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05/28/15
BPA selects new transmission marketing and sales VP (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/28/15
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, BPA, 503-230-4328 or
503-230-5131

BPA selects new transmission marketing and sales VP

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Manary to be its vice president of Transmission Marketing and Sales. She will begin her new position June 1.

"Michelle brings over 17 years of impressive and well-rounded experience to this vitally important position," said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. "This experience, along with a strong leadership skillset, makes her the ideal selection to help BPA continue to meet its responsibilities as a federal transmission provider."

In her new position, Manary will provide executive leadership in the planning, development and administration of the overall marketing of transmission products and services. She also will lead the implementation of the full range of contracts associated with transmission products sold by BPA. BPA operates and maintains more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines, accounting for three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in the Northwest.

"Technology innovations, new market solutions and policy discussions are afoot that could significantly change transmission marketing practices," Manary said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with BPA employees, customers and other constituents to help guide BPA through whatever new transmission marketing paradigm emerges."

Since October of 2014, Manary has been BPA's acting vice president for Northwest Requirements Marketing in Power Services. She started her career in the electric industry in 1998 and has worked at BPA for 17 years. During that time, she has held several management positions in Power Services, Transmission Services and Corporate Strategy.

Manary has a bachelor's degree in finance from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., and a master's degree in business administration and public administration from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

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

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Thursday, May 28, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/28/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, May 28, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Southwest Oregon District - Grants Pass Unit. A wildfire reported Wednesday, May 27, after 6:00 p.m., burned 10 acres on Granite Hill, north of the city of Grants Pass. Firefighters responded from Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Dept. and the Oregon Department of Forestry's Grants Pass Unit. Crews worked until after midnight to complete fireline and mop up hot spots around the fire's perimeter. Today, a 20-man crew, two engines, and a water tender are being used to mop up hot spots throughout the burned area. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Unless something changes and other reports are necessary, this will be the only report on this fire. For information on this and other fires on ODF-protected forestlands in southwest Oregon, visit the ODF Southwest Oregon Fire Blog at http://www.swofire.com/.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 6 fires burned 3 acres
Human-caused fires: 103 fires burned 275 acres
Total: 109 fires burned 278 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 9 fires burned 5 acres
Human-caused fires: 82 fires burned 392 acres
Total: 91 fires burned 397 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.*

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
* the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
* the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
* the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
* the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Food Trucks Rolling in for a Good Cause; Downtown Pasco Development Authority to Host Sizzling Fundraiser (Photo)
Downtown Pasco Development Authority - 05/28/15
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PASCO, WA--If you're a food truck fan of any kind and want to sample good eats, a friend of the Pasco Farmer's Market or are passionate about the Pasco Specialty Kitchen's mission and support the re-vitalization efforts of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority then you'll want to be at Tux and Trucks.
Tux and Trucks is the Downtown Pasco Development Authority's (DPDA) fundraiser on Wednesday, June 3, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Downtown Pasco at the Pasco Farmer's Market pavilions. Pre-advanced ticket price is $35 and gets you: dinner that consists of tasty samplers from every food truck, two alcoholic beverages and dessert; dancing tunes provided by popular DJ Mike from Seattle's Miked- Up Productions and a live auction of the food trucks courtesy of Booker Auctions. The DPDA signature drink, "The Truck Stops Here," a special concoction with a twist on the classic dirty martini will also be featured.
"We wanted to host an event that was fun and lively," said Michael Goins, executive director, Downtown Pasco Development Authority. "Combining an upscale atmosphere with a casual dining experience appealed to our sense of humour and we hope to potential attendees as well." Goins underscored that the DPDA is a 501(C) 3 non-profit with a staff of three and like most non-profits has to look for different and clever ways to bring in revenue. "By building on the success of Food Truck Friday and featuring the mobile vendors as a dinner channel and auction item, we hope to capture the hearts and mind and yes, wallets of the Tri-Cities community."
Each food truck will offer at least one auction package to be auctioned by Booker Auction. For example, one vendor may offer a package starting at $250 for 20 people for a family reunion, another may offer a birthday party celebration at $100 featuring sweet treats for 15 kids. 10% of all auction proceeds will go to support DPDA's ongoing efforts to revitalize Downtown Pasco including the two special projects it oversees: The Pasco Farmer's Market and the Pasco Specialty Kitchen.
"The live auction is a novel way for the community to have their own 'personal' food truck experience," observed Marilou Shea, director of Pasco Specialty Kitchen and creator of Food Truck Fridays. "Whether it's a company looking for a fun picnic concept or parents looking for a popular way to celebrate their graduate, the community can get in on the food truck frenzy while supporting a good cause."
Tux and Trucks--Event Details (and logo)
Fundraiser to support the DPDA a 501 (C) 3 organization that oversees two special projects: Pasco Farmer's Market and Pasco Specialty Kitchen.
* Wednesday, June 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
* Downtown Pasco at Pasco Farmer's Market pavilions, South 4th Avenue and Lewis/Columbia Streets, Pasco, WA 99301
* Dinner, Dancing and Live Auction
* Featuring: DJ Mike from Miked Up, Booker Auction
* Signature Drink: Truck Stops Here, a special martini featuring bleu-cheese stuffed olives
* Tickets: Advance tickets: $35 includes: dinner samples from all vendors, two alcoholic beverages and dessert and live auction paddle. Tickets at the door $45. Tickets may be purchased online at www.downtownpasco.com.
Participating Food Trucks (all participate in auction):
* Ann's Best Creole
* Dutch Bros--Pasco
* Fresh Out the Box
* KC Brand Kettle Corn
* King of Dogs
* Kindra's Wok n Roll
* Maui Juice Co.
* Stick and Stone Pizza
* Tina's Tasty Treats (gluten-free)
* Uncle Brother's Fish Fry




About Downtown Pasco
The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization based in Pasco, Washington. The DPDA was formed by a Pasco City Council ordinance in 2010 and oversees two projects: Pasco Farmer's Market and Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Its mission is to strengthen and develop Downtown Pasco as a center for culture, business and community spirit. Follow Downtown Pasco on Facebook www.facebook.com/DowntownPasco, online www.downtownpasco.com, and on Twitter @downtownpasco #tux&trucks.

For more information, contact Marilou Shea, 509-545-1172 (office), 509-430-8956 (mobile) mshea@downtownpasco.com.



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Northwest Farmers Join Forces with Fred Meyer and QFC to Fight Hunger in June
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 05/28/15
Northwest farmers will fight hunger throughout June Dairy Month with a goal to help feed hungry families in the summer months by collecting cash and food donations in partnership with Fred Meyer and QFC stores. The effort will benefit the Oregon Food Bank Network at a time when the need is particularly critical for children who have less access to school breakfast and lunch programs and rely on summer meal programs and emergency food boxes to help fill the gaps.

The third-annual, month-long drive includes events in Portland, Medford and Bend. The Oregon kickoff event will dovetail with the highly anticipated return of the Milk Carton Boat Race, a Rose Festival event on Sunday, June 7, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Westmoreland Park casting pond in Portland. Volunteers will be on hand to take donations, answer questions about the campaign and serve root beer floats made with Crater Lake Soda for a suggested donation.

Additional donation events will be held at Fred Meyer stores in Medford and Grants Pass on June 11 and in Bend and Redmond on June 19, but food donations may be made all month long at Fred Meyer and QFC stores in Oregon and Washington. Cash donations can be made at Fred Meyer checkout registers and online at NWFarmersFightingHunger.org. A little does a lot: For every $10 donated, local food banks can distribute enough food to feed a family of four for three to five days.

Cash donations generated by the campaign will help provide more protein-rich, nutritious dairy foods, like milk, cheese and yogurt, for emergency food boxes. "Good nutrition is vital to healthy growth and development, but too often families have to resort to less nutritious food to stretch their budget," said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. "Food and funds raised during June Dairy Month will help provide thousands of families with the right foods to keep them strong, healthy and full of energy."

To inject some competition into the campaign, the directors of the Departments of Agriculture from Oregon and Washington will vie to see which state can generate the most food and cash donations. In the first year, the state of Washington earned the "Director's Trophy," while last year, Oregon was the victor.

But the real winners were the thousands of people helped in 2014: Food banks in Washington and Oregon received cash and food equal to more than 85,000 pounds of donated food from the campaign -- a significant increase from the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.

"As we have seen over the past two years, this food drive helps create awareness of the summer hunger issue and also raises the profile of all the great efforts agriculture is making to help alleviate hunger in the Pacific Northwest," said Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. "While the competition between the two states has helped bring much-needed food to many people, the urgency to help hungry families and individuals in Oregon and Washington during the summer months has not gone away. I'm confident both states can do even more this year to provide for those experiencing hunger."

The hunger problem is acute in Oregon: While some reports say the economy is improving, the number of Oregonians eating food they received from a pantry has not decreased since it peaked four years ago. In an average month, 270,000 people in Oregon and Clark County eat food they received from a pantry - and about a third of those are children.

"Partnering with Washington and Oregon dairy farmers in a combined effort to fight childhood hunger means a lot to our entire employee team," said Melinda Merrill, manager of community affairs for Fred Meyer. "The annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger program is one important step toward addressing this vital issue in the communities where we live and work."

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About Oregon Dairy Products Commission:
The Oregon Dairy Products Commission works on behalf of Oregon's dairy farm families who, with the help of 123,000 dairy cows and Oregon dairy processors, provide award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, and an extensive line of premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt. Milk is the official state beverage of Oregon, and Oregon is recognized nationwide as a leader for milk quality. The Oregon dairy industry is a community-conscious, caring business that contributes to nearly $1 billion to Oregon's economic well-being each year. Oregon dairymen and women care about their cows, their communities, and the land, air and water of Oregon. The Commission also provides nutrition education through its program of the Oregon Dairy Council.

About Oregon Food Bank:
Oregon Food Bank's mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy; nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

About Fred Meyer:
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 132 multi-department stores in four western states. More than 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $4 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred Meyer also donates more than 4 million pounds of food to local food banks each year via the Perishable Donation Program. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR).
Order Replacement Boater Education Cards Online (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/28/15
Recreational boater holding his boater education card.
Recreational boater holding his boater education card.
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Life jackets? Check. Fire extinguisher? Check. Food and water? Check. Boater education card? It's Friday night at 11 pm and you're leaving at dawn for the lake when you realize, "Oh no, what did I do with it. Is it in the boat?" No worries. With the Marine Board's new online storefront (open 24/7), boat operators can order a replacement boater education card and print out a temporary permit and go boating right away. Boaters no longer have to call or visit the Salem office during business hours to verify they have a card, and then wait for snail mail for their replacement, which typically takes two to three weeks.

"This time every spring, boaters get their boats and gear prepped, and sometimes panic when they realize they can't find their card," says MariAnn McKenzie, Boater Education Coordinator for the Marine Board. "It's easy to go to our online registration system to order a replacement." The cost of a replacement card is $8 and the storefront accepts most major credit cards.

Go to www.boatoregon.com and click on the RegLine icon from the homepage. If boaters have purchased an AIS permit, applied for a boater education card, or registered a boat, the Marine Board's online storefront already has the boater's baseline data. Simply register to create an account. Once boaters establish a user name and password, they can login, and click on online services drop-down, and select the Boater Education Card Replacement Application link, then follow the directions. Once payment is verified, boaters will have the option to print a temporary permit, which is valid for up to 60 days and must be carried onboard the boat. If you need assistance with the online process, please contact the Education Section at the Marine Board at 503-378-8587.

The Mandatory Education law was implemented in 2001 and requires boaters to take an approved boating safety course, apply for a boater education card and carry it with them on the water when operating a powerboat over 10 horsepower. The program was phased in by age beginning in 2003 and after 2009, all boaters are required to take a boating safety course. The card costs $10 and is good for life. McKenzie adds, "Remember to make sure you have your card with you when you're out on the water. It's a Class D violation and boaters could get a $110 fine."

To order a replacement boater education card or to set up an account with the Marine Board's online storefront for other permits or licenses, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Stream temperature, wildfire outlook on Forestry Board June 3 agenda
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/28/15
The Oregon Board of Forestry will review rules aimed to keep stream temperatures cool, and a fire season forecast on June 3 in Salem.

Later this summer, the Board is scheduled to decide on next steps for setting cold-water standards for Oregon streams. To prepare, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will present the results of their research outlining outcomes associated with various forest management activities.

ODF fire protection staff will also forecast the 2015 wildfire season. Drought and low snowpack this year present challenges following severe 2013 and 2014 fire seasons.

OTHER AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
Subcommittee on alternative forest management plans. The Board subcommittee will provide a progress report on its exploration of ways to improve financial viability and conservation outcomes for the State Forests Division and state forestlands.

Forest Protection Districts' 2016 fiscal budgets and rates. Laying out proposed expenditures for firefighting personnel, equipment and services to protect forestlands from wildfire, staff will present draft budgets to the Board and the State Forester for consideration.

MEETING DETAILS:
- The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building (C), at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

- A general public comment period on items not listed on the agenda is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board deliberates.

- Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.

- Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD:
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov. ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
05/27/15
District names new Director of Special Education (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/27/15
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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools has named Libby Thompson its new Director of Special Education. Thompson succeeds former director Dr. Karen Lehman.

Thompson is currently Assistant Director of Special Education at North Thurston Public Schools. Previously, she was an Education Specialist in the Special Education Department at North Thurston Public Schools from 2012 to 2014. Thompson also was employed by the Puyallup School District as an Educational Specialist in Special Education for two years and as a special education teacher for seven years.

Thompson earned her Administrator Certificate from St. Martin's University, Masters in Education from City University and Bachelors in Education from Pacific Lutheran University. She begins with Walla Walla Public Schools July 1.

"I believe all children, no matter their circumstances, can meet high expectations," Thompson said. "It is up to us as educators to be committed and challenge them to meet their full potential."

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Northwest Credit Union Association's Minnickiello Appointed to Governor's Financial Education Partnership
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/27/15
SeaTac, WA. -- Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Northwest Credit Union Association, has been appointed to the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP) by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Minickiello's appointment is effective immediately for the remainder of the current term, ending July 31, 2015, and for the next term, which runs through July 31, 2017. The FEPPP promotes financial education in grades K-12 by providing professional development and instructional tools for teachers so that they can teach personal finance in their classrooms.

"It is truly my privilege to receive this appointment" stated Mark Minickiello. "The work of FEPPP goes hand-in-hand with the work of credit unions and the work I do in Olympia - promoting increased financial education among all consumers and supporting efforts to teach personal financial management skills that empower individuals to achieve success."

FEPPP's mission is to provide teachers with the tools and training for financial education in the classroom to enable students to make safe and sound financial decisions. They carry out that mission by offering professional development for educators, educational curriculum and guidance, educational assessments and surveys, and online classroom resources.

Minickiello's appointment to FEPPP continues the close involvement of the Northwest Credit Union Association in the partnership. The NWCUA was an integral player in creating the partnership and has been a regular contributor to its important work ever since.



The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association over 160 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions and their 4.5 million members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
New e-cigarette law will protect Oregonians
Oregon Health Authority - 05/27/15
Editors,

A new law expected to be signed today by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown means that inhalant delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, can no longer be used in any indoor area that is already smokefree under the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA). These areas include almost all indoor workplaces, restaurants, bars and other indoor public places in Oregon. Use of e-cigarettes also will not be allowed in cars with minors (under age 18), and the law makes it illegal for businesses to sell e-cigarettes and other inhalant delivery systems to minors. The law defines "inhalant delivery system" as any device that can be used to deliver nicotine, cannabinoids or other substances in the form of a vapor or aerosol to a person inhaling from the device--such as vape pens, e-hookah and e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes contain nicotine--the same addictive ingredient in conventional cigarettes--and the number of young people using them is growing dramatically, in Oregon and around the country. The new law will protect the rights of all Oregonians to breathe fresh air at work and to avoid being exposed to the potential health harms of inhalant delivery systems.

Karen Girard, manager of the Oregon Public Health Division's Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, and an expert in tobacco prevention and education, is available for phone or in-person interviews today at the Capitol until noon; by phone only between 1:30 and 3 p.m.; and again by phone or in person in Portland (800 NE Oregon St.) after 3 p.m. Please let me know if you would like to speak with her.
Camp for free on June 6 for Oregon State Parks Day
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/27/15
State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

Camping is free the night of June 6 in traditional sites--full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water), and tent sites. Yurts, cabins and tepees are available at regular price. Parking will also be free June 6-7 at the 26 parks that charge a day-use parking fee.

Campsite reservations may be made by calling 800-452-5687 before 5 p.m. June 5. Or, reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org. Of the 52 state park campgrounds, 40 take reservations.

"State Parks Day is our chance to say 'thank you' to our visitors," said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Richard Walkoski. "Free camping and day use on the first Saturday in June has become a big tradition for visitors-- and for our staff."

Visitors will also be able to fish, crab and clam without a license June 6-7 for Oregon's Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). ODFW will provide the gear, bait and instructions at some state parks, including Champoeg, Detroit Lake, Jessie Honeyman and parks in the Columbia River Gorge. All events are listed at dfw.state.or.us/education/angling/free_fishing.

Campers and visitors are encouraged to submit Instagram photos of their park adventures throughout the weekend and this summer with #InventAdventure.

The Oregon State Legislature established Oregon State Parks Day in 1997 to focus public attention on Oregon's state park system. The event is always the first Saturday in June.

Parks throughout the state will host activities including guided hikes, open houses, tours, special barbecues and guest appearances by J.R. Beaver, Oregon's State Park mascot.

Silver Falls State Park east of Salem will host a free barbecue, guided waterfall tour and its annual Foot Race Challenge, with a 5K, 6-mile and kids race. Stub Stewart State Park west of Portland will offer a free lunch at the Hilltop Day-Use Area, along with a guided hike, bike ride and orienting workshop.

For a complete list of events, go to oregonstateparks.org and click on "Things to Do."
Getting burned...the cost of wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/27/15
$200 million. That's what the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) spent putting wildfires out over the past two fire seasons. This does not take into account the dozens of homes lost, the impact to communities, and the loss of valuable natural resources. The cost of fire goes well beyond dollars and cents.

As May's Wildfire Awareness Month comes to an end in Oregon, it is the hope of wildland fire protection agencies that the message has been received leading into what could be another catastrophic fire season.

"We're faced with a daunting task," says Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "With drought conditions plaguing much of the state, it is crystal clear that, as a society, we all need to put fire prevention practices front and center in our daily lives."

Statewide under ODF's protection of nearly 16 million acres, 70 percent of all wildfires are human-caused. Human-caused fires are anything not started by lightning and include but are not limited to outdoor debris burning, campfires, smoking, equipment use (including vehicles, power lines, lawn mowers, welding, etc.), fireworks, ammunition, exploding targets and arson.

While Fields says some fires are accidental, many result from carelessness. "It's all about changing the way we do things and recognizing the warning signs." Fields says that perhaps the best example of this is burning yard debris during warm, windy conditions. "People think that they are in control and are under the mindset that this will never happen to them. And as soon as the wind picks up and pushes flames and embers outside their burn pile, it's off to the races and out of their control."

In 2014, ODF responded to 171 debris burn fires that burned 1,900 acres and cost more than $805,000 to suppress: That's an average of $4,711 per fire. In many cases the responsible party is liable for these fire suppression costs.

Fire season is close. Each ODF District will go into fire season based on conditions in their respective areas. Things to prepare for when fire season arrives include: the end of unregulated outdoor debris burning (already prohibited in some areas); keeping campfires in approved campgrounds; and keeping vehicles on improved roads that are free of dry, flammable vegetation. Other activities forbidden during fire season within ODF protection boundaries include the use of sky lanterns, fireworks, tracer ammunition and exploding targets. Visit oregon.gov/odf for fire restrictions in your area or check with your local ODF office or fire department for more information.

Fields says that the severity of the 2015 fire season will depend on two key factors: Mother Nature and people. "There's not a whole lot we can do about lightning except be prepared with firefighting resources before the storm hits. People, on the other hand, can make a huge difference in the success, or failure, of a challenging summer."
05/26/15
Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmate Jason Touch back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/26/15
Jason M. Touch
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate who walked away from a Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew near Philomath on April 14 is now in custody in King County Jail in Seattle, WA.

United States Marshals arrested Jason M. Touch today at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Seattle.

Touch entered DOC custody on October 22, 1998, on one count of robbery in the first degree out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is January 13, 2019.


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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Monday, May 26, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/26/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, May 26, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Coos Forest Protective Association (CFPA). On Monday, May 25, at approximately 1 p.m., the Sandy Creek Fire was reported burning in steep, rocky terrain, eight miles east of Bridge, OR, on forestlands protected by CFPA/ODF. This afternoon, the fire was estimated at approximately 35 acres and is 60 percent lined. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information is available in the news release regarding the Sandy Creek Fire issued today by CFPA and posted at http://coosfpa.net/newsreleases.aspx. Unless other updates are necessary, this will be the only report on this fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 6 fires burned 3 acres
Human-caused fires: 102 fires burned 275 acres
Total: 108 fires burned 278 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 8 fires burned 8 acres
Human-caused fires: 80 fires burned 88 acres
Total: 88 fires burned 388 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.*

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
* the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
* the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
* the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
* the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

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Eugene native Mat Kearney's "Coming Home" provides musical backdrop for new Lottery TV ad
Oregon Lottery - 05/26/15
With singer-songwriter Mat Kearney's "Coming Home" providing the musical backdrop, the Oregon Lottery has released a new TV ad celebrating the Lottery's 30th anniversary.

"This new campaign began May 25," said Lottery Senior Marketing Communications Manager Mark Strickler. "The beautiful images of the types of projects Lottery dollars have helped fund over the past 30 years go hand-in-hand with what makes Oregon such a special place - our schools, parks, watersheds, and the jobs that have been created. Mat's song, 'Coming Home,' provides the ideal soundtrack to the epic footage we gathered from throughout Oregon."

Kearney, a native of Eugene currently living in Nashville, has received critical acclaim and widespread recognition for his Columbia Records debut, Nothing Left to Lose. So far, he has a total of five top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 Chart.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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New website displays Oregon hospital data on user-friendly platform
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 05/26/15
Today, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced that it launched Oregon Hospital Guide (www.OrHospitalGuide.org), a new website that displays hospital data on a user-friendly platform. This is the first phase of a larger hospital transparency effort.

OrHospitalGuide.org is the new home of data that tracks the quality of care in Oregon's hospitals -- which patients can use to learn about their local community hospital. The site is designed to make complex information understandable and accessible to all Oregonians.

The current quality of care information on OrHospitalGuide.org is gathered from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and will be updated quarterly. Notably, in the category of Patient Experience, OrHospitalGuide.org will display a rating of "poor" to "superior" for hospitals across the state. Based on a new star ratings system by CMS for quality measures on its Hospital Compare website, this is the first of many ratings coming in future months that will further simplify information for Oregonians.

"We strongly believe that patients should be able to access hospital data and understand what it means," said Diane Waldo, associate vice president of quality and clinical programs for OAHHS. "To that end, we have spent the last few months designing this site to focus on ease-of-use, understandability, and value to the visitor. We are pleased to unveil OrHospitalGuide.org because of the value it brings to Oregonians."

Site features include:
-- Presenting existing quality of care information in an accessible, understandable way using simple navigation
-- Enabling users to compare hospitals' on several quality of care measures
-- Explaining the meaning and importance of the different quality of care measures in plain language
-- Providing searchable geographic and contact information with links to all hospitals

The website will grow over time. Future plans for the site include posting patient utilization and hospital financial data, such as inpatient visits, emergency room visits, operating margins and gross patient revenue. This expanded data is expected to come online in the first quarter of 2016.

"This website shows Oregon hospitals' continued commitment to transparency," added Waldo. "We believe that making hospital data accessible and understandable helps patients and families with their health care decisions."

To learn more, visit www.OrHospitalGuide.org.
05/25/15
Photo Release: Oregon National Guard participates in Memorial Day Ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/25/15
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Attendees stand silent during the playing of the National Anthem for the opening of the Memorial Day Ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon, May 25. Approximately 3,000 people were in attendance at the event, which included speeches; a military service tribute; Gold Star Mothers' wreath laying ceremony; a Howitzer cannon salute by the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery; and an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing. (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivers an address to approximately 3,000 attendees at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon, May 25. The event included speeches; a military service tribute; Gold Star Mothers' wreath laying ceremony; a Howitzer cannon salute by the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery; and an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing. (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A commander with the Oregon Civil Air Patrol tends to one of the many graves during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon, May 25. The event was attended by several dignitaries including Oregon Governor Kate Brown and included speeches; a military service tribute; Gold Star Mothers' wreath laying ceremony; a Howitzer cannon salute by the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery; and an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing. (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery, perform a Howitzer cannon salute at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon, May 25. The event was attended by several dignitaries including Oregon Governor Kate Brown and included speeches; a military service tribute; Gold Star Mothers' wreath laying ceremony; a Howitzer cannon salute by the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery; and an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing. (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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05/21/15
Union County - Serious Injury Crash
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/21/15
On May 21, 2015 at about 6:07pm, a 2000 Chevy Tahoe operated by Avis Elaine THOMAS, age 59, from Portland, was eastbound on I-84 near milepost 257 when the vehicle drove off the south shoulder and impacted the embankment and came to rest back on the gravel shoulder.

Motorists who witnessed the crash stopped and extricated THOMAS and her five year old grandson, Zashawan PEREZ, just before the vehicle caught fire from damage sustained during the crash. Both occupants were transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital where THOMAS was stabilized and transported by air to St. Alphonsus in Boise with serious injuries. PEREZ sustained significant but non-life threatening injuries.

Causes of the crash are still under investigation. Information will be released as it becomes available. The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the LaGrande City Fire Department, the LaGrande Rural Fire Department and the Department of Human Services.
Health advisory lifted May 21 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 05/21/15
May 21, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued May 15 for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River in Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed the level of blue-green algae and any associated toxins are well below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets, because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

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

For local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 503-854-3366. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

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

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County advisory group for state forestry to meet May 26 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/21/15
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, May 26 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include a forest management plan update, and a 2015 Oregon legislative session discussion.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Building C at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State Street, in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.
Be alert for debris flows in central and northeast Oregon
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 05/21/15
PENDLETON, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for today and Friday for portions of central and northeast Oregon. Debris flows are possible in areas with steep terrain during this weather event.

A flash flood watch is in effect from 3 p.m. today through Friday evening for Grande Ronde Valley, John Day Basin, Northern and Southern Blue Mountains, Ochoco-John Day Highlands and Wallowa County. A flash flood watch is in effect from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today for east slopes of the Oregon Cascades.

Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can easily travel a mile or more, depending on the terrain. They will transport boulders and logs in a fast-moving soil and water slurry.

"Intense rainfall is a common landslide trigger," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Debris flows are possible during this event, so it's important to be aware of the potential hazard and avoid areas with steep terrain."

For latest flash flood watch updates, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1zJLVZW

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Caution should be used when traveling. According to DOGAMI, the most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): www.oregongeology.org/slido
Landslide and debris flow resources: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Oregon State Police Increasing Patrols For Memorial Day Weekend
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/21/15
Motorists who choose to drive impaired, not use their safety restraints, drive distracted or make other dangerous driving decisions should expect to draw the attention of law enforcement officers statewide during the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, county sheriffs and local police officers will step up enforcement efforts, now through May 31, 2015, to help save lives by cracking down on traffic violators.

The increased enforcement efforts, part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign, cover the Memorial Day holiday period, which begins 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 22 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25. The focus will be on ensuring passengers are properly buckled up; child passengers are in the right restraint system; and impaired drivers are removed from the road.

Oregon safety restraint law requires the following:

* Child passengers weighing less than forty pounds must be restrained in a child seat.

* Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.

* A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for the child's size until he/she reaches age eight or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits properly.

* Best practice (but not Oregon law): Children age 12 and under should sit in the back seat due to airbag dangers.


Key Safety Restraint Facts for Oregon

* Oregon leads the nation with highest reported seatbelt use: 98.18%. NHTSA estimates 175 people were saved in Oregon during 2013 because they were buckled up.

* OSP, sheriffs and local police will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from May 18 through May 31, 2015.

* Child car seats reduce the likelihood of infants under 1 year old being killed in a crash by 71 percent and the fatal risk for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54 percent, and 58 and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVS, pickups and vans. Boosters reduce the risk of serious injury for four to eight year olds by 45%.

* Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury by 45 to 65 percent. To view a 3-minute movie explaining Oregon belt laws: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/PublishingImages/safetybelts/swf/index.html



Travel Tips to ensure your safety and those of other travelers

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.

* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.

* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

* Share the road. Don't tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.

* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.

* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see http://www.oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/ for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).

* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.

* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
05/20/15
***Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/20/15
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On May 20th, 201t at about 2:23PM, an Amber Alert was issued by the Oregon State Police as requested by the Nampa, Idaho Police Department. This was for locating two endangered children who were with their non-custodial father.

According to the Washington State Patrol, at around 2:37 pm, a motorist on I-5 in Washington called 911 to report she was behind the Idaho Amber Alert vehicle. The caller stated she heard the Amber Alert description on the radio. She reported her location as northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 46 approaching Castle Rock, Washington.

A Castle Rock police officer and Washington State Patrol sergeant located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Joshua REAVIS, and two children were in the vehicle. REAVIS was taken into custody for a felony warrant related to the alert and transported to the Cowlitz County Jail for booking. WSP Troopers transported the two children to Child Protective Services in Longview. The children's mother was notified by Nampa (ID) Police.

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Oregon Amber Alert Information:
The AMBER Alert program, also known as America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious-child abduction cases where there is enough information to make the alert effective. Local networks cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on Oregon Amber Alert, visit:

http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERALERT/pages/index.aspx



PREVIOUS RELEASES:
***CANCEL AMBER ALERT***

Children, suspect and vehicle located in Cowlitz County, WA. Cancel Amber Alert. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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***Amber Alert***
The Oregon State Police is issuing an Amber Alert as requested by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho. The Nampa, Idaho Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating two children ages, 2 and 3.

Child #1 Slevin REAVIS, age 3. 3'2" and 30lbs. White male juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Child #2 Estaleyn-Ophelia REAVIS, age 2. 2'10", 27lbs, white female juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Suspect: Joshua REAVIS, age 31. White male, 6'4", 190lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes.

Vehicle: 2000 Honda Odyssey Van, gold in color. ID license of 2CLL484. Vehicle has a butterfly sticker on the front of the van. There is also a "tribal owl" on back of van.

The children were taken by Joshua REAVIS, the non-custodial parent from Nampa, ID. They were possible sighted in Baker City, Oregon. Suspect frequents campgrounds and may be enroute to Seattle. The children are believed to be in danger of physical harm. There is currently an arrest warrant for Joshua REAVIS for Joshua REAVIS for felony Custodial Interference.

If spotted, please call 911. For tips or information, please call the Oregon Amber Alert Toll Free Tip Line. 866-526-2375.

***NAMPA, ID press release attached below***

NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2015-Nampa Idaho On 05/18/2015, Nampa Police received a call from a mother reporting that her two young children were abducted by the children's father. Normally under these circumstances, the case is routed to a prosecutor to review custodial issues as the children are, in most cases, believed to be safe as they are in the possession of a parent.

Nampa Police Detectives reviewing this case have determined that the children are in imminent danger due to psychological issues reported that are affecting the children's father, 31 year-old Joshua Reavis. Because of these concerns, an Amber Alert was issued and Reavis is now wanted on custodial interference charges. The children, 3 year old Slevin Reavis(male) and 2 year old Estaleyn Reavis(female) were last seen in Nampa on May 18 at their home in Nampa in the custody of Joshua Reavis.

They are traveling in a 2000 gold Honda Odyssey van with Idaho license plate number 2CLL484. All of the children's belongings and camping gear were taken from the Nampa home at the time of the abduction. It is believed that they may be heading to the Grimes Creek area to camp.

Due to the circumstances of the abduction, the Nampa Police Child Abduction Response Team was called out to investigate and locate the children. A tip line has been set up for the public to call with any tips on the case. That number is 208-465-2206. If anyone has a current location on the van or the children, they are being asked to call 911. An official Amber Alert was issued by the Idaho State Police to notify other Law Enforcement agencies.


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MEDIA ALERT - Clarkston Educators Choose Children First: Schools Will Remain Open
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/20/15
CLARKSTON, WA - While thousands of public school teachers across the state of Washington have been filling the streets in planned one-day walkouts, the teachers and staff of Clarkston schools are choosing to put kids first and keep Clarkston schools open.

Clarkston educators want to send a message to the Legislature regarding the need for action to lower class sizes; however, teachers also understand that staging a walkout right now would be a logistical nightmare for both schools and families. With less than 12 school days remaining in the school year, as well as pivotal state testing still underway, a teacher walkout could be a step backwards for the schools and families of Clarkston.

"I am proud of our staff members who continue to put students first," states Clarkston Superintendent, Tim Winter. "I hope that the choice to keep schools open sends a message to the legislators that we want them to follow our lead to support student learning and meet their obligation to fully fund education in the state of Washington."

School will remain in session as scheduled for all schools in Clarkston School District for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. The last day of school for Clarkston students is Friday, June 5. For more information, contact the Superintendent's Office at 509.769.6106.

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Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard 2-162 Infantry Battalion returns to Oregon from Afghanistan deployment (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/20/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Demian W. San Miguel (left), welcomes Sgt. Matthew Christensen, of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, after the battalion's arrival to the Eugene Airport on May 20. The unit returned home after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs).


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An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is reunited with his son in Springfield, Oregon, May 20, following his unit's year-long deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. The battalion supported several security missions across Afghanistan during their deployment. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Oregon Army National Guard Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, welcomes home Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team after their arrival to the Eugene Airport on May 20. The unit returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Peter G. Heidt, addresses Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in Springfield, Oregon, following the units' return to Oregon, May 20. The Soldiers, who were released to their families and loved ones shortly after Heidt's address, had recently returned from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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***Amber Alert*** Photos Attached (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/20/15
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***Amber Alert***
The Oregon State Police is issuing an Amber Alert as requested by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho. The Nampa, Idaho Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating two children ages, 2 and 3.

Child #1 Slevin REAVIS, age 3. 3'2" and 30lbs. White male juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Child #2 Estaleyn-Ophelia REAVIS, age 2. 2'10", 27lbs, white female juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Suspect: Joshua REAVIS, age 31. White male, 6'4", 190lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes.

Vehicle: 2000 Honda Odyssey Van, gold in color. ID license of 2CLL484. Vehicle has a butterfly sticker on the front of the van. There is also a "tribal owl" on back of van.

The children were taken by Joshua REAVIS, the non-custodial parent from Nampa, ID. They were possible sighted in Baker City, Oregon. Suspect frequents campgrounds and may be enroute to Seattle. The children are believed to be in danger of physical harm. There is currently an arrest warrant for Joshua REAVIS for Joshua REAVIS for felony Custodial Interference.

If spotted, please call 911. For tips or information, please call the Oregon Amber Alert Toll Free Tip Line. 866-526-2375.

***NAMPA, ID press release attached below***

NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2015-Nampa Idaho On 05/18/2015, Nampa Police received a call from a mother reporting that her two young children were abducted by the children's father. Normally under these circumstances, the case is routed to a prosecutor to review custodial issues as the children are, in most cases, believed to be safe as they are in the possession of a parent.

Nampa Police Detectives reviewing this case have determined that the children are in imminent danger due to psychological issues reported that are affecting the children's father, 31 year-old Joshua Reavis. Because of these concerns, an Amber Alert was issued and Reavis is now wanted on custodial interference charges. The children, 3 year old Slevin Reavis(male) and 2 year old Estaleyn Reavis(female) were last seen in Nampa on May 18 at their home in Nampa in the custody of Joshua Reavis.

They are traveling in a 2000 gold Honda Odyssey van with Idaho license plate number 2CLL484. All of the children's belongings and camping gear were taken from the Nampa home at the time of the abduction. It is believed that they may be heading to the Grimes Creek area to camp.

Due to the circumstances of the abduction, the Nampa Police Child Abduction Response Team was called out to investigate and locate the children. A tip line has been set up for the public to call with any tips on the case. That number is 208-465-2206. If anyone has a current location on the van or the children, they are being asked to call 911. An official Amber Alert was issued by the Idaho State Police to notify other Law Enforcement agencies.


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State seeks help establishing health insurance network standards
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is seeking applicants to the Network Adequacy Rulemaking Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will play an important role in developing administrative rules to implement House Bill 2468, which granted the department authority to regulate and monitor health insurance company provider networks for plans sold to individuals and small businesses.

"We are seeking thoughtful and collaborative people with relevant knowledge and experience to serve on this committee," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "We encourage consumers of health care, medical providers, health insurance agents, and health insurance industry professionals with a desire to make a difference in Oregon to apply."

Network adequacy refers to a health insurance company's ability to provide access to health care providers and services to its members. The committee will work closely with department staff from July 2015 to June 2016 to develop administrative rules related to transparency, access to quality care, and other related standards.

For more information about the committee, including the charter, a full set of objectives, the schedule, and how to apply, go to oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/network-adequacy.aspx.

Applicants to the committee should be prepared to commit to attending monthly meetings in person, and should be able to dedicate time for possible conference calls and email communication in between meetings. Committee members will be asked to commit a significant amount of time to the rulemaking process.

To apply, please submit the following information to INS.NetworkAdequacyRulemaking@oregon.gov :
* Name
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Current position and employer or organization represented
* Brief description of your scope of knowledge related to network adequacy

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. Committee member selection will be announced by Wednesday, July 1. Twelve applicants will be selected to serve on the committee, as well as staff members from the Insurance Division and Health Insurance Marketplace. Public comment will play an important role during the rulemaking process and each meeting will have time dedicated to public comment.

The first committee meeting will be on Tuesday, July 7, meetings are then tentatively scheduled to be held on a monthly basis from July 2015 through June 2016. All meetings will be held in the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem and will also be streamed live via the Internet.

To learn more about HB 2468, visit olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2468.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
State revokes license of Salem investment advisor
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities has revoked the state investment advisor licenses of Kevin Winder of Salem and his business, Invest Northwest, for unethical business practices. Winder sold unregistered securities, misled investors, and used client funds for personal gain. The division also ordered repayment of approximately $830,000 to investors.

Winder and Invest Northwest have been fined $120,000, $10,000 of which is due within 60 days. If the $830,000 is repaid to investors within three years, the remainder of the fine will be waived.

Beginning in 2012, Winder advised clients who were retired or nearing retirement to withdraw money from their pensions and deposit it into a self-directed individual retirement account that Winder could access. Winder told clients he would use this money to invest in real estate backed securities; instead, investment funds were used to fund RW's Trucking & Hauling, a company that Winder partially owned. Winder then issued unsecured promissory notes.

In addition to issuing unregistered securities and misusing investment funds, Winder misled clients and failed to disclose his outside business activities and potential risks to investors when advising them. He also failed to act in the best interest of his clients by recommending investments that he had no reasonable reason to believe would be appropriate for his clients.

"This case is a perfect example of why it is so important to ask questions when investing," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Don't be afraid to ask questions and to ask for answers and explanations in writing. If something doesn't seem right, or if it sounds too good to be true, don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Investors can easily check and verify information by contacting our office or going online."

Information about licensing, registration, and enforcement history for individuals and companies can be found on the division website at dfcs.oregon.gov/consumer_info/before_you_invest.html or by calling 866-814-9710 (toll-free).

The full consent order can be read at dfcs.oregon.gov/enf_orders/S-14-0059.pdf.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Boating -There's something for everyone, places to go
Oregon Marine Board - 05/20/15
Salem, OR - Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, stand up paddleboards, sailboats, personal watercraft -there's a boat out there for anyone that can connect you to the water.
The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to experience some of the improved boating facilities around the state, such as the John Day boat ramp in Clatsop County, the Port of Garibaldi, or Roger's Landing on the Willamette River. Looking for more secluded locations? With the click of a mouse, you can find a boat ramp and a waterbody near you, from the Marine Board's interactive boating access map.

"Boat ramps and boarding floats are designed and built to rise and fall with varying water levels," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Low water conditions don't necessarily mean that boating will be limited, but it does mean that boaters need to do their homework and plan ahead. Be sure to check the Marine Board's Boating Access page for links to river gauges, reservoir levels, weather and locations for low water ramps." Massey adds, "Also be prepared for cozy conditions, because less water will mean tighter quarters for all recreationists. Remember to be courteous, dust off your knowledge about the rules-of-the-road, and start out slow. There may be submerged objects that weren't visible before, so keep a sharp lookout."

The U.S. Coast Guard's 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, reveal that national boating fatalities that year totaled 610 -the second lowest number of boating fatalities on record.
Boating safety advocates, including the Marine Board, attribute this decline to increased boater education in many states, life jacket wear and abstaining from consuming intoxicating substances while boating.

"The take-home message is to wear a properly fitting life jacket, designed for the activity you're doing," Massey adds. "The waterways will still be cold and combining cold water with hot air temperature and strong currents makes wearing a life jacket the best decision you can make."

The Marine Board recommends boaters play it safe by:
* Leaving alcohol at home or on the shore. Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Marijuana and other intoxicating substances can lead to a BUII arrest.
* Know the waterway and plan ahead. Visit the Marine Board's boating access page to learn about reservoir levels, river volumes, and the locations of known navigation obstructions.
* If you are feeling fatigued, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, and wave motion contribute to fatigue.
* Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements. Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway.
* In Oregon, all boaters must now take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling course for boaters new to the activity.
* Never boat alone -especially when paddling.
For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Attached Media Files: Go Play for Memorial Day Boating, 2015
2015 award ceremony honors DOC outstanding employees
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/20/15
On May 13, 2015, over 100 staff members, contractors, and volunteers from the Oregon Department of Corrections were recognized for their exceptional efforts in 2014. The statewide awards ceremony is held annually to honor these individuals as part of National Correctional Officers and Employees Week (NCEW). A sampling of award recipients is included below. For a full list of award recipients, visit http://www.oregon.gov/doc/docs/pdf/2015StatewideAwards.pdf.

* DOC Employee of the Year - Birdie Worley, Rules Coordinator
* DOC Manager of the Year - Maureen Robb, Linn County Community Corrections Director
* DOC Officers of the Year - Correctional Officer Kevin Karpati (Snake River Correctional Institution) and Corporal Joe Howell (Oregon State Correctional Institution)
* Community Corrections Outstanding Service Award - Leticia Longoria-Navarro, Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officer
* Community Corrections Employee of the Year - Bev Mills, Linn County Community Corrections Office Specialist
* Human Resources Employee of the Year - Patricia Solomon, Administrative Specialist 2
* Human Resources Manager of the Year - Debbie Navarro, HR Generalist
* General Services Division Employee of the Year - Joan Brooks, Accountant

* General Services Division Manager of the Year - Greg Nash, Accounting and Payroll Manager
* Director's Office Manager of the Year - Adrianne O'Connor, Internal Audit Administrator
* Operations Division Employee of the Year - Dwight Hawkins, Inmate Work Programs Coordinator
* Operations Division Manager of the Year - Patti Knight, Health Services Manager
* Operations Division (Central Administration) Employee of the Year - Jon Bricker, Transport Sergeant
* Operations (Central Administration) Manager of the Year - Kelley Morton, Policy Manager

* Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division Contractor of the Year - Deb Brown, Program Manager, New Directions Northwest
* Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division Employee of the Year - Karen Roddy, Victims Services Program Coordinator
* Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division Manager of the Year - Theresa Arendell, Transition and Inmate Services Manager
* Oregon Corrections Enterprises Employee of the Year Award - John Kilander, Laundry Production Coordinator
* Oregon Corrections Enterprises Manager of the Year Award - Barb Cannard, Offender Services Program Manager
* Outstanding Volunteer - Katina Saint Marie and Sue Gerhardt, The Portia Project (Coffee Creek Correctional Facility)
* Outstanding Volunteer - Debbie Arvidson, Quilting Project (Snake River Correctional Institution)
* Outstanding Citizen - Doris Wehler, Wilsonville Rotary
* Outstanding Citizen - Karen Yeakley, Powder River Correctional Facility Advisory Council
* Humanitarian Award - Lisa Blacketter, Correctional Counselor
* Max Williams Award - Jef Van Valkenburgh, Department of Justice Senior Assistant Attorney General

Each award winner was presented with a plaque and certificate at the awards ceremony. They were praised for going above and beyond, improving outcomes, and serving as role models for both inmates and other staff members.

For more detailed information on the award recipients, please contact Betty Bernt or Elizabeth Craig.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Schools and community college see bond elections, levies succeed
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/20/15
All seven school bond and local option levies passed in Tuesday's election, continuing recent positive trends on such votes.

Passing bonds were the Reynolds School District ($125 million), Woodburn School District ($65 million), Marcola School District ($7.8 million) and St. Paul School District ($5.3 million). Blue Mountain Community College saw its $23 million bond pass.

Voters also approved five-year local option school levies in Ashland and Pendleton by significant margins.

Last November, six of nine districts passed bonds, and all six option levies were successful.

Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), thanked local voters for investing in their schools.

"Recent results signal that schools are making an effective case about the importance of replacing and upgrading dated buildings and investing in technology," she said. "As the economy improves we need to continue to focus resources on our students."

Among OSBA's legislative priorities in the current session is finding a statewide solution to pay for school construction and renovation.

A full listing of the election results can be found at http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Budget_and_Finance/Election-Recent_Bond-Local_Option_Election_Results.aspx?d=5/19/2015

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
05/19/15
Oregon Veteran's Cremains to be Interred (Updated)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 05/19/15
[[One name - Harry N. Thompson - was not placed on the previous list of veterans. Another name - Graham Cambell - is properly spelled.]]


PORTLAND - A final salute with full military honors will be made to 19 Oregon military veterans and two spouses of veterans whose cremated remains will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery on May 22, at 10 a.m.

For nearly 10 years, the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project has been working with Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) to identify the deceased who are eligible for veteran burial. This includes the cremains of a veteran's spouse who also is eligible to be interred at a national cemetery.

The cremains had been stored in copper canisters at the State Hospital and had at one time been interred in an underground memorial where the canisters sustained water damage and irreversible corrosion. In 2004, State Senate President Peter Courtney discovered the canisters in an outbuilding on hospital grounds and said he did not want these people to be forgotten. Since then, the State Hospital has been working vigorously to ensure the cremains of all patients are cared for and treated with the proper respect.

The State Hospital is the custodian of the cremated remains of approximately 3,400 people who died between 1914 and 1971 while living or working at the hospital, Oregon State Tuberculosis Hospital, Mid-Columbia Hospital, Dammasch State Hospital, Oregon State Penitentiary, Fairview Training Center and other local hospitals.

The military service eras of these 19 honorably discharged veterans range from the Civil War to World War I. According to ODVA Director Cameron Smith the veteran's cremains have been secured until their identities could be accurately verified.

"Identifying these veteran's cremains after all these years ensures we honor and recognize their service," he said. "Just as we thank all veterans for their service, we thank the amazing team from the Oregon State Hospital and their partners for all of their research and hard work to correct the record."

Oregon State Hospital Superintendent Greg Roberts said it's only proper that these veterans be interred in Willamette National Cemetery.

"It's important to recognize them, not only for their service to our country, but also for the additional challenges they faced in life. Now, they have a final resting place with all due dignity and respect, and they are no longer forgotten."

With the goal of reunifying these cremains with families, the Oregon State Hospital has posted online the list of names of the people whose cremated remains are in the possession of the hospital. The list of names is posted on the Oregon State Hospital website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/Pages/cremains.aspx.

The names of the veterans whose cremains will be interred include: Thomas A. Bond; Graham Cambell; Rollin Curd; Henry Gore; John Q. Howard; Arthur B. Hunter; Herman G. Kluedtke; Frank F. Moore; Curtis L. Oaks; Davis B. Parmenter; Matthew Ross, Jr.; Emma Rowland, spouse of William G. Rowland; John W. Sevedge; Edward C. Shaw; Charles Sherwood; Harry N. Thompson; John Tooley; Lawrence C. G. VanWert; John A. Walters; Edna May Ward, spouse of James E. Ward and Fred Warner.

Willamette National Cemetery is located in Portland at 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd.
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Oregon's Urban and Community Forestry Conference slated for June 4, Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/19/15
Oregon's annual UCF Conference always attracts interest from around the state
Oregon's annual UCF Conference always attracts interest from around the state
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Oregon Community Trees ("O.C.T.") is hosting its annual Urban & Community Forestry conference, geared for professionals and other interested members of the public, from 8:00am - 3:30pm on Thursday June 4 at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

"Managing Change in our Community Forests: A Toolkit for Action" is the theme of this year's conference and Erica Smith Fichman, Program Manager with the City of Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation Program, is keynote speaker.

Fichman is also program manager for TreePhilly, a community engagement program that connects Philadelphia residents with city resources to plant and care for trees and grow the urban forest. Their goal is to have 30 percent tree canopy in each Philadelphia neighborhood.
Fichman will speak about using social media, guerrilla advertising and exciting partnerships to promote urban forestry and motivate new audiences to join the movement.

Other urban forestry conference topics
Other urban forestry-related topics at this year's conference include climate change and tree choices, water demand in the landscape, monitoring changes in community forests using citizen science, insect pests that threaten urban forests, and soil - what it is, and how it stores water and nutrients.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Paul Ries will also speak on the topic of maintaining urban forest health, extreme weather and storm-proofing the urban forest.

Continuing education credits, conference location
The conference takes place at the World Forestry Center's Miller Hall.
Continuing education credits are available for Oregon registered landscape architects, landscape contractors, ISA certified arborists and SAF certified foresters.

Conference filling up fast
The conference has already enrolled some 130 attendees but registration is still open.
For more information and to register: www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-change-in-our-community-forests-a-toolkit-for-action-tickets-15659575211?aff=octwebsite

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Attached Media Files: Oregon's annual UCF Conference always attracts interest from around the state
Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash on Hwy 126, West of Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/19/15
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal vehicle crash on Highway 126 near Green Hill Rd, just west of Eugene.

According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, at approximately 8:57 a.m., a 2000 Ford Focus operated by Brian ROONEY, age 54 of Veneta was traveling eastbound on HWY 126 when it struck a deer in the roadway. After impact the deer went airborne and into the path of a westbound 2000 Freightliner Truck operated by Jesse BASTIEN, age 37, of Eugene.

The deer struck the windshield directly in front of BASTIEN and entered the passenger compartment, striking him. BASTIEN was able to drive the truck to the shoulder of the road. Passing motorists noted BASTIEN was not conscious or breathing and began CPR. He was transported to Sacred Heart River Bend Hospital for neck and head trauma. After arriving at the hospital, BASTIEN was declared deceased.

Both lanes of HWY 126 were closed for some time. Westbound lanes will be closed until approximately 1PM until the on-scene investigation is completed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department.


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Oregon's Payroll Employment Grows Rapidly, Adding 7,600 Jobs in April
Oregon Employment Dept. - 05/19/15
Oregon's unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent in April from 5.4 percent in March, reaching Oregon's lowest rate since July 2007 when the rate was also 5.2 percent. The rate is now back to where it was during 2006 through early 2008 when Oregon's rate held steady between 5.0 and 5.5 percent.

Oregon's payroll employment grew rapidly, adding 7,600 in April, following revised gains of 2,600 in February and 2,700 in March. April's gain was on track with the rapid growth seen during September 2014 through January 2015 when growth averaged 6,200 jobs per month.

The recent, rapid job growth is consistent with Oregon's performance prior to the recession. Jobs expanded by 3.2 percent between April 2014 and April 2015, a similar pace as seen during mid 2004 through 2006 when Oregon's annual gains averaged 3.0 percent.

In April, four major industries grew rapidly over the month and over the year, with each adding between 1,000 and 2,900 jobs in April, and each growing by close to 5 percent since April 2014.

* Health care and social assistance (+11,200 over the year) was boosted by all four of its component industries, but its social assistance component grew at the fastest rate by adding 3,000.

* Manufacturing (+9,800 jobs over the year) was led by semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, and food manufacturing, which each added close to 1,500.

* Professional and business services (+9,700 over the year) was led by computer systems design, management of companies, and administrative and waste services, which each added about 1,600.

* Leisure and hospitality (+9,100 over the year) was boosted by rising demand at restaurants, which led to food service and drinking places adding 6,900 jobs.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the April county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Wednesday, May 27th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for May on Tuesday, June 16th.
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The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the October, November and December 2014 tax records data. In addition, data for April 2013 through September 2014 were revised upward by a total of close to 4,000 per month. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and, effective with the release of the April 2015 data, were revised back to April 2013 to correct for an omission of certain corporate officers.

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

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Statewide Employment April 2015
05/18/15
Stewardship Coordinating Committee to meet May 22 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, meets Friday, May 22, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations - is meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 22nd in the Santiam meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

On the agenda

The committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs.

The agenda on the 22nd includes introductions to US Forest Service Assistant Director of State and Private Forests Karl Dalla Rosa, an afternoon discussion of forestland incentive programs currently available to landowners, and a review and discussion of forestry legacy program letters of interest submitted for fiscal year 2017.

In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

Public invited

Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Cynthia Orlando at the contact numbers listed.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

More information
More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee is available online, at:

www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx
Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee meets May 27 in Lakeview
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
To receive information and discuss issues related to replanting Eastside forests the Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will meet Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the OSU-Extension Office at 103 South E Street in Lakeview.

The Forest Practices Act seeks to ensure forests are grown on forest lands. The law requires forest owners to replant forests after a harvest. This law does not differentiate between a normal commercial and salvage harvests after catastrophic events.

Salvage harvests may be advisable after beetles, disease, wind, or fire damages a forest. The Committee previously discussed some challenges with various requirements. Lee Fledderjohann, will present a report from the Eastside Reforestation Sub-committee on point Wednesday morning. The Committee will invest most of the afternoon touring sites illustrating the challenges landowners face under the current rules and discuss alternatives.

The Committee will also review:
* Legislative and Board of Forestry updates;
* A Bald Eagle Technical Report discussing whether to revise related rules; and
* How the current Forest Practices Act compliance monitoring strategy works.

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

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

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits. Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx
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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Thursday, May 28
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
Members will receive an update about the ongoing streamside buffer rule analysis in advance of the June Board of Forestry meeting from Private Forests Division Chief Peter Daugherty. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Thursday, May 28 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Santiam Room Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Daugherty will also provide a legislative update in the morning. Fire Protection Deputy Division Chief Doug Grafe will round out the lunch hour with a 2015 fire season outlook and update.

The Committee will spend most of the day preparing its annual update - looking at last year's accomplishments and setting next year's priorities.

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

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

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

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Oregon's White House Conference on Aging on Wednesday, May 20 -- Media Alert
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 05/18/15
Oregon's White House Conference on Aging
The Samaritan Center at 605 Mullins Drive in Lebanon, OR 97355
May 20, 2015

Oregon's first White House Conference on Aging will provide an opportunity for approximately 200 advocates, consumers, and local policymakers to share their perspectives on state and national policy issues that impact older Oregonians, their families, and their communities. In keeping with the National White House Conference, four main topic areas to be discussed are: Retirement Security, Healthy Aging, Elder Justice and Long-Term Services and Supports.

Comments and recommendations from this conference will be carried forward to the National White House Conference in Washington D.C. in July. Feedback from this conference will also impact policy changes here in Oregon to address the growing older adult population.

Highlighted speakers:
* Nora Super, Executive Director - National White House Conference on Aging
* Dr. Bill Thomas, C-founder, Eden Alternative and Greenhouse Project
* Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
* John Tapogna, President, EcoNorthwest
* Katherine Tennyson, Chief Probate Judge - Multnomah County Circuit Court
* Other local speakers from across the state

The morning will consists of the keynote, short panel presentations on: Retirement Security, Healthy Aging, Elder Justice and Long-Term Services and Supports followed by recommendation development work sessions in the afternoon. Workshops are open for the media.

The agenda is posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/docs/Agenda-Detail%20Program.pdf

The Conference will also be available via videostream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV7kRQ4S9DA
Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/18/15
Campfire in an established fire pit
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Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:
* Know before you go - Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions at your recreation destination. An interactive map of Oregon's fire restrictions is available at www.keeporegongreen.org.
* Kick the campfire habit this summer - Portable camp stoves are a safer option to campfires at any time of year. Areas that prohibit campfires outside maintained campgrounds with
established fire pits will often allow the use of camp stoves.
* Select the right spot - Where campfires are allowed, avoid building the fire near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks. Store your unused firewood a good distance from the fire.
* Keep your campfire small - A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed.
* Attend your campfire at all times - A campfire left unattended for only a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Staying with your campfire from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly.
* NEVER use gasoline or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your campfire. Once the fire is ignited, wait until the match is cold and then discard it in the fire.
* Always have water and fire tools on site - Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to
extinguish any escaped embers. When you are ready to leave, drown all embers with water, stir
the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
* Burn ONLY wood - State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates
dense, toxic smoke or noxious odors.
* Escaped campfires are costly - The Oregon Department of Forestry spent more than $3.3
million in 2014 to suppress unattended and escaped campfires. State law requires the proper
clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your campfire spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

During Wildfire Awareness Month visit the Keep Oregon Green website, www.keeporegongreen.org,
for other wildfire prevention tips.


Attached Media Files: Campfire in an established fire pit
Oregon Lottery Launches new Loteria Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 05/18/15
On Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery launched its own version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

A popular game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community, the new Oregon Lottery Scratch-it features familiar Oregon images such as the beaver, the thunder egg and Sasquatch. The new game offers players a $10,000 top prize.

"Oregon's population is becoming increasingly diverse," said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2 percent African American. In order to be more inclusive in our communication efforts, the Lottery has developed a multicultural plan that encompasses advertising and product development efforts to engage with the many diverse communities in Oregon."

The Lottery also created support for the Loteria Scratch-it including posters in both English and Spanish, and Spanish radio ads that will run on Hispanic radio stations statewide.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Pursuit In Umatilla County Ends In Arrest of Driver - Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/18/15
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An early morning pursuit with Oregon State Troopers in Umatilla County leads to the arrest of two individuals on multiple charges.

According to Sergeant Mark Banks, a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle on HWY 11 south of Milton-Freewater for an equipment violation on May 18th at about 12:07AM. The vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac Sedan, fled south on HWY 11 towards Pendleton at speeds up to 100 mph. Assisting troopers deployed spike strips on HWY 11 just outside Pendleton which damaged the vehicle's tires, slowing it. The vehicle continued for several more miles where troopers initiated a tactical vehicle intervention technique, which spun the vehicle out and ended the pursuit.

The driver Trevor KELLY, 27, city of residence still unknown, was arrested and transported to the Umatilla County Jail. He initially refused to provide police or corrections staff with any identifying information. KELLY was lodged on the following charges:

Felony Attempt to Elude Police
Reckless Driving
Recklessly Endangering Another Person
DUII- Controlled Substance
Supplying Contraband (Into Correctional Institute)
Possession of Methamphetamine
Failure to Carry and Present a License

The passenger in the vehicle, Kristi HIGHEAGLE, 28, of Pendleton, was arrested and lodged in the Umatilla County Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine.

No further information at this time, booking photos were unavailable at the time of this release.


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05/16/15
Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers honored for service in Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/16/15
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Bend, Oregon - Approximately 190 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, were welcomed home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon, May 16.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden; State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Col. William Prendergast, commander of 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, were in attendance at the ceremony.

The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron mobilized in June 2014 as one of three battalion elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team that deployed last summer to provide security in Afghanistan.

Three Soldiers were awarded Purple Hearts in a ceremony during the Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center prior to the demobilization ceremony, May 16: Staff Sgt. Christopher Beach, Spc. Michael Mangin and Spc. Brian Piccolo, all with Bravo Troop. Twenty-five Soldiers in the squadron have also earned Bronze Star Medals for their service during the deployment.

The squadron provided base defense operations and security patrols at Shindand Air Base until Nov. 9, 2014. The squadron was the last U.S. military force to leave Shindand Air Base as the base was officially turned over to the Afghanistan National Army.

The squadron was re-missioned to conduct flight-line security at Kabul Afghanistan International Airport and base defense operations for Camp International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in downtown Kabul.

In December, the squadron witnessed history as ISAF turned over operations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) non-combat Resolute Support mission. The squadron continued to conduct base closing, equipment redistribution, and base security missions until they re-deployed to the United States and returned home to Oregon on April 15, 2015.

The unit is headquartered in Bend, with companies also in Klamath Falls, Lebanon, and Redmond, and is commanded by Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Staff Sgt. Christopher Beach (right), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. Beach sustained wounds while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Spc. Michael Mangin (center), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, for wounds he sustained while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. Mangin's grandfather, Jack Mangin (right), a U.S. Navy veteran, pinned the award on his grandson in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Spc. Brian Piccolo (right), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. Piccolo sustained wounds while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, stand in formation, as they are welcomed home during a demobilization ceremony held in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron provided security for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown, returns a framed guidon flag representing 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, to the squadron commander, Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr. (right), ceremoniously welcoming the unit home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron exchanged the guidon with the governor's office for a state flag when the unit deployed. The state flag was flown in Afghanistan while the framed guidon served as a reminder that Oregonians were deployed overseas. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden welcomes home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, from Afghanistan following a demobilization ceremony held in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron provided security for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Shooting Investigation Ongoing In The Dalles
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/16/15
The Wasco County Major Crimes Team is investigating a shooting incident which occurred in The Dalles this morning. The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and working in cooperation with the Wasco County District Attorney.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that sometime around 8:52AM, law enforcement personnel from the The Dalles Police Department and The Wasco County Sherriff's Office responded to a residence at 950 Pomona Street, The Dalles, on the report of an accidental shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found Darlena HILL, Age 75, of the Dalles, with a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Darlena Hill was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is in serious condition.

Initial investigation indicates that Darlena HILL was shot by her husband, Darrell HILL, age 76, also of The Dalles. It is believed Darrell HILL, who suffers from Alzheimer's, was handling a firearm which he thought was unloaded. While handling the firearm it discharged, striking Darlena HILL.

The investigation is continuing by the Wasco County Major Crimes Team which consists of the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, The Dalles Police Department, the Oregon State Police and the Wasco County District Attorney's Office. More information will be released as it becomes available.
05/15/15
Wa-Hi French teacher organizes fundraiser for non-school sponsored student trip to Europe
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/15/15
WALLA WALLA - Support Walla Walla French students as they embark on a two week non-school sanctioned educational tour through France and Italy in June 2016. A fundraiser is planned to help defer the costs for students.

Group Yard Sale & Bake Sale Event Fundraiser
Saturday, May 23
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
811 Fern Avenue, Walla Walla
Information: Kerri Tucker - ktucker@wwps.org

About the 2016 trip to France and Italy:
Kerri Tucker is taking 25 French students on a culturally-charged non school district sponsored educational tour from Paris, France to Rome, Italy for two weeks in June 2016. Arriving in Paris, some activities will include: visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, travel the Seine River on the Batobus, ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visit the Catacombes, navigate the Parisian Metro, and tour the Opéra Garnier for starters. From Paris the group will travel via TGV (train grand vitesse - the FAST train) to Lyon, the 3rd largest city in France known for its fine cuisine and the silk industry. Then to the Alps, Chamonix (where the 1st Winter Olympics were held in 1924), a visit to the tallest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc, a glacier, and an ice cave. After driving through the 11.6 kilometer Courmayeur Tunnel through the Alps, the group will head to the Italian Riviera on the Ligurian Sea to visit the 5 cliff side towns of Cinque Terre. After spending time in Florence, Assisi, and Rome, the group will head to the sea again, staying in Sorrento - located in the Bay of Naples under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. They'll take a Hydrofoil to the island of Capri, then a private boat cruise around the island and up to the top via the Funiculare. After a day in Capri, the group will travel to Positano on the Amalfi Coast. The last day of the trip will be spent touring the ruins of Pompeii, and then back to Rome for the flight home.

Sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides will take place in Paris, Florence, Rome by Night, Ancient Rome, Capri, and Pompeii. Entrances to the following sites included in the trip: Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Batobus on the Seine in Paris, Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, Mer de Glace ice cave on Mont Blanc, Cinque Terre visit in Italy, Bike Rental in Lucca, Boboli Gardens in Florence, Basilica in Assisi, Roman Forum and Colosseum, Capri minicruise, Pompeii Roman Ruins.

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Health advisory issued May 15 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 05/15/15
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May 15, 2015

High toxin levels found in reservoir in Linn and Marion counties

A health advisory is being issued today for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River in Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

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

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

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

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the reservoir.
The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

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

For local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 503-854-3366. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

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

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Walla Walla School District Public Work Sessions & Board Meeting: May 19, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/15/15
Walla Walla School District Public Work Sessions & Board Meeting: May 19, 2015

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Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting May 18
Oregon Marine Board - 05/15/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special telephone Board meeting on May 18, beginning at 11 a.m.

At the Board's June 2013 Board meeting, the Director was granted a Small Grants expenditure authority of $100,000 per biennium. This biennium, the agency received additional grant applications, which if approved, will exceed the $100,000 cap. The Director is requesting Board approval to increase the maximum expenditure authority to $200,000 for the remaining 2013-15 biennium.

The public is invited to participate by coming to the agency, located at 435 Commercial St. NE in Salem.
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Oregon Air National Guard mobilizes Citizen-Airmen for Middle East security mission (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/15/15
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142nd Security Forces Mobilization Ceremony
Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron were honored in a mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. May 15, 2015
Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron has supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.


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Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard prepare to post the colors during the 142nd Security Forces Squadron mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, thank the Airmen of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron following the unit's mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Grant Roper, of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron and his daughter, are interviewed by a local news crew following his unit's mobilization ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron are honored during a mobilization ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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Marine Board's Boating Safety Media Kit -Now Available! (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/15/15
Wear It ad from the National Safe Boating Council
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Hello Subscribers and Media Partners,

Tomorrow is the beginning of National Safe Boating Week, and the Marine Board wants to remind everyone who plans to venture out on our gorgeous and pristine waterways to:

* Plan ahead (know where you're going to put in and take out).
* Have all of the required equipment, including a properly fitting life jacket for everyone on board.
* With low water, keep a sharp lookout for rocks, shoals, stumps, and other objects that are usually submerged.

The media kit contains condensed talking points -agreed upon by boating safety advocates that include the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Weather Service, Washington State Parks, and Marine Law Enforcement.

The kit also contains a link to the Coast Guard's Nationwide 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics Report and Oregon's statistics are also included in the materials.

Please consider doing a story about staying safe on the water, particularly stories about cold water immersion. We're hoping to be proactive and get people thinking about being safe around the water before the first 90 degree weekend comes along, where drowning predictably occurs. Remember, drowning is preventable.

I'm happy to participate in an interview, or help coordinate an interview with local marine deputies for ride-alongs to highlight local safety issues.

Thank you for your help in keeping people safe on our waterways!

Ashley A. Massey
Legislative Coordinator
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Marine Board
Ashley.massey@state.or.us
503-378-2623


Attached Media Files: Wear It ad from the National Safe Boating Council
School board candidate filings number 817 this election
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/15/15
A total of 817 individuals are running for school board positions next Tuesday in Oregon, according to a survey conducted by the Oregon School Boards Association. That figure is the lowest of any election in the last decade. Candidates usually number about 850 to 1,050, and include races in K-12 school districts, education service districts and for community college boards.
There are 696 open positions across the state, and 483 incumbents are running.
Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, said the lower number of candidates is surprising, given the important community role that local board members have. She said it remains unclear why the number of candidates has dropped from 972 in the May election in 2013.
"Board members play a pivotal part in their communities," she said. "They provide the connection between schools and the places we live, and it's vital that we encourage as many strong candidates as possible to fill these positions."
Other findings from the survey include:
??(R) For K-12 district boards, 692 candidates are running for 585 positions. Nearly three-quarters of the races (72.3 percent) are uncontested. In 47 races (8 percent), no candidates are running.
??(R) For ESD boards, 53 people have filed for 54 positions. Forty-six are unopposed, and five races have no candidates.
??(R) For community college boards, 72 people filed for 57 slots. Forty-one are unopposed, and in two races there are no candidates.
School board elections are held every two years.
OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Salutes Senator Wyden for Leadership on Trade Promotion Authority Policy Debate
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 05/15/15
May 14, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association wishes to publicly express appreciation to Senator Ron Wyden for his willingness to engage in and lead discussions regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).
TPA is a critical tool for every agricultural and livestock sector in our efforts to seek approval of trade agreements. Meaningful trade agreements that support and create US jobs while helping American agriculture compete more successfully in an ever-expanding global marketplace are beneficial here at home and abroad.
Regardless of political affiliations, trade is good for everyone! The ability for Oregon products to be exported to foreign markets without obstruction from foreign governments when our borders are open to imports from all over the world, is good policy. Market acceptance and market expansion for every sector of agriculture ensures strong demand and sustainability for future generations.
Thank you Senator Ron Wyden for taking the lead on this very important issue. TPA will help ensure that America's farmers, ranchers and food processors receive the greatest benefit from these negotiations.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet May 21 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 05/15/15
May 15, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, May 21, 1-5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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Oregon Army National Guard to demobilize 1-82 Cavalry Squadron in Bend, Oregon
Oregon Military Department - 05/15/15
Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to hold a demobilization ceremony for approximately 190 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, on Saturday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Vince Genna Stadium, located at 405 SE Roosevelt Ave., in Bend, Oregon. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron mobilized on June 17, 2014, to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they conducted training in preparation for the deployment. The unit was one of three battalion elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team that deployed last summer to provide security in Afghanistan.

The squadron provided base defense operations and security patrols at Shindand Airbase until November 9, 2014. The squadron was the last U.S. military force to leave Shindand Airbase as the base was officially turned over to the Afghanistan National Army.

The squadron was re-missioned to conduct flight-line security at Kabul Afghanistan International Airport and base defense operations for Camp International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in downtown Kabul.

In December, the squadron witnessed history as ISAF turned over operations to North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) non-combat Resolute Support mission. The squadron continued to conduct base closing, equipment redistribution, and base security missions until they re-deployed to the United States.

More than 90 percent of the Soldiers in the squadron have earned combat badges, with 26 Soldiers receiving Bronze Star Medals and three Soldiers receiving Purple Hearts.

The unit is headquartered in Bend, with companies also in Klamath Falls, Lebanon, and Redmond, and is commanded by Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr.
***Update*** Amber Alert
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/15/15
***Update***
Kaitlyne WIRTH is in custody and is no longer sought by law enforcement. Any questions may be directed to the Tillamook City Police Department at 503-815-1911.
***End update***

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**Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo) - 05/14/15
An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening in an attempt to locate a female child and a female suspect. The vehicle and child were located near Cottage Grove on HWY 99. The AMBER Alert was canceled shortly after.

On May 14, 2015 at approximately 3:50PM, Tillamook Police were advised that Kaitlyne WIRTH violated a court order and had taken Jocelyn WIRTH. This incident occurred in North Bend, located in Coos County. Tillamook City Police is handling the investigation and issued the alert as a Tillamook County Judge order custody of Jocelyn away from Kaitlyne.

The Amber Alert was issued at approximately 6:25PM.

At approximately 6:43PM, a concerned citizen who had heard the AMBER Alert, recognized the vehicle on HWY 99 near Cottage Grove and called 911. The citizen stated they had heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and shortly after, observed the vehicle parked along the roadway and could see a blonde haired child inside. After calling 911, Oregon State Troopers located the vehicle and safely recovered Jocelyn WIRTH who was in good condition.

Tillamook Police Department is asking for the public's help to find suspect Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 19, from North Bend. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 150 pounds. She has blonde hair. Latest information is that she is believed to be in the Eugene area.

No further details will be released at this time as the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Kaitlyne WIRTH is asked to call 9-1-1. Tips can also be reported to Tillamook Police Department at 503-815-1911.

***End Update***
05/14/15
***Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/14/15
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An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening in an attempt to locate a female child and a female suspect. The vehicle and child were located near Cottage Grove on HWY 99. The AMBER Alert was canceled shortly after.

On May 14, 2015 at approximately 3:50PM, Tillamook Police were advised that Kaitlyne WIRTH violated a court order and had taken Jocelyn WIRTH. This incident occurred in North Bend, located in Coos County. Tillamook City Police is handling the investigation and issued the alert as a Tillamook County Judge order custody of Jocelyn away from Kaitlyne.

The Amber Alert was issued at approximately 6:25PM.

At approximately 6:43PM, a concerned citizen who had heard the AMBER Alert, recognized the vehicle on HWY 99 near Cottage Grove and called 911. The citizen stated they had heard the AMBER Alert on the radio and shortly after, observed the vehicle parked along the roadway and could see a blonde haired child inside. After calling 911, Oregon State Troopers located the vehicle and safely recovered Jocelyn WIRTH who was in good condition.

Tillamook Police Department is asking for the public's help to find suspect Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 19, from North Bend. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 5 inches, weighing 150 pounds. She has blonde hair. Latest information is that she is believed to be in the Eugene area.

No further details will be released at this time as the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Kaitlyne WIRTH is asked to call 9-1-1. Tips can also be reported to Tillamook Police Department at 503-815-1911.

***End Update***


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***Correction*** Oregon Amber Alert
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/14/15
***Correction***
Suspect, Kaitlyne WIRTH, age is 19.


Canceled ***Amber Alert*** (Photo) - 05/14/15
An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening for a female child and a female suspect. That alert has been CANCELED.

The child, Jocelyne WIRTH, has been located near Cottage Grove, Oregon. The vehicle has also been recovered. The suspect, Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 36, is still outstanding.

If Kaitlyne M WIRTH is spotted please call 911. For tips on her wherabouts, please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

More information to follow.


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Previous Release:

***AMBER ALERT*** The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Tillamook City Police Department have issued an Amber Alert for Jocelyne WIRTH 3 and a half years old, white female with blonde hair. Suspect is non-custodial parent, Kaitlyne WIRTH, 19 years old, white female, 5'5", 150 pounds, blonde hair.

Vehicle is a teal 1999 Chevy Cavalier, four door, with Oregon Plate of 086GPE. If spotted please call 911. For tips please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

Photos attached (photo of vehicle is similar).
Canceled ***Amber Alert*** (Photo)
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An AMBER Alert was activated in Oregon following a request from the Tillamook City Police Department Thursday evening for a female child and a female suspect. That alert has been CANCELED.

The child, Jocelyne WIRTH, has been located near Cottage Grove, Oregon. The vehicle has also been recovered. The suspect, Kaitlyne M WIRTH, age 36, is still outstanding.

If Kaitlyne M WIRTH is spotted please call 911. For tips on her wherabouts, please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

More information to follow.


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Previous Release:

***AMBER ALERT*** The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Tillamook City Police Department have issued an Amber Alert for Jocelyne WIRTH 3 and a half years old, white female with blonde hair. Suspect is non-custodial parent, Kaitlyne WIRTH, 19 years old, white female, 5'5", 150 pounds, blonde hair.

Vehicle is a teal 1999 Chevy Cavalier, four door, with Oregon Plate of 086GPE. If spotted please call 911. For tips please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

Photos attached (photo of vehicle is similar).


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Oregon Memorial Day events listed, ODVA to host annual ceremony
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 05/14/15
SALEM - As part of the annual Memorial Day celebrations statewide, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) will again host a memorial ceremony on Monday, May 25, at 3 p.m., on the department's grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E.

The public ceremony will be held at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial where the names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and those with Oregon military ties, will be read aloud. McNary High School's JROTC unit will provide military honors.

This year's event will mark the second consecutive time since the memorial's dedication in 2006 that names of Oregon's fallen will not be added to the memorial wall.

Oregon State Sen. Brian Boquist, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, will be the keynote speaker.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday's name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The most current list of statewide Memorial Day event locations and information is available online: www.oregondva.com/blog/2015/05/06/2015-memorial-day-events.
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Oregon National Guard commemorates Armed Forces Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/14/15
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Three Oregon Army National Guard Howitzers with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, fire a salute in honor of the 65th annual Armed Forces Day, at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, recognizes local veterans in his remarks during the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown discusses the importance of the Oregon National Guard in her remarks at the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Pfc. Jose Melendez, assistant gunner with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion shows a young girl a Howitzer during the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, fly over the Oregon State Capitol rotunda during the annual Armed Forces Day event in Salem, Oregon, May 14. Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen displayed equipment and military hardware at the mall, prior to the official ceremony. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, spoke at the event, which highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and showcased the contributions and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize 142nd Security Forces Squadron
Oregon Military Department - 05/14/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Security Forces Squadron will be highlighted in a mobilization ceremony scheduled to be held at the Portland Air National Guard Base Friday, May 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are scheduled to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron has supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.
05/13/15
OHA Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee meets May 22
Oregon Health Authority - 05/13/15
May 13, 2015

What: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee's monthly meeting, which is open to the public.

When: Friday, May 22, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us.

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

Agenda: Review committee scope and charter; discuss maximum THC in a single-serving size to minimize adverse health effects on members of vulnerable populations; review of literature from Colorado, Vermont and Washington state; future topics; next steps; public comment.

Details: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based in the Public Health Division, provides scientific input to inform public health recommendations related to retail marijuana in Oregon. The committee is examining adverse health effects of retail marijuana use, and the impacts of time, place, and manner of retail sale of potentially addictive substances.

For more information about the committee, visit the committee's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/Retail-Marijuana-Scientific-Advisory-Committee.aspx.

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BBQ & K-5 Futures Fair
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 05/13/15
Good afternoon,

Attached is a release about an upcoming event we are hoping our elementary school families will hear about and take advantage of...so any help you can do to help spread the message is extremely appreciated.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/3815/84426/K-5_Futures_Fair.doc
Walla Walla School District Executive Session: May 15, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/13/15
Walla Walla School District Executive Session: May 15, 2015
As per the attached media memo ~


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1288/84404/05.15.15_SB_01_Media_Memo_Executive_Session.pdf
All Christian Schools Track Meet 5/13
Christ the King School and Parish - 05/13/15
The track meet for today is canceled due to weather!
05/12/15
Photo Release: Oregon National Guard participates in return ceremony for Cpl Ben Lee Brown killed during Korea War (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/12/15
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A military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord receives the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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A military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord loads the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon and Capt. Shane T. Maher, Oregon Military Department Casualty Affairs Manager, watch as a military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord loads the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown into a hearse at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Big Blue Boosters to present check to district for new Walla Walla High School track
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/12/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School is currently the only 4A school in the state to have a cinder track for physical education classes and track and field competitions, but this will soon change as the Big Blue Boosters will present a $650,000 check to the district Wednesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. to help fund a new all-weather track. Big Blue Booster member and Class of 1983 graduate Scott Krivoshein has organized the successful fundraising effort. The project is expected to go out to bid this spring with construction slated for this summer and completion in the fall.

"We are extremely thankful to the Big Blue Boosters and all those who contributed to this long over due project," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "This new track will serve our physical education students and track athletes for years to come and will be a destination for community members seeking to improve their health and wellness."

Event Details
Event: Big Blue Boosters present track donation check to WWPS
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 10:30 a.m. (4th period) - approximately a 15 minute event
Location: Walla Walla High School Track and Field area

Event Agenda
1. Welcome from Athletic Director Jack Mehn
2. Comments from School Board President Sam Wells
3. Comments from Big Blue Boosters Scott Krivoshein
4. Presentation of the check from Boosters (Scott) to Wells, Jordan and Mehn

Media:
- Fundraising chairperson will be in attendance to answer questions (Class of 1983 graduate)
- Track and Field Head Coach will be available for comment
- Physical Education class students will be present for interviews
- School board president, superintendent, athletic director in attendance

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***Update*** Death Investigation of Inmate From Baker Jail County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/12/15
***Update***
On May 9th, 2015, JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, of Baker City was brought to the Baker County Jail after being arrested for Criminal Trespass In the Second Degree. PANTLE was placed in a holding cell pending the booking process.

The time line of the incident on May 9th was:
3:30PM PANTLE is brought to the Baker County Jail.
5:43PM PANTLE showed signs of medical distress while in a holding cell.
5:45PM An ambulance was dispatched to respond to the Baker County Jail.
5:49PM The ambulance arrived at the jail.
6:07PM The ambulance with PANTLE as the patient arrived at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center.
6:32PM PANTER was pronounced deceased by medical staff.

On May 11th, 2015, the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office released details to investigators on causes of death for PANTLE. The autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner revealed the remnants of a plastic type baggy in PANTLE's stomach which appeared to have burst and the initial toxicology revealed a high level of methamphetamine in his system. The conclusion by the state medical examiner was "Methamphetamine Overdose".

*** END UPDATE ***

Previous Release:

Death Investigation Of Inmate From Baker County Jail Continuing - 05/10/15
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.

Preliminary information is that on May 9th, 2015 at about 3:30PM, Baker County Jail Staff became aware that inmate JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, was having medical issues. Jail staff began medical care on PANTLE and he was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday with the State Medical Examiner's Office. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released at a later time.
Public hearing June 11 for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 05/12/15
May 12, 2015

What: A hearing to take public comments on the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division's proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

When: Thursday, June 11, 1-2 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-D, 800 NE Oregon Street

Who: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, Office of the State Public Health Director

Details: To participate by phone, call 1-877-848-7030, and use code 2030826#

For more information about the meeting or to review the proposal, please contact Jan Kaplan, Public Health Division block grant coordinator, at 971-673-1232.

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

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Board of Forestry Subcommittee meets May 18 to discuss landscape data and forest growth related to new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/12/15
News Release

May 12, 2015
Major media distribution
Contact:
Dan Postrel, 503-945-7420, dan.postrel@oregon.gov
Tony Andersen, 503-507-4481, tony.andersen@Oregon.gov


The Alternative Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet in Salem on Monday, May 18, to discuss landscape level data and forest growth and modeling specific to the Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan. Subcommittee members will also have the opportunity to provide further input to the Division on the current analysis related to the Northwest FMP.
The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or emphasis area - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November 2014, working to ensure that the State Forests Division at ODF improves conservation outcomes over time, and has a sustainable flow of revenue to continue providing services that benefit communities and the environment. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

Meeting details
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 18.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.
More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx
Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

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

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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Civil Engineering Squadron assists with humanitarian mission in Romania (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/12/15
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Oregon Air National Guard members from the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) arrive at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, May 7. As part of the 142nd Fighter Wing's CES participation in U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), the Oregon Citizen-Airmen assist in improvements to the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Lucas Smith (center), 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), points to the progress of repairs and where exterior stucco will be placed, to Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wade, (left), as Oregon Citizen-Airmen from the CES unit repair water damage to a health facility in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 9. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), and is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Adrian Tate, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, applies exterior plaster in order to repair water damage to a health facility located in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 9. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), which is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Ramon Lopez, right, and Staff Sgt. Jared Levitt, left, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, work together to size and place new exterior tile flooring to a medical facility in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 8. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), which is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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Food Truck Friday Delivers Economic Punch (Photo)
Pasco Specialty Kitchen - 05/12/15
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Tri-Cities Community Benefits from Mobile Vending


PASCO, WA--The launch of the area's first formal mobile vending program is just over its mid-way zenith and eight local mobile vendors are delighted with the results as is the Pasco Specialty Kitchen (PSK), a project of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) and the program's creator.

In just over eight weeks, PSK's Food Truck Friday program has produced over $50,000 in gross sales for the eight vendors who are participating in the 12-week pilot program which continues to contribute key benefits to the local economy. "Mobile vending is a trend that's here to stay and holds remarkable opportunity for the Columbia Basin," observed Marilou Shea, director, Pasco Specialty Kitchen. "The Food Truck Friday vendors work incredibly hard each week to deliver quality 'grab n go' lunch options. Thanks to the outstanding response from the Tri-Cities community, the program has become a consistent lunch destination for many and has allowed these small businesses to maintain average weekly sales of $500 to $700."

Food Truck Friday (FTF) hosts eight mobile vendors: Ann's Best Creole, Backyard Grub, Fresh Out the Box, King of Dogs, Lulu's Home Style Treats, Swampy's BBQ, Uncle Brothers Fish Fry and WE Ice. Each vendor offers a $4.95 FTF Special that delivers quality as well as convenience during the prime time lunch hours of 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Although specials offer a terrific value to customers, the numbers show that regular menu items typically account for 60% or more of sales each week.

The national trends for mobile vending are impressive. The industry at large predicts that by 2017, food trucks are expected to generate between 3 and 4 percent of total restaurant revenue or about $2.7 billion by 2017 which is a fourfold increase from 2012. The bigger cities have an edge in terms of sheer volume but expansion will be seen in small towns like the Tri-Cities where catering and special event opportunities will foster additional growth.

"One of the primary goals of Food Truck Friday is to attract traffic to Downtown Pasco and it's delivered," said Rick White, director, Economic Development for the City of Pasco. "In fact, we're pleased that guest surveys indicate that customers have come from as far away as Pendelton in addition to out of state visitors to the area. It's been a positive economic development program because it gets customers out on the street, creates a sense of community and supports the growth of small businesses."

PSK sees a massive opportunity not only in generating revenue for micro-enterprises like FTF vendors but in advancing the niche as a whole. The second phase of the FTF program has three objectives: extend Food Truck Friday through summer into fall and add additional vendors and types of food. Based on vendor and community feedback the disposition of what that looks like is soon to be determined; PSK plans to host an education series for food truck wannabes who want to break into the business. The five-part series will feature subject matter experts and include critical start-up information like sourcing a truck, obtaining financing, streamlining day-day operations and strategic marketing.

The good news is the low cost of entry in this business sector. It's comparatively low: $25,000 and up versus a Subway franchise that costs $263,000 for example or even a traditional bricks and mortar scenario. The not so good news at least currently is that there aren't enough mobile vendors or variety to meet the demand in our area according to Shea. While she doesn't represent the vendors, Shea has received a number of direct requests for FTF vendors to participate in other areas of the community but scheduling conflicts, existing or contractual agreements make it a challenge for them to accept all the opportunities. Shea is looking for additional mobile vendors to join Food Truck Friday once the program is extended come May 29th.

One of the key indicators of the program's success is whether the vendors receive incremental business as a result of participating in the program. So far vendors report that they've collectively received over 20 new opportunities and that continues to grow. Mobile vending is a prime example of business breeding business spawning growth in the local community and economy by hiring local employees, buying from local suppliers and selling to local customers. It also advances job growth in other sectors including but not limited to web developers, truck outfitters, licensing agencies and food and supplies retailers.

"Participating in Food Truck Friday has far exceeded our expectations. As a small, start-up catering business, we needed a platform to get our product in the hands of potential customers before they committed to making a bigger investment of hiring us without trying our food. This opportunity has launched our business by allowing us to sample our product, and build our brand and customer base in a way that would have otherwise taken years to attain. We're grateful for the numerous catering events booked as a result of being a part of Food Truck Friday. Now it's not a question of if we grow but how we grow."

The Mobile Vending Education Series begins May 29th through June 26th and will be held on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen, 110 S. 4th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301. The series fee is $225. For more information or to register, please contact Marilou Shea, PSK, mshea@downtownpasco.com or 509-545-1172.


The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization based in Pasco, Washington. The DPDA was formed by a Pasco City Council ordinance in 2010 and oversees two projects: Pasco Farmer's Market and Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Its mission is to strengthen and develop Downtown Pasco as a center for culture, business and community spirit. For the latest updates on Food Truck Friday, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pascospecialtykitchen. For more information about the Food Truck Friday program, contact Marilou Shea, 509-545-1172 (office), 509-430-8956 (mobile) mshea@downtownpasco.com.


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Oregon Lottery partners with GamTalk to help Oregon's gamblers (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 05/12/15
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When you are struggling with a gambling problem, sometimes you just need someone to talk to.

Beginning this month, the Oregon Lottery is teaming up with GamTalk - www.gamtalk.org - to provide a free online support service for Oregonians with gambling issues.

GamTalk is an "online community" that provides an opportunity for people to anonymously discuss their own gambling issues or their concerns about a friend or relative. It also provides an easy way to find out about local services for problem gamblers.

A non-profit organization developed by psychologist Dr. Richard Wood, GamTalk has been operating successfully in Canada since 2008. Partnering with the Oregon Lottery will be the first time a U.S. lottery has adopted this service.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Oregon Lottery and through it provide our service to Oregonians," said Dr. Wood. "GamTalk provides a great way to start talking about gambling issues. It can be such a relief to discover that you are not the only person who is going through this. We have a fantastic community of people who share their stories and offer friendly advice and support to others."

Assistant Lottery Director for Marketing and Retail Sales Stacy Shaw said, "The Oregon Lottery is committed to promoting responsible gambling and connecting problem gamblers with free help and treatment. A resource such as GamTalk is yet another way for gamblers to find services and support. We are making the service available on the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website at www.opgr.org that we sponsor along with the Oregon Health Authority and gambling addiction service providers throughout the state."

The anonymous nature of GamTalk makes it easier and less intimidating for people to discuss their gambling. Typically visitors to GamTalk start by reading about other peoples' experiences and then talk about their own situation when they feel they are ready. It is an effective resource for people who can't access support locally. It is also a helpful resource to use together with locally-provided services where available.

"We see that people are much more likely to seek local help when they have an opportunity to talk anonymously on GamTalk first," added Dr. Wood.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery logo , GamTalk logo
05/11/15
Backyard debris burning - How to do it safely
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/11/15
May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and the ideal time to reduce the excess vegetation around your home that could pose a wildfire threat. As you begin spring clean-up, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal urge you to consider chipping or recycling your yard debris. If burning is the only option to dispose of woody material, fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices.

"If you do burn your debris, use common sense and follow safety rules," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "This can prevent most debris burn-caused wildfires, and keep lives and property safe."

An abnormally dry winter and dismal spring snowpack has set the stage for what is predicted to be a severe wildfire season ahead. Escaped debris burns are the leading human-caused wildfire issue in Oregon, particularly in the shoulder seasons when people think it is safe and permissible to burn. The Oregon Department of Forestry spent over $280,000 in 2014 on fires caused by escaped debris burning.

A burn pile is less likely to escape control by following some simple safety tips:

?,? Call before you burn - Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with the weather and fuel conditions. If you're planning to burn, check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry district, fire protective association or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions or regulations, and whether a permit is required.

?,? Know the weather forecast - Never burn on dry or windy days. These conditions make it easy for open burning to spread out of control.

?,? Clear a 10-foot radius around your pile - also make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.

?,? Keep your burn pile small - A large burn may cast hot embers long distances. Small piles, 4x4 feet in dimension, are recommended. Add debris in small amounts as existing material is consumed.

?,? Always have water and fire tools on site - When burning, have a charged water hose, bucket of water, and shovel and dirt nearby to extinguish the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating until the fire is DEAD out.

?,? Stay with the fire until it is completely out - Monitoring a debris burn continually from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.

?,? NEVER use gasoline or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire. Every year, 55-60 percent of all burns treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.

?,? Burn ONLY yard debris - State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.

?,? Escaped debris burns are costly - State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site, www.keeporegongreen.org.

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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet May 15
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 05/11/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste 965.

A meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1J6WRFH

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Oregon Medicaid chief selected as new Hawaii Med-QUEST division administrator
Oregon Health Authority - 05/11/15
Oregon Medicaid chief selected as new Hawaii Med-QUEST division administrator

Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D., is a national leader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 11, 2015

HONOLULU -- The Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D., will join the department as the new Med-QUEST Division (MQD) Administrator. Dr. Mohr Peterson is a nationally-recognized leader in Medicaid, health care transformation and Affordable Care Act implementation.

Dr. Mohr Peterson begins work on July 1, 2015, and will bring 18 years of public health care experience to Hawaii. She has served as Oregon's State Medicaid Director since September 2009 and in that role was an architect of Oregon's successful health system transformation and coverage expansion. During her tenure, local community and primary care increased through coordinated care organizations, which reduced emergency department visits and hospitalizations for chronic conditions for Medicaid clients. Oregon also began publicly reporting on health disparities, believing that is the first step to reducing those disparities and improving health for everyone.

"Dr. Peterson's leadership as Medicaid director in Oregon is ideal for Hawaii as we consider innovations within our own Medicaid programs," says Governor David Y. Ige. "I expect she will work closely with DHS Director Rachael Wong to reshape the culture of government and improve services for our keiki, kupuna, and all Hawaii people."

Throughout her career, Mohr Peterson's work has focused on improving care for people who need it the most. Using the tools available as a major health care purchaser in Oregon, she brought physical, mental and dental services together in a way that puts patients at the center of care.

"I'm excited that Judy is joining the DHS team," says Director Rachael Wong, DrPH. "She brings with her the experience, expertise and passion that align with my vision for the Department and the Med-QUEST Division."

Dr. Mohr Peterson currently sits on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), and she serves as an advisor to the National Organization for State and Local Officials. She also is a contributor to multiple organizations focused on health care delivery system and payment reform. In 2010, Mohr Peterson was named one of six Medicaid Director Fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson's Medicaid Leadership Institute.

Mohr Peterson began her career with Medicaid in 1997. Prior to becoming Medicaid Director, she spent eight years managing the Analysis, Evaluation and Quality Improvement sections for the Oregon Medicaid agency and five years managing caseload forecasting, actuarial services and the Oregon Health Authority budget. Before working for the Oregon Medicaid program, Mohr Peterson evaluated and reported on children's mental health in Texas. She received her Master's degree in Anthropology and Doctoral degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

"Health care services work best when they are focused on the people we serve," says Mohr Peterson. "I look forward to working with Hawaii communities to help bring new innovations for better health, better care and lower costs for everyone."

Hawaii was one of the first states to implement Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The net effect on enrollment was a 10 percent increase (29,836) in the number of benefit recipients between September 2013 and April 2014. More than 320,400 Hawaii residents currently receive health care coverage from the Med-QUEST Division.

The DHS greatly appreciates the service of Acting MQD Administrator, Leslie Tawata, and Acting MQD Assistant Administrator, Patti Bazin, who have provided MQD leadership since February 2014.

For more information about Hawaii Med-QUEST Division programs and services visit the DHS website at www.humanservices.hawaii.gov/mqd.
National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on Healthy Communities May 10-16
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 05/11/15
Lake Oswego, Ore. (May 11, 2015) --- Oregon's community hospitals are celebrating National Hospital Week May 10-16 by applauding the dedicated individuals - physicians, nurses, therapists, volunteers, food service workers, and so many more - who help keep their communities healthy everyday.

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.

"National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of community," said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "We're extremely proud of Oregon's hospitals and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to patients in their communities."

In addition to being a major health care provider, Oregon hospitals support the community by contributing to the local economy through jobs, providing charity and uncompensated care to help individuals who cannot afford to pay for the care they receive, and supporting important community programs and wellness initiatives.

In fact, this year Oregon hospitals pledged to keep their community benefit levels up during a time when charity care is dropping as more patients join the ranks of the insured because of Medicaid expansion. In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation. These services include (but are not limited to):

--Health services to vulnerable or underserved people
--Financial or in-kind support for public health programs
--Health education, health screenings, and prevention services
--Medical research and health professions education
--Community-building activities such as neighborhood revitalization projects, or workforce development programs

In 2013, Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.9 billion in contributions to their communities, while providing care for 336,153 inpatient visits, more than 9.9 million outpatient visits, and more than 1.2 million emergency room visits. These numbers reflect the most recent data available through the Oregon Health Authority.

"Oregon hospitals are more than just health care providers," continued Van Pelt. "They are neighbors, family members and friends. That is what our hospitals are all about: caring for people and communities by providing the high-quality health care they deserve and need."

The nation's largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

Follow your community hospital through the website www.myoregonhospital.org.

About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care delivery system.
05/10/15
Death Investigation Of Inmate From Baker County Jail Continuing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/10/15
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Baker County District Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate from the Baker County Jail.

Preliminary information is that on May 9th, 2015 at about 3:30PM, Baker County Jail Staff became aware that inmate JOSHUA G PANTLE, 28, was having medical issues. Jail staff began medical care on PANTLE and he was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City where he died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday with the State Medical Examiner's Office. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released at a later time.
05/08/15
***Update*** Second Person Dies From April 26th Traffic Crash on I-84, Milepost 238
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
The Oregon State Police were notified by the Medical Examiner's Office in Multnomah County that on May 4th,2015 BRYAN YEAGER, a passenger who had been critically injured in the April 26th traffic crash on I 84 near milepost 238 had died. Mr. Yeager was initially flown via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington for treatment and was then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Mr. Yeager died while at OHSU.

The cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation by members of the Pendleton Area Command and an OSP Collision Reconstructionist.
*** END UPDATE ***


Previous Release:

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ON I-84 NEAR MP 238

News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2015 11:50 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, April 26, at approximately 2:13 a.m., troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande Offices responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 238.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003, Chevy Tahoe, was traveling eastbound near milepost 238 when the vehicle lost control and traveled through the median where it struck a guardrail then rolled over, coming to rest on its top blocking both westbound lanes of travel. The operator of the Tahoe, identified as STEVEN GARDNER, age 60, from Cove Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle occupant, BRYAN YEAGER, 53, of Elgin Oregon, was transported via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington with critical injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and icy conditions are being investigates as a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway remained closed for approximately four hours while Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionists assisted in conducting the investigation. No photographs are available for release at this time.
Suspicious Mail Causes Evacuation of Public Service Building
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
On May 8, 2015 at about 1130AM, The Public Service Building at 255 Capitol Street NE in Salem was evacuated due to a report of a potentially hazardous material received in the mail by the Oregon State Police. While opening and sorting items of mail, an OSP employee detected an odor that made her lightheaded and caused other symptoms. The mail room and surrounding area on the floor were immediately secured and evacuated. OSP Capitol Mall Area Command, Salem Fire Department and the Salem Police Department responded to the scene. OSP and other agencies, including the Secretary of State and Department of Education offices, then evacuated the entire building as a precaution. The OSP employee was taken to the Salem Hospital for medical assessment. Salem Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team assessed the affected area in the OSP mail room. No signs or indications of a hazardous substance were located and normal operations continued. The building and all surrounding streets were opened at about 1200PM.
Walla Walla School District Special Board Meeting: May 13, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/08/15
Walla Walla School District Special Board Meeting: May 13, 2015
As per the attached agenda.

http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1288/84301/05.13.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/08/15
PR 11 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 8, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands

Planning and preparation throughout the winter and early spring have the marketing agency poised to address power and non-power obligations for the region

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is positioned to meet the ongoing power needs of its customers, as well as its non-power obligations, including those aimed at protecting fish.

BPA and its Federal partners have been monitoring the downward trend in water supply forecasts throughout the winter and spring and are prepared to manage the system through the remainder of the spring and summer.

BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are working closely with input from the Technical Management Team to determine the best way to meet the needs of fish migrating in the Columbia River with a limited amount of water. The TMT is a collaborative group of federal, state and tribal representatives who make recommendations to the federal agencies regarding the implementation of the Biological Opinions for the Federal Columbia River Power System.

"We don't have as much water as we would like, but we're well prepared to handle the current situation," said Kieran Connolly, vice president of Generation Asset Management for BPA. "We've been through this before - as recently as 2010. We plan extensively every year, so we don't get caught flat-footed."

Dry year operations are implemented when the May final April-through-August forecast from the Northwest River Forecast Center for total volume runoff at The Dalles Dam is less than 72.2 million acre-feet (maf). One acre-foot is a volume of water equivalent to one acre covered one foot deep with water - it's a little more than 325,000 gallons. The Northwest River Forecast Center's final May forecast released on Thursday is 62.4 maf.

The forecasted low runoff this year is not due to a lack of precipitation but above-normal temperatures that caused much of the precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow, particularly in the U.S. portions of the Columbia Basin.

Federal planners and operators have monitored water supply conditions as the year has progressed and planned accordingly, preparing them to manage the system to meet the multiple purposes of the FCRPS through the remainder of the year.

Typically, when the BiOp dry year operations are triggered, reservoirs are drawn down further than normal to provide more water for fish. One of the significant benefits of reservoirs is the ability to catch water and reduce the chances of flooding, or as is the case this year, release stored water during drier times.

The last time the BiOp's dry year criteria were triggered occurred in 2010, although abundant late spring precipitation improved runoff conditions and resulted in a final runoff volume of 77 maf at The Dalles Dam. There is currently no climatological signal indicating such a recovery is in store for this year.

"We're ready and prepared to respond to conditions as they unfold," Connolly reiterated. "This year also serves as a great reminder that it is always good to use energy wisely, both at home and work."

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

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New Oregon State Police Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/08/15
Effective May 8th, 2015, Lieutenant Bill Fugate will assume full-time Public Information Officer (PIO) duties for the Oregon State Police. Lieutenant Fugate may be reached at:

Email: osppio@state.or.us (will go to Lieutenant Fugate's cellphone)

Media e-mails or direct cell phone calls to Lt. Fugate's individual accounts will not be prioritized and may encounter a prolonged response time. Osppio@state.or.us is monitored by several persons and quicker replies to inquiries will be realized if this contact source is utilized.
05/07/15
Big Blue Boosters to present check to district for new Walla Walla High School track
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/07/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School is currently the only 4A school in the state to have a cinder track for physical education classes and track and field competitions, but this will soon change as the Big Blue Boosters will present a $650,000 check to the district Wednesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. to help fund a new all-weather track. Big Blue Booster member and Class of 1983 graduate Scott Krivoshein has organized the successful fundraising effort. The project is expected to go out to bid this spring with construction slated for this summer and completion in the fall.

"We are extremely thankful to the Big Blue Boosters and all those who contributed to this long overdue project," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "This new track will serve our physical education students and track athletes for years to come and will be a destination for community members seeking to improve their health and wellness."

Event Details
Event: Big Blue Boosters present track donation check to WWPS
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 10:30 a.m. (4th period) - approximately a 15 minute event
Location: Walla Walla High School Track and Field area

Event Agenda
1. Welcome from Athletic Director Jack Mehn
2. Comments from School Board President Sam Wells
3. Comments from Big Blue Boosters Scott Krivoshein
4. Presentation of the check from Boosters (Scott) to Wells, Jordan and Mehn

Media:
- Fundraising chairperson will be in attendance to answer questions (Class of 1983 graduate)
- Track and Field Head Coach will be available for comment
- Physical Education class students will be present for interviews
- School board president, superintendent, athletic director in attendance

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Digital Media Technology Students Selected in Congressional Art Competition
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/07/15
WALLA WALLA - Two Digital Media Technology students from Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) were selected 1st and 3rd runner-up in the Congressional Art Competition. Students submitted artwork they created using the latest digital media techniques. They modeled work through geometry and dynamics using points and polygons as a type of "digital clay" as the medium.

The 1st place artwork was from a student in Spokane, two of the three runners-up were students at SEA-TECH. Each participating student will receive a letter from the Congresswoman, and the runners-up will have their artwork on display in the Congresswoman's Spokane, Colville, and Walla Walla offices. Damien Hepker's artwork was chosen as first runner-up, and his piece will be displayed in the Congresswoman's Spokane office (10 North Post Street, Suite 625). Steven Lewis' artwork was chosen as third runner-up, and his/her piece will be on display here at the Congresswoman's Walla Walla office (26 East Main Street, Suite #2).

"Congratulations to these students who created the artwork through hours of focus and creativity but also showed they could follow through with the application and submission process of their work," said Instructor Dennis DeBroeck.

Learn more about SEA-TECH online: myseatech.org
MEDIA ALERT - River View FCCLA Chapter Wins $1,000 for Financial Fitness Project
Finley Sch. Dist. - 05/07/15
FINLEY, WA - The FCCLA Chapter at River View High School in Finley was selected to receive the 2015 National High School Financial Fitness Award, sponsored by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Financial Fitness is a peer education program created by FCCLA, designed to help youth develop skills in money management, consumerism, and financial planning. The award recognizes chapters that promote making, saving, and spending money wisely.
As the national high school winner, Finley's FCCLA chapter will receive a $1,000 award, presented to them at the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference, July 5-9 in Washington, D.C.

This year's "Penny Pinchers" community service project in Finley was carried out October 2014 through January 2015. Finley FCCLA Advisor, Jennifer Ward, will join Richard Parra, Bayli Picker, and Ame Scalise to represent RVHS at this summer's national conference.

Finley FCCLA students say they chose the "Penny Pincher" project last fall as the most effective way to help their local community. The project focused on teaching both students and adults about finances and how they could work to improve their savings and prepare for a better future.

For more information on the Finley FCCLA Chapter's award, contact Finley PIO, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by its over 200,000 members.
05/06/15
PacifiCorp bringing new solar facility online
Pacific Power - 05/06/15
PacifiCorp bringing new solar facility online
The project being built in Klamath County will put an additional 5 megawatts of solar capacity to work for Pacific Power customers and be the largest in the state

BLY, Ore. - PacifiCorp will buy the electricity produced by what will be the state's largest solar facility being built on the site of a long-closed lumber mill in this picturesque town 50 miles east of Klamath Falls.

"By the end of 2015, our customers will be using the power being produced here," said Stefan Bird, CEO and president of Pacific Power. "Between now and then, communities in Klamath County will benefit from the jobs that come from this kind of long term investment in renewable projects."

Obsidian Renewables of Lake Oswego will start construction on the project over the summer. Peak construction employment is expected to be 40 with plans to use local contractors and subcontractors as well as International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members for electrical work. The Old Mill Project is on the site of a former Weyerhaeuser sawmill that dominated the town before closing and being dismantled in 1984. In 2012, Obsidian also built PacifiCorp's Black Cap solar project in Lakeview, Oregon.

"We are proud to be working again with PacifiCorp to deliver a modern and efficient solar project to its customers," said David Brown, senior principal of Obsidian. "Solar development costs continue to decline and we are confident Oregon will see more solar projects in the near future."

"The community of Bly is excited to have this project ready to begin construction," said Leda Hunter of the Bly Community Action Team. "The Old Mill site is right in town and has been an eyesore for years. Having something productive there again will be great for Bly and the construction crews in town will be a boon to our lagging economy. A trail that occupies the old right of way for the timber railroad ends at the site and the facility will be a unique place to conclude a hike through the high timber country."

The Old Mill facility will take up 40 acres and feature more than 20,000 solar panels, supplying enough power annually to meet the needs of approximately 1,000 average residential customers. The power purchase agreement is for 25 years.

This project, and the Black Cap Solar project located about 50 miles east of Bly in Lakeview, will make a combined 7 megawatts of solar capacity available to customers. Both Old Mill and Black Cap projects came about through request for proposals where PacifiCorp sought projects to help it meet Oregon's Solar Capacity Standards law. The company is continuing its process to meet the final 1.7 megawatt portion of an 8.7 megawatt solar requirement by the deadline of 2020.

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About PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving 1.8 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. With a generating capability of more than 11,136 megawatts from thermal, hydro, and renewable wind, solar and geothermal power, the company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.

About Obsidian Renewables
Obsidian Renewables is a locally owned company dedicated to delivering lower cost and larger scale solar projects to the region. Obsidian has six employees working out of its offices in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
The National Endowment for the Arts Awards $1,059,700 for Oregon art projects
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/06/15
Washington, DC--Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make 13 awards to nonprofit art and design organizations in Oregon totaling $1,059,700. This includes $739,700 awarded through a state partnership agreement with the Oregon Arts Commission for programs that benefit state residents.

The state partnership agreements allow the NEA to extend its reach to every community in America; translating national leadership into local, state and regional benefit. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including in Oregon. Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of Oregon."

"Our NEA funding is critical to the quality and reach of the grants we award to Oregon artists and arts groups," said Brian Rogers, Arts Commission executive director. "It complements our state funding and allows them to better serve Oregonians across the state."

Oregon arts groups receiving spring 2015 NEA grants are:

Eugene Ballet (Dance)
$20,000 Eugene
To support regional dance touring and outreach activities. The company will present a repertory program featuring Artistic Director Toni Pimble's "Creation of the World," and "Concerto for Seven," Septime Webre's "Concerto Grosso," as well as a full-length "The Sleeping Beauty," by choreographer Denise Schultze. "The Sleeping Beauty" will be performed in a number of communities to musical accompaniment by local orchestras. There will be a series of educational programs with each ballet, including in-school presentations of the ballet "Pulcinella," choreographed by Toni Pimble.

Joint Forces Dance Company (aka DanceAbility International) (Dance)
$10,000 Eugene
To support performances of "Don't Leave Me," choreographed by DanceAbility founder Alitto Alessi. Performances will take place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Accompanying each performance will be a post-performance discussion, DanceAbility Method classes, and Space-Movement workshops that will help bring together university students in dance, architecture, and design with community members along the full spectrum of abilities and disabilities for cross-community interaction.

Lane Arts Council (Arts Agency)
$25,000 Eugene
To support the development of a countywide arts asset map and accompanying interactive website. Project activities will enable the assessment of current arts and cultural offerings including those provided by arts organizations, individual artists, and schools within Lane County. The map will be used to identify gaps in service and activities and the website will connect educators, arts organizations, district administrators, parents, and youth to arts resources and, ultimately, increase engagement in arts and cultural programs at the county level.

Oregon Folklife Network/University of Oregon (Folk & Traditional Arts)
$30,000 Eugene
To support the Oregon Folklife Network's Folklore Mentorship and Eastern Oregon Folklife Survey. Senior folklorists will mentor new folklorists while researching and documenting cultural and occupational communities in the eastern part of the state. The novice folklorists will receive fieldwork experience and the collected information will be used for a number of public sector programs. The University of Oregon's Special Collections will archive the material for public access.

Caldera/Camp Caldera (Arts Education)
$60,000 Portland
To support The Geography of We: Solar Constant. The project is year-round transmedia arts project for underserved Oregon youth. Program components will include an overnight summer arts camp, in-school and after-school arts learning sessions, Saturday classes, spring break workshops, and professional development for teaching artists. Focused on storytelling techniques that range from traditional forms to cutting-edge digital media, professional artists in film, animation, photography, writing, music, painting, sculpture, and design will guide students to explore a central theme of the sun. Students will create and showcase both web-based and physical maps that link students' art to a sense of place.

Literary Arts (Literature)
$10,000 Portland
To support the Oregon Book Awards and Author Tour. Literary Arts will announce finalists and host an award ceremony. Honored authors will tour the state, giving readings and book signings. They also will visit local elementary and high schools to conduct free writing workshops for community members.

Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Design)
$40,000 Portland
To support the exhibition "The Design and Craft of Prosthetics (DCoP)." The project will explore the visceral relationship between design, material, and the human body. The project will include an exhibition, public programming, an online publication, supplemental web-based media including podcasts and videos, and a parallel exhibit featuring design works by students responding to themes in the exhibition. DCoP will present approximately 50 objects, sketches, and videos, and considers both traditional artificial limbs and a broad range of physical and aesthetic human enhancements and wearable technology. Project activities will coincide with the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Portland State University (Design)
$25,000 Portland
To support "A Place to Be: Affirming Portland's African American Heritage through Art & Design." The project is a two-year initiative to engage the African-American community in the exploration of its own history, to express that history through a variety of visual storytelling projects, and to envision the design of a permanent center for celebrating and preserving that heritage. The project will begin with the design and creation of a temporary Pop-Up Porch, which will host a series of design workshops envisioning a permanent space that can physically and culturally reclaim lost community due to displacement and gentrification.

Regional Arts & Culture Council (Arts Education)
$30,000 Portland
To support The Right Brain Initiative: Increasing Creative Capacity for Teachers and Teaching Artists. The project is a professional development program for principals, arts specialists, and teaching artists in Portland, Oregon. Teachers, teaching artists, and arts specialists will be supported in determining goals, and designing and delivering high-quality learning experiences based on standards in the arts and Common Core State Standards. Now in its seventh year, the initiative serves students from a variety of urban, suburban, and rural communities. By training and empowering classroom teachers and teaching artists to increase creativity in their instruction, the project will develop student skills in core arts standards and help create environments where students thrive academically, socially, and artistically.

Western Arts Alliance (Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works)
$20,000 Portland
To support professional development for performing arts professionals. The creation of a new online resource library will provide access to on-demand videos and audio recordings of professional development sessions from conferences, as well as other informative materials gathered from the field. Additionally, the alliance will expand education programs to include sessions and symposia that embrace and illuminate international and indigenous cultural programming.

Wisdom of the Elders (Media Arts)
$30,000 Portland
To support the production of the Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program's STEAM multimedia series. This series of video and radio programs blends Native American cultural arts, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental science by featuring Native elders, artists, scientists, and storytellers from Oregon tribal communities. The programs will provide a unique Native perspective on the core principals of STEAM and will be featured online, distributed to more than 50 Native radio stations, and offered to environmental and Native American film festivals.

Wisdom of the Elders (Folk & Traditional Arts)
$20,000 Portland
To support the Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival. Native American storytellers will convene to perform and share traditional tales. Additionally, novice tribal storytellers will receive training and mentoring from master storytellers. After performing, the apprentices will have their presentations evaluated by the master storytellers and the audience. The festival will raise awareness of Native American cultural heritage and the crucial role of traditional tribal storytelling.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

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Walla Walla Public Schools invites you to "Join the Conversation" through community engagement process
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/06/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools is partnering with ThoughtExchange to offer a dynamic community engagement process aimed at helping the district learn what it is doing well, where it can improve and what might be missing. This new and innovative process is driven by the thoughts and opinions of the community to help shape the direction and priorities of the district over the next three years.

ThoughtExchange uses open-ended questions to gather a broad range of perspectives. Parents, staff, students and community members will have an opportunity to "Join the Conversation" via this online learning process beginning May 11 through May 20. Parents, staff and those who sign up for Enews will receive an email inviting them to engage. Community members and students will have the opportunity to self-register by visiting the district website (www.wwps.org) and clicking on the ThoughtExchange logo. This process is available in English and Spanish. Currently 20 school districts in the state of Washington are using ThoughtExchange (www.thoughtexchange.com) as a platform for learning, decision-making and project implementation.

"We believe by understanding the priorities and experiences of our stakeholders, we will be able to improve our education system and better serve the needs of our students," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "We also understand people are busy and find it increasingly more difficult to attend our meetings and respond to other more traditional forms of communications, so we are taking the process to them."

ThroughtExchange Process:
* It is a three-step process. Stakeholders begin by sharing their thoughts online. Then each participant has the opportunity to review and star the thoughts of other ThoughtExchange contributors. The benefit of the process is discovering what the community values.
* The process is confidential. The names and email addresses of participants will never be publicly associated with a thought or response. However, participants will see each other's thoughts.
* If the school district has your email address (parents, staff, Enews recipients), you will receive a customized invitation. If you don't receive an invitation, you can visit the Walla Walla Public Schools home page at www.wwps.org to self-register.

All the results of the process will be shared with the public. The first phase of this round of engagement is expected to be completed by mid-June. Results from the spring 2015 "Community Engagement" will result in an issue specific ThoughtExchange engagement in the fall.

"It is important for people to share their thoughts so we can make informed decisions," Jordan said. Informed decision-making will enhance the overall performance of our district, and increase stakeholder trust. It is only by understanding all perspectives that we can best serve the needs of our students."

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2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 05/06/15
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Oregon Lottery Partners with Department of Education to Recognize 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year

May 6, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Teachers all across the state are helping prepare Oregon's children to become the leaders of tomorrow. The Department of Education's annual Teacher of the Year award gives Oregonians an opportunity to recognize teachers who are making a positive impact in student's lives. Nominations for the 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year are now being accepted.

"This award honors an outstanding teacher as a representative of all of the amazing educators in our state," said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. "Candidates should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teachers who have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. They should inspire students of all backgrounds, play an active role in their community and school, and be poised and articulate representatives of all Oregon classroom teachers."

Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award, but teachers may not nominate themselves. To nominate a candidate for the 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GV3X3XZ. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2015.

The 2015-16 Oregon Teacher of the Year will be announced this fall. A Blue Ribbon Panel consisting of legislators, former teachers of the year, community leaders, and key education stakeholders select the three finalists. The finalists are then interviewed by representatives of the deputy superintendent's office and the deputy superintendent makes the final selection.

For the first time, the Oregon Department of Education is proud to partner with the Oregon Lottery to recognize Oregon's 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. "The people of Oregon understand the importance of education and voted to direct Lottery proceeds to help fund public education in Oregon," said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. "Since 1995, over $5 billion in Lottery funds have gone to help fund Oregon's public schools. The Teacher of the Year award is a way to recognize teachers who are helping educate Oregon's future leaders and the Lottery is very happy to be a part of this prestigious award."

The 2015-16 Teacher of the Year and the teacher's school are each awarded $5,000. The two other finalists each receive an award of $2,000. The Oregon Teacher of the Year also has an opportunity to apply for the National Teacher of the Year award. Oregon's Teacher of the Year will continue to teach in the classroom and will have opportunities to speak and present around the state over the coming year in addition to attending several national events including: the National Teacher of the Year conference, the National Teacher of the Year Recognition Week in Washington, DC to meet the president at the White House, and International Space Camp.

To learn more about the Teacher of the Year program go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=227.

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05/05/15
District Names Graduates of Distinction Honorees for 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/05/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools names this year's honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Judy Chamberlain Holloway, Class of 1962; Richard "Dick" Moeller, Class of 1963; and Carol M. Barker, Class of 1974.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor Tuesday, June 2 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

RECEPTION DETAILS
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room

HONOREES

Judy Chamberlain Holloway
In 1969, Judy was hired as the first elementary school physical education teacher in the history of Walla Walla Public Schools. Since retiring in 1999, she has been active in many organizations, and has volunteered countless hours in many capacities for College Place Presbyterian Church. She also is an avid cheerleader and reunion chair for her 1962 graduating class. Her nominator was friend Pam Ray. Her most inspirational staff member is former Prospect Point custodian Toss Benefiel.

Richard "Dick" Moeller
While in high school, Dick took a carpentry class and discovered his life's passion. After owning a successful construction company for years, he retired in 2001 only to begin a new phase of his life: volunteering. As a longtime board member for Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days, his contributions include rebuilding the Pavilion and its cupola; and he has been active in the Carpentry Program at Walla Walla Community College. His nominator was Cory Hewitt and his most inspirational staff member is Dick Neher, his physical education teacher at Wa-Hi.

Carol M. Barker
A varsity athlete and student leader, Carol attended Whitman College following her 1974 graduation. One short year later, she suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed in body, but not spirit. She completed her Whitman education, graduating magna cum laude, then taught school locally for several years before heading to Salem to pursue a law degree at Willamette University. She has now practiced law in the Salem area since the mid 1990's, in addition to partnering with her Salem Alliance Church pastor to lead bible studies for more than 25 years and co-author nearly 40 Bible study guides. Carol was nominated by her high school physical education teacher Charlotte Worth. She has named Charlotte and Jolynn (McBee) Woods, Wa-Hi's Dean of Girls in the 1970's, as her most inspirational staff members.

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New mobile app lets Pacific Power customers report outages, pay bills on the go
Pacific Power - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Tom Gauntt, 503-813-7291


New mobile app lets Pacific Power customers report outages, pay bills on the go

PORTLAND, Ore.--Pacific Power is making a new mobile app available to its customers via smartphone or tablet that lets them do more while on the go.

"Our new app makes it even easier for our customers to access information and services for their electric accounts from anywhere at any time," said Doug Leeper, Pacific Power, director of customer services.

Leeper said using the new mobile app customers now can:

* Pay bills quickly with a debit card, credit card or through a checking or savings account
* Report a power outage or check the status of an existing outage for homes or businesses
* Switch between multiple electric accounts to pay bills and get outage details for each account
* Review an account summary
* Stay up-to-date with alerts for billing, payments and outages
* Read the latest news, energy saving tips and electric service information
* Stay connected with direct-dial access to customer service and social media links.

"We're listening to what customers want, and this is one way we're making it easier for customers to do business with us," Leeper said. "This mobile app is intuitive and is able to grow as customer needs grow."

Customers can log in to the app with an existing Pacific Power web user ID and password, or quickly and easily create an account through the app to access secure services on the go. The app is free and can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/app.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet May 15 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015

Contact:Milena Malone, 503-551-5598 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, May 15. The primary focus of the meeting will be updates and analysis of several existing measures; measure selection framework; and discussion about 2016 measures.

Public testimony will be heard twice: general public testimony at 9:20 a.m.; and measure-specific testimony between 11:30 a.m., and 12:45 p.m., as part of the 2016 measures discussion.

When: Friday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (note extended meeting time)

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Interested persons can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:
-- Welcome and consent agenda;
-- Updates;
-- General public testimony;
-- Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) program update;
-- Adolescent well-care visits and confidentiality update;
-- Metrics deeper dive: Emergency department utilization and developmental screening;
-- 2016 measure selection - framework;
-- 2016 on-deck measures - status update and measure-specific public testimony;
-- Measure retirement - OHA recommendation for 2016;
-- Wrap up and adjourn.


For more information, please visit: www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

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

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Oregonians trace the path to success through public schools
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/05/15
In a video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign, 10 adult Oregonians describe how their public school experiences led to professional successes.

Among them are Dan Wieden, co-founder of an internationally recognized advertising firm, Linda Tamura, a Hood River historian and author, and Greg Bell, an author and motivational speaker. Along with the other video subjects, they emphasize the need to invest in public schools.

"Public schools are our gift to our kids," Tamura says. "They're our future."

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

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

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
MEDIA ALERT - Tri-Cities Fever Players Are Out to Lunch with Finley Students
Finley Sch. Dist. - 05/05/15
FINLEY, WA - Lunch time on Wednesday, May 6 will not be an ordinary school lunch period at Finley Middle School. From 10:30 to 11:35 AM on May 6, students at Finley Middle School will get to enjoy a meet-and-greet with the Tri-Cities Fever football players as part of an Attendance Matters competition.

Finley Middle School students won the privilege of lunching with the Fever players, thanks to the school's high attendance numbers at an April 3 Attendance Matters Fever football game. The school with the highest attendance at the April 3 game won a meet-and-greet with the Fever. Since Finley tied with another Kennewick middle school for highest number, Fever owner, Teri Carr, generously offered for the team to visit both schools.

Finley Middle School Principal, Michael Harrington, says that FMS students are eagerly awaiting the upcoming lunch with the Fever.

This is Finley's first year participating in Attendance Matters," says Principal Harrington, "so it is really exciting to see that our school had such great representation at the April football game and won this opportunity."

Fever players will have lunch with Finley students on May 6, offering words of encouragement regarding the importance of regular attendance at school. Attendance Matters is an initiative through the Benton-Franklin United Way, focusing on the significant impact attendance has on students' academic success. (See attached flyer.)

All Finley students in grades 6th through 8th will have the opportunity to participate in the meet-and-greet lunch with the Tri-Cities Fever on May 6 from 10:30-11:35 AM. Finley Middle School is located at 37208 S. Finley Road, Kennewick, WA 99337. For more information, contact Finley PIO, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Attendance Matters Info Flyer
Electricity outage in Yakima set May 6 to upgrade equipment, improve reliability
Pacific Power - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Electricity outage in Yakima set May 6 to upgrade equipment, improve reliability

YAKIMA, Wash. - Approximately 135 Pacific Power customers in Yakima will have their electricity interrupted Wednesday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so crews may upgrade equipment at a substation to improve reliability.

The outage will affect the area along Summitview Avenue from 40th Avenue to 60th Avenue and north to include addresses on Uplands Way, Snowmountain Road and Avalanche Avenue. Gilbert Elementary School will not be affected. Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"We want to thank our customers ahead of time for their patience," said Bill Clemens, regional community manager. "Upgrading the substation equipment will improve reliability and should make for fewer and shorter outages in the future."

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.



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05/04/15
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 95 near MP 39 - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/04/15
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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterdays fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 39 in Malueur County.

Preliminary information indicates that on May 3, at approximately 10:38 a.m., a black 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by DINO E. MOSCHETTI, 55, of Pleasanton CA, was southbound on highway 95 and attempted to overtake a 1990 Peterbilt water truck. As the Peterbilt, being driven by MICHAEL E. RAINE, 75, of Jordan Valley, made a left turn onto a private road the motorcycle crashed into the back of the truck.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a Boise Idaho area hospital by air ambulance where he later died. The driver and 16-year-old passenger in the Peterbilt water truck were not injured during the crash. OSP is continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Jordan Valley Ambulance.

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


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Oregon Air National Guard general appointed Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/04/15
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SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guard Brigadier General Michael E. Stencel, Air Component Commander, has been appointed as the Air National Guard's Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force.

The 11th Air Force, based at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, plans, conducts and coordinates air operations in accordance with tasks assigned by the commander of Pacific Air Forces. It serves as the force provider for Alaskan Command, the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and other unified commanders.

Stencel will assist the commander of 11th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy, who is also the senior military officer in Alaska, in his responsibilities for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area. Stencel will also assist in the activities of more than 21,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all services. Additionally, Eleventh Air Force oversees the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations, including security and civil support actions.

Stencel, who was notified of the appointment in March, will serve in the dual-hat position for a period of three years while maintaining his position as Oregon's Air Component Commander.

"Mike's appointment to 11th Air Force reflects his exceptional leadership and recognized potential for increased responsibility. His selection also highlights the critical role the Oregon Air National Guard plays in the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of the Oregon National Guard in the overall Pacific theater. This is a great day for Brigadier General Stencel and his family, and the Oregon National Guard." said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

For more information, visit the 11th Air Force website at: http://www.jber.af.mil/11af/. To see a factsheet on the 11th Air Force, go to: http://www.jber.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=13259

To review or download the official military biography for Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, go to: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2452


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/962/84101/BG_Mike_Stencel_Mar_2014.jpg
May is Wildfire Awareness Month: Create a circle of safety around your home (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/04/15
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Oregon's record-low snowpack and dry spring have fire officials concerned about drought and the potential for the driest summer wildfire conditions in 25 years.

May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month, and the Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and fire educators statewide are spreading the word on ways to help prevent human-caused wildfires, as well as how to protect a home in the event a fire encroaches.

"In a large fire event, firefighters may not have the capacity or resources to defend every home. Just as you lock the doors to keep your home and family safe, think of creating a fuel-free defensible space around your home to reduce fire danger and provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

The true culprits are a wildfire's hot embers. They can travel through the air, a mile or more ahead of a wildfire, and come to rest in the leaf debris on the roof or in flammable plants in the landscaping where they eventually smolder and ignite. "You can't control where these embers land, but you can control what happens when they do."

CLEAN
The best place to start is with the house and the first 30 feet that extends from the outermost part of the house, including detached garages and sheds. The roof is the most vulnerable part of the home. Regularly clear leaves or needles from the roof and gutters, and cut back tree limbs that overhang the roof.

CLEAR
Remove any combustible natural or human debris, such as leaves, branches, and gas or paint cans that tend to collect near the home, under stairs, decks, and porches. Also important: Relocate firewood at least 30 feet from the home or store it in an enclosed shed.

LANDSCAPE
Landscaping should contain low-growing, fire-resistant plants that are spaced carefully so as not to lead a fire to the home. Rake leaves and debris from the yard, mow grass, prune trees six to 10 feet up from the ground, and keep plants well watered to prevent a surface fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames from trees to the house. Properly placed deciduous trees can actually protect a home by blocking a wildfire's intense heat.

Fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways, and green lawns can stop the advance of a fire by starving it of flammable vegetation.

In the zone 100 to 200 feet from the home, trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in, so canopies are not touching.

Wildfire does not have to consume everything in its path. The more a homeowner can accomplish before fire season, the more it will improve a home's chances of surviving a wildfire.

"It's peace of mind knowing that if you leave your home for a stretch of time, it will still be standing when you return," Babbs said.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org and www.keeporegongreen.org

Other Wildfire Awareness Month tips coming soon:
During May also watch for fire prevention tips on backyard debris burning and campfires.

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*** Charging Correction - Media Update *** Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 42S near Bandon - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/04/15
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 42S at milepost 7.5 near Bandon.

According to OSP Sergeant Dave Aydelotte, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup stopped on Lampa Lane attempted to pull out onto Highway 42S but turned into the path of an oncoming motorcycle that was westbound. The motorcycle, a 2006 Honda CBR, swerved but was unable to avoid the pickup and impacted it behind the drivers side door near the front of the bed. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as WILLIAM LOVE, 46, of Coquille, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. The female passenger on the motorcycle, identified as 34-year-old CARRIE MURRAY, of Portland, was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

*** The driver of the Ford pickup, identified as SHELLY CORBIT, 47, of Cottage Grove, was not injured and has not been cited at this time but charges are pending. OSP is continuing the investigation into this crash. ***

The passenger in the pickup was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Bandon Fire Department and the Coos County Crash Team.

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


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05/02/15
South Salem High School student wins safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/02/15
Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub.
Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub.
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(Salem) - John Patterson, a student from South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled "Lorenzo's Blog," which promotes young worker safety and the importance of speaking up. The video, told from a first-person diary perspective, depicts Lorenzo's struggle with finding a job and ultimately being asked to do unsafe duties. South Salem High School also won a matching amount of prize money.

"My grandpa died from asbestos and he worked in a factory when he was really young," said Patterson. "I thought that making this video would help people who should have a voice and encourage young people to speak up."

The other winners are as follows:

Second place ($400):
"This is My Scar"
Joshua Elliot, Robert Elliot
South Salem High School

Third place ($300):
"Work Safety for Teens"
Zachary Tennant
La Pine High School

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards Saturday during a special screening at the Northern Lights Theatre in Salem. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety for young workers, with the theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Students were asked to create a video with a teen job safety and health message and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message. All of the winning videos, as well as the other finalists, are available for viewing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhw4U8dnwg5OKrKsxo0rvrLa.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Northern Lights Theatre Pub, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

Follow the contest conversation on social media with the tag #Oyesvideo.

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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, go to www.orosha.org.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a registered nonprofit that strives to prevent young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to www.youngemployeesafety.org


Attached Media Files: Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub. , South Salem students, pictured here with their teacher (middle), took home first and second place honors in the 2015 contest. , John Patterson, a senior at South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled “Lorenzo’s Blog.”
05/01/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session, Board Meeting, Executive Session: May 5, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/01/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session, Board Meeting, Executive Session: May 5, 2015

As per the attached agenda ~

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015/2015-05-05+BOARD+MEETING


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1288/84062/05.05.15_SB_00_Board_Meeting_AGENDA.pdf
FBI Director Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/01/15
Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
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FBI Director James B. Comey has presented an Oregon immigration attorney, Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura, the Director's Community Leadership Award for her work fostering strong relationships between law enforcement and vulnerable communities. Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura received the honor during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura is President of the board of directors for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and serves as a Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.

Over a period of many years, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura has helped to create powerful partnerships between the FBI and various diverse populations in Oregon. For more than five years, she has led a group of multi-cultural community leaders who have helped to promote and support the FBI's Youth Leadership Academy in Portland. This program brings together high school students from throughout the region to learn about the FBI's role in the community; to develop leadership skills; to explore various career options; and to match at-risk teens with mentors.

"My elders have taught me that I may not have a choice about the hardships in my past but that I have the choice to make life better for myself and others in the future. They have taught me over and over again the importance of treating every human being with kindness, compassion, and love. One act that you do to improve the world for that one person may not seem like much at the moment, but if you can change the life of one person for the better with your kindness, you have changed the course of history," said Ms. Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura.

In addition to her other volunteer work, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura serves on the board of directors for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association; serves on the Oregon Attorney General's Task Force for Crime Victims' Rights Enforcement; and is the chairperson for the Oregon Department of Justice's Immigrant Crime Victim's Enforcement subcommittee.

"The energy and passion that Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura brings to each and every day is beyond compare," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "What she does goes beyond 'work.' She has a calling to serve the most vulnerable people in our community--those affected by sex trafficking, violence, and the like. She exemplifies what it means to be a humble--yet effective--leader and is, without a doubt, worthy of recognition."

Originally from Laos, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura resettled with her family as a refugee in northern California in 1980 and became the first among her relatives to pursue higher education. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a double major in English and Philosophy before earning her law degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Over time, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura has focused her work in the areas of civil rights, international law, victims' rights, and racism in law. For many years, she has worked with at-risk children, survivors of domestic violence, and victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura is an attorney with the law firm of Marandas & McClellan, where she specializes in helping immigrants and victims of violence.

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

A high resolution image of Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura receiving her award from FBI Director James B. Comey can be downloaded at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2014/portland


Attached Media Files: Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
First look at 2016 proposed health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/01/15
Salem - Beginning today, Oregon consumers can see proposed rates for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division on April 30. The division must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

"Today marks the beginning of a two-month process in which the division will rigorously review each health insurance rate request to ensure that it is reasonable and justified," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali.

The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. These two plan types cover about 10 percent of Oregonians.

In the individual market, 15 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 1.9 percent decrease to a 52 percent increase. In the small group market, 15 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 10.6 percent decrease to a 22.2 percent increase.

"Oregon is known nationally for its thorough and transparent rate review process," Cali said. "We encourage Oregonians to make their voice heard and participate in the rate review process."

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which is open until June 25. The public can submit comments online and during public rate hearings.

The division has made a few changes to the rate review process that take effect this year as it reviews 2016 plans. These changes will provide more clarity to the division's analysis of proposed rates. To learn more about the rate review process and recent changes, visit www.oregon.gov/dcbs/insurance/healthrates/documents/new-2016.pdf.

To search rate filings, submit comments, and find more information about the rate review process, visit oregonhealthrates.org. Once scheduled, hearing information will also be posted to this website.

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The Insurance Division 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.


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1073/84043/2016_Proposed_Average_Health_Insurance_Rate_Requests_05-01-15.pdf
Schools projected to face $358 million bill from PERS ruling
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/01/15
Thursday's state Supreme Court ruling on a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) lawsuit could cost Oregon's K-12 schools as much as $358 million in the 2017-19 biennium, according to official government estimates.

The state Legislative Fiscal Office (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/lfo/Documents/2014-6_PERSReformsReversalImplications.pdf) reached that figure by estimating that PERS rates that school employers pay would rise by an average of 5.5 percent in 2017-19. Additionally, state government PERS employer rates, excluding K-12 schools and local government, would rise an estimated $319 million for 2017-19.

Unless the state Legislature takes action, those projected rate increases would continue to add significant costs to schools and other government agencies well past 2019, the fiscal office projects.

Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, said he is hopeful that legislators will act swiftly to mitigate the financial blow schools are facing for 2017 and beyond.

"Figures of this magnitude have a direct effect on the quality of education Oregon schools can offer," Green said. "Unless we can find a solution - and soon - our schools will face the very real prospect of teacher layoffs and cutting school days.

"Oregon cannot afford to shortchange its students. Our state economy depends on a thriving education system."
Pick up LED bulbs at a price that shines
Pacific Power - 05/01/15
Contact: Tom Gauntt, (503-813-7291) May 1, 2015
Email: tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pick up LED bulbs at a price that shines
Discount pricing from Pacific Power available for a limited time at select retailers.

YAKIMA, Wash.--Don't miss out on a great chance to stock up on energy-efficient LED bulbs. For a limited time, select retailers in Washington are teaming up with Pacific Power to offer discounted LED three-packs for just $5. This offer is good from through May 17 at The Home Depot in Yakima and Costco's Union Gap location. It's the perfect opportunity to make the switch to long-lasting bulbs that will save you energy and money.

Qualified LEDs may last up to 25 brilliant years and use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. That means fewer trips to the store and less time climbing the ladder to switch them out. Plus, the savings help lower your energy costs.

This special offer from Pacific Power is limited to eight $5 LED three-packs per purchase, per customer. With such reduced prices you can generate years of savings and light a good portion of your home for the price of a fast food lunch.

The positive impact doesn't end with your pocketbook either. According to ENERGY STAR, if every home in America replaced even a single bulb, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking more than 800,000 cars off the road.

For more information and details on participating retailers, please visit pacificpower.net/wa-bulbs.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available at pacificpower.net and on the company's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

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The Home Energy Savings program from Pacific Power offers cash incentives for customers who make energy-efficient home improvements or purchase high-efficiency products and services. By making simple upgrades, customers can reduce monthly energy bills while meeting the region's growing energy needs. To learn more about Home Energy Savings and other wattsmart programs, please visit wattsmart.com or call 1-888-961-6136.
Oregon's vaccine exemption rate drops 17 percent
Oregon Health Authority - 05/01/15
Decrease attributed to more stringent requirements for seeking nonmedical exceptions

Editors: Stacy de Assis Matthews of the Oregon Immunization Program will be available for interviews today between 10 a.m. and noon in Room 1-C of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

Fewer Oregon parents or guardians sought nonmedical exemptions to the state's school immunization requirements over the last year, according to new data published by the Oregon Public Health Division.

The division's Oregon Immunization Program found that 5.8 percent of all kindergarteners - 2,693 students - claimed religious, philosophical or other nonmedical exemption to one or more required vaccines. That's down from 7 percent, or 3,331 students, in 2014, and represents a 17 percent decline.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

Public health officials believe the drop in the exemption rate is due to passage of Senate Bill 132A, which was signed into law on June 26, 2013, and went into effect on March 1, 2014. The legislation changes the process for claiming a nonmedical exemption to school and child care immunization requirements.

Parents or guardians choosing a nonmedical exemption are now required to submit to the school or childcare a document showing either a signature from a health care practitioner verifying discussion of the benefits and risks of immunization, or a certificate of completion of an interactive online educational video about the benefits and risks of immunization.

Similar laws in surrounding states have led to swift and significant drops in nonmedical exemption claims: In California, the rate fell 19 percent, while Washington saw a 25 percent decline.

"What Oregon's new data tell me is that parents and guardians are making truly informed decisions about vaccinations," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator with the Oregon Immunization Program.

Matthews says it's not known how, or whether, changes implemented as a result of SB 132A affected parents' and guardians' decisions to get their children vaccinated.

"But I believe that the education provided through health care providers and the online module helped many parents realize that the benefits of immunizations far outweighed any risks," she said.

How Oregon's vaccination exemption rate compares nationally won't be known until August or September, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases its report on all states' exemption rates.

The latest exemption data were compiled after School Exclusion Day, Feb. 18, 2015. That is the date by which parents or guardians were required to provide up-to-date immunization or exemption documentation to their children's schools.

Vaccination exemption rates by individual school will be available in early June.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

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MEDIA ALERT - Close Out Plant Sale In Finley
Finley Sch. Dist. - 05/01/15
FINLEY, WA - Those who didn't get a chance to attend Finley's 24th Annual Plant Sale have a second chance on Saturday, May 2, for the Close Out Plant Sale from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School will host its plant sale at the high school's greenhouses, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive in Finley.

Bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and more are still available for purchase. This annual event is one that agricultural students and FFA members prepare for all year. Proceeds earned go toward student FFA activities and expansion of the agriculture program at RVHS. (This is a check or cash transaction.) For more information, contact Finley FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum at 509.586.7279.

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Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/30/15
Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of forest fragmentation or new development.

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres - equivalent in size to two Delawares - are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. The voluntary program provides financial incentives -- using conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important working forest areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon, and applications for Forest legacy funding consideration are now being accepted for federal Fiscal Year 2017. Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 21, 2015. Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic importance with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated across Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted electronically or by hard copy by close of business Thursday, May 21, 2015, to:

Jim Cathcart
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
503-945-7493 / Jim.Cathcart@oregon.gov

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states. Applicants need to attend a Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) webinar training, which will be scheduled in June or July.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity.

Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills.

For more information:

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml
OSBA releases statement on PERS ruling
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/30/15
Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, released this statement Thursday in regards to today's state Supreme Court decision on 2013 PERS legislation:

"This is a very disappointing decision. If the Legislature does not take additional action, the decision wipes out the bulk of the savings contained in the PERS legislation, which means that schools across the state are going to face significantly higher PERS costs going forward. That translates to teacher layoffs and higher class sizes. It also creates an actuarial nightmare in calculating retiree benefits for those individuals who have not yet retired.

"Our attorneys are still analyzing the decision and weighing our legal options."
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/30/15
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 5 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive a legislative update. The Board will use this meeting as an organizational work session to develop a 2015-2016 work plan. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third Floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Legislative update;
-- Work plan development;
-- Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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