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Fri. 11/17/17
OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Killing of Wolf - Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 3:21 PM
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public's assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Health advisory lifted November 17 for all of Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/17 2:52 PM
November 17, 2017

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 28 for Howard Bay and updated September 1 to include all of Upper Klamath Lake, located northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA officials recommend people continue to be cautious about allowing pets in the lake because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Federal, state and local agencies are able to monitor only a fraction of Oregon's lakes and waterways for blue-green algae, so people should be their own best advocates when it comes to keeping themselves, their families and their pets safe.

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

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

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FBI Arrests Portland Man on Child Pornography Production Charge: Juan "Carlos" Ramon Has Reportedly Held Significant Positions of Trust with Children
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 2:46 PM
FBI Agents arrested Juan "Carlos" Ramon for production of child pornography at his Portland home on Thursday, November 16, 2017. According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, Ramon allegedly approached two young Louisiana girls via an app called "Musical.ly" The complaint further alleges that Ramon convinced the children, ages 6 and 8, to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves. A musical.ly user has the ability to generate a video, generally lasting between 15 seconds and 1 minute, which the user can then share with others using the site.

The complaint further alleges that Ramon contacted many other minors for explicit material.

Investigators believe Ramon may have had the opportunity for direct contact with children over a period of years as a result of various jobs he has held. Investigators believe that Ramon is currently employed by El Programa Hispano Católico (Catholic Charities) in Gresham. They also believe he previously worked for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN School program in Gresham.

The FBI offers this advice to concerned parents:

Parents who have a child who has come in contact with Mr. Ramon should let their child know that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child. Parents should tell their child that if Mr. Ramon did, or said, anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

This investigation began in late June 2017 when a family contacted the Ouachita Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office about what was believed to be victimization of children. A deputy sheriff with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office who also serves as a Task Force Officer with the FBI's New Orleans Office and is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force there, investigated this case.

Ramon made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak today and was ordered detained.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 2:18 PM
The Bureau of Land Management continues to seek public nominations for positions on four Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM is considering nominations for 30 days, until Dec. 1, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"Restoring trust in the federal government and being a good land manager are two of my top priorities at Interior, and state and local input, particularly in communities surrounding public lands, is imperative to building trust," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Nobody knows the land better than the people who live and work it. Council members provide a valuable service to the Department and offer a variety of perspectives that assist in solving land and resource use issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Southwest Oregon RAC, Southeast Oregon RAC, and John Day/Snake RAC have different positions open in the following categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

In addition, the Steens Mountain Advisory Council has eleven positions open for public nomination:

a person interested in fish and recreational fishing in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area;
two persons who are grazing permittees on Federal lands in the CMPA;
two persons who are recognized environmental representatives, one to represent the State as a whole and one from the local area;
a person who has no financial interest in the CMPA to represent statewide interests;
a person who participates in mechanized or consumptive recreation in the CMPA, such as hunting, fishing, or off-road driving;
a recreation permit holder or representative of a commercial recreation operation in the CMPA;
a person to serve as the State government liaison to the Council;
a private landowner within the CMPA; and
a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Questions, nominations and completed applications for RACs should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed below:

John Day-Snake RAC: Lisa Clark, BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-6864.

Southeast Oregon RAC: Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-6237.

Southwest Oregon RAC: Christina Breslin, BLM Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504, 541-618-2371.

Steens Mountain Advisory Council: Tara Thissell, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, 541-573-4519.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

FBI Increases Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 12:20 PM
UPDATE

Fugitive Kamau Curnal turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017. The arrest was without incident. Curnal will appear at 2:00 pm today in front of Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

The FBI would like to thank the Washington and Oregon media for their assistance in bringing this fugitive investigation to a conclusion.

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The FBI's Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facebook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

FBI Wanted Poster: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking/kamau-kambui-leland-curnal

Saturday! First Meeting of the Davis Dads' Committee (Photo)
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 11/17/17 11:54 AM
Davis Dads' Committee Meeting November 18
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A.C.Davis High School is proud to welcome all Davis male role models, family members, supporters, alumni, etc. to the first Dads' Committee meeting.

It will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Davis Cafeteria/Commons area and breakfast will be served.

The main discussion will be to come together and support the homeless students/families of Davis over the winter holiday break.

Media is welcome. If you have questions on Friday, while school offices are open, please call Kirsten Fitterer. On Saturday, please just join us at 10:00 a.m.



Attached Media Files: Davis Dads' Committee Meeting November 18

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: November 21, 2017
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 11/17/17 11:22 AM
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: November 21, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

DOI Announces Approval of Transmission Line Project in Oregon and Idaho
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 9:41 AM
Boardman to Hemingway Project will create jobs and provide infrastructure to develop America's energy resources

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In a move that will improve the nation's energy infrastructure, create nearly 500 jobs and boost local economies, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project). The B2H Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

The B2H Project, which will have a three-year development phase, will alleviate existing transmission constraints by providing sufficient electrical capacity to meet present and forecasted customer needs. The total capital expenditure for the B2H Project is approximately $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

"The Boardman to Hemingway Project is a Trump Administration priority focusing on infrastructure needs that support America's energy independence," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Today's decision is the result of extensive public involvement and will support the environmentally responsible development of resources to meet the needs of communities in Idaho, Oregon, and the surrounding region."

The ROD allows the BLM to grant a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project on BLM-administered land. Located in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, the approved route will measure approximately 300 miles long when constructed. The overhead electrical line will be extra-high-voltage (500 kilovolts) and will include an alternating-current transmission system. Because the new line will have increased transmission capacity, it will allow greater use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to connect to the grid.

"This project will help stabilize the power grid in the Northwest while creating jobs and carrying low-cost energy to market," said Katherine MacGregor, acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. "It is a great example of the Administration's America First Energy Plan, which addresses all forms of domestic energy production."

"It's great to finally have an administration that recognizes the importance of working with states like Idaho to get important things done," said Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "I'm pleased that our federal partners are moving toward making this important infrastructure upgrade a reality. Meeting the electric transmission needs of our growing economy and population will require continued collaboration, and I'm confident that the BLM and Department of the Interior under President Trump will keep providing that kind of constructive leadership."

"BLM's approval of this interstate transmission line is a long overdue decision that will bolster our regional infrastructure and ensure that energy is delivered efficiently and reliably to customers," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This type of project is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders to move to meet the energy demands of the region."

"The B2H Project will create jobs, provide for Idaho's energy needs and promote the region's energy infrastructure moving forward," said Senator James Risch. "I applaud the BLM for issuing their Record of Decision which is a critical step forward for the B2H Project."

"The Boardman to Hemingway project is critically important to Idaho," said Congressman Mike Simpson. "Providing the infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy will benefit Idahoans and others in the West. I applaud BLM for prioritizing this important work."

The B2H Project will add approximately 1,000 megawatts of much needed bi-directional power capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. The additional capacity will help improve the regions' ability to transmit low-cost energy from a variety of generation sources to serve residences, farms, businesses, and other customers throughout the region.

The 293.4-mile approved route will run across 100.3 miles of Federal land (managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Department of Defense), 190.2 miles of private land, and 2.9 miles of state lands.

The B2H Project is a national-level priority and an important component of the President's all-of the-above-energy strategy that includes encouraging projects that help to strengthen America's energy infrastructure. The transmission line connects the northern terminus, the Longhorn Substation, a substation planned by Bonneville Power Administration about four miles east of the city of Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. Construction of the B2H Project is targeted to start in 2021 and will take approximately two to three years once all final permits are acquired. The B2H Project includes construction of the new transmission line, access roads and gates, and communication regeneration sites. The project also includes the removal or rerouting of about eight miles of older transmission lines.

The selected route approved by the ROD is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land-use Plan Amendments, which published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016. The ROD represents the culmination of a comprehensive planning process, including a Community Advisory Process conducted by the Idaho Power Company that further refined the routing options. Comments received after public scoping in 2010 further refined routing and added variations.

The final documents and maps showing the Agency Preferred Alternative are available at: http://bit.ly/2hRuQfS.

Saturday! Motivating and Empowering the Next Generation (Photo)
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 11/17/17 9:10 AM
Young M.E.N. Summit
Young M.E.N. Summit
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Washington Middle School counseling department is hosting a boys leadership summit for 50 boys from 6-8th grade. Guest speakers will hold workshops for the students.

Topics include:
-Getting into college
-Learning about leadership from the Fraternity of Omega Delta Phi, a multi-cultural service fraternity
-Learning skills for self-care
-learning about healthy relationships

Some of the guest speakers are alumni from Washington Middle School who have gone on to graduate from universities and are now working in the Yakima Valley and giving back to their community.

The counseling department planned this event to teach students important life skills. They will see role models from the community that have been in their shoes before showing our students they can reach their goals.

The event will take place at Washington Middle School, 510 S 9th Street, on Saturday 11/18/17 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.



Attached Media Files: Young M.E.N. Summit

The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/17/17 8:50 AM
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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, don't let it be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2012 through 2016, there were more than 3,600 cooking-related fires reported in Oregon causing seven deaths, 200 injuries, and more than $33 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

If you have a cooking fire:
Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don't move the pan until it is completely cool.
Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn them off and keep the doors closed.
When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Turkey fryer safety:
The OSFM agrees with the National Fire Protection Association in discouraging the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

However, if you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

"If you're cooking your turkey in a deep fat fryer, always do it outdoors a safe distance from buildings, deck railings, and any other flammable material, and never leave it unattended," advises State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Hot oil is extremely dangerous, never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

More turkey fryer safety tips:
Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx

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Thu. 11/16/17
Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state [correction]
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:47 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:10 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Creek.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Random act of kindness makes veteran's day (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/17 1:25 PM
Emily and Justice Prosise
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Nov. 16, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- When Justice Prosise saw an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket on his windshield -- and the windshield of the two other cars parked in "veteran parking" spaces at Rogue Community College -- he didn't know it would be worth $1,000.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran and I am taking classes to be a juvenile corrections life counselor at Rogue Community College," he said. "I came out after class and some nice person had put Scratch-its on the cars in the veterans spaces. I don't know who. So I played it, and kept looking at it because I won $1,000. I probably checked it more than 10 times."

Emily Prosise, Justice's wife of one month, didn't believe him at first.

"It was too good to be true, just $1,000 out of nowhere!" she said.

The couple said they were going to use the winnings to pay off a recent trip.

"I took her to Hawaii last April and proposed to her at sunset on the beach," Justice said. "I'm not totally romantic, the ring was in a Poke Ball."

The couple said they couldn't say thank you enough, and really appreciated the post-Veterans Day gift.

"We want to give the person a big hug and say thank you!" Emily said.

Oregon Lottery dollars help to fund veteran's services and public education. During the 2013-15 biennium the Oregon Lottery provided more than $6 million to education projects in Josephine County. In addition, voters last fall overwhelmingly approved to direct a portion of Lottery dollars to support veteran services.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

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



Attached Media Files: Emily and Justice Prosise

Congressman Newhouse and more visiting Wapato Schools for Focus on Education Month
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 11/16/17 12:23 PM
Good afternoon,

Please see the attached release for details regarding Wapato School's recognition of "Focus on Education" Month. Congressman Dan Newhouse and others will be on hand Monday morning, November 20th as part of the recognition program.

I'm out of the District tomorrow (Nov. 17th) but feel free to email or call with questions or your RSVP and I will get back to you asap.

Thanks for your consideration.



Attached Media Files: Wapato Schools Focus on Education Month

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets November 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:59 AM
November 16, 2017

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

Agenda: Approve October meeting minutes; discuss process measures for effective contraceptive use; hear concept for how benchmarks will be set.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: This meeting is by webinar only. The public may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481 and by calling the conference line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.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:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written materials in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:34 AM
November 16, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the state Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

OHA invites applications from people who represent coordinated care organizations. This position serves a four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2018. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To apply, submit the following documentation to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Dec. 1:
1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available on the Governor's Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the Public Health Advisory Board is available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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Today! Union Gospel Mission to Receive Pies Made By Garfield Elementary School 5th Graders
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 11/16/17 8:34 AM
It is the giving season and young children in the Yakima School District have giving in their hearts. Yesterday, 5th graders from Garfield Elementary worked with bakers to make pies for donation to the Union Gospel Mission. The mission plans to pick them up today with a bit of fanfare from the students.

Media is welcome at Garfield Elementary School, 612 N 6th Ave, at 2:15pm today (Thursday 11-16-17) to witness this good deed. Please advise Kirsten Fitterer if you plan to attend so that you can be kept up to date if any times change and to get check-in instructions at the school.

Shaping Better Futures for Our Students (Photo)
ESD 123 - 11/16/17 7:00 AM
Students at a 21st Century Learning Site
Students at a 21st Century Learning Site
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PASCO, WA -- Educational Service District 123 is the proud recipient of a new 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant awarded by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The newest 21st Century cohort, "Shaping the Future," is the 10th cohort established with ESD 123 and focuses on serving diverse communities with different challenges in three cities: Prosser, Benton City, and Kennewick.

Over the next five years, the grant will fund programs aimed at supporting students, connecting families with the schools, and narrowing the opportunity gap. The cohort sites will be located at Housel Middle School in Prosser, Kiona-Benton Primary and Intermediate Elementary Schools in Benton City, and the Apostolic Youth Center, serving Amistad and Eastgate Elementary Schools, in Kennewick. These areas have growing populations of minority families, many of whom are Hispanic migrant workers wishing to secure a better future for their children.

Margarita Alaman, 21st Century Program Director at ESD 123, says that the goal is to create connections between the families and the school, while aiding them in their pursuit of a better way of life.

"The families we will be serving chose to settle with dreams of securing a better future for their children," states Alaman. "Meanwhile, the concepts of 'school readiness' and 'parents as their child's first teacher' are unknown concepts for many. In collaboration with many other ESD Departments, we can collaboratively approach these needs."

The 21st Century sites will complement and support the schools' limited after-school programs by offering homework/tutoring help, snacks, academic and enrichment activities, career development, social emotional learning development, financial literacy, and more. Staff training in Adverse Childhood Experiences, resilience, youth mental health first aid, and curriculum for youth and families is also planned.

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Students at a 21st Century Learning Site , 21st Century students engage in hands-on learning

Wed. 11/15/17
Wapato School Board Receives State Recognition (Photo)
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 11/15/17 3:16 PM
photo Wapato School Board members
photo Wapato School Board members
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Good afternoon,

Wapato Public Schools is extremely proud to learn that for the second year in a row the Wapato School Board of Directors has been chosen as a "Board of Distinction" by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA). Please see the attached release for more info.

I have attached a photo of the School Board members:

In the photo from left to right are: Alan Taylor, Javier Vela, President Myron Yolo, Vice President Maria Erickson and John Francisco



Attached Media Files: Wapato School Board Receives State Recognition , photo Wapato School Board members

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet November 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 3:08 PM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

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

When: Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

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

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/312837825839229954 and call the conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee debrief; health aspects of kindergarten readiness; 2019 work plan; adjourn.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Antibiotics still frequently--and inappropriately--used for viruses
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 1:38 PM
November 15, 2017

But OHA physician says their unnecessary use has been on decline since '08

Unnecessary use of antibiotics on viruses, which can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistance, is on the decline. Work still needs to be done in Oregon to discourage inappropriate prescribing of these drugs for non-bacterial illnesses, state officials say.

Overall, antibiotic prescriptions for oral medications used in outpatient settings have been steadily dropping in Oregon since 2008, when OHA first recruited Oregon health insurers to voluntarily provide data on their annual numbers of prescriptions. Between 2008 and 2016, annual rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics fell 32 percent, and a 5 percent drop was seen between 2015 and 2016, said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

But Oregon clinicians are still over-prescribing for some conditions such as bronchitis, which is due to a virus in a majority of cases and rarely requires antibiotics, said Thomas, medical director of OHA's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE). In 55 percent of bronchitis cases in Oregon in 2014, patients filled a prescription that likely was unnecessary. Worse still, 90 percent of the patients who filled an antibiotic prescription for bronchitis got a broad-spectrum drug, meaning that it attacks a wide range of different bacteria, increasing the risk of developing resistance among several types of bacteria.

"Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used for infections that don't require treatment in the first place, so it's always perplexing to see them prescribed for conditions like bronchitis and the common cold," Thomas said.

Nov. 13-19 is "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," an annual national observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance, and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. During the observance, AWARE reminds consumers about the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics for viral respiratory infections.

Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose serious health threats. At least 2 million people annually acquire serious infections--and 23,000 of them die--from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Outpatient settings in the U.S. are home to more than 60 percent of national antibiotic-resistant expenditures. Respiratory conditions, including many where antibiotics are not appropriate, remain the most common diagnoses leading to antibiotic prescriptions in children and adults.

Oregon AWARE is providing educational materials and technical assistance to HealthInsight, Oregon's Medicare quality improvement organization, as part of its Get Smart initiative to reduce inappropriate prescribing in clinics and other outpatient facilities in four states (the others are Utah, New Mexico and Nevada). In Oregon, about 200 facilities are participating and will use multiple quality improvement strategies to reduce prescribing.

"This is a critical time for providers and stakeholders to join together to preserve the power of antibiotics," says Nicole O'Kane, PharmD, HealthInsight's clinical director.

An information sheet with provider resources is available from HealthInsight at http://healthinsight.org/files/Outpatient%20Antibiotic%20Stewardship/Abx-Awareness-Week-2017-info-508.pdf.

When antibiotics are used for viral infections, such as colds and bronchitis, it can lead to resistant bacteria and dangerous side effects, such as diarrhea and vomiting, and they can be deadly if someone experiences an allergic reaction.

Consumers should avoiding asking their health care providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu, and question their provider if they really need antibiotics when prescribed. Consumers who receive appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others, since individuals taking antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in Oregon, AWARE, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to change Oregon clinicians' prescribing habits.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE, visit the AWARE website at http://healthoregon.org/aware. For information about the CDC's "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html. The 2016 "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon" report is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/AntibioticResistance/Documents/Oregon_Outpatient_Antibiotic_Prescribing_Report.pdf.

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Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course Hosts Turkey Shoot to Benefit Tri-City Union Gospel Mission
City of Richland - 11/15/17 12:25 PM
A total of 128 golfers will be participating in the 19th Annual Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament this Saturday, November 18th at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission (Tri-City UGM), a local organization serving homeless and impoverished citizens throughout southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. As part of the entry fee, each team must donate a frozen turkey to the mission. The local media and public are encouraged to participate! Here's how:

1) Register to be placed on the waitlist for the 4 person Scramble Tournament (register at the golf course located at 225 Columbia Point Dr.).

2) Donate services from your business to be used as raffle prizes of which 100% of the money collected will go directly to Tri-City UGM.

3) Stop by Columbia Point Golf Course by 10:00 am on November 18th to make a donation to the Tri-City UGM. Donations can be in the form of cash, personal items, and non-perishable food items. Tri-City UGM maintains an "Urgent Needs" list on their website (https://tcugm.org/needs/).

For more information regarding this and other events at Columbia Point Golf Course, contact Mike Schoner at 946-0710 or visit www.playcolumbiapoint.com.

Thousands of knitted items for Project Warm Up to be picked up at Pacific Power office
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 12:13 PM
Contact: Lori Froehlich, 800-570-5838

Nov. 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEDIA INVITATION

Thousands of knitted items for Project Warm Up
to be picked up at Pacific Power office

9 to 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov.16 2017

Pacific Power Office, 500 N. Keys Rd., Yakima


YAKIMA, Wash.--Members of local social service and health agencies will be on site at Pacific Power's Yakima office to pick up thousands of knitted clothing items to distribute to families in need as winter arrives.

Pacific Power regional business manager Lori Froehlich, several volunteers and local community agency workers will be on hand to load the items for delivery.

Visuals: Handmade items for families in need. Stacks of clear plastic tubs ready for distribution.

Interviews: Local agencies who will get these items to the people who need them. Volunteers who did the work. Pacific Power officials who help it all happen with donations of yarn and space.

The knitted items were created through Project Warm Up, a special project of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). About 60 RSVP volunteers in the Yakima area donated their time and talent, making about 6,000 items including hats, scarves, lap robes, mittens, Afghans and baby items.

Pacific Power -- which has been involved with Project Warm Up since its inception -- annually donates $7,000 to RSVP for yarn. Pacific Power also donates space to store completed items until distribution time.

Participating agencies include many area elementary schools as well as social service agencies such as the Yakima Valley Farm Workers, People for People, DSHS, Yakama Nation WIC, Catholic Charities, Granger Lions Club and Yakima Neighborhood Health.
and others. Agencies identify low-income, elderly and migrant individuals and families who need assistance with warm clothing and blankets and distribute thousands of items throughout the area each year.

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Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 18, 2017
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 11/15/17 11:14 AM
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 18, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 17, 2017
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 11/15/17 11:13 AM
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 17, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet November 16 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 11:03 AM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m.

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

The public also can attend remotely through a webinar and conference call. Join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 and call in to listen at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; electronic health record-sourced measures; review 2017 smoking cessation survey; TAG input on coordinated care organization metric guidance documents; 2018 TAG work plan; wrap up and adjourn.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 8:41 AM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 15, 2017

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's a law of physics. The colder it gets outside, the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

"You are battling the elements," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "Cold air sneaks in and warm air gets out. So the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done inexpensively now and the difference will show up once temperatures start dipping below freezing."

Another step is to switch to Equal Pay. Under Equal Pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Customers can enroll in Equal Pay online at pacificpower.net/equalpay, via the Pacific Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

"The sooner you call, the better for Equal Pay," said Coughlin. "If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer."

Here are low-cost tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500 watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won't get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.

You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit bewattsmart.com or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.


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Tue. 11/14/17
Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange
Oregon Military Department - 11/14/17 1:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2017
Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

BACKGROUND:
- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

Bend company earns safety, health recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/17 10:54 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA has announced that Suterra LLC in Bend has graduated from the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program encourages employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 23 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 157 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

With 70 employees at the Bend facility, Suterra LLC is a leading provider of bio-rational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. Through international product sales, the company works to help growers reduce their use of traditional insecticides.

The SHARP program helped the company take a fresh look at its policies and processes, and reinforced the company's ongoing efforts to improve safety, according to Aman Khapoya, vice president of global operations for Suterra.

The recognition that comes with being a SHARP company also serves as a valuable tool to recruit new employees, Khapoya said.

"As our business grows and we compete for new talent, we hope candidates see our achievements under the SHARP program and realize that we are truly committed to the health and safety of our team," he said. "The candidates for whom that safety commitment is important are precisely the ones we want -- and the ones we will need to make Suterra even better."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP, regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

For information about SHARP, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/SHARP.aspx.

For information about Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services, which help employers develop worker safety and health programs, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/index.aspx.


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

WAHI Music Students Selected for All-State Honor Groups
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 11/14/17 10:30 AM
WA-HI Students chosen to Perform at All-State
Congratulations to these WA-HI Music Students selected to perform at the 2018 Washington Music Educators All-State Honor Groups next February in Yakima:

WA-HI Band
Keeli McKern -- Clarinet -- All-State Wind Ensemble
Nate Miller -- Trumpet -- All- State Jazz Band
Tommy Kaminsky -- Flute -- All-State Concert Band

WA-Hi Orchestra
Bryson Jacob -- Violin -- All-State Symphonic Orchestra

WA-HI Choir
All-State Symphonic Choir
Peter Hoffman
Hannah Peha

All-State Treble Choir
Caroline Blethen


Way to go Wa-Hi students!!

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Business Email Compromise
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against new version of the Business Email Compromise Scam.

We've talked about this kind of scheme before. The traditional scam starts with Company A, Company B and the fraudster who jumps in between the two. The scammer uses an email address almost identical to the one used by a business executive at Company A as he communicates with a vendor or customer at Company B. The scammer is trying to convince that vendor at Company B to route a payment into the scammer's personal bank account instead of the Company A account. Usually the businesses have a long-standing relationship, and a request to have a big dollar invoice paid by wire transfer doesn't raise any flags.

The newer version of the scam that we are talking about today goes one step further. The scammer isn't just pretending to be the CEO or CFO of Company A -- he actually takes over that persona. He has hacked that executive's email account, and he can get in to read, receive or send emails at will. As an added twist, he can set rules within the email account to automatically forward to himself any email that includes a particular keyword or is from a particular sender. The emails pass through the legitimate executive's account in a virtual sense -- but that executive may never even see them as they get deleted from his inbox immediately.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Avoid free web-based email accounts. Establish a company domain name and use it to create formal email addresses for your employees.

Check the "rules" setting on your account periodically to ensure that no one has set up auto-forwarding for your emails.

Be careful what you post to social media and your company website,
especially information about who has which specific job duties. Also be cautious about using out-of-office replies that give too much detail about when your executives are out of the mix.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.
When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

Require your employees to use two-factor authentication to access corporate email accounts. They would need two pieces of information to log-in... something they know (such as a password) and something they have (such as a dynamic PIN that changes constantly).

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as a change in a vendor's payment location.

Train your employees to avoid clicking on links or attachments from unknown senders. Doing so could download malware onto your company's computers, making you vulnerable to a hack.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, contact the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.



Attached Media Files: TT - BEC - ENGLISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Written , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Written , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Audio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

Monthly gains were concentrated in professional and business services, which added 5,300 jobs, and in leisure and hospitality, which added 3,800. Both of these industries rebounded from job losses within the prior two months. Three other industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in October: other services (+1,400 jobs); manufacturing (+1,000); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,000). Retail trade cut 900 jobs, posting the biggest monthly job decline.

The big job gain in October, coupled with the upward revision to September, considerably boosted Oregon's over-the-year growth rate. Since October 2016, Oregon has added 45,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, which equals an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent. Construction continues to lead the way with 9,400 jobs added, equaling 10.3 percent growth. The second fastest growing industry was transportation, warehousing and utilities (+3,400 jobs, or 5.6%). Over the past 12 months, five service-providing industries each expanded faster than the overall economy: information (+1,000 jobs, or 3.0%), professional and business services (+6,800 jobs, or 2.8%), health care and social assistance (+6,200 jobs, or 2.7%), financial activities (+2,500 jobs, or 2.6%), and leisure and hospitality (+5,000 jobs, or 2.5%). Meanwhile, only two industries posted declines during that time: other services ( 900 jobs, or -1.4%) and mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3 percent in October from 4.2 percent in September, remaining near the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in October.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 19th.??NLG



Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2017 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.

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Attached Media Files: Employment in oregpno October 2017

Mon. 11/13/17
Hospital Metrics Technical Advisory Group meets November 14 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/13/17 4:38 PM
November 13, 2017

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

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Metrics Technical Advisory Group (H-TAG)

When: Tuesday, November 14, 10-11 a.m.

Where: Oregon Health Authority, Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street, eighth floor, Mary Conference Room, Portland

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 877-810-9415, participant code 177-3452. No public testimony will be taken at this meeting.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
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If you need help or have questions, please contact Jennifer Uhlman at 503-739-5267, 711 TTY, or jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Notice of Regular for the Board of Directors of Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/13/17 4:35 PM
Purpose: To discuss general business matters, program updates, and to take any action related thereto or take such other action that the Board of Directors of the Corporation deem appropriate.
Date: November 20, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. PDT,
Location: Conference Room 322
Oregon Housing and Community Services Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, Oregon 97301-1266

View meeting agenda at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/DO/oahac/2017/11-20-2017-OAHAC-Meeting-Agenda.pdf

For more meeting information, contact:
Greg Current
Executive Support Specialist
P: 503.986.6771
greg.current@oregon.gov

Davis Students Donate to Rod's House.
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 11/13/17 12:55 PM
Yakima, WA -- Davis High School SkillsUSA members made meatloaf and baked potatoes with toppings and a pumpkin pie to donate to Rod's House, a resource center for homeless youth. The donation was delivered on Wednesday, November 8th.

Rod's House has been a resource center for hundreds of homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 24. They are open Monday through Friday, 3 pm to 6 pm. Every day, Rod's House greets its youth with a hot meal provided by community partners. Youth also have the option of accessing free showers and hygiene products, "shopping" in the clothing room, and getting non-perishables from the food pantry for the night.

The Davis students were happy to help others and plan to cook another meal for Rods House in the next few months.

Davis High School SkillsUSA members are currently collecting donations of coats, warm sweaters for the Yakima Homeless Population. The Davis Skills USA chapter is planning to do one community service activity a month during the school year.

SkillsUSA is a national leadership organization for students enrolled in career and technical education. Community service is part of our program of work and leadership development objectives, and it enables us to give back to the community.

DHS Seeking Requests for Application for Private and Non-Profit Entities to approve dementia training required under HB3359
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/13/17 11:36 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Department of Human Services has issued a request for application for private and non-profit entities to approve dementia training required under House Bill 3359.

HB3359 passed during the 2017 Legislative Session. This omnibus bill contains a number of improvements designed to increase the quality and safety of care provided to Oregonians in long-term care settings, such as adult foster homes and assisted living facilities.

HB3359 requires all direct care staff to undergo pre-service training prior to working in a long-term care setting. Additionally, six hours of continuing education in dementia care must be completed by direct care staff each year. HB3359 requires all training curricula to be approved by qualified private and non-profit entities.

The Department of Human Services is seeking applications from private and non-profit entities with sufficient experience and expertise to approve the required training curricula under HB3359. The RFA is located at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/PROVIDERS-PARTNERS/LICENSING/Documents/RFA-Entities-Approve-Dementia-Training-Required-Under-HB3359.pdf

Questions regarding the RFA may be directed to Ann McQueen, Administrator of the DHS Safety, Oversight and Quality Unit at 503-930-7293 or via email at ann.e.mcqueen@dhsoha.state.or.us.

New video: Oregon high school graduates celebrate successes
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/13/17 10:44 AM
In a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpj83eGbF5w) that debuted Friday as part of The Promise of Oregon campaign, high school students describe overcoming obstacles and ultimately celebrating graduation in 2017.

The "Graduation is victory!" video was filmed at Bethel SD (Eugene), Reynolds SD (Portland), Astoria SD and Eagle Point SD (north of Medford). The video is the second in a series of Promise efforts in 2017-18 focusing on improving graduation rates at Oregon high schools statewide. Coming in 2018: expressions of #GRADitude: young people thank those who have kept them on the graduation path.

In addition to the new video, the Promise website (www.promiseoregon.org) contains new resources related to graduation. On the homepage, click on the "Graduation" tab.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched in 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. The newest video is among several featured on the campaign website.

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon

Operation Warm Marks 5th Year of New Coats for Kids
City of Richland - 11/13/17 7:35 AM
The Richland "Operation Warm" Program, organized by Richland Firefighters, is proud to announce a children's coat distribution today. On Monday, November 13th, firefighters will be visiting two local elementary schools; Jefferson Elementary, located at 1525 Hunt (12:30 pm) and then immediately following they will be at Jason Lee Elementary, 1750 McMurray Ave (approximately 1:30 pm) in Richland.

This is the 5th year in a row that Richland Fire Fighter Travis Leonard has been working with community members to raise funds to purchase warm coats for kids. Local media is invited to join Travis, Richland fire fighters, and participating community members as they distribute these new coats for kids.

Othello School Board Considers Bond to Ease Overcrowding
Othello Sch. Dist. - 11/13/17 7:00 AM
OTHELLO, WA -- Thanks to the generous input of hundreds of community and staff members, a $61.4 million bond is on the consent agenda for official approval by the Othello School Board of Directors at tonight's November 13 meeting. If approved by the Board, Othello voters will see the proposed bond on their February 13, 2018 special election ballots.

The decision to pursue a bond and the resulting planning evolved as the District analyzed information gathered from Othello residents and staff at community forums, and through surveys and social media. Othello's schools are at 118% of capacity. This means Othello schools are built for 3702 students and the current enrollment is 4356 students. Public input favored doing something as soon as possible to help ease overcrowding.

The proposed school bond includes building a new elementary and a new middle school, expanding the existing high school to be "like new," and increasing student capacity from 1000 students to 1500 students. A total local tax increase of 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed value is estimated for the projects. (See attached poster.)

"I'm so appreciative of the time and effort our citizens have spent helping us imagine solutions to our facility challenges," said Dr. Chris Hurst, Superintendent. "This community clearly supports and values education -- and believes that strong schools are key to a vibrant community and healthy local economy."

More information on the proposed bond can be found on the district website at www.othelloschools.org/bond2018. Questions may be directed to the Othello Superintendent's Office at 509.488.2659 ext. 1001, or churst@othelloschools.org.

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Attached Media Files: Othello Bond Facts