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Tue. 02/20/18
Executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee to meet February 21 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/20/18 1:25 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Room 160 of the Department of Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public comment, old business, new business, secretary position, executive committee composition, office tour, and future agenda items.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may access the meeting by calling (503) 934-1400 and using Conference ID # 23678239 to join in.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Chad A. Ludwig Chad.A.Ludwig@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Committee for Family Forestlands and State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meet Feb. 27
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/18 1:15 PM
News Release

Date: Feb. 20, 2018

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27; the CFF from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the SFCC via conference call from 2 -- 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The Committee for Family Forestlands will discuss these topics:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, Legislative session, agency strategic initiatives, and landowner assistance
Land use planning
Food plot rulemaking
Good Neighbor Authority

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will receive updates about:
The department and the Private Forests Division
Federal funding
Forest Stewardship Program
Forest Legacy Program, including the 2020 call for applications and timelines.

These are public meetings, everyone is welcome. The meeting agendas include time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. The meeting space 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 before the meetings. For more information about attending these meetings please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The CFF is a 13-member committee that researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/20/18 12:05 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL030 on Friday February 23, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL030 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Lt. Jamie Russell, Jail Commander of the Lincoln County Jail, will be the guest speaker.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Members of Graduating Class BCL030:

Deputy Sheriff Francis Adzima
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Audisio
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Beau Blackburn
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kaitlyn Briles
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Chad Brown
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Byron Buckelew
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kirsten Cardwell
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Chavez
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Shaunna Clark
Washington County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Mariah Colmenero
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua DeLawyer
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ashlee Dietz
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff India Gant
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ross Good
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hampson
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Karlie Hansen
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Hearn
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Aubri Hickey
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Holguin
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jacqueline Jones
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Kissee
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zachary Lafoca
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Lanning
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Moore
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Corey Nealeigh
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Papenfuhs
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff David Perlow
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Peterson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Steven Quesada
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Krista Richey
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zane Schnetzky
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jorge Serrano
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jason Shain
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Sheriff Tanner Sparks
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Jeremiah Steiner
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Aaron VanHoute
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Adam Whitehead
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Wolfe
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Colton Wright
Union County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Oregon Farm Bureau welcomes new staffer (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 02/20/18 12:00 PM
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February 20, 2018, SALEM, OREGON: Oregon Farm Bureau is proud to announce a new addition to the OFB Government Affairs team: Jonathan Sandau.

Sandau joins OFB after serving as a field representative for Congressman Kurt Schrader for the last three years, and experience in state-level politics before that.

Sandau is also the fifth generation of his family to farm in Marion County. Since graduating from the University of Portland, he has helped manage the family grass seed, blueberry, and field crop operation near Pratum.

"Jonathan's personal experience on the farm coupled with his extensive public policy experience make him a great advocate for our members. Jonathan brings knowledge, background, and a passion for agriculture that are hard to match. We are excited to have him working for farm and ranch families as part of the Farm Bureau team," said OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

"Being part of a fifth-generation farming family, I understand very well the hardships and the challenges of making a living in agriculture, and also the opportunities and successes," said Sandau.

"Working for the Farm Bureau is giving a voice to Oregonians who tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated in terms of the hard work they do and contributions they make to the state's economy and to both urban and rural communities," said Sandau.

Farm Bureau works alongside its grassroots membership, comprised of nearly 7,000 farm and ranch families, in the state capitol -- but oftentimes those members are too busy raising crops or tending to animals to make a trip to Salem during the legislative session. They rely on Farm Bureau to give them professional, informed representation with lawmakers and state agencies.

"We're happy Johnathon has joined OFB to help further our century-old mission of giving Oregon's farm and ranch families an effective, strong, and united voice in the legislature," said Dillon.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring. He is OFB's 15th president.



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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with Robust Passwords (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/20/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense with strong passwords.

If you are like most of the rest of us -- remembering the 50,000 passwords you are required to use each day can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that many people just use the same password -- or a variation of one -- over and over again. Regardless of how many special characters, numbers and capital letters that you put into it -- it is still the same password over and over again.

The people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce -- say that's not good enough. According to NIST researchers, more than 80% of hacking-related breaches used stolen or weak passwords.

Using the same few passwords over multiple platforms, apps, websites and the like is dangerous. Even when you are required to change the password every 90 or 120 days, that's usually not much help because most people just change a single character or add a number at the end of the old password.

So -- what does NIST recommend now? According to those government researchers:

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters, but generally the longer the better. They suggest using passphrases, not single words. For instance -- think of a crazy picture in your head such as "purple cows swim with bananas". You now have a 25-character password that is much stronger than a 6-character password with special symbols, numbers and capitals. And, as a bonus, you are more likely to remember it. Easier for you -- harder for hackers.

Focus on your most important accounts -- such as your email and bank accounts. Give each of these a unique passphrase.

Don't rely on passwords alone. Two-factor authentication is your friend. This requires something you know -- like a password PLUS something you get -- like a randomly generated PIN or code sent to your phone or hard token. If you can set one up on any particular account -- do so.

Don't want to deal with any of this? Consider using a reputable password manager. That's software or an app that generates unique passwords for every one of your accounts.

In the end, remember that there is no perfect system, but there are simple things you can do to make it more difficult for hackers to enter your virtual home.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.



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Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/20/18 9:30 AM
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KINGSLEY FIELD, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls demonstrated an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- the longest lease in the U.S. Air Force.

In a ceremony at Kingsley Field, Jan. 19, 2018, city officials expressed their appreciation for the unique mission of the wing and expressed the desire for its continued success into the next century.

"The partnership is one that works well and we believe it will make our community one of the best places to live and work and be part of," said Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden added that the lease benefits both the community and the Oregon Air National Guard.

"The signing of this lease extension exemplifies how our community in the basin has embraced the Guard's mission, supports our men and women in uniform, and benefits from the base's investment back into the community," Walden said.

This lease extension adds a capstone to recent improvements including a new airspace expansion which brings the total area to 11,300 square miles, making it among the largest test and training ranges in the U.S. Air Force.

This airspace expansion allows the opportunity for a fairly new concept in training -- use of a contracted adversary air (ADAIR) squadron which will serve to increase the number of sorties directly related to student training. This new ADAIR squadron of about six aircraft would simulate enemy aircraft during training sorties rather than requiring some of the F-15C's to fill the adversary role. This will free up more of the F-15C's for student training and allow the unit to graduate a larger number of new F-15C pilots for the Combat Air Forces.

The extended lease also helps solidify over $80M in planned construction projects in response to growth requirements such as the addition of nearly 100 active duty troops in an Active Association and the proposed addition of contract aircraft on the ramp. A new fire station is currently under construction and planned projects include a new fuel off-loading and on-loading station, a new corrosion control facility, ramp improvement construction, and many others.

During the ceremony speakers noted the litany of recent accomplishments have paved the way for both this unprecedented lease extension, and positioned Kingsley Field for the future.

"With its over 50,000 square-yards of ramp space, unrivaled support from the community, and four decades of fighter training culture, Kingsley Field is clearly a perfect home for the F-35, or any future training missions for that matter," added Walden.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C formal training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, presents framed F-15 photos to Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall and Klamath Falls City Councilmen, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The wing hosted community members and leaders to celebrate the 173rd FW's unprecedented 50-year lease extension that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Carol Westfall, Mayor of Klamath Falls, addresses community members and leaders during a celebratory gathering, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Westfall and leaders in the City of Klamath Falls secured an unprecedented 50-year lease extension with the 173rd Fighter Wing that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeff Smith, the 173rd Fighter Wing commander, visits with members of the community including Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber and Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, during a ceremony, Feb. 19, 2018, commemorating the extension of Kingsley Field's lease to the year 2095 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The extension makes this lease the longest in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny
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Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
Pacific Power - 02/20/18 9:04 AM
Contact: Media Hotline 800-570-5838


Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
1,300 MW of new wind part of Energy Vision 2020 plan

PORTLAND, Ore,--Feb. 20, 2018 -- Pacific Power has selected four new wind projects to fulfill plans to significantly expand the amount of wind energy serving customers by 2020.

The four projects will expand the company's owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 percent and add enough new wind energy to power approximately 450,000 average homes.

The new wind development is part of the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative, which also will upgrade the company's existing owned wind fleet in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon with longer blades and newer technology, and build a new high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming to connect the new wind energy to PacifiCorp's grid.

"We are committed to expanding the amount of renewable energy serving our customers, and these new wind projects will help us cost-effectively further that goal," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington, and California.

The bids were selected following a request for proposal (RFP) issued in September 2017. The RFP establishes a competitive bidding process for the company to select the most cost-effective new wind projects. The four selected projects are:

A 400 MW wind project in Converse County, Wyoming, which will be built by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, with half of the project owned and operated by PacifiCorp, and half of the project owned and delivered by NextEra under a Power Purchase Agreement.
A 161 MW wind project in Uinta County, Wyoming, which will be built by Invenergy, LLC, and owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 500 MW wind project in Carbon and Albany Counties, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 250 MW wind project in Carbon County, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
The additional wind generation and associated transmission line were identified in the company's 2017 Integrated Resource Plan as part of a broader approach to most cost-effectively meet customers' energy needs over the next 20 years. Completing the wind projects by 2020 will allow the company to use federal production tax credits to provide net cost savings to customers over the life of the projects.

The cost of the four new wind projects is estimated at approximately $1.5 billion, which is significantly less on a per-megawatt basis than when the new wind and transmission plan was first announced last April. The per-megawatt reduction in project costs helps make the Energy Vision 2020 initiative lower cost compared to other resource alternatives, such as market purchases, to meet forecasted customer energy needs.

Pending approval from state regulatory commissions, acquisition of rights of way, and receipt of permits, construction of the new wind and transmission projects is expected to begin in 2019.

Visit the following link for a video and more information about EV 2020. http://www.pacificorp.com/ev2020

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Mon. 02/19/18
Consumer Groups issue warning - Don't Be Fooled by Fake Patient Groups
AARP Oregon - 02/19/18 4:16 PM
AARP Oregon and OSPIRG, the leading senior and consumer advocacy groups in Oregon, are warning voters to watch out for telemarketing scams designed to trick voters into supporting policies that could hurt them.

The Voter Alert comes a week after a Eugene Register-Guard investigation into the shady practices of a group called "Caregiver Voices United." The Register-Guard revealed that the group funded by drug manufacturers pretended to be a patient advocacy group and called Oregonians to convince them to join an effort to stop the prescription drug price transparency bill, HB 4005. One of the independent contractors hired by Caregiver Voices United blew the whistle after looking up the bill and realizing that it was one he and other people would support.

Calling it a "subversive campaign," the Eugene Register-Guard published the documents from the whistleblower. The documents showed:

1. Caregiver Voices United -- the front group -- is actually funded by the pharmaceutical industry, including Allergen, Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline.
2. The script Caregiver Voices United gave its telemarketers is riddled with false information about HB 4005.
3. Telemarketers are paid on a bounty system, earning more money for each voter they convince to send a letter and participate in the campaign.

Oregon seniors have great concern over prescription drug prices and are likely to be targeted in scams like this says Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director of AARP Oregon.

"It's shameful that prescription drug companies would spend their money trying to trick seniors into opposing a bill that would finally shine the light on why drug prices keep going up year after year," says Bartholomew. "We are alerting our members: if you get a call from Caregiver Voices United, don't be fooled. This is not a real patient advocacy organization."

Jesse O'Brien, Policy Director at OSPIRG, said "It's clear from the Register-Guard investigation that the powerful pharmaceutical industry will do whatever it takes to keep us from knowing the truth behind their skyrocketing prices."

HB 4005 would require drug companies to report to the state the justification for any price increase 10% or higher. The report must include the company profits from the bill, the cost for research and development, the cost to market the drug, whether there are generic alternatives available and what the drug costs in other countries.

AARP Oregon and OSPIRG have joined with nurses, doctors, health plans, labor and other advocacy groups in support of drug price transparency. They see the actions by the pharmaceutical industry as a way to trick voters into opposing something that would help bring prescription prices down. They urge voters to be alert for the calls.

Top three things to do if you get a call:
1. Ask to speak to a manager. A true patient advocacy group will have one you can speak to. Groups like Caregiver Voices United pay individual contractors who work alone, usually from home.
2. Ask how the group is funded. A true patient advocacy group will be able to provide you with an answer.
3. Do not give the telemarketer your personal information or agree to have a letter sent to your representative on your behalf.

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AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members nationwide and 510,000 members in Oregon, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.



Attached Media Files: 2018-02/5564/112151/Consumer_Alert_around_HB_4005_2-19-18.docx

Sat. 02/17/18
Oregon State Police -- Winter Travel Safety Tips
Oregon State Police - 02/17/18 6:29 PM
With the potential for poor weather and hazardous road conditions in the next several days the Oregon State Police (OSP) would like to remind motorists of winter travel safety tips.

OSP recommends the following travel safety tips to help get you safely to your destination:

Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.

When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras on many mountain passes and major routes.

Take the time to keep up on current and future weather conditions in the area you are traveling, especially if going to or through higher elevations and mountain passes, areas where your vehicle needs to have appropriate traction tires or devices.

If considering a remote route that you have never traveled on, don't hesitate to contact available road and weather condition phone numbers or Internet resources, or contact police or highway department officials.

Prepare an emergency kit to place in your car for longer trips and keep track of how much fuel is in your tank, especially if traveling unfamiliar routes or into remote locations.

Let friends and family know what routes you plan to take when on a trip, keeping them updated and letting them know if these plans change.

Drive to the conditions. If it's icy or wet, increase your following distance and reduce your speed. Use your headlights to improve not only your visibility, but also so others can see your vehicle.

In bad weather, don't use cruise control.

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Fri. 02/16/18
Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Walton -- Lane County (Photo) Update Time Correction
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 8:01 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126W near Walton.

On February 16, 2018 at approximately 2:26 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 33, near Walton. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2013 Dodge Van, operated by Sharon Lee MILLER, age 76, from Mt. Angel, was traveling eastbound on 126W navigating a small left hand corner when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The Dodge hit a tree on the passenger side before coming to rest.

The passenger Charles Eugene MILLER, age 83, from Mt. Angel, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by EMS.
Sharon was transported by ambulance to the Riverbend Hospital with non-life threating injuries.

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sherriff's Office, Lane County Fire Authority and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 35minutes.

This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Richland Announces Preparations for Upcoming Queensgate Drive Construction
City of Richland - 02/16/18 4:52 PM
Per the City of Richland's Capital Improvement Plan, the identified Queensgate Drive Improvement Projects are scheduled to begin construction in Spring 2018. These efforts will address existing traffic challenges on Queensgate Drive, south of the I-182 interchange.

The projects include construction of a roundabout at the Queensgate Drive/Columbia Park Trail intersection and will extend Columbia Park Trail to the west, connecting to Jericho Court. The project will also widen Queensgate Drive between Keene Road and the eastbound I-182 ramp terminals to four lanes (two lanes each way), with a curbed center left turn median. In addition, a new westbound right turn lane on Keene Road will be constructed. Images of the project design are accessible on the City's website at www.ci.richland.wa.us/Queensgate.

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), an additional roundabout will replace the existing signalized intersection at the eastbound ramp terminals on I-182 at Queensgate Drive. The roundabout will provide right turn slip lanes and an additional merge lane to the Eastbound on-ramp with I-182.

The projects will also provide on-street bike lanes along Queensgate and connect into the shared use pathways along Queensgate and I-182.

Contractor Bids will be opened in February/March and construction is anticipated to be underway sometime in April 2018. Completion is expected in August 2018. A more detailed schedule will be published once a contractor has been confirmed.

While this area will be a construction zone, residents should expect detours.The project planning has included provisions to reduce inconvenience and congestion, including a significant amount of work at night. All commercial business access will remain accessible throughout the project.

Individuals can sign up to receive automatic City updates by visiting www.ci.richland.wa.us/enotify and are also encouraged to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages.



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Oregon Department of Forestry hosts national conference in central Oregon on aviation's role in fighting wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/16/18 4:34 PM
News Release

Feb. 16, 2018

Contacts:
Neal Laugle, ODF Aviation Manager, 503-945-7508
Bobbi Doan, ODF Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7506


SALEM, Ore. -- Wildfires are increasingly fought in the skies as well as on the ground. Nowhere was that more apparent than at this year's National States Fire and Aviation Conference hosted by the Oregon Department of Forestry in central Oregon Feb. 6-8.

The meeting's purpose was to bring aviation managers from across the nation to discuss important fire and aviation issues impacting aerial firefighting programs. Over the course of three days, dozens of fire managers, contractors, vendors and researchers engaged in learning about the latest advances in aerial firefighting technology. The conference highlighted multiple presentations about unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones), including lessons learned from their experimental use in last summer's wildfires, to the evolving regulations governing how they can be flown.

Additional topics included short-wave infrared technology and its ability to see through heavy smoke and provide sharp images and fire mapping in real time for on-the-ground fire managers. Attendees also heard about aircraft maintenance, new research on chemicals to make water more effective at suppressing wildfire, and Colorado's expanding use of its firefighting plane for other hazard-related missions.

Attendees came from as far away as Alaska, Florida and Pennsylvania to the site of the conference at the Sunriver Resort near Bend, not far from where a number of wildfires burned in the Cascades during 2017. Deputy State Forester Nancy Hirsch welcomed the conference attendees to Oregon, emphasizing the importance of cooperative relationships between states during increasingly challenging fire seasons.

ODF's Aviation Manager Neal Laugle said the event underscored the growing recognition of the vital importance of aircraft in the battle against catastrophic wildfire. "From detection to fire mapping and active suppression support, aircraft now play a critical role in the fight to save lives, property and natural resources," Laugle said. "Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the state of Oregon beginning to use aircraft to spot wildfire from the sky, so we were especially proud to host this year's conference. It looks like the next 100 years will see even greater reliance on airborne resources by state and federal agencies to help us carry out our firefighting mission."

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Oregon OSHA further extends comment period for pesticide rules
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/16/18 4:34 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has again extended the public comment period on proposed additional safeguards against pesticide drift. The decision moves the deadline from Feb. 28 to March 15 and allows more time to comment on the proposed rules while considering a revised statement of need and financial impact.

Oregon OSHA appointed a Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to provide additional analysis as part of the agency's updates to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard. The committee included both grower and worker representatives. The committee finished its work in February with an Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact.

Oregon OSHA's rule proposals add protections to the EPA's Application Exclusion Zone. The zone surrounds and moves with pesticide-spray equipment during applications. It must be free of all people other than appropriately trained and equipped pesticide handlers.

Learn more about Oregon OSHA's rule proposals and review the Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact at http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/making/Pages/proposed.aspx

Learn more about the Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee at
http://osha.oregon.gov/rules/advisory/ag-emp/Pages/wps-fiac.aspx

Extending the comment period through March 15 marks the third time Oregon OSHA has allowed more time to review and remark on the rule proposals. The comment period was originally scheduled to end Dec. 15. To comment:

Department of Consumer and Business Services/Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3882
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov
Fax: 503-947-7461


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

NEWS RELEASE: Columbia School District Selects Top Candidates in Superintendent Search
Columbia Sch. Dist. - 02/16/18 2:37 PM
BURBANK, WA -- Three finalists are moving forward in the search for the next superintendent of Columbia School District, located in Burbank, WA. Following a formal search process that began last fall, the Columbia School Board of Directors have recommended the following superintendent candidates:

Ellen Perconti, Superintendent/Principal of Mary M Knight School District, Washington
Todd Hilberg, Principal, Selah High School, Washington
Robert Bowman, Principal, Harrison Middle School, Washington

The top three candidates are scheduled to participate in final district interviews with Columbia's administrative staff and school board members on Wednesday, March 7th. An open community forum will be held that same evening from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Columbia High School. All Columbia staff and residents are encouraged to attend the community forum where they will be able to hear from each candidate.

Current superintendent, Dr. Lou Gates, announced his planned retirement in November 2017 after 40 years in education. The Columbia School Board will meet to deliberate following the March 7th interviews, with a formal announcement identifying the successful candidate expected by March 27th. The individual selected as superintendent of Columbia School District will begin his or her position on July 1, 2018.

Columbia has utilized the services of Educational Service District 123 to conduct their superintendent search. For more information, contact Mr. Darcy Weisner at 509.544.5785.

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Salem Couple and Others Arrested In Felony Wildlife Crimes -- Lake County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 2:37 PM
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On February 14, 2018, the LaPine Office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed a four month investigation into the unlawful killing of several Winter Range Trophy Class Mule Deer Bucks. They were assisted by Fish and Wildlife Troopers from both the Klamath Falls and Salem offices.

The investigation originated when a trooper located a trophy class buck deer shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County with the assistance from the OSP Fish and Wildlife Aircraft during winter range patrol. That incident led to a search warrant being executed at the residence of G.W. Todd FULFER, age 40, and his wife Samantha GERMAN-FULFER, age 27, in Salem, on January 31, 2018. Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife Troopers to the Albany home of Scott Allan HARRIS, age 55. Upon the service of a second search warrant, additional evidence was seized including several trophy class antlers.

A fourth suspect, Jacen Todd FULFER, age 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, as officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.

All four suspects were cited into Lake County Circuit Court on a variety of charges ranging from Take/Possession-Buck Deer (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Waste of Game Mammal, and Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Method.

The investigation produced evidence indicating both Samantha GERMAN-FULFER and her husband, GW Todd FULFER, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion Counties. In addition to the multiple deer suspected to have been poached by the FULFERS in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects were also cited into the other counties for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and various Wildlife Crimes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888, OSP (677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators
Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.
TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)



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Attempted luring averted, Grandview police investigating
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 02/16/18 1:06 PM
On Thursday morning, Feb. 15, at approximately 7:10 a.m. a Grandview Middle School student on her way to school was approached by an individual who attempted to lure her into his car. He allegedly asked the student where she was going and if she needed a ride. The student, avoided contact, reported the incident and is safe and secure.
 
The Grandview Police Department is actively investigating the incident. They describe the driver as male, pale looking, skinny, wearing a black ball cap, possibly in his 30s with a tattoo on his face, no facial hair, possibly Caucasian or light complexioned Hispanic. The vehicle is described as a black four-door vehicle with the passenger side headlight out. The vehicle, believed to be very dirty, is described as a '90s model similar to an older Honda Accord. School districts throughout the region have been notified about the incident and put on alert.  
 
While the school district has many safeguards in place to protect our students (adult crossing guards, alerting and communication systems, crisis procedures), this is an excellent time for parents and guardians to talk to their kids about what they can do to protect themselves. Good safety habits start at home. Please take some time today to encourage your kids to follow these common-sense safety guidelines:
Always walk with a partner or a group
Do not approach unknown vehicles
Develop a "safe word" that family can share with others that will identify them as trustworthy
Avoid walking by tall bushes or through unlit or unpopulated areas
If approached by a stranger, always walk away and tell a trusted adult

We care deeply about the safety and security of the children in our care and make safety a priority in Grandview. We share this information in that spirit and ask our families and community to be alert, but not alarmed.
 
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Grandview Police Department at (509) 882-2000.

*Update* Suspect Arrested - FBI and Curry County Sheriff's Office Ask Public's Help in Finding Attempted Aggravated Murder Fugitive (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/16/18 12:14 PM
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From the Curry County Sheriff's Office:


On 02-15-18 at about 9:38pm Pacific Time, Lucas DeYoung was taken into custody by the Nevada State Highway Patrol on the Curry County and FBI warrants for his arrest. DeYoung was lodged in the Humboldt County Jail in Winnemucca, Nevada.

On 02-15-18 at about 12:15pm, the Curry County Sheriff's Office received information from a concerned citizen that DeYoung was calling and harassing them, and, through some investigative leads, it was determined that DeYoung was either in Utah or Nevada. Dispatch started notifying all law enforcement agencies in those areas to attempt to locate DeYoung.

The Nevada Highway Patrol saw a vehicle with Virginia plates parked alongside the road on I-80 near milepost 164 in Nevada with a male sleeping in the driver's seat. The NHP contacted the person inside who fit the description provided by the FBI warrants as DeYoung. The driver initially gave a different name but it was determined that the driver was in fact Lucas DeYoung, and he was taken into custody without incident. The NHP also charged DeYoung with being a felon in possession of firearms.

The Curry County District Attorney's Office will work with the State of Nevada to return DeYoung to Oregon.



The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Lucas Randall DeYoung. Anyone with information about DeYoung's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 247-3243.



The FBI and the Curry County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in locating Lucas Randall DeYoung of Brookings, Oregon. On February 1, 2018, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging DeYoung, age 36, with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The Curry County Sheriff's Office had previously charged DeYoung with attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of marijuana in relation to the shooting of a Curry County man on December 28, 2017.

The FBI has posted DeYoung's FBI Wanted flyer at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/additional/lucas-randall-deyoung. The FBI is also running Facebook ads featuring the fugitive hunt for DeYoung in Oregon, Washington, Virginia and Nevada. (Both the flyer and the Facebook ad are attached.)

DeYoung is described as:

White man
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 pounds
Other: Scar on his left finger and tattoos on his back and right shoulder

DeYoung is a known to use illegal drugs and carry firearms. He is also a known gambler. DeYoung may have travelled to the Mason County/Thurston County areas of Washington State, Virginia or Las Vegas, Nevada.

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about DeYoung's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942, the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 247-3243.

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Nurse Staffing Advisory Board meets in Portland February 28
Oregon Health Authority - 02/16/18 11:26 AM
February 16, 2018


What: The quarterly public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board

Agenda: Review of minutes from November 29, 2017, meeting; waiver update; Nurse Staffing Survey update; plans of correction; NSAB member memos; emerging issues in nurse staffing; and public comment. The agenda will be available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing on February 21.

When: February 28, 1 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Public Health Division director board room, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon's nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the basis of those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews enforcement powers and processes under Oregon's nurse staffing laws.

For more information, see the agency's nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

Program contact: Anna Davis, 971-673-2950, anna.l.davis@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written materials in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Anna Davis at 971-673-2950, 711 TTY or anna.l.davis@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

***Update Additional Reward***Illegal killing of a Bull Elk -- Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 10:53 AM
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The Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association had added an additional $500.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s)in the illegal killing of a bull elk. The total reward is now $1,000.
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On January 27 at approximately 9:00 am, Central Point Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Sam's Valley area near Agate Road to investigate the possible shooting of a bull elk. This is in Jackson County and is approximately one mile south of Highway 234.

When Troopers arrived they found a four point bull elk standing in a pasture with what appeared to be a bullet wound just behind his left shoulder blade. Shortly after their arrival, the bull succumbed to his injury. A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the Troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located. The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)



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Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1
Pacific Power - 02/16/18 9:30 AM
Media Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Feb. 16, 2018
503-813-7291

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to Project HELP 2-for-1

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Helping some of your neighbors stay warm and healthy this winter is tripling in value and the appreciation is priceless. Pacific Power will match every $1 you donate to Project HELP with $2 more.

In 2017, donations from Pacific Power's employees and customers helped 291 households in need in Washington. The 2-for-1 match this year will continue until a cap of $34,000 of Pacific Power matching funds is reached.

Project HELP is administered by The Salvation Army in Walla Walla and Yakima and the Northwest Community Action Agency in Toppenish.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find a Project HELP contribution envelope in their February bills. Those interested in assisting local households in need can donate by forwarding their contribution in this envelope. Customers who pay their bills electronically can request a contribution envelope and then send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program and to request a donation envelope, call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

All donations are forwarded to the agencies administering Project HELP, and they verify eligibility and allocate funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same area in which the donor resides.

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 customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. In 2010, Pacific Power celebrated 100 years serving customers and communities. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

Community Garden Plots Available in Richland (Photo)
City of Richland - 02/16/18 9:23 AM
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Applications are being accepted by Richland Parks and Recreation to reserve a garden spot for the 2018 growing season. For a nominal charge, residents can choose from 3 garden locations and plant, tend to, and harvest their own fruits, vegetables or flowers. Plot sizes range in size and price from $25 - $50 a year. Gants are available to supplement the costs at one location only, McMurray Community Garden.

Community Garden locations include:
McMurray Community Garden Next to McMurray Park (Behind Safeway)
Stevens Triangle Community Garden Corner of Stevens Dr. & Jadwin Ave.
Venus Community Garden North of Gage Blvd. on Venus St.

Go online, call, or visit the Richland Community Center's Parks and Rec Department. Garden Plots go fast! Visit 500 Amon Park Drive, www.richlandparksandrec.com/parks/community-gardens or call 942-7529.



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Richland Park Vendor Opportunities (Photo)
City of Richland - 02/16/18 8:49 AM
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The City of Richland invites vendors who are interested in providing food, beverages, or recreational services in Richland Parks to apply for the 2018 season. The City hosts a growing number of outdoor festivals, concerts and sporting events, along with an increase in recreational activities along the waterways, shoreline, and biking/hiking trails. Vendors have a unique opportunity to launch their business and build a loyal customer base during this time.

Vendor locations include Howard Amon Park, Badger Mountain Park, Leslie Groves Park, John Dam Plaza, Columbia Point Marina Park and Columbia Park West. Other locations are considered on a case by case basis. Applications, which further explain the criteria, selection process, and contracting requirements, are available at www.richlandparksandrec.com/vendorapplications
Applications are due by February 23, 2018.



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Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Update Name Added)
Oregon State Police - 02/16/18 6:44 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male, identified as Salvador RIOS-CERVANTES, age 18, from Salem, climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with RIOS-CERVANTES after he jumped from the overpass. RIOS-CERVANTES suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 9:19 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with the adult male after he jumped from the overpass. The adult male suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators. The name of the deceased adult male is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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WMEA to Recognize Wapato Schools Administrator
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 02/15/18 3:18 PM
Good afternoon all,

Attached is a release that is embargoed until tomorrow afternoon. It is in regards to Wapato High School Principal Eric Diener receiving a special recognition tomorrow from the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) which as you probably know is currently meeting for its statewide conference in Yakima.

As you can imagine we are excited that the WMEA has chosen Mr. Diener for this recognition.



Attached Media Files: WMEA to Recognize Wapato Schools Administrator

Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open TOMORROW, February 16, In Oregon and SW Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 02/15/18 2:07 PM
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Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open TOMORROW, February 16, In Oregon and SW Washington
Girl Scout S'mores(TM) cookies back by popular demand!

PORTLAND, OR. -- February 15, 2018 -- Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will officially launch the 2018 cookie booth season tomorrow, February 16. Back by popular demand are Girl Scout S'mores(TM)! Cookies can be purchased from more than 30,000 Girl Scout Cookie booths between Friday, February 16 and Sunday, March 11 for $5 per box.

"I'm excited for girls to have this business experience, and put themselves out there," says GSOSW Director of Product Sales Paige Walker. "A Girl Scout Cookie booth is basically a pop-up shop and these young women are entrepreneurs selling an iconic product. As they're talking with community members at booths, they're learning people skills. As they're making decisions about their cookie business, they're practicing skills that prepare them for a successful future."

While the girls ask for the sale, Walker has an ask for customers, too: "When you meet a Girl Scout at a cookie booth, ask her why she is selling cookies!"

COOKIE FINDER
Signature Girl Scout Cookies, including Thin Mints(R), Samoas(R) and Trefoils(R) will be offered among the eight Girl Scout Cookie varieties at all booths throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Girl Scout S'mores(TM) cookies and gluten free Toffee-tastic(TM) specialty cookies are available at select cookie booths while supplies last. Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org/cookies or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

THE POWER BEHIND THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM
The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain confidence in handling money--skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold powers real-life experiences for thousands of local girls.

"We are so grateful to the stores, businesses and organizations that host Girl Scouts at cookie booths," says Walker. "The community partners that provide these spaces are making a valuable investment in girls' entrepreneurial experience."

KEEPING IT LOCAL
100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales remains within the local region. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps provide for new and unique opportunities for local girls including valuable educational experiences that offer lifelong impact. Girl Scout campers in Oregon and Southwest Washington use cookie program proceeds to fund their own camp and travel adventures. And, nearly every Girl Scout troop uses some portion of their cookie proceeds to give back to their local communities.

ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM
A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the cookie program, please visit: girlscoutcookies.org.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves 13,955 girls in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program, develops essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For information, please visit: girlscoutsosw.org.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Shipe, Director of Communications
(503) 977-6861 | After Hours: 503-930-5275, Mobile | sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

Maureen A. Kenney, Public Relations Specialist
(503) 977-6817 | mkenney@girlscoutsosw.org



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Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/15/18 1:40 PM
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KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls is demonstrating an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- another 77 years, the longest lease of any base in the country.

A ceremony scheduled for at 1:45 p.m on Feb. 19, 2018, will host a number of community leaders at the base including U.S. Representative Greg Walden.

The event will commemorate a number of initiatives that help the wing maintain the only F-15C formal schoolhouse in the U.S. Air Force, including the finalization of an airspace expansion initiative and plans to continue numerous construction projects on the base past the year 2020.



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Reminder to use SafeOregon the statewide School Safety Tip Line for concerns about safety
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 1:23 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) reminds students and families to learn more about SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for students to alert authorities to information that may be useful in preventing school attacks, bullying, and suicidal behaviors.

SafeOregon can be accessed through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to review, analyze and route tips for the most appropriate follow-up and urgency. Tip line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

Superintendent Travis Hampton, "We know the tip line works. We've seen other students report concerns about their friends and we've gotten their friends help. We've been able to get in front of safety concerns. Sometimes students might see or hear something that might be confusing or they are unsure what to do with the information but they do know something isn't right. That's where the tip line can help. Students have the opportunity to provide information to a trusted adult that can look into the situation and take it from there."

The Oregon State Police also encourages students to have conversations with adults around them about anything they are concerned about. Students have an important voice in their own safety, and the safety of their fellow students and school. But, the tip line gives a voice to those students who don't feel comfortable going to an adult for whatever reason or they might be anxious or afraid.

Since the tip line began in January, 2017 -- over 525 tips have been received. The top five types of tips include bullying or harassment, possession or distribution of drugs, concerns about safety issues, cyberullying and sexual harassment.

Today, 813 Oregon schools in the PK-12 grades are signed up to use the statewide tip line. It's open to private and public schools in those grade ranges. To find out if your school is using the system visit SafeOregon.com and click on report a tip. Here you'll see all the different methods of reporting. By clicking on web report form you will see a box for "school name" begin entering your school name. If the school name appears, they are using SafeOregon. You should also talk to your school about how the system works and what you can do to help promote the statewide tip line in your school.

It is against the Oregon Law to misuse the tip line and report false tips. ORS 165.570

For more information visit SafeOregon.com.

Background: SafeOregon became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. During the 2014 session, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, to establish a Task Force on School Safety. The bill, created a working group to examine steps to improve safety and security at schools across the state. As specified in HB 4087, the task force is made up of representatives from the legislature, the governor's office, as well as the education and public safety communities. A complete roster of the task force members appears at the left side of this page. For more information on the task force visit the Oregon State Police website at www.oregon.gov/osp

As a reminder OSP personnel will be available for on-camera/media interviews today, February 15, 2018 between 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The location will be at Oregon State Police General Headquarters, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem Oregon. OSP asks any media to check in at the front reception area.


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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Media Interviews Regarding SafeOregon School Safety Tip Line-
Oregon State Police - 02/15/18 11:38 AM
Due to interest in the school safety tip line, SafeOregon, managed by OSP, OSP personnel will be available for on-camera/media interviews today, February 15, 2018 between 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The location will be at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem Oregon. OSP asks any media to check in at the front reception area.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Solar, low-impact hydro projects in NW communities to receive $1.1 million boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power - 02/15/18 11:06 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, Feb. 15, 2018
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com

Solar, low-impact hydro projects in NW communities to receive $1.1 million boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky customers
Renewable energy program making sustainable investments in communities for more than a decade

PORTLAND, Ore.--Several solar projects and one low-impact hydro project will soon help reduce energy costs for community organizations in 10 communities across the Northwest, thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power customers who voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Altogether, Blue Sky customers are placing $1.1 million in new renewable energy investment in 2018, bringing more than 675 kilowatts of new renewable energy capacity online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky customers have helped fund the installation of 101 community-based projects totaling 8.8 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with more than $10 million in investment during that time.

Projects funded over the years include wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, low-impact hydro and wave technologies.

"Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities," said Cory Scott, Pacific Power's director of customer solutions. "Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers."

"The Blue Sky program has one of the highest number of customer participants you'll find nationwide," added Berit Kling, project manager. "One of the reasons the Blue Sky program is so popular is the element of choice. Blue Sky customers choose to support renewable energy above and beyond Pacific Power's own growing renewable portfolio and projects like these provide customers with tangible connections to the program. In addition to greening their energy use by supporting newly developed renewable energy generation Blue Sky customers are helping fund new on-the-ground, renewable projects in their own communities that strongly contribute to the local economy."

Projects receiving funding this year range from arrays at Portland's St. Charles Parish School to a low-impact hydro facility at Wallowa Lake to a solar installation at a pet adoption center in Roseburg
These projects are on schedule to be completed in 2018:
St. Charles Parish School, Portland
Solar, 78 kilowatt
$300,000
Tri-City Joint Water and Sanitary Authority, Myrtle Creek, Ore.
Solar, 287 kilowatt
$200,000
Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, Roseburg, Ore.
Solar, 43.2 kilowatt
$130,050
Siskiyou Family YMCA, Yreka, Calif,
Solar, 92 kilowatt
$109,000
Cantrall Buckley Community Park, Jacksonville, Ore.
Solar, 23.5 kilowatt
$89,530
Gem Theatre, Athena, Ore.
Solar, 26 kilowatt
$84,250
Bridge Housing Corp, Portland
Solar, 39.7 kilowatt
$73,324
Hood River County Health Dept. Hood River, Ore.
Solar, 24.5 kilowatt
$69,672
Lake County Library District, Lakeview, Ore.
Solar, 22.6 kilowatt
$64,726
Wallowa Lake State Park, Joseph, Ore.
Low-impact hydro, 18 kilowatt
$60,000
Beit Am Jewish Community Center, Corvallis, Ore.
Solar, 23.8 kilowatt
$51,250
Medford School District (Ruch Community School), Jacksonville, Ore.
Solar, 11.4 kilowatt
$24,337

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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 14th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; More than 60,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 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.

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and Two Rivers Correctional Institution to host RN & CMA recruiting event at Blue Mountain Community College (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/15/18 10:32 AM
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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) in Pendleton and Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla will be holding a one-day recruiting event on Friday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blue Mountain Community College. During this event, corrections health service professionals will share information about careers in the medical field within the Department of Corrections (DOC).

Those who come on board at EOCI or TRCI will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within DOC. In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application, criminal history background check, reference checks, and a tour of ECOI. A tour of TRCI may be scheduled at a later date.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport) and must be licensed by the Oregon Board of Nursing or hold an Oregon Certified Medication Aide certificate.

The event will be held at Blue Mountain Community College -- Science & Tech Building, 2411 NW Carden Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (541) 922-6004. Visit www.odocjobs.com for a list of all open positions and more information.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,600 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues(C), whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.



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Fatal Crash Highway 101 near Wheeler -- Tillamook County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing Wednesday evening's fatal crash on Highway 101 near Wheeler in Tillamook County.

On February 14, 2018, at about 5:45 p.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 at milepost 46Z south of Wheeler. Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by Philip MEIER, age 29, from Tillamook, was southbound negotiating a leftward sweeping curve when it lost control. Witnesses said that the Nissan Altima was sideways in the northbound lane when a northbound grey 2018 GMC SUV, operated by Talbot BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, collided with the Nissan Altima on the passenger side.

MEIER died from injuries sustained in the crash. BETHELL and his passenger, Anne BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, were transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Investigators are looking at speed and wet roadways as possible contributing factors in the crash.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane through the area of the crash for about 4 to 5 hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control. OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Ambulance, Nahalem Bay Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photographs courtesy of OSP

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
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Facebook: @ospsocial



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374th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/15/18 8:29 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 374th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects. Basic Police Class 374 began its training course with 40 officers and deputies on October 9, 2017.

Basic Police Class 374 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Chief Gerald Moore of the City of Salem Police Department will be the guest speaker. Officer Christopher Sobremonte of the City of Sweet Home Police Department will be the class speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP374 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Graduating members of BP374:

Barry, Jeffrey
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Bass, Matthew R
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Baxter-Dunlap, Brady
Cottage Grove Police Department

Bell, Daniel
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Billman, Cody M
Enterprise Police Department

Bodine, Dalton
Salem Police Department

Burke, Jane D
Dallas Police Department

Canham, Christopher
Eugene Police Department

Conard, Laura
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Cook, Gerald M
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Craig, Preston
Lincoln City Police Department

Dalton, Christian
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deese, Justin
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Drumm, Christopher
Eugene Police Department

Hamlin, Brian
Salem Police Department

Hernandez, Juan Jr.
Eugene Police Department

Hudson, Michael D
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Josephson, Steven E
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Larkin, Lisa M
Corvallis Police Department

Lay, Drew M
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Moore, Brian
Eugene Police Department

Nygren, Nicole
Roseburg Police Department

Ostby, Tyler
Gresham Police Department

Parmer, John "Colby"
Salem Police Department

Payne, Brett
Salem Police Department

Pena, Miguel
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Pettit, Kyle
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Potter, David
Eugene Police Department

Russell, Justin
Eugene Police Department

Salazar, Vincennt
Salem Police Department

Shaffer, Ruby
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Sobremonte, Christopher
Sweet Home Police Department

Stedman, Joshua
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Stone, Emily
Medford Police Department

Sturges, Erick W
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Tugwell, Christopher
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Walsh, Colin
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Zepeda-Leos, Martin
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Senate confirms new leadership for Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/15/18 8:27 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon State Senate confirmed Cameron Smith as director for the Department of Consumer and Business Services this week. He has served as acting director for the department since Gov. Kate Brown nominated him in December 2017.

Previously, Smith served as director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, senior policy advisor to both Gov. John Kitzhaber and Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing three tours of duty in Iraq. Smith, originally from Boston, lives with his wife and two children in Portland.

"What attracted me to join the department was our mission and the breadth and depth of our programs and policy areas," said Smith. "But more than anything, I was attracted by the stellar reputation of this team, from the front-line staff through leadership."

In one of his first official decisions as director, Smith appointed Andrew Stolfi as the state's insurance commissioner. Stolfi joined the department earlier this month to serve as the administrator for the Division of Financial Regulation.

Stolfi spent six years in Switzerland at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, most recently serving as chief operating officer and chief counsel. Before joining the association, Stolfi served in senior management roles at the Illinois Department of Insurance.

"I have a passion for consumer protection, which makes it an honor to return to the U.S. to serve as insurance commissioner for this great state," said Stolfi. "I look forward to working with Director Smith, as well as our public and private partners to protect Oregonians' access to fair financial products and services."

Stolfi has been on the job for two weeks. He looks forward to his wife and two children joining him in Salem soon.

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About DCBS: 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.
About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.

Wed. 02/14/18
Missing and Endangered 4-Year Old Boy from Washington Located
Oregon State Police - 02/14/18 9:46 PM
On Wednesday February 14, 2018 at about 7:45p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were alerted to kidnapping out of Battle Ground, Washington, involving a 4-year old boy taken by an estranged relative suffering from a mental health crisis.

The vehicle was located on Interstate 5 near mile post 244 in Marion County by an OSP -- Salem Sergeant and a Linn County Deputy.

OSP Troopers, Linn County Deputies and Marion County Deputies were able to safely remove the child from the car and the female was taken into custody without incident. The investigation is ongoing and the child has been returned to family.

Further inquiries regarding the Kidnapping case should contact the Battle Ground Police Department. Contact Info: Bonnie Gilberti at 360-342-5342 or by email Bonnie.gilberti@cityofbg.org

Previous Press Releases from Battle Ground Police Department:
BATTLE GROUND POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP TO LOCATE MISSING AND ENDANGERED 4-YEAR OLD BOY (PHOTO)

News Release from City of Battle Ground
Posted on FlashAlert: February 14th, 2018 8:36 PM
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Downloadable file: Aziel
Downloadable file: Bilyk
Update: The child has been found, is safe, and in custody of the Oregon State Police. His family has been notified and plans to reunite with the child are being arranged.

The Battle Ground Police Department thanks the public for the tips
that led to a quick resolution and the safe return of the child.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Battle Ground, WA - An Endangered Missing Person Advisory has been issued at the request of the Battle Ground Police Department to locate a missing 4-year old boy, Aziel Belza of Battle Ground.

Aziel was taken from his Battle Ground home by family relative, Lyubob Bilyk, at approximately 2:04 pm this afternoon. The boy was sitting in an unattended car when Bylik took the vehicle without permission. Bilyk did not have authority or permission from the boy's mother to take him, or the car, from the residence. Police have reason to believe the child may be in danger.

Police officers also believe Bilyk has traveled south into Oregon and may be in the Eugene, OR area. She is driving a taupe/gold 2002 Toyota Camry 4-door with WA plates 652XVU. The car has damage on the driver's side back door. (Picture of a similar car -- not the suspect car - is attached).

Bilyk is a 34-year old female, , is 5'7" tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. 4-year old Aziel is 3'6" tall, weighs 32 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lyubob Bilyk, Aziel Belza,or the described vehicle are asked to contact the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5345.

Contact Info:
Bonnie Gilberti
Contact: 360-342-5342
bonnie.gilberti@cityofbg.org

Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Home Fire in Morrow County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/14/18 7:34 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on February 14, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the 100 block of W 2nd St in Ione, OR. The fire affected 2 adults and 1 child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Critical Injury Pedestrian Crash Highway 26 near Sandy -- Clackamas County - Corrected Date
Oregon State Police - 02/14/18 4:30 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this morning's investigation into a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 26 near Sandy.

On February 14, 2018 at about 12:35 a.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched at a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 26 at milepost 22. Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian identified as Raphael Frederick CALDERA, age 51, from Warm Springs, was attempting to cross the highway when he was struck by a westbound 2007 Nissan Sentra, operated by Sarah WALL, age 33, from Boring. CALDERA sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to a Portland area hospital. WALL remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

CALDERA was wearing dark clothes at the time of the crash and the section of highway is not lit by ambient lighting.

The westbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed for about three hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control at the scene.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire Department and Warm Springs Police Department.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

No photographs available for release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Results of the Region 23 and 24 Chess Tournament at Hermiston High School (Photo)
Chess for Success - 02/14/18 3:30 PM
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Results of the Region 23 and 24 Chess Tournament at Hermiston High School

The following students have qualified for the State Chess Tournament:

Heppner Elementary
o 2 students qualified as individuals
o The elementary school team qualified
Armand Larive Middle School
o 3 students qualified as individuals
o The middle school team qualified
Sandstone Middle School
o 1 student qualified as an individual
Hermiston High School
o 3 students qualified as individuals
One homeschooled student from the area qualified


These individual and team winners are invited to the 51st Chess for Success State Chess Tournament March 9 and 10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Chess for Success (CFS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. CFS is a Portland based non-profit organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life through learning chess. The organization runs chess clubs in more than 78 schools throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington serving more than 2,000 students. To learn more visit their website, www.chessforsuccess.org.

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Oregon State Police seeking the public's help in locating Felon- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/14/18 2:31 PM
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The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help in locating Christopher WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS has an active Felony Warrant for Parole Violation. WILLIAMS is 33 years old, is 5' 11" and weighs approximately 185 pounds; with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He has a prominent tattoo on the front of his neck, "DANIELLE".

WILLIAMS is known to frequent Cave Junction and Grants Pass, Oregon and Happy Camp, California. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of WILLIAMS, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center or 911. Do not contact WILLIAMS. The photo with the red scarf is a very recent picture of WILLIAMS.



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Marine Board Holding Hearing on Proposed Muffler Rules
Oregon Marine Board - 02/14/18 11:37 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding a hearing on the proposed addition of a shoreline sound measurement procedure into the rules for recreational motorboats on February 27, at 6 pm. The meeting will be held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The agency convened a rules advisory committee to discuss the proposed rule amendment which aims to provide law enforcement a mechanism to safely test, from the shoreline, sound levels produced by recreational motorboats that are underway for violations of noise standards from ineffective or non-existent muffling devices. The committee was also charged in developing a fiscal impact.

Written comments will be accepted until March 2, 2018 by 5 p.m. and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

New Members Appointed to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/14/18 10:44 AM
Doug Marteeny and Darren Bucich have been approved as new members of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST or Board).

Linn County District Attorney, Doug Marteeny, was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate to represent the Oregon District Attorney's Association on the Board, effective 2/14/18. In this first term, he will serve two and a half years remaining, in the position previously occupied by former Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins, now appointed to Oregon's 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court.

McKenzie Fire & Rescue Fire Chief, Darren Bucich, was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate to represent the Oregon Fire Chief's Association on the Board, effective 2/14/18. In this first term, he will serve two and a half years remaining, in the position previously occupied by former Douglas County Fire District #2 Fire Chief, Greg Marlar (Retired).

The Board consists of 24 members representing Oregon's public and private safety professionals, and includes a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a private citizen. All members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

The Board is responsible for the establishment of minimum standards for the training and certification and for making determinations regarding the denial, suspension or revocation of public and private safety certifications and licenses for Oregon's 42,000 police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers, regulatory specialists of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, private security providers, private investigator and polygraph examiners.

The Board is supported by five policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public and private safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is responsible for the implementation of the standards established by the Board for training and certification. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies or licenses qualified individuals at various levels from basic through executive and certifies qualified instructors. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.