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Mon. 08/19/19
DOI to Treat More Than 1.2M Acres this Wildfire Season, Resources Mobilized across the Nation
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 08/19/19 9:34 AM

Agency personnel and critical assets are poised to respond to wildfires across the country

Washington - With peak wildfire activity predicted in the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been working tirelessly to implement preventative measures to limit the size and scope of wildfires, treat current wildfires already underway, and protect wildfire-prone areas to best safeguard people and their communities. 

“As stewards of one-fifth of the country’s public lands, primarily in the West, we know that our ability to be prepared for wildfires and reduce their severity is paramount to protecting communities and saving lives,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “In collaboration with local, state, and other federal partners, we are using everything in our arsenal to prepare for wildfires this year, treating more than one million acres.”

As a part of the DOI, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) contribute to a total workforce of 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. These firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, dozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets also play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires as the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources.

The Trump Administration has prioritized active management of the nation’s public lands as provided in the President’s Executive Order 13855 and Secretary’s Order 3372, which establish a meaningful and coordinated framework for ensuring the protection of people, communities, and natural resources. Implementation of both Orders is a priority for reducing the risks of deadly and destructive wildfires.

This year, the BLM began analyzing a significant, 11,000-mile stretch of strategic fuel breaks to combat wildfires in the Great Basin, which includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah. This large-scale, collaborative project could serve as a means to better control wildfires within a 223 million acre area. The environmental impact of the proposal is still being evaluated.

As DOI continues to evaluate innovative ways to best limit the destruction of wildfires in the future, it is nearing completion of more than 2,500 wildfire risk-reduction projects on more than 1.2 million acres of DOI and tribally-administered lands in some of the most fire-prone areas of the country. Some of the state totals to be completed and specific projects already completed this fiscal year include:

Alaska: More than 43,000 acres of land will be treated. Already this year, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with two Alaska Native Corporations and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, has implemented 90 acres of fuels management activities through mechanical treatments and prescribed fire treatments. This treatment is a component of a multi-year fuels break project, initiated in 2016, planned and implemented to protect the community of Sterling, AK. The Sterling fuels break was utilized as a contingency fire line, protecting Sterling from the threat from the 2019 Swan Lake Fire, which has now burned 102,521 acres and is currently 80% contained.

Arizona: Nearly 85,000 acres of land will be treated. Fuels treatment projects are ongoing with 21,287 acres treated so far this year, including 6,706 acres in the southwest border area. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 27,544 total acres of fuels are targeted for treatment by prescribed fire, chemical application or mechanical methods.

California: More than 30,000 acres of land will be treated with some projects including: A 93 acre fuels treatment project in the Sandy Gulch unit of the South Fork Mokelumne Project, near the community of Glenco in Calaveras County. In addition to the work completed by the Mother Lode Field Office, the Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solutions, which is a local non-profit partner, has completed an adjacent 35-acre fuel break on BLM-managed public lands. This 35 acres represents the north portion of a fuel break that was identified as a priority by CAL FIRE after the 2015 Butte Fire. The southern portion of the fuel break is scheduled to be completed this fall, and will connect to ongoing fuels work in the southern part of the South Fork Mokelumne Project. The BLM California Bishop Field Office made improvements to existing fuelbreaks adjacent to residential areas. Wildland fire crews cut and removed downed trees and limbs on BLM-managed lands, reducing the available fuel load. The project was undertaken in partnership with residents of the community of Wilkerson, Inyo National Forest, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Colorado: More than 27,000 acres of land will be treated. The BLM completed a 286-acre prescribed fire near Bayfield, Colorado, called the Rabbit Mountain Project Prescribed Fire. It was completed to restore and maintain a healthy ecosystem and reduce the risk of wildfire to private lands and improvements in the area. The prescribed fire will reinvigorate grasses, forbs, and shrubs and improve deer and elk habitat.

Florida: More than 183,000 acres of land will be treated. Already this year, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has completed 8,747 acres of prescribed fire and 1,839 acres of mechanical fuel reduction treatments, with partners including the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the National Park Service, the Florida Forest Service, and Brevard County. These fuel reduction projects protect residents, tourists, federal employees, public land, and military and private space industry. Minimizing operational disruption and mitigating risks and hazards, the projects reduce the intensity and duration of wildfires, smoke, and road closures.

Montana: Nearly 85,000 acres of land will be treated. The FWS and the BLM worked with the state of Montana and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service to reduce fire risk by removing trees and clearing brush. The project near the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge reduces the risk of catastrophic fires from spreading to local communities. All timber was harvested and supported local economies.

Minnesota: More than 42,000 acres of land will be treated, primarily from the Red Lake Helitack crew from the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. They completed a 41,000 acre project to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest conditions. The aviation crew flew for eight hours in coordination with ground support using prescribed burns to remove the grassy understory and replenish the forest.

Nevada: More than 85,000 acres of land will be treated. One project already completed includes: The BLM Nevada Battle Mountain District has recently completed over 2,115 acres of treatments along roadsides including thinning, masticating, herbicide application, mowing, drill seeding, and broadcast seeding to create fuel breaks to limit the wildfire growth potential of roadside ignitions. In 2018, this fuel break allowed the district to successfully suppress a fire, keeping it from becoming a larger, more destructive disaster.

Utah: More than 134,000 acres of land will be treated overall. At BLM Utah, fuels treatment projects are ongoing with approximately 75,000 acres treated so far this year. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 117,000 total acres of fuels are targeted for treatment by prescribed fire or mechanical methods. Fuel treatment accomplishments are continually increasing on an annual basis, with acres targeted for 2019 being the highest planned accomplishment ever. Also, BLM is seeking comments on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposal to treat vegetation and fuels as part of a wildfire mitigation project near Castle Valley, Utah. The proposal covers approximately 1,400 acres of fuel breaks within a larger 7,500-acre planning and analysis area.

Virginia: More than 11,000 acres of land will be treated. One project already completed includes: The NPS completed a prescribed burn in Manassas National Battlefield Park. The prescribed burn helps to reduce the risk of wildfires and improves the habitat for wildlife.

As wildfire activity likely increases, DOI, in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, is moving wildfire suppression resources to the most susceptible areas around the country. At the center of this coordination is the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which coordinates eight different agencies and organizations’ emergency management responses. The NIFC produces a monthly “National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook,” which provides wildland fire potential forecasts for the country. The most recent outlook forecasts potential for above normal fire activity in western Oregon and Washington, parts of California and Nevada, and the interior of Alaska.

“Most of the western states experienced a wet spring, which allowed vegetation to grow thickly and quickly,” said Fire Weather Program Manager with NIFC’s Predictive Services group Bryan Henry. “The wet, cool spring delayed fire season, though now, we are seeing hot and dry weather throughout most of the western states, which is rapidly drying the abundant vegetation and creating fuel for wildfires.” 

Due to a cool, wet spring season, wildfire activity has been below normal this year with 27,191 wildfires burning 3,325,456 acres. This is much lower than previous years as around 39,700 wildfires burned over 4.1 million acres at this point in the season last year and 5.8 million acres in 2017. 

Last year was one of the most tragic years on record with more than 58,000 wildfires burning over 8.8 million acres. Additionally, nearly 26,000 structures were destroyed, more than double the previous annual record.

The DOI is currently managing wildfire incidents in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington, and has deployed personnel, aircraft, and equipment throughout the country to work with interagency firefighting partners.

Fri. 08/16/19
Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee meets Aug. 23 at ODF headquarters in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/16/19 5:20 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in Salem. Items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • Updates on the Forest Management Plan (FMP) and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) processes
  • Introduce Workshops for FTLAC and the Public:
    • FMP Measurable Outcomes in September
    • Draft Forest Management Plan in December
  • Board of Forestry Topics:
    • Climate change and carbon sequestration
    • Nehalem River Scenic Waterway designation

The meeting agenda and materials will be posted on the department’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., Salem This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Communities of Color Workgroup meets August 22
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/19 4:23 PM

August 16, 2019

What: A public meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Communities of Color Workgroup.

Agenda: Review and discuss community survey results and distribution process; discuss and group strategies and activities to further goals; discuss and decide on decision making process.

When: August 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or email .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


First meetings for 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan subcommittees set in August, September
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/19 11:33 AM

August 16, 2019

What: The first meeting of the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) subcommittees, tasked with identifying strategies and measures, and developing work plans for implementing the SHIP. Each of the subcommittees is focused on one of the five SHIP priority areas:

Agenda: Become oriented with members of the identified SHIP subcommittee; set the stage for the subcommittee work; develop a shared understanding of priority and communities of concern; and define the goal of the subcommittee work.

Where: All meetings are held on the ninth floor of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Meetings also are available remotely. Visit the subcommittee meeting page for remote meeting attendance options.

Join the meetings via conference call:

Dial: 877?848?7030

Access code: 2030826#


  • Behavioral Health Subcommittee: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2-4 p.m., Room 900.
  • Access to Equitable Preventive Health Care Subcommittee: Monday, Aug. 26, 1-3 p.m., Room 918.
  • Adversity, Trauma and Toxic Stress Subcommittee: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m., Room 900.
  • Institutional Bias Subcommittee: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 915.
  • Economic Drivers of Health Subcommittee: Friday, Sept. 27, 1-2 p.m., Room 900.

All meetings are open to the public. A public comment period will be held during the last 10 minutes of each meeting; comments are limited to three minutes.

Background: Oregon’s SHIP identifies interventions and strategies to address health-related priorities in the state. The plan serves as a basis for taking collective action with cross-sector partners to improve heath of people in Oregon. The SHIP is based off findings of the State Health Assessment.

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@state.or.us

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Catherine Moyer at 971-673-1132, ine.moyer@dhsoha.state.or.us">catherine.moyer@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.



UPDATE - Pedestrian dies in crash on Hwy 97 - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 8:04 AM

The pedestrian is being identified as Sarabjit Singh (66) of Kent, WA

On Wednesday, March 14, 2019 at approximately 9:20 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to  a vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 108.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a CMV stopped on the northbound shoulder and the operator exited the vehicle and attempted to cross Hwy 97.  A southbound Chevrolet, operated by Megan Kelly (28) of Bend, OR, struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Name will be released when next of kin has been notified.

Kelly was transported to St. Charles in Bend.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Medical Services, and ODOT

UPDATE - Passenger dies in single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 - Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 7:40 AM

On Thursday, August 8, 2019 a silver Cadillac Escalade SUV was involved in a fatal traffic crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 39 east of Rainier, Oregon.

The silver Cadillac Escalade SUV was traveling from Astoria and was eastbound on Hwy 30

OSP is asking for the public's assistance - if you witnessed the crash or saw the silver Cadillac Escalade SUV driving between 11:45 A.M. and the crash time of approximately 2:15 P.M. please contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at OSP (677) and reference Trooper Chris Cowen.

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, at approximately 2:15 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 39.  

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver Cadillac Escalade, operated by Michael Scarlett (65) of Oakland, CA, was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway, went up the embankment and rotated/rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its passenger side.  Scarlett received minor injuries.

There were four passengers in the Cadillac:

Barry Robinson Jr. (61) from Oregon City sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Zyrone Powell (23) from Oregon City was transported with serious injures. 

Coleman Ewell (28) from Pleasantville, NJ minor injuries.

Clayton Ewell (25) from Philadelphia, PA minor injuries. 

Hwy 30 was completely closed with a detour in place for approximately 2 hours and then opened to one lane of travel for an additional hour.

OSP was assisted by Columbia River Fire and Rescue, Columbia City Police Department, and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1002/126688/20190808_154309_resized.jpg

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Hwy 99W - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 7:20 AM

On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at approximately 8:45 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99W near milepost 34.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Nissan Murano, operated by Hector Orozco Jr.(29) of Dayton,  was northbound at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck several parked cars. 

Orozco sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Northbound Hwy 99W was closed for 5 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT

Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1002/126876/99w_mp34_fatal.jpg

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Hwy 199 - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/16/19 7:08 AM

On Thursday, August 15, 2019 at approximately 4:34 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 38.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Keith Willis (58) of Cave Junction, was traveling south on Hwy 199 when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a silver Audi operated by Jose Ortiz Adata (25). 

Willis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Ortiz Adata was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by EMS and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1002/126875/IMG_1680.JPG

Richland Fire & Emergency Services to Present Heart Safe Campus Designation
City of Richland - 08/16/19 7:05 AM

The City of Richland Fire & Emergency Services Department is hosting a ceremony to recognize the Richland City Hall as a “Heart Safe Campus”. More than 90 staff assigned to the new City Hall facility recently completed the Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. The ceremony will take place at 625 Swift Blvd. at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. 

Hands-only CPR participants learn where to place their hands, how hard they must push, and the best consistent rhythm when compressing the chest. Practical use of Hands-Only CPR and the use of an AED reduces public fear and places importance on the willingness of bystanders to act in a cardiac arrest emergency. Oftentimes, when emergencies arise, the trained individual will most likely be attempting to save the life of a loved one, or acquaintance.  

There will be a brief ceremony with Fire Chief Tom Huntington and Mayor Bob Thompson speaking to recognize this accomplishment. Other facilities that have received this recognition include Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland. 

“We are pleased with the interest and participation in this program since we launched the Heart Safe Richland campaign,” states Chief Huntington. “Our staff are dedicated to continuing to educate our citizens on the importance of quick response to a cardiac event.”

The goal of Richland Fire Department is to educate at least 15% of the population and reduce the number of cardiac arrest-related deaths within the City and the greater Tri-Cities area. Richland firefighters are offering 30-minute training opportunities to schools, businesses, organizations and Home Owners Associations. 

For more information, including frequently asked questions and an instructional video, visit www.heartsaferichland.com or call the station 942-7703.

Thu. 08/15/19
The FBI and Benton Co. Sheriff's Office Arrest Corvallis Man on Child Porn Charge
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/19 12:22 PM

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, FBI agents arrested Thang Minh Van, 22, of Corvallis, in connection with an investigation begun by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.

On July 3, 2019, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Van’s home in the 3900 block of NW Walnut Place in Corvallis.  The search warrant was related to the alleged illegal distribution of child sexual abuse material over the internet. At that time, deputies seized numerous computers and electronic devices.

Following a joint investigation by the Benton County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, agents obtained a federal criminal complaint charging Van with distribution and possession of child pornography. The arrest on Tuesday was without incident. Following Van’s initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Eugene, the judge released Van on pre-trial supervision. His next scheduled court appearance is on October 9th.

The FBI and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office encourage the public to report any suspected child sexual abuse material online to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at http://CyberTipline.org.  NCMEC continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.

The Corvallis Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation with help from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.



Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Names Becky Hultberg as Next CEO (Photo)
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 08/15/19 9:09 AM



Contact: Michael Cox

OAHHS VP of Public Affairs & Communications

mcox@oahhs.org, 916-799-6784


Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Names Becky Hultberg as Next CEO

Hultberg will succeed Andy Davidson, who will leave his position after 14 years at the helm


Lake Oswego, Ore. – August 15, 2019 -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced today that Becky Hultberg will become the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer when she assumes the position in December.


Hultberg currently serves as the President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA), a position she’s held since 2014. Prior to her current role, Hultberg served as Commissioner of the State of Alaska’s Department of Administration. Other past roles include serving as Regional Director of Communications and Marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska and as Press Secretary in the Office of the Governor. She has served on the Alaska Retirement Management Board, the Alaska Health Care Commission and several non-profit boards of directors. She currently serves on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.


“OAHHS has earned a national reputation as a forward-looking advocate for advancing the state of health care in Oregon,” said Carol Bradley, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Legacy Health, and OAHHS Board Chair. “As a nationally recognized leader in health care, Becky is the right choice to help OAHHS navigate the critical issues facing hospitals and health systems and accelerate the progress being made to advance care and services within our communities.”


“The rapidly changing health care environment requires thinking differently and embracing the opportunity to drive progress,” said Hultberg. “My unrelenting focus will be on delivering results for our members and the communities they serve.”


Working closely with the 15-member Board of Trustees, Hultberg will be responsible for setting the organization’s strategic direction and managing a staff of 26 across OAHHS and its affiliate organizations, Apprise Health Insights, the Oregon Association of Hospitals Research and Education Foundation, and the Oregon Hospitals Political Action Committee.


Hultberg will succeed Andy Davidson, who last December announced he would be leaving his position at the end of 2019, after 14 years at the helm.

“Andy Davidson has provided vision, leadership and advocacy for the hospital industry as OAHHS CEO for 14 years,” said Bradley. “Because of Andy, OAHHS is now recognized as one of the leading state hospital associations in the nation in terms of effectiveness and member engagement.”


The OAHHS Board of Trustees decided to conduct a nation-wide search for Davidson’s replacement and formed the 13-member Leadership Transition Committee chaired by Joe Sluka, President and CEO of St. Charles Health System and Board Chair-elect of OAHHS.


“OAHHS is a strong, unified organization, uniquely positioned to improve health care in Oregon during a time of radical industry transformation,” said Sluka, who will take over as OAHHS Board Chair in January 2020. “As a thoughtful leader, innovator, strategist and consensus builder, Becky is ideally suited to lead OAHHS into the future.”


Hultberg holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Abilene Christian University and an MBA with an emphasis in health policy, economics and administration from Ball State University. She and her husband Jeff have three children. Hultberg will be relocating to Oregon later this year, with her family to follow at the end of the school year.

A photo of Hultberg is attached.




About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.


Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1635/126837/FINAL_New_CEO_Release_08_2019.docx , 2019-08/1635/126837/New_CEO_Photo.jpg

Live juvenile whale washes ashore near Waldport
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 08/15/19 7:56 AM

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

News Release


August 15, 2019


Juvenile whale washes ashore near Waldport

Waldport, Ore., Thursday, August 15, 2019 – A 20’ juvenile humpback whale washed shore north of the Alsea River near Waldport on Wednesday, August 14. A team organized by the Oregon State University-based Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OMMSN) responded to the report early  Wednesday morning and coordinated an all-day effort to relieve the animal’s stress while waiting high tide. After two high tides—one mid-day Wednesday and one shortly after midnight Thursday—the whale remains stranded. A team of contractors representing the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrived early Thursday morning to help with an assessment of the whale.

Depending on the animal’s health, options include waiting for additional high tides, assisting its safe return to the ocean in some way, or euthanasia. The evaluation process will take several hours.

Students, volunteers , and staff with the OMMSN, Oregon Coast Aquarium, OSU Marine Mammal Institute, and OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center spent Wednesday providing comfort care by digging out around the beached whale while keeping it wet. Oregon State Park beach rangers provided support. During the Wednesday high tide, the whale managed to swim free briefly before stranding itself again. Members of the team stayed on site most of the night.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reminds all residents and visitors the ocean shore is a wild environment, and presents an invaluable opportunity to enjoy wildlife and natural cycles. Wildlife should be given a wide berth and shown respect at all times, however. Any stranded marine mammal should be reported immediately to 541-270-6830. Marine mammals, including carcasses, are protected by federal law and must be left untouched and given 150’ of space in all directions.

The OMMSN began in the 1980s and is involved in collection and analysis of data and biological samples. Data collected from such events are entered into a national database that is used to establish baseline information on marine mammal communities and their health. The Stranding Network is a volunteer organization, with one paid staff member for the entire state of Oregon (the Network Coordinator). Stranding network members are from universities, state and federal agencies, and the general public, and they donate their time. The network does not receive state funds. Information on volunteering or donating to support the network is online at https://mmi.oregonstate.edu/ways-help.

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Photos, video, and audio of the stranding are online and freely available for noncommercial use at https://tinyurl.com/waldportwhale

Wed. 08/14/19
Department of Human Services statement on changes to "public charge" rule
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/14/19 5:09 PM

Salem, Ore. -- On Monday, the Trump administration announced a new rule that makes it harder for immigrants who rely on certain government benefit programs to obtain lawful permanent residency if they are found to be a “public charge,” which means they have received public benefits or may receive them in the future.

The new public charge rule is scheduled to take effect October 15, 2019, and will expand the list of benefits that the federal government could consider when making decisions about lawful permanent residency. While some Department of Human Services (DHS)-administered benefits are already affected by the current rule, the new rule would impact additional benefits, such as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) that serves more than 600,000 Oregonians, and some forms of Medicaid-funded services.

The Department of Human Services has identified that the greatest potential impact to program participation is the fear that the proposed public charge could affect immigration status for individuals or their families. This fear may lead to fewer families accessing benefits, even when some family members are citizens and have a legal right to our programs. 

“When people - especially children and vulnerable adults - go hungry, lack medical care, and become homeless the impacts are far reaching and expensive. They are preventable and generate cost avoidance that can be refocused on other priorities that move our country forward,” Department of Human Services Director Fariborz Pakseresht wrote to the federal government about the proposed rule last December.

DHS encourages anyone who has questions about the federal public charge rule to:



Ashland Resident Found Deceased in her Vehicle at Otter Rock
Oregon State Police - 08/14/19 4:09 PM

On August 14, 2019 at approximately 12:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a Toyota Prius parked at the Otter Rock/Devils Punch Bowl State Park.  Parks reported, it appeared, the Prius had a deceased person in the vehicle.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Prius had been parked, at the park, for approximately the last week. The registered owner was identified as Leslie R. Lightfall, age 68, from Ashland. Once OSP entered the vehicle, the deceased female was identified as Lightfall. It appeared Lightfall had been sleeping in her vehicle and died from natural causes.

OSP was assisted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Ashland Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Napa California Police Department, and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

No photos are available


Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 20 - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/19 3:22 PM

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at approximately 4:35 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 88.5 approximately 40 miles west of Burns, OR.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350 pickup had been traveling westbound towing a 40' gooseneck trailer loaded with two GMC pickups.  The Ford F350 became disabled and came to a stop partially blocking the westbound lane.  A Kenworth CMV, operated by Lloyd Theen (69) of Winlock, WA, was also traveling westbound and struck the  trailer forcing the vehicle combination off the roadway and onto the shoulder. 

The operator of the Ford F350, identified as Nicholas Fagen (77) of Bend, OR, was outside of the vehicle working under the hood when his vehicle was struck. Fagen sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  

A passenger in the Ford F350, identified as Danny Reinhart (61)  of Bend, OR, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Theen was not injured in the crash.  

Approximately 100-125 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway and into the ditch of the westbound lane.  An environmental contractor (SMAF) responded to the scene for cleanup.

The westbound lane was closed for several hours to complete the investigation and the Haz-Mat cleanup.  ODOT provided traffic control during the event.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2019-08/1002/126821/20190814_060204_resized.jpg , 2019-08/1002/126821/Hwy_20-1.jpg , 2019-08/1002/126821/Hwy_20_.jpg

Grant-funded community groups and insurance agents get set to help Oregonians enroll in health coverage
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/14/19 10:48 AM

(Salem) – For people not getting health insurance benefits at work, sorting through choices and subsidy programs can be tough. A network of certified community groups and licensed insurance agents can help Oregonians tackle this task, and their assistance is free for the consumer. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace awards grants to community groups and insurance agents to support their services. 

For the 2019-20 period, the Marketplace has granted more than $800,000 in funding to nine community groups and 33 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs. 

For most people who buy their own health insurance, open enrollment is the only time of year to sign up for a health plan or switch plans. Open enrollment for 2020 coverage will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

“If you don't deal with premiums, financial assistance, deductibles, and co-pays every day, you might not want to sift through all that information alone, under a deadline,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “An agent or partner in your community can help you understand the options and enroll in coverage.”

Grantees were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for HealthCare.gov plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare. 

The nonprofit groups – called community partners – receiving a total of $474,522 in grants are:
•    APANO Communities United Fund, Portland
•    Benton County Health Services, Corvallis
•    Cascade AIDS Project, Portland
•    Interface Network, Salem
•    IRCO, Portland
•    Latino Community Association, Bend
•    Northeast Oregon Network (NENO), La Grande
•    Project Access NOW, Portland
•    Rinehart Clinic, Wheeler

Insurance agents – called partner agents – receiving a total of $332,000 in grants are:
•    Aaron Burns Insurance, Eugene
•    Abel Insurance, Newport, Florence, Coos Bay and Gold Beach
•    Bancorp Insurance, La Pine
•    Boone Insurance Associates, Eugene
•    Cascade Insurance Center, Bend
•    Chehalem Insurance, Newberg
•    Country Insurance, Sisters
•    FG Insurance, Portland, Forest Grove
•    Gordon Wood Insurance, Roseburg
•    Grace Insurance, Portland
•    Hagan Hamilton, McMinnville, Newberg, Junction City, Sheridan
•    HE Cross Company, Portland
•    Health Insurance Place, Grants Pass
•    Health Plans in Oregon, Portland, Beaverton
•    Healthwise Insurance, Portland, Beaverton
•    Healthy, Wealthy & Wise, Tualatin, Tigard
•    High Desert Insurance, Bend
•    Hillock Insurance Agency, Enterprise
•    Hudson Insurance, Tillamook
•    iCover Oregon, Albany
•    Insurance Lounge, Medford, Grants Pass, Portland
•    Insurance Marketplace, Medford
•    Klamath Financial Group, Klamath Falls 
•    Linda Dugan Insurance, Astoria
•    Matthew Woodbridge, Salem and Woodburn
•    Pacific View Financial, Salem
•    Pfaff-Karren Insurance, Independence, Monmouth 
•    Premier NW Insurance, Oregon City, Salem, Sandy
•    RJS & Associates, Philomath, Corvallis
•    Strategic Planning and Insurance, Hood River, The Dalles
•    Tomlin Benefit Planning, Eugene
•    Valley Insurance, LaGrande
•    WHA Insurance Agency, Wilsonville 

To make an appointment with a partner or agent, go to OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp or call 855-268-3767.


The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Quality Measurement Council meets Aug. 15
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/14/19 10:47 AM

(Wilsonville, Ore.) – The Quality Measurement Council will hold a meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Training Rooms 1 and 2 at the Oregon Child Development Coalition, 9140 S.W. Pioneer Court, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070.

The Quality Measurement Council was formed with the passage of House Bill 3359 in 2017. The council meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include a discussion on collecting and reporting metrics.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join by calling toll-free phone number, 1-888-363-4735, and using Conference ID #3439085. 

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us  Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us

About the Quality Measurement Council

The council was established to create and maintain a system through which community-based, long-term care facilities report reliable and meaningful data that will make possible a system for measuring a facility’s performance compared with other long-term care providers in the state.

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Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee to meet Aug. 20
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/14/19 10:37 AM

(Salem, Ore.)  ?? The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St NE, Room 473, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular ODC Executive Committee business, review and approval of the meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC executive business and other topics as well as future meeting agenda ideas.

Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400, 2205340#.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@state.or.us  Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Ryan Kibby, program analyst at RYAN.E.KIBBY@state.or.us or Joseph Lowe, program analyst at Joseph.Lowe@state.or.us.

 About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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West Coast Wildfire Dialogue
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 08/14/19 10:26 AM


TOPIC:                       West Coast Utility Commissions – Wildfire Dialogue

WHEN:                       Friday, August 16, 2019, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:                     Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR 97232

COST:                        Free; open to the public and media


West Coast Utility Commissions - Wildfire Dialogue

Public utility commissioners from British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington will convene at an all-day, public dialogue regarding wildfire risk. The event will feature participants and experts, who will share their perspectives and evolving approaches to address rapidly changing wildfire risk aggravated by climate change and other factors. This dialogue will focus on impacts to energy utilities, customers, and communities, as well as lessons learned by western states to help manage and mitigate wildfire risk.

Panel Topics for Dialogue:

  • Tracking the Changing Risk
  • Making Risk-Based Changes to the System
  • Managing the Financial Risks
  • Expanding Public Safety Coordination

This event is open to the press and public, however it is not a decision-making meeting for the participating Commissions and no formal action will be taken.

Media representatives are encouraged to attend in person, view the event live online or listen by phone to help educate the public of the regional efforts on the increasingly prominent topic of wildfire risk and mitigation. Please register online, whether attending in person, by phone or viewing live online. Details including the call-in number and web link will be emailed in advance of the event.

For more information or to register, visit:  https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/WestCoastWildfireDialogue/.

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Odell Lake Recreational use health advisory lifted August 14
Oregon Health Authority - 08/14/19 9:55 AM

August 14, 2019

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

Odell Lake Recreational use health advisory lifted August 14

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued for Odell Lake in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Odell Lake are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, officials advise recreational visitors to be alert to signs of cyanobacterial (harmful algae) blooms, because blooms can develop and disappear on any lake through the season. Only a fraction of Oregon’s lakes and streams are monitored for cyanobacterial blooms.

People and especially small children and pets should avoid recreating in areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water. If you see these signs avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

It’s possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0482.

DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled - **Amended** (Agenda item #11 added)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/14/19 8:13 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

August 15, 2019

Contact:         Mona Riesterer
                      (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee will hold a regular meeting at August 15, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

 The meeting will be available through video live stream on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

Agenda Items:

1.   Introductions

2.   Approve Meeting Minutes of May 16, 2019

3.   Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0010: Establishing Pre-Employment Psychological Screening Standards for Compliance with SB 423

Jennifer Howald

4.   Administrative Closures – Police/Regulatory Specialist

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5.   Darling, Wesley DPSST # 59704: Application for Training & Subsequent Certification – Eugene Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds   

6.   Martin, Logan DPSST # 60009; Application for Training & Subsequent Certification – Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7.   Schmierbach, Ryan DPSST # 41342; Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Police Certifications – Oregon City Police Department (OCPD)

Presented by Kristin Hibberds

8.   Lewis, Gregg DPSST # 22515; Basic Police Certification – Portland Police Bureau (PPB)

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9.   Altabef, Daniel DPSST # 45330; Basic Police Certification – Stayton Police Department (SPD)

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10.  Lackey, Issac DPSST # 39648; Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Police Certifications – Portland Police Bureau (PPB)

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

11.  Jones, Steven DPSST #23649; Basic Police Certification – Portland Police Bureau

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

12.  Nightingale, William DPSST #46319; Re-evaluate Ineligibility Period of Recommendation Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Police Certifications & Basic Telecommunications & Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications – Woodburn Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

13.  Womack, Ronald DPSST #38511 – Reconsideration Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certifications: Tigard Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

14.  Department Update

15.  Next Police Policy Committee Meeting – November 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.


Administrative Announcement

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

Tue. 08/13/19
Impact of federal 'public charge' rule change on access to health care in Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 08/13/19 4:15 PM


August 13, 2019

Media contacts: Robb Cowie, 503-421-7684, obb.cowie@state.or.us">robb.cowie@state.or.us; Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, nandez@state.or.us">delia.hernandez@state.or.us

Impact of federal 'public charge' rule change on access to health care in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — On Monday the Trump administration announced a new rule that could make it harder for some immigrants who rely on certain government benefit programs to obtain lawful permanent residency if they are found to be a "public charge." The new public charge rule expands the list of benefits that the federal government would consider to determine whether an individual is considered a public charge. Benefits that would be considered not only include cash-assistance programs (including Supplemental Security Income and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Medicaid-funded long-term care, but also nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and many other types of Medicaid for adults. However, the rule does exempt some categories of Medicaid eligibility and participation in other health programs. The Oregon Health Authority is the state agency responsible for protecting the health of all 4 million people living in Oregon. As part of our role, we want to inform state residents about the impact of the rule on programs that provide health coverage and health-related benefits in Oregon. Under the new rule:

  • Immigrant adults who receive some forms of Medicaid coverage would have their enrollment considered (among other factors) by the federal government to determine whether they are (or might become) a public charge. If an immigrant is deemed a public charge, he or she could be denied lawful permanent residency.
  • The public charge rule does not apply to some federal and state programs such as:
    • Medicaid for children under 21 and pregnant women (including 60 days postpartum).
    • Emergency Medicaid (CAWEM).
    • The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
    • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program.
    • Medicaid-covered special education services funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
    • Commercial health insurance premium subsidies offered through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace.
    • School-based health services.
    • Oregon’s Cover All Kids Program.
    • Most services offered by Oregon’s Reproductive Health Program.

In the comments the Oregon Health Authority submitted to the federal government on the proposed rule in December 2018, the agency wrote:

We know that health coverage contributes to healthier pregnancies, births, and childhood outcomes. When people have health coverage, they are better able to work, go to school and contribute in other ways to their local economy. Employers benefit from a healthier workforce, insurance costs are lower, and there is less absenteeism. When people have health coverage there are reduced emergency department visits and hospitalizations as well as reduced uncompensated care. Ultimately fewer people turn to social services and draw on the safety net. When people have health coverage, they are healthier, on average, than people who lack health coverage, and communities are healthier too …

Health care is not a cash assistance benefit. Good health is the foundation for thriving, economically independent people, families and communities. This proposal punishes immigrants for taking responsibility for their health, the health of their loved ones and their neighbors by seeking health care. It fails to acknowledge that in a growing majority of states (like Oregon), which have expanded Medicaid, a high percentage of Medicaid members work, earn income and support themselves without public assistance. It stigmatizes Medicaid and CHIP as public assistance programs, instead of promoting them of as a vital cornerstone of a strong health care system.

As a result, this proposal is in direct conflict with our agency’s mission which is to help people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being and improve access to quality, affordable health care.

The new rule will be posted in the Federal Register on August 14 and is scheduled to take effect October 15, 2019. The rule is not retroactive.

The Oregon Health Authority encourages anyone who has questions about how the federal public charge rule may affect them or members of their family to seek counsel from a qualified immigration attorney. A list of attorneys can be found at the Oregon Immigration Resource: https://oregonimmigrationresource.org/.

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Prineville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Transfer and Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/13/19 1:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore.—Michael James Friesen, 33, of Prineville, Oregon, was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for conspiracy to transfer and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

According to court documents, between May and June 2018, Friesen agreed to broker the sale of a Guide Lamp, Model M3A1, .45 ACP caliber machine gun for co-defendant John Widener Jordan, 38, also of Prineville. Between May 30 and June 5, Friesen discussed the sale price of the firearm with an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) posing as a potential purchaser. Friesen confirmed for the agent that he had seen the firearm function as a machine gun.

On June 6, Friesen met the undercover agent in a motel room in Prineville. Shortly thereafter, Jordan brought the firearm to the motel room and completed the transaction in exchange for $3,000 in cash. Jordan in turn paid Friesen for arranging the sale.        

On April 24, 2019, Friesen pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to transfer and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

 Jordan is awaiting a jury trial scheduled to begin on October 16, 2019.

This case was investigated by the ATF and is being prosecuted by Nathan J. Lichvarcik, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Reminder: Seasonal health advisory in effect for Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Health Authority - 08/13/19 1:31 PM

August 13, 2019

Media Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-678-7572, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Reminder: Seasonal health advisory in effect for Lake Billy Chinook

Precautionary recreational use advisory issued June 11; OHA not aware of algal blooms in lake

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority is reminding the public that a precautionary recreational use health advisory for the 2019 cyanobacterial (harmful algal) bloom season remains in effect for Lake Billy Chinook due to cyanobacterial blooms that routinely develop in the lake.

Oregon Health Authority is not aware of any cyanobacterial blooms in the lake at this time. However, blooms can develop throughout the season and in areas that are not visually monitored by Jefferson County, Oregon State Parks or the U.S. Forest Service.

Lake Billy Chinook is located about 12 miles west of Madras, in Jefferson County. The advisory will remain in effect through Nov. 1, 2019.

Tests done at Lake Billy Chinook since 2015 show that blooms in the lake consistently produce cyanotoxins over OHA’s recreational use health guideline values for people and pets. In the past, OHA would issue and lift advisories on the lake as data were made available. Testing is costly, making it difficult for local water body managers to regularly test the lake during times when blooms occur. This makes it challenging to determine when cyanotoxins are being produced, and if an advisory is needed.

As a result, OHA and local partners determined that a 2019 seasonal advisory for the lake is appropriate. At this time, the OHA Public Health Division is reminding the public of the steps to take to reduce exposure to cyanobacterial blooms and the cyanotoxins that may be present throughout the season. OHA staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this advisory at the end of the 2019 season.

Activities to avoid in areas affected by cyanobacterial blooms

In areas of the lake where cyanobacterial blooms have been identified or where you believe water is affected by a bloom, avoid swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, and other high-speed water activities. Watch children and pets to be sure they are not swallowing water or coming in contact with cyanobacterial blooms washed up on the shore or dried on rocks. Do not use lake water for drinking as camping-style filters and boiling do not remove the toxins.

Enjoy non-water-related activities at Lake Billy Chinook

In affected areas of the lake when there is a bloom, non-water-related activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird-watching can be enjoyed with very little possibility of exposure to cyanotoxins. Certain water-related activities can be safe. These include canoeing, fishing and boating, if boating speeds are kept low to avoid kicking up spray that could be inhaled.

What to look for

Cyanobacterial blooms are not unique to lakes in Oregon. Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to any water body to always be alert to signs of cyanobacterial blooms because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are tested by state, federal and local agencies.

Certain water body conditions can help people identify when a bloom may be present. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, a thick mat is present, or when bright green cells can be seen suspended in the water column, making the water a brighter shade of green. In areas where blooms are found, people should avoid swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets made during high-speed water activities, such as water-skiing or power-boating. A good rule of thumb when encountering something in the water that doesn’t look familiar: “When in doubt, stay out.”


Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area. Children are most vulnerable to exposure and illness due to their size and level of activity. If you or someone in your family develops any of these symptoms after your visit to an Oregon lake or waterway, contact OHA at 971-673-0440 for health information or to report the illness.

Pets are at risk, too

Over the past several years OHA has received many reports of dog illnesses and even deaths due to exposure to bloom-affected waters in Oregon. Dogs are more likely to have higher exposure to cyanotoxins than humans because they lick cyanobacteria off rocks and off their fur, eat the scum, or drink affected water. Symptoms of exposure range from lethargy, no appetite and vomiting to drooling, twitching, inability to stand or walk, convulsions and paralysis. Symptoms develop within the first hour or two after exposure and can be deadly. If a pet develops any symptoms, it should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. OHA also takes pet illness reports; call 971-673-0440 for more information.

Other concerns

Drinking water directly from areas of Lake Billy Chinook affected by a cyanobacterial bloom is especially dangerous when toxins are present. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Drinking water at campgrounds and day use areas should not be affected, but if you have any questions or concerns, contact campground management or the local health department.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website that is also available by phone. OHA will update information for Lake Billy Chinook when new data are available. To learn what water bodies are being sampled for the season and whether an advisory has been issued or lifted, visit the Cyanobacteria Blooms website: http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “current cyanobacteria advisories,” or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Media Advistoy
Oregon Lottery - 08/13/19 1:03 PM

Salem, Ore; Aug. 13:

Advance 24-draw quick-pick Powerball tickets printed between Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 12 listed incorrect dates for the Oct. 26, 29 and Nov. 2 draws. While the dates on the tickets are off by one day, the tickets are valid for the actual draws.

A coding mistake in the Powerball ticketing system caused the draw dates to print one day off on approximately 30 tickets. A player brought the issue to Lottery’s attention on Monday Aug. 12, and Lottery’s gaming vendor worked immediately on a fix. Tickets are printing correctly today.

Players who purchased Powerball tickets that included the Oct. 26, 29 and Nov. 2 draws have two options: hold on to the ticket and present it for validation if winning numbers are drawn for any of the draws listed; or contact Lottery at 503-540-1000, or lottery.webcenter@state.or.us, to arrange a new ticket with the same numbers.  

Land Board appoints Vicki Walker as permanent DSL director
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 08/13/19 12:14 PM

NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

Media Contact:

Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, ken.armstrong@state.or.us

Aug. 13, 2019

State Land Board appoints Vicki Walker as permanent director of Department of State Lands

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board today voted to make Vicki Walker the permanent director of the Oregon Department of State Lands. Today’s action appointed Walker to a four-year term, retroactively effective from March 1, 2018.

In March 2018, the Land Board appointed Walker as interim director of the agency for a term of 18 months, a term that expires this month.

“Vicki’s leadership of the Department of State of Lands is a key part of Oregon’s commitment to responsible stewardship of state lands and to our schools,” said Governor Kate Brown. “I look forward to her continued service and DSL’s continued work on behalf of our most valuable natural resources.”

Walker’s career includes serving as Oregon State Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (2009 to 2017). While at USDA, Walker oversaw the investment of $4.8 billion into more than 24,000 projects helping rural Oregonians.

Before her work at USDA, Walker served for 10 years in the Oregon Legislature in both the House and the Senate (1999 to 2009), where she was a leader on the Joint Ways and Means Committee, overseeing budgets for natural resource and public safety agencies. Among other committee assignments, she also served as chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Walker was chair and later administrator of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision in 2009, and for 25 years she operated her own court reporting firm. She received a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

“I am so proud to lead this agency, which is responsible for one of the most important trusts in Oregon government – the Common School Fund,” said Walker.” The professionalism and dedication of this agency’s employees is humbling and motivating to me. I look forward to continuing the good work we do.”

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



Oregon Historical Quarterly Summer 2018 Special Issue "Oregon's Manila Galleon" Wins 2019 AASLH Award of Excellence (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 08/13/19 10:53 AM
Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly
Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly

Publication will be honored at awards gala August 29 in Philadelphia

Portland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Oregon Historical Quarterly is the recipient of an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Excellence for the publication’s Summer 2018 special issue, “Oregon’s Manila Galleon.”

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 74th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. OHS staff will accept the award on behalf of the Quarterly’s editorial advisory committee at a special banquet during the 2019 AASLH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on Friday, August 30.

For more than three centuries, Nehalem-Tillamook people have told stories of shipwreck survivors who washed ashore on or near the Nehalem Spit, established relationships with locals, and, eventually, violated social norms and either departed or were killed. Cargo wreckage accompanied the survivors, including distinctive blocks of beeswax. Until June of 2018, however, the history of Oregon’s “Beeswax Wreck” — now recognized as likely producing the first direct contact between Indigenous people of the region and people of Europe, Asia, and, potentially, Africa — was characterized by mystery. “Oregon’s Manila Galleon,” answers the questions of which ship wrecked, where it was going to and from, who was aboard, and what cargo it carried. The authors reached their conclusions through innovative, collaborative scholarship that brings together Native oral tradition, archival collections on three continents, and archaeological investigations — almost all published for the first time in OHQ.

The AASLH awards program began in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena.

For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, visit www.aaslh.org.


About the Oregon Historical Society

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

About the American Association for State and Local History

The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and maintains numerous affinity communities and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national training in-person workshops, and online training.


Attached Media Files: Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly

Employment in Oregon: July 2019
Oregon Employment Department - 08/13/19 10:00 AM

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Matches Record Low of 4.0 Percent in July 

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in July, the same as the revised June rate of 4.0 percent. This was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate in the current series dating back to 1976. It tied the 4.0 percent unemployment rate reached in the state in May, June, and July 2018. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in both June and July 2019.

In July, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 2,400 jobs, following an over-the-month loss of 1,000 jobs, as revised, in June. Monthly gains for July were strongest in professional and business services (+1,300 jobs); health care and social assistance (+1,100); and construction (+800). Two industries cut more than 1,000 jobs in July: leisure and hospitality (??'1,100 jobs) and government (??'1,300).

Newly revised payroll employment figures show that there was minimal growth of only 2,000 jobs between December 2018 and March 2019, which was much weaker growth in the first quarter of 2019 than was originally estimated. Oregon’s total nonfarm employment for March is now pegged at 1,931,900 jobs.

Looking at longer-term trends, the new numbers show Oregon’s economy growing moderately for quite some time. Since July 2018, total nonfarm payroll employment was up 29,600 jobs, or 1.6 percent. In fact, Oregon’s over-the-year job growth has averaged 1.6 percent during the past 16 months.

The most rapid gains since July 2018 were in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+4,500 jobs, or 7.0%) and construction (+4,500 jobs, or 4.3%). Construction’s growth rate, although still rapid, has slowed from the 8.2 percent annual growth it averaged in 2015 through 2018. Several industries contributed to Oregon’s expansion since last July, including health care and social assistance (+8,200 jobs, or 3.2%); manufacturing (+5,000 jobs, or 2.6%); and professional and business services (+5,500 jobs, or 2.2%). However, six major industries were nearly flat or down over the past 12 months, led by retail trade (-2,800 jobs, or -1.3%) and information (-1,500 jobs, or ??'4.4%).


Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, August 20th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 17th.


All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February and March 2019 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: 2019-08/930/126768/employment_in_Oregon_--_July_2019_--_press_release.pdf

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Weight Loss Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 08/13/19 10:00 AM
TT - Weight Loss Scams - GRAPHIC - August 13, 2019
TT - Weight Loss Scams - GRAPHIC - August 13, 2019

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against weight loss scams.

We are in the heat of the summer, and you really want to head to the pool or the beach. Problem is that you just aren’t happy with how you look in that swimsuit that looked cute in the store months ago. You’ve thought about diet and exercise, but those can be hard to get started and harder to maintain. Maybe you see a late night ad on TV or – better yet – get an email or see a social media post from a friend with information on a great new option. It worked for some random online friend, it can work for you, right?

Here’s the problem: scammers will often hack into email accounts and social media accounts, sending messages to that person’s friends and followers. The message will include a fake testimonial about how this new miracle weight-loss option worked for her. The message will often also include a fake celebrity endorsement to make it seem more legitimate. You click on the link – which can load malware onto your device – and then you freely give up your credit card info. You want to lose weight, but, in the end, the only thing you end up losing is your money.

Our friends at the Federal Trade Commission have a few tips to help you avoid this scam:

  • Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments, even if they appear to come from someone you know.
  • Be wary of weight loss claims that do not include exercise and a change in diet. Anyone saying that they lost more than a pound a week, without changing anything, is probably not telling the truth.
  • Learn how to spot fake news sites. They often include fake celebrity endorsements, supposed satisfied customer endorsements, and dramatic weight loss claims.
  • Before buying a product, do your homework. Research the name of the product with words such as “scam”, “complaints”, and “reviews.”

Bottom line - while those weight-loss ads may be appealing, avoid any pill, cream, or drink that promises weight loss with zero effort.

As always, if you have been a victim of an online scam, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complain Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Weight Loss Scams - AUDIO - August 13, 2019 , TT - Weight Loss Scams - GRAPHIC - August 13, 2019

PacifiCorp acquires full ownership of Foote Creek I wind project to pave the way for repowering
Pacific Power - 08/13/19 9:56 AM

PacifiCorp acquires full ownership of Foote Creek I wind project to pave the way for repowering


Transaction adds more renewable energy to PacifiCorp’s portfolio and leads to an upgrade of one of the West’s first wind facilities with dramatically advanced modern turbines.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Aug. 13, 2019) — PacifiCorp has acquired sole ownership of the Foote Creek I wind generation facility, a 41.4-megawatt renewable energy project in Carbon County, Wyoming, and is proceeding to repower the project with new turbine technology that will increase energy output of the entire facility by 60 percent. The repowered facility will produce enough energy to meet the needs of 19,500 typical homes in PacifiCorp’s service territory. It is anticipated that the project will generate an additional $14 million in tax revenue for rural Wyoming communities over the next 30 years.


Foote Creek I was the company's first wind facility and the first utility-scale wind project in Wyoming, a jointly owned demonstration project commissioned in 1999 with PacifiCorp and the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) as co-owners and supported with a power purchase agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville). The success of the facility and ongoing technological advancements led PacifiCorp to invest billions of dollars in low-cost wind energy, create associated tax revenue benefits and new wind energy jobs in rural communities in Wyoming, Washington, and Oregon. PacifiCorp is today the largest regulated utility owner of wind assets in the West. 


“Twenty-one years ago, PacifiCorp and its partners’ development of Foote Creek I helped pave the way for utility-scale wind energy as an industry-defining demonstration project,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. “Today, this new investment in the project builds on our vision to even better harness wind energy and power the grid with increased efficiency, delivering even more low-cost, renewable energy to our customers.”


PacifiCorp will begin the process of repowering the Foote Creek I facility by removing the 68 existing 600-kilowatt wind turbine generators originally installed between 1998 and 1999 and replacing them with 13 new modern turbines with a  much higher output capability that will be supported by new foundations, along with new energy collector circuits, switchgear and controls. The result is significantly fewer wind turbines needed to produce an equivalent peak output, while dramatically increasing the energy production from the facility.


Repowering in 2020 will requalify the facility for federal production tax credits, which will be passed on as savings to PacifiCorp customers. It will also reduce ongoing operating costs associated with the older turbine equipment. The repowering project will extend the useful life of the facility by more than two decades, creating substantial ongoing benefits for customers when instead the facility would otherwise have been retired from service. The wind turbines only occupy about one percent of the land they are housed upon, thereby allowing the property to continue supporting traditional land uses such as grazing livestock.


“Acquiring full ownership and repowering Foote Creek I provides a unique opportunity to upgrade the company’s oldest wind plant, located in one of the most favorable wind energy sites in Wyoming, applying the latest technology so that it can continue to serve our customers well into the future,” said Gary Hoogeveen, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power.


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About PacifiCorp: A leader in renewable energy development, PacifiCorp provides affordable, reliable power to more than 1.9 million customers in six Western states. A Berkshire Hathaway Energy company, PacifiCorp operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho and as Pacific Power in Washington, Oregon, and California. Learn more at www.pacificorp.com.