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09/17/14
CORRECTION: Ackerman-Munson, Springer re-appointed to Forestry Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
Sybil Ackerman-Munson
Sybil Ackerman-Munson
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EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS PLEASE NOTE:
This is a corrected version of the news release sent you previously.

Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been re-appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The State Senate confirmed the re-appointments on Wednesday, affirming Gov. John Kitzhaber's nominations and a Senate Rules Committee recommendation. Ackerman-Munson's second term runs from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018, and Springer's from May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She has worked for many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. She has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
Sybil Ackerman-Munson
Sybil Ackerman-Munson
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Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been reappointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. On Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Ackerman-Munson to a second term running July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018. Springer's second term is May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted the two nominations to the Senate rules Committee on Aug. 25.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She was previously employed by many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. In addition to her position on the Board of Forestry, she has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.

He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven governor-appointed members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W west of Veneta. OSP is working with the Lane County Medical Examiner to positively identify the victim.

According to Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on September 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon containing one person was traveling eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve when it went off the side of the highway and struck a tree.

The vehicle caught fire and a passing motorist stopped at the scene. Due to the spreading fire, they weren't able to get the victim out of the vehicle or put the fire out as it spread to several trees and surrounding brush.

Firefighters from Lane Fire Authority and Lane Rural Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that spread to an estimated ?3/4 of an acre area.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene.

The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was opened to traffic. ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Public meetings on statewide trails plan to be held throughout the state in October
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October. Planning will cover motorized ATV trails, snowmobile trails, nonmotorized trails, water trails and state Scenic Waterways.

Trail users, representatives of outdoor recreation businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend to provide feedback on regional trail issues and needs and to help identify trail development opportunities.

Workshop participants will also identify potential river corridors to be considered as additions to the Oregon Scenic Waterway Program, which sets aside river corridors for recreation and resource protection. Under direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD studies at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information on the process is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Scenic-Waterways-Assessment-Process.aspx.

Feedback from the workshops will be used to update the current Statewide Trails Plan for Oregon that was completed in 2005. The final product - to be titled Oregon Trails 2015: a Vision for the Future - is scheduled for completion in December 2015.

Workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

Oct. 1, Pendleton, Little Vert Theater Room (downstairs), 345 SW Fourth St.
Oct. 2, The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. Eighth St.
Oct. 6, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Community Hall, 199 W. Main St.
Oct. 7, Burns, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 N. Broadway Ave.
Oct. 8, Ontario: Four Rivers Culture Center Medical Arts Room, 676 SW Fifth Ave.
Oct. 9, Baker City: Baker City Public Library, 2400 Resort St.
Oct. 20, Coos Bay: Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave.
Oct. 21, Rogue River: Live Oak Grange Hall, 120 Gardiner St.
Oct. 22, Klamath Falls: Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.
Oct. 23, Bend: East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road
Oct. 27, Lincoln City: Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Highway 101
Oct. 28, Salem: Center for Business and Industry, Room 115, 626 High St. NE.
Oct. 29, Portland: Portland Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Blvd.
Oct. 30, Eugene: Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington St.

For information on the Trails Planning Project and to view the current plan, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trail-Plans.aspx.

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Correction on Media Advisory - Live burn demonstration Sept. 18 as part of the NW Fire Sprinkle Summit
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/17/14
*Correction - Live burn demonstration is Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.*

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following information on behalf of the Oregon and Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalitions.

When your house goes up in flames, minutes count - Watch a live burn demonstration that shows how long you have to escape.

With today's furnishings, household materials and open floor plans, a house fire can spread from smoldering to deadly in just seconds. To demonstrate how fast this happens, several local fire agencies are partnering to sponsor a "side by side" burn demonstration. One side of the demonstration area will be allowed to reach flashover, a point at which all contents of the room ignite. The other side of the demonstration area will show how residential fire sprinklers can quickly activate, allowing occupants precious time to escape.

A critical part of the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit which will be held at the Heathman Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 18, this demonstration is jointly sponsored by the Washington and Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalitions. Fire personnel, building officials, and other stakeholders that work with fire sprinklers will be attending a one-day training to learn more about these life-saving safety devices. Experts from across the country will be on hand to share the latest research, technology, and developments in fire sprinkler advocacy.

"We show what happens during a home fire in a vivid way," said Shawn Olson, Lt. Deputy Fire Marshal, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and chair of the Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "When the room reaches flashover, the temperature can reach more than 1,200 degrees within minutes. On the other hand, if a home is equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system, the sprinkler activates at just 155 degrees, not allowing the room to reach flashover stage. Which can mean the difference between life and death."

The media is invited to attend. Interviews with attendees may be arranged.

Location: The Heathman Lodge parking lot, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662

Burn Demonstration begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.
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09/16/14
Health advisory issued September 16 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

Visual observation of scum on river from southern end of Ross Island to Fremont Bridge

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today based on visual observation of scum on the Willamette River, extending from the southern end of Ross Island downstream to the Fremont Bridge in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring is underway to determine the species and amount of blue-green algae cells present in the river. The type of species in the bloom will help to identify whether the cells present are those with the potential to produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is testing water samples taken from the river. People should avoid skin contact with water, as well as swallowing or inhaling water droplets, until results of tests are available. Drinking water directly from the Willamette River could be especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins from blue-green algae can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

Oregon Public Health officials advise people living along the river that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the Willamette River in the area affected by the advisory are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit the Willamette River and enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

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

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36 Pit Fire Update September 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/16/14
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander - Bruce Holloway
Deputy Incident Commander - Rex Reed

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352
EMAIL: 36pitfire@gmail.com

The 36 Pit Fire was first reported on Saturday afternoon, September 13, 2014. The fire is located 10 miles southeast of the town of Estacada, Oregon burning in steep, rugged terrain, and is currently estimated to be approximately 3,588 acres in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

***A public meeting will be held this evening at the First Baptist Church, 29101 SE Eagle Creek Road, Estacada beginning at 7:30 pm. The meeting will provide updated information on the current fire situation and evacuations presently in place.

The Washington Incident Management Team 2 was called in to assume command of the fire on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m. A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of the Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team has been established. The local Estacada Fire District 69 has been heavily involved in the fire suppression efforts. Governor Kitzhaber declared a conflagration September 15th thereby allowing for the mobilization of structural protection task forces from throughout the State of Oregon.

Most of the fire growth occurred on Sunday and Monday, burning on both sides of Highway 224. The fire is located mainly within the Mt. Hood National Forest along the stretch of the Clackamas River roughly between the South Fork of the Clackamas River at the north and Carter Bridge Campground at the south. A northwest portion of the fire also affects Bureau of Land Management and private lands.

Beginning last night, weather conditions turned more favorable for firefighters as relative humidity increased to 80 percent. Today, a marine layer expected to move across the fire area allowed firefighters to build fire line directly adjacent to the fire. Nine crews including four hot shot crews are working to suppress the fire today and supported by one heavy Type 1 helicopter and two medium Type 2 helicopters. Approximately 40 structural engines are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered.

Fire suppression priorities today are to hold the progression in the west and north flanks of the fire protecting property and natural resources. Night shift firefighting personnel will be patrolling and holding fire lines. Hazards to firefighters include steep rocky terrain, rolling material, and powerlines. The public is urged to drive safely while firefighters work to suppress the 36 Pit Fire.

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New Veterans' Home in Lebanon to be Dedicated
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
((Updated information concerning Jodi Allworth and Sen. Wyden in paragraph 2))

SALEM - Following two years of construction, the much anticipated dedication of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon will be held on Sat., Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The new home is located at 600 North 5th Street.

Members of Allworth's family, including Edward's daughter Jodi Allworth, will be in attendance to cut the ceremonial ribbon that will officially open the new veterans' home. Other guests who are expected to attend include Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Linn County Commissioners, Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz, and several state legislators. Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), will serve as master of ceremonies.

ODVA announced the location of the veterans' home in Lebanon in April 2010. Ground was broken on the new $40 million facility in September 2012.

Named for World War I Medal of Honor recipient Edward C. Allworth, the home has been designed on the small house model for skilled nursing facilities. Construction project manager John Osborn said this enhanced model creates a small community for a group of residents and staff.

"It is a significant improvement from the traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The small house model alters the facility's size, the interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional care and services," Osborn said. "These enhancements make this veterans' home a special place for some very special people who honorably served our country."

Oregon's second veterans' home will offer space for 154 residents needing long-term care as well as rehabilitation services, and Alzheimer's and dementia care. Care at this facility is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses, and parents who had a child die while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

During World War I, Capt. Edward C. Allworth was commanding U.S. Army soldiers in France when the enemy destroyed a bridge and forced his troops to cross a canal. Allworth, as his Medal of Honor award citation reads, "mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machinegun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops."

Information about Oregon's Veterans' Home benefit, qualifications and application process may be found at www.lebanon.oregonveteranshomes.com.
Gov. Proclaims POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
SALEM - Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 19, to be POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon. The proclamation honors the service and sacrifice of American military personnel who have either been captured, held as prisoners of war, or who remain missing in action.

Oregon's observance will again coincide with the National POW-MIA Recognition Day that is celebrated annually on the third Friday in September.

In his official proclamation, the governor called on Oregonians to join him in recognizing American war prisoners who are still missing. Kitzhaber stressed that these brave Americans deserve national recognition and to be accounted for and returned to the United States with honor and dignity.

Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, said that more than 83,000 Americans are still missing while serving in these wars.

"When we raise the black-and-white POW-MIA flag as a symbol to these missing Americans," Smith said, "we honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war and we remember those who remain unaccounted for."

As part of the commemoration for this day, one of largest POW-MIA flags in the United States will be raised onto the giant flag pole located at the Latus Harley Davidson dealership in Gladstone, Ore. At 11 a.m., Thursday, September 18, veterans groups will hoist the 50-by-70 foot flag into place and then lower it on Saturday. The dealership is located off of Interstate 205, exit 11 at 870 E. Berkeley St.


Attached Media Files: POW-MIA Recognition Day proclamation.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

NEW FIRES

1224 Fire: This 11 acre fire near Wallowa started yesterday afternoon. Fire growth has been stopped and crews will be using dozers and crews to secure the perimeter.


CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit: This over 3,500 acre fire started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada. It has also crept onto ODF protected Bureau of Land Management lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry are using a unified command to fight the fire. The fire was human caused and remains under investigation.

Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the fire. The fire threatens 168 homes. The OSFM Blue Incident Management Team is responding along with two structural protection task forces.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3, immediate evacuation order for residents of SE Fall Creek Road, Michaels Road. A Level 1 order (Get Ready) has been issued for residents of Tumala Mountain Road east of Divers Road.

The Lazy Bend Campground remains closed as well as other recreation sites along Highway 224. No additional evacuations have been ordered. The Silver Fox RV Park remains closed. The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the First Baptist Church of Estacada. For information about evacuations go to the Clackamas County website (http://www.clackamas.us). For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712. The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | ODF social media | State Forests Online Community


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Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by "Sunset" magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 16, 2014

Contacts:
Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Kris Babbs, Keep Oregon Green Association, 503-945-7499, kbabbs@odf.state.or.us


Fire season 2014 started early and continues to be active in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association are joining together on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, along with a panel of experts, to participate a Twitter chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors to help those in the western United States prepare for a possible wildfire. Questions will range from how fast a wildfire travels to the best things to do to make your home and garden fire-safe.

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 11 a.m. PDT and follow @SunsetMag
2. Enter #SunsetChat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real-time.
3. Have a question? Tweet it using #SunsetChat; Sunset will pulse as many as they can out to the panelists.

With fire season still at the forefront of the news in the west, ODF and KOG hope that participating in this Twitter chat can help inform all Oregonians about how they can prevent wildfires, and things they can do to best remain fire-safe this year and prepare for future fire seasons in Oregon.


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Public invited to SEA-TECH dedication and tour
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/16/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools will officially dedicate the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) Thursday, Sept. 18. The ceremony is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Students will lead guided tours from 10 to 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. (dedication ceremony) / 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (facility tour)
Location: Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (525 Campus Loop - on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)

Ceremony Agenda
9:30 a.m. Welcome Anne Golden
9:35 a.m. Introductions, Thank you, Scope of Project Dr. Bill Jordan
9:45 a.m. SEA-TECH Program overview Dennis Matson
9:55 a.m. Closing remarks Dr. Bill Jordan
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Facility Tour & Refreshments Dennis Matson, staff and students

SEA-TECH Background Information:
The Washington state legislature approved a total of $11,519,000 to fund the design development, construction and equipment for the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center in Walla Walla during the 2011-13 biennium for this project. This state action was part of a development model for Skills Centers which provided 90 percent of the funding for the facility and equipment. The state funded SEA-TECH with school construction dollars. Walla Walla Community College leases the land to Walla Walla Public Schools for $1 per year. The land agreement represents the district's 10 percent matching portion of the project. The state funded the remaining 90 percent of the project. As a result, this project did not raise local bond rates.

During the 2011 legislative session, the district received $1,169,000 for design development for the 36,000 square feet facility located on the Walla Walla Community College campus, off of Isaacs Ave. In 2012, the legislature appropriated an additional $10,350,000 for construction and equipment for the new Skills Center.

The district broke ground on the project during the first week in March 2013 and SEA-TECH opened for the start of the 2014-15 school year. SEA-TECH offers digital media technology, welding, renewable resources and health occupation programs. SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center. Partnering districts: Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place. Students from Walla Walla and all the partner districts attend a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) three hour block schedule at SEA-TECH.

Architect: Architects West
Contractor: Leone and Kibble, Inc.
Director: Dennis Matson (dmatson@wwps.org / 509.526.2000)
Website: www.myseatech.org

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U.S. Entity recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/16/14
Portland, Ore. - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Columbia River Treaty, an international agreement between Canada and the United States for the cooperative development and operation of the water resources of the Columbia River Basin for the benefit of both countries.

The Columbia River Treaty has been a significant driver behind diverse economic, public safety and ecological uses of the Columbia River. As a direct result of the Treaty, four storage dams were built: Mica, Arrow and Duncan dams in British Columbia, Canada; and Libby Dam in Montana. These four projects more than doubled the storage capacity of the Columbia River system, increased control of the river flow, thereby decreasing the risk of major flooding events downstream, and provided opportunities for releasing water at times needed for power generation and other downstream benefits such as fisheries and water supply. For the past 50 years, Treaty operations have helped prevent major flood damages and provide for economic development across the basin.

The U.S. Entity, which consists of the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Engineer, is charged with formulating and carrying out the operating arrangements necessary to implement the Columbia River Treaty in concert with the Canadian Entity.

"We appreciate the extensive coordination and collaboration we've enjoyed with BPA and the Canadian Entity on this important treaty over the past 50 years," said Brigadier General John Kem, Commander of the Corps' Northwestern Division, "This extensive cooperation with Canada and U.S. regional interests has allowed us to achieve common Treaty goals and also to respond to the changing needs in the Columbia River Basin," added Elliot Mainzer, BPA Administrator.

Looking to build on the past success of the Treaty, the U.S. Entity led a three-year review process that culminated in a regional recommendation regarding the future of the Treaty. That recommendation, available at www.crt2014-2024review.gov, was delivered to the U.S. Department of State Dec. 13, 2013, and is undergoing a formal review by the U.S. Government.

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Oregon Added 2, 900 Jobs in August while the Unemployment Rate Edged Up to 7.2 Percent
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/16/14
Oregon's unemployment rate edged up, from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since-November 2013 when the rate was 7.3 percent, but far below the high point of the last recession, in June 2009, when the rate
was 11.6 percent.

It may seem surprising for the unemployment rate to go up when Oregon is adding jobs. But something else was also happening: Oregon's labor force was growing. If migration to
Oregon from other states increases and more people start looking for work because they
feel their prospects are improving, then both of these factors lead to more Oregonians joining the labor force. If this growth in the labor force is larger than the number of new
jobs created, then the unemployment rate will go up, at least in the short term.

So how many jobs did Oregon add? The primary measure of employment in Oregon,
seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 in August.
This was the 12th increase in the last 14 months. Employment is now 40,700 above where it was a year ago and 127,300 above its recessionary low. With the recent and
steady job growth, Oregon is now just 20,100 from its pre-recession employment peak
reached in December 2007.

In August, two industries performed particularly well, with large gains in
seasonally adjusted employment. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added 1,000. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing grew
faster than overall employment. It added 5,500 jobs since August 2013, with
substantial gains in these component industries: wood product manufacturing
( +900 jobs), machinery manufacturing ( +900), transportation equipment
manufacturing ( +500), and food manufacturing ( + 700).

Payroll employment in July was revised upward to a gain of 1,300, compared with the
original estimate of a gain of only 200.

The average Oregon manufacturing production worker worked 39.9 hours in August, down 1.4 hours from a year ago. This drop in hours worked per employee is not
unusual, given the overall employment growth in the manufacturing industry.

Oregon wages haven't grown as fast as inflation over the past year. In August, the
average wage for Oregon's private sector payroll employees was $22.53, a 0.9%
increase from a year earlier.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, September 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 14th.

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. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2014 tax records data. 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.Qualitylnfo.org/pressrelease.

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


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Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 23
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

What: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health will have a 30-minute telephone meeting. The agenda includes a vote on the task force's report to the Legislature.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 11-11:30 a.m.

Where: Conference call: 1-888-363-4734, participant code 295577

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: To participate, call 1-888-363-4734 and use code 295577.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan 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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09/15/14
Media Advisory - Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/15/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 will be released tomorrow, September 16, 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 Public Information Officer Craig Spivey 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
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 5 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 north of Medford
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for a speed violation. Upon contacting the car's two occupants, they were identified as driver RORY GENE WOMACH, age 30, from Grandview, Washington, and passenger JUAN NAVARRO RAMIREZ, age 25, from Yakima, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.

WOMACH and RAMIREZ were arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office jail website, neither suspect is listed in custody at this time.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Driver Cited / Photos - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 35 south of Hood River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
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Update: OSP cited SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on Highway 35 near Pine Grove. Both drivers were seriously injured and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

On September 13, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 1990 Nissan pickup driven by SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO, age 26, from Hood River, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 95 in the northbound lane when it was involved in a head-on collision with a 1994 Honda Civic. After impact, the pickup came to rest on its side along the northbound shoulder and the Honda was resting in the middle of the highway.

ZANORA AVENDANO was extricated by firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanual Medical Center with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation incidates alcohol is a contributing factor.

The Honda's driver, FRANCISCO CASTRO GUSMAN, age 21, from Parkdale, was also seriously injured and tranported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Zistel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department and local fire personnel.

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Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins' Statement on Investment in OTRADI Bioscience Incubator:
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/15/14
Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins:

"Continued job growth in Oregon depends on our ability to maintain and expand the startup ecosystem that helps turn innovation into economic impact. That's why the Oregon Innovation Council and Business Oregon supported the establishment of the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator back in 2013. The incubator filled a critical gap in Oregon's competitive infrastructure by providing lab space as well as networking connections and entrepreneurial assistance.

It was fully leased within 6 weeks of opening and today the incubator is bursting at the seams. Because of that success and to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to carry the story forward, I am pleased to support, alongside Governor Kitzhaber, a $325,000 Strategic Reserve Fund investment to expand the incubator and create opportunity for more Oregon-grown bioscience leaders. This investment is all about 'growing our own,' building on existing assets and assembling the right pieces to shape a prosperous Oregon future, driven by smart investments today."

http://ow.ly/BwOjO
Health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/14
September 15, 2014

High toxin levels found at Tenmile Lakes in Coos County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Tenmile Lakes is especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Tenmile Lakes are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Tenmile Lakes and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Tenmile Lakes at 541-759-2414.

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

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W in Lane County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 12:23 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash off Old Stage Coach Road near milepost 5. A family member of HANNAH S. SMITH, age 18, from Eugene, who was previously reported missing to Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), discovered the wreckage down a steep embankment on railroad tracks below after hearing her screams for help while passing through the area. SMITH was injured and an 18-year old male, identified as CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL from Eugene, was deceased.

LCSO and Lane Fire Authority responded to the scene and confirmed the report. OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to investigate the crash. The railroad company was notified to prevent train traffic until the vehicle was removed and responders cleared the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the 2002 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle containing the two occupants was traveling on Old Stage Coach Road when it went off the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its side on railroad tracks approximately 40 feet below. Initial information indicates the crash may have happened late Saturday night, September 13.

According to LCSO, SMITH was reported missing to their department Sunday, September 14 at 7:58 p.m., after family said she did not arrive at a friend's house Saturday night.

McCARDEL was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. SMITH was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated. She was transported by Western Lane Ambulance District to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Confirmation of who was driving the vehicle is pending further investigation.

Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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09/14/14
MEDIA ALERT - ESD 123 Now Enrolling for FREE Preschool
ESD 123 - 09/14/14
TRI-CITIES, WA - Educational Service District (ESD) 123 is now enrolling 3 and 4 year olds for free, full-day Preschool in Pasco, Finley, Columbia (Burbank) and North Franklin School Districts.

For more information, contact Jenny Kelly at 509.544.5754 or visit www.esd123.org/eceap.
Finley FFA Chapter Named Three Star Chapter for 2014
Finley Sch. Dist. - 09/14/14
FINLEY, WA - The Finley FFA chapter of Kennewick, WA has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.

Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27 to August 1 will be recognized at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 29 to November 1 in Louisville, KY. All star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today's farmers," said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. "The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Awards programs will help meet the critical needs."

For more information on the Finley FFA Chapter, contact FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum, at jyochum@finleysd.org or 509.586.7279.

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The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/14/14
NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: This is the final update for the Yellow Point Fire. The fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 85% contained. Management Team #3 has transferred command to a Type 3 organization. Fire crews will continue work in the area, and full containment is expected at 7 p.m. tonight. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 35% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
DAN THORPE, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Yellow Point Fire
September 14, 2014
Final Update

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) has transferred command of the Yellow Point Fire to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots, patrol, fire line rehabilitation and begin pulling equipment off of the fire line.

The 790-acre fire is now 85% contained. Full containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

ODF's IMT #3 wishes to thank the many cooperators that made the fire suppression effort a success. The fire was a testament to Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system that includes active participation from forest landowners. Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company and Bureau of Land Management played significant roles in meeting suppression objectives and minimizing acres burned. The team would also like to thank Lane County for allowing the use of the Alma Forestry Work Center for the incident command post and fire camp. The Work Center's proximity to the fire played dividends in helping the team and crews gain access to the incident.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 85%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 11; engines 8; tenders 4; helicopters 3 (stand-by)
Total personnel: 214
Estimated Cost: $5,000,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420

Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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09/13/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 13, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 70% contained. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 25% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 13, 2014 Update

Fire crews have stood the test against the wind and now are preparing to put the finishing touches on the Yellow Point Fire. The 790-acre fire is now 70 percent contained.

Many crews were released today and will head to their home units for some well-deserved R&R as they get ready for their next assignment. While the fire attack has been a 24-hour affair for the last seven days, night shift crews are either on their way home or moving over to days. A few resources will continue overnight patrols and security for the fire area.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) will transfer command to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey, tomorrow afternoon. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 70%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 26; engines 18; tenders 13; dozers 1; helicopters 3
Total personnel: 624
Estimated Cost: $4,187,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry


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Serious Injury Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an elderly female passenger after she was transported to a Springfield hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Casey Codding, on September 12, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup driven by WILLIAM L. CALHOUN, age 64, from Bend, was traveling on Highway 126W near milepost 26 when it went off the highway and struck a tree.

The driver's 87-year old mother, BEVERLY LOUISE CALHOUN from Florence, was trapped in the pickup and extricated by Western Lane Fire / EMS personnel. She was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with critical injuries and died after arrival at the hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Josh Wolcott-Peterson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Western Lane Fire / EMS and ODOT. The highway was closed about an hour before one lane was open to traffic during the scene investigation.

No photographs provided for this release.

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Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: September 16, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/12/14
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: September 16, 2014
As per the attached agenda


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1288/77786/09.16.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Dump Trailer Loses Load of Rocks - Interstate 84 near Boardman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Interstate 84 eastbound lanes are nearly clear of rock that spilled from a dump trailer traveling near Boardman.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling a belly dump trailer loaded with large rocks was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 165 when the gate opened and rocks spilled onto the freeway. One vehicle was reported damaged.

ODOT and OSP responded to the scene. ODOT personnel quickly got equipment to the scene and are removing the rocks from the traffic lanes.

Traffic updates available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Stakeholder advisory group to discuss scientific review of forest management options
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
A stakeholder advisory group will meet on September 17 and September 22 to discuss a scientific review of stakeholder-proposed forest management options.

Read the science report here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140904_ATTCH_02.pdf

The eight-member group represents a range of interests, including recreation, the timber industry, conservation groups, and commissioners from counties that receive timber sale revenue.

The meetings, open to the public, are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, Building C, 2600 State St., Salem. Agenda items include an overview of the science report and the drafting process, general discussion, and public comment. Public comment opportunities are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., approximately.

Review the full agenda here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/Stakeholder/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140917_AGENDA.pdf

The current plan, adopted in 2001 and revised in 2010, has not performed as forecast. The results have included insufficient revenue to support key forest management activities, including recreation, research and monitoring, and thinning of young stands.

The management plan covers the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests - about 510,000 acres between Portland and the coast - as well as the Santiam State Forest east of Salem and small, scattered parcels. State law requires that the lands be managed to produce a broad range of sustainable benefits, including timber, revenue to help support counties and local taxing districts, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Across Oregon, the state manages more than 800,000 acres, about 2.7 percent of the state's forestland base.

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged calling (503) 945-7200, 72 hours before the meeting.
Update: Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend's expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked about one week at that location approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully checked the area to find anyone connected with the vehicle. Two days later, OSP had the vehicle towed and impounded as an abandoned vehicle.

Follow up investigation by OSP and KSP confirmed the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, and his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32, both from Bardstown, Kentucky, have not been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August. KSP initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men, took missing person reports and entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Photographs of both men are provided with this news release.

The following related information is being released in this update:

* On Wednesday, September 10, OSP and HRSO served a search warrant on the vehicle and found several personal items including sleeping bags, a stove, and hiking gear. The items found in the vehicle led HRSO Search & Rescue to believe they didn't leave the vehicle behind with the intention of going on a several-day hiking trip.

* Receipts were also found in the vehicle tracking them from Kentucky to Oregon, including a receipt from a Hood River fast food restaurant dated September 2. OSP contacted the restaurant and confirmed JOHN WOOD was there on that date.

* No maps or notes were found in the vehicle or at their Kentucky apartment indicating a planned hiking route or length of time they were going to be gone.

* A ranger at the Mt. Hood Ranger Station in Parkdale confirmed the two men came to the ranger station on or about September 2. The men indicated they were interested in hiking in the Mt Hood area and possibly the Pacific Crest trail.

* HRSO Sheriff Matt English said Search & Rescue personnel concentrated searches starting in the immediate area of where the vehicle was found parked and then worked outward from there. Searchers have checked the area on both the east and west sides of Highway 35, the Cat Creek area, and forest service roads on the west side leading up to Dog River Road, looking for any sign or sighting that the men were in the area. Several aerial flights were also conducted over a two-day period in the vicinity.

OSP, HRSO and KSP urge anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area since September 2, or with information regarding their whereabouts, to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Lead investigator is OSP Detective Lori Rosebraugh.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

>Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 51% contained. Firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today and through the weekend. Road closures are still in effect and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release below.

>West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Cause is under investigation. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 12, 2014 Update

The Yellow Point Fire remains 790 acres and is now 51 percent contained.

While the fire activity has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours, firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today through the weekend. While winds are expected to subside later in the day, temperatures are likely to increase and stay hot through Sunday. Any fire ignition outside containment lines carries the potential for rapid fire spread.

Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Due to fire traffic, road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 51%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 33; engines 27; tenders 14; dozers 1; helicopters 6
Total personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,600,000

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Kiona-Benton City School District Board Workshop
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 09/12/14
The School Board will meet Saturday 9/13/2014 at 9:30 a.m. for a workshop at the Kennewick Country Club to go over evaluations.
09/11/14
Seahawks Select Wapato Coach as Coach of the Week (Photo)
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
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Hi there,

Great honor for one of our coaches.

Attached is a release regarding our Varsity Head Football Coach being selected by the Seahawks and the Washington State Football Coaches Assoc. as "Coach of the Week"


also attached a photo of Coach Hake if any of you want to use it.



Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Coach of the Week , Coach Hake photo
Walla Walla school zone flashers operate during peak travel periods
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
WALLA WALLA - This fall, motorists will notice that the school zone flashers alerting them to the 20 mph speed limit will only be operating before school, during lunch and after school. In the past, school zone flashers operated from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This change was made by the City of Walla Walla following a recommendation from the district's School Zone Safety Team.

"Our research revealed running flashers all day results in diminishing effectiveness," said Ki Bealey, City of Walla Walla Public Works Director. "Also, solar powered school zone flashers are generally not suitable to operate nine hours a day, especially during the winter months."

Several other cities and school districts around the state have adopted similar strategies. Targeting times for school zone flashers is also endorsed by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

"The goal of this recommendation is to provide the greatest clarity to drivers and thereby attain the highest level of compliance at the most crucial travel periods for kids to and from school," Bealey said.

Flasher Operation Times - 20 mph Speed Limit:
* Flasher operation in the morning - 30 minutes prior to start (bell) until 10 minutes after start (bell)
* Flasher operation during lunch - 30 minutes prior to start of lunch until 10 minutes after lunch
* Flasher operation in the afternoon - 10 minutes prior to release until 30 minutes after release
(The same standards apply for early release times)

School Zone Signage
* If no flashers are present, then school zones shall be signed, "When Children are Present," in accordance with WAC 468?95?335. The 20 mile per hour speed limit is in force under any of the following conditions:
1. School children are occupying or walking within the marked crosswalk
2. School children are waiting at the curb or the shoulder of the roadway by the marked crosswalk
3. School children are present walking along the roadway, either on the adjacent sidewalk or, in the absence of sidewalks, on the shoulder within the posted speed limit

* If flashers are present, then the school zones shall be signed, "When Flashing."
Workers' compensation costs to drop for second-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/11/14
Oregon workers' compensation costs will decrease an average 5.3 percent in 2015, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The department approved the average decrease in "pure premium," which is the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover anticipated claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. Lower average costs in both of those areas are driving down the pure premium for the second-straight year.

"Oregon's strong commitment to workplace safety and health continues to keep costs low for businesses," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "Efforts to control medical costs and get workers back to work faster also have contributed to rate decreases in the past two years."

The decrease is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations for the majority of states.

Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers' compensation costs but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. The decrease is an average, so an individual employer may see a larger decrease, no change, or even an increase depending on the employer's own industry, claims experience, and payroll. Also, pure premium doesn't take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The rate decrease is effective Jan. 1, 2015, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2015.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only 11 states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon at the beginning of 2012, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. The department will release a new study ranking states' 2014 workers' compensation costs in October.

In addition to any change in pure premium, other workers' compensation costs reviewed annually by the department include:

* An assessment on workers' compensation premiums to fund the state costs of running workers' compensation and safety and health programs.

* An assessment on hours worked to fund Oregon's highly successful return-to-work programs that help injured workers return to work quickly and earn close to their pre-injury wages. This assessment also provides increased benefits over time for workers who are permanently and totally disabled, and gives benefits to families of workers who die from workplace injuries or diseases.

Attached is a summary of all the changes as well as more detailed information about the pure premium rate.

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


Attached Media Files: Pure premium details , Workers' compensation costs summary
Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 11, 2014 Update

The water is flowing on the Yellow Point Fire. More than 25 miles of hose has been strung throughout the mountainous terrain and 15 tenders are working in assembly line fashion distributing water to the line. If stretched in a straight line, the hose would reach from the fire all the way to Cottage Grove.

Mop up is in full gear as crews continue to brace for Red Flag Warning weather that is expected to develop Thursday through Friday. The goal is to be mopped in 300 feet from the fire perimeter.

Fire crews will also be on patrol for spot fires. Firefighters are using infrared cameras to locate hidden hot spots near the line that will enable them to search out and destroy any potential threat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. Unnecessary human caused fires will only pull needed resources away from the task at hand.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 45%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures: Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25); M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3); North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and; Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Total Personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,361,271

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 11, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

NEW FIRES
* West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire started Tuesday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 120 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). Wallowa Lake State Park is serving as fire camp to support crews and resources. Please use caution in the area. A public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Lake Fire Hall. For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 45% contained. Additional road closures have been announced for the area and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 09/11/14
Contact:Amanda Ip
Community Affairs Specialist | Fred Meyer & QFC
503.421.1146

Carissa Sauer, APR
Oregon Dairy Council
Direct:971-673-2732; Cell: 360-991-3225

Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month

Local food banks struggle to provide milk to clients each year


PORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 10, 2014 - More than 12.5 million families face hunger and malnutrition in America and look to local food pantries to provide their essential food items. And while milk is one of the most requested items, it is also one of the least-donated items, creating a milk gap.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is teaming up with the Great American Milk Drive to support Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, during Hunger Action Month.

Through the end of September, the Kroger Family of Stores, including Fred Meyer and QFC, is inviting customers to 'Pour It Forward' by purchasing a $1, $3 or $5 milk voucher donation when checking out. All donations collected will benefit local food banks affiliated with Feeding America, which will provide free milk coupons to their clients.

"Kroger customers and associates have always embraced opportunities to help their neighbors in need," said Melinda Merrill, manager of community affairs for Fred Meyer Stores. "Through our 'Pour It Forward' campaign, we are adding a new way for our customers, associates and company to support local food banks by offering them access to an important food -- fresh and wholesome milk."

Approximately 95% of food banks reported they do not receive enough milk to meet their clients' needs. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends adults drink 68 gallons of milk each year, Feeding America's clients receive only 1 gallon of milk per person, per year, on average.

"Milk is a great source of high-quality protein and is vital to growth and development," said Anne Goetze RDN, LD, Director of Nutrition Affairs at Oregon Dairy Council. "Funds raised during 'Pour it Forward' will help provide milk to thousands of families to keep them strong, healthy and full of energy."

Kroger's 'Pour It Forward' campaign is part of the Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families. The Milk Processor Education Program, National Dairy Council and Feeding America partnered to launch the Great American Milk Drive in April 2014.

As a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger has been engaged in the hunger relief effort for more than 30 years. Today, the Kroger family of stores has longstanding relationships with more than 100 local food banks.

About Fred Meyer Stores
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 132 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $5 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our Web site at www.fredmeyer.com.

About Quality Food Centers
Founded in Seattle more than 50 years ago, QFC is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and operates 65 stores in Western Washington and in Portland, Oregon. QFC has a long history as a neighborhood grocer, offering the highest quality products, exceptional service, and the finest shopping experience in the market. In 2012, QFC donated $1.2 million to the communities it serves and donated 3.5 million pounds of food to local food banks in Western Washington and Portland, Oregon. QFC is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our web site at www.qfc.com.

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Seeking Public's Help with a 1996 Cold Case Homicide (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
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The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office are requesting the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female that was found in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area of rural Polk County on September 1, 1996.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the bones are of a Caucasian female, middle age or older. The following are likely descriptors of the female:

Caucasian female, 45 years of age or older at the time of her disappearance, between 5'0 and 5'6" in height, with a slight build and possible curvature of the spine;

Most likely having a complete upper denture;

Black and gray hair;

The skull shows a crescent shaped surgical incision in the forehead area and has been determined to be a sinus related surgery that appeared to have occurred years before her death. This procedure may or may not have left a visible scar.

The decedent's body may have been in the Mill Creek area for as little as a few months up to one year making the time of disappearance from the fall of 1995 to the summer of 1996.

After extensive searching of missing person's reports from 1995 and 1996 in Polk County and throughout Oregon brought little in the way of leads to the decedent's identity, it is possible the decedent may have been from another state.

Due to the suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident as a homicide. Earlier this year, this case was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team who has worked with OHSU and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to develop medical information regarding the surgical scar as well as receiving an updated profile sketch, which was completed by personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The updated sketch is included with this release of information. Additional details can be found on www.Namus.gov under the Unidentified Persons Database, Case #9457, where additional sketches, photos, and case information can be found.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone who may have information regarding this incident or any missing person that fits the above description and estimated time of disappearance, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-623-1878 or contact Det. Sgt. Mark Garton or Det. John Williams at 503-623-9251.


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Wildfire danger on the rise in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
For wildfire managers, the current forecast of dry easterly winds and rising temperatures means just one thing: elevated fire behavior. East winds, common in late summer and early fall, can turn a smoldering campfire or an errant spark from a vehicle into a raging blaze in minutes. And the winds coming later this week are predicted to be especially strong - 15 to 20 mph. The low humidity, coupled with wind and high temperatures, can turbocharge even the smallest fire start.

Whether this weather event spawns new wildfires depends almost entirely on how Oregonians behave in the forest. This time of year, human activity is the chief cause of fires, not lightning. We can prevent wildfires by taking extra precautions as we work and recreate in the forest. You can make the difference by following a few simple tips:

- Operate ATVs and other motorized vehicles only on established roads.

- Check your vehicle for dragging tow chains that can send sparks into roadside vegetation.

- Don't park on dry grass - the hot exhaust system can set it smoldering in seconds.

- Check current fire restrictions for the area before building a campfire. Open fires may be prohibited. But if allowed, tend the fire constantly and extinguish it thoroughly before leaving the area.

- Smoke only in an enclosed vehicle. Properly dispose of cigarette butts.

The Keep Oregon Green Association offers additional tips on preventing wildfires at: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/home.html
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet Sept. 19 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees are meeting Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards.

They will discuss and may make recommendations about:
* The Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water; and
* The 2013 Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit.

This public meeting will be held at Willamette National Forest Supervisor's Office 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Room 215, Springfield.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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09/10/14
Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/10/14
PR 17-14
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Power Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 503-808-3722
Kevin Wingert, BPA, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Historic fish returns predicated on a combination of work to improve fish conditions at all life stages in the Columbia River Basin and favorable ocean conditions

Portland, Ore. - Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.

The fish are among the 359,258 fall chinook seen thus far at Bonneville Dam. These numbers are only a fraction of the predicted 1.5 million adult fall chinook returning by the end of 2014.
These returns are the result of a host of federal, tribal, state and non-profit organizations in the region working together over the past decade to improve conditions in the tributaries and main stem river using an "all H" approach - harvest, habitat, hydro and hatcheries - as well as favorable ocean conditions.

"With our many partners, we work to balance the needs and interests of the region with large-scale improvements for fish," said David Ponganis, Northwestern Division Programs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "These record-breaking numbers show that the structural and operational improvements made at the dams have resulted in safer passage conditions for juvenile and adult fish."

These efforts represent one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, largely paid for by the region's electric ratepayers along with funding from federal taxpayers.

"The results we are seeing reflect a tremendous collaborative effort within the Columbia River Basin," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "We look forward to working with our existing and future partners towards a common vision of continuing to bring back more fish to the rivers."

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Smarter purchasing reduces toxins, presents opportunity for Oregon businesses
State of Oregon - 09/10/14
Salem, Ore., Oregon state agencies will now use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products - making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses. Today, State COO Michael Jordan approved new purchasing guidelines for state agencies to support the purchase of less-toxic products without compromising effectiveness or best-value.

"Oregonians are growing more mindful of what's in the products they use," said Jordan. "State government should too." He added, "We're in a unique position to not only reduce the amount of toxins used across our state, but also to drive the market to supply safer options."

Today's action was prompted by Governor Kitzhaber's 2012 executive order directing state agencies to increase the number of people- and planet-friendly products they purchase- reducing the use of toxic chemicals and building market pressure for improved offerings. The guidelines will enable the state to expand its green purchasing beyond the janitorial supply price agreement adopted in 2013. Under the agreement, state agencies have purchased effective cleaning supplies while reducing the amount of toxic chemicals used.

Over the past year, a green chemistry steering committee, led by the Governor's Office, developed general guidelines agencies will use to ask that vendors provide safer goods. The committee engaged state agencies, conservation groups and Oregon businesses to refine the guidelines prior to approval. From pest control, to office supplies to furniture and more, the guidelines offer a procurement path that often will lead to a safer alternative.

Some early adopting agencies have already realized the benefits of using the guidelines. For example:
* Instead of using poison to control a rat population, the Department of Corrections purchased nests and owls - quite effective, without the toxins.
* The Oregon State Hospital has gone from using six different chemicals to clean their buildings to two that are third party certified to be less-toxic, and easier for their staff to manage.
* The Oregon Department of Human Services recently worked with a vendor to eliminate paper billing, replace toxic cleaners with safer alternatives and train staff on proper usage, all while reducing their cost by more than 12%.

And it's not just state agencies realizing benefits. The state's collective buying power has the ability to shift the market towards less-toxic alternatives. "With a committed customer such as Oregon State Government, it's easier for us and our suppliers to invest in the development of safer products," noted Staples Chief Scientist Roger McFadden.

Most importantly, smarter purchasing supports a cleaner state for all Oregonians. "Oregon state government is providing sound leadership by bringing together product purchasers and suppliers to find solutions that are safer for people and the environment, while also being effective and affordable" noted Colin Price from the Oregon Environmental Council.

Link to guidelines: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/EGS/ps/docs/GreenChemPol.doc
State Releases Study on Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults in Oregon
OR Department of Human Services - 09/10/14
Salem -- The second ever comprehensive study of elder financial exploitation in Oregon has been completed and was released today in Salem at the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Conference sponsored by the United States Attorney's Office.

The study of over 600 reports was conducted by the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. The study is a follow up to the 2011 retrospective study on Financial Exploitation and helps provide a better understanding and picture of financial abuse in Oregon.

In 2013, Financial Exploitation allegations increased by 18% over 2012 and represented 42% of all the abuse investigations conducted by Adult Protective services. These 3398 allegations were documented in 2929 individual reports. The discrepancy in numbers exists because one report may include multiple allegations, multiple victims, or multiple perpetrators. Of these 2929 individual reports, 623 were read and hand mined for the data included in this study.

The study showed that the average loss per each substantiated case of monetary theft was $24,915. There are many other losses to victims such as personal property, unauthorized credit card use, and medication that can be more difficult to quantify financially.

"Financial Exploitation of individuals over the age of 65 and with physical disabilities has become the most commonly investigated type of abuse that community adult protective services addresses in Oregon," said Marie Cervantes, Director of OAAPI. "By digging deeper into the data with this second study, we are able to better see trends and methods more clearly. This will help us to come up with better prevention and education strategies."

"For many of our vulnerable adults that are exploited can mean years of hard work, money to pay basic living essentials such as food and electricity, and hopes for their future security are gone," she said.

Cervantes added that not only is financial abuse common but it often goes hand-in-hand with other types of abuse. One finding in this study is that even though financial exploitation is the most commonly investigated form of abuse, physical and verbal abuse are the fastest growing areas of abuse in Oregon.

Additionally, the study revealed that for the first time, non-mandatory reporters, such as bank employees and family members, were the most frequent reporters of financial abuse. According to study author and researcher Rebecca Fetters, this highlights the fact that even though bankers are not mandatory reporters, they have taken it upon themselves to do the right thing and recognize that they, along with close friends and family, are in a unique and important position to identify the warning signs and do something about it.

The study also points out that national studies confirm for every one case of financial exploitation that reaches the attention of APS or other authorities, an estimated forty-four cases go unreported.
The research also confirmed that the major perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon continue to be family members. This includes spouses, children, siblings, and grandchildren. Daughters (16%) were slightly more prevalent abusers than sons (14%). Family relationships accounted for 46% of all substantiated perpetrators of financial exploitation. Beyond family members, the second most common type of alleged perpetrator was acquaintances, followed closely by non-relative caregivers.

The study says that less than five percent of the sample was victimized by someone who was truly a stranger. Therefore, it is important to remember that most perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon have a trusted relationship with the victim.

The results of this study, and particularly the regional data, will be used to identify targeted areas of need throughout the state and to provide training and technical assistance to those areas.
To view the study in its entirety, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/Pages/index.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/973/77668/Financial-Exploitation-Oregon.pdf
Finley Elementary Teacher Selected as State Finalist for National Science Award
Finley Sch. Dist. - 09/10/14
FINLEY, WA - Finley School District is proud to announce that 4th grade science and social studies teacher, Ms. Lorianne Donovan-Hermann, has been selected as a state finalist for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. Ms. Donovan-Hermann received notification from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of her selection, and her application now moves on to the national selection committee.

The PAEMST Awards are the nation's highest honors for K-12 math and science teaching. The PAEMST program began in 1983 and authorizes the President to present up to 108 awards annually to teachers from each state.

Finley Superintendent, Lance Hahn, states, "Ms. Donovan is an exceptional educator who inspires her colleagues and ignites the power of learning in her students daily."

As a State Finalist, Ms. Donovan will receive a scholarship to attend the National Science Foundation's annual conference in October 2014, as well as an invitation to attend the annual Governor's Reception in June 2015.

"I am thrilled with the honor of the PAESMT award," Ms. Donovan said. "I have the great joy of working with students and introducing them to the science of the world all around them. My kids dazzle me with their problem solving skills and thinking every day. Teaching is a delight!"

The National Science Foundation (NSF) selection committee will review the state finalists' applications and recommend up to two finalists in math or science from each state. PAEMST national winners are expected to be announced in the spring of 2015 and are honored the year following the receipt of their application. For more information about the PAEMST Awards, visit the website at www.paemst.org.

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Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority Seek Public Comment on Transition Plan for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
OR Department of Human Services - 09/10/14
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are working on a Transition Plan as required by CMS to meet the new requirements.

The two agencies are seeking public comment on the DRAFT plan, which has been posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/hcbs-transitionplan.aspx

Request for comments: All individuals receiving HCBS services, family members, advocates, providers and delivery system representatives are asked to review the plan and submit their comments to assist in developing the final plan.

The purpose of the new regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Deadline for comments: Please review and provide comments no later than October 5, 2014. Mailed responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

The final Transition Plan due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by October 13, 2014.

Send e-mail comments to hcbs.oregon@state.or.us
Send written comments via mail to: HCBS Transition Plan Comments, 500 Summer Street NE, E09, Salem, OR 97301

PDF of DRAFT transition plan attached, available for download


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/973/77548/HCBS_Transition_Plan-Public_Comment_DRAFT.pdf
Yellow Point Fire - Oregon Department of Forestry Team 3 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/10/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 10, 2014 Update

Firefighters on the Yellow Point Fire are bracing for today's change in weather. Winds are beginning to shift to an easterly flow and temperatures are expected to rise. A Red Flag Warning is expected for Thursday that will bring warm east winds and higher temperatures to the area. The predicted fire danger conditions are expected to escalate interior burning and test established containment lines. The fire stands at 790 acres and 35% contained.

Resources on the fire include 29 hand crews, 27 engines, 15 water tenders, one bull dozer and 9 helicopters. Two minor injuries have occurred.

Additional road closures have been added in and around the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes.

New road closures include:
* Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
* M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
* North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and;
* Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 35%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources: Crews: 29 | Engines: 27 | Tenders: 15 | Dozers: 1 | Helicopters: 9
Total Personnel: 840
Estimated Cost: $3,025,752
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
09/09/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/09/14
NEW FIRES

* Tom Folley Fire: the Tom Folley Fire started yesterday afternoon near Tom Folley Creek Road three miles east of Elkton. Crews stopped the fast moving grass fire at 25 acres and remained at the scene until the evening, mopping up hot spots and securing lines. Cause is under investigation.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 785 acres and is 25% contained. Experiencing minimal growth yesterday, firefighters continue to strengthen fire lines today. Additional road closures are expected today near the fire area, with closures currently in effect for South Sisters Road east of Upper Smith Road and the South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet September 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/14
September 9, 2014

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, September 18, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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.

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

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 at Seven Mile Lane in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evening's two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 34 and Seven Mile Lane east of Interstate 5 in Linn County that turned fatal when a passenger died at an area hospital.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a 1993 Honda Accord driven by JAMES L. FIELDS, age 25, from Sweet Home, was traveling northbound on Seven Mile Lane when it failed to stop for a stop sign and entered into the intersection at Highway 34. The Honda was struck in the driver side door by a 2004 Subaru Impreza four-door traveling in the right eastbound lane of Highway 34. After impact, the Honda traveled across the highway and came to rest off the north shoulder. The Subaru came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

FIELDS and passenger ANNA MARIE MYERS, age 28, from Sweet Home, were both transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. MYERS reportedly died from her injuries later that night.

The Subaru's driver, CHRISTINA M. BANKS, age 35, from Lebanon, was not injured. She was using safety restraints.

Safety restraint usage by the victim is pending confirmation through the investigation by OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office. Trooper Ray Stallsworth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was restricted to a lane of travel for 90 minutes during the initial scene investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Rogue River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving 5 vehicles southbound Interstate 5 in a highway work zone about two miles south of Rogue River. Names and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on September 8, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m., traffic was moving southbound along Interstate 5 near the bottom of the exit 43 off-ramp in a work zone where traffic was merging from the left lane to the right lane due to a construction-related lane closure.

Preliminary investigation indicates four of the involved vehicles were slowly moving in the right lane when a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle driven by STEVEN COLEMAN, age 31, from Central Point, failed to slow down and crashed into the back of a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by GERALD KIRK, age 65, from Rogue River. The impact caused the Oldsmobile to crash into the back of a Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility vehicle driven by MARIE S. MURPHY, age 25, from Ashland. Two other vehicles, a 2002 Subaru Forrester and a 2002 Dodge Neon, were then involved in the chain reaction crash.

A passenger in the Oldsmobile identified as MICHELE LAURITZEN, age 49, from Rogue River, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints. KIRK was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

COLEMAN was checked at the scene by medical personnel but wasn't transported. He is cooperating in the investigation.

MURPHY was not reported injured. A passenger in the Subaru was transported with minor injuries to a hospital.

OSP troopers from the Central Point and Grants Pass offices responded to the scene to investigate. Trooper Adam Walport is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by other law enforcement, local emergency responders and ODOT. One lane remained closed at the scene during the investigation. Troopers cleared about 10:30 p.m.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/09/14
[New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood]

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2014) -- The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

"The Red Cross Blood Donor App is a new way to help meet the constant need for blood," said Jeff Allen, CEO of Red Cross Blood Services in the Pacific Northwest Region. "The app makes it easier, faster and more convenient for users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations, and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them."

As the nation's single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:
* A blood drive or blood donation locator;
* The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user's calendar;
* Personalized "selfies" donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
* Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
* A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
* Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America's best brands, including Shari's Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
* Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives.

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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

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09/08/14
Oregon State Police Asking For Public's Help to Locate Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found Abandoned in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are asking for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully tried to find anyone to determine why the vehicle was parked at that location. Family contacts said the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, from Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32. Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After notification from OSP, the Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men. KSP has entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office conducted an air search on two occasions with negative results. OSP towed the abandoned vehicle and impounded it pending the investigation.

Anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.

Photographs of both men and the vehicle provided with this news release.

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September 24 meeting set for La Grande to discuss a study of the Grande Ronde River and possibly adding to the State Scenic Waterways Program
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/08/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is asking community members to participate in an important project to study a section of the Grande Ronde River for possible inclusion into the State Scenic Waterways Program. Based on recent direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD will study at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information about the scenic waterways study process is online at: http://tinyurl.com/scenicwaterwaysreview

OPRD's role is to develop a report that explains whether this waterway would make a good addition to the system. During this process, OPRD will objectively evaluate the waterway's eligibility based on criteria, host a discussion among community members, and evaluate public support. Findings will be included in a report that will go to the Governor's Office by the end of the year.

A community meeting will be held on September 24, 7-9 p.m. at the La Grande Library at 2006 Fourth Street. At this meeting, OPRD will review how the river fits the scenic waterway criteria, share identified issues and concerns, answer questions, and ask attendees to share their views on the river. If community members are unable to attend this meeting, an online survey will be available until October 15 by accessing the webpage listed above. Comments may also be provided by sending an email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov.

For more information about the meeting, contact Steve Kay, Recreation Grants and Community Programs Manager, at (503) 986-0705, steve.kay@oregon.gov.
09/06/14
Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Friday afternoon's fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash that occurred northbound on Interstate 5 about thirteen miles south of Cottage Grove. The victim's name and additional information related to the crash are released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:55 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PAUL JOSEPH ALVARADO, age 60, from Myrtle Creek, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 161 when the operator failed to merge from the right lane to the left lane entering an active highway work zone. Prior to the scene were multiple signs advising of construction ahead and a right lane closure, as well as orange construction barrels tapering the right lane traffic into the left lane.

The motorcycle hit at least one of the barrels, lost control and struck a guardrail. ALVARADO was seriously injured and was wearing a protective helmet.

An OSP trooper and EMS personnel responded and provided emergency medical care. An air ambulance responded to the scene, but before ALVARADO could be transported he was pronounced deceased.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

The northbound lanes were blocked about one hour before a lane was open to traffic.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Douglas County Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

No photographs available for this release.

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09/05/14
Courts Agree: Additional federal regulation of forest roads is not required
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
September 5, 2014

A federal judge's ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests.
"We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court have ruled that additional federal regulation is not required on top of Oregon's existing forest protection regulations," State Forester Doug Decker said. "We intend to continue to apply the Forest Practices Act's science-based approaches, and we hope to re-dedicate the energy and resources spent on litigation to protecting and improving streams and other forest resources."
Although the Supreme Court had already ruled more than a year ago against the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the plaintiffs were given an opportunity to seek to add new claims to their complaint in U.S. District Court. District Judge Anna J. Brown dismissed the case on Friday. Previously, she had ruled that she lacked jurisdiction to consider the new claims, and that it would be "fundamentally unfair to require Defendants to defend against a new theory eight years after the case was initiated."
In the case, the plaintiffs argued that federal permits should be required for storm runoff into streams from forest roads, in addition to the state's own road drainage regulations. In March 2013, the Supreme Court rejected that argument, agreeing with the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that EPA rules did not require such permits.
The Supreme Court looked favorably on Oregon's system, noting that the state had developed considerable expertise in regulating forest roads, and had created a comprehensive set of best practices for managing stormwater runoff from these roads.
The Court noted Oregon's "considerable expertise" in regulating forest roads, and ruled that EPA could reasonably conclude that "further federal regulation in this area would be duplicative or counterproductive." The Court also noted that Congress directed the EPA to work with states "to alleviate stormwater pollution by developing the precise kind of best management practices Oregon has established here."

The Oregon Forest Practices Act protects natural resources during timber harvest and other forest operations. It was the first law of its kind in the U.S. when passed in 1971, and has been amended many times as scientific understanding of resource protection has evolved.
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Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet September 12 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 12, 2014

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dpostrel@odf.state.or.us


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet September 12 in Salem to discuss implementing actions in the Board of Forestry's federal forests work plan.

The subcommittee drafted the work plan, which the full board approved on July 25.

The subcommittee meeting will be held from 9-11a.m. in the Tillamook Room of the Administration Building, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with Gov. John Kitzhaber and other public policy leaders.

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

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 east of Oakridge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's truck crash that resulted in the death of a Silverton man on Highway 58 about twenty-five miles east of Oakridge. The deceased driver's name is released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a trailer loaded with tree products was traveling westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 61. The truck was reportedly negotiating a downhill curve in the single westbound lane when the driver lost control, crossing the centerline and overturning on the left side. The truck and trailer slid across both eastbound lanes, colliding into the guardrail and embankment before coming to a stop.

Upon arrival of emergency responders, the truck's driver, DENNIS JOSEPH HUBER, age 56, from Silverton, was pronounced deceased. He was using safety restraints. A dog riding in the truck survived. An OSP trooper transported the dog back to the office to arrange its return to the victim's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Oakridge offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Bryan Kolacz is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Police Department, Oakridge Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

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Marine Board Holds Special Meeting to Consider Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 09/05/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting via teleconference on Monday, September 8, beginning at 2:30 pm. Interested members of the public are welcome to come to the agency's office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem, to participate in the meeting. Persons wishing to address the Board may do so during the public comment period at the start of the meeting.

The Marine Board will consider additional funding for existing boating facility grants for:

-Port of Arlington Marine Fuel Station and Transient Float Upgrades FG # 1479
-Port of Garibaldi Boarding Float Replacement FG # 1487

Meetings are being held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, Director's Office, Oregon State Marine Board at (503) 378-2617 or via e-mail at: june.letarte@state.or.us. The agenda can be viewed or downloaded from http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Just one spark
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
"Now is not the time to let our guard down," says Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields when asked about the pending arrival of fall. "We are still experiencing extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of the state and we need everyone to remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent human caused fires."

The National Weather Service is predicting continued hot weather through the weekend with much of western Oregon under a Red Flag Warning through Saturday. Combined with off shore winds and dry vegetation, the recipe for large fires is still a concern.

While the 525 human-caused fires in 2014 reflects the 10-year average on lands protected by ODF, the 13,000 acres burned is 10,000 more than the average. The Two Bulls Fire near Bend in early June and the Moccasin Fire near Klamath Falls in mid-July were two human caused fires that accounted for 9,500 of those acres. The Moccasin Fire also destroyed 17 homes.

"That's just a testament to the type of conditions we have faced all summer," says Fields. "Just one spark can lead to a fire, and that fire has the potential to grow exponentially in a very short amount of time."

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is encouraging Oregonians to use extreme caution and to practice safe outdoor equipment use. "The impact of these fires has been far reaching to citizens and communities. Following a few basic outdoor safety tips can keep the final days of summer enjoyable and safe."

As always, check what fire restrictions are in place before you head out. Most areas prohibit campfires outside approved campgrounds. Where campfires are allowed, be sure and build them in a safe area and most importantly, put them completely out before leaving.

Smoking and off road driving is also prohibited. Even vehicles idling over dry grass along the side of the road can start a fire. Earlier this week, a motor home ignited 10 small fires along Highway 97 when hot particles from a faulty catalytic converter spewed out into nearby dry grass.

Each year Oregon is faced with the challenge of wildfires impacting our forests and communities. We all have a stake in protecting what we feel is important to quality of life. In that vein, two opponents on the field are teaming up together to help put an end to careless human caused fires. Football coaches Mike Riley of Oregon State University and Mark Helfrich of the University of Oregon are spreading the word to "tackle" wildfires. Join the team today by visiting www.keeporegongreen.org.

More information:
www.keeporegongreen.org
www.firerestrictions.net
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx
Travel Safety Reminders For Game Day in Eugene
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
Now that the 2014 college football season kicked off last weekend in Oregon, the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans heading to Eugene for the game of the week to plan now to have an alert, sober and safe driver.

Traffic heading south to Eugene for the University of Oregon (UO) and Michigan State University game should anticipate heavy congestion along Interstate 5 in several Willamette Valley-area locations before and after the game. The extra traffic will affect travel time and increase the potential for highway incidents and crashes. To avoid the road congestion, Portland-area fans may want to consider taking the train with a 25% off special to/from Eugene on Amtrak Cascades (http://www.amtrak.com/goducks)

Reminders for travelers in the Eugene/Springfield area include:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* Highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove has reduced traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. Motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Don't let high temperatures cause you to reach your boiling point. Keep your emotions in check on the road and at the game.
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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09/04/14
Duck and Beaver Football Coaches Recruit Oregonians to Help Prevent Wildfire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/04/14
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Keep Oregon Green is releasing three new public service announcements this fall to help raise awareness on wildfire prevention.

The three PSAs, featuring University of Oregon's head football coach, Mark Helfrich, and Oregon State University's head football coach, Mike Riley, will remind hunters, campers and homeowners to practice basic wildfire safety.

Fall rains will be welcome news, but unlikely to decrease wildfire danger statewide. While grasses and other fine fuels can be dampened by a shower, they dry out quickly during a warm, sunny day.

"It's easy to become complacent about wildfire as we transition from summer to fall," said Kristin Babbs, President of the Keep Oregon Green Association. "Many people think it is safe time to have open fires, but the grasses and taller vegetation are still very dry, and are ready to ignite."

Oregon has had several large human-caused wildfires this summer, burning structures, closing highways, and forcing numerous evacuations. Many of these wildfires were a result of debris burning and campfires left unattended.

This week's weather forecast calls for a combination of strong winds, warming temperatures and low humidity through the weekend. These critical fire weather conditions, and potential for growing fires, are prompting firefighting agencies to be on high alert, and are asking the public to do the same.

Before heading to the forest, do a quick search and contact the agency who manages the lands at your destination for an update on current restrictions. Homeowners and visitors to Oregon's natural areas should review these restrictions before building campfires, burning debris, or using equipment that could spark or ignite dry vegetation.

The coaches' PSAs and additional wildfire safety tips can be found at keeporegongreen.org.


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Catch the wind (and some rays) (Photo)
Pacific Power - 09/04/14
Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
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Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Catch the wind (and some rays)
Seats are going fast for the 11th annual Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy project tour set for the Columbia River Gorge Sept. 27
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Wind turbines on ridges and solar panels on rooftops are becoming as much a part of the Northwest landscape as snowcapped volcanoes and winding rivers. Pacific Power customers can get up close and personal with renewable energy in action on Pacific Power's 11th annual Renewable Energy Project Tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Hood River and mid-Columbia Gorge region.
Space is limited and the tour always sells out so register on a first-come, first served basis at pacificpower.net/tour. Registrations must be completed by Sept. 12.
Limited to only 90 people, the guided tour starts at 9 a.m. on the Hood River waterfront before departing for Goodnoe Hills, PacifiCorp's wind farm near Goldendale, Wash. There, you'll be dwarfed by 47 turbine towers, each more than 250 feet tall, together producing enough emission-free energy each year to supply about 25,000 average homes. Learn how wind turbines work, unique features of their design, and ask our wind farm experts those questions you've always wanted to but never had the chance.
Then it is back to Hood River's Turtle Island Foods, one of only two LEED platinum-certified food processing plants in the nation. Get an up close look at the 400 panel, 102-kilowatt rooftop solar array that's as much a part of Turtle Islands' operation as the popular Tofurky food products you enjoy. The array was funded in part by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and is one of many green features of this facility, which was constructed using 80 percent locally-sourced materials and includes an eco-roof, rainwater catchment and more. Your tour guides will answer all your questions about solar energy or the plant itself.
The tour, which includes a box lunch provided by Mother's Marketplace, a long-time Blue Sky business partner, concludes at 2:30 p.m., with plenty of the day left to enjoy the Hood River community and the Columbia Gorge. Discover other activities and attractions at: hoodriver.org.
"This is always a great event," said Rhonda Rasmussen, Blue Sky Program manager. "It is great to see a group of customers so enthusiastic about supporting and learning about renewable energy and we are thrilled to provide an opportunity to see these impressive technologies that are working every day."
The registration cost is $30 per person with discounts for children and Blue Sky customers. Spots are going fast so please contact windtour@pacificpower.net or call 1-866-476-9378 ext. 23 for questions. You may also download the registration packet at pacificpower.net/tour. Registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 12.
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About Blue Sky
For 11 years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for 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 53,000 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 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
About Turtle Island Foods
For almost 30 years, Turtle Island Foods has been creating delicious, nutritious, convenient and affordable vegetarian food that makes a difference in people's lives and has a minimal impact on our environment. Located in Hood River, Ore., the family owned and operated company produces the Tofurky brand and many other kosher, vegan products made with organic soybeans and/or organic tofu at its state-of-the-art facility.
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Attached Media Files: Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
Oregon Successfully Secures $300,000 in Federal Funding for Small Business Export Promotion Grants
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/04/14
SALEM - Oregon has been awarded $300,000 in a third round of federal grant funding to help Oregon companies promote their products to customers around the world through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program.

Since 2012, STEP-funded export promotion grants totaling $594,000 helped 170 Oregon companies achieve immediate sales of more than $21 million. These sales were a direct result of attending trade shows and other foreign activities with the grants. These grant recipients also reported estimated future sales of more than $80 million as a result of the connections made at the shows.

"Selling into these foreign markets brings new revenue into the hands of small businesses, and new dollars into Oregon's economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That's serious ROI, $594,000 in and $21 million back in return with another $80 million potentially down the road. Pairing our staff's foreign market expertise with individual grants of $5,000, these companies have already realized an incredible return on the state and federal investment."

The grants play a large part in Business Oregon's global trade strategy, as do trade missions, such as one currently planned for Asia in October, where Business Oregon will join the Port of Portland and others to lead a group to China, Hong Kong and Japan. The mission will promote Oregon goods and services as well as in-bound investment.

Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount in 2013 with significant exports to Japan and South Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013, and trade with China grew 27% over 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods.

The third year of STEP funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration will become available on October 1. The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000.

These new grant funds can be used for activities through September 2015. More information available at www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/STEP-Program/

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Business Oregon 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. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
College Fair planned at Walla Walla High School
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/04/14
Walla Walla High School and Washington State University GEAR UP
- College and Technical School Fair
- September 30, 2014

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School and WSU GEAR UP are hosting local and regional college representatives from community colleges, universities and technical colleges September 20. Representatives will be meeting with students during their school day (7:30 am-3:00 pm) talking about their own admission policies, scholarships and attendance cost, along with answering specific questions from the students.

The fair will also feature an open session where families, parents and community members are encourage to attend and bring their own questions. The open session is after school from 2:30-4:00 pm. All activities for the day will take place at the Walla Walla High School 'small gym' located at 800 Abbott Rd in Walla Walla.


Washington State University GEAR UP, which is located on campus at Walla Walla High School, involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills.

For more information contact Claircy Clizer in the Walla Walla High School Career Center, cclizer@wwps.org.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 33 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of New Hampshire Man - Highway 140 west of Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 24-year old New Hampshire man last Saturday when a traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 33 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a motorhome along Highway 140 about two miles west of Lakeview in Lake County. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1993 Ford motorhome displaying New Hampshire license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 140 near milepost 93. Durng the traffic stop the driver was identified as MATTHEW S. BALUKAS, age 24, from Barrington, New Hampshire.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine, led to the discovery of 33 individually wrapped one-pound packages of marijuana concealed inside the motorhome. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $80,000.

BALUKAS was arrested without incident and lodged in the Lake County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/04/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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

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09/03/14
Special Event to be Held for Veterans and Spouses
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/03/14
Newspapers: Press Release below for print
Radio Stations: Following press release, there are two written PSAs for live reads, also, produced .mp3 files for air. Please consider running these PSAs whenever your schedule allows up until event day.

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Both active and former military members welcome


La Grande - A special event for current and former military members and their spouses will be held Friday September 12 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the La Grande National Guard Armory, Blue Mountain Conference Center.

Prior to the job fair there will be a special workshop to aid veterans in crafting their resume and preparing for job interviews. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Veterans Career and Benefits Fair will feature local employers showcasing their businesses and job opportunities, along with many benefit providers with information on local community resources for veterans.

For employers wishing to take part in the event, participation is free of charge and a brunch will be provided. To reserve space, contact Brian Cole of WorkSource Oregon by Wednesday, September 10 at 541-963-7111 ext 231. Or, contact by e-mail at william.b.cole@oregon.gov.

Veterans and their spouses wishing to attend may also register through the same.

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La Grande Veterans Career and Benefit Fair
Public Service Announcements

Employers (:30)

Employers, we know how hard it is to find good reliable and experienced employees. That is why WorkSource Oregon is hosting a Veterans Career and Benefit Fair in La Grande. Why hire a veteran? Veterans are well-trained as problem solvers, they know how to work as a team, they are dependable and they work hard for you.
You can showcase your business and opportunities at the Veterans Career and Benefit Fair. There is no cost to you, and brunch is provided.
To participate, contact WorkSource Oregon in La Grande by Wednesday, September 10.


Veterans (:30)

WorkSource Oregon is hosting a special Career and Benefits Fair for all current and former military members and their spouses. The Veterans Career and Benefit Fair will be held Friday September 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the La Grande National Guard Armory Blue Mountain Conference Center.

Local employers will be on hand showcasing their businesses and job opportunities. There will also be benefit providers with important information on local community programs.
To register, contact the La Grande office of WorkSource Oregon.


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Children of five Oregon DOC employees receive national scholarship
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/03/14
The children of five Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) employees were recently named recipients of the 2014 Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship awards. ASCA awards the scholarship to children of correctional staff who have maintained academic excellence.

In an informal ceremony yesterday, DOC Deputy Director Mitch Morrow presented student Taylor Dodge with her award on behalf of ASCA. The other recipients, Samantha Belleque, Kaitlyn Coakley, Justin Harris, and Selena Ortiz, were unable to attend the ceremony.

Harris, whose father is a release services manager at DOC's central office, received a $500 scholarship. Harris is entering his junior year at Oregon State University, where he is an Honors College student studying biology with the goal of attending medical school. He will spend fall term in Bolivia as an intern with the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Program through Child Family Health International. This is the third year he has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Dodge, whose mother is a Parole Officer with Linn County Parole and Probation, received a $1,000 scholarship. Dodge graduated from Dallas High School in 2014 and is entering her freshman year at the University of Oregon. She plans on studying Human Physiology.

Belleque, whose father is an institutions administrator for the department, received a $500 scholarship. Belleque is a graduate of Blanchet Catholic School and is entering her sophomore year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, majoring in accounting. This is the second year she has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Coakley, whose father is a health services technician at Columbia River Correctional Institution, received a $500 scholarship. This is her fourth year as a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient. A 2011 graduate of North Salem High School, Coakley is entering her senior year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Ortiz, whose father is a correctional officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, received a $1,000 scholarship. Ortiz graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho in 2012. She has just started her junior year at Boise State University, majoring in Criminal Justice.

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan Hunter, the former chief of the prison division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, direct supervision of 2,500 offenders on felony supervision in the community, and indirect supervision of another 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. Its mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.



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Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 10
Oregon Health Authority - 09/03/14
September 3, 2014

What: The 10th and final meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

-- Review public comment on implementation proposal.

-- Finalize implementation proposal.

-- Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan 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 OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Resending: Oregon Health Policy Board to meet September 9 in Medford
Oregon Health Authority - 09/03/14
Resending to correct date in first paragraph

September 3, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting September 9 in Medford. The meeting will be held at the Southern Oregon University/Rogue Community College Higher Education Center in downtown Medford. The board will be hearing about transformation efforts, successes, and challenges within the local community. There will be four panels of invited speakers, including: coordinated care organization panel; hospital panel; patient-centered primary care home panel; and behavioral health panel. Public comment will be heard beginning at 12:20 p.m.

When: Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford, Ore. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

-- Panel: coordinated care organizations

-- Panel: hospitals

-- Panel: patient-centered primary care homes

-- Panel: behavioral health

-- Public comment

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.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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Idaho Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude and Resisting Arrest - Interstate 84 west of La Grande (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 47-year old Nampa, Idaho man Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges after citizen complaints of a driver harassing other motorists led to an attempt to elude and a struggle with troopers along Interstate 84 west of La Grande.

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 3:33 p.m., an OSP trooper spotted a 1997 Eagle Talon passenger car displaying an Idaho license plate that was the subject of citizen complaints in which the driver was reportedly harassing other motorists. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle westbound near milepost 261 but its driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the trooper in a highway construction work zone. The vehicle struck several construction work zone cones and nearly hit other vehicles at which point the trooper pulled back and turned off the patrol vehicle's emergency lights and siren.

At approximately 3:36 p.m., the vehicle exited the freeway near milepost 257 where it struck a guardrail as the driver tried to return to the eastbound lanes. Using the patrol vehicle, the trooper blocked the vehicle from leaving. The driver crawled out a window and verbally threatened the trooper. A Taser was deployed after which the driver became involved in a struggle with the trooper as two other troopers arrived on scene. The driver continued to resist arrest until the troopers brought him under control and into custody.

The driver was identified as ROBERT ALLAN BLACK, age 47, from Nampa, Idaho. Subsequent investigation led to his arrest and lodging in the Union County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Resisting Arrest
* Harassment

One of the troopers later drove himself to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained while taking BLACK into custody.

Photographs - Oregon State Police
(Note: Photo of suspect not available on Union County Jail's website)

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Lost Hubcap Fire, Morning Update for Sept. 3, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/03/14
It was a cold and very windy night on the fireline last night as the crews continued the hard work of finding any remaining smokes. Fire Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel tasked the fire fighters with "looking for any stump holes or smokes that could come back to life after we leave". As the number of smoldering smokes are dwindling, so will the number of needed fire fighters. For some crews, today will be their last shift here on this fire as the team prepares to enter the transition phase.

The team and local ODF fire staff are working on preparing a transition plan that will include a smaller organization to manage the fire after the team leaves later this week.

Today, approximately 30 students from the local Long Creek School will tour the Incident Command Post, fire camp and the helibase.

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.

Fire at a Glance:

Location: Approximately 5 miles south of the community of Monument.

Size: 2,984 acres

Containment: 62%

Expected Containment Date: 9-4-14

Resources assigned: 21 crews, 5 helicopters, 19 engines, 4 bulldozers, 9 water tenders. Total personnel: 620

Estimated costs to date: $2.28 M

Cause: under investigation


For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog:
www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 16-17 near Silverton
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/03/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 3, 2014

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Silverton OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its sixth meeting of the year on September 16-17 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, OR.

On September 16, Commissioners will tour the park starting at 8:45 a.m., and then attend workshops from 1-4 p.m. in the North Falls Meeting Hall.

On September 17, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Silver Falls State Park North Falls Meeting Hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes informational updates on the agency budget, take action on construction projects affecting Tumalo and Harris Beach state parks, and receive updates on administrative rules currently in development. The commission will hear information about public comments on a proposed rule to restrict smoking on the ocean shore, but will not take action at this meeting. The ocean shore rule is tentatively scheduled for the November 19 meeting in Astoria. The full September 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, September 4.

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

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DHS investing more than $6 million in employment provider transformation
OR Department of Human Services - 09/03/14
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is investing $6.75 million to improve employment services and outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

DHS is seeking up to 30 service provider agencies looking to transform their current organizational and program models from the delivery of facility-based employment services (sometimes known as sheltered workshops) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), to community-based, integrated employment services. Interested providers will be selected via an application process that closes Sept. 26, 2014.

The selected providers will receive a minimum award of $25,000 and up to $150,000 to participate in strategic planning and technical assistance activities in order to initiate and sustain their transformation from facility-based to community-based employment services. A total of up to $3 million of the $6.75 million is available for this effort.

Up to $750,000 is also available as performance-based payments for providers that achieve specific employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD into community-based, individual integrated employment.

In addition, DHS will also invest up to $3 million through a competitive solicitation for subject matter experts to provide guidance, consultation, training, and technical assistance to help the selected service provider organizations transform their business and program model. The Request for Proposals for the subject matter experts closes Sept. 29, 2014.

"These investments are an important part of Oregon's work to carry out the Governor's Executive Order, to create increased opportunities for integrated jobs in the community for those with I/DD," said Mike Maley, Statewide Employment First Coordinator. "Oregon relies heavily on private provider agencies to deliver services to those with I/DD, and these investments will help increase provider capacity and capabilities consistent with the direction our services must continue to go."

DHS is committed to continually improving the system for delivering employment services to individuals with I/DD. These improvement efforts are based on the principles of informed choice, community integration and competitive employment. The specific investments in supporting service provider transformation are part of the DHS strategy to make continual improvements by:

-- Increasing the specific capacity, in terms of provider numbers and skill levels, to deliver employment services in integrated employment settings; and
-- Increasing the opportunities for individuals with I/DD to join the general workforce by being competitively employed in workplace settings typically found in our communities. This includes opportunities for self-employment, business ownership, or other entrepreneurial endeavors;
-- Reducing the use of facility-based or small group employment services.

The investments and system improvement goals are consistent with the Employment First policy adopted in 2008 that established the expectation that "employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working-age adults with developmental disabilities."

These actions are also consistent with Executive Order 13-04 signed by Gov. Kitzhaber in April 2013 and with statutory changes passed by the Oregon Legislature that same month.

Providers and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposal can apply at: http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome
09/02/14
Marine Board to hold Listening Sessions for Non-Motorized Boaters
Oregon Marine Board - 09/02/14
Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs in your area that better support your activities out on the water. Scheduled listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Six meetings are scheduled from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the following locations:

LOCATION DATE ADDRESS

Salem -September 17, 2014 Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE,Salem, OR 97301

Newport -September 29, 2014 Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (Clubhouse),750 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 97365

Scappoose -October 2, 2014 Scappoose Bay Kayaking Adventures, 57420 Old Portland Rd. Warren, OR 97053

Madras -October 28, 2014 Jefferson County Annex, Commissioner's Meeting Room, 66 SE D St. Madras, OR 97741

Klamath Falls -October 29, 2014 TBD

Corvallis -November 3, 2014 TBD

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input received so far will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees. To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Update: Names Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence
Oregon State Police - 09/02/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Highway 101 about two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the pedestrian's action leading to his being struck by a passenger car may have been an intentional act.

On September 1, 2014 at approximately 11:53 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a reported injury crash involving a male pedestrian and a passenger car on Highway 101 near milepost 187. EMS responders arrived on scene and quickly transported the 48-year old male pedestrian by Western Lane Ambulance to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased after arrival.

Preliminary investigation indicates the victim, DEWAYNE ARTHUR MERIDITH, age 48, from Florence, was a passenger in a vehicle occupied by his mother and her friend enroute to a local store. As they pulled up toward Highway 101 in a private driveway, MERIDITH got out from the rear passenger seat and approached the road. As a northbound 1997 Honda Civic driven by LUIS CASTRO, age 19, from Keizer, approached, MERIDITH moved in the car's path. Despite the driver's attempted to avoid MERIDITH by braking and veering left, the car struck him.

The car's driver and 17-year old female passenger had no apparent injury.

OSP troopers from the Florence and Springfield offices are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed about four hours at the scene.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

No photographs for release.

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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution returns to normal operations
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/02/14
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) transitioned from lockdown to normal operations today. Visiting will resume on Wednesday, September 3.

EOCI was placed on lockdown following an inmate assault and subsequent shooting on August 29. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Police and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.

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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Preliminary Post-Labor Day Holiday Reporting Period Information
Oregon State Police - 09/02/14
Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

The following is a brief overview of the five reported fatal traffic crashes all of which were investigated by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers:

* On August 30 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a 74-year old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County. The driver fled the scene and was arrested by OSP about five miles west of the crash scene for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and on a misdemeanor warrant.

* On August 30 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 40-year old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

* On August 31 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 47-year old male and 51-year old female, both from Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide in Douglas County.

* On September 1 at approximately 3:50 a.m., a 27-year old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

* On September 1 at approximately 11:53 a.m., a 48-year old male from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101 two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the man's action may have been an intentional move.

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday period, two people died in 2 separate traffic crashes. The deadliest Labor Day holiday period occurred in 1978 when there were 17 reported deaths. Since 1970, nearly 300 people have died in traffic crashes in Oregon during the Labor Day holiday 78-hour reporting periods.

OSP troopers reported 45 DUII arrests statewide during this year's holiday period. Last year, troopers reported 54 DUII arrests. Prior to each holiday period, OSP encourages citizens to report possible DUII drivers they spot on the road so troopers or other agency police officers can get into position to stop the vehicle and determine if the driver is impaired. Of this year's 45 reported DUII arrests, five were the direct result of citizen driving complaint reports to OSP dispatch centers helping troopers get in position to stop the vehicle. Six DUII arrests were connected to injury and non-injury traffic crashes investigated by troopers.

The following OSP offices reported three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:

* Portland Area Command office - 7 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Grants Pass Work Site office - 4 DUII arrests
* La Grande Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Ontario Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

OSP troopers also reported arresting 12 people during the holiday period who were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

(Note: OSP does not track DUII arrests statistics made by other law enforcement agencies. An update will be sent if regarding any additional unreported traffic fatalities.)

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Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting - September 5
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/02/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 5 at 2 World Trade Center, Plaza Conference Room - Ground Floor, 121 S.W. Salmon St., in Portland.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 evening update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire

Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, evening
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
As the day heated up, fire activity increased inside the fire perimeter as small "jackpot" clumps of unburned fuels flared up. Throughout the day, helicopters were flying water drops to extinguish those spots in the steeper areas.

Firefighters were able to get a line around the entire fire today. Dozers worked along the perimeter in Division "M" to move the fire line closer to the burn. Night shift crews will continue to improve and strengthen the existing fire line in preparation for mop-up tomorrow.

Approximately half of the fire perimeter was in mop-up mode today. The spot fire on the southern end is trailed and mopped-up. Crews will continue to grid the area as they "seek and destroy" any remaining hot spots.

Tomorrow's forecasted afternoon cold front will bring windy conditions that will test the fireline. Crews will be there ready to defend those lines.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE:
Size: 2,984 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 25%

Expected Containment Date: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 631

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million

For More Information:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096
Blog: www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 west of Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Monday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 34 near Denny School Road west of Lebanon. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female whose name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, on September 1, 2014 at approximately 3:50 a.m. a citizen found a crash scene with ejection along the south side of Highway 34 near Denny School Road. Emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed BETHANY LEANNE WILSON, age 27, from Lebanon, was deceased.

Initial investigation by OSP, with the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Police Department, indicates some time after 3:00 a.m. the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder driven by WILSON was eastbound on Highway 34 when it crossed the centerline and westbound lane. The vehicle went into the ditch, returned back onto the roadway and rolled before coming to rest on its side along the south side of Highway 34. WILSON was believed to not be using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash. Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lebanon Fire District and ODOT. Highway 34 was closed about four hours at the scene during the investigation with a detour in place for local traffic.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 138E east of Glide in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday afternoon's fatal traffic crash along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide near Dry Creek in Douglas County. The crash resulted in the death of two occupants on the motorcycle. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox,on August 31, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by SCOTTY EUGENE SCHULL, age 47 (previously listed as 57 but DOB reflects corrected age), from Winston, was traveling westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 40. As the motorcycle negotiated through a curve, it traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the side of an eastbound 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by DARRELL D. BRINTNALL, age 64, from Portland.

SCHULL and his passenger, KAREN SUE BLACK, age 51, from Winston, were both later pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets.

BRINTNALL and five other occupants in the pickup were not injured. All were using safety restraints.

Highway 138E was closed at the crash scene until 9:30 p.m.

OSP was assisted as the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and local emergency responders.

No photographs for release.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Lost Hubcap Fire - Sept. 1 morning update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/01/14
Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 1, 2014, 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:

Hand crews and dozers will continue the hard work of completing a line around the fire perimeter today. There is approximately 2.25 of the 14.25 miles of line left to construct.

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. Other firefighters used hand-held palm IR (infra-red) units that detect heat buried deep in the ground. Heat spots are marked for day firefighters to dig out and extinguish.

On the east side of the fire, firefighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Crews are working toward extinguishing 100% of all smokes in a 100 ft. zone in the grass/brush, 300 ft in the timber and to fall all snags within 500 ft. At morning briefing, Day Operations Chief Joe Hessel directed the crews to "Dig deep and do thorough mop-up the first time." Once hot spots are dug out, the spot is marked to be rechecked at least twice.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE (09/01/14)

Size: 2,984 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 25%

Expected full containment: 9-6-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 19
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 512

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.68 million


For More Information:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096

Blog: www:centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Former Workers May be Eligible for Federal Benefits
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/01/14
Wilsonville - The U.S. Department of Labor has certified that former workers of TE Connectivity, Medical Business Unit, may be eligible for benefits and services under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program. This includes workers whose wages were reported under Precision Interconnect, and including on-site leased workers from Kelly Services, Aerotek, and Total Technical Services.

The certification was a result of the company being adversely affected by import competition or shifts in production to a foreign country.

Anyone working for these companies who were laid off due to lack of work on or after May 19, 2013 and before June 27, 2016, may be eligible.

Under TAA, affected workers may be eligible for:
* Re-employment assistance
* Training
* Job search allowances
* Relocation Allowances
* Additional unemployment insurance benefits in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)

There are important deadlines associated with this program, so those who think they may be eligible should contact the Oregon Employment Department's Central Trade Act Unit right away at 1-877-639-7700.

Additional information may be found about the Trade Act Program online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov, or on the U.S. Department of Labor website, www.doleta.gov/tradeact.
08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - Aug. 31 evening update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
August 31, 2014,8 p.m.
Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039

Current Situation:
Today's goal for the fire fighters was to complete the fire line around the entire fire perimeter. Hand crews and dozers will continue working through tonight to try meet that goal.

Although the fire didn't increase in size today, the warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity affected fire behavior. Moderate burning and smokes were visible and some torching of timber was seen on the west side of the fire.

On the east side of the fire, where there are lighter fuels and fewer hot spots, crews were able to start mop-up. The spot fire in the southern portion of the fire is 100% lined and mop-up has begun. Crews assisted by helicopter water drops focused on extinguishing any fire outside the perimeter. Fallers continue working on dropping snags along roads.
Dennis Perilli, fire behavior analyst, commented that "While yesterday's rainfall helped dampen the lighter fuels and extinguish small smokes, it didn't soak into the larger fuels enough to put the fire out."

Firefighter resources are expected to remain the same over the next 2-3 days with both day and night shifts.

There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.
Lost Hubcap Fire - 8 a.m., Aug. 31 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/31/14
Lost Hubcap Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

August 31, 2014 8 a.m.

Fire Information Phone: 541-421-3039
(We are experiencing phone problems at this time. Please refer to websites for latest information.)

Current Situation:

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. The mapping unit mapped the fire at 2,984 acres. There was minimal growth in the fire size since Saturday night.

The fire perimeter is mapped at 14.23 miles. To put this another way imagine walking from downtown Portland to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Washington.

Yesterday's approximate half inch of rain helped the fire fighters efforts by wetting the fuels and extinguishing light smokes. No rain is forecasted for today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will keep the fire activity to a minimum.

Fire fighters will focus on completing the fireline around the entire perimeter today, mostly on the west side. Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel stated "Today's mission is clear - with a good day of hard work, we can fill in the gaps and get a line tied around this fire".

On portions of the fire where the line is completed, crews will begin to lay hose and fittings in preparation for the next phase: mop-up.


There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.


The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 10%
RESOURCES:
Crews: 18
Air Tankers: 0
Helicopters: 5
Engines: 6
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 350

Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854

For More Information:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4096
CentralOrFireInfo.blogspot.com
Update: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash tht occurred along Interstate 5 at the Speaker Road interchange near Wolf Creek. The crash resulted in the death of a Winchester, Oregon man.

According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 1998 Toyota pickup driven by TERRY RAY ACKROYD, age 40, from Winchester, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 78 when it left the freeway and rolled, ending up about 100 feet off the roadway.

ACKROYD was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. He was using safety restraints.

According to witnesses, the pickup was being operated recklessly at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders. No lanes were closed during the investigation.

Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

This was the second fatal traffic crash investigated by OSP troopers during the Labor Day holiday weekend that runs through 11:59 p.m., September 1. According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

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Update #2: Victim Identified / Photos - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Hit & Run Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainier Police Department, are investigating a Saturday afternoon fatal hit and run crash along Highway 30 just west of Rainier in which a bicyclist was killed. The name of the victim is released in this update.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a report was received of a hit & run crash in which a pickup struck a bicycle along the westbound lanes of Highway 30 near milepost 50 just west of Rainier. A few minutes later the suspect vehicle was stopped by an OSP trooper near milepost 55 and the driver detained.

Emergency responders arriving on scene of where the bicyclist was reportedly struck confirmed the bicycle rider was deceased after coming to rest off the highway down an embankment. The victim is identified as Peter Michael Linden, age 74, from St. Helens. He was wearing a helmet.

The driver is identified as Kristopher Lee Woodruff, age 34, from Vernonia. Woodruff displayed a North Dakota identification card showing a Minot address. He was lodged in Columbia County Jail for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Washington County for Fail to Appear.

Initial investigation indicates Woodruff was driving westbound and became distracted while looking at a text message on his phone. His vehicle traveled onto the shoulder where it struck the adult male bicyclist. Woodruff, who does not have a valid license, continued driving without stopping at the scene until stopped by OSP.

The Columbia County District Attorney's Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation.

The westbound lane was blocked during scene investigation.

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08/30/14
Lost Hubcap Fire - 6 p.m. Aug. 30 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/30/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander Chris Cline
Fire information phone: 541-421-3039

CURRENT SITUATION
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's (ODF) Central Oregon District Type 3 Team transferred command of the Lost Hubcap Fire to ODF Incident Management Team 2 at noon today.

The fire was reported on Aug. 29, 2014, at approx. 1 p.m., burning on Bureau of Land Management(BLM) Prineville District and private lands in timber and grass fuels.

Local private firefighting resources along with fire departments from Long Creek, Monument, Mt. Vernon, John Day, Canyon City and Prairie City assisted ODF in initial-attack. There were four structures initially threatened but protected by the efforts of the local fire departments.

The fire is located approx. five miles south of Monument, Oregon. Initially the fire was reported at one acre and quickly grew to over 100 acres due to a combination of dry fuels, topography, and winds that pushed the fire southeast nearly four miles to more than 1,000 acres in size.

In addition to the team, more hand crews, fire engines and overhead personnel are arriving today. IC Cline said that "Our objectives are clear: We will work to establish control lines and minimize the fire's growth."

The fire team operations section is on the fire line actively engaged in suppression efforts.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Oregon. News releases will be issued twice daily.
08/29/14
Lost Hubcap Fire burning south of Monument
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/29/14
The Lost Hubcap Fire has burned 1,200-1,500 acres nine miles south of the community of Monument in the Central Oregon District's John Day Unit. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. Friday burning in grass, sagebrush and juniper fuels.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has two heavy air tankers, four single-engine air tankers and one helicopter fighting the fire, along with six fire engines, four bulldozers and district hand crews. Additional resources from the South Fork Complex are assisting. The Monument and John Day Rural Fire departments are successfully protecting residences threatened by the wind-driven fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Oregon National Guard wraps up a busy week, busy summer (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/29/14
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard finished out a busy summer with accolades and a high-profile visit from representatives of the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM).

A delegation from the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, with a focus on the state's domestic emergency response mission. Monday kicked off with a visit to the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and concluded with a visit to Camp Rilea, where delegates observed a domestic response evaluation exercise by the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The delegates would go on to visit the Joint Operations Center and Oregon Office of Emergency Management in Salem, Oregon, and the Portland Office of Emergency Management in Portland, Oregon. The visit was in conjunction with the Oregon National Guard's ongoing State Partnership Program. Oregon is also partnered with the country of Bangladesh.

The last week of August saw Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen Airmen of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) participating in an evaluation exercise, Aug. 25-28, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Inspectors from the National Guard Bureau, subject matter experts, and Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC), rated the Oregon National Guard's CERFP unit one of "the best in the nation," following a week-long exercise which culminated in an inspection on Aug. 28. Results from the inspection are due out later this fall.

An Oregon National Guard team participated in the annual 197-mile Hood to Coast relay race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends on the beach at Seaside, Ore. The annual event draws competitive teams from across the country. Proceeds from this year's event went to the Providence Cancer Research Center.

Oregon Symphony concert-goers at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon, were given a special treat when the Oregon Symphony concluded Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with real cannons! Citizen-Soldiers of the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion fired 105mm Howitzers as the grand finale to the concert. The free event, in its 18th year, also hosted classical music selections played by the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Hillsboro Mariachi Una Voz, BRAVO Youth Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Portland Taiko Drum troop, and the Oregon Symphony, featuring performances by the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater. The event also featured a live fireworks display.

Earlier this summer, the Oregon National Guard wished Citizen-Soldiers a farewell, as they mobilized for duty in Afghanistan. Members of units from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held separate mobilization ceremonies throughout the state, as family, friends, community members and Oregon National Guard leadership attended the events. The 234th Engineer Company also mobilized for duty in Kuwait.

Citizen Soldiers from various Oregon Army National Guard units participated in their annual training event, held in June, at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington. Soldiers from the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, 162nd Engineer Company, 141st Brigade Support Battalion and other elements within the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1249th Engineer Battalion converged on the training site to conduct live-fire exercises, and practice what Command Sergeant Major Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, called a "culmination of a year's worth of training."

In two separate large-scale fires in Oregon, aviation assets including CH-47 Chinook, HH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota helicopters, were brought to the fight during what forest fire managers called one of the worst fire seasons in Oregon in recent history. Some of the more serious fires occurred near Grants Pass and Ashland, Oregon.

Once again, Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen of the Oregon National Guard served and sacrificed in their communities, state, nation, and around the globe - proving once again the National Guard mantra, "When we are needed, We are there!"


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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (far left), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The delegation visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state to gain an understanding of Oregon's emergency and disaster response preparedness in conjunction with the State Partnership Program. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A search and extraction team carries a victim away from a five-story tower in the state's newest "rubble pile" during a week-long evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), held at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 27. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. Earlier this year, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Hood to Coast team finishes the 197-mile course at Seaside, Ore., the last week of August, 2014. Proceeds from the annual race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends at the Broadway Avenue turnaround in Seaside, go to various charities in the region. Photo courtesy of the Oregon National Guard.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, fire a volley using 105mm Howitzer cannons, during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, during the Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert, held Aug. 28 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore. The annual event also featured the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, and several other local classical performers. Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation during the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Cody Shepherd (left), and Private 1st Class Jordan Pena (right), both of Alpha Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery, fire a 105mm round during their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore. Shepherd, who is from Milwaukie, Ore., and Pena, of Portland, Ore., are joined on their gun crew by Gun Crew Section Chief Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker; Ammunition Team Chief, Sgt. David Tully of Gresham, Ore.; Assistant Gunner, Private 1st Class Jordan Pena of Portland, Ore.; and Gunner Spc. William McKnight. McKnight completed the Oregon National Guard's Air Assault Course--an intensive week-long competition which challenges Oregon's best of the best in air assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling, enabling participants to perform skills required to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support their unit operations. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Future of Public Health Task Force invites public comment on draft implementation proposal
Oregon Health Authority - 08/29/14
August 29, 2014

The Task Force on the Future of Public Health seeks public comment on its draft implementation proposal.

The public comment deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 5. Comments submitted will be discussed at the September 10 task force meeting.

Public comment on the draft implementation proposal should be submitted by email to Future.Taskforce@dhsoha.state.or.us. The proposal can be found after 6 p.m. Friday, August 29, on the task force's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/TaskForce/.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

About the task force

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.

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Public Health Advisory Board to meet September 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/29/14
August 29, 2014

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting.

Agenda: Appointment of nominating committee for board chair and vice chair; Public Health Division update; Future of Public Health Task Force update; follow-up to PHAB priorities discussion in June; emerging issues discussion; cultural competency assessment; and Strategic Plan update.

When: Friday, September 5, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. All comments are limited to three minutes.

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

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

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 OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution results in inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 08/29/14
Jayson Matthew Withers
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Today at approximately 9:00 a.m., an Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Correctional Officer fired a shot to prevent imminent serious bodily injury to an inmate being assaulted at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division, in cooperation with the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office and DOC, are conducting an investigation. The institution is currently on lockdown status and visiting is canceled until further notice.

The Correctional Officer fired the shot from a yard tower after two inmates who were assaulting a third inmate failed to disengage. Inmate Jayson Matthew Withers was hit, transported to a local hospital, and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:21 a.m. Next of kin has been notified. The inmate who was being attacked was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The third inmate is currently in disciplinary segregation at EOCI. No other details or names are being released until authorized by the Umatilla County District Attorney.

Withers entered DOC custody on May 13, 2010, on three counts of robbery in the second degree, three counts of identity theft, and one count of negligent homicide out of Marion County. His earliest release date was Nov. 25, 2018.

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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Walla Walla School District School Board Work Session & Regular Meeting: September 2, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/29/14
Walla Walla School District School Board Work Session & Regular Meeting: September 2, 2014
As per the attached media memo and agenda


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Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet September 11
Oregon Health Authority - 08/29/14
August 29, 2014

What: The third public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

-- Review data in the 2014 Burden of Stroke Report.

-- Vote on stroke care database recommendation to the Oregon Health Authority; for example, the use of the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke database.

-- Identify future agenda topics.

When: Thursday, September 11, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Senate Bill 375 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

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 OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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08/28/14
Oregon National Guard hosts Vietnam delegation visit through State Partnership Program (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/28/14
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The Oregon National Guard is hosting a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) this week, Aug. 24-30, as part of the ongoing State Partnership Program.

Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army and Vice Standing Chairman of VINASARCOM, leads the delegation, which also includes other VINASARCOM experts in search and rescue, firefighting, explosion and building collapse, finance planning and investment, and foreign relations. Officials from the United States Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, are also in attendance, including Cmdr. Brent Freeman, U.S. Naval Attache to Vietnam, and the Oregon National Guard's Maj. Kyle Akers, Bilateral Affairs Officer to Vietnam.

The week-long visit includes workshops related to emergency management and emergency response, as well as tours of emergency management and Oregon National Guard facilities.

The delegation witnessed the certification training of the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore.

The delegation toured the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Multnomah County's emergency operations center in Portland, Ore., Aug. 26. They toured Oregon's Office of Emergency Management emergency operations center and the Oregon National Guard's joint operations center in Salem, Ore., Aug. 27.

The visit also includes meetings with government, education, business and economic leaders at Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government in Portland, Ore.

The Oregon National Guard's State Partnership with Vietnam is poised to greatly benefit all those involved in the program, with cross-cultural awareness, domestic emergency preparedness training, and the enhancement of international relationships.

The partnership between the Oregon National Guard and Vietnam was made official in November 2012 as part of the National Guard Bureau-sanctioned program, which pairs emerging democracies with National Guard states. Oregon currently has both Vietnam and Bangladesh as its state partners.

The State Partnership program complements broader U.S. engagement with Vietnam in pursuit of shared priorities such as disaster relief, education, health, trade and the environment. The program directly supports the broad national interests and security cooperation goals of the United States by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political, and economic conduits at the local, state, and national levels.

High-resolution photos are available for download on the Oregon Military Department Flikr site:
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Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh (center), Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army and Vice Standing Chairman of Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), and other visitors with the VINASARCOM delegation pose for a group photo in front of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter along with their hosts, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (on Minh's left), Adjutant General, Oregon, and other members of the Oregon National Guard after visiting the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee cancels September 8 meeting
Oregon Health Authority - 08/28/14
August 28, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee cancels September 8 meeting

The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council Joint Subcommittee has cancelled its meeting scheduled for Monday, September 8, in Portland. The group's next meeting will be in October. The date, time, location and agenda are yet to be determined.

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Update #4: Vehicle Associated With Klamath County SO Deputy Shooting Found; Photo of Deputy Weber Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
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The following is an update from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


The Major Crime team has located the 1989 Jeep Cherokee, Oregon license ZFQ 270, associated with the shooting of Klamath County Sheriff Deputy Jason Weber, between North Klamath and Rocky Point.

The victim in the shooting is Deputy Jason Weber, age 40.

The public is encouraged to relay any information they may have regarding this investigation to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at (541) 883-5334.

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

Questions regarding this investigation should be directed to Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.

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Update #3: Additional Arrest in Connection to Shooting of Klamath County Sheriff's Office Deputy; Deputy's Name Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
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The following is an update from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Questions should be referred to District Attorney Rob Patridge.

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On Thursday, August 28, 2014, the Klamath County Major Crime arrested William Jack Parkerson, age 30, on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm. The Crime Team has also arrested Karey Leigh Pascoe, age 33, in connection with the shooting and charged her with conspiracy to commit Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Murder, and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, "We appreciate the efforts of all of the law enforcement who have assisted us in the apprehension of these suspects. We are fortunate to have such a strong brotherhood under the badge. Now that the suspects are in custody I want to announce that Deputy Jason Weber, a dedicated Deputy Sheriff for seven years was the Deputy who is the victim of this brutal shooting. Deputy Weber is with his family at Oregon Health Sciences University currently undergoing surgery under the care of seven physicians and is in serious but stable condition. The family knows that the thoughts and prayers of the community go out to them at this difficult time. It is the request of Deputy Weber's family that all contact related to Deputy Weber's condition be directed to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office."

The Major Crime team is still attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. A picture of a similar looking vehicle is provided with this news release.

Any further information the public has about this this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of 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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Update: Driver Cited in Connection to August 12th Serious Injury Bicycle-Involved Crash on Highway 126 east of Powell Butte
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
A Powell Butte man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following an investigation into an August 12, 2014 serious injury bicycle-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126 east of Powell Butte in Crook County.

On August 27, 2014, OSP cited NORMAN CHADWICK, age 44, from Powell Butte, for Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle. ORS 811.065 (Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle) states "The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a 'safe distance' means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver's lane of traffic."

On August 12, at approximately 4:44 p.m., FREDERICK BOUWMAN, age 53, from Ontario, Canada, was riding a KOGA Miyata bicycle westbound along the paved shoulder of Highway 126 near milepost 9 when he was struck from behind by the right front quarter panel and side mirror of a westbound 2003 GMC Sierra pickup driven by CHADWICK.

BOUWMAN was ejected from his bicycle and seriously injured. He was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where he was being treated for serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

Previously released information:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/08_13_2014_seriousinj_bike_hwy126_mp9.aspx.

With Labor Day holiday approaching, OSP urges all drivers to be alert for bicyclists and other vulnerable highway users. When approaching from behind, make sure there is adequate room to safely pass on the left of the bicyclist(s).

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Update #2: Suspect Arrested in Relation to Shooting of Klamath County Deputy: Vehicle Still Not Found (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/28/14
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The following is an updated news release from Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge:

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Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge announced this morning that the Klamath County Major Crime has arrested William Jack Parkerson on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

The Major Crime team is still attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting: 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

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

** Previously released information **

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, a Klamath County Sherriff's Office Deputy while conducting a traffic stop on Bisbee Street in Klamath Falls was shot in the face and side. The Deputy has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University hospital that specializes in head trauma. The Deputy remains stable at this time. All media inquires related to the Deputy's condition should be referred to the Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated and the investigation is ongoing. The suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. The public is warned not to approach the person of interest or the vehicle and to please call 911.

The Major Crime team is seeking a person of interest identified as William Jack Parkerson, age 30. Parkerson is a white male approximately 5' 11" and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He is bald and has a chest tattoo that reads "Norte" and an abdomen tattoo that reads "Under no Law/United Nortenos Locos." Photograph of Parkerson is provided with this release.

The Major Crime team is also attempting to locate a vehicle associated with the shooting: 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. A photograph of similar looking vehicles provided with this release.

Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, "Everyday the dedicated men and women of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office go out to protect our community. Today is a sad day, a dedicated Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the face and side during a vehicle stop. Fortunately, he is stable at this time and has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University. The family of the injured Deputy and the employees of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office want to thank all the members of the Major Crime Team and all public safety agencies in Klamath County. The Deputy is supported by the brotherhood of the law enforcement community that have come to assist in locating the suspect. I'd like to thank the Jackson, Modoc, and Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Marshall Service, and Air Medical Services (Emergency Airlift)."

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

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


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08/27/14
Acting Public Information Officer Contact Information for THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
Oregon State Police - 08/27/14
On THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted at:

Office: (541) 888-2677
Email: Steve.J.Mitchell@state.or.us (receives also on his cell phone)

Please note that Lieutenant Mitchell has other assigned duties and his response may be slightly delayed. We appreciate the media's patience during this period.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duties after 5:00 p.m.

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Traffic Safety Reminders to Kickoff Football Game Day Travel
Oregon State Police - 08/27/14
The 2014 football season kicks off this weekend for both University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon State University (OSU), so the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans and other game day travelers to start planning now for the upcoming season.

According to ODOT, an estimated 30,000 additional vehicles converge on Interstate 5 and roads leading to Eugene and Corvallis when home games occur on the same day for UO and OSU, as is the case for their first games this Saturday, August 30. Even though kickoffs are scheduled at different times, traffic heading south to Eugene may encounter departure traffic from Corvallis with possible heavy congestion between Albany and Eugene. The extra traffic will also join Labor Day holiday weekend travelers, affecting travel time and increasing the potential for highway incidents and crashes.

According to Corvallis Police Department, approximately 80 percent of traffic leaving the Corvallis area after a home football game does so by traveling east or west on Philomath Boulevard, and it typically takes 2 - 3 hours to facilitate traffic flow after games. Game day changes for the Corvallis area will again include:

* Signal timing adjustment on Highway 34 to allow more traffic to pass through intersections.
* After an OSU game, motorists at the South Bypass will be restricted from turning west into town but will enjoy a dedicated right turn lane to travel east onto Highway 34.
* Motorists on the Van Buren Bridge traveling east on Highway 34 will not have to stop at the intersection.

In Eugene/Springfield area:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* After Labor Day, highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove will reduce traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. During that period, motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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08/26/14
Whitworth University football team visits Walla Walla for scrimmage against College of Idaho
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/26/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla football fans are in for a treat as Whitworth University comes to town Thursday, August 28 to scrimmage the College of Idaho from 1 to 4 p.m. at Martin Field (next to Borleske Stadium). This free event is open to the public.

Walla Walla High School's varsity football team will take the field following the Whitworth University scrimmage for a public scrimmage and practice from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Walla Walla High School players and coaches will be available following the Wa-Hi scrimmage for pictures and autographs.

Walla Walla High School opens its football season Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. at Borleske Stadium against Skyview High School.

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Fire season, sustaining working forests on Forestry Board's Sept. 3 agenda
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/26/14
The Oregon Board of Forestry will receive an update on the severe 2014 wildfire season, hear from a governor's advisor on a new financial incentive for private forest landowners, and take up other key issues when it meets Sept. 3. The meeting is open to the public.

The board meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building (C), at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem. 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, under the 2014 meeting link.

The Sept. 3 meeting agenda includes:

ALTERNATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS - A board subcommittee will present progress to date in evaluating alternative forest management plan options for northwestern Oregon state forests. At the subcommittee's direction, ODF staff have been exploring alternative plan options that would ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division and increase conservation outcomes on the 615,000 acres of state-owned forestland in the region.

FIRE SEASON UPDATE - ODF fire managers will provide a status report on the 2014 wildfire season. It has been a busy summer, with several fire team deployments to large incidents. The number of acres burned to date is triple the 10-year average for the private and public lands protected by the department.

WORKING FORESTS AND FARMS FINANCE INITIATIVE - Tom Tuchmann, president of Portland-based U.S. Forest Capital and Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on forestry and conservation finance, will present a brief overview of a new financial initiative focused on sustaining working forests and farms.

FOREST LANDOWNER VIABILITY - ODF staff will update the board on the Forest Landowner Viability work plan, and seek approval to conduct additional research on three topics:
1. Small-diameter wood and cross-laminated timber
2. Pathways for non-timber forest products and other markets
3. Finished product export markets
An advisory panel, the Forest Landowner Viability Work Group, has investigated an array of potential concepts that could be implemented to enhance markets for landowners and the forest industry.

FOREST PRACTICES ACT COMPLIANCE AUDIT - ODF staff will present findings of the Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit Monitoring Report conducted by a private contractor in 2013. The audit evaluated forest operators' compliance with rules for harvesting, road building and road maintenance.

RIPARIAN RULE ANALYSIS WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS - Staff will present draft proceedings from a June workshop that addressed a rule analysis for streamside protection standards on small and medium fish-bearing streams. The board will identify next steps and a pathway forward on the rule analysis process. The rule analysis is being conducted to ensure that Forest Practices Act rules meet Oregon's criterion for protecting cold water in light of available scientific information.

ANNUAL FOREST HEALTH REPORT 2013 - The board will receive an update on the Forest Invasive Species program, a part of the department's Annual Forest Health report. The update will include review of Oregon's Most Unwanted (for early detection and rapid response) and Oregon's Most In Need of Control (for management and containment) forest invasive species lists as well as an overview of activities of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FORESTS - Subcommittee Chair Nils Christoffersen and ODF staff will give a short update on progress of the approved federal forest work plan. The board subcommittee focuses on issues of federal forest policy with an aim to help the board connect with the governor's office, Oregon's congressional delegation and the legislature on this topic.

EXECUTIVE SESSION - The board will meet in executive session to discuss the state forester's annual performance review.

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.

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/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package conducts evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/26/14
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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gates, a medic with the Search and Extraction team of Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), practices breaching concrete using a jackhammer, during the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 24, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery. The unit is required to recertify every two years. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Visitors from first-responder agencies, city and local government, visit the evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 25. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. In 2013, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (right), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs Mr. Hiroshi Furusawa, Japanese Consul General, during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Mr. Furusawa and his Vice Consul, Mr. Masahiro Tanaka, (far left), toured the facilities' new "rubble pile", which is also available to civilian first-responder and search and rescue teams. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Citizen-Soldiers of the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) decontamination element, prepare for the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery. The unit is required to recertify every two years. (Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 82 near Enterprise in Wallowa County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 82 south of Enterprise that resulted in the death of an adult female from Enterprise.

According to Sergeant Kyle Hove, on August 26, 2014, between the hours of 12 midnight and 3:27 a.m., a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by KAREN MARIE ROOT, age 50, from Enterprise, was northbound on Highway 82 near milepost 68 when, for unknown reasons, it traveled off the roadway in a section where it is curved with narrow shoulders and rolled before coming to rest. ROOT was ejected and found near where the vehicle came to rest.

OSP troopers from Enterprise and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. ROOT was not wearing safety restraints.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff Office's, ODOT, Enterprise Fire Department, and Wallowa County Ambulance. Traffic was detoured around the scene onto a nearby secondary road during the duration of the investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update #2: Suspect Arrested in Attack, Stabbing of Commercial Truck Driver - Interstate 84 west of Ontario (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Malheur County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into the stabbing of a commercial truck driver Monday afternoon along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Ontario. The suspect is in custody and was positively identified Tuesday morning. The truck driver, who was stabbed multiple times, is being treated at a Boise-area hospital.

On August 25, 2014 at approximately 12:09 p.m. (PST), OSP received a report of a stabbing along Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 358. A commercial truck pulling two tanker trailers containing milk driven by CHARLES D. VANZANTE, age 63, from Jerome, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when, unprovoked, a Buick Lacrosse displaying Washington license plates driven by an adult male began ramming the truck's diesel tanks.

VANZANTE pulled the truck and trailers to the side of the road and stopped. The Buick's driver stopped the car against the side of the truck, got out and entered the truck where he stabbed VANZANTE multiple times.

The suspect fled up a hill south of the scene and then returned back to the truck where he briefly engaged in a second struggle with VANZANTE. He then was surrounded by several citizens outside the truck and convinced to stay as OSP troopers began arriving at the scene and took the suspect into custody at gunpoint.

An OSP lieutenant and trooper initiated emergency medical care on VANZANTE until relieved by medical responders. VANZANTE was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. His injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. He was stabbed multiple times in the chest and stomach area. The knife was recovered.

The suspect was lodged in the Malheur County Jail. Fingerprints positively identified him as DUSTIN LEROY ROTTER, age 28, with a last known address in Modesto, California. ROTTER was lodged on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Additional charges may be pending. The vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Pasco, Washington, in a reported carjacking on August 24.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Treasure Valley paramedics and Huntington ambulance.

Questions regarding an arraignment should be directed to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office.

Photographs:
Scene photo - Oregon State Police
Rotter photo - Malheur County Sheriff's Office

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08/25/14
ODF Fire Update, Monday, August 25, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/25/14
NEW FIRES

The Whiskey Creek Fire was reported Sunday burning in grass and timber approximately 10 miles west of LaGrande. The 11-acre fire was contained in initial attack, and is now in patrol status.

FIRE UPDATES

South Fork Complex (partially on ODF protected lands).
These July 31 lightning-caused fires located 20 miles southwest of John Day Oregon now cover approximately 66,126 acres and are 96 percent contained. As of Sunday a local fire management organization took over command of the South Fork Complex from Oregon Team 2.
The fire information number has changed to 541-575-3000.
More information online: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/
www.southforkcomplex.blogspot.com

Deception Creek Complex (USFS) ODF's South Cascade District has been assisting the USFS with suppression activities on this 468-acre fire located west of Oakridge on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest.
For more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/, which includes comprehensive breaking news on wildfires statewide, along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
As seasonal change approaches, don't let your guard down
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/25/14
Whether it's human nature or just wishful thinking, we tend to relax our guard against wildfire this time of year at the first signs of the seasonal transition. In the heart of summer amid triple-digit temperatures, we almost expect raging blazes like the Oregon Gulch Fire that consumed 1,000 acres an hour at its peak. While such extreme fire behavior may be less likely now, the dragon can still breathe flames.

This week, both the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District announced a rise in the Industrial Fire Precaution Level in their jurisdictions due to hot, dry conditions in the forest. A map charting significant fire potential (http://nfdrs.smkmgt.com/sfp/ODF_Significant_Fire_Potential.htm) shows most of the state at "high," with the southwest corner registering "extreme." Lands in either classification can spawn a large, destructive fire.

The potential for dry lightning - the cause of Oregon's largest fires - historically diminishes in late summer. As the threat from Nature recedes, though, human activity comes to the fore as the chief wildfire concern. Forest fuels are still bone-dry and primed to burn. If we take extra care when recreating or working in the forest, human-caused fires can be prevented.

The Keep Oregon Green Association (www.keeporegongreen.org/) offers common-sense advice on how to prevent fires when camping and recreating in the forest.
OAHHS expands team with director of public affairs
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 08/25/14
The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) has hired Philip Schmidt as its new director of public affairs. In the newly-created position, Schmidt will develop, coordinate and implement strategic communications for OAHHS focused on the association's proactive public policy agenda, quality and patient safety initiatives, and community outreach programs. Schmidt will also handle media inquiries and press outreach for the organization, which represents all of the 62 community hospitals in Oregon.

"I am honored to join the team at OAHHS and help get the word out about the vital services that Oregon hospitals provide to their communities," said Schmidt. "Oregon's hospitals are tremendous community assets that anchor our fast changing health care system. We need to do all we can to ensure that they remain viable in order to provide the right mix of services in a given community."

Prior to joining OAHHS, Schmidt spent nearly nine years working on Capitol Hill as communications director for a member of the New York Congressional Delegation. He managed all communications for the Representative, and led his DC office as deputy chief of staff. He also spent several years working for a member-based advocacy organization lobbying Capitol Hill.

"We are thrilled to have Philip join the OAHHS team," said Andy Van Pelt, chief operating officer. "With his background working at the intersection of strategic communications and health policy, he will help ensure our members' issues - both successes and challenges - are presented in effective ways to policy makers and to the public."
Five Facing Charges Following Unlawful Killing of Mule Deer Southwest of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/25/14
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Five people are facing wildlife-related charges following an investigation that led to the discovery of the head of a freshly killed mule deer in a vehicle about 9 miles southwest of Pendleton near the Umatilla River.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:07 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper came across Jeep Cherokee with the driver's door ajar parked at the intersection of Speare Canyon Road and Mud Springs Road. The trooper noted an empty gun case and ammunition inside the vehicle. About 2.5 hours later, another Jeep Cherokee arrived at the intersection with five occupants inside. The trooper observed the occupants were in possession of the head of a freshly killed mature buck mule deer.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to seize the deer head and a rifle, and cite the following 5 individuals:

VANCE TYLER WRIGHT, age 23, from Canyon City (identified as shooter)
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Game Mammal Closed Season
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer
* Waste of Game Mammal

KENNAN CARL ADEN WRIGHT, age 21, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

BRANDON MICHAEL McCONNELL, age 20, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

FOREST HUNTER JOHNSON, age 19, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

WHITNEY ANN ANDERSON, age 19, from Pendleton
* Unlawful Take / Possession of Buck Deer

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Deer Creek Road east of Selma in Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 08/25/14
Update: Initial investigation indicates the victim, LEX ALAN JOHNSON, was the driver of the vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash near Selma that resulted in the death of a 26-year old Cave Junction man.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a 1999 Ford F250 four-door pickup with five occupants was traveling westbound in the 6000 block of Deer Creek Road. As the pickup negotiated a sharp left curve, its driver lost control and traveled off the highway where it rolled coming to rest on its top.

One of the occupants, LEX ALAN JOHNSON, age 26, from Cave Junction, was found underneath the pickup and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints. The vehicle is registered to his family and the lead investigator says information to this point has identified him as the driver.

Another person, LUCAS HARRIS, age 21, was riding in the pickup's bed and ejected. He was picked up by a private party and taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. Three other occupants in the pickup were reportedly not injured. Their names are not available for this release.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Cory Sweet is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District.

No photographs available for release.

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End Summer the Right Way: Drive Safely to Save Lives this Labor Day Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and law enforcement agencies in Oregon are continuing a nationwide effort to prevent traffic crashes by targeting impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. The nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign aims to keep those driving, riding or walking on or along our roadways safe.

Again this Labor Day holiday weekend - the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon - OSP will put all available sworn personnel assigned to field operations on the road Friday, August 29, to supplement local highway safety efforts. OSP Field Operations Major Travis Hampton said troopers will target crash-causing violations, many of which have a nexus to fatal and serious injury collisions.

Last year during the 2013 Labor Holiday 78-hour reporting period, two people died in traffic crashes on Oregon roads and OSP troopers made 54 DUII arrests. This year's reporting period starts 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, and concludes Monday, 11:59 p.m., September 1.

To put it in perspective, Hampton pointed out that throughout the year, someone is killed on a road in the United States in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.

"Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one death nationally every 34 minutes," said Hampton. "We hope the message to drive safe, alert, rested, and sober, backed by increased enforcement efforts, will be remembered and all drivers will drive safely to save lives."

Since August 15, Oregon troopers, deputies and city police officers have been targeting aggressive, dangerous, distracted, impaired and other drivers affecting safety on our roads. This "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign concludes at the end of the holiday period.

In addition to the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, participating Oregon law enforcement agencies will be in the midst of another "Click It or Ticket" campaign (August 25 - September 7) to keep people buckled up and children in the right size and type child safety seat. OSP and other law enforcement agencies use overtime grant funds to increase enforcement efforts targeting impaired drivers and unbuckled adults and children, and to get drivers to obey speed laws on Interstate and secondary state highways.

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll during nighttime and among young drivers, and age group that is often most at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among 18- to 34-year old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (45%) were alcohol-impaired. More than three-fourths of all drunken driving-related fatal crashes during the holiday weekend happened between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. each day.

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at (503) 643-5620 in Portland or (877) 793-2608.

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OHPB/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet September 8
Oregon Health Authority - 08/25/14
August 25, 2014



Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet September 8 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council Joint Subcommittee will meet Monday, September 8 in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to provide an update on Early Learning Hubs and cross-system kindergarten readiness efforts, and to discuss screening tools for family well-being. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Monday, September 8, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland, OR 97232

Agenda:

-- Early Learning Hub updates;

-- Screening for family well-being;

-- Kindergarten readiness update;

-- Child and Family Well-being Measurement workgroup;

-- Transformation Center updates.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for people requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Those needing accommodations, please call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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MEDIA ALERT - American Ninja Warrior to Speak at River View High School (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 08/25/14
Hoan Do and NBC Host, Jenn Brown
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FINLEY, WA - In addition to competing in NBC's hit show, "American Ninja Warrior," Hoan Do has traveled to every corner of the United States on a mission to provide students with practical strategies to help them succeed in and out of school. Now, Hoan will bring his inspirational message to students at River View High School in Finley, WA for the first day of school.

Thanks to the school's partnership with WSU GEAR UP, RVHS will present Hoan Do during an assembly at the high school on Tuesday, August 26 at 1:00 PM.

"Sometimes your biggest breakdowns in life can provide you with your biggest breakthroughs in life," Hoan says. "It's not about being positive all the time; it's about having the right attitude."

Hoan will present to Finley students at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 26 in the gymnasium at River View High School, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive. For more information, contact Finley GEAR Up Coordinator, Amandalyn Rubio, at 509.398.7093, or the RVHS office at 509.582.2158.

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08/24/14
Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Bicycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 84 westbound west of Hood River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's fatal bicycle-involved crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year old Mosier resident along westbound Interstate 84 at the Viento State Park interchange west of Hood River. The names of the victim and driver are released in this update. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Hood River County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of enforcement action.

On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:20 a.m., ELLEN DITTEBRANDT, age 52, from Mosier, was riding a bicycle westbound along Interstate 84 approaching the off ramp near milepost 56 to Viento State Park. A 2014 Ford pickup driven by JOHN C. ALLMAN, age 55, from NW Portland, was also westbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle from behind, ejecting DITTEBRANDT to where she came to rest in the left westbound lane. The pickup came to rest in the westbound traffic lanes.

DITTEBRANDT, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was a Mosier firefighter/EMT and a local artist, and in 2010 selected as Mosier's firefighter of the year.

ALLMAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Mike Holloran is the lead investigator. Driver fatigue has been identified as a contributing factor. Daylight conditions existed at the time of the crash and traffic was light.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed about 90 minutes before one lane was open while investigators continued working at the scene.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates each year drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, with 55% of these crashes involving drivers 25 years old and younger. Drowsiness causes: slow reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, decline in attention, decreased alertness, increased moodiness and aggressive behavior, problems with processing information and short term memory.

OSP & ODOT urges drivers to remain alert for all highway users, including vulnerable users such as bicyclists and pedestrians, and to watch for early warning signs of fatigue. ODOT has posted on their website safety information related to drowsy driving including signs of fatigue and tips of what to do if you are getting drowsy while driving at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/news/Drowsy_Driving.aspx

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Legislators to compete in Goat Milking Showdown Aug. 26 at the Oregon State Fair
Amber Lindsey PR - 08/24/14
SALEM, OR - Legislators from throughout the state will be judged in a test of speed, accuracy and technique Tuesday, August 26, in the "Oregon Legislative Goat Milking Showdown" set for 6 p.m. in the Forster Livestock Pavilion. Competing will be Sen. Peter Courtney, Rep. Vicki Berger, Rep. Betty Komp, Sen. Bill Hansell, Rep. Denyc Boles, Rep. Arnie Roblan and Rep. Val Hoyle.

The first Legislative Goat Milking Showdown was held opening day of the 2000 Oregon State Fair, and the event returned in 2013 at the prompting of lawmakers who wanted another opportunity to prove their milking prowess. The contest has expanded to include seven participants - up from five last year - from as far as Eastern Oregon and the southern Oregon coast.

Oregon Dairy Goat Superintendent Christina Strickland will orchestrate the event, with the title of Goat Milking Champion going to the person with the most milk in the allotted time.

For more information, call the Livestock Office at 503-947-3286.

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The 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
08/22/14
Fun, Sun, and Safe Boating for Labor Day Weekend (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 08/22/14
Kids enjoying being towed on Detroit Reservoir
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Labor Day Weekend is one of the top three boating weekends of the year on many Oregon lakes and rivers, attracting thousands to the alluring banks and warmest water of the season. To keep things fun and safe, the Oregon State Marine Board suggests keeping the following in mind as you plan your water getaway:

-Don't drink and boat. The Marine Board encourages boaters and persons floating on the waterways, to leave the alcohol on shore. It's safer for everyone. If arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII), a violator can be fined $6,250, lose boating privileges for a period of time and may even serve jail time.
-Know your waterway. "Be familiar with your surroundings and always keep a sharp lookout throughout your trip," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Stumps, deadheads and sand and gravel bars can appear out of nowhere with water depth changes. Start out slow and get your bearings. Water levels around the state are very low."
-Know what rules apply. "There are all types of watercraft on the market; some are considered boats and others are pool toys. Boats are designed differently, and by state law, have specific equipment requirements such as having enough properly fitted life jackets and a sound producing device, like a whistle. Attach the whistle to your life jacket and you're set." Massey adds. "If you plan to float the river, keep in mind that pool toys are designed for use in a swimming pool - not a dynamic river with obstructions that can puncture easily. If you are planning a relaxing float, do so in a watercraft designed for the river; one which won't easily puncture and comes properly equipped with a paddle so you can maneuver away from obstructions."
-Wear your life jacket. Each boat (including kayaks, inflatable boats and canoes) must have a properly fitting life jacket with a sound producing device, like a whistle, for each person on board. Life jackets need to be in good shape and readily accessible - not under a hatch or in its packaging. All youth 12 and younger must wear a life jacket when in a boat that's underway. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that over half of all boating fatalities occur with small boats on calm waterways, in sunny conditions. Eight-five to 90 percent of boating fatality victims were not wearing a life jacket.
-Sit on the seat. The growth of wake surfing is luring many people to ride on the swim platform, stern or sides of the boat. This is a carbon monoxide and prop-strike safety hazard. It is also illegal to ride on the bow, decks, gunwales or transoms of a motor boat when the boat is underway. Sitting on designated seat cushions is the safest place to be -especially when the boat is towing someone.
-Slow down and keep a sharp lookout. Know the boating regulations for your area of operation. Always obey the "5-mph, slow no-wake" buoys or signs. Boaters are responsible for their wake. Remember to slow down within 200 feet of a dock, launch ramp, marina, moorage, floating home or boathouse, pier or swim float. Be courteous with paddlers who are also sharing the waterway. Wakes can easily swamp low-freeboard paddle craft. Don't allow your wakes to generate negative attention from other boaters, property owners, and possibly, result in a citation.
-Carry your boater education card. All boaters operating boats over 10 hp need to have a boater education card. Youth 12-15 who operate a powerboat 0-10 hp alone must carry a boater education card. When operating a powerboat greater than 10 hp, youth must be supervised by a card-holding adult age 16 or older. When operating a personal watercraft, the supervising adult must be 18 or older. Educated boaters are much less likely to be involved in boating accidents because they know the "rules of the road."
-Carry your aquatic invasive species prevention permit. For registered motorized craft, a $5 surcharge is added onto the boat registration and current decals act as proof of payment into the program. For non-motorized watercraft 10 feet long and longer, such as canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboards and inflatable rafts, the operator needs to physically carry a permit when out on the water. The cost is $7 for non-motorized craft and can be purchased through any ODFW field office or licensing agent. Permits are valid until December 31 of the year issued. Tyvek tags (waterproof permits) are sold through the Marine Board's online storefront and various Marine Board permit dealers. Tyvek tags are $5 for the annual permit and $10 for a two-year permit. This program is self-funded and permit fees support aquatic invasive species detection, decontamination, signage, and education materials for boaters.

Marine officers will be on the water to assist boaters and help keep the waterways safe. The top violations so far this summer involve not having life jackets, failure to carry a boater education card or aquatic invasive species permit, and not having current boat registration decals. Other violations involve reckless operation and alcohol. "Boating is a lot of fun, and a long weekend makes it even better," Massey adds. "Just remember to prepare, and plan so you can have the best time out on the water, playing."

For more information on boating safety, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/safety/safety.aspx
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Health advisory for water contact at Mill Beach lifted August 22
Oregon Health Authority - 08/22/14
August 22, 2014

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Mill Beach, located in Curry County. The agency issued the advisory August 7 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

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

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

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

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Green power in spotlight at Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
Pacific Power - 08/22/14
Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Green power in spotlight at Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
Fair achieves sustainability goal with help of Blue Sky renewable energy customers
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - For the 10th consecutive year, Pacific Power is joining the celebration of Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days by "greening" the event with Blue Sky renewable energy. The 148th fair will run Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.
"The fair is always a time to celebrate what we all share in the community--history, sustainability and a commitment to our future generations," said Bill Clemens, Pacific Power's regional community manager who served on the fair's board for many years. "Sponsoring the concert opening night, the demolition derby and the fair court are all traditions that we enjoy being part of every year. Personally, I am really looking forward to the parade when we rev up our restored 1947 service truck."
Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers help make the festival more eco-friendly by supporting renewable energy from western region wind farms that matches the energy being used to power the event, from lights on the midway to spotlights on the concert stage to powering the Ferris wheel. This year that amounts to 750 blocks (75,000 kilowatt-hours) of Blue Sky, comparable to powering about 58 typical Washington homes for an entire month.
"Sustainability, whether at harvest time or daily energy use year-round, is a key theme for any agricultural fair. The more we can all promote the use and development of renewable energy, the better it will be for the environment and the local economy," said Cory Hewitt, manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. "We're very pleased to have Pacific Power helping our fair - and our community - to be greener."
There are significant benefits to renewable energy. For example, the green energy supported for the fair helps avoid 93,641 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions- which has the same benefit as not driving nearly 100,824 miles.
"Besides benefiting the environment, renewable power, such as wind, is a growing part of the energy industry that benefits our local community," said Clemens.
Pacific Power customers receive power from its Marengo I and II wind near Dayton, part of the largest utility owned wind fleet in the West.
Pacific Power's 50 local employees reflect a strong partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as well as community organizations. Originally founded in Walla Walla and three other communities 104 years ago, Pacific Power has been providing electrical service and community partnership ever since.
More about Blue Sky:
Enrollment in the Blue Sky program is purely voluntary and more than 800 Walla Walla-area Pacific Power customers are already choosing to go above and beyond through Blue Sky. Blue Sky is a way customers can help encourage even more renewable generation in the western region.
Here is how it works: When customers enroll in Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchases renewable energy certificates from western region renewable energy sources equal to the total level of customer Blue Sky commitment. This guarantees that electricity from these renewable resources is delivered into the regional power pool and helps drive more new renewable energy development in the region. Electricity produced by renewable energy reduces the need for electricity generated from other, nonrenewable sources.
Participation in Blue Sky, for as little as an additional $1.95 per month, provides customers a simple and convenient way to stimulate commercial development of renewable energy in the region and support the construction of smaller, community-based renewable energy projects that can include wind, solar, geothermal, low-emission biomass or other certified renewable energy sources.
Locally, Blue Sky customers helped fund the following projects:
* Whitman College, a 21-kilowatt solar array located on the roof of the Bratton Tennis Center.
* Walla Walla Community College - two solar projects and one wind project - a 75-kilowatt rooftop solar array on the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center, and a 69-kilowatt solar system atop the roof of the Auto Body Technology Building, made possible by multi-year funding awards to the college. Also two wind turbines are currently being installed on campus and will serve as centerpieces of the college's Renewable Energy Park. These installations provide an educational tool for teachers, students and other community members.
Pacific Power customers can learn more about the program by calling Pacific Power at 800-769-3717 or visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

Local businesses enrolled in Blue Sky partners include:

Cayuse Vineyards
City of Walla Walla
Clark Law Office
Coffee Perk
Earthlight Books
Falkenberg's Jewelers
Fort Walla Walla Cellars
Fort Walla Walla Museum
Hot Poop
Inland Octopus
Staples
Valley Vision Clinic
Vivio Technologies
Washington State Employment Security Department
Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla Roastery LLC
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
Whitman College



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About Blue Sky
For 11 years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for 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 50,000 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 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
08/21/14
State Funds New Community Learning Centers for Kennewick Youth
ESD 123 - 08/21/14
PASCO, WA - Educational Service District 123 is excited to announce the receipt of a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Working in partnership with Kennewick School District, the grant will fund the ESD's proposal to develop community learning centers in three Kennewick schools beginning in September of the 2014-15 school year.

This is the sixth 21st CCLC grant that ESD 123 has been awarded. The focus of the 21st CCLC program is to provide academic enrichment activities that are designed to help students meet local and state academic standards. The program also provides youth with the opportunity to discover new abilities through development activities, technology education, art, music and recreation.

Program goals are to increase students' academic achievement in math and reading, students' engagement and commitment to school, health/fitness and nutrition awareness for students, and family engagement in educational and community opportunities. Recognizing that families are an integral component of these new Community Learning Centers, the program's Family Engagement Specialist and KSD's Parent Involvement Coordinator will work closely together to engage parents and community to help facilitate successful student achievement.

ESD Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support, Mr. Darcy Weisner, stated, "This new grant will blend current 21st Century sites at elementary schools in Kennewick with three new sites at Edison Elementary, Highlands Middle School, and Park Middle School."

In an effort to better serve students and their families for a longer and more impactful duration of services, this newly funded program will follow students over a five-year duration between 3rd and 8th grades.

ESD 123's Department of Instructional Support will manage the grant operating in Kennewick schools. For more information, contact Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Walla Walla Public Schools media procedures
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 08/21/14
WALLA WALLA - School starts for Walla Walla Public Schools Tuesday, September 2. The district is excited to work with the media this year to inform the community about educational issues, programs and activities. Media representatives interested in doing stories with Walla Walla Public Schools are asked to first contact Communications Director Mark Higgins. He will work with the media to schedule interviews, gather information and gain access to the schools.

Below is his contact information for your files.

Mark Higgins, Director of Community Relations and Communications
509.526.6716 (office)
509.520.6242 (cell)
mhiggins@wwps.org
www.wwps.org

Thank you for your attention to the Walla Walla Public Schools media procedures. We look forward to working with you throughout the school year.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package to conduct training and evaluation exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 08/21/14
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The Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to conduct a training and evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 24-28.

The media is invited to attend a special Media Visit Day, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Camp Rilea is located at 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR 97146. The tour of the CERFP exercise will begin at building 7425.

The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including: incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery.

In March, Oregon's CERFP participated in Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen worked alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise tied into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

To see the Flickr photo album of the Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/


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Aili Schreiner named Oregon Cultural Trust Manager
Oregon Arts Commission - 08/21/14
Aili Schreiner, an experienced leader and project manager in the non-profit and heritage community, is the new manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Schreiner succeeds Kimberly Howard, who recently accepted a position with PGE's social responsibility team.

"We're delighted to welcome Aili to the Oregon Cultural Trust," said Bob Speltz, Trust board chair. "Her work over the past eight years in support of Oregon's cultural organizations will enable to her to successfully strengthen partnerships and invest in creative place making through collaborations that build and celebrate the creative economy."

"We are incredibly fortunate to have found someone as qualified and energetic as Aili to manage the Oregon Cultural Trust," added Brian Rogers, executive director of the Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission. "Her experience working with heritage and history organizations, as well as her proven track record in fundraising and coalition building, makes her an exciting addition to our team."

Schreiner's most recent position was program director for the Confluence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring public lands at heritage sites along the Columbia River. During her four-year tenure, she raised more than $6 million in capital and programming funding and created and implemented "Gifts from Our Ancestors," a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary K-12 education program working with tribal artists, elders and tradition keepers. She also led strategic marketing and communication plans.

From 2006 to 2009 she served as the senior project manager for Oregon 150, the state commemoration of Oregon's sesquicentennial, where she developed and oversaw project budgets, sponsorships and grant applications. She also secured and developed government, nonprofit, business and partner relationships and created Oregon Stories, a signature project to collect and distribute more than 600 written, audio and visual first-person narratives from and about Oregonians.

Schreiner's experience also includes editing "Reflections on the Presidency" for the Oregon Historical Society Press and serving as a visitor services representative for the Oregon Historical Society. She graduated with honors with a bachelor's in history from Lewis and Clark College, where she focused on Native American history and gender studies. She is a member of the Estonian Society of Portland and served on the advisory board of the Chinook Nation Website Project and the planning board for the 2012 centennial commemoration of Oregon women's suffrage.

"I am thrilled to join in the great work of the Oregon Cultural Trust," said Schreiner. "Our culture is the face of Oregon - one increasingly recognized nationally. The strength of our arts, humanities, heritage, preservation and tourism initiatives are points of entry for all Oregonians, both new and old. I am proud that Oregon is the home of this unique enterprise - cultural funding for the people, by the people. How very Oregonian!"

Schreiner begins her duties as trust manager on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
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08/20/14
OSP Central Point Fish & Wildlife Trooper Receives Shikar-Safari Club International Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/20/14
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Conservation-based organization, Shikar-Safari Club International, honored a Central Point-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper today as the State's top wildlife enforcement officer for 2013. The award was presented in Salem with the OSP's leadership staff in attendance.

On August 20, 2014, Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker presented Senior Trooper James Collom with the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the Year" award, placing him in a distinguished group of officers who have earned recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection of natural resources. The award has been given annually for more than 25 years to honor outstanding wildlife enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.

In presenting the award, Lynn Loacker noted that wildlife enforcement officers rarely receive the recognition and encouragement they so greatly deserve for protecting our wildlife and natural resources.

"We congratulate Senior Trooper Collom on being our selection for the Shikar Safari Club International's 'Wildlife Officer of the Year' award. This award puts him in a very distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty," said Loacker.

Senior Trooper Collom has been involved with enforcing fish and wildlife laws for about 22 years including fourteen years with OSP following nine years as a game warden in Idaho. Passionate about his job, Collom is known to be a top performer on his Fish & Wildlife team including the number of field contacts, investigations, and enforcement activities. He has a high number of field contacts, written the majority of search warrants for his team, and assists Patrol Division troopers in handling crashes and other calls for rural law enforcement services.

As the Department's statewide coordinator for the "Turn-in-Poachers" (TIP) program, Collom administers rewards given by the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) to tipsters for information on fish and wildlife cases. He also writes articles for the OHA magazine, works closely with local ODFW biologists, is a speaker at hunter education classes, and helps organize OSP's booth each year at the Sportsmen's Show.

Some recent cases worked by Collom include:

* The investigation of an Eagle Point-area deer poaching ring that led to the service of seven search warrants and the charging of eight suspects for crimes including 23 felony counts.
* The investigation of the poaching of a trophy class buck that was shot and left to waste in a field in the Eagle Point area. A difficult case to solve with little evidence, Collom had a news release issued and solicited funding for a $3,000 reward. The investigation also identified the unlawfully shooting of three large bucks and led to charges for a husband and his wife.

In May, Senior Trooper Jim Collom also received the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division's 2013 "Trooper of the Year" award.

Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

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(Left to right: Lynn Loacker and Senior Trooper Collom)

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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).

The primary responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of Oregon's natural resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Fish and Wildlife Division officers are fully trained State Troopers who also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock, and environmental protection laws and respond to emergency incidents.

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Finley High School Students Welcome Hoan Do
Finley Sch. Dist. - 08/20/14
FINLEY, WA - Students at River View High School in Finley, WA will start the school year with some encouragement from motivational speaker, Hoan Do. The first day of school for Finley's kids is Tuesday, August 26, and WSU GEAR UP is partnering with the high school to start the year off on a positive note.

WSU GEAR UP partners with schools to prepare students to enter and succeed in college. The program is responsible for bringing a variety of motivational speakers to school sites, and Hoan Do came highly recommended to Finley's site coordinator, Amandalyn Rubio. After last year's successful start-of-the-year presentation from speaker Brad Barton, RVHS Principal, Bryan Long, was eager for Ms. Rubio to continue the tradition.

"It's important to start a year with motivation, a goal, and a plan for what you want to accomplish," says Principal Bryan Long. "It really helps when speakers with real life experience share their story. We are excited to have him come."

Hoan Do currently lives in Federal Way, WA and is the founder and author of "Succeeding in the Real World." While students may not know Hoan Do as a student success coach, they are likely to have seen him compete recently on NBC's hit show, American Ninja Warrior.

Hoan will present to Finley students at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 26 in the gymnasium at River View High School, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive. More information about Hoan Do can be found on his website at http://hoando.com. For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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