Note: Provided in links with this release is:
#1 - "Drug Related Deaths Totals for 2003 - 2013"
#2 - Drug Related Deaths for 2013 by County lising at least one death

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Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson released 2013 drug-related death statistics reflecting one fewer death from last year and a near 7 percent drop from 2012 when deaths reached their highest level since 2000. Preliminary drug-related death statistics showed the lowest number of Cocaine-related deaths and highest number of Methamphetamine-related deaths since 2000.

Drug-related death statistics indicate 222 deaths in 2013, down less than one percent from 223 deaths reported in 2012. These deaths are associated with the use of Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, or a combination use of those drugs. Three years ago in 2011, Oregon reported the highest number of drug-related deaths when 240 people needlessly died from the abuse of illicit drugs.

A review of last year's 222 reported deaths and their frequency of use reflected:

* 123 Methamphetamine-related deaths, a 32 percent increase over the previous year's reported 93 deaths and the highest recorded since the beginning of 2000. More than 55 percent of all drug-related deaths were associated with methamphetamine use. Multnomah County noted a 62 percent increase in this category with 45 recorded deaths, up from 28 deaths last year.

* Heroin-related deaths (111) were a 25 percent decrease from the previous year's reported 147 deaths, which was the highest number since the beginning of 2000. More than half (65) of heroin-related deaths happened in Multnomah County, and Clackamas County recorded 13 deaths which is an increase from last year's eight recorded deaths in this category.

* Cocaine-related deaths (12) were the fewest recorded since the beginning of 2000 and a 35 percent decrease from the previous year's 19 reported deaths. The highest number was reported in 2000 when 69 people died from illicit use in this category. Cocaine-related deaths occurred only in Multnomah (9), Lincoln, Malheur, and Yamhill counties.

* Combination of drug use deaths (26) dropped 20 percent and was the second fewest since the beginning of 2000.

Dr. Gunson noted the majority of methamphetamine-related deaths are not overdoses but actually related to some other event such as traffic crashed, drowning or other traumatic event. Methamphetamine use is also linked to seizures and sudden elevation in blood pressure which can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Forty-five percent of drug-related deaths in 2013 happened in Multnomah County, a drop of one death compared to last year's 103 deaths.

Counties with notable increases include:

* Clackamas County: 13 (2012) to 17 (2013) - thirteen were heroin-related
* Columbia County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) - three were methamphetamine-related
* Coos County: 4 (2012) to 8 (2013) - six were methamphetamine-related
* Josephine County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) - three were methamphetamine-related
* Lane County: 15 (2012) to 20 (2013) - thirteen were methamphetamine-related
* Linn County: 1 (2012) to 6 (2013) - five were methamphetamine-related
* Polk & Umatilla County: 0 (2012) to 3 (2013) - five of their 6 combined deaths were methamphetamine-related

Counties with notable decreases include:

* Clatsop County: 4 (2012) to 1 (2013)
* Jackson County: 19 (2012) to 11 (2013) - seven were heroin-related
* Marion County: 19 (2012) to 6 (2013) - five were methamphetamine-related
* Washington County: 17 (2012) to 12 (2013) - nine were methamphetamine-related

Oxycodone use surpassed methadone in topping the list of major drug prescription deaths. In 2013, the 150 opioid-related deaths in three noted categories dropped from 170 in 2012 and 193 in 2011. Decreases in methadone-related deaths accounted for the yearly decreases. The noted prescription drug categories are:

* Methadone-related deaths dropped from 78 (2012) to 58 (2013)
* Oxycodone-related deaths dropped from 66 (2012) to 60 (2013)
* Hydrocodone-related deaths rose from 26 (2012) to 32 (2013)

Note that prescription drug overdose death statistics are statewide and not included with the information provided on the State Medical Examiner's website charts.

Information for all counties with at least one drug-related death and a comparison of categories is provided in links with this news release. Similar statistics since 2002 is available on the State Medical Examiner's website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SME/pages/drug_related_death_statistics.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1002/73709/OD_Report_Final__graph_2013.pdf , 2014-04/1002/73709/OD_2013_Report_by_County.pdf , 2014-04/1002/73709/Medical.Examiner.logo.jpg
OSP Asking For Public's Help to Find Missing 44-Year Old Man Last Seen 4/18 in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/23/14
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) asking for the public's help to find a missing, possibly endangered, 44-year old male last seen April 18, 2014 in the Wolf Creek area of Josephine County.

TIMOTHY DALE FENIMORE, age 44, was last seen April 18 about 12 noon and is missing under suspicious circumstances. FEMINORE, who is from Newberg, was visiting an area residence when he reportedly left on foot and has not been seen or heard from since that date.

FENIMORE is described as a white male, 6'2", 230 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. He has numerous tattoos on both arms and shoulders, and right calf. When last seen, he was wearing a Boston Red Sox cap, black Under Armour hoodie sweatshirt, jeans, and bright colored tennis shoes.

Anyone with information to help find FENIMORE is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 474-3174. OSP Criminal Investigations Division is assisted by Josephine County Sheriff's Office in this investigation. OSP Detective Deanna Harris is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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OSP & Jackson County SO Urge Drivers to "Move Over", Avoid Distractions While Traveling (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/23/14
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As Oregon law enforcement officers continue to take steps, both educationally and through enforcement, to increase awareness and save lives during national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month, Oregon State Police (OSP) and Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) will conduct a joint enforcement operation aimed at keeping drivers aware while looking out for the safety of emergency responders and roadside assistance workers.

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, OSP and JCSO will be conducting a joint targeted enforcement effort on Interstate 5 between milepost 27 and 40. While being on the lookout for distracted driver-related violations, troopers and deputies will also emphasize the importance for drivers to comply with Oregon's "Move Over" law. Originally passed in 2003, the "Move Over" law is designed to increase safety for travelers and those working along our roads by maintaining a safe distance for emergency responders.

The "Move Over" law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are driving up behind or next to any type of emergency vehicle (police car, ambulance or public safety vehicle), a roadside assistance vehicle or a tow vehicle working on the side of the road with emergency lights flashing, you must:

*Move over to a non-adjacent lane on a highway having two or more lanes for traffic in a single direction; or,
*Slow down to a speed that is at least five miles per hour under the post speed limit if making a lane change is unsafe or impossible (two directional, two-lane highway).

Oregon law enforcement officers and other emergency service providers have "close calls" helping the public while working alongside our roads. Because most of the incidents happen as law enforcement officers are already engaged in an enforcement contact or on scene of an incident such as a traffic crash or motorist assist, the violator is often not contacted. Even though the Move Over law has been in effect in Oregon for over 10 years, many people stopped for the violation often say they were not aware of the law or didn't see the officer stopped on the shoulder with emergency lights activated.

Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events or the need to take appropriate driving-related actions. Distracted driving-related behavior may be factors in crashes involving following too close, fail to obey traffic control devices, fail to maintain lane of travel, and roadway departures.

The most obvious violation associated with distracted driving handled through enforcement of Oregon's cell phone law (Unlawful Use of a Mobile Communication Device). Effective January 1, 2014, Senate Bill 9 change the minimum fine for violation of Oregon's cell phone law to $142, and the fine for this offense can be as high as $500. The fines increase is aimed at reducing the number of crashes that involve a driver talking on a handheld phone or texting.

According to ODOT, from 2008 - 2012 in Oregon, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers using a handheld mobile communication device to talk or text. During that same five year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of distracted driver.

So far this year, 39 law enforcement officers nationwide have been killed in the line of duty. Over half (16) died in traffic-related incidents including traffic crashes and being struck while outside of a police vehicle working on a near a highway.

OSP and JCSO remind drivers of all ages that a lot can happen during a period of distracted driving, no matter how brief it may be. For example, when sending or receiving a text, a driver's eyes are taken off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph (the posted speed on the targeted highways listed above), this is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

Now is a good time for all users of the transportation system to put away the distractions and focus on getting where you want to go safely.

A partnership between OSP and Oregon Department of Transportation has helped create media opportunities for public outreach. Additional public outreach materials and information is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Traffic_Enforcement.shtml#Move_Over_or_Slow_Down_Law.

Failure to comply with the Move Over law can result in a fine up to $260.

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Update: Reward Increased - OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking For Public's Help in Investigation of Fawn Deer Shooting in Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/22/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division continues to ask for the public's help for information to identify the suspect(s) involved in the late March shooting of a fawn deer in Douglas County. A reward was increased after The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) offered up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this case. The reward adds to the original offer of up to $500 by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) Reward Program.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., unknown suspect(s) drove near the 1600 block of Melqua Road about 1.5 miles east of Melrose Store, shot a fawn deer and left it in a ditch along the side of the road. An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper responded and is conducting an investigation.

The reward is now up to $5,500, offered by the Oregon Hunters Association TIP Reward Program and HSUS and HSWLT for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Don Frerichs at (541) 440-3334 ext 4540 or email don.frerichs@state.or.us. More information about the Turn-In-Poachers Program is available at
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/f_w_tip.aspx.

"Shooting a defenseless fawn and dumping it in a ditch to rot is cruel and unacceptable," said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. "The person who illegally shot this baby deer needs to be held accountable for his or her action. We applaud the Oregon State Police for their tireless work to investigate this shooting."

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

Questions regarding the increased reward off from The Humane Society of the United States should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at (301) 721-6463 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

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Woman Indicted, Arrested for Murder in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/21/14
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A 38-year old woman was indicted and is in custody pending an appearance in Josephine County Circuit Court related to a homicide investigation. The deceased's remains were found recently at a remote campsite in the Sunny Valley-area but have not been positively identified.

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives received information from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety on April 2, 2014, about a missing person who was believed to be deceased. Because the initial investigation indicated the incident occurred outside of Grants Pass, OSP detectives took over the investigation and the Josephine County Major Crime Team was activated on April 7.

The Josephine Major Crime Team (comprised of members from OSP, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, and Josephine County District Attorney's Office) worked jointly with OSP detectives from the Roseburg and Springfield offices. On April 9, a suspect identified as JACQUELYN KELLY NOVACK, age 38, from Murphy, was located in Eugene by OSP Springfield detectives and arrested on an unrelated OSP assault case warrant charging Probation Violation.

Subsequent investigation led investigators to a remote campsite April 9, 2014, in the Sunny Valley-area where they located human remains. Investigators believe the remains are that of a male in his mid-30s. Positive identification will be released once confirmed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office and next of kin have been notified.

NOVACK was indicted April 18 by a Josephine County Grand Jury for Murder, Tampering with Evidence, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. She is lodged in the Josephine County Jail and an appearance on the charges is pending in Josephine County Circuit Court.

The investigation is pending.

Questions may be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Death Investigation - Eugene Man Dies After Large Log Rolls Over Him on Florence-area Beach (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/21/14
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A 58-year old Eugene man died Sunday night at a Florence-area hospital from injuries suffered when the ocean surf rolled a large log over him as he tried to help family member on the North Jetty beach near Florence.

On April 20, 2014 at approximately 5:55 p.m., a report was received of a person being run over by a log in the surf about 50 yards north of North Jetty. The man was reportedly not breathing and a witness, who was an off-duty firefighter, pulled the man to a safe area and performed CPR. The man reportedly began breathing again before emergency responders arrived.

Siuslaw Fire & Rescue, Western Lane Ambulance, and Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to the scene. An ambulance transported MING HSIEH, age 58, from Eugene, to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased after arrival.

Investigation indicated that the victim was visiting the beach with several family members and was sitting on the sand leaning against a log pole estimated 40 feet long and 25 inches in diameter. An elderly female family member was sitting on the log when a big wave came toward them, moving too fast for them to move out of the way. The water knocked the woman off the log and the victim and his daughter away from the log. The victim was trying to help the elderly woman up when the receding water pushed the log over him.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) urges beach visitors to not approach logs that are within reach of the surf because even large logs or debris can easily move unexpectedly even in just a few inches of water. Additional beach safety tips are available on the OPRD website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PARKS/pages/beach_tips.aspx

Trooper Darrell Sheets is the lead investigator.

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Update #3: Deceased Ontario Bank Robbery Suspect Identified; Public Asked to Help Locate Next of Kin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/21/14
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A joint investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP), Ontario Police Department (OPD) and FBI is continuing into the April 10, 2014 Bank of the West branch in Ontario. The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, witnessed by an Ontario police officer, after stopping on the side of an area road south of Ontario. The deceased suspect's name is released in this update. Investigators have exhausted all available means to try and find relatives and is asking the public for information to help find next of kin.

The deceased suspect is identified as JOSEPH THOMAS JOHNSTON, age 71. JOHNSTON's last known residence was in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where he reportedly lived alone in a mobile home park. He left his residence March 1, 2014, in his 1987 Dodge pickup enroute to an unknown location in the Pacific Northwest to see a friend named "Paul" who was reported ill and being cared for by the friend's daughter.

Investigators learned JOHNSTON was diabetic and his pickup contained ten oxygen tanks used to help him with personal medical problems. He is described as a white male, 5'10", 200 lbs, with grey hair. He had no tattoos. Three photographs of JOHNSTON dated 2012, 2010, & 2007 are provided with this release to help locate next of kin.

JOHNSTON is reported to have ties in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, and Florida. Investigators don't know if he has any siblings and unconfirmed information indicates his parents are deceased and he may have been married in the past.

OSP, OPD and FBI are being assisted by Ada County, Idaho Coroner's Office. Anyone with information to help locate next of kin is asked to call OSP Detective Javier Marquez at (541) 889-6469 ext. 752 or email Javier.marquez@state.or.us.

Most recent information release regarding the April 10th incident is available on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/04_14_2014_update_ontario_bankrobbery_death.aspx

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Prineville Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge; OSP Investigation Continuing (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
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A Prineville man, who was a scout master with the Prineville-area Boy Scouts, turned himself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives after he was indicted and a warrant issued for his arrest for Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

On April 18, 2014, JAMES ALLEN WILSON, age 36, from Prineville, turned himself in at the Deschutes County Jail. WILSON was indicted by a Klamath County Grand Jury and an arrest warrant issued. Arrangements were made for WILSON to surrender himself at the Deschutes County Jail.

OSP detectives were investigating allegations that WILSON sexually abused a male who was a minor at the time of the alleged crimes over a several year period. WILSON was involved with the Boy Scouts organization since his childhood and was a Scout Master for several years in Prineville. His association with the organization ended after the investigation started.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division believes there may be other victims and is interested in speaking with anyone who has information related to this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mitch Meyer at (541) 633-2225 or email mitch.meyer@state.or.us.

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Interagency Tillamook Narcotics Team Investigation Leads to Seizure of 7 lbs of Meth, Guns, Meth Lab, & Two Arrests in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
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Following a lengthy multi-agency investigation led by the Tillamook Narcotics Team (TNT), in conjunction with the DEA - Salem Task Force, detectives arrested two Salem-area residents Friday morning and seized approximately 7 lbs of methamphetamine, seven guns (two stolen), ammunition, cash and a clandestine methamphetamine reduction lab. The drug, property and evidence seizures were the result of a traffic stop and subsequent search warrant served at a residence.

During the early morning hours of April 18, 2014, a traffic stop was conducted on a 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by LISANDRO SANCHEZ, age 23, from Salem. During the stop, a drug detection canine alerted on the vehicle in which a secret compartment was found containing approximately 6.5 lbs of packaged methamphetamine. SANCHEZ was taken into custody as the investigation continued.

Detectives later served a search warrant at SANCHEZ's residence located at 2270 Hyde Street SE in Salem where they arrested his girlfriend, CHERYL PURCELL, age 24. During a search of the residence and property, detectives found a methamphetamine reduction lab in a back yard shed. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives trained in processing clandestine labs responded to the residence to process and clean up the lab.

Located in the residence was approximately a half pound of methamphetamine, 7 firearms (two of which had previously been reported stolen), drug records and other evidence.

LISANDRO SANCHEZ was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Felon in Possession of a Firearm (7 counts)
* Theft by Receiving (2 counts)
* Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (2 counts)
* Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (3 counts)
* Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold

CHERYL PURCELL was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Theft by receiving (2 counts)
* Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold

TNT is comprised of members from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police.

The DEA Task Force is comprised of members from DEA, Department of Justice, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

Questions should be directed to Tillamook County Sheriff's Office TNT supervisor.

Photograph Sources:
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Meth & Guns - Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 45 lbs of Marijuana, 1/4 lb of Hash & Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Central Point (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Thursday night near Central Point led to the arrest of two Washington residents after the trooper discovered they were transporting approximately 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash in their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On April 17, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a Saturn station wagon displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 for a speed violation. The vehicle's two occupants were identified as driver RYAN A. LONGLEY, age 23, from Lake Tapps, Washington, and passenger COTY S. HAMMOND, age 22, from Spanaway, Washington.

Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of approximately 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash concealed in trash bags inside the car. Estimated value of the seized marijuana and hash is over $110,000.

HAMMOND and LONGLEY were both lodged in the Jackson County Jail for felony Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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Correction: OSP Detectives Investigate Incident Involving Jackson County Deputy's Car Sideswiping Armed, Fleeing Man in White City
Oregon State Police - 04/17/14
Correction: OSP detective investigating advised deputy was in a marked vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives, at the request of Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO), are investigating an incident that occurred early Thursday afternoon in which a deputy's marked vehicle sideswiped a man armed with a gun. The suspect was trying to flee deputies on foot from a vehicle at a White City gas station and was eventually taken into custody in a nearby field with the assistance of a JCSO K-9.

On April 17, 2014 at approximately 12:01 p.m., JCSO deputies responded to a report of a wanted person inside a vehicle at a White City-area Chevron gas station. As two deputies arrived on scene, two people were seen inside the car. A male, later identified as FRANK JOSEPH HERNANDEZ JR, age 21, from Central Point, exited from the rear seat and as he started running, a gun fell from his person onto the ground.

A deputy in an marked vehicle started driving in the direction HERNANDEZ was running as a second handgun fell onto the ground. HERNANDEZ allegedly stopped, grabbed the second gun off the ground and pointed it at the approaching marked vehicle driven by the deputy. As HERNANDEZ turned to run again, the marked vehicle sideswiped HERNANDEZ briefly knocking him to the ground before he got up and ran into a field.

A deputy with a K-9 pursued on foot. The K-9 overtook HERNANDEZ who was subsequently taken into custody. HERNANDEZ received a hand injury caused by the K-9 and was driven by police to an area hospital for treatment.

HERNANDEZ is being lodged in the Jackson County Jail by OSP on the several charges including:

* Theft in the First Degree
* Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
* Menacing
* Unlawful Use of a Firearm
* Interfering with Police Officer
* Felon in Possession of a Weapon (2 counts)
* Alteration, Obliteration of a Serial Number on a Firearm

Two other people associated with the vehicle were arrested by JCSO. Their names are not available.

OSP will forward the investigation to Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

A photograph of Hernandez is not available at this time.

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Arrest Related to Murder Investigation - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/17/14
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The following is a news release distributed for Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 6:12 a.m. Klamath Falls Police Department officers responded to the 1800 block of Laverne Avenue on the report of a murder. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered a deceased male who had been shot multiple times. Officers took James Harold Forshee II, age 58, from Klamath Falls, into custody at the scene and have charged him with Murder.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated to investigate. The investigation is currently active.

The Klamath County District Attorney intends to present this case to the Klamath County Grand Jury next Thursday, April 24, 2014. Questions regarding the investigation and arrest should be directed to Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge at (541) 840-1600.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of members from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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OSP Roseburg Area Command Office Resumes Business Operations After Move To New Facility (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/17/14
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Roseburg Area Command office opened its doors and resumed administrative business operations Thursday morning, April 17, 2014, as scheduled at its facility at 6536 Old Highway 99N. The new location is at the 129 interchange off Interstate 5.

For one week, OSP Roseburg office business administrative functions were stopped to facilitate movement of the telephone switching system and other IT components from the old facility to the new location. During the closure, the office was closed to the public but law enforcement operations were not affected.

We appreciate the public's understanding during this time and look forward to providing our public safety services from the new facility.

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 226 / Highway 22E in Lyons (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's fatal single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult female at the intersection of Highway 226 and Highway 22E in Lyons. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Chrysler 3000 four-door driven by BARBARA ANN KING, age 54, from Lyons, was traveling northbound on Highway 226 at a high rate of speed when it traveled through a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 22E. The vehicle continued straight across the T-intersection and crashed through a guardrail. It went airborne for approximately 70 feet before crashing into an unoccupied parked flatbed truck in a meat market business parking lot.

KING was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. An OSP collision reconstructionist is assisting, and investigators are looking into if the driver had a medical emergency that may have contributed to the cause of this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Lyons Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT.

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 238 west of Jacksonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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A Jacksonville man was injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 238 ten miles west of Jacksonville. The Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation is continuing.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on April 15, 2014 at approximately 4:45 a.m., a 2002 Volkswagen bug driven by PAUL SAGE, age 47, from Jacksonville, was westbound on Highway 238 near milepost 23 when an eastbound 1996 Ford Explorer operated by DAVE WILLIAMS, age 41, from the Applegate, crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into the Volkswagen.

SAGE was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, and then he was later flown to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He was wearing his safety restraint.

WILLIAMS, who was wearing a safety restraint, was checked at the scene by paramedics and was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Applegate Fire District 9, and Mercy Flights. The westbound lanes were closed for approximately 5 hours while an OSP collision reconstructionist assisted with the investigation. Senior Trooper Bill Matson is the lead investigator.

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 62 two miles north of Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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A White City woman was injured Monday morning when her van was struck by a pickup on Highway 62 at the intersection of Antelope Road, two miles north of Medford. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation led to a citation being issued to the pickup's driver.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on April 14, 2014 at approximately 5:30 a.m., a 2002 Kia van driven by CARLA ASHKER, age 50, from White City, was westbound on Antelope Road. A 2001 Dodge Ram pickup operated by WADE GOLDSMITH, age 31, from Eagle Point, was traveling southbound on Highway 62 approaching Antelope Road and failed to stop at the intersection for the red light. The pickup crashed into the left side of the van.

ASHKER was transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. She was wearing her safety restraint.

GOLDSMITH, who was wearing his safety restraint, was checked at the scene by paramedics and not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device - Traffic Signal.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, AMR and Jackson County Fire District 3.

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OSP Detectives Arrest Grants Pass Man on Multiple Sex Crime Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Division detectives arrested a 37-year old Grants Pass man Tuesday on rape and sexual abuse allegations involving a female who was a minor at the time of the alleged offenses.

On April 15, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., OSP detectives arrested JOSEPH A. CALDERON, age 37, at his Grants Pass residence and lodged him in the Josephine County Jail for Rape in the First Degree (1 count), Sodomy in the First Degree (2 counts), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (1 count), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree (1 count), and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (2 counts). A Josephine County Grand Jury indicted CALDERON April 9. Initial bail was set at $100,000.

In June 2013, OSP detectives began an investigation into allegations that CALDERON sexually abused a female several years ago when the victim was between 4 and 12 years of age.

There is no evidence or information at this time that there are other victims.

Questions regarding the case should be directd to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Update #2: Two Juvenile Suspects Identified in April 13th Intertate 5 / Creswell Cinder Block Incident (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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Update: On April 14, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) received phone calls that led to identifying two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, as suspects in the April 13, 2014, throwing of a cinder block off an Interstate 5 / Creswell-area overpass that struck a vehicle's windshield and injured a woman inside the car.

The lead OSP investigating trooper contacted both suspects and parents at their Creswell residences. They are cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made. The suspects' names and other information are not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, OSP will meet with the Lane County District Attorney's Office when potential charges will be decided.

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On April 13, 2014 at approximately 4:28 a.m., a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by MICHAEL BECKER, age 28, from Roy, Washington, was northbound on Interstate 5 in the right lane traveling under the Market Road overpass near Creswell when a cinder block fell from the overpass and came through the windshield. The block struck passenger TIFFANY BECKER, age 30, in her face causing non-life threatening injury.

TIFFANY BECKER was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. She was treated and released. The driver was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation.

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Be A Trooper: OSP Accepting Online Applications April 15 - June 15 to Hire Recruit Troopers in Early 2015 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper, now is the time to check us out as OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in early 2015. Using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system, OSP started accepting applications for Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper positions at 12:01 a.m., April 15, 2014. This two month long opportunity to apply runs through 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2014.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29
* Session #2 - Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2

Both Entry Level Testing sessions will be held in Salem at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE.

Applicants are urged to prepare beforehand for the application process and Entry Level Testing. Those who believe this is the lateral or entry level opportunity they have been looking for can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175.

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Update #3: Ongoing Investigation Leads OSP Detectives to Arrest Former Deputy a Second Time (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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A former Lake County deputy who turned himself in Sunday morning, April 13, after a warrant was issued for his arrest was taken into custody again by Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives that evening and is now lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, KENNETH TURKLE, age 42, was arrested by OSP detectives after new warrants were issued for his arrest for Custodial Interference in the First Degree and Tampering with a Witness. TURKLE was taken into custody without incident after he bailed from Lake County Jail where earlier he turned himself in after arrest warrants were issued for 3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor.

A 17-year old Lakeview girl, who TURKLE was allegedly involved with in a sexual relationship, was found safe Sunday afternoon when she contacted a local law enforcement officer in Lakeview. The girl was unharmed and had been sought by Oregon State Police (OSP) and local law enforcement agencies since Friday when she was reported missing. She has returned to her family.

OSP detectives are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

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Update: Missing Lakeview Girl Found Safe, Unharmed
Oregon State Police - 04/13/14
MARRIAH ANDREWS, a missing 17-year old Lakeview, Oregon girl, was found safe Sunday afternoon after she contacted a law enforcement officer in Lakeview. She was unharmed and Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives have notified her family. Detectives and local law enforcement agencies have been trying to find her since Friday when she was reported missing.

OSP appreciates the public's interest in this matter and thanks the media and those who assisted via social media to get the word out. No other information will be released.

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Update: Former Lake County Deputy Turns Self In; Public's Help Sought to Find Missing, Endangered 17-Yr Old Lakeview Girl (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified former Lake County deputy KENNETH TURKLE, age 42, turned himself in Sunday morning at the Lake County Jail on outstanding warrants issued Saturday for his arrest related to an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with the missing 17-year old Lakeview girl. The girl, MARRIAH F. ANDREWS, is still missing. Anyone with information to help find ANDREWS is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 947-2267.

TURKLE, age 42, from Lakeview, was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for 3 counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor. TURKLE, who worked for Lake County Sheriff's Office for over 10 years, resigned a week ago while he was under investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

On Friday, April 11, 2014, OSP detectives contacted TURKLE after receiving information that MARRIAH ANDREWS was reported missing by her family. ANDREWS was last seen Friday morning in the Grants Pass area where she was staying with a friend and reportedly left with an adult male who was later identified as TURKLE. ANDREWS is described as a white female, 5'4", 130 lbs, with blonde hair, blue eyes and a pierced nose.

OSP detectives are continuing their investigation and ask the public to contact them if they know where ANDREWS is.

Photographs of both individuals are provided with this release.

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Update #3: Added Names - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 near Scottsburg (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/12/14
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Update: Names of the occupants in the other involved vehicle who had minor injuries. Driver TODD SIMS, age 40, from Hillsboro, and passenger CLAY CLARK, age 31, from Cave Junction.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday morning's traffic crash on Highway 38 near Scottsburg that resulted in the death of a Gold Beach man and minor injuries to two others.

On April 12, 2014 at approximately 6:07 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a report of a head-on crash on Highway 38 near milepost 18. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed one person was deceased, and two others were injured in a vehicle that went down an embankment and was stopped by several trees about 100 feet from the Umpqua River. The crash involves a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven the deceased and a 2002 Ford F550 truck with two occupants reportedly transporting helicopter fuel and drums of Atrazine, a herbicide similar to Roundup.

Preliminary investigation indicates the Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by JOSHUA DALE RAY CARTER, age 22, from Gold Beach, was westbound on Highway 38 when it crossed the double solid center lines and collided nearly head-on with the eastbound Ford truck. The truck came to rest down the embankment off the highway where some helicopter fuel leaked from a container down an embankment in the direction of the Umpqua River. Four drums containing herbicide fell out of the back of the truck into the brush.

Regional HazMat teams from Coos Bay and Roseburg responded to handle the hazardous material spill and coordinate clean up. There appears to be no danger to fish or wildlife from the spilled materials. Roseburg Forest Products, Scottsburg Fire Department, and Lower Umpqua Ambulance also assisted at the scene. The US Coast Guard, DEQ and ODFW were notified.

The Toyota pickup came to rest on the highway and CARTER was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver and passenger received minor injuries. SIMS wasn't transported to a hospital but planned on seeing a doctor later. CLARK was transported by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. The vehicle they were driving is registered to Applebee Aviation out of Banks, Oregon.

Highway 38 was blocked in both directions for three hours and then one lane was blocked with ODOT helping traffic get through the area. Mast Brothers Towing removed the vehicles. According to ODOT's website TripCheck.com, the highway is fully open now.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 / Clear Lake Road north of Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 99 and Clear Lake Road about four miles north of Eugene. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup driven by WILLIAM ANDREW CHAPPELL IV, age 29, from Eugene, was eastbound on Clear Lake Road approaching Highway 99. Witness information indicates the driver entered the intersection against a red stop light and swerved to avoid a vehicle on Highway 99. The pickup traveled off the highway and struck a traffic light pole on the SE corner of the intersection before coming to rest next to railroad tracks near Irving Road.

The initial impact heavily damaged the pickup's left side. CHAPPELL was using safety restraints but he fell out of the damaged vehicle as it was coming to a stop. CHAPPELL was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Because of the pickup's final rest position next to the railroad tracks, the railroad company was notified and stopped railroad traffic until the scene was cleared.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Andy Youngblood is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire/Rescue, and ODOT. One northbound lane of Highway 99 and Irving Road was closed during the investigation. All lanes were opened about 1:00 p.m.

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Update: Death Investigation - Dirt Road south of Highway 140W west of Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation into the death of a 66-year old man whose body was found Wednesday morning in the back of a burning pickup on a dirt road south of Highway 140W west of Klamath Falls. An autopsy conducted Thursday, April 10, by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Rocky Point Fire & EMS responded to a reported vehicle fire on a dirt road about a mile south of Highway 140W near milepost 51. OSP troopers responded, and after the fire was extinguished they found the body of a deceased male in the bed of a charred pickup.

Initial investigation identified the deceased male as JOSEPH E. HUNTSTIGER, age 66, from Klamath Falls. A handgun was found with the victim.

An OSP arson detective responded to the scene to assist with determining the cause of the vehicle fire. The fire started in the rear of the camper but the cause is undetermined at this time.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of Two People - Highway 97 south of Bend
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
Two people were arrested last Friday in connection with an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop on Highway 97 about four miles south of Bend after a trooper located approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 12:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2003 Hyundai Elantra displaying Oregon license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 146 for a speed violation. During the traffic stop the two occupants were identified as driver CARMEN D. ZAVALA, age 32, from Madras, and passenger DAVEY L. CULPUS, age 28, from Warm Springs.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led troopers to discover approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the car's trunk and rear passenger compartment. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $60,000.

ZAVALA and CULPUS were arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Serious Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 58 west of Willamette Pass Ski Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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One person was injured early Thursday morning in a commercial truck rollover crash on Highway 58 about one mile west of the Willamette Pass Ski area. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the driver.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 1:15 a.m., an International truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with medical supplies driven by TEODOR MARGINEANU, age 64, from Portland, was westbound on Highway 68 near milepost 61 when MARGINEANU failed to safely negotiate a right curve. The truck and trailer crossed both eastbound lanes, struck a guardrail damaging approximately 300 feet of railing and then tipped onto the left side before coming to rest blocking the right eastbound lane. The trailer split open spilling a portion of the interior load onto the highway.

Co-driver/passenger WILLIAM MORRIS, age 50, from Nampa, Idaho, was asleep in the truck's sleeper berth and received serious, non-life threatening injury. He was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

MARGINEANU was using safety restraints and was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Maintain Lane and later given a ride by a trooper to an area hotel.

OSP troopers from Oakridge and Springfield responded to investigate the crash. Senior Trooper Cecil Arient is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Fire & EMS, Northwest HazMat Inc., and ODOT. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about four hours. One eastbound lane is now closed until the vehicles are removed and ODOT assesses guardrail damage. Traffic updates at www.TripCheck.com.

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Advisory: OSP Roseburg Area Command Office Building Closed to Move to New Location
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Roseburg Area Command office is moving to a new location, prompting an administrative closure for one week starting 3:00 p.m., April 10. OSP patrol troopers, fish & wildlife troopers, and criminal detectives will still be working on the road and out of other police facilities during the move.

OSP Lieutenant Douglas Ladd said the closure is necessary to facilitate movement of the telephone switching system and other IT components from the current facility to the new location at 6536 Old Highway 99N. The new location is at the 129 interchange off Interstate 5.

During the closure, Ladd noted the office will be closed to the public and all phone and data lines will be non-operational. OSP law enforcement operations will not be affected.

The new facility is tentatively scheduled to open for business Thursday, April 17.

Anyone can still request contact with an OSP trooper assigned to the Roseburg Area Command office through the Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 440-3333.

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 NB Off Ramp at Harvard Avenue in Roseburg
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's three-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 53-year old Grants Pass woman at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 exit ramp at milepost 125 and Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. The crash occurred directly in front of Roseburg High School but didn't involve any students. The names of all persons involved are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on April 8, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2010 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by GAIL WEAVER, age 56, from Myrtle Creek, was exiting Interstate 5, hit a curb on the west side of the off ramp and drove through brush. The Honda struck a 2005 Subaru Legacy four-door traveling eastbound on Harvard Avenue causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels. The Honda continued across the intersection hitting a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by ERIC JENKINS, age 40, from Eagle Point, and then the Honda came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot's entrance.

The Subaru's 24-year old driver, MATTHEW CORTEZ, and 23-year old male passenger, G. REINHOLD PRINCE, both from Cave Junction, were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Rear seat passenger LAURA BETH CORTEZ, age 53, from Grants Pass, was transported by ambulance to the hopsital and pronounced deceased after arrival.

WEAVER was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. There is no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor and she is cooperating with the investigation.

The Nissan's driver and 39-year old female passenger were not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, ODOT, and Douglas County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

No photographs available for release.

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Oakridge Man Recovering from Injuries After Spending Night in Crash Vehicle along US Forest Service Road southeast of Oakridge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
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An Oakridge man is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after spending a night in his crashed vehicle off a remote US Forest Service Road near Hills Creek Reservoir southeast of Oakridge.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 1:20 p.m., a citizen driving on US Forest Service Road 23 near milepost 11 south of Highway 58 came upon a vehicle crashed along side the road with an injured man lying outside next to the car. The injured man, RUSSELL B. HAYES, age 59, from Oakridge, was conscious and got himself removed from the vehicle after crashing Sunday afternoon, April 6, at about 4:00 p.m.

The citizen who spotted the car and injured man had to drive to Oakridge where he reported the incident and Oakridge Fire Department personnel responded.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Senior Trooper Marshall Maher was on boat patrol at Hills Creek Reservoir and saw the emergency responders. He returned to shore and drove to the scene in the OSP pickup to investigate. Preliminary investigation indicates HAYES was negotiating a right curve, traveled across the road and struck several trees.

HAYES was transported by ambulance to a nearby landing site where an air ambulance took him to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious, non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by US Forest Service law enforcement.

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OSP Bend Troopers Targeting Distracted Driving-Related Violations During "Distracted Driving Awareness" Month (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
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During April, the Oregon State Police (OSP) is joining law enforcement and traffic safety partners to increase awareness and save lives during national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month.

OSP, ODOT, law enforcement in Oregon and around the nation, along with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) consider distracted driving to be an emerging highway safety issue that must be addressed. OSP troopers will be participating in a special week of enforcement, April 10 - 15, as well as other dates during the month. Enforcement efforts will be stepped up toward preventing traffic crashes that may be connected with distracted driving.

During the special enforcement week, the OSP Bend Area Command office will put extra troopers on patrol during unannounced times using ODOT-provided roadway departure grant overtime funding targeting Highway 20 (east and west), Highway 97 (north and south), and Highway 126 west of Redmond. Distracted driving-related behavior may be factors in roadway departure crashes such as head-on, sideswiping another vehicle, fail to obey traffic control devices, fail to maintain lane of travel, and rolling over or colliding with a fixed object off the highway.

Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind of the road (cognitive distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction) and hearing something not related to driver (auditory distraction).

OSP and ODOT remind drivers of all ages that a lot can happen during a period of distracted driving, no matter how brief it may be. For example, when sending or receiving a text, a driver's eyes are taken off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph (the posted speed on the targeted highways listed above), this is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

According to ODOT, from 2008 - 2012 in Oregon, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers using a handheld mobile communication device to talk or text. During that same five year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of distracted driver.

Now is a good time for all users of the transportation system to put away the distractions and focus on getting where you want to go safely.

Note: Since Oregon's cell phone law went into effect in January 2010, OSP troopers during the next four years (2010 - 2013) reported over 21,000 enforcement contacts resulting in more than 8,100 citations and 13,000 warnings. Effective January 1, 2014, Senate Bill 9 changed Oregon's traffic offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device from a class D violation to a class C violation. The minimum fine for a class C violation is $142, and the fine for this offense can be as high as $500.The fines increase is aimed at reducing the number of crashes that involve a driver talking on a handheld phone or texting. Since the penalty change took effect, OSP troopers during the first two months of 2014 reported 460 citations and 381 warnings.

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Update #2: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of Forest Grove (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Highway 47 at NW Verboort Road north of Forest Grove. The deceased individuals names are released in this update.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 9:25 a.m., OSP, WCSO, local fire and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 47 near NW Verboort Road about a mile north of Forest Grove. Upon arrival, two people in a passenger vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial scene investigation indicates at 2002 Hyundai four-door passenger car driven by a 18-year old female was stopped westbound on NW Verboort Road. The car pulled into the path of a northbound 1996 Freightliner box truck driven by CORY JORDAN, age 44, from Gaston. JORDAN had little time to react before the collision and both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The car's female driver and 19-year old female passenger, both from northwest Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The are identified as driver KIDEN ESTHER DILLA and passenger AYAN MOHAMED OSMAN.

JORDAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The 32,000 lb. truck he was driving was unloaded.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

Highway 47 was closed in both directions with ODOT personnel on scene coordinating a traffic detour for 5 hours.

OSP troopers and OSP collision reconstructionists from the North Plains, McMinnville, Portland, and St. Helens offices responded to the scene. Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. A chaplain from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with initial next of kin notification.

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation at Port of Brookings Leads to Water Pollution Charge for Boat Captain (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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A commercial crab boat captain was cited by an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper for Water Pollution in the First Degree related to an investigation into last week's dumping of an estimated 5,000 pounds of rotten, skinned mink carcasses into the water at the Port of Brookings in Curry County.

During the night of April 1 and early morning hours of April 2, boat captain CHARLES CASE, age 48, from Brookings, and the crew of "Ann Me", a commercial crab boat, allegedly dumped the mink carcasses into the port waters. During the morning of April 2, the Port Manager contacted law enforcement and the Department of Environmental Quality to investigate and determine who was responsible. That morning, Port of Brookings workers began coordinating the removal of the rotten mink carcasses from the port waters.

During the weekend, port workers had retrieved approximately 3,000 pounds of bloated, floating carcasses out of the water as the workers were forced to wear protective clothing and masks lined with "Vicks" vapor rub to combat the smell. Clean up is continuing as the mink continue to float to the surface.

On April 5, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper assigned to the investigation contacted CASE and the boat's crew for interviews. Based on the investigation, CASE was cited to appear in Curry County Circuit Court for one count of Water Pollution in the First Degree, a class B felony.

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National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 7 - 11: Travel Safely Through Road Construction Work Zones (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) along with our law enforcement partners join ODOT and transportation agencies across the country in raising awareness about the importance of traveling safely through road construction work zones during "National Work Zone Awareness Week", April 7 - 11, 2014.

This year's theme, "Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake", aims to raise awareness of speeding and the effect speed and unsafe driving has on work zone safety. Traffic crashes cause serious injuries and death. Nationally, an average of 595 people is killed in work zone crashes each year. According to ODOT, during the last 3 years there were 21 fatalities in work zone crashes.

ODOT's work zone safety program is aimed primarily at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes that occur in all roadway and utility work zones in Oregon. This is achieved through a comprehensive program which includes engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services.

OSP troopers work closely with ODOT to address safety concerns in highway work zones on state highways and freeways. ODOT provides overtime grant funding to OSP to put troopers on overtime working in many work zones throughout the state. The following is a brief review of the overtime work OSP troopers have done during the last two years in work zones:

2012
* 8,080 overtime hours worked in 48 work zones
* 9,819 vehicles stopped
* Issued 4,224 citations, including 1,995 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 11,838 traffic-related violations (note: a traffic stop may result in a warning issued for more than one violation)
* Arrested 67 DUII drivers

2013
* 11,076 overtime hours worked in 51 work zones
* 14,196 vehicles stopped
* Issued 6,728 citations, including 3,698 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 12,959 traffic-related violations
* Arrested 54 DUII drivers

National studies show that driver inattention and distraction is the biggest factor in work zone crashes. Excessive speed is the next biggest problem. Some other work zone facts provided by ODOT include:

* Over 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Road construction is the most dangerous occupation in the United States.
* More drivers and their passengers than workers die each year in National and Oregon work zones.
* Work zone crashes tend to be more severe than other types of crashes.

Additional information about National Work Zone Awareness Week and work zone safety in Oregon is available on ODOT's website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx.

A new Public Service Announcement about work zone safety is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpZKhgTtCXw

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 near Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Saturday morning double fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. The names of the four occupants in one of the vehicles are released after confirmation of identities and next of kin notifications for the deceased persons.

Updated information indicates on April 5, 2014 at approximately 1:22 a.m., a 1996 Toyota Corolla driven by BREANNA J. LARKINS, age 19, from Portland, with three male occupants was eastbound on Highway 34 near milepost 17. For an unconfirmed reason, the Toyota traveled partially off the roadway onto the gravel shoulder and struck a mailbox. The car then slid sideways into the westbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 1996 Ford Thunderbird. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the westbound lane.

Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, OSP and ODOT responded to the scene.

LARKINS and right front male passenger JARED BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, age 21, from Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Two rear seat male passengers were injured. TYLER L. SIMS, age 21, from West Linn, was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. SKYLAR PARKER-MILLER, age 19, from Troutdale, was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital with minor injuries. The two deceased occupants and the passenger with minor injuries were using safety restraints. Safety restraint use by the seriously injured male passenger is pending further confirmation.

The Ford's driver, KENNETH E. HENLEY II, age 29, from Albany, received minor injury and was taken by an OSP trooper to Lebanon Hospital. He was using safety restraints and was treated and released.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Casey Hunter is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed over four hours during the investigation. No photographs to be released at this time.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
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The following news release is approved for release by Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton:

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information is released in this update.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup and a 2011 Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The Ford Ranger pickup's occupants are identified as driver CAYDEN THOMAS FITCH, age 18, and passenger/father BRYAN FITCH, age 43, from Lincoln City. BRYAN FITCH is employed as an Oregon State Police trooper out of the Newport Area Command office and was off duty traveling with his son when the crash occurred.

The Toyota RAV4 occupants are identified as driver MICHAEL JOSEPH MOYLETT, age 69, and passenger/wife ESTELLA MOYLETT, age 61, from Gresham.

Preliminary scene investigation indicates the Ford pickup was traveling eastbound when it pulled into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota RAV4. The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup came to rest across the center of the highway. The sport utility vehicle came to rest off the north side of the highway in bordering bushes and trees. All involved occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and Keizer Police Department. OSP requested Keizer Police Department provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by ODOT.

"We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted," said Superintendent Richard Evans. "Friday evening, two families and our Department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers."

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Preliminary Information: Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information will be released at a later time following approval from the District Attorney's office and confirmation of next of kin notifications.

Preliminary investigation indicates on April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup was traveling eastbound and the sport utility vehicle was westbound.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from Keizer Police Department and OSP. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway has been closed since the crash occurred with a detour in place established by ODOT. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

No photographs for released at this time.

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Update: Named Released - Death Investigation - OC&E Woods Line State Trail east of Klamath Falls
Oregon State Police - 04/03/14
Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the State Medical Examiner's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of death of a man whose body was found Wednesday morning in the brush off OC&E Woods Line State Trail near Olene in Klamath County. There was no obvious sign of foul play.

The deceased man is identified as CODY HAROLD PEMBERTON, age 60, from Klamath Falls. The State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an examination Thursday afternoon and told detectives the cause of death is pending toxicology test results.

According to Sergeant Robert Fenner, on April 2, 2014 at approximately 12 noon, OSP Klamath Falls troopers and detectives responded and confirmed the body of a fully clothed deceased adult male was found a quarter mile from Olene Store in the brush about 30 yards off the trail. A hiker reported finding the deceased male, identified as PEMBERTON, while traveling along the trail.

Detectives learned PEMBERTON was dropped off at the trail on Monday and failed to contact a family member as originally planned.

The OC&E Woods Line State Trail is a rails-to-trails conversion into a non-motorized path for walking, jogging, cycling, and equestrian use.

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OSP Criminal Investigations Division Sex Abuse Investigation Leads to Arrest of Fort Klamath Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 58-year old Fort Klamath man Tuesday evening after a warrant was issued for his arrest for Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

On April 1, 2014 at approximately 8:20 p.m., OSP troopers contacted EFREN M. VALENCIA, age 58, at his residence in the 52000 block of Highway 62 and took him into custody. A Klamath County Circuit Court judge issued a felony warrant for Sex Abuse in the First Degree after a grand jury indicted VALENCIA following an investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division. VALENCIA was lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

The investigation centered on alleged criminal conduct toward a known female victim when she was less than 12 years of age. In October 2013, OSP arrested VALENCIA related to another sex abuse investigation into allegations involving a second known female victim who at the time was also under 12 years of age.

Lead investigator is Detective Don Miller.

Photograph - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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Update #3: Missing Oregon State Hospital Patient Located (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) psychiatric patient missing since March 29th is now back in custody and care of OSH staff. On Sunday afternoon, March 30, GREGORY A. PAGE, age 60, was brought to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis after local medics responded to a park on a medical call. PAGE initially provided a false name but was later suspected by one of the hospital's doctors of being the missing OSH patient. Corvallis police responded to the hospital, positively identified PAGE and notified Oregon State Police.

There is no information indicating that PAGE received help to leave custody of OSH. How he traveled from Salem to Corvallis is not known at this time. Upon conclusion, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division investigation will be reviewed with the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detective confirmed this morning that GREGORY A. PAGE, age 60, a psychiatric patient reported Saturday, March 29, on unauthorized departure from the Oregon State Hospital was located. For security reasons at this time, no other information is being released pending return back to the care and custody of the staff at Oregon State Hospital (OSH).

According to a Oregon Health Authority news release issued March 29, the patient, GREGORY A. PAGE, was not considered to be a danger to himself or others. The Oregon State Police was conducting an investigation to help locate him and bring him safely back to the hospital.

PAGE was first admitted to the Oregon State Hospital on October 14, 1994, and most recently on March 27, 2012, as a forensic commitment from Lane County. In 1994, PAGE was deemed Guilty Except for Insanity for attempted murder. He was sentenced for 20 years for under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. Patients under the jurisdiction of the PSRB live in a variety of settings, from independent living in the community to the Oregon State Hospital.

PAGE is a resident of one of the group homes on the grounds of OSH that are staffed 24-7 and designed for patients who receive treatment but do not need to live within the secure perimeter of the state hospital.

He was last seen at the Denny's on Market Street in Salem at approximately 8:30 a.m. PAGE was reported missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. when nursing staff discovered he was not in his room during hourly rounds.

Photograph - Oregon Health Authority

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Update #2: Correction & Added Info - Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Correction: The offending driver's correct age is 42, not 32 as originally listed. OSP investigation is continuing and no other information regarding it is being released at this time.

Note: The celebration of life for the victim, Karen Greenstein, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Ashland High School. According to a news release sent Sunday by Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, friends, family and Emergency Service workers from all agencies are invited to attend.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the early Thursday morning two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. Additional details and names are released in this update. OSP is seeking information from witnesses related to this fatal crash investigation.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality.

Preliminary investigation indicates a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by RICHARD WEBSTER SCOTT, age 42, from Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by KAREN LEE GREENSTEIN, age 58, from Ashland.

SCOTT was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.

GREENSTEIN was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned GREENSTEIN worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was enroute home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP is asking any witnesses who have not spoken to investigators to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111. Investigators are looking for witnesses to any driving prior to the fatal crash involving the silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan along Interstate 5, including information related to a report that prior to the crash a vehicle matching the van's description was seen sideways on the southbound off ramp at exit 21 about three miles south of the scene.

OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Jackson County Fire District 5 and ODOT.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor on part of the offending driver. Safety restraint use by both drivers is pending confirmation. OSP is investigating this crash as a criminal investigation.

The southbound lanes are still closed at this time. OSP troopers on scene anticipate southbound lanes will remained closed until around 12 noon. Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes nationally. Wrong way drivers usually drive in the inside lane or inside shoulder, believing they are actually on a two-lane highway. Most common types of wrong way driver-involved crashes are head-on or sideswipe crashes.

The following information and safety tips are offered related to wrong way drivers.

Who is the wrong way driver?

* Intoxicated driver
* Older drivers who easily get confused
* Intentional drivers (example - trying to avoid traffic jams / congestion caused by crashes)
* Inattentive drivers who mistake an off ramp for an on ramp

Safety Tips:

* Watch far ahead for signs of a possible wrong way driver, looking for signs similar to pending problems or developing emergency situations such as other traffic braking or swerving to avoid something, or the obvious - headlights coming in the opposite direction.
* Caution against driving long periods in the inside lane on freeways, especially on curves.

Photograph of offending driver's vehicle provided with release.

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Second Person Arrested In Ongoing Currency Forgery Investigation in Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
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An ongoing investigation following the arrest earlier this month of a woman in possession of counterfeit money led to the arrest Friday morning of a Klamath Falls man at a local motel. The man was in the process of forging currency in his motel room when contacted by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Klamath Falls Police Department.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 2:15 a.m., OSP troopers, with the assistance of Klamath Falls police, contacted a motel room at the Cimarron Motel Inn at 3060 South Sixth Street. Contact at the motel stemmed from an ongoing forgery investigation following the March 18 arrest of STEPHANIE VIGIL, age 30, by OSP during a traffic stop in which VIGIL was in possession of counterfeit money and methamphetamine.

Officers contacted the room's occupant identified as VERNON EDWARD SCHAEFFER, age 36, from Klamath Falls. SCHAEFFER was in the process of forging fake currency and had at least twenty fake $20, $50, and $100 bills. In addition to the fake currency, officers seized a color copier/scanner, paper, a small amount of methamphetamine and other evidence.

OSP arrested SHAEFFER and lodged him in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:

* Twenty (20) counts of Forgery in the First Degree
* Twenty (20) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

OSP is continuing the investigation.

Photograph - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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Gresham Man Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison Related to September 2012 Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 31 south of Silver Lake
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
According to Lake County District Attorney Ulys Stapleton, 23-year old SEAN TAYLOR BERGLUND of Gresham, Oregon, was sentenced on March 10, 2014 by Lake County Circuit Court Judge Rob Nichols to 75 months in prison (without the possibility of parole) after pleading guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree.

At sentencing, the defendant finally admitted responsibility for the death of ROBERT SANCHEZ BUSCH, age 22, also from Gresham, who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by BERGLUND. The fatal traffic crash occurred in September of 2012 on Highway 31 about four miles south of Silver Lake.

Until his guilty plea, BERGLUND insisted throughout the investigation that an unidentified third person was driving the vehicle. During an extensive multi-month ongoing investigation by the Oregon State Police, BERGLUND was identified as the pickup's driver and was indicted by a Lake County Grand Jury in May of 2013.

"I want to again personally thank all of the State Troopers and other investigators who participated in this case for their hard work," said Lake County District Attorney Ulys Stapleton. "It has been a long and arduous process, especially for the victim's family."

Questions can be directed to the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

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http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/09_02_2012_fatal_hwy31_silverlake.aspx

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Update: Photo - Woman Treated & Released From Hospital After Spending Hours Trapped in Vehicle off Highway 95 near Rome in Southeast Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
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A Meridian, Idaho woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she spent several hours in her crashed vehicle down in a ravine off Highway 95 near Rome in southeast Oregon. The woman's vehicle was spotted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employees who contacted police and medical responders.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 7:07 p.m., ODOT employees reported to OSP Southern Command Center dispatch that a vehicle was seen off Highway 95 near Rome Hill an estimated distance of over a hundred yards in a ravine. Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency responders were dispatched to the remote area. ODOT employees hiked down to the vehicle and confirmed that a conscious, injured adult female was trapped inside.

The woman, identified as TARAH M. COLWELL, age 32, from Meridian, Idaho, told the ODOT employees she was trapped inside her damaged passenger vehicle since early that morning after it went off the highway to where it came to rest.

An air ambulance and ground medical personnel were dispatched to the area. Jordan Valley Ambulance and rescue personnel arrived about an hour after the report came in to remove the woman out of the ravine back to the highway for transport to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. According to the hospital, COLWELL was treated and later released. Malheur County search and rescue resources were also requested to respond but were advised to disregard after the woman was rescued.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The vehicle may not be recoverable.

No other information available for this release.

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Preliminary Information: Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning the investigation into early Thursday morning's two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. The southbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted to Highway 99 with anticipated closure and possible delays for a few hours.

Preliminary informtaion indicates on March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 25. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality. The offending driver, who was northbound in the southbound lanes, was extricated from the vehicle and is being taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are on scene investigating. OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.

Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No more information expected for release until later today.

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Update: Motorcyclist Dies From Injuries Sustained in March 22nd Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed through the Medical Examiner's office that a 24-year old Newberg man died early Wednesday morning, March 26, at a Portland hospital from injuries sustained Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County.

CURTIS PETERSON, age 24, was critically injured March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., while operating a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28. PETERSON failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the highway where he was ejected.

PETERSON was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he was being treated until he passed away. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville and North Plains offices are continuing the investigation.

Previously released information available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/03_23_2014_seriousinj_mtc_hwy99w_mp28.aspx

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Utilities
Stukel Park tree replacement project insures healthy trees, safe power lines
Pacific Power - 04/21/14
Media contact: Apr. 21, 2014,
Hotline: 800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Stukel Park tree replacement project insures healthy trees, safe power lines
Partnership with city celebrates Arbor Month by demonstrating "right tree in the right place" philosophy

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Pacific Power is working with the city of Klamath Falls to replace elm trees in Stukel Park that are endangering power lines and proving expensive to maintain.

On April 22, Pacific Power crews and contractors will remove two elm trees from Stukel Park along Home Avenue. The work will not close any streets, but flaggers will be on duty to make sure traffic moves safely around the activity.

This work is phase two of an ongoing project at Stukel Park. In 2012, the company removed elm trees that were growing too close to power lines at the park and the city re-planted trees further back away from power lines to enhance the park, promote safety and decrease future maintenance. Replanting will proceed later in the year to replace the trees being removed now.

"Arbor Month is all about promoting the healthy growth of trees," said Todd Andres, regional community manager for Pacific Power. "Here we are working with the city to get the right trees in the right place. Each year we partner with Klamath Falls and the Klamath Tree League to remove and replant up to 25 trees per year within city limits to enhance aesthetics and decrease future maintenance."

The Klamath Falls project is a local example of Pacific Power's overall commitment to trees and finding a way for them to coexist safely with power lines. For the 13th year in a row, Pacific Power has been named a Tree Line USA utility. To view a report on Pacific Power's environmental achievements, visit: pacificpower.net/respect.

Tree Line USA is a national program recognizing utilities for practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests, delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees. For more information on Tree Line USA, go to arborday.org/TreeLineUSA.


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Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Pacific Power - 04/10/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 10, 2014
503-813-7291
tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
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Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Technology upgrades, grid hardening and vegetation management drop outages by 40 percent
PORTLAND, Ore.--Power outages are getting fewer and farther between for Pacific Power customers as targeted long term investments to strengthen the utility's power grid are showing positive results.
Since 2007, the number of outages has dropped markedly, by 40 percent. The average duration of a customer outage has dropped 28 percent, according to year end 2013 figures.
"It is great to see that our targeted projects reducing the number of outages, vastly improving our ability to isolate outages when they do occur to minimize inconvenience to our customers," said Doug Butler, vice president of operation.
To ensure that customers receive the safest, most reliable and affordable service possible, the company is focused on continuous improvement. These improvements in service were due in part to the utility's investments in several key projects, including:
* Targeted Circuit Program: Since 2007, Pacific Power has completed 480 targeted projects on 220 circuits. The intensive investment, which includes proactive animal protection and technical upgrades, will continue in the coming years on a priority basis for the other nearly 700 circuits in Pacific Power's grid.
* More resilient lines: Pacific Power has pioneered the use of specially-constructed cable that absorbs incidental knocks by branches and animals without power being lost. In addition, the company has also developed techniques to make line splices stronger in areas especially hard hit by wind, rain and snow.
* Substation Upgrades: Technicians have upgraded substation equipment to handle an increase in demand, to improve equipment performance or to maintain or restore service when electricity needs to be rerouted.
* Vegetation Management: Crews worked to keep our electric lines free from trees and brush, helping to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of service to our customers. The company has trimmed nearly 1 million trees in the last two years. Vegetation-related outage events are down by 30 percent since 2007.
Butler concludes: "We are proud of the improvements we have made. Our program to improve reliability has been successful; of course weather and other unexpected events can always wreak havoc with this work, which disappoints us and our customers, but we still are working hard to make sure as few customers as possible are affected whenever a problem occurs on the power lines that serve our customers."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 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 almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Go green, get green
Pacific Power - 04/09/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 9, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Go green, get green
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For 13 years, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy in the western region. Since 2006, these customers also have helped put more than 70 new small scale community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California. These projects have added more than 4.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- many highly visible and very helpful in making green energy a part of our everyday lives in communities. We look forward to seeing this round of applications and selecting projects that demonstrate significant community and educational benefit for our customers."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $6 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m.
June 30, 2014.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that develop renewable energy generation, support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects or for geothermal heat pump systems. Other restrictions also apply. For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.


Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 04/08/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 8, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
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What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Warmer weather is drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of spring, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power - 04/02/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 2, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
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Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power customers now getting special envelopes with their monthly bills

PORTLAND, Ore. - Beginning in April, just in time for Arbor Day and Earth Day, Pacific Power customers will receive their billing statements in new reusable envelopes they can also use to send their payments back to the company. This switching from the traditional two-envelope combination to a single reusable envelope will help keep operating costs low and benefit the environment.

"Last year alone, we sent more than 16 million return envelopes to customers, yet only 5 million were used to return payments," said Karen Gilmore, Pacific Power vice president of customer service. "With reusable envelopes we're eliminating the need for a separate return envelope, just one of the many, innovative ways we are saving our customers money and conserving resources. This change has the potential to conserve up to 3,200 trees, 3.7 million gallons of water and avoid nearly 1 million pounds of carbon emissions each year."

To learn more about Pacific Power's new reusable envelopes and watch a 1-minute video showing how to use them, visit pacificpower.net/reusableenvelope.

"We know this represents a change, but the savings are real," said Gilmore. "We've tested this with customer groups and they were surprised how easy it was. With the video and other outreach plans, we want to make this fundamentally beneficial change as easy as possible."

Customers with questions can also call to speak with a customer service representative anytime, toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

Pacific Power is one of the first businesses in the region to use these special envelopes. The company is informing customers about the new envelopes in a variety of ways, including its Voices newsletter, the company website, social media and outreach to senior service agencies and other community organizations.

"We're proud to be one of the first companies to take this step," said Gilmore. "The environmental benefits will expand as more companies follow. That is good for everyone."

About 179,000 of Pacific Power's 733,000 customers are using paperless billing and other secure payment options that don't require any envelopes. To learn more about these payment options, customers can visit pacificpower.net/pay.

Environmental respect is an important value Pacific Power shares with its customers. For more information about ways the company is working to conserve natural resources, develop renewable resources, reduce emissions and protect habitats, visit pacificpower.net/respect.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard dedicates Fort Dalles Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/17/14
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to an audience during a dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Hokanson, and Mr. Frank Toda, president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, in addition to several other local representatives joined at the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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From left to right: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Mr. Frank Toda, president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, following the dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Mr. Frank Toda, (right), president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, thanks Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (seated left), during a dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Wyden and Merkley joined Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, in addition to several other local representatives at the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, (left), The Adjutant General, Oregon, joins Mr. Frank Toda, (right), president of the Columbia Gorge Community College for a photo with a commemoration plaque, during a dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Hokanson and Toda, in addition to several other local representatives at the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon is flanked by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (to his right) and Jeff Merkley (to his left), Mr. Frank Toda, (center), president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, and present and past leadership of the Oregon National Guard and local community, during the ribbon-cutting portion of the dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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173rd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying operations (Photo)
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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations April 14-17, 2014, between approximately 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15 student pilots at Kingsley Field.

"Night flying is a critical skill which our students need to learn to be effective war fighters," said Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd Fighter Wing commander. "We understand the disruption to the community during night flying weeks, but we try our best to minimize the noise impact."

The community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field. Most of the training will occur in military operating airspace east of Lakeview.

Baenen explained why night flying is crucial for student pilots, "It's because of this training that the United States Air Force has the advantage over our enemies."


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Oregon National Guard recognizes April as Month of the Military Child (Photo)
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SALEM, Ore., - The Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program is scheduled to sponsor a number of events across the state to acknowledge the sacrifices made by military families in honor of Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child is a legacy of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and is designed to applaud military children and youth for the sacrifices they make to support America's armed forces.

To honor military kids for their sacrifices and courage, this campaign allows for community members and military personnel alike to pay tribute to these military kids for their service.

As part of this nation-wide campaign, the Oregon Guard Youth Program is sponsoring forums from Ontario to Salem to highlight the challenges military children often face when a loved one is called to serve their state and nation. The goal of these events is to celebrate the sacrifice of military families and create a safe environment to help nurture youth and children to share their experiences as military kids.

The program will sponsor sessions at the following locations and dates throughout Oregon:
Eugene: April 12, Young Leaders Conference and Youth Military Ball
Salem: April 15, AG Gilbert Discovery Center
Springfield: April 20, Putters
La Grande: April 22, Cook Memorial Library
Burns: April 26, Burns Armory

Oregon has more than 10,000 children who have a parent currently serving in the military, and hundreds more connected to military service through other relatives. Recognizing this special populations' sacrifice, dedication and their strength is a priority of Month of the Military Child, because when parents serve in the military, their kids serve too.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program visit their website at http://www.orng-smfs.org/FP/youth%20program.html
or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-National-Guard-Oregon-Military-Department/63030240817?ref=hl#!/ORNG.ChildandYouthProgram


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Oregon National Guard ceremony marks re-dedication of Milton-Freewater Readiness Center (Photo Release) (Photo)
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. - The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., April 5.

The facility is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard.

Work on the upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million. This facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements. The building also meets State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

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140405-Z-OT568-004: The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-129: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key with a rendition of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center during a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center prepare to cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-157: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. Mayor Lewis Key (center) and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, were in attendance for the celebration. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-173: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon; Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key; and Pvt. Vance Knudson (second from left), the youngest member of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, cut the cake with a saber to celebrate the re-dedication of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, while Col. Christian Rees (left), Director of Installations, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (right) look on, during a ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the military police detachment. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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BPA, Oregon BEST launch new program to prep Northwest college students for careers in energy (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/21/14
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration has partnered with Oregon BEST in a new academic prize program that engages teams of the region's most promising university students in collaborative, real-world, applied study projects that support the development of innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the Northwest's electric grid.

The program, known as the Northwest Energy Experience or NW Energy XP, pairs select teams of university students and faculty advisers with BPA subject matter experts in addressing technical electric power industry challenges. Oregon BEST kicked off the "NW Energy XP" activities at a luncheon April 11 in Portland, Ore.

BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer says the goal of the prize program is to build regional expertise in the electric power industry and attract more top talent to careers in energy.

"We're creating a Northwest energy innovation lab that equips students with the skills and mindset essential to contributing to our energy future," Mainzer says.

The program provides teams of faculty and students an opportunity to explore topics of interest to the utility industry, especially those that might lead to the integration of new, clean technologies. At the April 11 kickoff event, the prizewinners from the initial participating schools - Oregon State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University and Washington State University, Vancouver - formed three inter-university teams and picked a study topic to work on.

A team of students from Oregon Tech and WSU, Vancouver will study distributed generation modeling. A second team comprised of students from OSU and PSU will work on the optimization of hybrid electrical systems with consideration to climate modeling. And a third team from OSU and PSU will study synchrophasor data. (Synchrophasors or phasor measurement units are shoe-box-sized devices that transmit precise current, frequency and voltage readings, giving operators a wide-area view of the power system.)

At the kickoff event, a pilot group of students gave presentations on projects conducted in the 2013-14 academic year. Those teams, composed of power engineering and computer science students, produced remarkable results that may have immediate application to BPA.

Oregon BEST is the portal for the academic prize program, which includes workshops for defining the study topics, supporting student research activities and planning an annual conference where scholars, faculty advisers and subject matter experts present their research from the preceding year and select topics for the next year's cohort. Each participating university's foundation has been given $50,000 to award to its institution's winning students in the form of tuition credits as well as a project stipend. The program is sponsored by BPA's Technology Innovation Office.

"We're pleased to be partnering with BPA on the NW Energy XP to support student-faculty research projects that are helping to generate clean energy solutions needed in the rapidly evolving power industry," said David Kenney, president and executive director of Oregon BEST. "And at the same time, we're helping industry attract standout student innovators to their workforce."

Another unique aspect of the program is that it requires each team to include members from at least two universities. "Building strong relationships between universities and between disciplines is an important part of developing professional networks for our future industry leaders," says Johanna Brickman, Oregon BEST's director of collaborative innovation.

BPA and Oregon BEST are looking for other Northwest universities and industry partners to join in sponsoring this prize. Interested parties should contact Johanna Brickman. The next round of awards is intended to be made in October.

"This is a unique opportunity for others in the industry to get involved in shaping our future workforce," Mainzer adds. "And it's a valuable step toward developing a center of excellence for energy and environment in the Northwest."

The "XP" in "NW Energy XP" draws on the gaming acronym for experience points. Visit the NW Energy Experience (http://oregonbest.org/what-we-offer/access-to-research-tech-expertise/convening/nw-energy-experience/) to learn more.


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Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/11/14
PR 10 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328 or 503-230-5131

Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May:
New line will bring more renewable wind energy west

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration will begin construction of the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project in May. The new line is expected to carry over 800 additional megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing. BPA will hold two "Meet the Builder" open houses in late April.

The 38-mile, 500-kilovolt line in Washington will connect the new Central Ferry Substation in Garfield County to the existing Lower Monumental Substation in Walla Walla County. It is expected to be energized in December 2015.

"Building the right facilities in the right place at the right time is a key principle of our long-term transmission services planning process," said Richard Shaheen, BPA vice president for Engineering and Technical Services. "Specifically, this project will add critical transmission grid capacity, support new transmission requests from generators in the Snake River area and be a welcome boost to local and regional economies."

For more than 75 years, BPA has been the major developer of energy infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Electric utilities and electric power consumers depend on BPA to maintain reliable transmission service at low rates and meet growing demands for electricity.

Over the past several years, numerous power generation projects, including large wind projects, have requested interconnection with the BPA system in the Snake River area. After studying the transmission system and identifying where capacity is available, BPA determined that there is not enough available transmission capacity to accommodate the requests. Building the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental project will allow BPA to meet the requests for transmission and allow additional power to flow between areas east of the Cascade Mountains to heavily populated areas in the west.

In August 2011, the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project was put on hold because of uncertainties regarding the need for the new line. However, in August 2013, BPA notified customers, landowners and stakeholders that it was moving forward with construction of the line. Existing customer need coupled with an agreement for Portland General Electric to acquire Phase 2 of Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake River Wind Project, which PGE renamed the Tucannon River Wind Farm, required construction activities to begin this spring.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that supports PGE's balanced energy portfolio. Tucannon River will help PGE satisfy Oregon's renewable energy standard, which requires the utility to supply 15 percent of the electricity its customers use from renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.

In early 2011, BPA completed an environmental impact statement and preliminary engineering design for the project. BPA issued a record of decision to build the line in March 2011. Since then, BPA has conducted additional environmental review of some access road modifications and a material yard.

The contractor hired to build the new line is MYR Group, a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market throughout the United States. It has the experience and expertise to complete electrical installations of any type and size. MYR Group's power line capabilities include transmission, overhead and underground distribution and substation projects.

Two "Meet the Builder" open houses are being held so the public can learn more about the construction process and schedule, speak with representatives from the MYR Group and meet the BPA project team.

For more information, visit the project website at www.bpa.gov/go/centralferrylomo.

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BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration that markets renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.
State
Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas to Spur Innovation and Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/14/14
SALEM - The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) will release a Request for Proposals on May 1 to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.

Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.

Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on the proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital, and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.

The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at: www.oregon4biz.com Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Interested parties may review the 2012 Request for Proposals at: www.oregon4biz.com

The current Innovation Plan, comprised of seven initiatives, is available online at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/

About Oregon InC and Business Oregon
Oregon InC is a private-public statewide advisory council created by the 2005 Oregon Legislature and charged with developing a biennial public investment plan to stimulate economic development and job growth across the state. The council works in partnership with Business Oregon, which works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan (Photo)
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/09/14
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SALEM - On April 14 a delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon, in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation returned from Brazil on March 22, and Business Oregon is accompanying seven Oregon companies to the world's largest trade show for advanced manufacturers this week in Hannover, Germany.

The latest delegation of officials and business leaders will travel to Tokyo and Osaka the week of April 14th for a series of meetings and to deliver two seminars with the broad goal of developing business and trade between Japan and the state of Oregon. The centerpiece is the annual Doing Business in Oregon (DBO) seminar, to take place in Tokyo and then Osaka, which has been presented in Japan by the Business Committee of the Japan Oregon Society of Oregon (JASO) since 2010.

"We have built up a strong network of relationships and a strong reputation in Japan as an ideal place for Japanese investment and trade," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have proven that using our foreign office in Tokyo and a network of Japanese-speaking resources, we are ready to help duplicate the success in Oregon already enjoyed by such firms as Panasonic, Montbell and Shimadzu Corporation."

The DBO seminars in Japan are presented by the Business Committee of JASO and Business Oregon. Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Port of Portland, Lane Powell PC, InSpec Group, the City of Salem, the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, the City of Gresham, Greater Portland Inc, Portland General Electric, CBRE, and Deloitte LLC.

Over the five consecutive years that Business Oregon has held the DBO seminars, attendance has increased steadily. In 2013, 107 Japanese company representatives participated and in 2014 Business Oregon hopes to attract 220 with the promotional help of organizations such as JETRO, the U.S. Commercial Service, Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper, SME Support, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition, Director McCabe and Business Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will travel to Taiwan April 21 and 22 to attend a series of meetings in Taipei. They will investigate ways that Taiwan and Oregon can work more closely with one another on both inbound and outbound investment opportunities in various technology industries.

Delegation members include Director Tim McCabe, JASO Chairman Doug Smith, Metro president Tom Hughes, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Joe Mollusky of the Port of Portland, Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears, and Mitsu Yamazaki of the Portland Development Commission, as well as business representatives from Lane Powell LLC, CBRE, Perkins & Co., Mackenzie, and InSpec Group.


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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.


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Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to World's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show in Hannover Germany
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
SALEM - Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to Hannover Messe, the largest advanced manufacturing trade show and conference in the world, to be held in Hannover, Germany April 7-11.

Business Oregon is providing Export Assistance grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 in matching funds to six of the companies to help defray the costs of travel and exhibiting at the show. Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded more than 200 Export Assistance grants to 157 companies. Those companies have reported actual and projected sales revenue as a result of these trade show appearances at more than $50 million.

"The return on investment of our export assistance strategy has been really impressive," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "A small amount of backing has helped many Oregon companies realize millions of dollars in new sales to new customers around the world. It's been a tremendous economic development strategy for Oregon small businesses."

The seven Oregon advanced manufacturing firms exhibiting at this show are: ClearEdge Power (fuel cells), Xzeres Wind (small wind turbine systems), EV4 Oregon (EV charging stations), Powin Energy (energy storage), Zess, Inc. (micro-channel heat exchangers), IndustrialEnet (network solutions) and Real Carbon (carbon fiber technology). In 2013, Oregon advanced manufacturers exported $4.24 billion in goods.

In addition to the companies traveling to Europe, Business Oregon will partner with the cities of Gresham and Hillsboro, as well as the Port of Portland, to promote Oregon's business climate for technology and advanced manufacturing opportunities.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation just returned from Brazil on March 22, and on April 14 another delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Oregon Growth Board to Meet on April 7 in Portland
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in the Oregon Room on the Mezzanine Level at 2 World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St. in Portland.

The meeting agenda can be found here: : http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Growth-Board/2014meetings.php
Cascade Tissue to Expand its St. Helens Operations Adding 29 Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/31/14
SALEM - Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe toured the Cascade Tissue plant in St. Helens today praising the company's decision to retool and expand its operations adding an estimated 29 jobs at the site.

Business Oregon provided the company with a $60,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help fund training of the company's expanded workforce on the plant's new equipment. The company currently employs 66 full-time employees at the plant.

"We are pleased with Cascade Tissue's decision to re-invest in Oregon and expand its operations here in St. Helens," said McCabe. "By choosing to not only remain, but expand this former mill site, Cascade has shown its commitment to the community of St. Helens and to providing high-paying jobs to Oregonians."

The $30 million expansion at the St. Helens site, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will more than double the plant's capacity while improving efficiencies. Under the terms of the forgivable loan, the company must maintain both the existing and new employees for a two-year period or else pay back a portion of the funds.

Cascade Tissue Group Oregon currently manufactures tissue paper for multiple customers on a single paper tissue machine in the former Boise Cascade Paper Mill in St. Helens. Cascade Tissue Group Oregon's operations were previously integrated and co-located with Boise Cascade's papermaking operations at the St. Helens site until December 2012, when Boise Cascade ceased its operations there.

Cascade Tissue Group is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascade produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed of mainly recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 workers at more than 100 plants in North America and Europe.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
MEDIA ADVISORY - Oregon Business Development Commission to Meet April 4 in Tillamook
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/27/14
MEDIA ADVISORY

The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations in Tillamook on Friday, April 4. The first portion of the meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., will be held at the Tillamook Creamery Board Room, 4185 Highway 101 South. The second portion, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at the Officers Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officers Row, in Tillamook.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
Beware paving, other home repair scams/Pretend "contractors" offer too-good-to-be-true deals
Construction Contractors Board - 04/07/14
Salem - An Estacada couple recently received an offer they couldn't refuse - a promise to pave their entire driveway for $1,500. The $1,500 was the most homeowner Fern Mathews said they could afford.

That wasn't a problem for the workers who showed up at their house. We'll work with you, one of them said. In fact, he had an extra truckload of material so he could give the Mathews a good price. Minutes later, the project was under way.

But instead of a freshly paved driveway for $1,500, the Mathews ended up with a thin coat of soft, sandy gravel. And, once the two men started putting down material, they insisted on being paid $4,700 to finish the work. In the end, Fern wrote a check for $3,200.

"They make you nervous," the 67-year-old said. "It's just a scary situation."

That didn't stop her, however, from using a contact the men gave her to track them to a motel. Once she realized she wasn't getting a real paving job or her money back, she took down their license plates and contacted law enforcement.

"Our top priority is to protect our most vulnerable citizens -- including the elderly," said Lt. Rob Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "We urge property owners throughout Oregon to exercise their good judgment when hiring a contractor, especially if the deal sounds too good to be true.

"We also encourage family members and neighbors to look out for citizens who may be especially vulnerable to financial scams."

While the CCB and law enforcement agencies are investigating the Estacada incident, Fern remained stuck with a mushy driveway as of early April. She warns others to beware of traveling construction workers who offer unrealistic discounts.

"Always use reputable contractors, check references and never pay all the money up front," added Berri Leslie, interim Construction Contractors Board administrator.

The contractors board recommends that property owners get a written contract for home improvement projects, even small ones.

Meanwhile, law enforcement and state regulators say the numbers of driveway, roof, and other home improvement scams will only increase as temperatures warm.

Here are some key ways to spot thieves:
* You don't call them - they show up at your doorstep.
* Their vehicles often show out-of-state license plates.
* They say they have leftover materials so they can give you a great price.
* They quote an initial low price, then demand more to finish the project.
* Generally, they are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB). (Call the CCB at 503-378-4621 to verify that a contractor is licensed to work in Oregon.)

If you encounter a situation like this, call your local law enforcement agencies or the Construction Contractors Board.

Wurpes said that once money changes hands, as it did in Fern's case, it becomes harder to pursue criminal charges against fraudulent contractors. Often, the cases must be resolved in civil court -- meaning additional time and expense for the victim.

"We're proud to partner with the Construction Contractors Board to combat this type of crime and make sure that perpetrators are held accountable whenever possible," Wurpes said. "Working together, we really can make a difference."

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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/4809/73144/~$04_travelersprfinal.docx
Child Abuse Prevention Month: Support Services Protect Children & Help Build Strong Families
OR Department of Human Services - 04/14/14
A Guest Editorial by Lois Ann Day, Child Welfare Director, Oregon Department of Human Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Oregonians are often surprised to learn that neglect of children, failure of parents to meet children's basic needs, is the most prevalent reason families come to the attention of child welfare. In Oregon, neglect is statutorily defined as abuse and it is the largest category of founded allegations of abuse.

Specifically, neglect is defined as a failure of a child's caretaker to adequately protect a child from harm. It is the inability of parents to meet their children's basic needs. Neglect can include an ongoing pattern of serious neglect by a parent or caregiver, and the pattern can often be corrected only to repeat over the same or new concerns. When it reoccurs, it is most often a result of parents being unable to access services that would help them out of the situation that is challenging their efforts to parent. More than 60% of all incidents of child abuse in Oregon are because of neglect or threat of harm.

Neglect is most often accompanied by several risk factors: extreme poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness of parent/child. Neglect is harmful for children and families, it causes trauma that has lasting impact on children that is increasingly difficult to mitigate. And that accumulated trauma stresses the scarce resources of the state.

We must ask ourselves: isn't there a better way to engage families struggling with these issues? Can we intervene with families earlier? Can we actually engage with families in a way that empowers them to identify their needs and take steps to ensure their children's safety and continue to parent them while addressing the issues that brought them to the attention of the child welfare system? Can we implement a child welfare system that supports parents to make decisions that keep their children at home rather than placement in foster care?

We can and we are. Oregon is in the process of implementing a Differential Response model that can transform child welfare's engagement with families and in many cases (with the right support services), keep children safely at home. During the 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kitzhaber took up the challenge, too. The final budget provided an increase of $92.7 million in total funds in Child Welfare programs to further earlier assistance for families.

Part of the investment was $23.7 million in total funds for statewide implementation of Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs. These programs, created by the legislature in 2011, are statutorily designed to provide a broad array of services to support families and keep children safely at home. Concrete supports are needed to address the underlying issues that lead to neglect. These supports include services that meet families' basic needs, such as food, housing, transportation and employment. In more advanced cases, the need is for services such as drug/alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, parenting support and skill-building. Providing these services in a culturally appropriate manner enhances the family's chances at successfully addressing their challenges.

Across the state, we are working in collaboration with local communities to enhance the service array. These services are to specifically address needs of children and families who come to the attention of Child Welfare through a report of abuse or neglect. Examples of the types of services communities are putting in place are family meeting facilitation; trauma and therapeutic services; enhanced family visitation; youth transition and mentoring services; intensive in-home services; parent navigators; parenting education and classes; parent mentoring and coaching; relief nurseries; housing stability assistance; emergency and short term housing supports; and employment assistance.

In May, Child Welfare will begin providing a new route for families to connect to these services. Differential Response is a redesign of the child welfare system's initial response for families with a screened in report of abuse or neglect. With a differentiated response system, there will be two tracks of response to families. Regardless of the track of response, all families involved with child welfare will receive a comprehensive child safety assessment by child welfare staff. However, some families, where they are able to keep their children safe, will be offered services without opening a case with child welfare.

Just as every family is unique, the department's approach needs to be flexible enough to serve the family's needs. Our design includes specific screening criteria to determine the best response to assess families and increase their success in keeping parenting their children safely at home.

Families can more successfully resolve issues when they take an active role in crafting the solution and where they have the opportunity to partner with child welfare and their community in the identification of services and supports needed. Our goal, and the goal of all communities, is to keep children safe and increase the strength and resiliency of families. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to recognize the essential support families and children have received from Oregon's Legislators and Governor Kitzhaber. We are particularly grateful to have the opportunity to undertake this important work.

~Lois
Last Call: Oregon DHS Direct Care Career Fair in Salem on Friday, April 11
OR Department of Human Services - 04/09/14
Help for local job seekers: The Oregon Department of Human Services will hold a Direct Care Career Fair on Friday, April 11, 2014, highlighting jobs providing care for adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn about a variety of jobs caring for some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, for example in the Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU). Help individuals achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.

This is a great chance to meet DHS site managers, direct care staff and more. They will be available to answer your questions and help you get started with a rewarding career.

Details: DHS Direct Care Career Fair will be held on April 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the AFSCME Building, 1400 Tandem Ave. NE in Salem.


Attached Media Files: Career Fair Poster
Search reopens for Oregon Arts Commission|Oregon Cultural Trust Executive Director
Oregon Arts Commission - 04/10/14
Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search has elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews.

While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists.

"We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future," agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board of directors. "If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it."

The executive director is a full-time, executive service position located in Salem, Ore. The successful candidate will become part of the state's Executive Service team. The position requires a minimum of three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization or two (2) years of management experience in a public or private organization and 45 to 48 quarter hours (30 to 32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. The salary range is from $64,608 to $95,136 per year plus benefits.

For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement. The announcement can be found at www.Oregonjobs.org and is scheduled to close at the end of the day on Monday, April 28. Interested candidates should apply now.

Interested candidates, or those wishing to recommend a candidate, should contact Lawson at (503) 373-7677 with questions.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.


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$237,500 awarded to boost capacity for 17 Oregon arts organizations
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
As part of its multi-year Sustaining Oregon's Arts program, the Oregon Arts Commission has awarded $237,500 in Capacity Building Grants to 17 Oregon arts groups. The grants, which range from $3,100 for upgrading Triangle Productions' office equipment to $24,500 for a capital campaign position at the Salem Arts Association, fund specific projects designed to strengthen the organizations and help them better achieve their missions.

Capacity Building Grants enable groups to respond to technology and environmental changes by building their operating capacity, improving financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and/or strengthening management and board governance.

"These grants help arts groups keep pace with changing technology or respond to one-time challenges or opportunities," said Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who chaired the grant panel. "The number of grant requests we receive, which far exceeds what we are able to fund, demonstrates that this is an area of great need for the arts field."

Applications from 40 organizations totaling $756,664 were received.

2014 Capacity Building Grants were awarded to:

All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland: $22,400
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center, allowing All Classical to enhance programming, build audiences and further develop financial capacity and stability. The new facility will provide adequate, healthier space for volunteers, interns and staff, in addition to accommodating on-site meetings by the board of directors.

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton: $6,400
To support the design and installation of exterior signage and other projects to increase organizational visibility. Included will be design and production of a new council brochure, new projection capability for meeting spaces and enhancements to the website for user and donor functionality.

Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW), Portland: $22,300
To support a full technology systems upgrade to manage the organization's artistic programs and generate earned and contributed revenue, including a new computer network and an updated website. The new technology will allow CMNW to more fully utilize its Customer Relationship Management software.

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $10,000
To support the purchase of new workstations and software, replacing decades-old donated computers with a new, compatible system. The upgrade will allow the museum to increase efficiency and expand programs and services to better meet community needs.

Eugene Opera, Eugene: $12,000
To support the creation of a new website that improves user navigation and is accessible to mobile devices, adding a content management system for staff and volunteers and integrating the opera's blog. The website will include design updates and a new video more accessible to younger audiences.

Eugene Symphony, Eugene: $19,000
To support the adoption of a cloud-based database to integrate analyze, and maximize the use of patron data. The database will enable the symphony to significantly enhance messaging for its communications, cultivation and stewardship efforts while ensuring patrons and donors feel their relationship with the Symphony is fully recognized and valued.

Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $10,000
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center. The move will provide space for the recruitment of skilled volunteers to track and manage patron data, as well as for board meetings; it also will inspire closer collaboration with fellow tenants Portland All Classical and Portland Opera.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $17,000
To support the purchase of computers, software and a new phone system. The technology upgrade will allow staff to be more productive and efficient, enhance the ability to plan, organize and market programs, simplify program registration and increase public access to Josephy Library resources and Josephy Center programs.

Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $11,500
To support the adoption of a new cloud-based database to integrate ticketing, subscriptions, fundraising, email marketing and collaboration. The database will allow the company to advance its five-year strategic plan to improve fiscal growth with enhanced communication and better understanding of its users.

Literary Arts, Portland: $20,000
To support re-mastering Literary Arts lecture archives and make them available to anyone across the state through a new online interface and associated marketing plan. The project will remove geographic barriers to participation in Portland Arts & Lectures, reaching new audiences and strengthening the organization's mission to promote reading and writing statewide.

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland: $7,900
To support an upgrade to the organization's financial management and network security systems, increasing Newspace's ability to effectively and efficiently process visitor donations, class registrations and related communications. The upgrade also will better separate office and web systems, ensuring that Newspace customer data is more secure.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $22,300
To support the creation of a new website in advance of the organization's 50th Anniversary Season. The website will allow functionality for use on tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices, better enabling the Opera to attract and retain younger audience members. It also will be more cost-efficient to maintain and will provide greater patron security.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,200
To support the migration to a new integrated relational database that will capture donations, ticket purchases and patron information in one central system. The new system will enable the theater to strategically market to people who have purchased tickets to similar shows; easily identify donors in specific categories to maintain or expand giving relationships; re-engage lapsed donors; and encourage first-time charitable giving by ticket-holders.

Salem Art Association, Salem: $24,500
To support a temporary increase in the Grants Manager position, enabling the manager to work full-time toward completion of the association's Access Art capital campaign. The campaign will fund the installation of an elevator, allowing access to the upstairs gallery space, and the renovation of the Bush Barn Annex to accommodate space for workshops and a studio.

Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem: $5,600
To support the purchase of upgraded computers and software that will increase system capacity and allow the institute to better manage relationships, grow revenue, develop new partnerships and attract more volunteers.

triangle productions, Portland: $3,100
To support an upgrade of office technology to enhance marketing and sales efforts. The new equipment will enable staff to create quality marketing materials in-house, enhance presentations and utilize point-of-sale technology as well as improving services to patrons.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Wash., Portland: $15,300
To support technical upgrades including replacing current accounting program, migrating data and updating scheduling software. The new equipment and software will save staff time by eliminating the need for manual hand entry to connect the accounting and scheduling systems, reduce opportunities for error, improve user experience with the Educator's Guide, and improve back-end reporting so Young Audiences can better track and evaluate program use.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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State Cultural Funders Hold Grant Workshops in Echo, La Grande, Statewide (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
Arts in the Parks with Pat Courtney Gold, was a grant of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Folklife Network and Oregon Cultural Trust.
Arts in the Parks with Pat Courtney Gold, was a grant of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Folklife Network and Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, OR - Grant application season has begun for the Oregon Cultural Trust and its partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and Oregon Heritage.

This group of statewide culture-focused organizations will be coming to Eastern Oregon on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, to share briefly about their programs, and discuss how they can be helpful and add value to the current and future activities of the cultural nonprofits and individuals in the community.

The workshop, "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities," will take place April 15, 3-5pm at Echo's Historic City Hall/Community Center, and Wednesday, April 16, 11:30-1:30 at the F. Maxine and Thomas W. Wood Memorial Library at 2006 4th St. in La Grande. These meetings are open to all potential grant applicants, and are likely to draw from several cities in Union, Umatilla, Grant and Morrow Counties.

Cultural Trust Manager, Kimberly Howard said she hopes the introductions and small group breakout sessions will be, "a broad discussion of how our organizations can intersect with your community in a way that has significance." Rotating small group conversations with each of the funders during the program will identify community needs and provide networking opportunities with regard to arts, heritage and humanities. "We hope people will make new connections in their conversations," said Howard.

After adjourning, the funding organizations will have clipboards available, on which potential applicants may sign up to receive additional information about a particular program. The Cultural Trust will also be scheduling one on one phone consultations with serious applicants in the months leading up to the May 15, 2014 deadline.

The group of cultural partners traveled the state together in 2012, meeting with applicants, but they did their grant workshops by webinar in 2013. Said Howard, "These workshops are a great chance for funders and cultural nonprofits to meet, face to face. This ends up being the most effective way of providing technical assistance and being present to listen for the best possible results."

Other "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities" programs will take place in April in Bend, Burns, and The Dalles.

https://classic.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1503494


Attached Media Files: Arts in the Parks with Pat Courtney Gold, was a grant of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Folklife Network and Oregon Cultural Trust.
Oregon geologists expand statewide landslide database
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 04/23/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 46,000 known landslide locations are now included in a statewide database that helps increase Oregon's understanding of where future landslides may occur.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released version 3.0 of the Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon (SLIDO), which compiles all landslides that have been identified on published maps. The SLIDO interactive map at www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido makes locating landslides as simple as entering an address.

"We've mapped more landslides in the last five years than we did in the previous 60 years," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "Land that has slid tends to slide again, so mapping landslide locations is critical."

Use of lidar, a new tool that provides accurate high-resolution images of the earth's surface, has dramatically expanded Oregon's landslide knowledge. Almost all of the nearly 20,000 landslides mapped since 2009 have come from geologic and landslide mapping that used lidar.

"When we've finished mapping with lidar for the whole state, we'll have a very different - and much better - understanding of landslides," Burns says.

Collaborating with communities to assess landslide risk, and support putting that knowledge into action, is increasingly part of DOGAMI's work.

"We do mapping projects with communities, to ensure they can use the information to help protect people and property," Burns says.

The Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon (SLIDO) Release 3.0 by William J. Burns and Rudie Watzig is available as a free download, as web services, or for purchase on DVD. Learn more here: www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/data.htm
Wet weather in southwest Oregon brings potential for landslides (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/28/14
The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas.
The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas.
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SOUTHWEST OREGON - Heavy rainfall Friday in southwest Oregon will bring increased potential for landslides in the mountains. The National Weather Service has issued a flood potential outlook for Coos, Curry and Josephine counties.

Be alert to changing weather conditions throughout the weekend, and use extreme caution when travelling. Watch for signs of a landslide, which could include collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rock and debris. Listen for loud, unusual sounds. If you think there is danger of a landslide, leave the area immediately.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. The most dangerous places include:
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas, at http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them at www.oregongeology.org/sub/Landslide/Landslidehome.htm.

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Attached Media Files: The Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO) compiles Oregon landslides that have been identified on published maps. Oregonians can search for their addresses, or commonly traveled areas.
Fallen Oregon workers to be remembered April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/17/14
(Salem) - Not all Oregon families are able to welcome home their loved one after a day on the job. Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, invites all Oregonians to attend a 12:30 p.m. ceremony on Monday, April 28, 2014 to honor those lost to workplace deaths. The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem.

The memorial service will feature the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2013. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the speakers at the ceremony.

"This Workers Memorial Day, I want to challenge all Oregonians to think about what they need to stay safe at work," said Chamberlain. "Are you getting the training you need? The right equipment? This month we remember our neighbors who we lost due to workplace tragedies. But in their memory we must do more to keep Oregonians safe on the job."

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

"As the economy recovers, some see an increase in the number of injuries and even deaths as inevitable - the cost of doing business," said Wood. "Workers Memorial Day rejects that approach. We must not only remember. We must demand better."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by roughly three-quarters since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

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

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.

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 250,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and restoring the middle class. The Oregon AFL-CIO - A Strong Voice for Oregon's Middle Class.
Videos offer primer on investing, seeking professional financial help
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/14
To recognize Financial Literacy Month in April, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has produced a series of videos about investment basics and how to choose a financial professional to help people get started with their retirement planning.

The 13 videos, created by the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, break down the six most common investment products, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate, and describe the characteristics, responsibilities, and compensation of a stockbroker, investment advisor, and financial planner. The division licenses and regulates some of these financial professionals.

"Many people feel they lack the knowledge it takes to invest," said David Tatman, the division's administrator. "We encourage them to take the initial steps with these easy-to-understand videos to gain more confidence and begin to take control of their financial future."

Viewers can choose to watch individual videos based on their interest or need, or watch one video that includes all the topics. Videos can be found on the division's website at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/consumer_info/BasicsInvestmentPlanning.html.

Financial Literacy Month, designated in 2004 through a resolution by the U.S. Senate, was established to help Americans to learn to make wise investments and improve financial literacy.

About us:
The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS) helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

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.
Consumer alert: Long-term care insurance rates on the rise, talk to your financial adviser about what is right for you
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/08/14
As long-term care insurance rates continue to rise, the Oregon Insurance Division is urging consumers to carefully examine their options and how this type of insurance fits into their overall financial strategy.

"Consumers facing rate increases may have options to reduce their premiums," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "For consumers thinking of buying this type of insurance, it's important to consider whether it complements their long-term financial goals."

In recent months, the Insurance Division has approved long-term care rate increases affecting more than 29,000 Oregonians, and several other rate increases are pending. The division has reduced the increases during the review process - companies originally requested an average 45 percent increase, but the division approved an average 26 percent increase.

"While these increases are still significant for consumers, they are much lower than what was originally requested," Cali said. "By reducing the rate increases, we hope to give policyholders the ability to maintain their coverage or to adjust their benefits so that they can still afford it and be able to access benefits should they need long-term care."

Long-term care insurance covers people who are chronically ill in a variety of settings - at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, for example. Typically, people begin paying premium before they need benefits. They become eligible for benefits if they can no longer perform certain daily activities such as eating, dressing, or bathing or if they have a mental impairment such as dementia.

Long-term care is a relatively new type of insurance and insurers nationwide have been raising rates over the past several years. That's due to the fact that policyholders kept their policies longer than expected and are living longer than projected, using more benefits. In addition, low interest rate returns are not keeping pace with increases in the costs of long-term care services.

Consumers will receive letters from their insurance companies at least 45 days before an increase takes effect. The Insurance Division has also asked companies to notify policyholders of their intentions for future rate increases.

In many cases, consumers facing rate increases can reduce their premium by reducing the benefits covered by their policy. For example, they could reduce their inflation protection, which means their policy would cover a smaller percentage of the costs of care in the future. Other options for reducing benefits range from reducing the daily benefit amount to shortening the benefit period.

Deciding how to pay for long-term care services should be part of your overall retirement planning, Cali said. As part of National Retirement Planning Week (April 7-11), the National Retirement Planning Coalition has collected the latest resources to help consumers and financial professionals focus on long-term financial goals, available at www.retireonyourterms.org.

A summary of the recent long-term care rate increases in Oregon is attached. For a complete list of all the policies affected as well as pending requests, go to http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/?pg=ltc_welcome.html. For general information about long-term care insurance, go to http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/long-term-care/Pages/ltc_overview.aspx or call the Insurance Division consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894.


Attached Media Files: rate summary table
Suspicious powder received at Two Rivers Correctional Institution determined not hazardous
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/21/14
Emergency responders determined that a white powdery substance received Monday afternoon in an envelope at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) mail room was not hazardous.

On April 21, 2014, at 2:28 p.m., the TRCI mail room reported receiving the envelope with the unknown substance. The mail room area was secured and the administration building evacuated. Hermiston Hazardous Materials Unit and the Umatilla Fire and Rescue responded to evaluate the powder for any hazardous substances. No employees reported any adverse reactions.

The mail room is located inside the administration building, where 18 to 20 staff members normally work each day. Several staff members were in the mail room at the time the substance was found. The institution is operating as normal.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/10/14
A Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday morning. As with all unanticipated inmate deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. on April 10, 2014, inmate Dean Wayne Guiley, 53, was found unresponsive in his housing unit. He was pronounced deceased at 7:27 a.m.

Guiley entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on August 14, 2001, on three counts of Kidnapping I and one count of Assault II out of Lane County. His earliest release date was January 2043.

Next of kin has been notified. DOC will release more details when the investigation is completed.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Warning shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/04/14
At approximately 9:45 a.m., Friday, April 4, three inmates engaged in a fight on a recreation yard at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting.

A portion of the institution remains on partial/modified lockdown, but regular visiting will occur as scheduled.

EOCI is a medium security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Wildfire knows no season (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/14
Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season.]
Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season.]
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May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month! Please be mindful of the growing potential for wildfires and follow basic fire safety rules and precautions. The heaviest activity is in the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, state, local and federal fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS
When it comes to preventing wildfires, there's a lot at stake - lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon's forests. In 2013, three firefighters died battling Oregon wildfires. Timber losses totaled about $370 million, and the fires decimated key fish and wildlife habitats. Homes and outbuildings were destroyed as well.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME
Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses.

"Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact in keeping your home, family and community safe," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the backyard.

To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors and reduce your community wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 3. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of wildfire.

"Thousands of Oregonian's lives and homes can be put at risk when a wildfire strikes," reminds Interim Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "I encourage everyone to prepare their home and the area around their home before wildfire season begins by checking the websites for Keep Oregon Green and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry."

Coming soon: More Wildfire Awareness Month tips
During May, Keep Oregon Green will promote fire prevention messages on:

?,?- defensible space and fire-resistant plants
?,?- backyard debris burning
?,?- campfire safety
?,?- vehicle exhaust system checks, and final preparations for fire season


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Attached Media Files: Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season.]
State Forests Advisory Committee to meet April 22 in Forest Grove
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/17/14
An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet April 22 in Forest Grove to receive updates on ODF district operation plans and state forest issues, including:

* Alternative Forest Management Plan workshop summary
* FY 2015 ODF district Annual Operation Plans (AOPs)
* Forest Grove Watershed Management Plan
* State Forests Division updates

Public comment opportunities are currently scheduled for 2 p.m.

>SFAC's role
The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) is comprised of citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while prioritizing environmental and social benefits.

>Meeting details
The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-359-7426.
Get a jump on fire season on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/17/14
Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes.
Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes.
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The severe 2013 fire season still fresh in their minds, Oregonians are focusing their efforts on protecting against future wildfires. Approximately 751,672 Oregonians (occupying about 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire.

Are you one of them? Get involved by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 3. Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions help reduce your community's wildfire risk.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common - they are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk, the Oregon Department of Forestry's National Fire Plan Coordinator. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space around homes is a proven way to make it less vulnerable to wildfire. Kolomechuk pointed rural residents to the national Firewise Communities USA Program for tips. "Defensible space" simply means to:
- Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.

The National Fire Protection Association through its Firewise Communities Program has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to provide cash awards of $500 to 20 individual projects to be undertaken during the May 3 event. Two Oregon communities, Grants Pass and La Pine, received awards to support community preparedness events.

In addition, the Rogue Valley Fire Cooperative received $900 to support local Wildfire Community Preparedness efforts through the "1,000 Safer Places Firewise Challenge."

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that intermingle with forested and other undeveloped lands to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

"By working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards," she said, "you can help protect homes and even entire communities from future wildfires."


Attached Media Files: Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes.
Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
Applications are now being accepted for a program created to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of parcelization or new development.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. This voluntary program provides financial incentives -- via conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important "working forest" areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon. Applications for Forest Legacy funding are now being accepted for Fiscal Year 2016.

Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 16, 2014. Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives.

To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated in Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).
Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted by close of business May 16, 2014, to:

Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills. Currently, Oregon has two projects awaiting federal fiscal year 2013 appropriation, both in eastern Oregon. Gilchrist Forest is ranked 6th nationally; followed by the Blue Mountain Heritage, ranked 11th nationally.

A conservation easement is a legal restriction placed on a piece of property to protect a specific resource, or several resources, such as a working forest. By stripping off certain property rights to the property - such as development rights - conservation easements can be used to keep forestlands for forestry purposes in perpetuity for enjoyment by future generations.

For more information:
Fiscal Year (FY) Forest Legacy Program Project Application Instructions
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/FY%202015%20Oregon%20Application%20Instructions.pdf

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml

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Winners of 2014 Urban & Community Forestry awards announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
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In celebration of Oregon Arbor Week (April 7-13), Oregon Community Trees (OCT) - the state's urban and community forestry council - announces the 2014 recipients of the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards.

The award recipients are:

Tree City of the Year: City of Philomath

In 2013, the City of Philomath removed many scrub and crabapple trees from an area that had long been an eyesore as people entered the city. The city enlisted help from a local grade school to help plant 47 trees on the newly-cleared land. Not only did the kids have fun while planting the trees, they also learned about the importance of trees and the benefits they provide. As the trees grow, they will beautify the area and provide shade for a local creek. The project has been a huge success and the city has received numerous compliments from local citizens. Water samples have already shown a decrease in stream temperature as well as reduced levels of some chemicals in the stream. Recognizing Philomath's accomplishments in promoting healthy urban and community trees is especially appropriate in 2014, which marks Philomath's 20th year as a Tree City USA.

Organization Award: Greenworks

GreenWorks is a landscape architecture and urban design practice based in Portland, Oregon, and has been working with the City of Portland Parks & Recreation Department to design Werbin Park -- the first developed park in the Cully Neighborhood in northeast Portland. During the summer 2013, GreenWorks provided outreach for underprivileged neighborhood children, using the park project to teach the children about park design and construction. GreenWorks partnered with Verde and Hacienda's Expresiones after school program to develop six weeks of activities for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Student participants visited the Werbin Park project site, other similar parks, and the GreenWorks office, learned about the design process, experienced firsthand how construction drawings are developed, and engaged in activities to develop their own design skills. Through this unique outreach effort, GreenWorks demonstrated their support for the Cully Neighborhood's commitment to social equity and provided an amazing learning opportunity for local children, who will ultimately become the primary users of Werbin Park. GreenWorks greatly deserves recognition for including this exceptional outreach effort in the design phase of their scope of work.

Individual Award: Laura Lesher

Laura Lesher has made outstanding contributions to urban forestry in the Salem area. She has served on the City of Salem's Shade Tree Advisory Committee, the Oregon Community Trees board of directors, and is a Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) graduate. She has also served on the City of Salem's tree advisory board for 7 years -- as chair for the last 5 years. During that time she has shown the highest degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and courtesy in often difficult and emotional tree hearings before the committee. She also has served on the several other sub-committees related to Salem's urban forest, including the current street tree code revision committee. She often utilizes her expertise in team building and collaboration and acts as an advisor and mentor to others who are interested in trees. Laura has advocated for trees by serving on Oregon Community Trees' Board of Directors for 5 years, where she provided valuable expertise in board development and team building. Laura exudes positive energy in all undertakings and has a true passion for trees and the urban forest.

Organization Award: Angell Job Corps

Angell Job Corps receives this award in recognition of this organization's success and continued efforts in teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent citizens. They strive to place their students in meaningful jobs or on track for additional education. Angell Job Core has directly influenced many students to achieve their goal of becoming arborists. After graduating from Angell Job Core, many students have earned positions with commercial urban forestry companies such as General Tree Service, Collier Arbor Care, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, and other arboriculture-related companies. We salute Angell Job Corps for their contributions to social justice as well as their excellent track record in training young professionals in community forestry.

About These Awards
For the 21st year, the O.C.T. awards recognize individuals and organizations for their exceptional, inspiring accomplishments and leadership in enhancing Oregon's urban and community forests.

Anyone can make nominations for these awards, which are given annually for leadership in community and urban forestry.

For more information, please visit: www.oregoncommunitytrees.org


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Forestry Board to meet in Canyonville 4-14, tour Douglas Complex site 4-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
On April 15 the Board of Forestry will tour the site of Oregon's largest wildfire of 2013, the 48,000-acre Douglas Complex near Glendale. At its business meeting in Canyonville on April 14, the board will address agenda items on water quality, management of state forests, and other topics.

Highlights from the April 14 meeting include:

STREAM PROTECTION RULE ANALYSIS
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will report on ongoing work involving possible new forest practice rules designed to maintain cold water in streams. With the board, they will also discuss emerging policy issues pertaining to riparian (streamside) protection.

COMPLIANCE WITH LEAVE-TREE AND DOWNED-WOOD REGULATIONS
Landowners in Oregon's Coast Range are 97 percent compliant with forest practice regulations that require them to leave green trees or snags and downed logs when conducting clearcut timber harvests, according to a completed study. The Oregon Forest Practices Act calls for their retention to provide wildlife habitat and maintain healthy soil.

ALTERNATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS
ODF staff will describe progress in evaluating alternative forest management plans for the northwestern Oregon state-owned forests. Last June, the board directed ODF to explore alternative forest management plans that would be financially viable and improve conservation outcomes.

HIGH-VALUE CONSERVATION AREAS
The board will receive an update on ODF's efforts to implement an administrative rule change adopted last year that created the new "high-value conservation area" land management classification on state-owned forests.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FORESTS
A board subcommittee on federal forests will update the full board on its draft work plan. The subcommittee focuses on federal forest policy issues, with an aim to help the board interact with the governor's office, the Oregon congressional delegation, the Legislature and others on management of the 18 million acres of federally owned forestland in the state.

APRIL 14 MEETING DETAILS
The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Birch-Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, in Canyonville. A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, (2014 meeting link).

SPECIAL NEEDS
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.

APRIL 15 FIELD TOUR DETAILS
The board will meet for a field tour outside of Glendale near the site of the 2013 Douglas Complex fires. The tour will examine the complexity of forest management, wildfire management, and post-fire salvage and restoration operations in the context of multiple public and private landowner objectives. A tour briefing will be held at 8 a.m. in the Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center in Canyonville. Members of the public wishing to join the tour are asked to provide their own lunch and potentially their own transportation if additional van seating is unavailable.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at www.oregon.gov/odf.
Department of Forestry names new State Forests Division Chief
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/04/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) named Liz Dent as chief of its State Forests Division this week.

Dent, who had been the division's deputy chief since May 2012, succeeds Mike Bordelon who retired after 28 years with ODF.

Dent, of Corvallis, received a Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and a Masters degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University. After graduating from Oregon State, she worked on fish habitat and water quality projects for the U.S. Forest Service, and has been with ODF since 1995, working in a variety of nationally recognized water quality and monitoring leadership roles.

"The State Forests Division has a full plate in the coming years with challenges to address, and opportunities to build upon. I am honored to be the State Forests Division chief, with the opportunity to help lead the division towards successful outcomes," Dent said.

"We are fortunate to have a wide range of stakeholders engaged, all with diverse perspectives on state forest management," she added. "This proves an exciting time for change, and fortunately ODF is resilient and well-versed in embracing changing times. Those out in the field, and those in Salem are exceptionally good at what they do, and that makes me proud to be part of this organization."

The division is responsible for managing nearly 850,000 acres of state-owned forestland, ensuring these lands produce a broad range of benefits including timber, revenue to help support local public services, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for Oregonians. ODF-managed lands are mostly concentrated in six state forests in western and central Oregon, and account for about three percent of the state's forestland base.

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County groups to discuss state forestry issues April 4 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/28/14
County commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, April 4, in Salem.

Goals of the combined Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) and Council of Forestry Trust Land Counties workshop agenda include:

* Reviewing the alternative forest management planning process to date
* Developing criteria for acceptable outcomes of an alternative forest management plan
* Identifying ideas for agreement with the Board of Forestry decision in the fall of 2014
* Reviewing draft proposals being considered for county revenue distribution

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training / Revised Agenda
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/22/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training
Revised Agenda
April 24, 2014

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. For further information, please contact Tammera Hinshaw at (503) 373-1553 or tammera.hinshaw@state.or.us.

Administrative Announcement
"This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be tape recorded."

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the January 23, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-008-0010 & OAR 259-008-0011 Proposed Rule Change
Fingerprint Procedure Changes
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by TPC on February 5, 2014,
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-060-0010 Temporary Work Permit Definition
Private Security Services - Definitions
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-060-0120 Additional Certification Requirement
Private Security Professional Certification and Responsibilities
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-061-0040 & 259-061-0300 Proposed Rule
Private Investigator Moral Fitness
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

F. *Proposed Training Standard
Firearms Private Security Instructor Curriculum
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 19, 2014.

G. *John Slyter - Request for Medical Waiver
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

H. *Shawn King - DPSST#49251 - Dept of Corrections - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

I. *John Crowder - DPSST#43014 - Enterprise PD - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

J. *Ray Rockafellor - DPSST#42493 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

K. *Dwayne Gift - DPSST#30008 - Dept of Corrections EOCI - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

L. *Sean Sothern - DPSST#28796 - Portland Police Bureau - Not Revoke
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on November 12, 2014.

M. *Ronald Swanson - DPSST#19084 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

N. *Policy Committee Changes
Corrections:
Jeff Wheeler - Oregon Sheriffs Jail Command Council - New appointment

2. OAR 259-008-0070 and OAR 259-060-0600 - Temporary Rule - Linsay Hale
Error Correction

3. OAR 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule - Linsay Hale
Intermediate and Advanced Certification Chart Date Extension

4. Background Investigations - Linsay Hale

5. Annual Director Evaluation - Chair Barker

6. Five Year Review of Revocation/Denial Cases - Steve Winegar

7. Director Update - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update
* Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
* Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
* Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
* Private Security Policy Committee - Jeff Martin, Chair
* Telecommunications Policy Committee - Rob Poirier, Chair

9. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

10. Next meeting date: July 24, 2014
Parole & Probation Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/19/14
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 67th Parole and Probation Officer Class on April 25, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and elected officials are welcome to attend.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us

Members of Parole & Probation Class #67

Officer Kevin Blaich
Josephine County Community Corrections

Officer Jason Caldwell
Clackamas County Community Corrections

Officer Lisa Coates
Polk County Community Corrections

Deputy Ryan Downing
Baker County Sheriff's Office

Officer Harley Earl III
Multnomah County Community Justice

Officer Holly Fischer
Washington County Community Corrections

Officer Zachariah Foos
Klamath County Community Corrections

Supervisor Joseph Garcia
Douglas County Community Corrections

Officer Richard Gill
Coos County Community Corrections

Officer Erin Gladstone
Washington County Community Corrections

Officer Flemming Greene
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Heather Harris
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Officer Daryll Healey
Lincoln County Community Corrections

Officer Colleen Kim
Multnomah County Community Justice

Supervisor Gregory Lay
DOC/Linn County Community Corrections

Officer Mark McDaniel
Klamath County Community Corrections

Officer Andrew Morgan
Lincoln County Community Corrections

Deputy Frances Murrey
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Officer Christine Myers
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Tyler Nelsen
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Officer Jeromy Pilon
Yamhill County Community Corrections

Officer Joshua Pritt
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Officer Consuelo Ramirez
Hood River County Community Justice

Officer Ronald Ramsey
Multnomah County Community Justice

Officer Matthew Scott
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Anna Seaholm
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

Officer Jacob Skokan
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Connie Trigilio
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Officer Brittany Whitmire
Jackson County Community Justice

Officer Keith Yori
Douglas County Community Corrections


## 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, 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
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to Hold Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/03/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training April 24, 2014 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Tammera Hinshaw at least 48 hours before the meeting at(503)373-1553 or tammera.hinshaw@state.or.us.


1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the January 23, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-008-0010 & OAR 259-008-0011 Proposed Rule Change
Fingerprint Procedure Changes
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by TPC on February 5, 2014,
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-060-0010 Temporary Work Permit Definition
Private Security Services - Definitions
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-060-0120 Additional Certification Requirement
Private Security Professional Certification and Responsibilities
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-061-0040 & 259-061-0300 Proposed Rule
Private Investigator Moral Fitness
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

F. *Proposed Training Standard
Firearms Private Security Instructor Curriculum
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 19, 2014.

G. *John Slyter - Request for Medical Waiver
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

H. *Shawn King - DPSST#49251 - Dept of Corrections - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

I. *John Crowder - DPSST#43014 - Enterprise PD - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

J. *Ray Rockafellor - DPSST#42493 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

K. *Dwayne Gift - DPSST#30008 - Dept of Corrections EOCI - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

L. *Sean Sothern - DPSST#28796 - Portland Police Bureau - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on November 12, 2014.

M. *Ronald Swanson - DPSST#19084 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

N. *Policy Committee Changes
Corrections:
Jeff Wheeler - Oregon Sheriffs Jail Command Council - New appointment

2. OAR 259-008-0070 and OAR 259-060-0600 - Temporary Rule - Linsay Hale Error Correction

3. OAR 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule - Linsay Hale Intermediate and Advanced Certification Chart Date Extension

4. Background Investigations - Linsay Hale

5. Annual Director Evaluation - Chair Barker

6. Five Year Review of Revocation/Denial Cases - Steve Winegar

7. Director Update - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update
* Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
* Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
* Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
* Private Security Policy Committee - Jeff Martin, Chair
* Telecommunications Policy Committee - Rob Poirier, Chair

9. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

10. Next meeting date: July 24, 2014


# 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 Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Engraving Day held at State's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/02/14
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In preparation for the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony, the names of two of Oregon's fallen were added today under the solemn watch of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The memorial honors more than 178 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) approved the addition of two officers during the 2014 ceremony. It is the goal of the Board to honor and remember the sacrifices of all of Oregon's fallen officers and they families they left behind. Below is information on the two officers whose names were etched on the memorial today and will be officially honored during next month's ceremony.

Reserve Police Officer Robert Libke of the Oregon City Police Department will be the 180th officer to be honored on the state's memorial. On November 3, 2014, Clackamas County Fire District #1 and Oregon City Police units were dispatched to a report of a house fire on November 3, 2013. Police were sent to deal with a report of an armed male at the fire scene. Reserve Officer Robert Libke (DPSST #51035) of the Oregon City Police Department was shot at the scene of the house fire. Officer Libke was transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he died from his injuries on November 4, 2013. Officer Libke, age 41, left behind a wife and unborn child. Officer Libke served as a reserve officer with the Oregon City Police Department since 2009. Officer Libke graduated from the 276-hour Clackamas County Reserve Officer Academy on February 11, 2010. Officer Libke grew up in Portland and graduated from Marshall High School in 1991. He worked as a general supervisor at Evraz Oregon Steel in Portland.

Deputy Charles H. Basye of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be added to the memorial this year through the historic recognition process. Deputy Basye was murdered by an inmate during an escape from the Jackson County Jail on June 12, 1917 and his death was unknown for many years until research done by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office located additional details of his death.

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

Three photos attached.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1187/73042/2014_Engraving_Day.jpg , Lt Jim Anglemier stands watch at memorial , 2014-04/1187/73042/2014_Engraving_Day_Added_Names_Basye_and_Libke.jpg
Half million Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/08/14
The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding nearly 500,000 Oregonians that they still need to file personal income tax returns by the April 15 filing deadline. That's only one week away.

"Based on last year's totals, we expect another 470,000 returns by April 15," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That's nearly one-third of all the returns we receive during tax season."

Revenue says about one million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. Oregonians are overwhelmingly filing returns electronically, with a statewide average of almost 92%. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically, Revenue encouraged anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all the required forms are included in your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent little mistakes that will slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/861/73175/20140408_PIT_Deadline.pdf
Revenue department offers new ID theft-reporting tools
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/02/14
Amid a growing number of reports of federal tax returns being filed by identity thieves, the Department of Revenue has established new ID theft reporting options for Oregonians.

"ID theft and tax fraud can go hand-in-hand," said JoAnn Martin, Personal Tax and Compliance Division Administrator at Revenue. "We want it to be as easy as possible for potential victims to protect their tax accounts."

Revenue's website now features a webform for reporting ID theft quickly and easily. The ID theft page includes links to information about filing reports with other important entities like the IRS and credit reporting agencies. Taxpayers without Internet access can call 503-947-2000, a phone line dedicated to receiving ID theft reports.

As the April 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns approaches, Revenue officials anticipate additional reports of identity theft. Several recent reports have been triggered when an Oregonian tries to file their federal tax return and it's rejected by the IRS because a return was previously filed using their Social Security number. Revenue's best advice?

"File as soon as you can and if you suspect you've been a victim of identity theft, notify us immediately," Martin said.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/861/73028/20140402_ID_theft_release_final.pdf
Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/01/14
Board to consider legislative concept, hear reports

Salem - Two awards honoring an exceptional stream project and an exemplary partnership effort, will be presented by the State Land Board at their public meeting on April 8:

Stream Project Award: Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration, a large-scale, multi-year effort to restore habitat for federally listed spring Chinook, coho salmon and winter steelhead in the Sandy River Basin. Partners include The Freshwater Trust, Sandy River Basin Partners, local governments, conservation groups, Mt. Hood National Forest, PGE and Bureau of Land Management. The project is supported by funding from the City of Portland, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, and the Boeing Company.

Partnership Award: Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, a collaborative effort among public- and private-sector citizens in the Coos Bay Community. The partnership's goals are to develop locally-driven approaches to responsible development, and to help prepare for climate-related changes on Oregon's south coast. Past and present partners include the South Slough National Research Reserve, the Coos Watershed Council, the Coquille Indian Tribe, local economic development organizations, the International Port of Coos Bay, local businesses, and a wide variety of government agencies. Funding has been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

The stream award recognizes responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources, and the partnership award recognizes people and programs that work together to help advance the goals of the Department of State Lands. The Department is the South Slough's state administrative partner.

In other business, the board will be asked to authorize the Department of State Lands to proceed with drafting a legislative concept related to marine renewable energy.

The informational agenda includes the annual reports on Common School Fund investments and the Estates Program.

The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Agenda:

http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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www.oregonstatelands.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon March 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/15/14
Oregon Job Growth Hits Fastest Pace in Eight Years

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted monthly job gain of 7,500 in March was the largest since November 2005 when 9,300 jobs were added.

The rapid job growth in recent months may be pulling people back into the labor market. Nearly five years into this economic recovery, rapid gains in construction employment and an end to overall government job declines have lent support to more broad-based economic expansion.

The jobs report indicated economic growth accelerated in March, with many of the major industries adding at least 1,000 jobs.

Construction shot up by 1,800, following a gain of 1,300 in February. Leisure and hospitality bounced back from a one-month dip, adding 2,100 in March. In addition, five industries added close to 1,000 jobs: retail trade (+1,200 jobs), financial activities (+900), professional and business services (+1,200), private educational services (+800), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only industry showing a large loss in March was wholesale trade, which shed 1,000 jobs.

Over the past 12 months, Oregon's economic expansion was rapid and broad-based. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment grew by 46,300 jobs, or 2.8 percent since March 2013 as each major industry added jobs. The private sector added 43,700 jobs, or 3.2 percent, while government added 2,600 jobs, or 0.9 percent. Within the private sector, construction grew at the fastest pace, having added 7,800 jobs or 10.8 percent since March 2013.

In March, seasonally adjusted construction employment broke through 80,000 for the first time since January 2009. After plummeting to near 67,000 in 2010, the industry has once again returned to near 80,000, which was close to its level during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In March, most of construction's job gains were in building equipment contractors, which added 1,400 and was up 2,600 in the past 12 months. The industry is primarily comprised of contractors specializing in electrical; plumbing; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

These preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses and are subject to later revision.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in March, essentially unchanged from 6.8 percent, as revised, in February and significantly below the year-ago figure of 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Oregon's labor force increased for the fifth consecutive month in March, following nearly two years of monthly declines. Continued job growth, coupled with a high number of entrants to the labor force, has been driving recent labor force growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, April 21st and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 13th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Eric Villegas at 503-947-1794.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: Oregon March 2014 Unemployment Rate Press Release
Media Advisory: Press Conference Tomorrow for March Statewide Unemployment
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for March 2014 will be released tomorrow, April 15, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Communications manager Tom Fuller and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Job Vacancies Increased By 10,000 Over the Year
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.
Not only did employers report having more openings, they also reported more difficulty finding the workers they need, and they are offering higher average wages, possibly to attract more applicants.

All of this means additional (and perhaps better-paid) opportunities for job seekers in Oregon.
The increase of 10,000 job vacancies occurred among businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses with 100 or more employees had essentially the same level of vacancies this year as in winter 2013.

Along with more vacancies, there are fewer unemployed competing for those available jobs. In January, 146,600 Oregonians were unemployed, which means roughly 4 unemployed people for each private-sector vacancy. One year ago, the ratio was 8 unemployed for every job vacancy.

As the labor market tightens, employers are having more difficulty finding the workers they need. Employers reported that more than half of their vacancies in the winter were difficult to fill. The share has increased since winter 2013, when 39 percent of vacancies were difficult to fill.

At $16.05, the average wage offered for a vacancy in winter 2014 was $0.74 above the level from the prior year - one more sign of a job market picking up steam.

Food preparation and serving workers, and production workers topped the list of occupations with vacancies, with more than 4,000 apiece.

All regions had more vacancies this year than last. Vacancies have increased significantly in Central Oregon since winter 2014. The Portland Tri-County area had 19,000 vacancies, more than half of the statewide total.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2014 will be released in July.
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release details of the 2013 "Why are positions difficult-to-fill?" responses in May.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/930/73355/Job_Vacancy_Survey_Winter_2014_News_Release.pdf
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 04/14/14
April 14, 2014

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, April 18. The primary agenda items will be the process for selecting the 2015 metrics, and presentations on long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics; population health metrics; and early learning metrics. Public testimony will be heard at 11:45 a.m.

When: Friday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Directions and parking information: http://www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:
Welcome and consent agenda
Updates
Work plan to select measures for 2015
Presentation: long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics
Presentation: population health metrics
Presentation: early learning metrics
Public testimony

For more information, please visit the Metrics and Scoring Committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Future of Public Health Task Force meets April 16
Oregon Health Authority - 04/04/14
April 4, 2014

What: The fifth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

* Explore approaches to delivering governmental public health services.

* Begin to develop framework for recommendations.

* Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

May 12, 2014, Bend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 18, 2014, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tentative time)

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan, policy officer, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/14
March 28, 2014

Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Patients and medical records transferred to Oregon State Hospital

The Blue Mountain Recovery Center will close March 31. Built in 1948, BMRC was originally the admission and treatment building of the former Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Most recently, it provided hospital-level care for up to 60 patients who had been committed to the Oregon Health Authority for psychiatric treatment.

The remaining BMRC patients have been transferred to the Oregon State Hospital's Portland and Salem campuses. Construction of a new psychiatric facility in Junction City is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, and it will begin serving patients in spring of 2015. The new facilities in Salem and Junction City were designed to provide a therapeutic environment that best supports recovery from mental illness.

Upon closure, Oregon State Hospital will take possession of the archived medical records of former patients of Blue Mountain Recovery Center, Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center, and Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Records will be available after May 1, 2014. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of former patient medical records should mail or fax their request to Oregon State Hospital:

Mailing address
Health Information Department
Room B01-252
Oregon State Hospital
2600 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-945-9855

For questions about medical records, please contact the Oregon State Hospital Health Information Department at 503-945-2976.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/27/14
March 27, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting April 1 in Portland, where OHA staff and the board will continue to work on the board's recommendations to Governor Kitzhaber. The board will hear a general progress report on the work, as well as a presentation on the Sustainable Rate of Growth work group. The board also will hear an update on OHA's data and measurement strategy - including the payment process for coordinated care organization quality incentive measures - and an update on selection of new health plans by the Public Employees' Benefit Board (PEBB). The board will hear public testimony beginning at 3 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 1, 1-3:15 p.m.

Where: Market Square Building, ninth floor, 1515 S.W. Fifth Ave. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream, and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page.

Agenda:
* Director's report
* OHPB recommended actions: progress report
* Sustainable Rate of Growth work group update
* Data and measurement update, including:
- Health plan quality metrics work group and metrics alignment
- CCO quality incentive payment process and timeline
* Coordinated care model spread: PEBB health plan selection and Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) update

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Public Hearing Notice: 2014-2015 US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/17/14
OREGON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Public Hearing Notice

There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan for Oregon

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Place: North Mall Office Building, Room # B138
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, Oregon 97301

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Sandy McDonnell, 503.986-2012, by TTY at 503.986-2100, or by email at sandy.mccdonell@oregon.gov.

The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public comment on the proposed 2014-2015 US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan for Oregon. Persons interested in commenting on the state plan are invited to attend the public hearing. Written comments will be accepted as long as they are received by 5:00pm, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. A copy of the proposed state plan will be available to view on the OHCS website after Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The web address is www.ohcs.oregon.gov. Please send all correspondence and requests for copies of the plan to Oregon Housing and Community Services at the address below:

Oregon Housing and Community Services
Attn: Chris Shoopman, Weatherization Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, OR 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-0972
Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/01/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014


CONTACTS:
Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8322
jared@oregonvolunteers.org

Tom Unger, Wells Fargo
(503) 886-2051
ungert@wellsfargo.com


Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards

SALEM, Ore. -- Some of the most outstanding volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized for their hard work and achievements at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.

The awards will honor 22 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight will be state-level awards, and 24 will be regional awards (see winners list below). The winners serve in areas stretching from Medford to Portland and Newport to Ontario, and places in between.

"These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon," said Governor Kitzhaber. "They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service."

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by April 17 at:
www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva/2014.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization selected by each winner.

"Through their skilled labor and professional services, board service, or simply lending an ear and providing friendship, the honorees' dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis, who volunteers frequently.

The winners of this year's awards emerged from an extraordinary competition. Oregon Volunteer received a record 114 nominations this year, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Volunteer engagement leaders from across the state carefully reviewed the nominations to select the winners.

State-Level Winners

Youth Volunteer:
Grant Crim of Coquille
American Cancer Society Volunteer
Diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 22 months, Grant Crim has devoted himself to supporting the American Cancer Society, especially through his support of the Relay for Life fundraiser. A past relay participant, Crim joined his local Relay for Life of South Coos County event planning committee in August 2012 as the team development chair. He recruited new teams, mentored existing teams, prepared monthly meeting agendas, facilitated monthly team captain meetings and served as spokesman for his local event. Averaging 15-20 hours per week in Relay for Life volunteer service, Crim has put in about 1,560 hours since 2012. He shares his personal story of survivorship at local civic clubs, high school assemblies and Relay for Life events. He wrote and helped produce a song and several videos about his experiences spreading awareness about cancer and fundraising. In memory of his late friend Natalie Hill, he started a national #LLLN (Live Life Like Natalie!) fundraising and cancer awareness campaign.

Adult Volunteer:
Christy Martinez of Carlton
City of Carlton Police Department Volunteer
The Carlton Police Department is an accredited police agency because of Christy Martinez. The department has only three full-time officers and no support staff. Over the past two years, Martinez has volunteered to help with support staff duties. She created a high professional level for operating standards at the agency, allowing it to receive accreditation earlier this year. She volunteered about 125 hours per month on the accreditation project alone. In addition, she established a Child Identification Day in Carlton to coincide with a national effort to protect children, and she is instrumental in facilitating Project 365, a year-long community improvement project associated with National Night Out. Over the past 25 years, she has been involved in Relay for Life, Make A Wish Foundation, basketball coaching and many other efforts. Many people had no idea she with diagnosed with cancer five years ago because, despite how she felt physically, she rarely missed work or volunteer obligations.

Elder Volunteers:
Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean of Ontario
Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Volunteers
Brothers Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean started the nonprofit Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida in 2008. The all-volunteer organization's mission is to provide a voice for, support and honor, recognize and advocate for veterans, active-duty military and their families. The organization, with nearly 100 volunteers, provides space where people can come to find resources and assistance, as well as camaraderie. The resources include help with benefits and financial and mental health assistance. One veteran said he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Verini and Dean. The veteran was close to ending his life when these two award winners helped him see how important he was and that he had a place in society. In addition to starting and volunteering at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, Verini has served on the City Council for eight years, and Dean is a consultant for the Treasure Valley Community College BizCenter. They are both Ontario Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and serve on the Visitors and Convention Board.

Youth Volunteer Program:
Josephine County Foundation of Grants Pass
Josephine County Foundation is a high school student-led organization that serves a key role in an economically depressed community. In fall 2011, guided by teachers and community leaders, students from Hidden Valley High School formed the foundation, which now has student officers from all five high schools in Josephine County. The foundation teaches students about philanthropy, community service project planning, nonprofit management, fundraising and more. Through grant writing and other fundraising, the students have raised $160,000 for community projects and scholarships. For example, they held a free vision clinic in December 2012 that provided eye exams and glasses to 150 low-income residents. One eyeglasses recipient cried afterward, saying it was the first time she'd been able to clearly see her granddaughter. Other projects included a "Care Faire" that provided free dental cleanings, a needs assessment of all fire stations in the county and a "Business Bootcamp" for middle school students.

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program:
Josephine Community Libraries of Grants Pass
Without the volunteers at Josephine Community Libraries, 83,000 Oregonians wouldn't have access to a public library. Josephine Community Libraries formed in fall 2007, after the county closed its libraries due to funding cuts and the failure of a ballot initiative for a library district. The nonprofit today operates all the county's libraries, with volunteers filling core roles: cataloging and shelving books, providing information to library users, hosting children's story times, checking books in and out, marketing, communications, fundraising, outreach, facilities maintenance and more. The system has 360 dedicated volunteers. About 2,500 patrons check out items from the libraries each month, and 1,700 patrons use the public Internet computers. The system also has special programs for children: First Steps for toddlers, K-9 Reading Buddies for young readers, story times and the Summer Reading Program. It also has the Expanding Opportunities Program, which provides deeper access to library resources and community partners, helping people improve their prospects in education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Large Business Volunteer Program:
Willamina Lumber of Willamina
The employees have rallied to help their community in many ways. They've formed a committee that identifies community needs and projects to address them, and it sets financial goals to meet those needs. Employees have competitions for deductions from their paychecks to make donations. They've donated thousands of dollars to causes ranging from Christmas presents for low-income families in Sheridan and Willamina to a youth program called "Night Court" that provides youth sports programs in the evenings. They've built swing sets in the park, planted flowers in town and cut wood and donated it to keep people warm. They not only hold food drives and donate enough food to last the food bank for three months, but they volunteer at the food bank to put the food away. The local churches and other organizations try their best to meet the needs in the community, but not one could even come close to meeting them without the mill and its employees.

Statewide Business Volunteer Program:
Fred Meyer Volunteer Program of Portland
Fred Meyer's volunteers support many causes throughout Oregon. For example, for more than 15 years, Fred Meyer has supported SOLVE, an organization that organizes volunteers to improve the environment. In 2013, Fred Meyer employees donated more than 1,000 service hours to SOLVE's Spring Beach Cleanup, Project Oregon and Fall Beach and Riverside Cleanup. They pulled invasive weeds, planted native shrubs and trees and cleared watersheds and coastlines of trash. The company has also been a national corporate team member of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for nine years. Company volunteers field 50 teams at 32 Relay for Life events across Oregon. In addition, the employees encourage people to get screened, refer people to the 24/7 phone line, donate hair for wigs for chemotherapy patients and collect toys for kids going through cancer. Fred Meyer provides sponsorship dollars based on the level of commitment of its employees volunteering for a cause.

Lifetime Achievement:
Fred Smith of Roseburg
Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Douglas County, Special Olympics, Umpqua Gleaners Volunteer
Fred Smith has spent more than two decades volunteering at numerous organizations. For the past 20 years, he has served as an advocate for children in the foster care system through CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Douglas County. He has volunteered for 18 years for Special Olympics, serving as program assistant, area outreach chair, coach, games director, area fundraiser, public relations director and organizer of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For the past 23 years, Smith has volunteered for Umpqua Gleaners, helping to harvest and deliver food for low-income residents. When harvest is over, Smith helps split wood for low-income and disabled households. He has also served for 20 years as a board member for Douglas County's Child Advocacy Center, Douglas CARES. Smith says the violence he saw at home and during World War II left an impact on his soul that's manifested in his volunteerism today.


Regional Winners

Youth Volunteers
Morgen Brown (Milton-Freewater) - Fill a Backpack, Make a Smith
Raven "Bree" Miotke (Salem) - Chain Reaction Club
Taylor Vaandering (Aloha) - Oregon District 4 Little League Challenger Baseball

Adult Volunteers
William Hayes (Sisters) - Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department
Gigi Lambert (Portland) - Portland Council PTA Clothing Center
Margo McAlpine (Grants Pass) - Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility
Jaymi Silbernagel (Scio) - Lourdes Public Charter School


Elder Volunteers
Rosalie Betschart (Portland) - Albertina Kerr
Chris Hull (Hermiston) - Umatilla Court-Appointed Special Advocates
JL Liddane (Dayton) - Greater Yamhill Watershed Council
Wanda Nesbit (Rogue River) - Rogue River Mural Society
Brad Smith (Corvallis) - Benton Habitat for Humanity
Judi Swift (Portland) - American Cancer Society

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program
Calvary Baptist Soup Kitchen (Newport)
Dallas Fire Extrication Team (Dallas)
Friends of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness (Bend)
Store to Door (Portland)

Large Business Volunteer Program
Consumer Cellular (Redmond)
Portland General Electric "PGE Volunteers" (Portland)


Lifetime Achievement
Doug Leash (The Dalles) - Old St. Peter's Landmark
Karen Manfrin (McMinnville) - Yamhill County Court-Appointed Special Advocates
Phillip Margolin (Portland) - Chess for Success
Cyndi Monson (Medford) - American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at Providence Medford Medical Center
Sigrid Scully (Hood River) - Start Making A Reader Today, Foster Grandparent Program, Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1810/72997/2014-GVA-Winners-Press-Release.pdf
Marine Law Enforcement Academy Recruits Take On the Willamette River (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/22/14
Audio-Academy On-the-Water Training Area
Audio-Academy On-the-Water Training Area
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During the weeks of April 28-May 9, newly recruited marine deputies and troopers from around the state will converge in Clackamas County for the Marine Board's annual Marine Law Enforcement Academy. Students will learn marine laws, boat handling in motorized and non-motorized boats, accident and theft investigations, search and rescue and practice administering field sobriety testing on boaters suspected of boating under the influence of intoxicants, among other drills. This year's academy will train 27 students from 15 counties, along with students from the Oregon State Police.

"This marine academy is a very comprehensive hands-on training and really challenges students mentally and physically," says Dale Flowers, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. The two week training covers everything from knot tying to self-rescue in full utility gear in a pool setting. Students also learn about cold water immersion and hypothermia, first hand. "We put the students in real-world situations," Flowers adds.

"When marine deputies are out on the water, they're our first line contacts with the boating public and serve as educators first, by explaining local safety issues and aim for compliance with marine laws, second. But they also need to be prepared for any emergency the public faces while minimizing risk to their own lives." The Marine Board contracts with 32 counties and Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services and as a function of this partnership, the Marine Board provides the training and equipment, and marine law enforcement partners make sure everyone is safe, informed and prepared out on the water.

This year's Marine Academy is being held in Clackamas County and hosted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Beginning May 2 through May 6, students will be conducting on-the-water scenarios and boat handling on the Willamette River between the Oregon City Falls and Hog Island. Most of the boat handling drills will take place in the Cedar Oaks Lagoon and Clackamette Lagoon, near the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers. Scenario boats will be marked with large, blue numbers near the bow. Some boats will be at anchor or beached on the shore. Every attempt will be made to reduce training congestion with anglers in the area, but boaters are asked to stay clear of any boat or shore based operations. Students and instructors will launch from Sportcraft Marina in the morning and remove vehicles and trailers to an alternate location to keep launching congestion to a minimum for the public.

The Marine Board thanks the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for hosting the academy and Sergeant Steve Thoroughman, Deputy Morgan Gunther, Deputy Nate Thompson and Sheriff Craig Roberts for their commitment to marine training.
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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/4139/73654/MLEA2014.mp3 , Audio-Academy On-the-Water Training Area
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 22-23
Oregon Marine Board - 04/15/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting at the agency's office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem on April 22 from 12: 30 pm to 6 pm and April 23 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The April 22nd meeting will be a work session to review and approve boating facility grants and to have a preliminary discussion on the agency's proposed 2015-2017 budget. The April 23rd general meeting will include the following agenda items:

* Rule Consideration on Division 026 -Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program. The proposed rule action will adopt processes for reimbursement from the Salvaged Vessel Subaccount and establish a vessel turn-in grant program.
* Rule Consideration for Statewide Rules -The proposed rule action will amend local rules with reference to slow-no wake.
* Rule Consideration on Uniform Waterway Marking System and Private Buoy Placement Applications -Chapter 250, Division 010. The proposed rule action will revise buoy standards of symbol marker language and initiate new rules for the public to submit application requests for placement of private buoys in waters of the state.
* Rule Consideration on Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County OAR 250-020-0032. The Board will consider whether to open the rule, from a citizen petition, to move the boating deadline at Willamette Falls near Oregon City.

The meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 21. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda and staff report can be downloaded at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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Marine Board Seeks Input on Fee Options
Oregon Marine Board - 04/10/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding an open house on Monday, April 21 from 3 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm and invites recreational boaters to come to the agency's office at 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. The agency Director, Scott Brewen will give an overview of the agency's budget and business model as well as the documented trends in boating uses in Oregon.

"The intent of this first meeting is to start a two-way dialog with registered recreational boaters that will continue through this year and into the 2015 legislative session. By 2015, it will have been 12 years since a fee increase, so it's time to engage our customers and see what ideas they have to keep our existing service levels," says Director Scott Brewen. "Our goal is to share information about our funding sources and perhaps discover other solutions or options from boaters. We're at a point where we have to present the Oregon Legislature with budget concepts at a time when there are significant variables in the air. It's important for boaters to understand where the revenues come from and how they are used to provide services to boaters." Brewen adds.

Free parking is available and this meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Friday, April 18.

The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.
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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking for Waterway Markers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/02/14
A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
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The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed changes to the Uniform Waterway Markers rules that describe standards for signs and buoys used to convey regulatory or informational messaging to boaters. The proposed rules will also establish procedures for political subdivisions and private individuals to apply for a permit that would allow them to place their own waterway markers.

A public hearing on the proposed rules for Uniform Waterway Markers will be held on Thursday, April 17 at the State Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St NE, Salem beginning at 6:00 pm. Public testimony will be accepted, but no decisions will be made at this public hearing.
Written comments will be accepted until the close of the hearings on Thursday, April 17.

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone or social media will not be accepted into the official record.

The Marine Board may choose to adopt the draft rule language, adopt a modified version of the draft rule language, or take no action at their next Board meeting, scheduled for April 23, in Salem. Since the public comment period will be officially closed at the conclusion of the April 17 hearing, no additional comments will be accepted at the Marine Board's April 23rd meeting from the public in attendance.

For more information on the proposed changes, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
Marine Board Partners with RBFF for Lapsed Boater Renewals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/28/14
RBFF mailer for lapsed boater registrations
RBFF mailer for lapsed boater registrations
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During the week of April 1, a select number of boaters with lapsed motorboat registrations will be mailed reminder notifications as part of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's registration marketing program (RBFF).

Boat owners who have not renewed their boat registration that expired on 12/31/12 will be included in the mailing. Approximately 10,000 renewal notices will be mailed and the results analyzed by RBFF to evaluate whether targeted mailings with angling or boating-focused messaging encourages owners to renew their registrations. The notices and mailing costs are funded entirely by the RBFF with 21 other states participating in the project, along with Oregon.

Motorboat registrations with the Marine Board are a flat, $3 per foot and the cost of registration includes a $5 surcharge toward the aquatic invasive species prevention program, which is a dedicated account. Registrations account for 36 percent of the Marine Board's revenues, that help pay for boat ramps, restrooms, parking, boarding floats, law enforcement, environmental programs and boating safety education.

For more information about the Marine Board, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/About-Us.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: RBFF mailer for lapsed boater registrations
President Declares Disaster in Oregon for 2014 Winter Storm (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/04/14
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The President has declared a disaster declaration for Oregon to help recover from damage caused by the Severe Winter Storm in February 2014. FEMA is providing financial assistance for emergency work, and repairs or replacement of public infrastructure in Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties.

The majority of the damages were to public utilities as a result of snow, ice, winds and flooding in the affected counties. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will continue to work closely with the affected counties during the recovery process that will include mitigation efforts against future disasters.

The Presidential Declaration triggers release of Federal funds and activates assistance programs. OEM will coordinate between the affected public infrastructures owners, counties and FEMA, OEM Director Dave Stuckey said.

"The State and FEMA will be working with counties to assist with the recovery efforts," Stuckey explained.

According to the declaration, additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. Federal funding will be available to utilities and other impacted entities to develop and implement projects focusing on the reduction of future risk.

Declarations make federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities. Funding is also available for projects involving hazard mitigation.

OEM coordinates the State Hazard Mitigation Program to assist in preventing or reducing long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

"FEMA and OEM will work together to administer the funding, and expects to open a Joint Field Office in Salem next week" said Stuckey.

http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/pages/index.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/3986/73116/OEMresize.jpg
Representatives throughout Oregon scheduled to attend Emergency Management Workshop (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/28/14
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management 2014 Emergency Preparedness Workshop will take place in Sunriver, Ore., Apr. 1-3, with more than 140 State, private, non-profit, county, tribal and city emergency management leaders from throughout Oregon scheduled to attend.

The workshop will provide education and networking opportunities designed to further develop Oregon's disaster resilience capabilities.

"In the past year, Oregon has endured drought, fire and extreme winter weather," said Office of Emergency Management Director Dave Stuckey. "Emergency management is always a challenge and this conference will help Oregon remain collaborative, adaptable and responsive."

The conference will include a variety of presentations from subject matter experts covering all aspects of emergency management including FEMA Assistant Administrator Grants Directorate Brian Kamoie.

Office of Emergency Management Grants Coordinator and Conference Coordinator, Sidra Metzger-Hines, said 34 of 36 Oregon counties and 6 of 9 tribes from Oregon will be represented at the conference.

"This is a great response and the representation of locals at this conference provides an opportunity for Oregon to map the way forward as a whole community when it comes to emergency management," Metzger-Hines explained.


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2014 Recreation Trails Program Grant cycle opens May 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/23/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has announced the May 1 opening of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant cycle and six workshops to explain the program and application process.

The RTP program is designed to help fund motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects, including new trail construction, trail restoration, development and rehabilitation of trailhead facilities and acquisitions. Qualified non-profit organizations, municipal, state and federal agencies, tribal governments and other government groups are eligible to apply.

Workshop webinars are planned for Redmond (May 15), Portland (May 20), Hood River (May 21), La Grande (May 22), Springfield (May 29) and Medford (May 30). The webinars will offer an overview of the grant program and the application process, as well as provide a forum for applicants to ask questions. Visit http://1.usa.gov/1l1Ud7P for more information about the webinar locations.

The application process is entirely online. Applicants must first request an account, then log on to the online application site to apply. To request an account and access the grant manual, application instructions, pre-application worksheet, and full program schedule, go to http://1.usa.gov/1gR9Wlt.

A Mandatory Letter of Intent is due June 12, 2014 (submitted online) and the grant applications are due July 25, 2014 (submitted online). For RTP notifications or questions, e-mail Laura Underhill at laura.underhill@oregon.gov.
Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Winners Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/14
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards next week in Albany. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. April 24 at a dinner. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Cottage Grove Preservation Plan Advisory Committee, for its innovative community partnership that created a historic preservation plan to enhance heritage throughout the city,

-- Oregon State Archives, for perseverance, creativity and outstanding professionalism in re-claiming audio from the 1967 Beach Bill hearings,

-- Illuminate Oregon City Project, for its enterprising approach to historic site rehabilitation, economic development and public art display by the City of Oregon City, Main Street Oregon City, and the Clackamas County Arts Alliance with the historic Oregon City elevator.

-- Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, for its exceptional attention to cultural heritage and professional practices while initiating the Warm Springs Audio Preservation Project with the University of Oregon.

-- Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, Newport, for its decade-long grassroots effort to convert and restore a historic house-turned nightclub into a community center.

-- Sand Mountain Society, for 25 years of rehabilitating historic fire lookouts in western Oregon, providing interpretation about the structures and their location, and promoting compatible use of nearby lands.

-- Salemtowne Volunteers, Salem, for their dedication and innovative practices maintaining and restoring historical markers across the state for more than 20 years.

-- Charles Philpot, for outstanding leadership and vision in developing Antique Powerland at Brooks into an active heritage site with 15 partners and museums.


The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1303/73373/04-11_Heritage_Excellence_Awards_Announced.doc
Oregon State Fair Council Takes Significant Step Forward
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. on behalf of the Oregon State Fair Council // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 10, 2014

Media Contact: Kerry Tymchuk, Chair, Communications Committee, Oregon State Fair Council
Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society
Office: 503-306-5203

Oregon State Fair Council Takes Significant Step Forward

Salem OR - Oregon State Fair Council President Gene Derfler and Oregon State Parks Director Lisa Van Laanen announced today the signing of an agreement to initiate the transfer of management and control of the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to the Oregon State Fair Council. The Parks Department will continue to support the Council as the transition continues.

The Oregon State Fair Council is a public corporation that was created by legislation approved by the Oregon State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber in 2013. Governor Kitzhaber then appointed eleven members to the Council, which held its first meeting in January 2014, and will meet for the fourth time on April 17.

"With the signing of this agreement, the State Fair Council can now officially move forward to fulfill our mission of creating a new sustainable business model for a vibrant and financially stable Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center," said Derfler, a former President of the Oregon State Senate, who was unanimously elected by other Council members to serve as Council President.

The Council is focused on continuing the strong tradition of the Oregon State Fair and creating a business plan for the operation of the Exposition Center. The 149th annual Oregon State Fair will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center from August 22-September 1, 2014.

The Council will continue to work with stakeholders and the community to seek input and participation in shaping the future of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves property exchange
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // News Release // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 9, 2014

Bend OR -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved an exchange proposal affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area in Coos County at its April 9, 2014 meeting in Bend. Under the exchange, 280 inland acres of the 878 acre property would be traded to Bandon Biota for a future golf course. The state park system would gain 111 acres of adjacent oceanfront property, 97 acres of wetland property on the Coquille Spit north of Bandon, $300,000 in cash to control gorse (an invasive plant) on state park property, $450,000 to satisfy match for a federal grant to acquire 11 acres at Whale Cove on the coast on Lincoln County, and $2.5 million to purchase an as-yet unidentified major new state park property.

The commission vote was 4-2 in favor. Commissioners Brad Chalfant of Bend and Robin Risley of Cannon Beach voted against the motion, citing their desire to name a specific property as the target for the $2.5 million fund. Commission Chair Jay Graves of Portland acknowledged the concern, noting that the commission as a whole would also have preferred to name a specific property.

"In the end, the timing makes it too complicated to try and name a new incoming property today," says Graves. "Properties that are important enough to pursue right now can't wait for the exchange to reach fruition."

With the commission's action, the proposal now moves to the federal Bureau of Land Management for next steps. The portion of the Bandon State Natural Area included in the exchange originated with the federal government, and was sold to the state on condition the property remain open to public outdoor recreation. This condition must be removed before the property can be transferred to Bandon Biota, a process which could take several months or longer.

"We're bringing more oceanfront property into the system, and if the federal interests are satisfied successfully, we'll also secure funding to acquire another significant property in the future," says Graves. "Taken as a whole, the Commission decided the package represents an overwhelming public benefit to the state park system."

"I would have preferred to name a property," says Commissioner Chalfant. "At this same meeting, we heard information about Beltz Farm and it would have been a perfect fit for this. In fact, Beltz was our priority from the beginning, but we want to acquire only from willing sellers, and it wasn't available at the time."

The 300-plus acre Beltz Farm property contains ocean beaches, wetlands, and forests and sits north of Pacific City and south of Sand Lake. The property is privately owned and separated from the Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island by the Sand Lake estuary. It is slated to be acquired by the nonprofit arm of EcoTrust for $1.7 million as soon as May, and the Parks and Recreation Commission expressed strong interest in acquiring it from EcoTrust with Oregon Lottery funds dedicated to state park acquisitions by the Oregon Legislative Assembly.

"The Bandon exchange isn't going to directly fund Beltz, but it's key to making Beltz and other important acquisitions happen," says Chalfant.

"This is a significant natural property," says Commissioner Risley. "It's been an important estuary to preserve for decades because of its location, beauty, and natural character."

The commission did not take an action related to the Beltz property, but information is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/Commission_packet_2014-4.aspx and after staff study the purchase, it could come back to the commission for action as soon as June.
Applications for Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship available
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Would you like to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the next year? The Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Scholarships will be offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.

Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The first-round deadline is June 6, 2014.

For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx or contact Cara Kaser at cara.kaser@state.or.us or (503) 986-0670.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 8-9 in Bend
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/26/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 26, 2014

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Bend OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year on April 8-9 at The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center at 3075 U.S. 97 Business, Bend OR.

On April 8, Commissioners will tour state parks in the area starting at 10 a.m., then attend workshops at The Riverhouse.

On April 9, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at The Riverhouse to discuss acquisition priorities and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes two actions related to property -- one an exchange affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area, and the other an update to the list of 2013-2015 acquisition priorities - - plus separate items related to contracts, the 2015-2017 budget, and other topics.

The full meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

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Libraries Take First Step, Complete Edge Assessment
Oregon State Library - 04/22/14
Edge Coalition to Create Comparison Reports for Public Libraries

April 9, 2014 (Chicago, IL) - The comparison data Edge libraries have been asking for will be available later this year - thanks to nearly 400 randomly selected libraries that have completed the Edge Assessment.

As part of the national launch of the Edge Initiative, the Edge Coalition is developing statistically valid comparison data to help participating libraries better understand and use their results. Using these reports, libraries will be able to see how they compare with their peers in achieving the Edge benchmarks.

The Edge team randomly selected libraries nationwide to complete the Edge Assessment in seven comparison groups - from small libraries serving a population of less than 5,000 to large libraries serving more than 300,000 people. These libraries play a critical role in developing high-level reports on strengths and challenges in delivering and deploying technology services in our country's public libraries. And now that they have completed the assessment, they have access to a robust training program available to any member of their staff!

In Oregon, 11 libraries were randomly selected to participate and completed the Edge assessment. Their results will be used anonymously to create the peer comparison reports for all Edge libraries.

Launched in January, the Edge Initiative is a management and leadership tool that helps libraries align their public technology services with community priorities. Since January, over 1,600 public libraries nationwide have signed up and are participating.

Edge, which includes national public access technology benchmarks for the library field, was created with the vision that communities thrive when people have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information, communication and technology services provided by public libraries. The Edge Initiative was developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council.
Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release & Agenda
Oregon State Library - 04/04/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Salem at the Oregon State Library from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 16, 2014. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on April 16th, the Board will review a recommendation from the Reimagining Ready to Read Grant Task Force, review a vision for the Oregon State Library, and discuss the 2015-2017 OSL Budget process. An open forum is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
April 16, 2014
Oregon State Library
Room 202
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda



1:30 p.m. Approval of the Minutes of the February 21, 2014 Meeting - Bonebrake

1:40 Reports of Board Chair and Trustees - Bonebrake
Executive Committee Report
Other Board Reports

2:00 Report of the State Librarian - Dahlgreen
Activities Since the Last Meeting

2:30 Open Forum** - Bonebrake

3:00 New Business:
Vision Document of the Oregon State Library - Dahlgreen
2015-2017 Budget Development Process Range
Transfer of the Oregon Center for the Book to Oregon Humanities - Dahlgreen
Recommendation from Reimagining Ready to Read Task Force - Anderson

3:55 p.m. Plans for next meeting
Adjournment - Bonebrake

** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.



NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Oregon Reads 2014: Remembering William Stafford at the Oregon State Library
Oregon State Library - 03/31/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Oregon Reads 2014: Remembering William Stafford at the Oregon State Library

Oregon residents are invited to participate in Oregon Reads 2014 at the Oregon State Library on the capitol mall in Salem. Oregon Reads is a statewide celebration of the literary life of William Stafford, our most celebrated poet.
Visit a new exhibit entitled "Remembering William Stafford," honoring the centennial of the birth of the former Oregon Poet Laureate (1975-1990). The exhibit features photographs of the poet loaned by Mike Markee and Vince Wixon, hand-printed broadsides of Stafford's poems, and a selection of poetry books authored by Stafford. This exhibit will be on display all year in the 2nd floor lobby of the State Library, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Read poetry by and books about William Stafford from the Oregon Poetry Collection (OPC). The OPC, a joint project of the Oregon State Library and Oregon Poetry Association, is a growing collection of books by poets who lived, worked, were educated, or born in Oregon. The collection currently has more than 1600 titles, including more than 50 titles by William Stafford. All Oregon residents may check out these and other books from the reference room on the 2nd floor of the State Library.
Attend a lecture about William Stafford presented by his son, Kim Stafford, on April 16, 2014 at noon in room 102/103 at the State Library. Kim, a writing professor at Lewis & Clark College and founder of the Northwest Writing Institute, will weave in his own poetry and writing as he talks about his father's life and work.
Presenting the 2014 Class of Oregon Heritage Trees
Oregon Travel Experience - 04/08/14
On Friday, April 11, 2014, the Oregon Heritage Tree Program will introduce three new heritage trees in a public ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The statewide dedication will take place at Veneta Zumwalt Park (near Eugene) where a plaque will be unveiled in honor of the Ellmaker Grove, a group of trees located within the park.

Oregon Travel Experience will host the event in partnership with the Friends of Zumwalt Park. Featured speakers at the event include Megan Clark, great, great granddaughter of Enos and Elizabeth Ellmaker. Clark's ancestors built their farm and blacksmith shop on an 1857 Donation Land Claim, using the tree canopy as shelter for their livestock, and as a pathway from a branch of the Applegate Trail to their smithy.

Doug Card, a retired University of Oregon sociology professor and local historian, will give a brief presentation as will members of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and the Oregon Travel Information Council.

Two other heritage trees will be honored in separate events later this summer, but will be inducted into the Class of 2014 Heritage Trees at Friday's dedication. The R.V. Short Fir, located in Wilsonville, and the Aurora Colony Black Walnut, share in this year's honors.

Among the Ellmaker Grove's incense cedars and big leaf maples, a magnificent tree affectionately known to Oregon Country Fair goers as the "mother oak," stands as testament to the care it has received over the ages. From the local Kalupuya to the first European settlers, the tree stood sentry as the Ellmakers harvested cord-wood and wheat to help fund the construction of Deady Hall at the UO.

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and will find other tree-related and Earth Day activities occurring regionally during Oregon Arbor Week.

Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) oversees the official Oregon Heritage Tree Program and is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation-related services. OTE builds programs that help drive new traffic into nearby communities, contributing to local economic prosperity. The agency manages 29 rest areas across the state, permits highway logo signs and administers to two heritage programs: Heritage Trees and Historical Markers.
OYA goes above and beyond to help feed the hungry (Photo)
Oregon Youth Authority - 04/15/14
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The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) went above and beyond its past support for the annual Governor's State Employee Food Drive by donating nearly 55,000 pounds of food this winter to help Oregonians in need.

When the final amounts were totaled from OYA offices and facilities across the state, staff donated 2,833 pounds of food and nearly $13,000 through fundraisers and payroll deductions. At-risk youth also pitched in by preparing food and running in marathons for facility-sponsored fundraisers. When converted to pounds of food, the monetary support combined with food donations equaled 54,797 pounds. In 2013, OYA donated a combined total of 44,303 pounds.

OYA and other agencies were recognized during a ceremony today in Salem attended by Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes, where it was announced that state employees raised nearly $779,000 for the 2014 food drive. The total represents about 3.2 million pounds of food. Oregon state employees represented the largest employer donation to local food banks to help feed the hungry in the state.

"On behalf of all Oregonians, I thank you for your public service and for inspiring your fellow employees to make this food drive a success," said Governor Kitzhaber. "The food and funds you donated will contribute to strengthening our communities by helping those who need it the most."

OYA Director Fariborz Pakseresht praised OYA's response to this year's food drive as "nothing short of overwhelming. I'm so proud of staff and youth for their enthusiastic and generous support of those in need. I'm also grateful to Kila Jager of the Professional Standards Office, who once again volunteered to lead OYA's food-drive efforts with the help of local coordinators at facilities and field offices."

OYA staff organized various events to benefit the food drive, held throughout February. MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) in Woodburn hosted a 5K fun run/walk at the facility Feb. 28, and all funds collected through the $10 admission fee were donated to the food drive. Oak Creek YCF in Albany organized a salsa-making competition Feb. 14. Hillcrest YCF in Salem held a chili cook off Feb. 26, which attracted entries from throughout OYA. Chili lovers donated $5 or five cans of food for the privilege of sampling more than a dozen pots of chili.

All donations of food, money and time benefited the Oregon Food Bank Network, which serves communities throughout the state. Representatives from the Oregon Food Bank and Marion-Polk Food Share attended today's ceremony to honor agency employees for their support.

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The Oregon Youth Authority is the state's juvenile justice agency, reducing victimization and building safer communities by helping at-risk young people lead productive, crime-free lives. Learn more at www.oregon.gov/oya and follow us on Twitter @OregonYouth


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Counties/Regional
Earthquake Forum 4/18
Josephine Co. Emergency Services - 04/09/14
Next Friday April 18th from 1pm to 4pm Wonderful Event - Josephine County is happy to host Dr. Althea Rizzo from Oregon Emergency Management! She will be discussing Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes and Tsunamis. If you haven't heard this presentation it is a must! Education is step One in Preparedness!
4/18 from 1p-4p at Josephine County Fairgrounds: Floral Building


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/4176/73227/JoCo_Public_Earthquake_Prep_4.18.14.pdf
Banks & Credit Unions
Renovating? Lay a good foundation for home improvement success with these three steps
Wells Fargo - 04/18/14
You've probably heard the saying: "Your home is your castle." But if your current home - or the home you're thinking of buying - feels more like the servant's quarters than the royal palace, you might need to plan a renovation.

At times like these, it's easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving forward. But take a moment to plan your overall strategy. You'll find that, much like your future castle, your renovation project will benefit from a solid foundation. And you can build that foundation by accomplishing these three important tasks.

1) Talk to a renovation specialist. Acquiring a renovation loan allows you to finance your new home mortgage and your renovation plans into a single loan. And an important aspect of the renovation loan to remember is that it's a product in which the loan is based on the value of the home after it's been improved.

If you are renovating your existing home, you can use the loan to refinance your existing mortgage and make the renovation updates.

"Many consumers are not aware of the opportunities with renovation financing because not every lender offers this option, said Bill Trees, Wells Fargo's national renovation program manager. "Wells Fargo is the nation's leader in renovation financing. We serve all customers from first time homebuyers to repeat buyers, and have a team of specially trained home mortgage consultants across the country that only focus on renovation lending."

Speaking with a renovation lender can help you build your financial foundation for your renovation project.

2) Shop around for the right contractor. If you plan to use a contractor for your project, it's important to select the right one. But how do you decide on a contractor? Research is important. Many contractors will provide you with a couple of references but this isn't always a fool-proof solution. These references could be relatives or friends of the contractor.

References can be helpful but don't rely on it exclusively. Dig deeper by traveling to the site of the contractor's current job.

Are the clients happy? Has the contractor's work met expectations and budget? Has the contractor finished benchmarks on time? These are all important questions to ask. You can also inquire about the contractor's work on social media and professional referral websites.

3) Finalize your vision. Selecting the proper renovation specialist and contractor are key to your project, but both of these professionals will be able to provide you better service if you have a vision for what the project entails.

You might not know exactly how much the project will cost, but you should have a budget in mind. If your contractor asks questions about layout or wall preferences, be ready to make the decisions and guide him or her toward your goals. Approaching the project with a plan will eliminate miscommunication and regrets later.

Renovating a new or existing property can be an exciting time, and establishing the proper foundation for the project can help you pass inspections and build the home you've always wanted. You can learn more about how renovation financing can make your dream project a reality by visiting the Wells Fargo Home Improvement Lending Center at www.wellsfargo.com/mortgage/home-improvement.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations; 12,000 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

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Wells Fargo reports record quarterly net income
Wells Fargo - 04/11/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported record net income of $5.9 billion, or $1.05 per diluted common share, for first quarter 2014, up from $5.2 billion, or $0.92 per share, for first quarter 2013, and up from $5.6 billion, or $1.00 per share, for fourth quarter 2013.

"Our solid first quarter results again demonstrated the ability of our diversified business model to perform for shareholders," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. "Our 265,000 team members remained focused on achieving our vision of serving the financial needs of our customers as we grew loans, deposits and increased cross-sell. First quarter 2014 earnings were another record for our Company and capital levels continued to strengthen. Returning more capital to our shareholders has remained a priority for Wells Fargo and we were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2014 CCAR submission, which included a proposed 17 percent common stock dividend increase to $0.35 per share in the second quarter of this year and higher planned share repurchases compared with 2013 repurchase activity. As we move forward in 2014, I am optimistic about the opportunities ahead and believe that we are well positioned for growth."

Chief Financial Officer Tim Sloan said, "We are very pleased with Wells Fargo's performance in the first quarter, particularly in some of the fundamental drivers of long term growth: loans, deposits, investments, capital and credit quality. Revenue remained relatively stable despite the impact of fewer days in the quarter, reflecting contributions from our diversified sources of fee revenue. In addition, we generated revenue more efficiently as we reduced expenses year-over-year and compared with fourth quarter of last year. Income tax expense in the first quarter was $227 million lower than the prior quarter, driven by a $423 million tax benefit recognized in the first quarter."

The full news release is posted at wellsfargo.com.

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Wells Fargo First Quarter Earnings Information
Wells Fargo - 04/10/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is scheduled to announce its first quarter 2014 earnings on Friday, April 11, at 5 a.m. The news release will be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings.

The company will host a live conference call on Friday, April 11, at 7 a.m. You may participate by dialing 866-872-5161 (U.S. and Canada) or 706-643-1962 (International). The call will also be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings and at http://us.meeting-stream.com/wellsfargocompany_041114.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at approximately noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on April 11 through Friday, April 18. Please dial 855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (International) and enter Conference ID #75709909. The replay will also be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,000 ATMs, and the internet, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.
Wells Fargo introduces interactive "Get College Ready" web site for parents and college-bound students (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 04/08/14
A screen shot of the new Get College Ready web site.
A screen shot of the new Get College Ready web site.
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High school graduation is coming up fast for students and parents in the Pacific Northwest. To help them prepare financially for college, Wells Fargo has launched the Get College Ready website at www.wellsfargomedia.com/GetCollegeReady.

The new, interactive site provides information about how to prepare a financial plan for college, education award letters, financing products and resources, and options to cover non-tuition expenses such as books, meal plans, rent, campus events, cell phone and movies.

"As a father of three, I can relate to the questions that parents and students ask when trying to understand all the factors that go into paying for a college education," said John Rasmussen, head of Wells Fargo's Education Financial Services.

"The Get College Ready website is a user-friendly interface that will help bring clarity to the financial milestones that parents and students face when preparing for college," Rasmussen added. "We're in the business of serving customers and working collaboratively to position them for success. This tool is a key ingredient to help them achieve their dream of a higher education."

The Get College Ready website includes the following features:

Knowledge Check: An interactive quiz to test knowledge and understanding of the different financial responsibilities involved in getting a college education.

Calculator: The Wells Fargo's College Cost Calculator can help provide an estimate of how much money someone might need to borrow annually for college.

Mr. Fellows Videos: A fun video series featuring Mr. Fellows, a college "advisor" who explains the ins and outs of the college financial aid journey in five easy steps.

Website visitors can also learn more about Wells Fargo's products and services for students, such as insurance, college credit cards, bank accounts and Hands on Banking (an interactive program to help kids, teens, young adults and adults learn about the basics of finances and money management).

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations; 12,000 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). The firm has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

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Attached Media Files: A screen shot of the new Get College Ready web site.
PR Agencies
Upcoming Spring Forum Event Promotes Why Agents are the Answer to Navigate Healthcare Reform
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/11/14
Portland, Ore (April 11, 2014) The 2014 Portland Association of Health Underwriters (PAHU) Spring Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 29th, from 7:30am to 4:30pm at the Oregon Convention Center. This unique event provides attendees the opportunity to hear about various aspects of the ongoing healthcare reform and why agents are the answer to help businesses and individuals navigate this reform process.

Spring Forum provides attendees the opportunity to hear from several exciting and engaging speakers. Paul Spindel will be discussing how we use ethics, values and boundaries to assist in our decision making. Tom Kramer will share his legal perspective of how to assist clients amidst new employer and individual mandates. Wendy Shaw and Elma Friend will impart some of their Medicare knowledge in their session, Medicare 101. The keynote speaker, Allison Clarke, will be presenting "The Leader Who Never Dies" which is a highly interactive keynote for individuals who inspire others and want to leave their mark on the world. Laura Cali, Oregon's Insurance Commissioner, will discuss the next steps for health insurers amid ongoing Affordable Care Act reform. Dave Sanders will discuss his innovative healthcare company Zoomcare. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration is available at www.pahuonline.org. Member registration is offered at $135 and non-member registration is offered at $185.

To learn more about how licensed insurance agents can support your health insurance needs, please visit www.agentsaretheanswer.com. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tim Rasch at 503-293-6440 or email at trasch@larrysherwood.com.
Organizations
Red Cross Responds to Klamath County House Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/28/14
Red Cross volunteers responded to a disaster in the 2300 block of Green Springs Drive in Klamath Falls. This single family fire affected three adults and two pets. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
MEDIA ALERT: Klamath Falls is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/24/14
--WHO--
Caring Klamath Falls families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

--WHAT--
Residents will be at Oregon Tech to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 5k and 10k walks, other festivities include a Home Depot Kids' Clinic and Kiwanis will provide a hot dog lunch. The Klamath Falls March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

--WHEN--
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

--WHERE--
Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls


--WHY--
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
MEDIA ALERT: Josephine County is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/24/14
--WHO--
Caring Josephine County families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

--WHAT--
Residents will be at Riverside Park in Grants Pass to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 10K and 3K walks, other festivities include a Home Depot Kids' Clinic, Kiwanis will provide a hot dog lunch and more. The Josephine County March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

--WHEN--
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

--WHERE--
Riverside Park in Grants Pass


--INTERVIEWS--
Tamara and Craig Miller: daughter MacKenzie was born with a genetic defect. March of Dimes assisted her in navigating the path through MacKenzie's early intervention.

--WHY--
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
Klamath Falls residents are lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/10/14
More than 200 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Klamath Falls on April 26th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 876 babies are born and 80 (9.1%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death and can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.


Mark Your Calendar for the Klamath Falls March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 26 at 9:00 AM

Where: Oregon Tech

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Visit marchforbabies.org and find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Cal-Ore, Columbia Forest Products, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Subway, Kiwanis and KLAD / Basin Media. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by March of Dimes' number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Josephine and Jackson County residents are lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/10/14
More than 250 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Grants Pass on April 26th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 876 babies are born and 80 (9.1%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death and can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.


Mark Your Calendar for the Josephine-Jackson March for Babies in Grants Pass

When: Saturday, April 26 at 9:00 AM

Where: Riverside Park

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Visit marchforbabies.org and find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Dutch Bros. and Hellgate Jetboat Excursions. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by March of Dimes' number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Klamath Falls Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/28/14
On Saturday, April 26th at Oregon Tech, families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Joining those dedicated to the cause are local business including NW Community Credit Union, US Bank, Famous Footwear, Big 5 sporting goods and more.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k and 10k walks kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family Home Depot Kids' Clinic and Kiwanis will provide a hot dog lunch. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,160 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Cal-Ore, Columbia Forest Products, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Subway, Kiwanis and KLAD / Basin Media. The 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, Actavis and United Airlines.
Stomp All Over Multiple Sclerosis at Walk MS Oregon Saturday, April 26th in Central Point (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/21/14
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More than 200 people are expected to rally together for Walk MS Oregon on Saturday, April 26th, 9am at Twin Creeks Park in Central Point. Participants will help raise funds for critical, cutting edge research that benefits more than 7,700 people living with multiple sclerosis in the region. It's a great day for friends, family and co-workers to make connections, have fun and stomp all over MS.

The location is 100 percent accessible and features an easy, 5k walk route with entertainment and refreshments along the way. While there is no fundraising minimum or fee to register, the National MS Society encourages a $5 minimum donation and for everyone to invite their friends and family to participate.

"Help us better the story for the thousands in our community who need more, deserve more and are counting on the National MS Society to deliver a world without MS," said Lisa Roth, Chapter President of National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. "Together, we will end MS forever."

Register and learn more at: www.walkMSoregon.com

About Walk MS
Since 1989 Walk MS has raised more than $820 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community.

About the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
The Oregon Chapter serves more than 7,700 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

Learn more at: www.defeatMS.com
Watch Walk MS video at http://bit.ly/1lBcDy2


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Stomp All Over Multiple Sclerosis at Walk MS Oregon Saturday, April 26th in Merrill (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/21/14
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More than 150 people are expected to rally together for Walk MS Oregon on Saturday, April 26th, 9am at Merrill Presbyterian Church in Merrill. Participants will help raise funds for critical, cutting edge research that benefits more than 7,700 people living with multiple sclerosis in the region. It's a great day for friends, family and co-workers to make connections, have fun and stomp all over MS.

The location is 100 percent accessible and features an easy, 5k walk route with entertainment and refreshments along the way. While there is no fundraising minimum or fee to register, the National MS Society encourages a $5 minimum donation and for everyone to invite their friends and family to participate.

"Help us better the story for the thousands in our community who need more, deserve more and are counting on the National MS Society to deliver a world without MS," said Lisa Roth, Chapter President of National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. "Together, we will end MS forever."

Register and learn more at: www.walkMSoregon.com

About Walk MS
Since 1989 Walk MS has raised more than $820 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community.

About the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
The Oregon Chapter serves more than 7,700 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

Learn more at: www.defeatMS.com
Watch Walk MS video at http://bit.ly/1lBcDy2


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OMSI Serves Up a Season of Food Science
OMSI - 04/09/14
For Immediate Release


OMSI SERVES UP A SEASON OF FOOD SCIENCE
OMSI Eatery Hosts a Tasty Lineup of Full Course Meals, Blind Tastings and More

Portland, Ore. (April 9, 2014) ¬¬-- Get a taste of science this spring at OMSI's eatery, Theory, where visitors are encouraged to explore the science of food. Echoing OMSI's emphasis on health and wellness, Theory champions sustainable practices and wholesome eating.

Here is the list of upcoming events Theory:

Cook for Life
Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking with Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Tse of Regence and nutritional information from Dr. Julie Briley of the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult. https://www.omsi.edu/events/cook-for-life/041514
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28

Food Luminary
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only.
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen
Executive Chef Scott Dolich
https://www.omsi.edu/events/food-luminary/041814

Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen
https://www.omsi.edu/events/food-luminary/050914

Low Carbon Diet Day
Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Week, OMSI and Bon Appetit Management Company will turn Theory into a fun culinary classroom offering ways that guests can minimize their carbon "foodprint" through tasty alternatives to beef and dairy. Through educational demos by OMSI and the makeover of popular dishes by Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, guests will learn that they don't have to go entirely meatless to make their diet a climate-friendlier one.

Blind-Tasting Bingo
Thursday, April 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind-Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. With their eyes covered, the players/guests will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!
https://www.omsi.edu/events/blind-tasting-bingo/042414

Mother's Day Breakfast
Sunday, May 11, 8-11 a.m.
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory.
https://www.omsi.edu/events/mothers-day-breakfast/051114


ABOUT BON APPETIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, and specialty venues in 32 states, including eBay, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Getty Center. All Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, from stocks to sauces and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworker welfare. It has received numerous awards for its work, from organizations including the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative, Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, The Humane Society of the United States and Food Alliance.

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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OMSI Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 7-13
OMSI - 04/04/14
For Immediate Release

OMSI CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK APRIL 7-13

PORTLAND, OR (April 4, 2014) -- The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will honor its more than 600 volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 7 - 13.

OMSI is hosting a number of special activities throughout the week, concluding with a volunteer appreciation celebration and awards presentation on Sunday, April 13 at the museum. This year OMSI will recognize more than 140 volunteers who have contributed at least five years or 2,000 hours of service, with 24 of those having contributed more than 20 years or 5,000 hours of service.

"Volunteers are a shining light in today's society. Their energy and spirit are contagious, and together we make OMSI a welcoming and fun place for learning," said OMSI President Nancy Stueber.

Many Portlanders say volunteers built OMSI, and in fact they quite literally did when in August 1957, more than 400 volunteer bricklayers laid 102,000 bricks in one day to raise the walls of the new building at Washington Park. Today, volunteers support every aspect of OMSI's programs, contributing over 100,000 hours of service to OMSI each year.

"This year more members of the community than ever before have offered their volunteer assistance to OMSI. We appreciate all of their support, both working with the public and behind the scenes, to help OMSI achieve its mission," said Carol Cruzan, manager of volunteer services.

OMSI has partnered with 10 Portland visitor attractions in recognizing their volunteers by offering free reciprocal admission during specified weeks in April and May. These partners include the Oregon Zoo, Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, the Portland Children's Museum, Pittock Mansion, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Architectural Heritage Center, the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Fifteen additional partners from around the region have joined the program, including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the High Desert Museum, Cascades Raptor Center, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the Science Factory Children's Museum and Planetarium, Clark County Historical Museum, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Maryhill Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Stevens-Crawford Heritage House, Gordon House, the Oregon Garden, the University of Oregon Natural and Cultural History Museum, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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OMSI Update: Apr.-May Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 03/31/14
OMSI EXHIBITS, EVENTS & SHOWS UPDATE
April & May 2014

OMSI HOURS
Tuesday - Sunday; 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed - specific dates listed on website: omsi.edu/hoursandprices


FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Tony Hawk | Rad Science
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View February 1 - May 4

What does it take to pull off a mid-air 900 on a skateboard? Which surface makes for the best ride? What does science have to do with any of it? Jump into the physics behind extreme sports this spring at Tony Hawk | Rad Science. Set in a realistic skate park scene, the exhibition's highly interactive elements introduce museum visitors to physics principles typically reserved for the classroom: gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance. It breaks down the science of tricks and turns, inspiring visitors to consider a different side of sports--how working with physics can impact technique and ultimately enhance athletic performance.

Local Supporting Sponsor of Tony Hawk | Rad Science is Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is offering visitors a FREE Junior One Day lift pass (value $39) when they present an OMSI Youth Admission ticket. www.omsi.edu/tony-hawk for details.


NEW INFO
Dinosaurs Unearthed
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View May 23 - September 2

Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at OMSI--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history. Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages, capturing the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time in history when paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate.


Tickets:
Adult $13; Free to Members
Youth (3-13)/Senior (63+) $9.50
Prices include admission to the museum.


EVENTS

Reel Science
Second Wednesday of each month
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $5 for non-members & $4 for members.

April 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Featuring Virginia Butler, PhD, professor of anthropology at Portland State University

May 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: The Princess Bride
Featuring local fencing expert

NEW INFO
April 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Particle Fever Opening Night
In The Empirical Theater
Join us for an exciting evening talking about the Higgs Boson, how it was discovered and what it tells us about the universe. Hear from local expert, Dr. Jim Brau, Philip H. Knight Professor in the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Oregon, and watch the gripping documentary, Particle Fever.

April 27, 2:30 - 6 p.m. (Pre-tasting, 1 - 2:30 p.m.)
Eat Mobile
Tickets on sale April 2
Part food festival, part cart competition, EAT MOBILE showcases the mouth-watering cuisine from 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts. The event highlights the food that makes Portland's food scene so special while vendors compete for the coveted Carty Award.

NEW INFO
May 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Condor's Shadow: A Documentary
In The Empirical Theater
The California condor is an almost mythical sight when its 10-foot wingspan is spotted aloft, and its odyssey epitomizes man's impact on the wilderness. It's an epic tale of allowing something majestic to almost slip away, then loudly answering the mandate to recover it. The Condor's Shadow chronicles how a driven few are working against the odds to help the iconic species fly free once again.

Immediately following the movie, learn more about condor recovery efforts in a panel discussion with filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin, lead field biologist Joseph Brandt, and Oregon Zoo condor keeper Kelli Walker.


Theory Eatery

Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
Cook for Life: Cooking for Kids
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on cooking for healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking for Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Abby Tse of Regence and nutritional information from the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult.
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28

Food Luminary
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine in OMSI's restaurant, Theory. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only.
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen
Executive Chef Scott Dolich

Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen

April 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The players/guests--eyes covered--will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

NEW INFO
May 11, 8-11 a.m.
Mother's Day Breakfast
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory.




OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI.edu/afterdark

OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month (except December due to holidays).
Cost: $13 regular admission; $6 for OMSI members; FREE for OMSI After Dark members.

Get a head start on the science fun: drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

April 30, 6 - 10 p.m.
Pirates
Climb aboard and try your hand at sword fighting, ship building and hostage negotiation.

NEW INFO
May 28, 6 - 10 p.m.
Guilty Pleasures
Chocolate, bacon, coffee...you just can't say no. Find out why as we explore guilty pleasures and the science behind them.


OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Portland - Hollywood Theater
Science Pub Portland-Hollywood Theater is a monthly event open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubportland
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 7, 7 - 9 p.m.
Glacial Earthquakes: Using Seismic and GPS Observations to Map Changes in Glaciers and Ice Sheets
With Dr. Meredith Nettles, associate professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University

NEW INFO
May 5, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Mystery of Terroir in Oregon: The Relationship of Geology, Soils and Climate to Wine
With Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of geology at Portland State University

Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater
Science Pub Portland Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.
Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Note: Due to programming changes at the Mission Theater, this series of Science Pub will relocate to the Crystal Ballroom for a 4-month trial period starting in June. The last event at the Mission Theater will be on May 20.
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 15, 7 - 9 p.m.
Viruses from Hell: A Voyage of Discovery
With Ken Stedman, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and founding member of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University

NEW INFO
May 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Green Horizon: Can Green Infrastructure Address Runoff & Climate Change Challenges?
With Jennifer Cherrier, PhD, associate professor in the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida A&M University

Science Pub Hillsboro
Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 28, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stories from the Digital Rim: How Technology is Shifting the Borders of Entertainment
With Tawny Schlieski, research scientist and media expert in Intel Lab's User Experience Research Group

NEW INFO
May 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wetland Ecology
With Beth Middleton, PhD, research ecologist, GS14, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS

Science Pub Corvallis
Science Pub Corvallis is a monthly event held as a partnership between OMSI, Oregon State University (OSU) oregonstate.edu and the Downtown Corvallis Association (DCA) downtowncorvallis.org.
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis.
Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR
Plan to arrive early to choose your seating and place your food/beverage order.

April 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
Natural Gas Vehicles
With Chris Hagen, OSU-Cascades

NEW INFO
May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Future of the Oceans
With Andrew Thurber, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Science Pub Eugene
Science Pub Eugene is held on the second Thursday of the month at Cozmic Pizza and is open to anyone and everyone; no RSVP is necessary. Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu). For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge.

April 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Finding Our Way Through the Controversy over Genetic Engineering in Agriculture: The Good, the Bad, and the Righteous
With Steve Strauss, Director of Oregon State University's Outreach in Biotechnology program

NEW INFO
May 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
Native Pollinators of the Willamette Valley
With August Jackson, assistant site manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum


$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month. Support comes from local sponsor Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

April 6
May 4


THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/empirical-theater
With renovations complete, the new Empirical Theater at OMSI is now open. Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater will expand the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages.

Great White Shark
Unraveling the mystery of a creature that haunts our imaginations, Great White Shark explores this iconic predator's much maligned reputation as it takes viewers around the world to tell the true story of the great white's threatened role atop the oceanic food chain.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a thrilling immersive experience about one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to billions of people and how archaeology is revolutionizing our understanding of Jerusalem's past.


Mysteries of the Unseen World
In the National Geographic tradition of powerful natural-history images and storytelling, Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals once-invisible dimensions of nature that are filled with beauty and wonder--and hold secrets crucial to our survival.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

Gravity 3D
Now Playing
Presented on the giant screen in astonishing Dolby 3D, this Oscar-nominated space thriller returns for an encore engagement. An astronaut (George Clooney) and scientist (Sandra Bullock) on a shuttle mission find themselves stranded in space when debris strikes their ship during a space walk. With no link to Earth and no hope of rescue, their fear turns to panic as they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

NEW INFO
Particle Fever
Opens April 15
For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Follow six scientists involved in the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Pushing the edge of human innovation, these scientists join colleagues from over 100 countries in the pursuit of a single goal: to recreate the conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.


PLANETARIUM SHOWS
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium
Starting January 1, 2014

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Space exploration--our greatest adventure--is having a big impact on our lives in many ways. Discoveries made through space exploration are helping us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty. Equally as important, it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What's happening above is coming back down to Earth! Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS
Now Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tue-Sun; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
January 1 - April 30
Laser Beatles -- Rock and Roll Music, Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, All Together Now, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Octopus's Garden, Get Back, The End

NEW INFO
Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tue-Sun; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
May 1 - August 31
Jazz Fantasia -- In the Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra, Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi, Mac the Knife - Louis Armstrong, Sequencer - Al Di Meola


EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

April
8:15 p.m.
Laser Nirvana - Songs include: Come as You Are, Sliver, Lithium, Floyd the Barber, Pennyroyal Tea, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, Smells Like Teen Spirit,
Love Buzz, Heart Shaped Box, Plateau, and All Apologies,

9:30 p.m.
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall - Songs include: In The Flesh?, The Thin Ice, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2), Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, Empty Spaces, Young Lust, Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Comfortably Numb, In The Flesh

NEW INFO
May
8:15 p.m.
Laser Michael Jackson Song List - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, The Way You Make Me Feel, ABC, Black Or White, Human Nature, Thriller, Man In The Mirror, Dirty Diana, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Billie Jean


9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Vision Bell - Keep Talking, One Slip, Astronomy Domine, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Have A Cigar, Wish you Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Day of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall ( Pt. 2), Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Pigs on the Wing (Pt. 2)

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING

Museum Admission: $13.00 Adults, $9.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members
Submarine: $5.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above)
Empirical Theater Before 6pm: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members
Empirical Theater 6pm and After: $7 Adults, $6 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members
Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50

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Food Carts Compete, Food Lovers Win at OMSI for Eat Mobile
OMSI - 03/28/14
For Immediate Release


Food Carts Compete, Food Lovers Win at OMSI for Eat Mobile
Willamette Week's Seventh Annual Eat Mobile Takes Place April 27

Portland, Ore. (March 28, 2014) - Known for its extensive and creative food cart scene, Portland is an international hotspot for mobile eats. On April 27 from 2:30-6 p.m. (pre-tasting from 1-2:30 p.m.), visitors can feast on cuisine from more than 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts stationed in OMSI's north parking lot. Willamette Week's Eat Mobile 2014 is part food festival, part food competition, presented in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

While the event highlights the food and people that make Portland's food cart scene so special, vendors will compete for the coveted Carty and People's Choice Awards. The Carty Award, one of the highest accolades a Portland food cart can receive, is an honor created by Willamette Week and Eat Mobile to recognize outstanding achievement in mobile nourishment. The equally coveted People's Choice Award is chosen by Eat Mobile's visitors--all are encouraged to cast a vote! Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

In an effort to achieve 100% sustainability, Eat Mobile is powered with solar, wind and bio-diesel generators. All food waste will be composted and beverage containers recycled.

Participating food carts include: 808 Grinds, 50 Licks Ice Cream, Garcelon's Soup & Grilled Cheese, Hapa Ramen, Hungry Heart PDX, Gonzo, Kesone Asian Fusion, Little Boba Truck, Topped Art, Ramy's Falafel Fusion, So Cold Shaved Ice, Thrive, and more!

Tickets go on sale April 2, 2014 at omsi.edu. General admission is $30 and includes samples from each of the participating carts. A limited number of pre-tasting tickets at $50 will also be available. This level of admission includes a complimentary drink ticket and will allow attendees to sample for an hour and a half before the event opens to the general public.


Event Details:
Date--Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time--Pre-tasting, 1-2:30 p.m.; General Admission, 2:30-6 p.m.
Location--OMSI's North Parking Lot
Prices--Pre-tasting, $50; General Admission, $30
Tickets on sale April 2, 2014 - online at omsi.edu.



ABOUT WILLAMETTE WEEK
Since 1974 Willamette Week has remained Portland's definitive source for news, arts and culture, politics and events -- providing audiences with an independent and irreverent understanding of how their worlds work so they can make a difference. wweek.com.

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.
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Dinosaurs Roar to Life at OMSI
OMSI - 03/26/14
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Please run on or after May 4, 2014


UNCOVER FEATHERED SECRETS AND FEROCIOUS STORIES
AS DINOSAURS ROAR TO LIFE AT OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Animatronic Exhibition Opens May 23

Portland, Ore. (March 26, 2014) - Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history.

Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Now believed to have had feathers, scientists understand that some dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds.

"Dinosaurs are intriguing subjects that provide rich opportunities for science learning," says Nancy Stueber, OMSI President. "This exhibition is a tremendous opportunity to learn about the latest scientific findings while igniting our imaginations as the creatures seemingly come to life. We couldn't be more excited."

Each of the life-like animatronic dinosaurs has been custom designed and handcrafted for the exhibition by a team of "paleo-artists" using the best available data from paleontologists on how each species actually looked and sounded.

For many, the exhibition's feathered Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile will be the most striking dinosaur. Long considered the quintessential reptilian dinosaur in appearance, scientists believe the predator may have been covered in downy protofeathers from the time of its hatching through adolescence. Other guests may find the awesome size of the 15-foot tall Gigantoraptor to be the biggest surprise, especially when they realize the specimen from which the model is based had not yet reached its full size at the time of its death.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages, capturing the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time in history when paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate.

Dinosaurs Unearthed opens Friday, May 23, 2014 and closes Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Admission for adults is $13; youth (3-13) and seniors (63+), $9.50; member adults, $5; member youth/senior, Free. Prices include admission to the museum. Visit omsi.edu for more information.

About Dinosaurs Unearthed:
Dinosaurs Unearthed, located in Richmond, British Columbia Canada, creates outstanding guest experiences for indoor and outdoor venues around the world. The company produces traveling exhibitions that are engaging, entertaining and grounded in current science. Since 2007, many exhibitions have opened to great success throughout North America, Australia and Europe, inspiring millions of guests in museums, science centers, zoos and other venues. Recent Dinosaurs Unearthed North American exhibitions have appeared in Chicago, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Berkeley, Vancouver and Winnipeg. www.dinosaursunearthed.com

About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI):
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu

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OBA Endorses Legislative Champions
Oregon Business Association - 04/04/14
Oregon Business Association's Political Action Committee (PAC)announced its early support of members of the Oregon House of Representatives running in the November 2014 general election. John Russell, President of Russell Development Co. is OBA PAC Chair.

Senate champions will be announced on Monday, April 7.

"This is our chance every two years to recognize a group of leaders in the state who make tough decisions to enhance Oregon's economic competitiveness and quality of life," Russell said.

OBA's PAC supports candidates from both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, OBA seeks to support independently-minded individuals who are balanced in their approach to solutions and have a clear vision of how to help grow the state's economy.

PAC members spent the past several weeks meeting with candidates and learning more about their goals and ideas. Candidates were given the opportunity to meet with the PAC for a 30-minute interview, and answered a questionnaire. Those who attended were asked the same set of questions regarding their goals and statewide issues.

Each of these candidates has a positive record of leadership on OBA issues, and also has the potential to champion OBA issues in the future.

OBA will host a bi-partisan reception celebrating these legislators and their accomplishments on Tuesday, April 29 in downtown Portland.


Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario
Representative Cliff Bentz has served in the Oregon House since his appointment in 2008. He holds degrees from Eastern Oregon State College and Lewis & Clark University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and Partner at Yturri Rose, LLP. Bentz is also a farmer and owner/operator of a real estate business and an advocate for rural education and economic development.


John Davis, R-Wilsonville
Representative John Davis is fourth-generation Oregonian, a native of Clackamas and Washington counties, a husband, a father, and a business and real estate attorney. Davis graduated summa cum laude from George Fox University, then dedicated a year of service through the AmeriCorp*VISTA program where he served as Programs Director for a community non-profit. He was elected to the Oregon House in 2012 and elected Republican Deputy Leader in 2013. Davis is an advocate for increasing school days in Oregon, as well as supporting technology, innovation and education to revitalize Oregon's economy.


Val Hoyle, D-West Eugene
Representative Val Hoyle was sworn in to represent House District 14 in the Oregon Legislature on September 29th 2009. She is currently House Majority Leader. Hoyle has 32 years of experience as an advocate, community volunteer, campaign worker and small business professional. Hoyle has worked as a legislative aide and policy analyst for State Senator Floyd Prozanski and prior to the 2011 Session she was the director of the 100% access initiative for United Way of Lane County. The 100% access initiative brings health care and community leaders together to provide affordable and accessible health care to the people of Lane County. Hoyle also has a successful business background with 25 years of experience in domestic and international sales, wholesale distribution and retail management in the sporting goods industry. She has worked for bicycle manufacturers Burley Design, LLC and Cane Creek, LLC to improve sales and marketing systems in the U.S. and internationally.


John Huffman, R-The Dalles
Representative John Huffman was appointed to the Oregon House in 2007 after years of raising a family, running businesses and serving his community in The Dalles. Huffman is an active member of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served on its Economic Development Committee for many years. He helped efforts to attract Google to the Port of The Dalles, as well as to develop the National Scenic Area Discovery Center. As an appointee to the Bi-State Advisory Council, Huffman helped direct millions of dollars in grants and loans to economic development projects throughout the Columbia River Gorge.


Mark Johnson, R-Hood River
Representative Mark Johnson is a long-time resident of District 52. He grew up in the community of Parkdale and attended Hood River County schools from grade 1-12. After attending Whitworth College in Spokane, Johnson moved back to Hood River. He was elected to his first term in the State House of Representatives in November of 2010 and was then re-elected to his second term in November of 2012. During the 2013 session, Johnson served on the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency Committee. He was also appointed to Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee.


Tina Kotek, D-Portland
Representative Tina Kotek is serving her fourth term in the Oregon House. Serving as Speaker of the House during the 2013 Legislative Session, Kotek made education and economic development her priorities. She led the effort to make a historic $6.75 billion re-investment in public education, working to rehire teachers, bring down class sizes, and add school days. She also oversaw a number of efforts to speed the economic recovery, help more Oregon students access a higher education, and strengthen opportunities for Oregon's middle class families. Kotek holds a B.S. in religious studies from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in international studies from the University of Washington. She lives in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland.



John Lively, D-Springfield
An Oregon native, Representative John Lively was born in LaGrande and raised in Springfield. He graduated from Thurston High School, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon. He spent four years serving our country in the Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. He has called Springfield home for 49 years. He served as mayor of Springfield from 1976-1985. Lively was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He is a champion of removing barriers on new businesses or the ability of existing business to expand. He also supports working with local communities to support their job creation efforts.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/3972/73091/Spring_2014_Endorsements_House.pdf
Nearly 50 Oregon Students to Compete in State Level Competition for National History Day
Oregon Historical Society - 04/11/14
Portland, OR - After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 12 from 8 AM - 3 PM at Concordia University. The event is open to the public, and media are welcome to attend; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

This year, 48 students from Jefferson, Umatilla, and Washington counties have entered websites, exhibits, papers, and documentaries into the Oregon History Day competition. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Weston Foundation, the Oregon History Day winners will receive free airfare to the National History Day competition, taking place June 15-19 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C.

Two years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to our state, and has seen the competition grow year over year. Last year, OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperoned thirteen finalists to the national competition, and two Oregon students won awards for "outstanding entries." Finalist Olivia Winter from Timber, Oregon, wrote a paper titled "Perkin's Mauve: A Turning Point in Western Textile History and Culture," and her brother, Dominick, submitted a website to the competition titled "From Quill Pens to Metal Type: Gutenberg's Press." The website can be seen at http://35410023.nhd.weebly.com/.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2014 National History Day is "Rights and Responsibilities," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary.

Over 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the finalists' work at the national competition in June. Scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
Oregon History Museum Opens New "Lincoln's Legacy" Exhibition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/07/14
Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall
Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall
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Rare Documents and Artifacts Pay Tribute to America's 16th President
Opens Saturday, April 12

Portland, OR - Following on the heels of its successful "Windows on America" exhibit, which featured some of the nation's most treasured historical artifacts and manuscripts, the Oregon History Museum will open on Saturday, April 12 an original exhibit highlighting the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Entitled, "2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy," the exhibition focuses on the time period between January 1, 1863, when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and January 31, 1865, when Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution banning slavery.

"Seven score and nine years have passed since Abraham Lincoln's death," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, "but his remarkable life and legacy continue to fascinate Americans. This incredible exhibit offers a unique opportunity to better understand one of America's greatest leaders and what was certainly the most challenging time in our nation's history."

The exhibit features extremely rare documents and artifacts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the holdings of the Oregon Historical Society. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to see a first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln; a House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators; military uniform shoulder straps worn by General William T. Sherman, the actual pen that President Lincoln used in 1862 to sign the Act of Emancipation for the Territories , and pieces of fabric from both the coat that Lincoln was wearing and the seat in which he was sitting the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater. In addition, the exhibit includes numerous Civil War-era costumes that were worn by actors in director Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning movie, Lincoln.

The exhibit also features a touch-screen video game, "Lincoln's Challenge," which will allow visitors to test their knowledge of America's 16th President and the Civil War.

To kick off the exhibit on Saturday, distinguished actor and Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate will give his "Town Hall" program on Saturday, April 12 at 11 AM and 2 PM. With a striking resemblance to Lincoln, Holgate captivates his audiences through this exciting living history performance.

MEDIA NOTE
Media are welcome to preview and tour the exhibit April 8-10. Please contact Rachel Randles at 503.306.5221 or rachel.randles@ohs.org to schedule a time for a tour. Media are also welcome to attend the exhibit opening reception for OHS members on Friday, April 11, at 5:30 PM - please RSVP to Rachel Randles if you are planning to attend.

AVAILABLE PRESS PHOTOS & CREDITS

1)Emancipation Proclamation | Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection

2)Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | This rare image of Lee is one of only eight known photographs featuring him in full military uniform. The photographer, Julian Vannerson, served in the Virginia Infantry's 24th Battalion and was well regarded for his photographs of Confederate leaders. Credit Mark Family Collection

3)Thirteenth Amendment | On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. This official House of Representatives copy of the Amendment from December 18, 1865, on vellum, was signed by Speaker Schuyler Colfax, Clerk Edward McPherson, thirty-four senators, and ninety representatives. Credit Mark Family Collection

4)Damask from Lincoln's chair at Ford's Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection

5)Snare drum played at Lincoln's funeral, 1865 | William Henry Brooks, a Union soldier and future Portland resident, played this drum as part of the consolidated drum corps during President Lincoln's funeral procession from Springfield to the Oak Ridge Cemetery in May 1865. Credit Oregon Historical Society.

6)Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game

About the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.


Attached Media Files: Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall , Snare drum played at Lincoln’s funeral, 1865 | Credit Oregon Historical Society , Damask from Lincoln’s chair at Ford’s Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection , Thirteenth Amendment | Credit Mark Family Collection , 2) Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | Credit Mark Family Collection , Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection
DATE CORRECTION (June 21 Award Ceremony) - Book Cover Design Contest for Students Announced with $150 Grand Prize
Oregon Historical Society - 04/01/14
Portland, OR - Calling all aspiring artists, graphic designers, and history aficionados! While we are taught to never judge a book by its cover, a striking design can make all of the difference between picking up your next favorite read, or passing it over while browsing countless shelves at the bookstore. And while made-up stories are no good for history tests, imagining the past through historical fiction can be enriching for readers and writers. Think you have what it takes to design an award-winning book of Oregon historical fiction? Enter the Oregon Historical Society, The Oregon Encyclopedia, & Ooligan Press Book Cover Design Contest!

The contest is open to all Oregon and SW Washington middle and high school students. To enter, students must send a high-resolution PDF of their book cover to bookcover@ohs.org. A book title and "blurb" of 75 words or fewer must accompany the design, and should describe the imagined story and its link to Oregon history. Students must include their name, contact information, school, and grade level in their email submission. Submission deadline is May 31, 2014 at midnight. The grand prize winner will receive $150, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $50. Additional contest details can be found at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/content/design_contest/.

Contest winners will be announced at the Oregon Historical Society's Summer Community Day on Saturday, June 21. Community Day is a quarterly free day that features programs and activities for the whole family. In addition to the contest announcement, join local historical fiction authors Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Lois Leveen for a conversation on their popular historical fiction novels. Feldman is the author of the Ooligan Press published novel Blue Thread and its companion novel The Ninth Day. Leveen is the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, which is based on the true story of one daring woman willing to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.

Additional Contest Rules:
One submission per applicant; digital applications only accepted. A selection of covers will be featured on the Oregon Encyclopedia website during 2014; contest submission indicates permission to post the cover. Applications will be judged by a panel of OHS staff and publishing industry professionals. Submissions deemed inappropriate by the review panel will not be considered.

About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.

About The Oregon Encyclopedia
The Oregon Encyclopedia (The OE) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, institutions, and biota. Overseen by a distinguished board of Oregon historians and educators, the hundreds of contributors to the encyclopedia are among the most knowledgeable scholars in the state. The OE is part of the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, and is supported by Portland State University and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.

About Ooligan Press
Ooligan Press is a general trade publisher rooted in the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2001, Ooligan is a teaching press dedicated to the art and craft of publishing. Affiliated with Portland State University, the press is staffed by students pursuing master's degrees in an apprenticeship program under the guidance of a core faculty of publishing professionals.
Oregon Virtual Academy Board Meeting
Oregon Virtual Academy - 04/14/14
Oregon Virtual Academy Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1814/73391/Board_Meeting_Agenda_4-21-14.doc
Senator Jeff Merkley Makes History as First Male "Pro-Choice Champion" (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 04/24/14
Senator Jeff Merkley speaks at Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2012 National Conference in Portland
Senator Jeff Merkley speaks at Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2012 National Conference in Portland
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon officially announced today that Senator Jeff Merkley is the organization's "2014 Pro-Choice Champion." Senator Merkley makes history as the first male leader to receive the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Courageous Voice Breakfast on Friday, May 30th in Portland.

Every year, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon presents the Marilyn Epstein Pro-Choice Champion Award to a leader who goes above and beyond in advocating for women's and reproductive health care issues. The honor has previously recognized State Representative Mary Nolan (2011), Secretary of State Kate Brown (2012) and Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (2013).

"In just his first term in the U.S. Senate, Jeff Merkley has already emerged as a leading voice for women's health," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "He knows that women's health affects the entire family - and when women succeed, Oregon succeeds."

Throughout his tenure in the Oregon Legislature and the U.S. Senate, Senator Merkley has stood up for women's health time and time again:

* In 2007, he led the fight to secure the "Access to Birth Control Act," a landmark piece of legislation that passed after more than a decade of work. This bill required health insurance plans to cover birth control and required hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to women who seek emergency room treatment after a sexual assault. He also was behind Oregon's domestic partnership law, and he helped require workplaces to provide safe and clean place for women to pump and store breast milk.

* When congressional Republicans threatened to shut down the U.S. government over Title X funding, he vigorously defended Planned Parenthood.

* When Catholic bishops tried to force health insurers to charge co-pays for birth control, he was one of only 9 senators who called the White House urging President Obama to stand firm.

* When Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled an FDA recommendation to improve access to emergency contraception, he was one of only 14 Democratic senators who demanded that she explain herself.

* In 2010, he voted for the Affordable Care Act to ensure that affordable health care is available for every American.

* Planned Parenthood Action Fund gives him a 100% score on women's health.

The 2014 Courageous Voice Breakfast will take place from 7:30-9am Friday, May 30th at Portland Art Museum's Kridel Grand Ballroom, 1119 SW Park Ave. This year's keynote speaker is Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, who is poised to make history as the first Latina Lieutenant Governor in the Lone Star State. Tickets are available at http://tinyurl.com/CourageousVoice2014


Attached Media Files: Senator Jeff Merkley speaks at Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2012 National Conference in Portland