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State Land Board to meet December 13
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/06/22 7:06 PM

STATE LAND BOARD TO MEET DECEMBER 13
The meeting includes recognition of the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee in a ceremony featuring Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani 

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will meet in Salem on Tuesday, December 13.  

At 9 a.m., the State Land Board will present the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee with its Partnership Award.  A collection of stakeholders representing diverse perspectives, the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee has worked tirelessly over the past four years to create a framework for the Elliott to become a publicly owned research forest.

Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani will perform two poems in celebration of the Advisory Committee during the award ceremony. The public is welcome to join in person or watch the ceremony livestream on the Department of State Lands YouTube channel.

The Land Board meeting will begin immediately after the award is presented. The Land Board will consider multiple items related to establishing an Elliott State Research Forest under the provisions of Senate Bill 1546. Passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2022, SB 1546 establishes an independent public agency to oversee the Elliott State Research Forest in coordination with Oregon State University. Items before the Land Board for consideration include: 

  • Decoupling the Elliott State Forest from the Common School Fund. Decoupling the forest releases the Elliott from its obligation to generate revenue for the Fund. $221 million has been deposited in the Fund to satisfy the forest’s financial obligations to the Fund. SB 1546 requires Land Board approval of decoupling. The Land Board will also consider delineating the specific lands to be included in the research forest. 
     
  • Appointment of the initial Elliott State Research Forest Authority Board of Directors. Per SB 1546, the Land Board is responsible for appointing the new agency’s board of directors. The Land Board will consider prospectively appointing nine board members, with appointments effective on Jan. 1, 2024 – the effective date of the new agency. In the interim, appointed individuals would serve as informal advisors to DSL on matters related to the research forest. 
     
  • An update on OSU’s Forest Management Plan. SB 1546 requires a forest management plan to be developed by OSU and approved by the State Land Board before July 1, 2023, as one of the prerequisites to the Authority assuming management responsibility on Jan. 1, 2024. OSU will present an overview of the November 2022 working draft of the forest management plan.


The Land Board will also consider appointing Vicki L. Walker to serve a second four-year term as DSL Director. 

The full meeting agenda and additional information about each agenda item are available on the State Land Board meeting webpage. The meeting will also be livestreamed to the DSL YouTube channel

The public may submit written testimony or sign up to provide spoken testimony during the meeting. Advance signup is required. The deadline to sign up to testify is 10 a.m. on Monday, December 12. The signup link and testimony information are available on the State Land Board meeting webpage

If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please contact Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or in.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov">arin.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov at least two working days prior to the meeting. 


About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands and resources that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide.


About Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani: Anis Mojgani was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon's tenth poet laureate by Governor Kate Brown on April 27, 2020.  Born in New Orleans to Black and Iranian parents, Mojgani first called Oregon home in 2004. The author of five books of poetry, he has also done commissioned work for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and April 2021 will see the premiere of his first opera libretto, “Sanctuaries.” Mojgani has performed at universities, festivals and venues around the globe for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, National Public Radio, as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Platypus, Winter Tangerine, Forklift Ohio and Bat City Review.

First coming to poetry by way of visual arts, Mojgani earned a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has been awarded artist and writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools. He now serves on the Board of Directors of Literary Arts. Mojgani currently resides in Portland.


Tillamook County Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawfully Transporting Explosive Materials
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/06/22 4:32 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Tillamook County, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today after he was found driving a stolen vehicle while possessing explosive materials housed in a metal bottle.

Robert David Larsen, 36, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on April 27, 2021, officers from the Cornelius Police Department pulled Larsen over while he was driving a stolen vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and found suspected explosive materials and several catalytic converters in the trunk. The explosive material was constructed out of an 8-inch metal bottle filled with a smokeless, explosive powder. The bottle had a detonation cord inserted through a drilled hole in the bottle’s cap.

On June 1, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a three-count indictment charging Larsen with possessing an unregistered destructive device, unlawfully transporting explosive materials, and possessing explosive materials as a convicted felon.

On May 23, 2022, Larsen pleaded guilty to unlawfully transporting explosive materials.

Larsen was in state custody from April 2021 until July 2022, when he was transferred to federal custody. His 15-month federal sentence will run consecutive to the time Larsen served in state custody.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Cornelius Police Department. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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Funds available for transportation electrification grant matching and grant writing
Pacific Power - 12/06/22 3:51 PM

Non-residential customers have access to grant writing support and matching funds 

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 6) – Looking for funds to support grant work? Need help for infrastructure projects in your community? Pacific Power has funds available to support grant writing and grant matching to non-residential customers seeking funds for transportation electrification. 

Nonprofits, local governments and other non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are encouraged to apply for grant writing support to fund projects that benefit Pacific Power customers. Pacific Power is also pleased to make Electric Vehicle (EV) grant matching support funds available to non-residential customers in Oregon who plan to secure additional funding to support Pacific Power customers with EV-related projects.

“We’re committed to helping all Pacific Power customers and communities take advantage of the cost-saving, clean benefits of electric mobility, including in the many rural areas we serve,” said Cory Scott, vice president of community and customer solutions. “The incentives we’re offering show that Pacific Power doesn’t just envision a zero-emission future. We’re building it right now.”

Since 2020, Pacific Power has awarded more than $500,000 to support grant matching and this year has awarded $30,000 in grant writing support. Funding awards will cover up to 100% of the project cost. All non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are eligible to apply with preference given to community-focused organizations, such as school and transit districts, 501(c)(3) organizations and city, county, and regional governments.

Please visit Grant opportunities (pacificpower.net) for more information. Application materials may be submitted to plugin@pacificpower.net.

Pacific Power provides customers with much more than just grant matching and grant writing assistance. Going electric has never been easier: 

  • Technical Assistance. At no cost, Pacific Power offers support to non-residential customers thinking of installing an electric vehicle charging station. We provide an expert site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for managing equipment. See  Charging Station & Fleet Planning Technical Assistance (pacificpower.net) for more information. 

 

 

  • Electric Mobility Grants. Pacific Power’s $1.2 million e-mobility grant fund is currently evaluating applications for 2022 and will notify successful recipients soon. The next cycle for e-mobility grants will open in May 2023.

 

  • Transportation Electrification Planning. This work is just the beginning. Pacific Power hosted road shows across the state this fall to get customer and stakeholder input on where we can help take transportation electrification next. See Oregon Transportation Electrification Planning (pacificpower.net) to stay tuned to the next steps in the process. 

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 800,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, natural gas, coal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.  

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DPSST Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/06/22 3:04 PM

PRIVATE SECURITY/INVESTIGATOR POLICY COMMITTEE

MEETING CANCELLED

 

Notice of Meeting Cancellation

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training meeting scheduled for December 13th, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. has been cancelled.

The next Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for February 14th, 2023, at 1:30 p.m.

 


Conference of Local Health Officials meets Dec. 15 via Zoom.
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/22 2:35 PM

December 6, 2022

Media contact: Erica Heartquist, 503-871-8843

PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Conference of Local Health Officials meets Dec. 15 via Zoom.

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO). 

Agenda: Committee appointments; Lead testing for refugees; Infection control certification and training; Public health accountability metrics; Alcohol and drug prevention program element; Additional funding for refuge tuberculosis screening; Public health advisory board public health modernization funding planning.

Agenda is subject to change and is posted with meeting materials on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/ prior to meeting.

There is no public comment period during this meeting.

When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Where: Via Zoom meeting. 

Members of the public seeking to attend must register for the meeting at  

https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItde2trDIuHi77O3JM8PRXSEpfLh2L6YY

Background: The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

Program contact: Danna Drum, 503-957-8869,  um@state.or.us">danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help.

Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 503-957-8869 711 TTY or um@dhsoha.state.or.us">danna.k.drum@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Safety summit coming to central Oregon in January 2023, offering training opportunities to strengthen protections for workers in the construction industry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/06/22 1:17 PM
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Salem – A two-day training conference in central Oregon will put a spotlight on the safety and health of workers in residential, commercial, and industrial construction. The Jan. 30-31 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will address a variety of topics, including fall protection, silica dust hazards, electrical safety, and emerging safety technologies. 

Attendees will have access to a range of training sessions, including the OSHA 10-hour training for construction, work zone safety and flagging, fire protection, and first aid. Certifications and recertifications will be available. Also, the conference will offer opportunities to earn continuing education credits through Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board and Landscape Contractors Board.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 20th annual Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Conference Center in Bend. Oregon OSHA is one of several partners presenting the summit. Those partners include the nonprofit Central Oregon Safety and Health Association. 

The event’s keynote presentation, “Influencing Safety,” will be delivered by Garrison Wynn, CSP, bestselling author and consultant, who has been featured in Forbes and Inc. magazines and spoken at safety events on five continents. Wynn is known for blending comic timing and deep-dive research to engage and energize a variety of audiences. For 27 years, he has given keynote presentations to such clients as Amazon, Caterpillar, Kiewit, Turner, Berkshire Hathaway, Bank of America, the National Football League, and NASA.

At the safety event in Bend, Wynn’s keynote presentation will address how to develop personal influence to make positive changes happen and how to build trust and relationships that make safety a consistent reality.

“The worst leadership or influence strategy is wishing people were like you,” Wynn said. “Based on age and experience, people can view safety and their role in it very differently. We have to deal with people for who they are, not who we wish they were.”

Wynn said it’s important for him to deliver his messages at the conference in Bend because such conferences “are where I feel people are more open to change.” He added, “It’s not news that almost one-quarter of all work-related fatalities involve construction. My experience is that Oregon leaders know – as the research shows – that workers who feel valuable are more likely to follow procedures and look out for each other.” 

The Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit’s other sessions include:

  • Scaffold User Training
  • Employment Law Update and Best Practices
  • Construction A to Z
  • Electrical Safety Basics and More
  • Generations Working Better Together for Safety
  • Hoffman’s Journey in Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities
  • Underground Utilities: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You
  • Safety Committee? Safety Meetings? Which One is For You?
  • Construction Suicide Prevention Awareness

Registration for the event’s pre-conference workshops (Monday, Jan. 30) is $60. Conference registration (Tuesday, Jan. 31) is $90. Registration for the OSHA 10-hour training for construction is $140 for both days. The cost of attending the Firestop workshop (Monday, Jan. 30) – an overview of passive fire protection construction in commercial buildings – is $30. To register, go to safetyseries.cventevents.com/summit23.

For more information, contact the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411 or egon.conferences@dcbs.oregon.gov">oregon.conferences@dcbs.oregon.gov. More information about the safety summit in Bend, including a save-the-date flyer, is available online. For information about other upcoming safety conferences, visit Oregon OSHA’s online conferences page.

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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 osha.oregon.gov.

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

 

 



 


 




Attached Media Files: Conference flyer , DCBS logo , Oregon OSHA logo

Arizona Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Fentanyl Trafficking (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/06/22 12:54 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore.—An Arizona man was sentenced to federal prison today after he and an accomplice were stopped traveling in a vehicle with 12,000 fentanyl pills on Highway 26 near Government Camp, Oregon.

Jeray Lashawn Jessie, 32, a former Portland resident living in Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in March 2021, as part of a larger drug trafficking investigation being conducted by the FBI and Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF), law enforcement officers stopped a rental car traveling westbound on Highway 26 near Government Camp. Jessie and an accomplice were the sole occupants of the vehicle traveling from Arizona to Portland. Investigators searched the vehicle pursuant to a warrant and located 12,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl concealed in a backpack in the vehicle’s trunk. A subsequent search of Jessie’s cell phone revealed messages related to drug trafficking.

On August 17, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Jessie with possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. On August 28, 2022, he pleaded guilty.

This case was investigated by the FBI and CCITF. It was prosecuted by Peter D. Sax, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

CCITF, led by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, works to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations operating in Clackamas County, and reduce illegal drugs and related crimes throughout the community. The task force is comprised of members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Canby Police Department, Oregon State Police, HSI, and FBI.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. A 3-milligram dose of fentanyl—a few grains of the substance—is enough to kill an average adult male. The availability of illicit fentanyl in Oregon has caused a dramatic increase in overdose deaths throughout the state.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please call the Lines for Life substance abuse helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or visit www.linesforlife.org. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 between 8am and 11pm Pacific Time daily.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release , Counterfeit oxycodone seizure

OHA publishes first CCO performance metric dashboard
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/22 11:24 AM

December 6, 2022

Media Contact: Liz Gharst, eth.a.gharst@state.or.us">elizabeth.a.gharst@state.or.us, 971-666-2476

OHA publishes first CCO performance metric dashboard

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority’s Quality Incentive Program has published a new CCO performance metric dashboard so people can quickly find their metric of interest, see individual Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) trends over time and explore demographic breakouts at the CCO level.

The dashboard is OHA’s first presentation of quality measures broken out by Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Disability- (REALD) compliant data. REALD is a set of standards that offers more detailed demographic data.

Creation of the CCO performance metric dashboard follows OHA’s publication, in August 2022, of the CCO Metrics 2021 Final Report, a summary of performance by Oregon’s CCOs in 2021, which showed the results of Oregon’s Quality Incentive Program. The program provides financial rewards to CCOs for improving the quality of care provided to Oregon Health Plan members; the report highlighted statewide performance for 14 incentivized measures.

The report showed that although the COVID-19 public health emergency continued and the Delta variant drove a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, performance on CCO incentive metrics began to rebound in 2021 after sharp declines in 2020. However, the report showed only statewide averages for all CCO members, which can disguise inequities.

The REALD data included in the CCO performance metric dashboard includes data broken out by up to 42 race and ethnicity groups that were determined by the most affected communities. The metrics data is also broken out by up to 58 languages, including sign language and other less-commonly spoken languages. OHA will continue to refine how REALD data is used and reported in this dashboard and elsewhere.

Benefits of REALD data

Identifying and addressing inequities by REALD categories is essential to OHA’s strategic goal of eliminating health inequities by 2030. For example, Oregon is one of the first states in the United States to collect and publish health data on Pacific Islanders from countries affected by the Compact of Free Association (COFA) treaty. The treaty is the result of U.S. military occupation, atomic nuclear testing and ballistic military exercises that contaminated much of the environment and impacted the health of generations. There is very little health data on COFA citizens in Oregon and the collection of REALD data will allow the agency to understand how they have been affected by health inequities and state policies, and ensure that CCOs work toward improving access and quality of services for this community. 

The CCO metric performance dashboard shows trends and disparities, but not why they are happening.

“The dashboard is a starting point, laying the groundwork to engage communities in the future direction of the CCO Quality Incentive Program. Relying on quantitative data alone can have negative impacts,” said Stacey Schubert, director of Health Analytics at OHA. “Context and community input and engagement are needed to understand the meaning of the quantitative data in the dashboard.”

To view the dashboard, visit here.


Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 12/06/22 9:32 AM

Contact:  Pacific Power media hotline                        

              503-813-6018                                               

 

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest

But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 6, 2022--It’s probably no surprise that the colder it gets outside the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

 

“Cold air sneaks in and warm air leaks out. So, the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done now and the difference will show up as temperatures continue dipping below freezing,” said Cory Scott, vice president for customer and community solutions.

 

Another step is to switch to equal pay. Under equal pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Call us any time at 1-888-221-7070 to find out how this program can help you or download the Pacific Power app and make the switch via your mobile device. 

 

“The sooner you call, the better for equal pay,” said Scott. “If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer.”

 

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

 

  • Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
  • Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won’t get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
  • Improve your home’s heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.
  • Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500-watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
  • You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit pacificpower.net/saveenergy or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

 

 

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Experienced school administrator accepts Facilities and Operations position (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 12/06/22 7:50 AM
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WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools announces Robert Foster has been named Director of Facilities and Operations. He will replace current director Mike Kay who is retiring. Foster is currently the Director of Support Services for the Lake Washington School District. He has held this position since 2019. Foster oversees Maintenance, Grounds, Transportation, Custodial and Warehouse Departments for the Lake Washington School District. Foster was also the Director of Support Services for the Northshore School District for six years where he also managed Capital Projects and the Maintenance, Grounds and Custodial Departments. 

"Director Kay has been a tremendous asset to our school district and community," notes Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. "We are so fortunate to be able to hire someone with Foster's experience who can continue the excellent work that Mr. Kay has helped lead over the last six years."

Foster brings a wealth of experience in budget oversight, risk management, community engagement and labor relations. In his current role at Lake Washington School District he is responsible for the maintenance and operations of 57 schools and the management of more than 300 employees in his organization.

“I value the student/teacher relationship and gauge decisions through the lens of what is best for kids,” said Foster, who has more than 30 years experience in construction and maintenance. “My mission is to provide a safe, clean and well maintained environment for optimal student learning, which I accomplish through engaged support and direction of staff with clear expectations of our mission and goals.”

Foster’s references noted his skills in building and leveraging the power of teamwork by being a good listener and problem solver.

“I work diligently to engage with staff at all levels by visiting schools whenever possible to meet with staff and parents when questions arise,” said Foster. “This personal touch allows for active listening and relationship building.”

Foster will begin his tenure with Walla Walla Public Schools January 3, 2023.

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Mon. 12/05/22
(UPDATE) Chiefs Association, Partners, Working to Create BM 114 Permit Process; Challenges Viability of Implementation Through Court Declaration
Oregon Association Chiefs of Police - 12/05/22 12:38 PM

PRESS RELEASE:

In the time since Oregon voters passed BM 114, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) has received numerous inquiries about how and when the measure will be implemented. We, and our 125 member agencies, are committed to following the rule of law and are doing everything we can to meet the requirements set forth in this measure. It is a challenge. BM 114 is scheduled to take effect on December 8th, yet the infrastructure, processes and resources necessary to make that happen do not exist.

We know legal challenges to BM 114 are underway and we affirm that the authority and responsibility for determining whether a law is constitutional is the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts. In the meantime, law enforcement agencies are responsible for fully implementing the measure unless and until a court issues a stay (suspending the measure while they deliberate) or declares part, or all, of the measure unconstitutional. 

After the passage of BM 114, OACP began working quickly and collaboratively with Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association to implement a cohesive permit system as soon as possible. Here is what we know so far:

  • BM 114 makes each police agency in Oregon a “permit agent” for their respective jurisdictions. Currently, OACP is working with OSP and OSSA to create a permit-to-purchase system that meets BM 114’s requirements. But there is currently no system in place, and therefore no permits to purchase can be issued.
  • There will be a financial burden to law enforcement agencies across the state to meet BM 114’s requirements. The revenue generated by the permits (limited to $65 for each permit) will not come close to fully funding the associated expenditures. Most law enforcement agencies don’t have the personnel or money necessary to fund this required program. This will likely result in other public safety resources being reduced to cover the costs of implementing a new permit program.
  • BM 114 also requires permit-to-purchase applicants to provide proof of very specific training requirements. Some of these requirements can be completed online, but one requires a demonstration to be completed in-person before an instructor who is certified by a law enforcement agency. We are not aware of any current training program that meets the requirements of Measure 114.  OACP believes that every person wishing to obtain a permit, including our law enforcement officers, will first have to complete training that does not yet exist.

For these reasons and many others, OACP believes there is no way an operational permit system will be in place by December 8th or in the near future. OACP supports the motion made in federal court for a preliminary enjoin of BM 114, and we have submitted a declaration to the court outlining the obstacles and challenges as we see them with implementing this measure in such a short period of time. The full text of the declaration is attached.

In response to declarations from OACP and our partners at the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, we understand that the state is agreeing to concede to a stay on the M114 permit to purchase process. We ask for patience from those across Oregon as we get further direction from the court and the details of the stay. In the meantime, we will continue to work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies to honor Oregon voters by working toward effective implementation.

 

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Attached Media Files: OACP Declaration

'Tis the Season: Fraudsters Ready to Target Holiday Shoppers (Photo)
Umpqua Bank - 12/05/22 9:09 AM
Kathryn Albright, Head of Global Payments & Deposits, Umpqua Bank
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Tips on how to avoid popular scams

As the holiday season swings into full gear, shoppers need to maintain their vigilance in guarding against fraud. While consumers navigate the tighter budgets this year due to higher inflation, fraudsters are likely doing the same, and will be extra desperate – and motivated – to take advantage of the seasonal rush. 

Holiday fraud is a big business, and criminals stand to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit gains during the shopping season. Combined retail sales for November and December could top $960 billion, according to a forecast by the National Retail Federation (NRF), an industry trade group. Fraudsters will be tapping into this volume. 

Just for card payments alone, fraud rates in recent years have hovered around 7 cents per $100 of volume worldwide, according to the Nilson Report. By that measure, for every $100 billion in card volume during the holidays, thieves will siphon off $70 million. 

The gap between self-perception and reality

Consumer gullibility turbocharges the payday for fraudsters. Nearly half (48%) of consumers globally are confident they can recognize a scam, according to a 2022 fraud report by Visa Inc. Yet almost three in four (73%) typically respond to terms or phrases scammers commonly use in emails and text messages, such as “Win online gift card” and “Act now.”

The vulnerability of the general population is still high: 63% incorrectly believe or are unsure that online retailers such as Amazon and eBay will request login information to provide customer support, according to a November report by AARP. And 53% incorrectly believe or are unsure that payment apps such as Cash App, Zelle, or Venmo have the same consumer protections as credit cards. About 4 in 10 said they believe (incorrectly) that ads for merchandise on social media online are trustworthy. 

“Fraudsters are always working to outsmart consumers, but during the holidays, their fervor is especially acute,” says Kathryn Albright, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Payments and Deposits at Umpqua Bank. “Criminals exploit this time of year to prey on busy individuals who are pressed for time, luring them into traps and robbing them of their hard-earned money. But taking some simple precautions will help thwart these schemes.” 

Individuals need to be especially aware of common holiday tricks used by thieves, such as:

  • Gift card payment scams. Gift cards are a preferred method of choice for criminals, who convince consumers to pay a bogus financial obligation by purchasing gift cards and handing over the numbers to the fraudsters. Criminals also scam retailers by returning stolen merchandise to stores and receiving gift cards since they don’t have a receipt. They then sell those cards online at a discount. For the 12 months ended June 30, 74% of retailers reported this practice, according to the NRF. 
     
  • Charity scams. Fake charities use the holidays to lure victims to donate to bogus enterprises. They mimic real charities and often use terms such as “federal” or “national.” Criminals sometimes pose as religious leaders, preying on the generosity of others by telling a story about people in need. 
     
  • Non-delivery and non-payment crimes. In non-delivery scams, buyers pay for goods and services online, but never receive the items. For non-payment scams, it’s the merchants who are the victims, with goods and items shipped but are never paid. Losses for these two types of fraud amounted to $337 million in 2021, according to the Internet Crime and Complaint Center (IC3), a division of the FBI.

Tips to reduce the risk of fraud: 

  • Review your account activity regularly. Everyone should review personal financial accounts often for activity to make sure there aren’t any suspicious transactions. Consumers also should carry fewer cards in their wallets when they shop and store the others in a safe place at home.
     
  • Don't click on email links. Fraudsters are getting better at impersonating retailers. But even when it seems real, it’s better just to go to the website via a browser. Bad links take consumers to fake portals, which typically ask for credit card information. 
     
  • Don’t give out sensitive information. When you receive a call, email, or text from someone claiming to represent your bank, or another company, do not give them your user ID or password. No legitimate company will ever ask you for this information. 
     
  • Watch for key fraud terms. Consumers fall for a variety of phrases, according to a report by Visa, including “Win online gift card,” “Exclusive deal,” “Act now,” “Click here,” “Limited time offer,” “Urgent,” “Action needed,” and “Free/giveaway.” Be on the lookout and steer clear of any correspondence containing this messaging. 
     
  • Stay on top of deliveries. Almost 3 in 10 (27%) of consumers reported having a package stolen outside their door, according to a November fraud report by AARP. Consumers should track various items for delivery. When consumers won’t be at home, they should call the retailer or delivery service and try to delay the shipment or arrange to have it sent to an office or designated receiving location, such as Amazon Hub Locker.
     
  • Avoid clicking on ads. Malvertising is malicious advertising that often takes the form of pop-up ads. Similar to erroneous email links, these ads can lead you to sites that ask for personal information and credit card numbers. They can also infect your device with malware and make the season anything but merry.
     
  • Don't shop on public Wi-Fi networks. If you're shopping online, do it at home using your own private, secure network. Cybercriminals can easily tap into public Wi-Fi, so you don't want to input passwords and visit your bank account when browsing on these networks.
     
  • Use fraud alerts. Fraud alerts can be very helpful to consumers in staying on top of any suspicious activity regarding their accounts. Alerts can be tailored to transaction size, and are delivered via phone (voice), text, and email. Update any new contact information to keep accounts secure.
     
  • Use cards rather than payment apps. Cards offer more protections. Those using major brands offer $0 liability for unauthorized charges. Peer-to-peer apps such as Venmo, Zelle, and CashApp process payments immediately, just like cash. These transactions cannot be reversed. 
     
  • Use caution when buying gift cards. Don’t buy gift cards outside of retailers and established companies. Look to make sure the protective stickers on the card are not tampered with. Also check to see that the PIN number on the back isn’t showing. Keep your receipt, which will help identify the card in case it is stolen.

“The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but don’t let the pressures get in the way of common-sense shopping,” Albright says. “Taking the time to safeguard your shopping and payment information online and in person will go a long way toward preventing anguish, and real losses to your household budget.”

What do if you have been compromised: 

Take action immediately. Call the merchant and credit card bank to report the issue. For gift card scams, reporting to the retailer might help recoup the loss if the card hasn’t been used. 

Notify regulators and law enforcement. IC3 tracks internet crimes, and the Federal Trade Commission monitors gift card scams. It also helps your community to report an incident to the state attorney general and local law enforcement.   

 




Attached Media Files: Kathryn Albright, Head of Global Payments & Deposits, Umpqua Bank

Fri. 12/02/22
Fatal Crash- Interstate 5- Marion County
Oregon State Police - 12/02/22 5:32 PM

On Thursday, December 1st, 2022, at approximately 5:26 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle collision on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, near milepost 270.

The preliminary investigation indicated a white 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Mini-Van, operated by Dale S Heggem (76), of Salem, veered off of the highway at a high rate of speed, driving onto the shoulder of the roadway and then striking a tree, head-on, on the driver side of the mini-van. Heggem was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.  

Interstate 5 was open during the investigation with the slow lane being shut down for about 4 hours. 

OSP was assisted by the Woodburn Fire Department, the Marion County Medical Examiner, the Cornwell Funeral Home, and ODOT. 


Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled 12-7-2022
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/02/22 3:10 PM

POLYGRAPH LICENSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on December 7, 2022, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Shelby Wright at (503) 378-2191.

 

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Review of OAR 259-020-0150, Examination for Licensure

Relating to the minimum passing score for the examination and opportunities for re-examination when there is a failure.

3. Next Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting – TBD

 

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded.


Update on the status of FICS transactions in the Pended/Delayed Queue - Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/02/22 2:00 PM
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BM114 becomes law on December 8, 2022.  Since November 8, 2022, the FICS unit has experienced unprecedented volumes of firearms transactions never seen before in the program’s 26-year history.  OSP continues to work diligently to process and resolve as many of the pended/delayed FICS transactions as possible.

FICS transactions that are not completed with an approval number by midnight on December 7, 2022, will require the purchaser to initiate their permit application to obtain a Permit-to-Purchase before their FICS transaction can resume. This means your FICS transaction will not be canceled on December 8th.  Once the purchaser has an approved permit, the FICS transaction will resume.

It is important to note that many times pended/delayed FICS transactions are due to missing, incomplete, or incorrect information. When there is missing or incomplete information on a person’s Computerized Criminal History (CCH), OSP must contact the agency that is the owner of that information to obtain official records so that OSP can determine whether the person is approved for the firearm purchase. The agencies contacted most for missing or incomplete information are the Courts or District Attorneys’ offices throughout the United States.  There are no required timelines for the agencies to respond to our requests for missing or incomplete information.  By statute, the information within the FICS transaction database can only be held for five years.   

Oregon State Police has worked with Permit Agents regarding the application form for the Permit-to-Purchase. The draft application is in the final review with permitting agencies and will be posted to the Oregon State Police’s website and available to those wishing to apply for a Permit-to-Purchase on December 8, 2022.

With BM114 becoming law on December 8, 2022, this gives Oregon State Police a very short window to develop a program and have technology available for use on day 1 of the new law. Because of this, the Permit-to-Purchase program at Oregon State Police will be a manual paper process until new technical systems can be designed and implemented. 

 




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Superintendent's Student Advisory Council provides critical input to Elevate leaders (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 12/02/22 11:54 AM
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WALLA WALLA - Today Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith and students from his Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council met with the Steering Committee from United Way of the Blue Mountains’ Elevate project to provide input and insight. Over a two-hour window, students shared stories, suggestions and unique perspectives, helping provide powerful context from the viewpoint of a youth navigating today's high school experience.  

Among many topics discussed, students’ reiterated the importance of career-connected learning, the high cost of college education, the need to better support students and families through post-secondary planning and access, and the significant impact mental health is having on youth today.    

“As former Superintendent Dr. Wolf always shared, we are preparing students for their futures and not our past,” notes Superintendent Smith. “It is critical that we promote student voice and agency every change we get so that we are focusing our efforts on the right solutions and strategies for the challenges they are actually facing.” Elevate leaders left the meeting with a profoundly better understanding of the obstacles children now face across our communities, in addition the remarkable young adults and future leaders we are developing.”

Elevate is a community partnership of diverse, cross-sector members working collaboratively to help strengthen the educational pipeline, from cradle through career.  The workgroup includes educators, students, government, business, parents and the community at large in its work.

To learn more about Elevate, you can visit their website here: https://www.uwbluemt.org/elevate

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El Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios de Oregón da a conocer su informe de progreso de medio camino sobre el Plan Estatal de Vivienda (Photo)
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/02/22 11:40 AM
El Centro de Navegación de River Avenue en Eugene es un refugio de barrera baja que atiende hasta 75 personas a la vez. Su objetivo es eliminar las barreras a la vivienda y trasladar a las personas a una solución de vivienda permanente.
El Centro de Navegación de River Avenue en Eugene es un refugio de barrera baja que atiende hasta 75 personas a la vez. Su objetivo es eliminar las barreras a la vivienda y trasladar a las personas a una solución de vivienda permanente.
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El informe describe el progreso significativo hecho en alcanzar síes ambiciosas metas en el frente de la vivienda. 

 Salem, OR— El Departamento de Vivienda y Servicios Comunitarios de Oregón (OHCS, por sus siglas en inglés) hoy dio a conocer un informe para brindar una actualización del progreso significativo de la agencia en alcanzar las metas del Plan Estatal de Vivienda 2019. La agencia ahora se encuentra un poco más de mitad de camino en el plan de cinco años cuyo lanzamiento sucedió después de extensas sesiones comunitarias por todo el estado. El propósito del plan es iluminar las áreas de necesidad en todo el estado y proporcionar un marco de referencia para que OHCS genere apoyo e inspire una acción coordinada. 

 El informe de medio camino detalla el progreso hecho por la agencia en el frente de la vivienda, específicamente para incrementar la oferta de viviendas mientras la inestabilidad de vivienda y la necesidad aumentan. En la carta de la directora de la agencia, Andrea Bell se centró en los valores compartidos como residentes de Oregón y declaró su compromiso para incrementar la vivienda asequible:  

 “Los múltiples éxitos descritos en este informe son un testimonio de la solidez de nuestras asociaciones que fomentan los valores compartidos para garantizar que todos los residentes de Oregón tengan un lugar seguro y asequible al que llamar hogar”, dijo Andrea Bell, la directora ejecutiva de OHCS. “Cada vez es más evidente la gran necesidad que existe para viviendas de todo tipo. Y para cualquiera que tenga dificultades para salir adelante, sepa que en cada momento de cada día OHCS será implacable, a través de la lente de la humanidad para aumentar el acceso a viviendas asequibles”. 

 Los logros descritos en el informe son notables, dado los inmensos desafíos en el frente de la vivienda. Con menos de 400 empleados, OHCS es una agencia estatal comparativamente pequeña con un impacto de gran tamaño. (Por ejemplo, el Departamento de Transporte de Oregón tiene más de 4,700 empleados). En los últimos años, la agencia ha aumentado silenciosamente el volumen y la cartera de desarrollos de viviendas asequibles en todo el estado. OHCS aprovecha el papel de una agencia de financiamiento de viviendas al tejer agresivamente una variedad de fondos estatales y federales, bonos, créditos fiscales y otras fuentes de ingresos para servir a los habitantes de Oregón en materia de vivienda. 

 Un ejemplo de un enfoque de financiamiento innovador para construir más viviendas incluye los fondos del programa de Alquileres LIFT de Oregón que destina dinero a las comunidades carentes de servicios adecuados, incluidas las comunidades rurales y las comunidades de color. Como resultado de este enfoque de financiación, junto con el trabajo del personal y múltiples socios en todo el estado, OHCS superó recientemente la meta de vivienda rural al financiar 3,612 viviendas asequibles de alquiler en la zona rural de Oregón. 

 Otros aspectos destacados del informe incluyen que la agencia superó la meta de financiar 1,200 viviendas de apoyo permanente (PSH). PSH es un modelo que combina la vivienda y servicios de apoyo para personas y familias que experimentan la falta de vivienda de manera crónica. La agencia fue reconocida recientemente con un premio nacional por este trabajo. 

 Quizás el progreso más ambicioso es el objetivo de financiar el desarrollo o la conservación de 25,000 viviendas asequibles en un plazo de cinco años. Este objetivo es el triple del trabajo anterior de la agencia. Hoy, la agencia está en camino de cumplir la meta con 20,624 viviendas en proceso de desarrollo. 

 “Me alegra ver este progreso”, dijo Claire Hall, presidenta del Concilio de Estabilidad de Vivienda, entidad que dirige estratégicamente el trabajo de la agencia. “Este es un trabajo impresionante. Los desarrollos de vivienda son transacciones complejas que tardan muchos años en realizarse. Este informe muestra que decenas de miles de viviendas están en proceso de desarrollo y pronto habrá personas con llaves en mano y techos sobre sus cabezas. La meta de triplicar el desarrollo de viviendas asequibles llega en un momento oportuno ya que los habitantes de Oregón necesitan desesperadamente viviendas a precios que puedan pagar”. 

 El progreso en el informe llega en un momento cuando la falta de vivienda y la asequibilidad de la vivienda son temas de suma importancia para los residentes de Oregón. El Análisis de Necesidades de Vivienda de Oregón detalló recientemente el impacto de décadas de desinversión en vivienda y otros desafíos complejos que hacen que cualquier progreso en el frente de la vivienda sea difícil de medir o celebrar. Está claro que los habitantes de Oregón necesitan desesperadamente más opciones. En el futuro, la agencia espera expandir este trabajo y ha expuesto estas y otras prioridades de vivienda en el presupuesto solicitado por la agencia para 2023-2025. Puede leer más (documento en inglés) sobre cómo la agencia espera financiar estas prioridades. 

 “Detrás de los números hay decenas de miles de personas y familias que pudieron mudarse a una casa. Este informe describe soluciones que funcionan. Porque sabemos que invertir en viviendas asequibles es invertir en la estabilidad familiar, el éxito de los niños y la salud económica de todo nuestro estado”, dijo Bell. “Ninguna familia debería tener que luchar para encontrar una vivienda segura, de calidad y asequible”. 

 El informe de progreso de medio camino está disponible para leer en español en el sitio de internet de OHCS, al igual que el Plan Estatal de Vivienda original. Es importante tener en cuenta que el informe se mide en años fiscales que concluirán en el verano de 2024. OHCS valora los comentarios y la colaboración de la comunidad. Para seguir este trabajo y ayudar a informar futuras versiones, regístrese para recibir actualizaciones por correo electrónico y oportunidades para participar. 




Attached Media Files: Plan Estatal de Vivienda de Oregón , OHCS y sus socios iniciaron la construcción de Timber Ridge en La Grande. Diseñados para fomentar la vida intergeneracional, estos 82 hogares brindarán los servicios necesarios para que los residentes puedan prosperar. , El Centro de Navegación de River Avenue en Eugene es un refugio de barrera baja que atiende hasta 75 personas a la vez. Su objetivo es eliminar las barreras a la vivienda y trasladar a las personas a una solución de vivienda permanente.

Oregon Housing and Community Services releases midway report on Statewide Housing Plan (Photo)
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/02/22 11:39 AM
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Report outlines significant progress made in meeting six ambitious priorities across the housing continuum.   

Salem, OR— Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) today released a report to provide an update on the agency’s significant progress in meeting the goals outlined in the 2019 Statewide Housing plan “Breaking New Ground.” The agency is now slightly more than halfway into the five-year plan which was launched after extensive listening sessions across the state to illuminate areas of need and provide a direction-setting framework for OHCS to build support and coordinated action.  

The midway report details the tremendous progress made by the agency on the housing front, especially in the areas of increasing housing supply while housing instability and need are mounting. In the Letter from the Director, Andrea Bell centers the shared values of Oregonians while promising bold commitment to increase affordable housing:  

“The multiple successes outlined in this report are a testament to the strength of our partnerships advancing shared values to ensure all Oregonians have a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Andrea Bell, OHCS Executive Director. “It’s increasingly evident the great need for housing of all types remains. For anyone struggling to get by, know that every moment of every day OHCS will be relentless, through the lens of humanity to increase access to affordable housing.”  

The achievements outlined in the report are notable, given the immense scope of the challenges on the housing front. With less than 400 employees, OHCS is a comparatively small state agency with an oversized impact. (For example, the Oregon Department of Transportation has more than 4,700 employees.) In recent years the agency has quietly increased the volume and portfolio of affordable housing developments across the state. OHCS leverages the role of a housing finance agency by aggressively weaving together a variety of state and federal funds, bonds, tax credits, and other revenue streams to serve Oregonians across the full continuum of housing.  

One example of an innovative funding approach to build more homes includes Oregon’s Local Innovative Fast Track (LIFT) funds that target funds to underserved communities, including rural communities and communities of color. As a result of this approach of funding, along with the work of staff and multiple partners across the state, OHCS recently surpassed the rural housing goal of funding 3,612 affordable homes in rural Oregon.  

Other report highlights include the agency surpassing the goal of funding 1,200 Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) homes. PSH is a proven model of pairing housing and supportive services for individuals and families that chronically experience homelessness. The agency was recently recognized with a national award for this work. Perhaps the most ambitious progress made is on the goal of funding the development or preservation of 25,000 homes within five years. This goal is triple the previous work of the agency. Today the agency is on track to meet the goal with 20,624 homes in the development pipeline. 

“I’m overjoyed to see this progress,” said Claire Hall, Chair of the Housing Stability Council, which strategically leads the agency’s work. “This is impressive work. Housing developments are complex transactions many years in the making. This report shows that tens of thousands of homes are in the pipeline and there will soon be keys in hands and roofs over heads. The tripling of the affordable housing development goal comes not a moment too soon at a time when Oregonians desperately need housing at prices they can afford.” 

The progress in the report comes at a welcome time when homelessness and housing affordability are top of mind for Oregonians. The Oregon Housing Needs Analysis recently detailed the impact of decades of divestment in housing and other complex challenges which make any progress on the housing front difficult to gauge or celebrate.  It’s clear that Oregonians desperately need more options. Moving forward the agency hopes to expand this work and has outlined these and other housing priorities in the 2023-2025 Agency Request Budget. You can read more about how the agency hopes to fund these priorities.  

“Behind the numbers are tens of thousands of individuals and families that were able to move into a home. This report outlines a roadmap of solutions that work. For we know that investing in affordable housing is investing in family stability, children’s success, and the economic health of our entire state,” said Bell. “No family should have to struggle to find safe, quality, and affordable housing.” 

The midway progress report is available to read on the OHCS website. The report is also available in Spanish. The original Statewide housing plan can be found on the SWHP landing page. Please note the report is measured in fiscal years that will conclude in the summer of 2024. OHCS values community feedback and partnership. To follow this work and help inform future versions, please sign up to receive email updates and opportunities to engage.  

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Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committee Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/02/22 10:35 AM

2023 Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitment

 

The Board on Public Safety Standards & Training (BPSST) and established Policy Committees have open vacancies looking to be filled. The current vacancies are as follows:

 

BPSST: All Board applications must be submitted through Workday.com

  • Two Representatives of the Private Security Industry
  • Member representing the public (Recommended by the President of the Senate)
  • Member representing the public (Recommended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives)
  • Recommended to the Governor by the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association
  • Administrator of a Municipality recommended to the Governor by the executive body of the League of Oregon Cities
  • Representative of the Fire Service recommended to the Governor by the Oregon Fire District Directors Association
  • Representative of the Fire Service recommended to the Governor by the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association
  • Member who is chief of police recommended to the Governor by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police

 

Policy Committees: All Policy Committee applications are due by December 15, 2022.

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • Representing telecommunicators
  • Recommended by and representing the Oregon State Police

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • Representing the public who have never been employed or utilized as a private security provider or investigator 
  • Representing private business or governmental entity that utilizes private security services

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Representing Non-Management Corrections Officers
  • Recommended by and representing a Statewide Association of Community Corrections Directors

Fire Policy Committee:

  • Public member who has never been employed or utilized as a fire service professional.
  • Non-management firefighter recommended by a statewide organization of firefighters.

 

 

Policy Committee positions next to be recruited for:

 

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • Recommended by and representing a statewide association of public safety communications officers

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Representing Non-Management Corrections Officers

Police Policy Committee:

  • Recommended by and representing the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association

 

To inquire about a vacancy, please visit Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon.

If interested in applying for a Policy Committee position, please complete and submit the Policy Committee Interest Form found under the ‘Board and Committee Resources’ section of the website listed above. 
 

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at Workday Board and Commission Opportunities. (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

For further information regarding the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training or its respective Policy Committees, please contact Shelby Wright at y.WRIGHT@dpsst.oregon.gov">shelby.wright@dpsst.oregon.gov.
 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


**Update** Arrest made in Fatal Crash on Hwy 58-Lane County
Oregon State Police - 12/02/22 9:39 AM

UPDATE-Driver arrested in Fatal Crash

The on-going investigation into the November 20, 2022 crash that caused the death of a 5-year-old female on Hwy 58 has resulted in the arrest of the driver, Amber Gonzalez-Riddle. 

On Thursday, December 1, 2022, Oregon State Police Troopers arrested Amber Gonzalez Riddle and lodged her in the Lane County Jail on charges of Manslaughter II, Reckless Endangering-2 counts, Assault III-2 counts and DUII. 

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On Sunday, November 20, 2022 at approximately 6:09 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 58, 25 miles east of Oakridge at milepost 61.

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Honda Accord, operated by Amber Shaleene Gonzalez Riddle (26) of Portland, crossed into the oncoming eastbound lane and collided with a Toyota Rav 4, operated by Debra Diane Baker (66) of Sunriver. The Toyota caught fire and became fully engulfed after the occupants were removed. 

Gonzalez Riddle and passengers, Geavony Amor Ferreira (23) of Portland and a 3-year-old female were transported to an area hospital with injuries. An additional passenger, a 5-year-old female sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Baker and her passenger, John Baker (67) of Sunriver, were transported to an area hospital with injuries. 

Hwy 58 was affected for approximately 6 hours while the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. This is an active investigation and updates will be provided when available. 

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department, Central Cascade Fire Department, Oakridge Police Department and ODOT. 


OR Nurses: National Report and Statewide Survey Agree - Unsafe Staffing is at the Heart of Oregon's Health Care Crisis
Oregon Nurses Assn. - 12/02/22 8:57 AM

(Portland, OR) - Two different reports – a national health care staffing shortage report from the American Federation of Teachers’ Healthcare Division (AFT) and a statewide survey of nurses by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) – are unequivocal in their findings: unsafe staffing levels are the primary cause of Oregon’s ongoing health care crisis.

AFT’s Healthcare Staffing Shortage Task Force, which included nurse leaders and representatives from Oregon, Alaska, Connecticut, Washington, Wisconsin, and Montana (among others), published their report on November 16, 2022. The Task Force worked for more than 8 months examining the state of America’s health care workforce. 

Among the key national findings were:

  • The US is facing a serious decline in the nursing workforce (In 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 55,000 fewer registered nurses (RNs) employed throughout the country than in 2020. This was the first decrease in total RN employment in more than five years.)
  • Hospitals and health care systems claim the reduction in RNs is largely from retirements, but national demographic data shows the industry is seeing an exodus of nurses under the age of 44 from the profession; a significant reversal of the trend, between 2016 and 2022, of nurses under the age of 44 making up a greater share of the RN workforce.
  • Nearly one in four health care workers are likely to leave their professions this year.
  • Workplace violence against health care workers is growing and has been made significantly worse by inadequate staffing. Health care workers experience 76% of all reported workplace violence injuries, and the rate of reported assaults grew by 144% in hospitals and 63% in home health agencies from 2000 through 2020.
  • Pandemic-related pressures on health care accelerated this trend as the rate of violence in hospitals increased by 25% in one year alone, from 2019 to 2020.
  • 61% of nurses believe that COVID-19 stresses have had a negative impact on their mental health and 30% report they received or believed they needed mental health services due to the pandemic. Nearly 50% said the pandemic had negatively impacted their physical health, as well as their relationships with family members (42%) and co-workers (41%).
  • More than 70% of healthcare workers have symptoms of anxiety and depression, 38% have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and 15% have had recent thoughts of suicide.
  • Unsafe patient levels are linked to poorer patient outcomes, including higher likelihood of death.

“Health care professionals knew long before COVID-19 that working conditions had been deteriorating for years,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Then came the pandemic. For nearly three years, they’ve worked under unprecedented challenges—while for-profit institutions made record profits. Many health care workers are emotionally exhausted and heartbroken from trying to care for your patients under impossible conditions. Understaffing is the core problem, which leads to other horrible conditions like crushing workloads, mandatory overtime, extended shifts lasting 12 to 16 hours, constant fatigue, worker injuries and skyrocketing rates of violence against healthcare workers, making hospitals one of the most dangerous places in America to work.”

ONA is also reporting the results of our statewide nursing survey, which echoed the findings of the AFT task force report. The survey, conducted across all ONA’s bargaining units and with nurses from 37 hospitals from every corner of the state participating, found that unsafe staffing levels are what is driving Oregon’s nursing workforce crisis.

Key findings from the ONA Safe Staffing Survey include:

  • Less than 1% of Oregon’s nurses report that their unit is always staffed appropriately – meaning 99% of units in Oregon’s hospitals are sometimes or never staffed appropriately.
  • 50% of nurses report they are caring for too many patients on most of their shifts.
  • Oregon patients are negatively impacted by improper staffing. When a unit is short staffed, 78% of nurses say there are delays in responding to patient call lights, 76% say there are medication delays, 72% report delays in providing hygiene and nutrition care, 71% say there are delays in pain assessment and intervention, and 66% report that units that are understaffed result in increased length of stays for patients and delays in discharging a patient.
  • 92% of nurses report missing meal and rest breaks, with 42% of nurses reporting that they miss meal and breaks on most of their shifts.

ONA’s survey also asked nurses about Oregon’s current hospital nurse staffing law and how well the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is enforcing that law. The findings clearly indicate that Oregon’s current law is not working in large part because OHA fails to enforce the law. Specifically, 85% of nurses report that their unit is not being staffed according to Oregon law, and 84% of nurses believe that OHA has been ineffective in enforcing Oregon law.

These failures to enforce the law, combined with consistent and historic unsafe staffing levels across the state have led to a crisis in staffing, but also a crisis in nurse turnover. About 90% of nurse respondents reported that staff turnover in their unit has been high (36%) to very high (54%.) Of those who reported high or very high turnover, 84% report that turnover has had a negative impact on their working conditions and on their ability to provide quality patient care.

“The evidence, both at the national level and here in Oregon, cannot be ignored,” said ONA President Tamie Cline, RN. “We are in a crisis. That crisis has been decades in the making, and unsafe staffing is at the very heart. If we do not act, Oregon will continue to experience the devastating impacts of a failing health care system. Patients will continue to suffer, sick people will continue to face hours and hours of wait times in the ER, surgeries will continue to be canceled or delayed, and nurses will continue to leave the bedside. Unless the Oregon legislature acts in the upcoming session, this cycle will continue, and nurses and patients will continue to bear the consequences.”

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 15,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org

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Thu. 12/01/22
Bend Fire & Rescue Mustache Bash Fundraiser Tomorrow
Bend Fire & Rescue - 12/01/22 2:33 PM

Bend Fire & Rescue’s Mustache Bash is back! Join us December 2 from 5 – 9 p.m. for a fundraiser supporting the Bend Fire Community Assistance Program (CAP), and enjoy a night of family friendly food, beer, prizes and laughs at Cascade Lakes Brewing. We will host mustache contests throughout the night for best overall, most stylish, imposter-stache and “you call that a mustache?” 

CAP is a charitable program supported by Bend Fire, in partnership with the Bend Firefighters Association. The CAP mission is to support community members in crisis. It allows firefighters who identify critical needs in the community, the ability to access funds and provide immediate support. This support could be for a family or individual who is in financial hardship and needs immediate assistance with buying food, medicine, clothing, groceries or temporary shelter. CAP is funded by donations from our community and fundraisers such as the Mustache Bash. 

Cascade Lakes will be generously donating the venue and $1 for every pint sold throughout the day. Invite all your friends and families to come out and support the Bend Fire CAP! We will see you there.


Health Information Technology Oversight Council to meet December 8
Oregon Health Authority - 12/01/22 1:53 PM

December 1, 2022

Contact: Liz Gharst, 971.666.2476, eth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us">elizabeth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Kiari Chao, 503.931.3053, i.chao@dhsoha.state.or.us">kiari.chao@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Information Technology Oversight Council to meet December 8

What: The regular public meeting of Health Information Technology Oversight Council.

When: December 8, 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

Agenda: Welcome, Introductions and HITOC Business (12:30-12:50); Public Comment (12:50-12:55); Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup Updates (12:55-1:20); House Bill (HB) 4150 Report: Supporting Statewide Community Information Exchange (CIE) (1:20-1:40); CIE Workgroup Considerations for Privacy and Security of Statewide CIE (1:40-2:10); 10-Minute Break (2:10-2:20); CIE Workgroup Recommendations for Governance of Statewide CIE (2:20-2:50); Data Equity Framework for CIE Data Program (2:50-3:10); Strategic Plan Update (3:10-3:15); Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy & Program Updates (3:15-3:20); Public Comment (3:20-3:25); Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourn (3:25-3:30)

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/OHIT-HITOC/Pages/index.aspx.

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

  • CART (live captions)
  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact OHIT.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us or call 503.373.7859 at least 48 hours before the meeting. OHA will make every effort to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting.


Prineville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Attempted Production of Child Pornography
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/01/22 1:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore.—A Prineville, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today after he requested sexually explicit photos from an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a child online and travelled from his home to Bend, Oregon in hopes of having sex with the child.

Patrick James Adams, 36, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison and a life term of supervised release.

According to court documents, on April 25, 2021, Adams sent a Facebook friend request to a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl from Bend. A few days later, Adams initiated contact with the account via Facebook Messenger and began chatting with undercover law enforcement officers. At the outset of and at multiple times during these conversations, the law enforcement officers told Adams he was chatting with a 14-year-old child. Over the next week, Adams requested nude images and videos from the purported child more than a dozen times. Adams also sent several images and an explicit video, which were used to confirm his identity. Throughout the conversation, he repeatedly reminded the fictitious minor not to tell anyone about the exchange.

On May 7, 2021, Adams traveled from Prineville to Bend in hopes of having sex with the child. Upon his arrival, Adams notified the fictitious minor victim that he would wait at a designated meeting area, a local public library, until she finished school. Investigators arrested Adams while he was waiting for the child.

On May 20, 2021, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment charging Adams with attempting to use a minor to produce a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, attempting to coerce and entice a minor, and committing a felony offense involving a minor as a registered sex offender.

On July 26, 2022, Adams pleaded guilty to attempting to use a minor to produce a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.

This case was investigated by the Bend Police Department, Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Crook County Parole and Probation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. McLaren.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to contact HSI at (866) 347-2423 or submit a tip online at report.cybertip.org.

Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. It is important to remember child sexual abuse material depicts actual crimes being committed against children. Not only do these images and videos document the victims’ exploitation and abuse, but when shared across the internet, re-victimize and re-traumatize the child victims each time their abuse is viewed. To learn more, please visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at www.missingkids.org.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Attached Media Files: 2022-12/6325/159525/SENTENCING-Adams-Final.pdf

Insurance tips for freezing temperatures, snowstorms
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/01/22 10:38 AM

SALEM – The weather is turning cold and with that comes the chance of ice and snow. 

Winter weather can lead to damage due to falling trees or limbs, burst pipes, ice dams on your roof, cracks in your home’s foundation, car crashes, and more. Some of these losses may be covered by your insurance policy and others may not. 

Before your home, vehicle, or possessions are damaged by storms and winter weather, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation recommends calling your insurance company or agent to make sure you have the right types and amounts of coverage.

You can also take actions to help prevent losses from occurring in the first place. You can:

  • Inspect and maintain your foundation, gutters, and roof
  • Insulate and maintain water pipes
  • Monitor tree health and trim them as needed
  • Prepare your vehicle for winter driving

If your home or vehicle is damaged in a storm, call your insurance company or agent to ask about your policy coverages, exclusions, and deductibles before filing a claim.

Before filing a claim, it is important to know if the amount of your loss is worth the effect filing a claim can have on your premium rates. It may be better to handle repairs yourself, if the loss is less than or close to your deductible.

Homeowners

A typical homeowners policy covers damage to the home caused by falling trees or limbs and weight of ice and snow. If your home received minor damage, such as the wind blowing a few shingles off your house, your homeowners insurance will probably replace the damaged shingles, but not the entire roof.

Winter storms can also create sudden damage caused by an ice dam on the roof or pipes bursting due to freezing. This type of damage is typically covered, and can be extensive – if a pipe burst floods a home – or minor, such as a leak from an ice dam causing a stain on a ceiling.

If your home sustained severe structural damage from a fallen tree or other storm debris, and it is deemed uninhabitable, and your policy has additional living expenses coverage, it can help cover the extra costs of lodging, meals, and even pet boarding while you are unable to live in the home. Those who have renters insurance can also take advantage of this policy coverage.

If your home lost power and received only minor damage, it will probably still be considered safe to live in, so additional living expenses may not apply. Check with your insurance agent or provider to confirm your coverage.

Coverage may be available for food spoilage due to a power outage. If you need to file a claim for another type of damage to your home, food spoilage can typically be added to the claim you need to file for repairs.

Auto

There are three coverage options on an auto insurance policy that typically apply to winter storms:

  • Comprehensive covers damage caused by falling trees or limbs. This includes while your vehicle is parked inside a garage. Homeowners insurance excludes coverage for vehicles, even while parked inside your garage. 
  • Collision covers damage to your vehicle that occurs while driving. This includes hitting storm debris or sliding on ice.
  • Liability covers damage you accidentally caused to another person's property or to a person who is injured in an accident.

Once again, if the cost to repair your vehicle is less than or close to your deductible, you may not want to file a claim.

Remember, you want to make sure you have the right types and amounts of coverage and take steps to reduce your risks. Check with your insurance agent or company to determine your policy coverages, exclusions, and deductibles. 

If you still have questions or concerns, the division's consumer advocates are here to help. You can contact the division's advocates three ways:

Visit the division's storm insurance resource page for more information.

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


Oregon Woman Sentenced to Federal Probation After Stealing and Crashing Vehicle Belonging to Tribe
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/01/22 10:26 AM

EUGENE, Ore.—A former employee of the Burns Paiute Tribe was sentenced to federal probation today after she stole and crashed a vehicle owned by the Tribe used to transport students to and from school events.

Sara Janeese Hawley, 37, a resident of Burns, Oregon, was sentenced to three years’ federal probation. Hawley was also ordered to pay restitution to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

According to court documents, Hawley used an employee access code to enter the Burns Paiute Tribe’s Tribal Housing Department building where she took the keys to and stole a Dodge Caravan minivan owned by the Tribe. Hawley, who had earlier used methamphetamine and inhalants, drove away in and later crashed and totaled the vehicle.

On April 21, 2022, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned an indictment charging Hawley with embezzlement and theft from an Indian Tribal Organization. On August 23, 2022, she pleaded guilty to the single charge.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI. It was prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

OSP Trooper stops a driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 5- Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/01/22 9:05 AM
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On November 30, 2022, at approximately 10:20 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers were in a short pursuit of an SUV that was driving recklessly on Interstate 5 southbound at milepost 253 around Jefferson, Oregon.  The SUV made an erratic U-turn and began to travel northbound in the southbound lane before intentionally ramming an OSP Patrol car.

The driver identified as Garrett W. Hall (50) from Portland was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  He was subsequently arrested and lodged in jail for Reckless Driving, Felony Elude, and the Assault of a Public Safety Officer.

The OSP Trooper was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

 The interstate was closed for over an hour for the investigation and to clear the scene. OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police Department, and Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

We are grateful that the Oregon State Police Troopers were in the right place at the right time to intervene for the public’s safety. 




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PUC Hosting Virtual Meeting for Public to Comment on Idaho Power's Application Impacting the B2H Project
Oregon Public Utility Commission - 12/01/22 8:36 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hosting a virtual meeting on December 5, 2022, for the public to comment on Idaho Power’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN). Idaho Power’s request is part of its proposed construction of a transmission line that would connect the Hemingway substation in Idaho with a substation near Boardman, Oregon. The transmission line is known as the Boardman to Hemingway or B2H project. 

Idaho Power has asked the PUC to issue a CPCN for this project. If granted, Idaho Power would use this certificate in court proceedings where it seeks to condemn an interest in land along the transmission line’s path. The certificate would demonstrate to the court that the transmission line is a public use and necessary for public convenience. 

This virtual meeting option to comment via Zoom or by phone follows a recent in-person meeting in La Grande, Oregon held last month.

Comment via Zoom or phone

When: Monday, December 5, 2022 from 6-7 p.m. PST (7-8 p.m. MST)
This meeting may go beyond the scheduled end time to allow more people to comment, so please log in before 7 p.m. PST.

Access the Zoom link and phone-in details at: https://bit.ly/3zXBRlz or at https://www.oregon.gov/puc/Pages/Whats-New.aspx.

Submit comments directly to the PUC by January 10, 2023

Stay Informed

To stay informed throughout this process, individuals may request to be added to the distribution list to receive publicly available documents. Submit requests by email to ings@puc.oregon.gov">puc.hearings@puc.oregon.gov or by calling 503-378-6678. Please specify docket PCN 5 in the request.

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The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc