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12/22/14
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet January 5 in Salem
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/22/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet Monday, January 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Salem at the Association of Oregon Counties building, 1201 Court St. NE.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

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Attached Media Files: DOGAMI Governing Board January 5, 2015 Agenda
12 ways to holiday electrical safety
Pacific Power - 12/22/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Dec. 22, 2014

12 ways to holiday electrical safety
Winter festivities offer some unique electrical safety issues and Pacific Power wants to help you be safe and merry

PORTLAND, OR--Tis the season of merriment and gatherings of families and friends. Taking a few minutes to check for safety is wise and will help ensure a festive and fun holiday season.

The following list of 12 recommendations is the best gift you can give at home:

1. Look first. Inspect all electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires and loose connections may cause a serious shock or can start a fire.

2. Don't overload electrical outlets. Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and only plug one high-wattage appliance into each outlet.

3. Three string rule. Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. More than three strands can trip a circuit breaker or even cause a fire.

4. Look for the label. Check decorations for certification label. Decorations without a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

5. The Outsiders. Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used for outdoor decorating are marked for outdoor use.

6. Evergreen, ever safe. If you have a live tree, keep it fresh by watering daily. Dry trees are a serious fire hazard. When trimming the tree, only use non-combustible or flame-resistant materials and lights approved by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory.

7. Don't flame out. Use battery-operated simulated candles in place of traditional candles in any location near flammable objects. Almost half of home decoration fires are caused by traditional candles, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

8. Three foot rule. Keep combustibles, including Christmas trees, at least three feet from heat sources.

9. Get wired. Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors or windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.

10. A watched pot. As much as is possible, stay in the kitchen when something is cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires according to NFPA.

11. Turn off, unplug and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house. Unattended candles are a disaster waiting to happen. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. (NFPA).

12. Don't kid around. When buy (or, shopping for) electronic toys for children, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels. Check if the item is appropriate and safe to operate for the child's age group, determine whether adult supervision is required and plan accordingly.

Additional details and safety tips are available on Pacific Power's website at www.pacificpower.net/safety. Wishing you all a happy (and safe) holiday season!

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
12/20/14
Fatal Crash Highway 207 between Heppner and Lexington Update - Photo Added (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's single vehicle fatal on Highway 207 between Heppner and Lexington.

Preliminary information indicates that on December 20, 2014 at approximately 9:32 am, OSP troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle fatality crash on Highway 207 near milepost 42. According to investigators a 2002 Hyundai Elantra, driven by, RYAN BENNETT, age 21, from Heppner, was southbound on Highway 207 and failed to negotiate a curve. BENNETT'S vehicle left the roadway and crashed into an airplane hangar that is adjacent to the highway. BENNETT died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. BENNETT was the sole occupant in the vehicle.

Investigators believe that speed is a contributing factor in the crash and seatbelt use in undetermined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Heppner Fire Department.

Photograph by OSP

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12/19/14
With flood watch in effect for much of Oregon, be alert for landslides
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/19/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - With heavy rain and flooding projected for the weekend, Oregonians are encouraged to know landslide warning signs. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for many areas of Oregon and Washington for Saturday through Monday afternoon.

Track Oregon flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1zJLVZW

"Be aware of flood watches, warnings and advisories for your area, and know what to look out for," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Watch for signs like trickles of falling debris or mud, listen for sounds like trees cracking that might indicate land movement. If you think there's danger, leave immediately."

Areas like bases of steep hillsides, canyon bottoms, road cuts, and places where landslides have previously occurred are particularly hazardous and should be avoided.

Historic weather events offer a look at the often-destructive landslides that come along with floods. From mid-December 1964 to early January 1965, the Pacific Northwest was ravaged by floods that devastated many Oregon communities. Those floods were accompanied by landslides that damaged homes, blocked roads and highways, and cut off water supplies.

The exact number of landslides following the 1964 Christmas Flood wasn't well documented. But geologists say they would have numbered in the thousands, given the more than 9,500 landslides that followed the similar flood devastation of 1996-1997.

"Landslides will be a reality in future major flood events," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "And because Oregon's population is growing, more people, places and property may be at risk."

Land that has slid before tends to slide again - so knowing where past landslides have occurred is critical in helping Oregon communities understand their risks. DOGAMI's inventory maps, which identify locations of previous landslides, are a critical starting place. The Statewide Landslide Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is a collection of all known landslide locations. The SLIDO interactive map at www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido makes locating landslides as simple as entering an address.

Learn more about landslide hazards and preparedness at http://bit.ly/landslidehazards.
Smoke Alarms and Cruising Vessels -Early Detection can Save Lives (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 12/19/14
Example of RV Smoke Alarms
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When winter weather sets in, live-aboard boaters on cruising vessels and sailboats (boats with cabins) crank up the heat and spend more time inside. But many of these types of boats are not equipped with smoke alarms, and early detection has proven to save lives in homes and RV's. So why are smoke alarms rarely found on boats that have cabin spaces? You guessed it. They're not required. However, the Oregon State Marine Board wants to appeal to owners of cruising vessels that the risk of fire on board your boat can happen, and it's worth it to invest in the most reliable and affordable life saving device out on the market -a smoke alarm.

While not required for recreational vessels, the Coast Guard Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 46 guidelines requires that smoke alarms be installed in the sleeping compartments of small inspected passenger vessels. An RV rated smoke alarm (label reads UL 217 RV) is approved for use on cruising vessels. Unlike the smoke alarms used in homes, the RV rated alarms must withstand higher temperature variations, vibrations, humidity and mild saltwater exposure. The RV rated smoke alarm is similarly recommended for use on recreational boats by the National Fire Protection Association. However, due to the extreme environments in some areas, experts recommend regular inspections and a replacement cycle roughly every five years.

Cruising vessels have a variety of potential fire dangers, more than a typical home. Pleasure boats have a high fire load in the form of combustible fuel storage that supplies multiple on-board devices, an AC and DC electrical system (which are subject to regular moisture that causes corrosion, vibration and jarring as part of the normal use). A boat's construction materials are extremely combustible as are interior furnishings. According to Boat U.S., 55% of boat fires are electrical in nature and will start in a smoldering state. Propulsion, fuel, engine and exhaust problems, as well as unattended cooking, careless smoking, heating devices and other appliances are also among the causes. In all of these cases, early detection of smoke can be the key to preventing a fire or stopping it in the early stages.

Many people have smoke alarms in their homes and RV's, so why not the boat? This simple device can save lives, protect neighboring boats, docks or structures if the boat is kept at a moorage. A smoke alarm is the cheapest insurance you can buy for your on-the-water home or pleasure craft.

For more information about the Marine Board and other required equipment, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatLaws/Pages/Regulations.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Audio Release , Example of RV Smoke Alarms
12/18/14
Red Cross Responds to Pendleton Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/18/14
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers met with clients in response to a disaster in the 400 block of 7th street in Pendleton Oregon. This multi-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided clothing, linens, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Chuck Sams and Gayle Yamasaki appointed to Oregon Cultural Trust board; Carole Morse succeeds Bob Speltz as chair (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 12/18/14
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Salem, Ore. - Chuck Sams of Pendleton and Gayle Yamasaki of Klamath Falls are the newest members of the Oregon Cultural Trust board. The appointments were announced at the Dec. 11 Cultural Trust board meeting; Sams and Yamasaki were nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

At the same meeting, board member Carole Morse, the former longtime president of the PGE Foundation, was unanimously approved to succeed Bob Speltz as chair of the Cultural Trust board.

"We are excited by these appointments," said Kendall Clawson, Gov. Kitzhaber's deputy chief of staff and arts and culture policy adviser. "Chuck is a recognized leader in Native American conservancy efforts and Gayle has tremendous experience, passion and influence in the state's education field.

"We also are extremely proud and grateful to have Carole Morse agree to serve as the Trust's next board chair. Her track record as a cultural advocate and fundraiser is unparalleled. For her to make the Trust one of her priorities is a tremendous gift. We thank Bob Speltz for his leadership and service and are fortunate to have the mantle passed between two such steady hands."

Sams, the director of communications for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, grew up on the reservation where he is enrolled Walla Walla and Cayuse, with family ties to the Yanktonia Sioux and Cocopah Tribes. After graduating from Pendleton High School he joined the U.S. Navy, graduating with honors from the United States Navy Intelligence Training Center A School. He spent several years in Naval intelligence, then returned home in 1992 to begin a dedicated conservancy career. In 2000 he received a U.S. President's Service Medal from the White House and the Points of Light Foundation for his work on salmon restoration in the Columbia River basin. He also was honored as a 2011 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his dedication to the repatriation of conservation and cultural lands to tribes.

"Oregon's diverse culture is to be celebrated and the Cultural Trust supports visionary Oregonians and cultural organizations that keep our heritage alive," said Sams. "Being able to serve as a member of the board is an honor and privilege and I look forward to sustaining the great work happening across our state."

Yamasaki is an education and cultural leader in Klamath Falls and southern Oregon. She is currently the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program coordinator for the Klamath Falls City School District and an advocate for the arts, culture and heritage through her role as a "story catcher." Most recently, she has led two projects focused on intergenerational and cross-cultural education programs. In 2007, Gayle worked with the Oregon Institute of Technology on "Voices: A Legacy of Hopefulness" to connect students and tribal elders through a photography project. In 2013, she led "Breaking the Silence: The Power of Voice," an interpretive student visual art project using Japanese American experiences/stories from the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

"My goal is to increase access for rural and at-'promise' youth to the arts," said Yamasaki, "to have them take part in the richness of culture, art and heritage that is not only reflective of who they are but what they can be."

Morse retired as president of the Portland General Electric Foundation in May after almost 19 years of service. Her work with PGE's Foundation and as its community investments manager received national and regional attention, including a Business for Culture and the Arts Top Ten award -- recognizing the top 10 companies in the country that support the arts -- and a 2001 Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Carole serves as immediate past chair on the board of All Hands Raised and currently chairs the 50th Anniversary Gala for Portland Opera (scheduled for June of 2015). She has been honored for her arts advocacy by Oregon Children's Theatre, Young Audiences of Oregon/SW Washington, the National Association of Counties and Multnomah County. In 2013, she received the Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award from the Public Relations Society of America and the John Hampton arts leadership award from BCA.

"Having been a Trust advocate since its inception, I am thrilled to be working with an incredible staff and board to encourage many more Oregonians to take advantage of the tax credit so that we can achieve our goals of robustly supporting arts, culture, humanities and heritage in our beautiful state," said Carole.

Sams and Yamasaki begin their four-year terms immediately. Morse assumes her role as chair of the Trust board on Jan. 1.
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12/17/14
Free First Day Hike at Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Joseph OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10-11 a.m.
Starting location: Parking area next to the highway
Terrain and length of trail: Gravel with a grade greater than 6% and possible ice and snow--approximately 1 mile
Contact information: (541) 432-8855 ext. 24
Additional details: Ranger-led hike with views of the Wallowa Mountains. Estimated time: 30-45 minutes, depending upon snow depth.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Meacham OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: noon-1 p.m.
Starting location: Park community building
Terrain and length of trail: 1 mile on dirt or packed snow
Contact information: (541) 983-2277
Additional details: Open for hiking or snowshoeing.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
12/16/14
Upcoming tax symposium aims to help families with forested property
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/16/14
Does your family own forested land? Are you sometimes in need of accurate tax information and help related to forestland ownership?

There's little in the way of up-to-date, comprehensive information in one place regarding all aspects of forestland taxes affecting Oregon families, but an upcoming symposium may help.

"Understanding Oregon's Family Forest Tax Landscape," a symposium to help landowners, foresters and others learn about the myriad of taxes related to forest ownership, is being held Monday, January 26, at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The symposium is sponsored by the Committee for Family Forestlands, which advises the Oregon Board of Forestry about matters affecting family forest owners, and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, which represents small forest owners statewide.

More than a year in the making, the symposium is intended to illuminate the breadth of taxes related to Oregon's family-owned forests and to provide a forum to discuss options about best practices. The symposium will also be a chance to mingle with attorneys and accountants familiar with forest tax issues.

Keynote speaker and planned topics
Keynote speaker Clint Bentz (Boldt, Carlisle & Smith, Certified Public Accountants) opens the symposium with his talk about the risks and rewards of family forestland ownership.
Concurrent session topics include income taxes and the reforestation tax deferral, Oregon's forest property and harvest tax programs, how to minimize estate taxes and optimize income tax basis, how conservation easements can protect forestland and general tax benefit potential, top ten ways to minimize the tax bite from activities on your forest land, and, how to find a professional tax advisor who is a good fit for your situation.

Organizations supporting this event include the Oregon Forest Resources Institute; OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension; the Oregon Department of Forestry; the Oregon Tree Farm System and the Society of American Foresters.

Continuing education credits are available for attorneys, accountants, and professional foresters. You can support the event by attending as a participant, sponsoring a booth or making a donation.

Cost: General online registration is $45 for landowners and Society of American Forester members; continuing online education registration is $105 for attorneys and CPA's. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, beverages and snacks provided. Space is limited so register early.

About the Committee for Family Forestlands
The Committee for Family Forestlands provides information and counsel to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester in matters relating to family forestlands, including maintenance of a viable family forestland base, protection of resources and positive contributions to Oregon's vitality.

For more information about the Symposium and to register, please contact OSWA at 503-588-1813 or taxsymposium@gmail.com
Dinner and a Book Family Reading Night
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 12/16/14
Good afternoon,

Attached is a release about a district wide family reading event taking place tomorrow evening (12/17). If you can provide it some coverage that would be fantastic.

One of the District's main initiatives this school year is called "Read To Me!". This free event is intended to support that initiative, reinforce the importance of reading in the home and to give families ideas of how to make reading fun and engaging.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Dinner and a Book
DOGAMI names new Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program leader
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/16/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Thomas Ferrero will join the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) as the Assistant Director responsible for leading the Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation Program.

Mr. Ferrero comes to DOGAMI from six years with the California Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR), where he managed the Compliance and Engineering Geology Units. Before joining OMR, he spent 25 years as a consulting engineering, mining and groundwater geologist based in Ashland, Ore. He brings deep knowledge of Oregon's mineral resources, experience in consensus-building regulation and reclamation activities, and proven leadership of science-oriented programs.

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in geology and is a certified engineering geologist in Oregon and California.

DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) program oversees the operating permitting and reclamation plans for mining, oil and gas, and geothermal activities in Oregon. Program offices are located in Albany, Ore.

Mr. Ferrero will begin his work with DOGAMI on Jan. 20, 2015.
Video: Employment In Oregon November 2014 News Conference
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/16/14
Video of today's news conference covering the November 2014 employment situation in Oregon may be found at the following link:

http://youtu.be/d87OL1tRogw
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon November 2014 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/16/14
Oregon's Payroll Employment Reaches All-Time High in November

After seven years, Oregon's payroll employment rose above its pre-recession peak in November. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment jumped to a record level of 1,740,800, which was 3,000 above the prior peak reached in December 2007.

November marked the largest one-month gain for Oregon since comparable records began in 1990. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,200. This followed a revised gain of 7,400 in October, with growth not as strong as the originally estimated gain of 9,900. These monthly job totals are produced each month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gains across the major industries in November were broad-based. Six of the major industries each added more than 1,000 jobs. It is rare for so many industries to gain that many jobs in one month. Retail trade (+2,200 jobs), professional and business services (+1,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,700), construction (+1,400), wholesale trade (+1,100), and government (+1,100) were the industries adding the most jobs.

Oregon's unemployment rate stood at 7.0 percent in November, the same as the prior two months. The state's rate has been close to 7.0 percent throughout the past 12 months. Oregon's unemployment rate has changed little in part because the state's employment gains have been matched by rapid labor force growth.

The labor force grew rapidly again in November, expanding for the seventh consecutive month. Since November 2013, the number of Oregonians employed has expanded by nearly 41,000, while the labor force has also grown by nearly 41,000. Meanwhile the number of unemployed remained unchanged at nearly 132,000.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the November county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, December 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for December on Wednesday, January 21st.??NLG

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit www.QualityInfo.org/press-release, then within the Press Release Documents list, select Oregon Monthly Employment Situation. 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. If you want the press release as a Word document, please phone the contact 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


Attached Media Files: 2014-12/930/80459/employment_in_Oregon_--_November_2014_--_press_release.pdf
Free guided First Day Hikes return to state parks on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/16/14
Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to ring in 2015 by participating in one of 31 guided hikes to take place in state parks on New Year's Day. This is the fourth year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 940 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.

OPRD will waive the day-use parking fees on Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit. 29 parks are participating in First Day Hikes this year:

Portland Metro area:

* L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Hilltop Day-use Area picnic shelter
* Milo McIver State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at lower boat ramp of Riverbend Day-use Area
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Nature Center

Columbia River Gorge:

* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--meet at Mark O. Hatfield East trailhead in Mosier
* Rooster Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. --meet at far east end of parking lot

Willamette Valley/Cascades:

* Champoeg State Heritage Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.--meet at visitor center
* Elijah Bristow State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.--bring your horse and meet at equestrian staging area
* Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m.--meet at north trailhead
* North Santiam State Recreation Area, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet at North Santiam picnic shelter
* Silver Falls State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet on porch of South Falls Lodge
* Willamette Mission State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.--meet at main entrance flagpole loop

Southern Oregon:

* Tou Velle State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-noon--meet at picnic area A
* Valley of the Rogue State Park, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.--meet at program area

Coast:

* Beverly Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at day-use parking area
* Bullards Beach State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at the campground amphitheater
* Cape Lookout State Park, noon-3 p.m.--meet at Cape Trail trailhead parking lot 2.75 miles south of campground
* Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, 1-2 p.m.--meet in front of campground host site and wood bin
* D River State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet in wayside parking area near beach entrance
* Ecola State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet at the Ecola Point parking lot near Indian Beach trailhead.
* Fort Stevens State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
* Harris Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. --bring your bike and meet at booth parking lot.
* Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, noon -2 p.m.--meet at West Woahink Meeting Hall
* South Beach State Park, 9-10:30 a.m.--meet at day-use parking area
* Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet at Lake Marie day-use parking lot

Central/Eastern Oregon:

* OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the Switchbacks near summit of Bliss Road south of Sprague River
* Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.--meet at day-use visitor center
* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, noon-1 p.m.--meet at community building
* Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, 10-11 a.m.--meet at parking area next to Highway 82
* Smith Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at welcome center yurt

Many of the First Day Hikes will be interpretive presentations focusing on local wildlife, plant species, geology, or history. Unique hikes this year include a "bring-your-own-horse" hike/ride that will be led by a ranger on a mule, a beach debris pickup hike, and a bike hike. Some parks will be offering light refreshments or warm drinks to participants at the completion of the event. To get more details about specific hikes, including directions to the park and a description of the length and terrain, visit bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.

OPRD reminds those planning to join a hike on the 1st to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring along water as well as a camera and/or binoculars. In case of inclement weather, each park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation--phone numbers are available online.

More information about Oregon state parks is available at www.oregonstateparks.org.
12/15/14
Lostine Pharmacy listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/15/14
Lostine Pharmacy
Lostine Pharmacy
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In 1900, locally-prominent businessman and leader Simon L. McKenzie and his son Kenneth constructed and opened the two-story Bowlby stone Lostine Pharmacy during a period of growth in the small community of Lostine. A prominent building within town, the Pharmacy building also briefly hosted the first professional medical office, staffed by Dr. Eberle Randolph Seeley. At the turn of the century, pharmacies filled a particularly critical role by offering both a wide variety of medications and merchandise, including hardware and toiletries, among other items.

The Pharmacy building also served as the home of Lostine Masonic Lodge #123, which held meetings on the second floor from 1906 until 1962. One of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations, freemasonry is based on a history of stone masonry and teachings derived from the craft. Members gathered to socialize, organized community-wide events, and supported the welfare of their fellow Masons. The Lostine Pharmacy building was recently restored as a local restaurant, and is again a community gathering place.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination at its June 2014 meeting. Twenty-one properties in Wallowa County are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Lostine Pharmacy
Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 97 near Milepost 163 - La Pine (Update) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/15/14
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This update is to provide driver identification and information on a third vehicle involved.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle, head-on crash that occurred at around 5:23 a.m., this morning on highway 97 (milepost 163) near La Pine.

Preliminary information indicates that a silver, 2004 Nissan Sentra, being driven by LARRY RUSSELL GARDNER, 67, of Lake Oswego, was traveling southbound on HWY 97 when it lost control and slid into the northbound lane of travel, colliding with a silver, 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Gardner was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, CASSY M. GRANT, 26, of Bend, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with reportedly minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Following the preliminary investigation, it was learned that a third vehicle was involved in this collision after the driver contacted the Oregon State Police. Follow-up investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by ALEXANDER SLAVEN,28, of La Pine, made contact with the Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately after the initial collision between the Jeep and the Nissan. SLAVEN initially thought his vehicle had not made contact and continued on to his work where he noticed some very slight damage and called OSP. Both SLAVEN and GRANT are cooperating with the investigation and no citations have been issued.

The highway surface was covered with packed snow and ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick. OSP is reminding all drivers that winter driving conditions can be very treacherous and drivers should use extreme caution when traveling on the highways.

The Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this collision and OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District.

Photo's of the crash will be released when next of kin notification has been made.


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Lidar Explored calendar shows off Oregon geology (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/15/14
The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted.
The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - See Oregon in a new light with incredible images created using lidar technology.

The Lidar Explored 2015 Calendar features twelve stunning images of Oregon, from the Powder River floodplain of Baker County to the sea stacks, arches and coves of Boardman State Park in Curry County.

"Each image interprets an Oregon landscape in a way that's both artistic and scientific," says State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "They're visually intriguing, but also tell a precise story about the landscape."

Lidar, which provides accurate high-resolution images of the earth's surface, has revolutionized mapping. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) uses lidar to create new-generation geologic and natural hazard maps that are more accurate and comprehensive than ever before.

The calendar's striking images also highlight the practical applications of lidar data. Moonlight shadows are simulated over a detailed lidar image of downtown Portland - an example that nods to lidar's usefulness in analyzing daytime sun and shade to determine which rooftops are most suitable for solar panels.

Lidar Explored is the fifth calendar published as part of DOGAMI's Lidar Landscapes series, which also features posters and postcards. Preview the calendar here: http://bit.ly/2015lidarcalendar

The Lidar Explored 2015 Calendar by Daniel E. Coe is available for $12 from Nature of the Northwest Information Center, www.naturenw.org, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 965, Portland, 971-673-2331.


Attached Media Files: The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted. , Moonlight shadows are simulated over Portland's city center in this image from Lidar Explored, the 2015 calendar from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
Oregon Historical Society Hires Helen B Louise as Museum Director (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/15/14
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Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) announced today that Helen B Louise has been selected for the position of Museum Director. Louise is currently serving as the Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, where she has been since August of 2011. She previously spent four years as the Museum Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Louise will assume her new responsibilities at OHS on February 23, 2015.

A Pacific Northwest native, Louise earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a MA in Museum Studies from the State University of New York-Oneonta. As Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, Louise has led a redesign and modernization of the entire museum, and has been credited with bringing the institution into the 21st century.

Louise will work closely with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk in determining the museum's exhibition schedule. "I am delighted that Helen has agreed to bring her tremendous enthusiasm, experience, and record of success to the Oregon Historical Society," said Tymchuk. "The museum and collections of OHS are priceless assets, and they will be in very capable hands."

"I look forward to working with an organization that is so well respected by the staff, the board, and the community," said Louise. "Being a part of the Oregon Historical Society and its talented, enthusiastic, and highly professional staff will be a real pleasure."


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content at www.ohs.org.


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Children's Art Featured in Oregon's First Plant Something(TM) Calendar
Ore. Association of Nurseries - 12/15/14
WILSONVILLE, Oregon (December 15, 2014) -- To celebrate the great things plants and gardening bring to our lives, the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) worked with elementary school kids and Great Plant Picks to create its first Plant Something(TM) calendar. The colorful calendar artwork, created by children ages 6 to 11, centers around the theme "Plants Make Our Lives Better! "

"Our industry wants to encourage young people to fall in love with plants and gardening," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "As the calendar art conveys, the kids clearly see a connection between happy people, clean air, thriving wildlife and plants. The artwork is a fantastic expression of color and joy, something everyone can appreciate."

One such drawing was featured in November on the cover of the OAN's Digger magazine. More of the children's artwork can be found at OAN's website for home gardeners: www.PlantSomethingOregon.com. The artwork contest was rolled out to Portland-area elementary schools earlier in the year to encourage discussion about the role plants play in our lives. More than 70 drawings were submitted.

"We anticipate participation will grow in the coming years, and look forward to sharing the inspired art with the industry," Stone said.

The calendar highlights fun facts about the benefits of plants. It also features two to three plant recommendations each month from Great Plant Picks (www.GreatPlantPicks.org), an educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. The plants are chosen for their ability to thrive in the maritime Pacific Northwest, from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene, Oregon. All are featured in the calendar month in which they are at their seasonal peak.

Plant Something(TM) is a national program encouraging home gardeners to get their hands dirty and plant something so they can experience the health and well-being, environmental and financial benefits of gardening and beautiful landscapes. Calendars can be downloaded from www.PlantSomethingOregon.com, or the national Plant Something Facebook page.

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The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), based in Wilsonville, represents more than 900 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is the state's largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of $745 million. Oregon's nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.
Red Cross helps seven people affected by Pendleton
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/15/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a multifamily fire at 5:20 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Southwest 7th Street in Pendleton.
The fire affected seven adults. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and recovery services.
12/12/14
MEDIA ALERT - Holiday Helping Hands Assists Finley Families in Need (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 12/12/14
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FINLEY, WA - Participating in the local "Holiday Helping Hands" collection is a proud, annual tradition for Finley schools. On Saturday, December 13, residents of Finley, WA who are in need of assistance are welcome to come to the Finley Community Center to receive food, toiletries, and articles of clothing, beginning at 8 AM.

Every year, the Finley community comes together as schools, local churches, and many community members donate hundreds of items for those in need. Boxes of donations have been stacking up at both Finley Elementary and Middle School over the past month, and these donations were loaded up and delivered to the Community Center today. (See accompanying photos.)

"This is an important tradition for our students to continue in Finley," says Finley Middle School Principal, Mike Harrington. "Our students and their families are always generous in their efforts and quick to think of others who may be less fortunate. I'm really proud of our kids."

Boxes of donations will be available for Finley residents to pick up at 8 AM tomorrow, December 13, at the Finley Community Center, located next to the Middle School on Finley Road. For more information, contact event volunteers Ron and Staci Curbow at 509.438.4806.

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Walla Walla School District: Public Work Session & Regular Board Meeting - December 16, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 12/12/14
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors: Public Work Session & Regular Board Meeting - December 16, 2015 as per the attached agenda:

Additional information may be accessed on the WWSD website:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2014


Attached Media Files: 2014-12/1288/80385/12.16.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/12/14
A Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation. Visiting at SRCI is canceled until further notice.

At approximately 8:04 p.m. (MST) on December 11, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was taken to SRCI Health Services. He was pronounced deceased at 8:48 p.m.

Goodman entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 11, 2014, on one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of delivery of Oxycontin, and two counts of first degree child neglect out of Marion County. His earliest release date was July 23, 2019.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including Disciplinary Segregation, Intensive Management, Infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an Administrative Segregation Unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a call center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Holidays need to include fire prevention awareness (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/12/14
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With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2009 through 2013, there were 3,888 residential fires in Oregon during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires resulted in six deaths, 175 injuries, and more than $25.6 million in property losses.

"This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don't let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire," says Walker. "By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy."

Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.

Candle safety
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight - not a candle - for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

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


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12/11/14
Pacific Power working to restore electric service as powerful wind storm batters Northwest Pacific Power deploys extra crews to restore power, urges customers to stay safely away from trees and wires
Pacific Power - 12/11/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers as a strong wind storm continues to cause outages from Crescent City to Corvallis to Walla Walla, hitting the Willamette Valley especially hard. Soggy ground from a previous storm and winds gusts close to 100 miles per hour in some areas combined to bring down trees and power lines.

At one point today, approximately 38,000 Pacific Power customers were without power. More than 10,000 were restored in the Redmond area about 3 p.m. As of 4:45 p.m. Dec. 11, approximately 10,400 customers were without power. Exact numbers are fluctuating as more damage occurs and restorations are made. However, the currently hardest hit communities are:

* Portland 3350
* Walla Walla, 2,805
* Roseburg 1682
* Medford 923
* Albany 759
* Dallas 664

"People still need to be looking at safety as their top priority," said Doug Butler, Pacific Power's vice president of operations. "It looks as if some residents will be hit with more damaging weather so the potential for additional outages is strong. If you see any power line down, you have to treat it as a threat. Call 911 and then call us."

If your lights go out, first check your own breaker or fuse box to make sure the outage is not restricted to your residence. Customers should report a power outage toll free at 1-877-508-5088.

In a storm like this one with high winds and heavy rain, assessing damage and assigning the proper restoration methods and crews for repair are especially challenging, particularly when a new wave of bad weather hits.

Important outage safety information on topics such as downed power lines, heater and generator safety and more is available online at www.pacificpower.net/outage. The website also provides information about current power outages affecting 500 or more customers.

Pacific Power advises customers to keep these pointers in mind:

* Particularly in a storm like this, we encourage you to stay warm, dry and safely inside.
* Always assume any downed line is energized and dangerous. Stay far away.
* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source. Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area to confirm lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Generators should be outside or in a well-ventilated unoccupied space
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous backfeed hazard for line crews.

For other electrical safety information, visit www.pacificpower.net/safety or call toll free at 1-800-375-7085.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Dec. 16
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/11/14
The Committee for Family Forestlands will review progress by the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative. It's an effort to encourage forest management among private landowners to help prevent wildfires from spreading and increase forest health. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday, December 16 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

AGENDA
Members will also learn more about the ongoing streamside buffer rule analysis. They will review methods and considerations for determining streamside buffers and which areas potential changes should apply to. The Committee will round out the day receiving updates about the recent legislative hearings and these sub-committees:

* Forestland Tax Symposium
* Industrial Fire Rules Review
* Seedling availability

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

COMMITTEE
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY20 near Sisters Associated with Hit & Run Crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Hwy. 20 near Cloverdale Road just east of Sisters in Deschutes County.

On Thursday, Dec. 11, at approximately 8:42 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle down an embankment on Hwy. 20 at milepost 5, near Cloverdale Road. According to troopers at the scene, a Yamhill County Sheriff's captain was returning to Yamhill County from Bend and noticed the vehicle, described as a black 2000 Nissan Maxima, 100 feet or more down a steep embankment and on its side. The captain walked down to the vehicle and discovered its driver, identified as CHRIS P. DAHL, 52, of Camp Sherman, deceased beneath the vehicle. DAHL was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected.

Additional investigation into this crash indicates DAHL's vehicle may have been involved in two hit-and-run incidents the day prior. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), on Dec. 10, at approximately 6:45 p.m., DCSO deputies responded to a complaint of a rear-end hit-and-run crash on Hwy. 20 in Sisters. A red, 2003 Chrysler van driven by DANIEL SHOWEN, 26, of Bend, was hit from behind by the Nissan Maxima. SHOWEN stopped to exchange information when the Maxima pulled away at high speed. SHOWEN was able to obtain the Maxima's license plate number and called 911 to report the incident. Deputies responded to the area to search for the vehicle but were unable to locate it and are following up on an additional report of a second vehicle hit by the Maxima just east of Sisters. No further details are available at this time.

Speed is being investigated as a possible factor in this incident. However, the reasons why the vehicle left the roadway are still unclear. Troopers believe the Maxima was obscured by steep terrain and trees that made it difficult to see from the roadway at night. Additionally, foggy conditions and a lack of lighting on the vehicle added to its concealment and the delay in its discovery.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is assisting OSP in conducting follow-up interviews with the other drivers involved in this incident. Additionally, anyone who witnessed either crash in Sisters or who may have seen the vehicle thereafter is asked to contact Senior Trooper Terry Miller at the Bend Patrol Office, (541) 388-6213

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Cloverdale Fire District, Black Butte Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's offiice.


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Oregon Employment Department Receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/11/14
Salem - The Oregon Employment Department has received a grant for almost $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will be used to enhance the Work Share program.

Recently the Oregon Employment Department worked with the governor and legislature to improve the current Work Share program. This collaborative process gave the department the opportunity to apply for and receive this grant.

Work Share is a program that offers an alternative to laying off employees for employers facing economic difficulty. Through Work Share, an employer can reduce the number of hours an employee works and that employee can receive a partial unemployment benefit payment to supplement for lost wages. This helps the employer retain skilled employees during a slowdown, and it allows workers keep their jobs while supplementing their income. In addition, the program eases the strain on local economies, which suffer when layoffs occur.

So far in 2014, 115 employers have participated in the Work Share program involving more than 2,000 workers. The Oregon Employment Department has paid out more than $1.3 million in unemployment benefits to these workers.

The grant will be used to enhance the current program, streamlining the process for employers. A portion of the grant will also be used to reach out to employers, making them aware of the benefits of the Work Share program.

More information about the Work Share program can be found on the department's website at www.Employment.Oregon.gov, or by calling the department toll free at (800) 237-3710 ext. 7164.
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold meeting via conference call December 12
Oregon Health Authority - 12/11/14
December 11, 2014
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a conference call on Friday, December 12. The purpose of this meeting is to establish final board decisions on the recommendations brought forward at the December 2, 2014 meeting. The action item topics include: approval of the October meeting minutes, approval of the November meeting minutes, and decisions on recommendations related to primary care infrastructure and investment, health information technology, and the Sustainable Health Expenditure Workgroup (SHEW).


When: Friday, December 12, 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.


Where: Telephone only. Participants other than Board members will be muted.
* Call-in number: 1-877-336-1831
* Participant code: 112050#
Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.


Agenda:
* Approval of October and November meeting minutes
* Motion: Primary Care Infrastructure and Investment
* Motion: Electronic Health Information and the HITOC
* Motion: Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup


For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting
Oregon OSHA awards three training grants
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/11/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is awarding three grants totaling more than $115,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education programs.

The recipients include:

NECA/IBEW - NFPA 70E: The "How To" Comply with OSHA Electrical Standards
NECA/IBEW will develop an online training to provide easily accessible information regarding electrical hazards, regulations, and protective equipment. The online training will help participants develop procedures that clearly identify their roles and responsibilities for safety in the workplace.
Grant award: $35,239.25

Oregon State University, College of Forestry - Association of Oregon Loggers: Safe Design of Mobile Anchors
OSU will develop a fact sheet on how to properly use mobile equipment anchors in logging operations. OSU will also create and record a two-hour webinar outlining safe equipment anchor design, along with the development of a mobile app for smartphones. The materials will be available on Oregon OSHA's website.
Grant award: $39,979

Northwest Forest Worker Center (NWFC): Safety and Health in Forestry Workers
NWFC will target low-literacy Latino workers in southern Oregon. Training will be developed to address preventing traumatic injuries by avoiding slips, trips, and falls. NWFC will use Promotoras (bilingual community health workers) to help with outreach and present the trainings to the workers.
Grant award: $40,000

The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government.

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. The final projects are to be completed by the end of November 2015. The materials will be housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and will be available online for use by the public.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
12/10/14
State Housing Council Meeting and Retreat
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/10/14
MEETING AGENDA

Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: China Room, Broadway Commons
1300 Broadway Street Northeast #100, Salem, OR 97301
Call-In: Unavailable for this Meeting

1. Call to Order and Roll Call
2. Public Comment

3. Residential Loan Program, Consent Calendar, Julie Cody, OHCS
23900 SW Lodgepole Terrace, Sherwood OR 97140
9000 SW Yearling Place, Beaverton OR 97008

Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting

--Break--

Call to Order

State Housing Council Retreat, Discussion

Working Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Adjourn State Housing Council Retreat
Oregon DOC receives two awards for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/10/14
Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently presented with two awards for its commitment to sustainability practices: a Portland Business Journal Innovation in Sustainability Award, and the Governor's Sustainability Award from Business Oregon.

On November 18, the Portland Business Journal presented DOC with a 2014 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the "waste" category for its commitment to recycling. Part of DOC's efforts in this area is the development of a fully-operational recycling center that collects all recyclables from the department's 14 prisons. The center recycles everything from ballistic vests to metals to shoes.

On December 10, Secretary of State Kate Brown presented DOC with the Governor's Sustainability Award at the Northwest Environmental Conference, hosted by the Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon. DOC was one of only two recipients honored with the Governor's Award, which promotes and advances the use of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. DOC was specifically recognized for:

--Completing energy audits at five of its facilities and creating site-specific plans for operational improvements, capital projects, and behavioral activities;

--Using integrated and natural pest management practices;

--Implementing green chemistry initiatives at its facilities;

--Leasing land to food banks at no charge to grow produce for food banks;

--Developing gardens at all 14 prisons (yielding more than 210,000 pounds of produce in 2013); and

--Starting significant wildlife and habitat conservation activities, including restoration work at a Savanna Haven and providing habitat for the Oregon silverspot butterfly and sage grouse.

"DOC is a large organization, spanning across the state, with over five million square feet of facilities," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "We take seriously our responsibility to mitigate the carbon footprint in Oregon. We are honored and humbled to receive these awards, which celebrate our commitment to achieving long-term sustainability goals."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.

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Attached Media Files: Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem , A female inmate crew plants viola in the Siuslaw National Forest as part of a habitat restoration project for the Oregon silverspot butterfly
Be safe and prepared: Winds could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Pacific Power - 12/10/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Dec. 10, 2014

Be safe and prepared: Winds could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge up mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

PORTLAND, Ore. -High winds are blowing into the Northwest, so Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

"We work hard to prevent outages, but when bad weather strikes -- outages can happen, and we work just as hard to get your power back on quickly and safely," said Doug Butler, vice president, operations. "Based on experience, we've anticipated and prepared for this weather and the outages that could occur. Our crews are prepared to respond, and so we encourage our customers to be prepared as well. Let's work together to keep safety our No. 1 priority."

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

* Flashlight
* Battery-operated radio and clock
* Extra batteries
* Non-perishable foods
* Manual can opener
* Bottled water
* Blankets

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

* Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous.
* Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source.
* Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. Blankets and towels around windows and doors help keep the heat in.
* Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
* Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.
* Generators should be outside or in a well ventilated unoccupied space.
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous back feed hazard for line crews.

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for their patience during power outages. Our crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

This season, customers and media representatives can also track larger scale outages online. Outages affecting more than 500 customers are posted on the Pacific Power website as soon as information is available. Updates will be made as new information becomes available or at least hourly at pacificpower.net/outage.

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Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Senior Services Office (SSO) in Roseburg will be moving December 15, 2014
OR Department of Human Services - 12/10/14
(Roseburg, Oregon)--In an effort to continue providing excellent customer service to the people of Douglas County, on Monday, December 15, 2014 the Roseburg APD Senior Services Office (621 Madrone St) will relocate their staff to join the APD Disability Services Office at 251 NE Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470.

Services will be provided as follows:

Suite A - Upper level

* Adult Foster Home Administration
* Adult Protective Services
* Home Care Worker Administration
* Diversion/Transition Services

Suite N - Lower level

ALL CASE MANAGERS:
Includes Medical, SNAP (Food Stamps), In Home Services, Community Based Services, Nursing Facility; and

VOUCHER DROP OFF

The main phone number for the agency will be 541-440-3580. Direct lines will be available after the relocation. The new location on Garden Valley Blvd is still accessible by public transportation.

We are making every effort to make this a seamless transition, and believe this will be a more accessible location for service delivery. Benefits will NOT be affected by this move. We are deeply committed to the clients we serve in Douglas County and are asking them to note these changes and call their DHS worker if they have any questions.
Bikeweay user survey ends in two weeks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/10/14
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways. As part of their information gathering, the two organizations want cyclists to respond to an online survey by Dec. 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways - offering Oregon's "best of the best" road routes - and the feedback can make them even better.

Travel Oregon and OPRD want to hear how often people ride the Scenic Bikeways and get feedback on what people thought of them.

The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScenicBikewaySurvey1

Anyone who has ridden a bicycle on any one of the 12 designated bikeways is requested to participate in this survey. The responses will be kept confidential and be used for statistical purposes only. The survey takes about 10 minutes and the results will help improve the Oregon cycling experience for all.


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Attached Media Files: News release
12/09/14
SRCI "Blue Room" Named in TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2014
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/14
The Blue Room at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has been named as one of TIME Magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2014," an accomplishment of which the institution is very proud. This is due in large part to the desire of SRCI staff to see something meaningful come to life through their efforts.

The Blue Room is a groundbreaking nature imagery research project, developed through a partnership with the Utah Sustainability in Prisons Project. In 2013, SRCI began working with University of Utah Professor Nalini M. Nadkarni, who was exploring ways that nature positively impacts individuals and the effect it could have on those who are incarcerated. To incorporate Professor Nadkarni's concepts with the prison's needs, SRCI decided to place nature imagery, through video and audio, in one of the recreation areas of SRCI's Intensive Management Unit (IMU). The Blue Room, as it is known, is a fairly simple combination of modern technology, correctional practices, crisis intervention, and behavior de-escalation.

The next step is to conduct research that focuses on whether nature imagery in prisons:

* Changes behavior
* Reduces stress, agitation, and anxiety
* Reduces violence
* Reduces disciplinary segregation admits
* Reduces suicide attempts

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. The institution participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. It opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Thousands of DOC inmates contribute to a successful 2014 fire season (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/14
Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
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Each year the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) team up to select and train inmates to dispatch to wildfires. Inmates are selected to serve on supervised 10-person crews and have to complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the fundamentals of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication, and safety.

Deployment of DOC fire crews this year began in January and continued through October. During this time, DOC deployed an astonishing 242 staff members and 2,701 inmates to battle 66 fires. These crews were on the fire line from one to 17 days at a time, depending on the severity of the fire.

Nine of DOC's 14 institutions have active fire crews. These institutions are:
-Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras (responded to six fires)
-Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem (responded to 20 fires)
-Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City (responded to 15 fires)
-Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem (responded to eight fires)
-Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend (responded to eight fires)
-Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario (responded to 16 fires)
-South Fork Forest Camp in Tillamook (responded to 31 fires)
-Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla (responded to six fires)
-Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview (responded to eight fires)

Each of these institutions plays an important role in assisting ODF with fire season. In addition to fighting fires, inmate camp crews staff mobile kitchens at large fires, serving meals day and night to two shifts of firefighters.

As this year's fire season comes to a close, DOC would like to recognize the staff members and firefighting crews who participated throughout the year. Not only does the fire program save the state millions of dollars, it provides DOC's low-risk offenders with the tools they need for future work opportunities, which helps prepare them for re-entry into the community.

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Attached Media Files: Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
12/08/14
ESD 123 Congratulates Nationally Certified Teachers
ESD 123 - 12/08/14
PASCO, WA - Educational Service District 123 wishes to congratulate the region's newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) whom are among the largest group achieving this honor in the country. According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Washington State had the highest number of new NBCTs, with 946 teachers achieving their certification this year. In the ESD 123 region, which includes 23 school districts across Southeastern Washington, 39 teachers received their National Board Certification. (See the attached list for names and districts.)

This is the second consecutive year that Washington State has seen the largest group of NBCTs. Certification recognizes an enormous commitment made by these teachers to advancing their profession and their impact on our region's youth. As part of the certification process, teachers are required to submit a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise content and pedagogy assessment. A panel of peers then assesses the portfolio submitted by the candidate.

ESD 123 Superintendent, Bruce Hawkins, expressed his admiration for the region's teachers.

"It is an incredible achievement; one that requires a great deal of dedication," Hawkins stated. "We are deeply fortunate to have professionals in our region willing to sacrifice so much time for the good of our children."

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org, or visit the National Board website at www.nbts.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: ESD Region NBC Teachers
Senior Parent Taco Feed
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 12/08/14
Good Monday afternoon,

Please see the attached release regarding the Annual Senior Parent Taco Feed happening this weekend! Anything you can do to help spread the word is MUCH appreciated.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Taco Feed
Expect fog and high winds in Umatilla County area
ODOT: East. Ore. - 12/08/14
I-84: Watch for patches of morning fog today and high winds over next couple days in Eastern Oregon. Travelers are advised that although temperatures have risen, dense fog can be expected in sections of Umatilla County and along I-84 between Pendleton and La Grande, especially during evening and morning hours. Expect some areas with visibility limited to 500 feet or less. High winds are likely to peak during Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Slow down, dive with caution and give vehicle in front of you extra space. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions.
12/06/14
Notice of Special Board Meeting 12/8/14
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 12/06/14
KIONA-BENTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 52
BENTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Monday, December 8, 2014
7:00 PM
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Kiona-Benton City School District No. 52, Benton County, Washington (the "District") will hold a Special Meeting on December 8, 2014, at7:00PM in the Boardroom at the High School, 1205 Horne Drive, Benton City, Washington. The Board changed the regular meeting scheduled for December 15, 2014 to December 8, 2014. However, to ensure compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act (Chapter 42.30 RCW), the Board will treat the meeting on December 8, 2014, as a special meeting, and provide notice of this meeting as required by law. The December 8, 2014 meeting is called for the purpose of considering and acting upon the following agenda
items:
1) Call to Order Tim Cook
2) Pledge of Allegiance Tim Cook
3) Delegations Wade Haun
4) Consent Agenda
a) Minutes from 11-24-14 Approval Requested
b) New Hires: Brandy Reed, ECEAP Teacher;
Jami Martin, ECEAP Teacher;
Lorena Leavitt, Assistant ECEAP Teacher;
Khylee Berrett, Assistant ECEAP Teacher; Beth Skeen #3 Bus Driver Approval Requested
c) Letter of Resignation: Kristina Hagins, Special Services Para Approval Requested
d) Voucher # 1022 Total: $ 122,119.99 Approval Requested
e) Voucher # 1023 Total: $ 2,175.72 Approval Requested
f) Voucher # 1024 Total: $ 79,137.40 Approval Requested
g) Voucher # 1025 Total: $ 567.75 Approval Requested
h) Voucher # 1026 Total: $ 22,000.00 Approval Requested
i) Manual Warrant Total: $ 115.10 Approval Requested
j) December Payroll/AP Dec.22 Total up to: $ 1,500,000.00 Approval Requested
k) Financial Reports Approval Requested
l) 2015 Board Calendar Approval Requested
5) Board Elections/Reorganization
6) Directors Reports
Technology James Smith
M&O Dan Adamson
Grants Joe Lloyd
Special Services Janice Harlow
7) Unfinished Business
a) New Buses Kim Scott
8) New Business
a) Resolution No. 8-2014 (authorizing submission of a six-year capital
levy to voters on February 10, 2015) Kim Scott
9) Superintendent's Report
10) Public Comments
11) Adjournment
KIONA-BENTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 52
BENTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON
/s/ Wade Haun
Secretary to the Board of Directors
12/05/14
Troopers Seize 17 Kilograms of Cocaine in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/05/14
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On December 5, 2014, at approximately 8:27 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Central Point Office stopped a 2002 Buick Regal for seatbelt violations on the driver and passengers on Interstate 5 near milepost 17. As the contact unfolded, troopers began to suspect the three were involved in criminal activity and requested K-9 Rainey of the Jackson County Parole and Probation Department assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE), respond to assist.

After a K-9 alert, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located 17 Kilograms of cocaine and $5,980.00 in currency located within the vehicle. The cocaine was found in a false compartment in the vehicle.

Troopers arrested the driver, CHRISTOPHER M. WINTERS, 26, or Mill Creek WA; passenger, TAYLOR L. THRUELSEN, 36, of Issaquah WA; and second passenger, CHRISTOPHER K. CARRIGAN, 37, also of Issaquah WA, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Manufacturing of Cocaine. All three were lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Red Cross Provides Assistance at Morrow County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/05/14
Disaster action volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon responded to a disaster on the 81400 block of Pine Rd in Irrigon, Oregon. This single-family fire affected three adults and three children. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, seasonal garments, shoes, disaster health services and information about disaster mental health services.
Wapato High School Cancer Care Fundraiser
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 12/05/14
Happy Friday everyone,

Attached is a release with details about the 58th annual Wapato High School Bean Feed. Tickets for this year's event go on sale on Monday, December 8th. This year's Bean Feed happens January 16th. Over the year's this event has raised thousands of dollars that have been donated for cancer patient care. Proceeds of this year's event will be donated to the North Star Lodge Cancer Center in Yakima.

We hope you can help spread the word about the event and the advanced ticket sales starting Monday.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.

Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: 2015 Bean Feed
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Releases Campus Master Plan (Photo)
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 12/05/14
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December 3, 2014

Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
E-Mail: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Releases Campus Master Plan

Yakima, WA - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) has released its campus master plan, setting out the predicted growth of the university over the next 20 years and beyond.

"As we expand both in reputation and numbers of staff and students, there will be an imminent need to expand the scope and quality of the campus buildings and environment. This master plan fulfills our strategic plan goals and will be our road map as we continue to add programs and collaborate with other institutions," said PNWU President Dr. Keith Watson.

"This plan puts us on a path to be a complete health sciences university including the College of Osteopathic Medicine. As we add new programs and colleges and forge new partnerships, the footprint of the university will have to grow to accommodate need," Dr. Watson continued.

The campus master plan is part of the university's overall strategic plan. A request for proposal was issued to five firms with ZGF Architects of Portland, Oregon creating the final draft plan. ZGF was selected based on their previous experience with plans for both medical and educational facilities.

The plan incorporates existing university facilities, most recognizably Butler-Haney Hall. The plan expands from this building, the existing Cadwell Student Center and the University Conference Center currently under construction. The design allows for rational yet flexible phased growth over many years.

Phase 1 of the draft plan would call for four new buildings; a University Center, Multi-disciplinary Medical Clinic, Student Union building and a building to house expanded educational programs and colleges.

The joint PNWU-WSU School of Pharmacy currently planned for Cadwell Student Center would move to the new University Center building by 2017 with space for 120 students. The University Center would also include classrooms, offices and student study space.

The Student Union building would be located southwest of Butler-Haney Hall and would include full food service, gym, student affairs offices and a student health center.

A building housing a potential added program would consist of 2-3 stories with 18,000 square feet of instructional space. A potential new program could also provide for the addition of a clinic including another 40,000 square feet.

The Multi-disciplinary Medical Clinic could be located northwest of the campus with 15,000 square feet and adjacent parking for patients.

Phases 2 and 3 could include multiple buildings for new colleges and expanded programs, as well as administrative offices, research spaces and expanded areas for teaching and learning.

"Where we are to date could not have been possible without the backing of our community and our supporters. This plan will allow us to continue to execute our mission to provide quality medical education to the benefit of rural and under-served populations. We are excited to grow with the Pacific Northwest community," said Dr. Watson.

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Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet December 11
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/14
December 5, 2014

Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet December 11

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

-- Presentation on voluntary identification of stroke-ready hospitals: Utah's experience;

-- Questions and discussion.

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

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

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

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

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease programs manager, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1053.

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

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12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Shaheen's history of safety and operational success will be of great benefit to BPA

Portland, Ore. - Richard Shaheen is the Bonneville Power Administration's new senior vice president of Transmission Services. He takes over after filling the role in an acting capacity since August of this year.

"Richard has had a very positive impact on Transmission Services since joining BPA in September 2013," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "He has a resume full of safety and operational accomplishments that will serve BPA well as we continue to strengthen our safety culture, sustain our core transmission assets and modernize our electric grid."
Shaheen, who is a licensed Professional Engineer, joined BPA in September 2013 as vice president of BPA's Engineering and Technical Services organization. In that role, he oversaw Transmission Services' $500 million capital program, the transmission maintenance program and real property services. Additionally, he served as BPA's principal engineer and key policy formulator in leading the design, material specification, coordination, project management and construction of major transmission infrastructure projects necessary to sustain and improve the reliability of the existing transmission system and incorporate new generation facilities.

During his tenure as acting senior vice president of BPA Transmission Services, BPA completed the work necessary to offer 15-minute scheduling to transmission customers, continued work on two major 500-kilovolt transmission lines and initiated upgrades to Celilo Substation and the Pacific Direct Current Intertie.

"Richard is an excellent leader, and his 25-plus years of experience at a large electric utility have proven valuable to BPA," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "Richard will ensure we do our work safely and help us meet the challenges we will encounter in the changing energy industry landscape."

"This is an exciting time to be asked to lead such an important organization with a rich history of innovating and serving the Pacific Northwest," Shaheen said. "Operational excellence is important to me. I look forward to sustaining and modernizing BPA's transmission system, which is the backbone of the region's electric grid."

As Florida Power and Light's senior director for Engineering and Technical Services, and previously as leader of Distribution and Transmission Operations, Shaheen drove critical business initiatives in engineering and project management, process and technology improvements, system reliability, smart grid, environmental services, safety and compliance. He also received FPL's highest quality award for his reliability team, and while leading Operations, he improved safety performance levels and achieved the Distribution and Transmission business units' lowest recordable accident rate by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Based on reliability performance reported to the Florida Public Service Commission, FPL was number one among Florida's investor-owned utilities for five years running.

Shaheen holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master's in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

PHOTO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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*** Ammended *** 791 Oxycodone Tabs Seized During Traffic Stop Off Passengers Lap (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/04/14
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On December 3, 2014, at approximately 8:00 A.M., OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Goshen, of a 2013 Dodge Charger, driving 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. When the driver, identified as KATRINA A. SHARPE, 21, of Olympia WA, and her passenger, DOMINIQUE A. WOODS, 22, of Olympia WA , were contacted,the trooper noticed Oxycodone tablets wrapped in cellophane on the passengers lap.

K-9 "Hemi" was called to assist with the investigation and subsequently located 10 grams of marijuana and additional Oxycodone totaling 791 tablets, concealed in the vehicle.

WOODS was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and being a Fugitive from Justice in Washington then lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Photograph is attached.

Previous releases reported Woods as the driver but he was the passenger holding the celophane tablets.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Public Health Advisory Board meets December 12 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014

Public Health Advisory Board meets December 12 in Portland

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

Agenda: Election of board chair and vice chair; Public Health Division update; legislative update; accreditation update; presentation on the intersection of early learning and public health; Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; Ebola overview and update.

When: Friday, December 12, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. Comments are limited to three minutes.

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

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

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Proposed BPA rate increase will maintain value of power and transmission systems
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Portland, Ore. - To keep pace with needed investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System, which provides carbon-free hydropower at cost to Northwest public utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration today proposed a 6.7 percent average wholesale power rate increase for the fiscal year 2016-2017 rate period. BPA is also proposing a 5.6 percent increase in its transmission rates to sustain and expand the federal transmission system to meet regional needs, including renewable resource integration.

"During my time at BPA, I have become acutely aware of the economic impact our rates have on Northwest public utilities and the communities they serve," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator and chief executive officer. "However, these rate increases are necessary to sustain the tremendous value of the federal power and transmission system and to meet the electricity needs of the Northwest in a reliable and environmentally sustainable way."

In January, BPA began a discussion with the region about its proposed program levels, future costs and potential rates for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. At the outset of those discussions, BPA forecast double-digit increases for both its power and transmission rates. Over the next nine months, BPA conducted extensive public review of its programs and budgets in a regional process called the Integrated Program Review.

The IPR process allows interested parties to see all relevant FCRPS spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, just before each rate case, providing participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's program level estimates before spending levels are set for inclusion in the rate case. Program levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 were included in the Final IPR Close-out Report released in October of this year.

"Working closely with our customers and other regional stakeholders over the past nine months, we managed to significantly cut the forecasted rate increases," added Mainzer.

The rate proposals will be considered during a public rate-setting process beginning in early December and culminating in July 2015 decisions on final rates to take effect Oct. 1, 2015.

BPA is a nonprofit federal wholesale utility that receives no Congressional appropriations
and must recover its costs through its rates. The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on individual businesses and residents.

Power rates
Even though power-related program level increases were kept below the rate of inflation, factors besides inflation make the wholesale power rate increase necessary. About 5 percentage points of the proposed 6.7 percent increase is due to costs associated with past capital spending - an increase of about $94 million a year.

Also contributing to the rate increase are increases in operating and maintenance costs for the federal hydroelectric program ($34 million), an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement ($18 million per year), the need to acquire transmission service to meet obligations to deliver power to customers who are not directly connected to BPA's transmission system ($12 million per year) and rising fish and wildlife costs.

To offset a portion of these increases, BPA has been able to take advantage of unique
opportunities, including: the repeal of the spent-fuel disposal fee that the U.S. Department of Energy charged Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, saving an average of $7.4 million a year; a reduction in BPA's forecast for the joint-funded Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance budget, saving about $2.5 million a year; refinancing of Energy Northwest regional cooperation debt for 2014-17, saving about $29 million a year; a decrease in operating costs at the Columbia Generating Station, saving approximately $26 million a year; and a $20 million undistributed reduction in the power revenue requirement.

Transmission rates
Additional reviews of transmission programs presented in the IPR confirmed that BPA has reduced programs levels as much as possible while still being certain it can meet the needs of the region. Factors contributing to the rate increase include the need to sustain and expand an aging Federal Columbia River Transmission System to maintain reliability and continue the integration of renewable resources, such as wind; increased mandatory compliance and additional cyber and physical security requirements and other operational and maintenance expenses; and the purchase of property insurance for BPA transmission facilities other than transmission lines and towers.

Earlier this fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved BPA's Oversupply Management Protocol, a tool to manage the occasional seasonal oversupply of electricity generation, as well as an associated rate through fiscal year 2015. BPA is proposing to continue the oversupply rate for two more years using the same cost-allocation methodology and rate design.

Partial Ancillary and Control Area Services settlement
In September 2014, parties to the BP-16 rate case reached a settlement on the cost of generation inputs and transmission rates for ancillary and control area services, which include balancing for variable generators. The settlement agreement included in today's Initial Proposal is posted on the BPA website. Most of the settled rates were kept at the same level as current rates, with a slight increase for Operating Reserves. The settlement will go through the rate case process. BPA staff will propose that the BPA administrator adopt the settlement in his record of decision in July 2015.

The settlement includes use of innovative tools BPA and its customers have created to integrate new resources into BPA's system. The agreement is made possible due to advances in BPA's ability to obtain third-party balancing resources. Given this progress and work being done in market design, the settlement gives BPA time to allow these efforts to mature and become long-term, sustainable solutions for the integration of new resources into BPA's transmission system. The settlement did not address two ancillary services, Scheduling System Control and Dispatch Service and Reactive Supply and Voltage Control from Generation Sources Services.

In October, BPA also began offering its transmission customers the opportunity to schedule energy in 15-minute increments. By offering 15-minute scheduling, BPA has removed barriers to integrating variable energy resources, as provided for in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 764. In the upcoming rate period, Variable Energy Resource Balancing Service customers (principally wind) can enjoy a saving of up to 50 percent from their current rate if they commit to schedule every 15 minutes. In addition, BPA believes that 15-minute scheduling could significantly reduce its balancing reserve capacity requirements.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.
Health advisory issued December 4 for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014

High algae levels found at Jackson County water body

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For local information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Construction industry safety conference coming to Bend
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/04/14
(Salem) - Employers and workers in Oregon's construction industry are invited to attend a specialized conference Jan. 26-27, 2015, designed to highlight safe work practices and rule updates.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, keynote speaker Kina Repp will share "Safety Beyond PPE," and her story of losing her left arm in a manufacturing accident. Repp is reminded every day there are significant, life-changing consequences when safety is not a priority.

"Safety rules and regulations are in place to guide employees on how to mitigate hazards and prevent injuries," said Repp. "However, true safety is behavior-based, so employees' focus on and commitment to safe work practices are what really drive their actions. Employees are responsible and accountable for saying 'no' to unsafe work and for taking care of each other, which has a positive ripple effect on co-workers, families, and friends."

The conference features topics specifically designed for the residential and commercial construction workforce. Continuing education credits are pre-approved for the Building Codes Division (code related credits for electricians are under review for approval), Landscape Contractors Board, water services, Oregon Farm Bureau (pesticide handlers).

Other conference topics include:

* Electrical safety/NFPA 70E
* Confined space
* Excavation safety
* Work zone safety/flagging
* Fall protection

The registration fee is $75 per person for the Tuesday conference and $40 for the pre-conference workshop on Monday, Jan. 27. For more information or to register, go to www.orosha.org/conferences.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
A convenient way to share holiday warmth with others: electricity
Pacific Power - 12/04/14
Contact: Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Dec. 4, 2014
503-813-7291 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A convenient way to share holiday warmth with others: electricity
Helping relatives or friends with their power bills can be a welcome and unexpected gift

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Friends, neighbors and relatives seldom ask for what they use every day and may need the most--electricity and some peace of mind when it comes to their electric bill.

"No one puts 'help with my power bill' on their list of holiday wishes, but for many it tops their secret list," said Blaine Andreasen, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "If you know someone who is struggling or could just use a boost this season, it is a great way to show you care. We have other assistance programs and ways for you to help your neighbors, but this is a very personal way to help someone directly."

Pacific Power has made the gift program available for years, and while it has taken on more importance during recent years of economic strain, this can also be a terrific gift for young adults or families just getting started on their own, or your favorite aunt or grandparents.

Giving a gift of electricity is simple; it can be anonymous or personal. You don't even need to be a Pacific Power customer to help out. There are three very easy ways to make a gift payment:

1. Make a gift payment by mail

Write a check to Pacific Power and indicate "Gift Payment" on the memo line. Please include a note with the following information:

* Your contact name and phone number
* The name and address of the customer receiving the gift payment
* An indication if you would like the payment to be anonymous, or if you want an acknowledgment letter sent to the customer.

Send to:
Pacific Power
Attention: Gift Payments
PO Box 5504
Portland, OR 97208-5504

2. Pay by phone (using a check)

To make a check payment over the phone, call toll free at 1-888-221-7070 and have the name and address of the receiving party as well as the following information ready to give to a customer service representative:

* The numbers across the bottom of your check.
* The dollar amount you wish to pay.

3. Pay by phone (using credit or debit cards)

To make a payment by phone using your credit or debit card, call toll free at 1-888-221-7070 and have the name and address of the receiving party as well as the following information ready to give to a customer service representative:

* Your credit or debit card number and expiration date.
* The zip code where your card statement is mailed.
* The dollar amount you wish to pay.

For payments by phone, whether check or credit/debit card, there is a $1.95 fee charged by a third-party vendor. Pacific Power does not receive any portion of this fee.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs or direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's toll free customer service number is 1-888-221-7070. For more information, go to: pacificpower.net/assistance.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 733,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Arrests Poachers Who Killed 3 Trophy Mule Deer near Silver Lake (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/04/14
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On Saturday, November 29, 2014, Senior Trooper Bean was patrolling winter range country near Silver Lake, Oregon, when he heard a high powered gun shot in the distance. Senior Trooper Bean moved toward the shot and located a subject parked along a forest road. The subject, later identified as CHARLES BECK, 70, of Ketchikan Alaska told Senior Trooper Bean he had stopped to take a bathroom break.

However, Sr. Trooper Bean noticed evidence to the contrary and asked the subject about it. After a short conversation, the subject admitted to having poached a large buck the previous day. Upon further investigation, Sr. Trooper Bean then located evidence indicating BECK was not alone. A short time later, Sr. Trooper Bean was able to convince two nearby subjects (a grandfather and his 15 year old grandson) to come out of the woods. These subjects admitted to having shot at a large buck but also stated that they had missed it. Follow-up investigation that evening in Bonanza revealed two large bucks had been killed during the previous two days. One buck had been killed near Silver Lake and the other one had been killed near Willow Valley Reservoir. The next day troopers went back to the original location near Thompson Valley Reservoir and found that another large buck deer had been shot and partially cut up. The meat, rifle, and 3 trophy deer heads were seized as evidence.

Vern Sieminski, 53 years of age of Bonanza, Oregon was arrested for:
2 Counts of Taking Buck Deer Closed Season
1 Count of Aiding in a Game Violation-Deer Closed Season

Charles Beck, 70 years of age of Ketchikan, Alaska was arrested for:
1 Count of Taking Buck Deer Closed Season
2 Counts of Aiding in a Game Violation-Deer Closed Season

The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be forwarded to the Lake County and Klamath County District Attorney's office.

The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division wants to remind folks about the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx


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12/03/14
Community Developmental Disability Program (CDDP) in Umatilla County begins Transition from State to County Operation
OR Department of Human Services - 12/03/14
The Community Developmental Disability Program (CDDP) serving individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) within Umatilla County has begun the transition from state operation to full county operation. County and state officials do not expect any change or interruption in the services provided by the CDDP office.

Currently, the state of Oregon, under the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disability Services (DHS/ODDS), operates the Community Developmental Disability Program (CDDP) serving individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) within Umatilla County.

The state of Oregon DHS/ODDS and the county government of Umatilla have been in discussions to transition the CDDP operations back to Umatilla County for the past year.

The transition will continue over a three-month period followed by the full assumption of operations by Umatilla County on March 1st, 2015.

If you have questions regarding this transition please contact the CDDP office directly at 541-276-0452
OSP Statement Regarding Detective Dave Steele
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/03/14
The following is a statement from the Oregon State Police (OSP) concerning OSP Detective Dave Steele:

The Department of State Police (OSP) has learned from the Marion County District Attorney's office that Detective Dave Steele, Salem Major Crimes Section, will appear in court this Friday, December 5, 2014, in relation to charges arising from his conduct during the investigation of the Pedersen/Grigsby case.

While OSP has not responded publicly on the issue, the Department has taken this matter seriously since becoming aware of it by placing Detective Steele on administrative leave in December 2013, and requesting an outside agency begin a criminal investigation. Immediately after learning of potential allegations of misconduct, the Department implemented protocols for reviewing and investigating the matter internally, but did not comment publicly to preserve the rights of those involved and ensure a fair and equitable process.

At the onset, the Department began by conducting a comprehensive review of all cases and identifying any that may be affected by this. We reached out to local district attorneys and law enforcement partners to notify them of the matter and begin the process of seeking the appropriate resolution.

Additionally, the Department consulted with our partners at the Department of Justice for advice and assistance in identifying industry standards, customs or policies that must be addressed, strengthened or developed as a result of this review process. The Department is currently conducting training specific to this matter and is committed to learning from this situation and preventing it in the future.

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12/02/14
State to hold hearing on crowdfunding rule
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/02/14
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is holding a public hearing and seeking comments on a rule that would allow Oregon small businesses to raise money through small investments, known as crowdfunding, with reduced regulation.

The hearing, to be conducted by the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS), is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. in Room 260 at the Labor and Industries Building, 350 Winter St. NE in Salem. The public can submit comments about the rule until Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. to Shelley.A.Greiner@state.or.us.

If approved, the proposed rule would create an exemption that would allow Oregon-based small companies to raise up to $250,000 from Oregon investors to start new businesses or expand existing operations without registering the investment offering or security or using a licensed salesperson.

To use the exemption, the company must meet certain requirements, including:
* The company must be registered to do business in Oregon and the securities can be offered only to Oregon residents.
* The company can advertise the basic terms of the offering, but must make detailed disclosures before offering or selling the security.
* No single investor can invest more than $2,500 in any one offering.

The proposed rule can be found at this link: http://www.dfcs.oregon.gov/rules_statutes/new_legislation/441-035proposed.pdf. The DFCS website has more information about the proposed rule, as well as a recently approved rule to allow raising funds for renewable energy cooperative corporations at http://www.dfcs.oregon.gov/securities/raise_capital.html.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Fatal Commercial Vehicle Crash I-84 near Milepost 342 - westbound (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/02/14
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On Monday, December 1, 2014, at approximately 4:50 P.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 342.

Early investigation at the crash scene indicates a semi-truck and box type 53' trailer were westbound on I-84 near milepost 342 negotiating a curve when the driver, identified as DAVID W. HERRING, 62, of Yakima WA, control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. The semi-truck slid off the road into the median then went over an embankment and into a guardrail. The driver of the truck died as a result of the injuries sustained during the crash.

Following the crash, the semi-trailer was struck by two other vehicles, a passenger vehicle and a small box type truck, which were unable to avoid the trailer that was blocking the freeway. The occupants of both of those vehicles were transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City to be examined. No significant injuries were reported.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and by the Washington State Patrol. Photographs of the incident are not available at this time but may be provided when next of kin notification has been made.

The crash blocked the freeway for several hours while crews cleared the vehicles and cargo from the roadway.

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Historic Cemeteries Commission releases publications on three topics
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/02/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries released today three new publications related to photography, funerary folk art and development around historic cemeteries.

The publications include two position papers:
-- "Recommendations Concerning Development Around Historic Cemeteries" is a summary of best practices summary to consider for the preservation of historic cemeteries with construction or land disturbance occurring nearby.
-- "Filming and Photography in Historic Cemeteries" outlines recommendations for cemetery managers in establishing rules and ethical practices for photographers.

The new Heritage Bulletin discusses "Funerary Folk Art and the Concrete Alternative." It details various "non-traditional" marker materials and provides instruction for creating a long-lasting concrete marker.

The Historic Cemeteries Commission has released other position papers and Heritage Bulletins for the care and preservation of Oregon's historic cemeteries. The commission also offers annual marker repair trainings and grants for cemetery project.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To read the papers or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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State Land Board to consider future management of Elliott State Forest
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/02/14
Alternatives analysis will be presented at Dec. 9 public meeting

Salem - After seven months of research, public input and technical analysis, the Department of State Lands will present the State Land Board with a report on alternative ownership and management scenarios for the Elliott State Forest. The meeting will include nearly three hours for the public to provide comments to the Board.

Because of an anticipated large number of public attendees, each commenter will be limited to three minutes. People are encouraged to bring their comments in writing in case time constraints prevent everyone from speaking. All oral and written comments will be made part of the official record.

The meeting will be held:

Tuesday, Dec. 9
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Department of State Lands
775 Summer St. NE
Salem

Department staff will seek direction from the Land Board on next steps related to alternative ownership and management of the 92,000-acre forest in Coos and Douglas counties. About 84,000 acres are a land asset of the Common School Fund, established to generate K-12 public education funding in Oregon.

The Common School Fund has disbursed more than $240 million to Oregon schools over the past five years. Reduced timber harvests on the Elliott due to litigation over species protections have resulted in a net deficit of about $3 million in the forest's operating costs for fiscal year 2013. The negative returns continued in 2014 and are of concern given the Land Board's trust obligations to the fund.

The Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project was led by John Potter and Stephanie Hallock Cummins, who both have years of experience in natural resource management and state government. Analysis and technical assistance was provided by consultants Evergreen Economics and LandVest, and an interagency workgroup composed of state and federal agency representatives.

Two rounds of stakeholder work sessions were held in Salem, Portland and Coos Bay, and the Land Board held a public listening session in Coos Bay on Oct. 8 where more than 60 people provided testimony. Additional comments were received by email and written correspondence.

In November, Evergreen Economics produced their final report. Using this technical analysis as well as information gleaned over the span of the project, the Department produced a report that touches on the history of the forest, the Land Board's trust mandate, timber revenues over time, measuring non-monetary values, alternative management and ownership scenarios, and a synopsis of the public outreach. The Land Board will be asked to provide direction to the Department in moving forward with short- and long-term options for how the Elliott State Forest could be owned and managed.

In addition to the Elliott report, the meeting agenda includes the annual land management and Department of Forestry management reports.

The meeting is in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Information on the Elliott: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/LW/Pages/Elliott-State-Forest.aspx

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

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

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12/01/14
Give the gift of Oregon State Parks with 12-month parking permit
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/01/14
What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon's state parks? From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25--a $5 discount from the regular price of $30.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. "This permit is a gateway to ocean views, lighthouses, waterfalls, scenic trails and more. It's the perfect gift for anyone who frequently visits state parks," said OPRD Director Lisa Van Laanen.

OPRD also offers a 24-month pass for $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30--regularly $35--in December.

The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits, coastal passports and OPRD gift certificates can be purchased by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center, 1-800-551-6949. Callers may use debit or credit cards that have VISA or MasterCard logos.

Walk-in customers can buy the OPRD permits at major OPRD offices, some state park friends' group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state, listed under the Visit tab at OregonStateParks.org. The coastal passports are sold at some coastal state parks, federal agency offices and local vendors in several coastal communities.


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Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee meets December 2 in Prineville (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/26/14
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The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will meet Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Crook County Fire Department at 500 NE Belknap Street, Prineville, Oregon.

Todd M. Hueckman Contracting was nominated for 2014 Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year. Hueckman and his crew diligently removed ponderosa pine infected with dwarf mistletoe and pockets of bark beetle. This operation near Burns, Oregon was done to improve forest health and fire resiliency. Hueckman's twenty-one years working in the natural resource industry reveals a sustained effort to minimize impact to the natural resources. These efforts include low-impact maneuvers to prevent erosion and strategic equipment use and slash pile placement to reduce fire risks. The Committee will consider Todd M. Hueckman Contracting's nomination for the 2014 Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year title.

The Committee will also review:
* The Department's tools to help landowners after large wildfires;
* Board of Forestry Activities and a Legislative Update;
* Western Oregon Streamside Buffer Rule Analysis;
* Bald Eagle rule revisions that may happen in 2015; and
* An update about the 2013 Compliance Audit.

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

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

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits. Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx
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Prospect Point Principal named regional Distinguished Principal (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 11/26/14
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WALLA WALLA - Prospect Point Elementary Principal Chris Gardea was recently selected Distinguished Elementary Principal for the Lake Wallula Region for 2014. Gardea is now eligible for the National Distinguished Principal award to be decided next Fall.

Nominators said Chris Gardea is a visionary, goal-oriented and focused on closing the achievement gap. His nominators went on to say he has experience with coordinating school-wide efforts and promoting instructional change through the implementation of the Common Core Standards with elementary math curriculum. Gardea is technology savvy and is an expert with Google for Education computer applications.

"Chris Gardea is an outstanding principal and we are just glad to have him in our district," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "He's dynamic, works hard and pays close attention to how the students in his school receive the best service possible."

Gardea has been Principal at Prospect Point since 2008. During his time as principal of Prospect Point Elementary the school has earned the Center of Educational Effectiveness School of Distinction award two times, as well as being a Washington Achievement Award Winner in the area of Science. Gardea served as Assistant Principal at Prospect Point from 2004-2007. He was Walla Walla Public Schools Director of Mathematics during the 2003-2004 school year.

Gardea spent three years as a classroom mathematics teacher at Pioneer Middle School. He served as an Administrative Intern at Pioneer Middle School from 2001 to 2002. Gardea held classroom teaching positions in Waitsburg School District from 1998 to 2000 and College Place School District from 1997 to 1998.

He holds an Continuing Principal Certificate. He earned his Master's in Educational Leadership from Eastern Washington University (EWU) and also completed his undergraduate studies at EWU. Gardea is a member of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

"The Walla Walla School District has offered me opportunities and guidance throughout my career that are irreplaceable," Gardea said. "I could not be where I am without my family, and the staff and students of Prospect Point Elementary. I would not be able to do my job without these people and the support and encouragement they give me daily."

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11/25/14
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 2 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 2 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting December 2 at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing in Portland. The board will review final recommendations on strategies to increase primary care infrastructure and investment in the state. The Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup will share its final proposed methodology, and there will also be a presentation on Health Information Exchange and the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC). The board also will receive updates on public health activities in the state. The board will hear public testimony at 4 p.m.

When: Tuesday, December 2, 1-4:15 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., 3rd floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

--Final recommendations: primary care infrastructure and investment

--Final recommendations: Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup

--Electronic health information and HITOC

--Update on public health activities (Ebola)

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Health advisory lifted November 25 for Devils Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued August 1 for Devils Lake, located in Lincoln City, Lincoln County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Devils Lake Water Improvement District office at 541-944-5330. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Amendment to the Reimbursement Rates for Developmental Disabilities CIIS In-Home Services In Order to Bring the Rates into Alignment Across Programs
OR Department of Human Services - 11/25/14
PROPOSAL: A CIIS Expenditure Guidelines Version 1.0 was published November 25, 2014 listing rates for services that will be effective January 1, 2015. The rates apply to services delivered through the following Developmental Disabilities programs: Medically Fragile Children's Services, Children's Intensive In-Home Services (CIIS) - Behavior Program, and Medically Involved Program. Leading up to January 1, 2015, the rates for services in those programs are found in the ODDS Children's In-Home Programs Rate Guidelines specific to the programs.

Changes in the Expenditure Guidelines are intended to align rates across programs, in accordance with 42 CFR 447.200. When provided by a licensed or certified provider agency, the affected services are: One-on-One Attendant Care, Relief Care, and Skills Training. The rate for an independent contractor delivering skills training is also affected. The rate for providers Family Training is also affected. The rates for some of these services will rise, others will be lowered.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/1/15

COMMENTS DUE: December 19, 2014

The Expenditure Guideline can be viewed at: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/tools/dd/cm/

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:

May Martin, Family Support Coordinator
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: may.martin@state.or.us

NEXT STEPS: ODDS will consider all comments received.
Health advisory lifted November 25 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae toxins confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

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

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

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Guide to 2015 health insurance coverage: Prescription drugs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/25/14
Note: During 2015 open enrollment, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose an insurance plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on the cost of prescription drugs.

Prescription drugs are one of the 10 essential health benefits that all insurance plans must cover. But plans differ in what specific medications they cover and how much you have to pay when you fill your prescription. If there are certain medications you know you will be using during the year, you will need to do some research before choosing a plan.

Agents and community partners can help you find the information that is most important to you when choosing a plan. Whether you are shopping by yourself or with the help of a professional, here are some tips:

* Find out what prescriptions the plan covers. You can find a list of drugs, also called a "formulary," on the insurance company's website or through a link on healthcare.gov. You also can call the insurance company directly to find out what's covered. Have the plan names you are considering available.

* Find out how much you will pay for the drugs. You can find this information in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, which is provided in the plan details available at company websites and at healthcare.gov. Many drugs will have a co-payment (fixed amount) or co-insurance (percent of the cost of the drug) that you will pay when you pick up your prescription. Some plans may count your co-pay or co-insurance toward the deductible, while other plans do not credit these prescription drug costs toward the deductible.

* Know what category your drug falls in. Co-payments and co-insurance amounts can vary depending on how the insurance company categorizes the drug. Insurance companies place drugs in different categories, or tiers. For example, one company will consider a drug a specialty drug, which often has the highest co-pay or co-insurance, while another company will consider that same drug at a lower tier with lower co-pay or co-insurance for the member.

* Make sure your pharmacy is in-network. Different health plans allow you to get your medications from different pharmacies (called "in-network pharmacies"). Call your insurance company or visit their website to find out whether your regular pharmacy is in-network under the plan you are considering and, if not, what pharmacies in your area are in-network. You can also learn if you can get your prescription delivered in the mail.

If you have any questions, contact the insurance company to make sure you understand the total out-of-pocket costs you might have with a plan.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://openenrollment.answersandaction.com/home and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
11/24/14
Warm Springs Police Department Release on HWY 26 Fatal Crash
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
The following News Release is being forwarded at the request of the Warm Springs Police Department:

On November 22, 2014, at approximately 7:09 PM, the Warm Springs Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 77. Upon arriving on scene, officers determined that a van was that traveling eastbound on Highway 26 collided head-on with the Ford pickup, which was traveling westbound. A few moments after the head-on collision, a semi-truck traveling east on Highway 26 collided with the Ford pickup, compromising the head-on crash scene. The driver and lone occupant of the van, whose identity is being withheld pending next of kin notifications (s), was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the passenger-side window of the van; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The two involved vehicles had no other passengers and there were no other serious injuries reported. Highway 26 was closed so that investigators could complete the investigation.

The Oregon State Police responded to assist from Bend and Government Camp by providing Crash Reconstruction specialists. Road conditions were very icy at the time of the crash and Highway 26 was reopened at 4:00 AM.

No photographs are available for release.

Questions may be directed to Public Safety General Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Stan Suenaga at (541) 553-2283.

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Linn County landowner Linda Butts receives Oregon's "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" title today in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/24/14
L-R State Forester Doug Decker, Tree Farmer of the Year Linda Butts, and USFS Regional Forester Jim Pena
L-R State Forester Doug Decker, Tree Farmer of the Year Linda Butts, and USFS Regional Forester Jim Pena
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Linn County landowner Linda Butts was selected from a group of 10 finalists to receive the "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" title at the Oregon Tree Farm System's annual awards luncheon, held today at Portland's World Forestry Center.

For 40 years Butts has owned and managed a 145-acre tree farm on McCully Mountain south of Lyons. Linda and her late husband Linn have actively managed the property for wildlife, timber income, recreation and the improvement of threatened habitats.

Since the mid-1970s the Butts have managed their property for a mix of goals and objectives. They've hosted tours demonstrating a variety of forest management activities including good pruning practices. Over the years as their collective knowledge of what makes a healthy sustainable forest has grown, they've modified their management plans; one example is the restoration of an oak woodland savanna resulting in the conservation of an ecologically unique area.

Linda and her son Gary have both become Master Woodland Managers, donating time to help other landowners improve their forested properties. They annually assist Oregon State University Extension with its sponsorship of the Clackamas Tree School and other projects.

Other major accomplishments include:
* Conversion of 50 acres of old pastures to forests
* Planting of western red cedar, Douglas-fir and Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine in areas previously overtaken by invasive species
* Development of a camping area for family gatherings
* Development of a rocked road system for management and fire protection

"Linn and Linda have been leaders in managing their forests," says Mike Barsotti, a local forester who has known the Butts since the 1970s. "They've hosted countless educational tours to help others, showing other family forestland owners their efforts to restore and maintain an Oregon White Oak woodland savanna, as well as ways to prune and thin young trees," Barsotti added.

County chapters of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association in partnership with local foresters annually select landowners who promote sustainable forestry management on their land. Other landowners honored for their land management ethic this year include:

* Benton County: Mike and Molly Albrecht
* Clackamas County: John Poppino
* Douglas County: Bob and Naomi Ragon
* Jackson County: Jim and LaVonne Stumbo
* Lane County: Jim Christian
* Lincoln County: Peter and Alice Bregman
* Linn County: Linda Butts
* Union County: Harlan Scott
* Washington County: Chuck Price
* Yamhill County: Brian Doyle

The Oregon Tree Farm System (ATFS), an affiliate of the American Tree Farm System, is a Forest Certification organization that annually recognizes private forest landowners for their forest conservation actions.

For more information: http://www.otfs.org/


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Northwest public utilities, BPA top five-year energy savings target (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/24/14
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
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Portland, Ore. - Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration have saved at least 560 average megawatts of electricity, greatly surpassing the five-year goal of 504 aMW set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Sixth Power Plan.

"Public power and BPA continue to lead the region's energy efficiency efforts," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency. "And this fantastic accomplishment could only be achieved through the great collaboration that we have here in the Pacific Northwest."

Although energy savings are still being reported, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities are projecting that they will have saved more than 560 aMW of electricity between 2010 and 2014. The five years of savings is enough to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes and adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills for Northwest ratepayers. The final savings achieved will be more precisely known in early 2015.

BPA and publicly owned electric utilities in the Northwest have worked hard not only to achieve but to substantially exceed the aggressive energy efficiency target.

"Public power's investment in energy efficiency has produced impressive savings in the past five years," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "This would not be possible without the commitment at the local level by utilities who know the needs of their retail customers."

The region's energy-saving goals are set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, which includes two members from each of the four Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington). BPA and Northwest publicly owned utilities administer programs that pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy in support of public power's share of the region's energy efficiency target. Public power utilities are responsible for roughly 42 percent of the total regional target. This includes providing incentives for energy-saving upgrades, developing and implementing cutting-edge programs, and advancing new energy-efficient technologies, codes and standards.

Since 2010, there have been a number of standouts in the region's efforts to enhance energy efficiency. Programs like BPA's award-winning Energy Smart Industrial more than doubled the savings industrial facilities achieved compared to the previous five years (from 35 to over 75 aMW). The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an organization that furthers the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices, supported by BPA, worked to improve the efficiency of the television market in the Northwest and achieved over 70 aMW of regional savings.

Standouts notwithstanding, a commitment to working together has been the key to success.

"Whether it's an upgrade for a homeowner or a process improvement at an industrial plant, collaboration between utility and BPA staff and our members is essential to achieving the region's energy conservation goals," says Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, an industry association that promotes energy efficiency.

The region has exceeded the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's annual targets every year since 2005. Early reporting shows that BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities saved 55 aMW of energy in fiscal year 2014, exceeding the target range of 48 to 56 aMW. (The fiscal year 2014 savings figure is preliminary and likely to be adjusted after all reporting from utilities is submitted and verified.)

"The region's impressive accomplishments are saving money for consumers, protecting the environment by helping to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and keeping our electricity supply the cleanest and least expensive in the nation," said Pat Smith, chair of the Council's Power Committee, which is overseeing development of the upcoming Seventh Power Plan.

Since Congress passed the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act in 1980, over half of the region's new demand for electricity has been met through energy savings. In those 34 years, the Northwest has saved 5,600 aMW of electricity, enough energy to power four cities the size of Seattle for an entire year or about $3.5 billion in reduced electric bills for the people and businesses of the Northwest.

"Energy efficiency is our cleanest, quickest, cheapest new power source, and critical to meeting our carbon-reduction responsibilities," said Sara Patton, NW Energy Coalition executive director. "We applaud Bonneville's continuing efforts to help the region's utilities meet and exceed their savings goals, and look forward to even greater accomplishments in coming years."

According to the Council, the average cost of efficiency improvements is about $17 per megawatt-hour, about five times less than the cost of power from a new gas-fired plant. So without energy efficiency, the region would need to generate enough additional electricity to power 3.6 million Northwest homes.

"Northwesterners should be proud of the fact that energy efficiency is the second-largest power resource in the region," Genece adds. "By using energy more efficiently, we can extend the value of the federal power system and its ability to continue to provide clean, affordable, reliable energy for the region."


Attached Media Files: Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Silverton, Wilsonville residents appointed to state cemeteries commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa VanLaanen has appointed Jeanean Craig of Silverton and Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Craig, a lawyer, was appointed in the spring and is interested in the historical records and legal issues related to Oregon's historic cemeteries. Lehan, appointed this fall, has worked with several historic cemeteries. She is familiar with burial documentation, genealogy and other cemetery issues.

"The commission is pleased to welcome both Craig and Lehan, both of whom are looking forward to supporting people and organizations taking care of historic cemeteries," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "Both will be great additions to the commission."

The commission is seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Trey Batey of Medford, Mike Leamy of Astoria and Eirik Thorsgard of Grand Ronde. For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.


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11/23/14
*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash I-84 West of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an injury crash on I-84 near milepost 206.5 and are asking for your help finding an involved vehicle.

At approximately 6:22 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) was notified of a motor vehicle fire at milepost 206.5. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV with heavy front-end damage that had caught fire and burned. The car's driver, identified as SHELLEY WHITTAKER, 29, of Portland, was pulled from the vehicle by her passenger then collapsed beside it with serious injuries. Passers-by who stopped to help performed CPR on WHITTAKER until she was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.

The front passenger, identified as TUESDAY HAILEY, 35, of Hillsboro, self-extricated and received non-life threatening injuries.

Seatbelt information is not presently available for either occupant.

*** Troopers believe the Montero may have rear-ended an oil or gasoline tanker type semi-truck . Heavy winds in the area may have prevented the trucks driver from knowing the vehicle had been hit.***

OSP is asking for your help in identifying the semi-truck involved in this incident. Anyone travelling in the Pendleton area near milepost 206.5 (on the steep grade immediately west of Pendleton) who may have witnessed the rear-end crash but been unable to stop is asked contact Trooper John Juzuler 541-276-2121 (SCC) or 503-375-3555 (NCC).

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Pendleton Police Department, Pendleton Fire Department, Echo Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photographs are attached.

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