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Sun. 06/16/19
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/16/19 5:18 PM
Ajon Webster
Ajon Webster

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Ajon Webster, died the morning of June 16, 2019. Webster was incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Ajon Webster entered DOC custody on October 8, 2018, out of Multnomah County with an earliest release date of August 14, 2036. Webster was 29 years old. Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 individuals. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues©, whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first adults in custody in June 1985.


Attached Media Files: Ajon Webster

Sat. 06/15/19
Oregon State Police looking for witnesses to fatal hit and run crash - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/15/19 12:54 PM

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47 AM, Klamath County 911 received a call of a man found in the middle of South 6th Street at the intersection with Gary Street.

Klamath County Fire District 1 responded to assist the man, who was later identified as Henry Rittenhouse, age 36, of Klamath Falls; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On scene investigation determined that Mr. Rittenhouse had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene.  The suspect vehicle is gray in color; however, there are no additional descriptors of the vehicle that struck Mr. Rittenhouse at this time.  

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT.

Any one with information on this incident, or with information on the suspect vehicle, is asked to call Oregon State Police Dispatch at OSP or  541-883-5711.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125388/IMG_3513.JPG

NHTSA: Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness Day - June 20, 2019
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/15/19 9:44 AM

The summer heat wave has just begun to make its way across the States signaling the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation. While the sun is perfect for a day at the beach, hot days can also have a sinister side - especially when it involves a child who has been left unattended or gotten trapped inside a vehicle. .

Tragically in the United States, every 10 days a child dies as a result of vehicular heatstroke. Since 1998, there have been 806 deaths, with 11 already this year.   

The terrible truth? These deaths were 100% preventable.

Education is the first step in prevention, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is leading the charge.

On June 20, NHTSA will be tweeting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET about the dangers of heatstroke, and offering prevention tips. We invite you to share this information with you readers, viewers, and listeners.

Please join NHTSA in spreading the message. Let’s stop this troubling trend, stop the heartbreak, and stop children from dying in hot cars.

#HeatstrokeKills #CheckForBaby


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Fri. 06/14/19
CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets June 21
Oregon Health Authority - 06/14/19 2:54 PM

June 14, 2019

Contact: Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: June 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Five Oak Building Suite 775, Transformation Training Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland. The public also may join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3895887851300669185 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; OHA recommendations for 2020 measure set; public testimony 9:25-9:40; review previous minutes and general updates; Dental Quality Alliance sealant measure decisions; review background information, including policy context, measure assessments, stakeholder survey, committee survey, committee measure set criteria; 2020 measure set selection (final set to be approved in July); adjourn.

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

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund at 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Eugene-area women both win $100,000 in same weekend (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 06/14/19 2:32 PM
Oregon Lottery Logo
Oregon Lottery Logo

June 14, 2019 – Salem, Ore. – The sun is a little brighter for two Eugene-area women when both won $100,000 prizes playing Scratch-its this past weekend.

Anya Moedl, of Eugene, won $100,000 after playing a $10 Emerald 10s Scratch-it at the 7-Eleven along River Road in Eugene.

“I buy Scratch-its every so often, but usually they are $2 or $3 tickets,” she said. “I splurged and bought a $10 one, and I wasn’t expecting to win that much!”

Moedl said she played the ticket at home and found out Friday and had to wait over the weekend for the Lottery offices to open Monday.

“I was pretty excited all weekend,” she said. “I barely slept all weekend long, I kept thinking about what to do with the money.”

Moedl said she was going to use the money to save for an education fund for her son and daughter. She also said she may look at some property but was going to be careful with the prize.

There is still one $100,000 jackpot-winning Scratch-it available for the Emerald 10s Scratch-it game.

The same weekend, Eugene-area player Elena Delgadillo, also won $100,000 playing a Scratch-it.

“Scratch-its are my hobby and I never thought I would win this much!” Delgadillo said. “I just had a feeling I would win, and I did!”

Delgadillo purchased her ticket, a $10 $100,000 Jackpot Scratch-it, from the Oakridge Market after she got off work. Her winning ticket was the the last jackpot-winning ticket for that game.

“Miracles happen,” she said, fighting back tears. “I have four kids and two are in college, this is really going to help with their education.”

During the 2018 fiscal year, the Oregon Lottery awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes and $725 million to state and local programs.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $50.8 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Lane County, where both women live and purchased their Scratch-its. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery Logo , Anya Moedl of Eugene.

Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup meets June 17
Oregon Health Authority - 06/14/19 1:56 PM

June 14, 2019

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup meets June 17 in Portland

What: The fifth meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup.

Agenda: Discuss narrowing workgroup scope and product; plan for community engagement, including who will be engaged, what questions will be asked and how the engagement will take place; identify breakout subgroups including medical, peers and policy review.

When: June 17, 1-3 p.m.

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

The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges with a focus on peer delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, see the RBHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HSD/BHP/Pages/Regional-Collaboratives.aspx.

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

•         Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•         Written materials in other languages

•         Braille

•         Large print

•         Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Wednesday Morning Activities Begin in Richland (Photo)
City of Richland - 06/14/19 10:45 AM

Richland’s Parks and Recreation has a series of Wednesday morning activities planned through the summer and it all begins this week, June 19. Workout Wednesday in John Dam Plaza begins at 9:00 a.m., with three different activities and times to choose from. Pop-up Play Day is centered around a different park each week. Learning opportunities and activities taught by park rangers begin at 10:00 a.m., and end at 11:30 a.m.

Workout Wednesday in John Dam Plaza

Fresh air and movement will greet you each Wednesday morning, June 19 – July 31 in John Dam Plaza, 815 George Washington Way, at the HAPO Community Stage. Grab a yoga mat and a water bottle and join others for one, two or three different activities. From Yoga, to Zumba to Drumming, there is something for every age and ability. The activities are drop in, so no registration is required, but you must sign a liability waiver, and it’s free! Teens 16 or under need a parent’s signature in order to participate. There is no childcare available. 

Workout Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.      Yoga with Patti
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Zumba Aerobics with Dance Moves with Tai Fei
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Drumming Exercises with Dance Moves and drumsticks with Jo.

Pop-up Play Days in Richland Parks

The City of Richland Parks and Recreation and the Manhattan Project National Park are hosting a summer series of free Pop-up Play Days in nine Richland parks for kids ages 5 to 13 years old, and their parent or guardian.

Pop-up Play Days will occur almost every Wednesday, beginning June 19, and ending August 21. The one exception when there is not an event planned is Wednesday, July 3. Each play day begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. An adult must accompany all children.

Kids who attend five or more play days will receive a unique Junior Ranger Patch or Pin.

  • June 19             Lynnwood Park
  • June 26             Wye Park
  • July 10              Leslie Groves Park
  • July 17              Rodney Block Park
  • July 24              Frankfort Park
  • July 31              Oak Park
  • August 7           Goethals Park
  • August 14         Jefferson Park
  • August 21         USS Triton Submarine Memorial Park

For more information, visit www.ci.richland.wa.us/parksfun or visit  www.facebook.com/richlandparksandrecreation.     


Attached Media Files: 2019-06/5957/125367/CityOfRichland_WorkoutWednesday.pdf , 2019-06/5957/125367/Junior_Ranger_Pop_Up_Play_Day_V2.jpg

Lake Owyhee State Park closed due to landslides near Owyhee Dam (update)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/14/19 9:01 AM

UPDATE 6-14-19

Lake Owyhee State Park has reopened. County crews have finished clearing landslide debris from the access road, allowing access to the park. 



Multiple landslides caused by heavy rains during the evening hours of June 12 have covered the sole access road to Lake Owyhee State Park, prompting the park’s closure until further notice.

The park’s access road, Owyhee Lake Road, will be closed to visitors while Malheur County road crews work to clear slide debris and assess road conditions. The slides are covering the road in multiple locations, starting about ½ mile north of the dam and continuing south towards to the park.  

For current information about road conditions, contact Malheur County officials:

  • Wess Allison, Malheur County Nyssa Road Dept. (below dam): 541-372-2632
  • Dave Tifney, Malheur County Road Dept. (above dam): 541-473-5191

Park staff have been in contact with the approximately 80 day-use and overnight visitors in the park. Park staff are asking visitors to remain in the park until county officials send word that the road is cleared and safe for visitors to use.

As of this release, there have been no reported injuries or medical concerns among park visitors. There is no damage to park facilities or structures from the landslides; access to potable water, electricity and restrooms is unaffected.  

More information about the park, including maps and directions, is on oregonstateparks.org.


Note for editors: Lake Owyhee State Park is in a remote area; cell phone service is intermittent. Subsequent updates will be published as access to the park is improved.


Thu. 06/13/19
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports Adult in Custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/13/19 7:18 PM
Lloyd Roberts
Lloyd Roberts

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Lloyd Roberts, died the morning of June 12, 2019. Roberts was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away at the infirmary. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Roberts entered DOC custody on October 9, 2018, from Wasco County with an earliest release date of October 26, 2024. Roberts was 72 years old. Next of kin has been notified.  

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

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


Attached Media Files: Lloyd Roberts

Lebanon, Oregon Business Owner Charged with Tax Evasion and Theft of Government Funds
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/13/19 12:42 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal grand jury in Portland returned a six-count indictment today charging Lebanon, Oregon business owner Robert A. Lund, 62, with evading $1.7 million in income taxes, failing to file individual income tax returns, obstructing or impeding the IRS and theft of government funds as part of a multi-year scheme to defraud the U.S.

According to the indictment, in June 2002, after an IRS audit and a lengthy period of litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a U.S. Tax Court finding that Lund owed more than $444,000 in underreported tax liabilities. After the ruling, the IRS Collection Division continued its efforts to collect the taxes Lund owed. In response, Lund sent the IRS frivolous correspondence, threatened to the sue the IRS Revenue Officers, attempted to quash various summonses and subpoenas, filed false bankruptcy petitions, transferred real property to nominees and used nominees to open financial accounts and conceal his income.

From December 2000 to November 2013, Lund incorporated or controlled over 160 nominee business entities and used them to conceal his assets and income from the IRS. He operated four businesses—a computer consulting company, a bookstore, a nutrition store and a scuba diving company—from a building in downtown Albany, Oregon. Additionally, he operated a trailer park in Sweet Home, Oregon from which he rented trailer units to individuals receiving government rental assistance.

Lund will be arraigned on July 10, 2019 in Portland.

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Oregon Department of Human Services and is being prosecuted by Seth D. Uram and Clemon D. Ashley, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125334/INDICTMENT-Lund-Final.pdf

Media Statement Regarding 2019 Wildfire Season
Pacific Power - 06/13/19 12:21 PM

Media Contact:                                                                                   June 13, 2019
Pacific Power media line                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Statement Regarding 2019 Wildfire Season

Pacific Power issues the following statement from Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions:

As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.

As part of this effort, we are working with area emergency services agencies, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and community leaders across Oregon to expand and enhance existing emergency response plans and work in coordination with our communities. This includes some new actions we’re planning for this fire season.

  • We are enhancing vegetation inspections and vegetation clearance around our power lines or poles, increasing facilities inspections, making investments to improve equipment resiliency and fire-proofing, installing local weather stations, and training and equipping our field crews for wildfire suppression.
  • For areas at a higher risk of fast-spreading wildfires, we are establishing a new fire prevention measure called a Public Safety Power Shutoff. A Public Safety Power Shutoff is a new measure designed to help keep people and communities in high-risk areas safe, by proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions that can result in catastrophic wildfires. This measure would only be taken as a last resort to help ensure customer and community safety.


  • Pacific Power is working with local governments and emergency services agencies to update them on the conditions when this protocol would be used and seek their input on coordination should we need to deploy a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
  • Pacific Power is also launching a public wildfire education and outreach campaign starting June 24 to share wildfire safety and prevention tips and to inform customers of the company’s Public Safety Power Shutoff measure. This will include public information workshops for communities in high-risk areas.

Customers can take steps now to prepare for emergencies by keeping vegetation around their homes trimmed and low and updating their emergency plans and supplies. Customers should also contact us to ensure their contact information is up-to-date, so we can keep provide updates about increased fire risk alerts, potential power outages and updates on power restoration.

For more information, customers may contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or visit pacificpower.net/wildfiresafety.



Wed. 06/12/19
Finley FFA Chapter Awarded the Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame "Cultivating our Future" Grant (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 06/12/19 8:14 PM
FFA logo
FFA logo

Kennewick, WA - The Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School is the proud recipient of a grant from the Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame.  The $4,150 award will provide financial assistance for travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Finley FFA advisor Jennifer Yochum submitted the grant application in May to the Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame in Pasco.  Thanks to the grant award, Finley FFA students will travel to the national convention on October 30 through November 2.  Students have the opportunity to meet FFA members from other states while engaging in an agricultural career fair that provides exposure to industry leaders engaged in cutting edge Ag.  Other highlights of the trip include speaking with various college and vocational school representatives to explore options beyond high school, and attending various agricultural tours in and around the area as well as Louisville, Kentucky. Members will participate in leadership workshops to expand their skills and abilities, then bring this knowledge home to share with all chapter members.

“This grant will help alleviate some of the travel costs for members as they get ready for an experience they will never forget,” says Mrs. Yochum.

The chapter will also submit their National Chapter application in hopes of becoming a three star chapter and crossing the national stage.  This event evaluates the chapter on the three areas of their program of activities: growing leaders, strengthening agriculture, and building communities.  

For more information, contact Jennifer Yochum at 509-586-7279 or jyochum@finleysd.org.


Attached Media Files: FFA logo , Finley FFA members

Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee meets June 13
Oregon Health Authority - 06/12/19 4:33 PM

June 12, 2019

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee meets June 13

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

Agenda: Welcome, updates; public comment 1:45-1:55; review of Oregon Health Policy Board presentation; review work plan for year ahead and agenda setting; adjourn.

When: June 13, 1-3:30 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center, Loop E., Wilsonville. The public also may join remotely through a webinar and listen-only conference line at 877-336-1828, access code 9657836.

For more information, please visit the committee's website.

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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 Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, or .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Core Leadership Team meets June 13 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/12/19 4:22 PM

June 12, 2019

Media contact: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Core Leadership Team meets June 13 in Portland

What: A public meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Core Leadership Team.

Agenda: Clarify the roles of the team and workgroups; prepare to fulfill the roles; explore opportunities to affect system-level challenges regarding substance use disorder and peer-delivered services.

When: June 13, 10 a.m. to noon.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 177, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges, with a focus on peer-delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, visit the RBHC website.

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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 Summer Boslaugh, 503-753-9688, 711 TTY, or .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Longtime Wapato Schools Bus Driver Retiring
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 06/12/19 4:12 PM

Hi all,

Please see the attached release regarding one of our bus drivers who is retiring after more than four decades of service.

Attached Media Files: Longtime Wapato Schools Bus Driver Retiring

Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 42 - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/12/19 3:33 PM

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at approximately 4:48 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel  responded to a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 42 near mile post 8. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Pilot, operated by Jonathan Moore (29) of North Bend, was westbound when for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by Kaci Baker (25) of North Bend.  The Chevrolet Tahoe caught fire after the collision.

Moore sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Baker was extricated by a witness and transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital for injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coquille Police Department, Coquille Fire Department, Myrtle Point Fire Department, Millington Fire Department, and ODOT.


Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125307/20190612_061753.jpg , 2019-06/1002/125307/20190612_061733.jpg

5 ways to prepare your workplace for smoke season
SAIF - 06/12/19 2:21 PM

Summary: Wildfire season is coming. Here’s how to prepare your business.


Wildfires are getting bigger, lasting longer, and happening more often in Oregon and across the western United States. In addition to the immediate harm from the fire itself, hazardous smoke travels well beyond the fire lines, putting people and businesses at risk.

“Smoke has become a more significant workplace risk as wildfires are larger and more frequent,” said Kim Henry, industrial hygienist at SAIF. “We want to make sure we reduce the risk of complications for Oregon’s workforce.”

Henry offers five ways to make sure your workplace is better prepared:

  • Include wildfire smoke events in your emergency response plans.
  • Monitor fire and smoke risk in your area. One resource is DEQ’s Air Quality Index.
  • Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Check filters on HVAC units and change when needed. Recirculate air instead of bringing in outdoor air, and keep windows and doors closed.
  • Consider supplying filtering facepiece respirators, such as N-95 or N-100, for voluntary short-term use. (Provide information from OSHA before use.)
  • Plan how to get employees to safer locations, or when to release them before situations worsen.

Remember, people who work outdoors, have respiratory conditions or cardiovascular disease, smoke, or are pregnant have a higher risk of health impacts

Find more tips for preparing your business—before, during, and after wildfire season.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page.

Tue. 06/11/19
Precautionary seasonal recreational use health advisory in effect for Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Health Authority - 06/11/19 3:37 PM

June 11, 2019

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Precautionary seasonal recreational use health advisory in effect for Lake Billy Chinook

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Oregon Health Authority has issued a precautionary seasonal recreational use health advisory for Lake Billy Chinook due to cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms that routinely develop in the lake.

Lake Billy Chinook is located about 12 miles west of Madras, in Jefferson County. The advisory will remain in effect through Nov. 1, 2019.

Tests done at Lake Billy Chinook since 2015 show that blooms in the lake consistently produce cyanotoxins over OHA’s recreational use health guideline values for people and pets. In the past, OHA would issue and lift advisories on the lake as data were made available. Testing is costly, making it difficult for local water body managers to regularly test the lake during times when blooms occur. This makes it challenging to determine when cyanotoxins are being produced, and if an advisory is needed.

As a result, OHA and local partners determined that a 2019 seasonal advisory for the lake is appropriate. At this time, the OHA Public Health Division is reminding the public of the steps to take to reduce exposure to cyanobacterial blooms and the cyanotoxins that may be present throughout the season. OHA staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this advisory at the end of the 2019 season.

Enjoy non-water-related activities at Lake Billy Chinook

Non-water-related activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird-watching can be enjoyed with very little possibility of exposure to cyanotoxins. Certain water-related activities can be safe. These include canoeing, fishing and boating, if boating speeds are kept low to avoid kicking up spray that could be inhaled.

Activities to avoid in areas affected by cyanobacteria blooms

Avoid swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, and other high-speed water activities in areas of the lake affected by a cyanobacterial bloom. Watch children and pets to be sure they are not swallowing water or coming in contact with cyanobacterial blooms washed up on the shore or dried on rocks. Do not use lake water for drinking as camping-style filters and boiling do not remove the toxins.

What to look for

Cyanobacterial blooms are not unique to Lake Billy Chinook. Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of cyanobacterial blooms in all Oregon waters because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are tested by state, federal and local agencies.

Certain water body conditions can help people identify when a bloom may be present. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, a thick mat is present, or when bright green cells can be seen suspended in the water column, making the water a brighter shade of green. In areas where blooms are found, people should avoid swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets made during high-speed water activities, such as water-skiing or power-boating. A good rule of thumb when encountering something in the water that doesn’t look familiar: “When in doubt, stay out.”


Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area. Children are most vulnerable to exposure and illness due to their size and level of activity. If you or someone in your family develops any of these symptoms after your visit to an Oregon lake or waterway, contact OHA at 971-673-0440 for health information or to report the illness.

Pets are at risk, too

Over the past several years OHA has received many reports of dog illnesses and even deaths due to exposure to bloom-affected water. It’s important to know that dogs are susceptible to cyanotoxins at extremely low levels. Exposure to these toxins can also occur when dogs lick cyanobacteria off rocks and off their fur, eat the scum, or drink affected water. Symptoms of exposure are drooling, twitching, inability to stand or walk, convulsions and paralysis. Symptoms develop within the first hour or two after exposure and can be deadly. If a pet develops any symptoms, it should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. OHA also takes pet illness reports; call 971-673-0440 for more information.

Other concerns

Drinking water directly from areas of Lake Billy Chinook affected by a cyanobacterial bloom is especially dangerous when toxins are present. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website that is also available by phone. OHA will update information for Lake Billy Chinook when new data are available. To learn what water bodies are being sampled for the season and whether an advisory has been issued or lifted, visit the Cyanobacteria Blooms website: http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “current cyanobacteria advisories,” or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Simple tips to stay safe during extreme heat conditions (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 06/11/19 2:37 PM
Tips on how to beat the heat
Tips on how to beat the heat

June 11, 2019

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7174, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Simple tips to stay safe during extreme heat conditions

Stay hydrated, limit sun exposure as forecast calls for upper 90s

Temperatures are expected to climb into at least the mid-90s this week in some parts of Oregon. Health officials are recommending people prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"People may not realize that heat-related illnesses can be deadly," said Tom Jeanne, MD, deputy state health officer at the OHA Public Health Division. "Extreme heat conditions pose a higher risk for children, people 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions as well as athletes and outdoor workers." Also at higher risk are people with low incomes. Often, they can’t afford air conditioning for their homes or they live outdoors where they are more exposed.

The Oregon Public Health Division offers the following tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

  1. Stay cool.
    • Stay in air-conditioned places, if possible. Avoid relying on a fan as your main cooling device, particularly when the temperature is 90 or above.
    • Limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening.
    • Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.
    • Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars — they can suffer heat-related illness, too.
    • Even during the summer, the power can go out. Have a plan to stay cool when the power goes out.
  2. Stay hydrated.
    • Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.
    • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
    • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors drink enough water.
  3. Stay informed.
    • Keep up to date on the temperature and heat index when planning activities to find ways to stay cool and hydrated. The heat index measures how hot it feels outside when factoring in humidity with the actual air temperature.
    • Learn how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illnesses. Know the warning signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash, and how to treat and prevent them.
    • Be aware of any scheduled power outages your utility company plans. If you do not have air conditioning or you live outdoors, visit air-conditioned places or a cooling shelter if your community has one.
  4. Stay safe.
    • Check on friends, family and neighbors who may have a higher risk of heat-related illness at least twice a day.
    • Always supervise children when they are in or near water, including bathtubs.
    • Wear personal flotation devices when out on boats, near open bodies of water or participating in water sports.
    • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.

People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or kidney disease, may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Some medications can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should learn the effects of their medications and pay extra attention to drinking enough water, accessing air conditioning and knowing how to keep cool.

Those who work outdoors or exercise in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness. They should try to stay as cool and hydrated as possible.

For more information, visit:

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Attached Media Files: Tips on how to beat the heat

Hundreds of Washington Students are Smarter About Money, Thanks to Credit Unions
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 06/11/19 2:09 PM

More than 800 high school students head into summer smarter about how they will manage their money. That's because they attended a Financial Reality Fair this academic year, sponsored by Washington credit unions and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.   Attached please find a news release 

Attached Media Files: News Release

Warm Springs Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter and Illegal Firearm Possession
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/11/19 11:49 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Harold Blackwolf Jr., 35, of Warm Springs, Oregon, was sentenced today to 71 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court documents, on September 28, 2017, Blackwolf was at a friend’s house on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. While under the influence of alcohol, Blackwolf left his friend’s house and entered his Dodge Durango, a sport utility vehicle. Blackwolf drove away at a high rate of speed with his headlights off. As he was departing, he struck two adult men who were in the road, killing both. Blackwolf, a convicted felon, was arrested on April 20, 2018 and found to be in possession of a Taurus .38 special revolver.

A restitution hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown will be held at a later date.

On February 27, 2019, Blackwolf pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department. It was prosecuted by Paul Maloney, Benjamin Tolkoff and Craig Gabriel, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

On March 3, 1994, the FBI initiated “Operation Safe Trails” with the Navajo Department of Law Enforcement in Flagstaff, Arizona. The operation, which would later evolve into the Safe Trails Task Force (STTF) Program, unites FBI and other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to combat the growth of crime in Indian Country. STTFs allow participating agencies to combine limited resources and increase investigative coordination in Indian Country to target violent crime, drugs, gangs, and gaming violations.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125257/SENTENCING-Blackwolf-Final.pdf

Skateboarding and Scooter Event to Include Bicycle Motorcross (Photo)
City of Richland - 06/11/19 11:26 AM

The Second Annual Skateboarding and Scooter competition is expanding this year to include bicycle motorcross (BMX). Grind19 is Saturday, June 15, at Jeanette Taylor Skate Park in Richland. Participants can register beginning Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. at the skate park, 1185 Carondelet Drive.

The competition, which begins at 12:00 noon, includes food vendors, exhibit booths, and music provided by DJ RuffCut.

All participants must sign a waiver, and those under the ages of 16 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the registration and waiver.

Don’t miss the excitement! For more information, call 942-7462 or search for Grind19 Richland on Facebook. There is no fee to participate.


Attached Media Files: 2019-06/5957/125255/grind_poster2019_v2.jpg

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Grant Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/11/19 10:00 AM
TT - Grant Scams - Graphic - June 11, 2019
TT - Grant Scams - Graphic - June 11, 2019

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against grant scams. 

Everyone can use a little extra cash now and then... roof repair, leaky refrigerator or maybe a kid who picks the most expensive college option possible. They all add up, and if you are lucky, all at the same time. 

Never fear though – if you are particularly unlucky you will find yourself in the sights of someone who wants to offer you a special government grant. You deserve it, after all. You work hard and pay taxes... you SHOULD get that grant from some official-sounding grant-giving agency, right? 

Our friends at the Federal Trade Commission have a special warning for you, though: free money is almost never free. The scam artist may contact you directly, or you may see these grant offers online or in publications. Once you are talking, the fraudster will work to convince you that you do, indeed, qualify. He will ask for a checking account number to deposit your new-found funds or perhaps to collect some small processing fee. He may even suggest that there is a money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied. 

Here’s how to protect yourself: 

  • Never give your bank account information to strangers unless you are convinced the agency is legitimate. 

  • Don’t pay a fee for what someone tells you is a free grant. 

  • Check out the agency in question by doing research before giving out any info or money. www.grants.gov is a great place to start – it is a centralized portal to find and apply for federal grants. 

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at?www.ic3.gov ?or call your local FBI office. 


Attached Media Files: TT - Grant Scams - AUDIO - June 11, 2019 , TT - Grant Scams - Graphic - June 11, 2019

Connell Elementary Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year (Photo)
ESD 123 - 06/11/19 9:37 AM
Rebecca Estock in Connell
Rebecca Estock in Connell

CONNELL, WA – Ms. Rebecca Estock of the North Franklin School District has been named the Regional Teacher of the Year by Educational Service District 123. Currently serving as an intervention specialist at Connell Elementary School in North Franklin School District, Ms. Estock is described as an outstanding teacher who serves as a positive, calming voice for both her students and her peers.  As the regional Teacher of the Year recipient, Ms. Estock now moves on to compete against finalists from Washington’s eight other ESDs in hopes of being named the 2020 State Teacher of the Year.

Alongside an impressive resume, Ms. Estock is known as a meticulous and careful planner who never ceases in her focus on doing what is right for all students. Her colleagues describe her as determined, encouraging, and positive.  Not only does she provide reading and writing interventions to over 300 of her school’s 550 students, Ms. Estock also serves as a district GLAD trainer and coach. (GLAD stands for Guided Language Acquisition and Design.)

In one nomination letter, a fellow Connell Elementary teacher stated:

“…Rebecca has graciously done the job of two people:  she coordinates all of our reading paras and their assignments, is a crucial part of our RTI process, runs the after-school tutoring, gathers and inputs data for all the students, and works with all teachers to problem solve student learning challenges or to celebrate students’ success in our school.” 

Ms. Estock is an irreplaceable asset to the entire North Franklin School District.  As the Regional Teacher of the Year, she will attend a long weekend of interviews, a leadership retreat, and an awards ceremony, all organized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), which operates the State Teacher of the Year program.  Should she be selected as Washington State’s Teacher of the Year recipient, Ms. Estock will have the opportunity to compete for the national title.

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, ESD 123 Director of Communications, at 509.544.5787 or tiss@esd123.org">mcurtiss@esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: Rebecca Estock in Connell , Rebecca Estock is the Regional Teacher of the Year

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington to Bestow Highest Honor for 24 Gold Award Girl Scouts on Saturday, June 15 (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 06/11/19 7:00 AM
GS Highest Award
GS Highest Award

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington to Bestow Highest Honor for 24 Gold Award Girl Scouts on Saturday, June 15, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) will recognize 24 recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award in a special ceremony on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Salem, Oregon in celebration of 103 years of the organization’s highest award.

“I am always so impressed by the incredible projects our Gold Award Girl Scouts take on, and the complexity of the problems they tackle,” says Karen Hill, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “From STEM projects addressing pollinators or salmon education, to issues of income inequality and poverty in our community, the girls show empathy and a drive to make the world a better place. We’re incredibly proud of them, and can’t wait to see how they apply their leadership skills to our shared future.”

Who: Twenty four (24) Gold Award Girl Scouts, as well as Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts, their family and friends, plus staff, volunteers and media

What: Celebration of Girl Scouts changing the world and achieving Girl Scouts’ highest honors with a keynote address from Girl Scout alumna and Gold Award Girl Scout, Rachel James, Threat Intelligence Officer for Cambia Health

When: June 15, 2019, at 1 p.m.

Where:  Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, Oregon 97301

Interested Media:  Interested media please R.S.V.P. by email to: communications@girlscoutsosw.org

On-site interviews: GSOSW’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Hill, Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe, and Program Director, Sarah Brown, as well as Gold | Silver | Bronze Award Girl Scouts, will be available on-site during the day of the event for media interviews

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges each recipient’s dedication to empowering and bettering herself while working to make the world a better place. “After this project, I now see myself as a better leader,” says Karoline Herkamp, 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. “I have completed my biggest leadership project ever, and I have dealt with more individual moving parts than I have in any other project.” Just 6% of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious award annually—it has been the pinnacle of the Girl Scout experience since 1916.

Gold Award Girl Scouts apply leadership, passion, work ethic and creativity toward innovative solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. Each Gold Award Girl Scout contributes a minimum of 80 hours to the community—often significantly more—through her project, carrying out a plan that has sustainable and measurable, ongoing impact.

“I have always seen the Gold Award as not just recognizing outstanding Girl Scouts, but recognizing those who embody the very best values that Girl Scouts hope to see in the world,” says Rachel James, the 2019 Keynote Speaker for the GSOSW Gold Award Ceremony. “The bold and courageous of heart believe that they can make a difference, but it also takes dedication and passion to make it a reality. This honor is about the rarest among us who dare to change the world.” Rachel James is a cybersecurity engineer at Cambia Health. Rachel also volunteers as a member of the STEM Leadership council with Girl Scouts and mentors many young women interested in the technology field.

The 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts from Oregon and Southwest Washington are:

Ivory A.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Cap and Gown Pictures

Ivory worked with a professional photographer who guided three volunteer photographers as they took cap-and-gown photos for 11 classmates who needed them. In addition to submitting the photos to the Reynolds High School graduation slide show, she was able to give each new graduate copies of their photos so that they could always remember this important time in their lives.

Birgitta C.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Summer Program for Second Home

Birgitta created a summer program for an organization that arranges housing for homeless high school students. Every week she organized outings such as hikes, art exhibits and college visits to provide the students with a chance to try out new activities and explore future opportunities. She provided the organization with all of the information needed to operate the summer program again.

Meher C.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Music and Memory

Meher organized musicians and vocalists from her high school to perform over ten concerts for residents at a memory care facility. In addition to engaging with the seniors, she wanted to inspire her performers to consider music therapy as an outlet for their talents. Meher also organized a club at her school that will continue performing at senior centers.

Sofia D.—Beaverton, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Shelves of Hope

Sofia created libraries in several Portland-area homeless shelters. She wants everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy books despite not having a permanent home. Sofia and her team worked with various shelters to assess their needs, organized book drives, and designed and installed shelving for the libraries at each shelter. The shelters now have a permanent space to display and share books with their community members.

Lauren D.—Tigard, Oregon

Gold Award Project: WISE Program Planter Box and Gardening Skills Project

Lauren renovated and designed a garden for her high school’s special education program. She also taught the program’s students gardening skills and, with her volunteers, assisted them in planting the garden. She left a lesson plan with the program’s staff so that each year the students can plant and maintain the garden.

Katee E.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Gresham Youth Summit

Katee organized a Youth Summit focused around mental health and sexual harassment in schools. Katee and her team brought in students from all nine local Gresham high schools. She also invited local decision makers and lawmakers to attend and participate. These student advocates are hoping to break the stigma surrounding mental health and sexual harassment in schools.

Jasmin F.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Being Prepared for Portland Snow

Jasmin tackled the issue of winter safety and driving in the snow. Jasmin and her team worked with the local sheriff's office and interviewed experienced snow drivers to put together important safety tips. She created a website and distributed fliers around nearby neighborhoods to better inform the community about driving in winter weather.

Shefali G.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: STEM for All

Shefali created “maker kits” and project instructions for introducing STEM to fifth graders who might not otherwise have access. She recruited a team to help maintain the kits, mentor the students and teach concepts such as programming. She also created a website and uploaded the lesson plans and supply lists so that others can replicate the program.

Whitney G.—Sherwood, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Code Red

Feminine hygiene products are not only one of the most requested items at shelters and food pantries, but also the least donated. By founding Code Red, Whitney collected period products for local low-income women and raised awareness of the struggle many women face when it comes to affording the items they need. To make her project sustainable, Whitney left donation bins at food pantries so that the pantries would continue to receive donations after her project was over.

Mae G.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: SOS: Save Our Sharks

Mae founded an environmental education group and a club at her school called Save Our Sharks (SOS). She educated people about the importance of sharks in our food chain. In addition to founding SOS, she organized a beach cleanup, taught elementary school students about environmental activism, and even wrote a children’s book about this much-maligned species.

Rachel G.—Sherwood, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Dirksen Nature Park Ivy Pull

After noticing that many teenagers lacked interest in nature, Rachel worked with a science teacher at Fowler Middle School in Tigard, Oregon, to organize an ivy pull at Dirksen Nature Park. She created a curriculum guidebook with information on why English ivy is a problem, how to host a successful ivy pull, and a list of other nearby nature parks. A teacher plans to use Rachel’s guidebook to educate future students.

Jessica H.—Troutdale, Oregon

Gold Award Project: My Father’s House Crockpot Recipes

Jessica organized a small team to create, test and format a cookbook for a crockpot cooking class program at a homeless shelter for families. This cookbook provides recipes that are easily accessible, easily understood and easy to complete. She donated the format for the cookbook and several printed, bound copies for future use by the shelter.

Karoline H.—Salem, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Cloth Salmon Educational Tools

Karoline updated school curriculum about salmon for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. As part of the curriculum, she designed and—with the help of her team—sewed 25 anatomically accurate cloth salmon that the department will use when it presents its Salmon Trout Enhancement Program in classrooms.

Regan H.—Creswell, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Festival of Trees

Regan Humble created the Creswell Festival of Trees to bring awareness to the Creswell Library and support its expansion. Regan recruited community volunteers to decorate the trees and publicized the event, which took place the first week of December 2017. Using the “How-to Booklet” she created, a local group continued the tradition with a successful Second Annual Festival of Trees.

Rosalie J.—Clackamas, Oregon

Gold Award Project: A Bridge Across Two Worlds

Rosalie created a sustainable volunteer network for an elementary school serving hearing impaired students with cochlear implants. She identified volunteer opportunities and created a presentation to educate potential volunteers about the school, the hearing impaired community, and cochlear implants. Three Girl Scout troops and three Key Clubs plan to continue volunteering at the school.  

Sydney L.—Tigard, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Care Kits for Developing Nations

Sydney decided to take action and help families in developing nations whose health was impacted by a lack of hygiene products by holding a personal care kit drive. With the donations she received, Sydney and her volunteers assembled kits to distribute to families in need around the world. She worked with Medical Teams International to distribute the kits, and has provided the drive information and volunteer opportunity information to many eager volunteers hoping to continue the project.

Tovah M.—Fairview, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Bloom

Tovah hosted an event called Bloom, designed to engage, elevate and empower girls ages 8-16. With the support of several local professionals, Tovah taught girls about hair, skin, nutrition, exercise, personal safety, calming techniques and dressing confidently. To keep her project sustainable, Tovah passed a planning guide for Bloom to the Wallace Medical Concern, who are considering running it annually.

Quinn M-F.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Operation Tooth Fairy

Quinn and her volunteers collected dental care supplies and made over 1,200 tooth care kits that were distributed to low-income families. Each kit also contained a bilingual informational pamphlet, and the project’s website is available in seven languages. After being trained by Quinn, a younger Girl Scout troop has agreed to continue making these kits.

Kimberly M.—Gresham, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Protect the Pollinators

To educate the public about the importance of pollinators in the food chain, Kimberly hosted a Protect the Pollinators event where attendees planted flower seeds, crafted bee hotels, made pollinator buttons, and received information about pollinators and how to protect them. Kimberly also designed a Protect the Pollinators instruction manual which she passed onto the Gresham High School National Honor Society.

Kayl P.—Vancouver, Washington

Gold Award Project: Project Plant

Kayl recognized that the heavy foot traffic along the trail of Burnt Bridge Creek was causing creek bank erosion and decided something had to be done. Working with Vancouver’s Greenways Team, Kayl planned and executed a tree planting day during which volunteers planted hundreds of trees to naturally shore up the creek bed as well as provide trail users with shade. Kathryn also created a booklet to help other Girl Scout troops and other groups host their own planting day in the future.

Carmen R.—Beaverton, Oregon

Gold Award Project: Seaside Youth Activity Book

Carmen designed and produced activity booklets and patches to educate children about the flora and fauna of the Seaside area, the problem of marine debris on the beach, and suggested actions to combat the problem. She has provided the Seaside Visitor Center with detailed instructions on how to reorder both the booklets and patches.

Caylie R.—Albany, Oregon

Gold Award Project: It Starts with Us

Caylie addressed the issue of sexual abuse and neglect. She created a video describing what constitutes each, and how to identify if you or someone you know is the victim. She posted the video and provided a copy to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to help in training its advocates.

Sara S.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: The Sato Cranes

To help honor a new elementary school’s namesake—the Sato Family—Sara created a lesson plan about racism and how it harms a community. As part of the lesson, she taught the students how to make paper cranes—400 of which formed a chandelier that now hangs permanently in the school’s library. The chandelier will be the focus of the school’s continuing education about racism and discrimination.

Sammie W.—Portland, Oregon

Gold Award Project: School Supplies for those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Sammie organized the collection of school supplies for two second grade classrooms at a school in Port Arthur, Texas, that had been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. She worked with a team to make and place donation bins to collect supplies, boxed and shipped the supplies, and partnered with a Girl Scout troop in Port Arthur to unpack the supplies in the classrooms. She also wrote “10 Steps to a Successful Supply Drive,” which she posted online for those interested in collecting disaster relief supplies in the future.

About Girl Scouts’ Highest Honors

To learn more about Girl Scouts’ highest honors—including the Bronze and Silver Awards—please visit: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/girl-awards/highest-awards.html.

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 37 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.


Attached Media Files: GSOSW 2019 Gold Award Press Release , GS Highest Award , Gold Award Girl Scout Pinning - 1 , GSOSW Gold Award Quotes 3 , GSOSW Gold Award Quotes 2 , GSOSW Gold Award Quotes 1 , Rachel James Keynote GSOSW 2019 Gold Awards , GS Gold Award Logo , Gold Award Girl Scout Pinning - 2

Local Government Grant Program Advisory Committee meets June 18-20 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/11/19 7:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Local Government Grant Program Advisory Committee will meet June 18-20 at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 630 Hawthorne SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda: Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) applicants will present their proposed projects to the committee for review. The committee will evaluate and score all applications and create a priority ranking list of projects to be funded. The priority ranking list will be forwarded to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for final review and approval.

Meeting times for each day:

  • June 18: 11:20 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.
  • June 19: 8:40 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.
  • June 20: 8:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

For specific presentation times, refer to the full meeting agenda online.

The LGGP Advisory Committee consists of 10 volunteer members who represent various constituents across the state. Eligible LGGP applicants include cities, metros, counties, park and recreation districts, and port districts.

The LGGP provides grant assistance for public park and outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The program was established in 1998 under the Parks and Natural Resources Fund. The program is funded by a portion of Oregon Lottery dollars and administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For more information about the LGGP, visit oprdgrants.org.

Individuals who need special accommodations to attend should contact Mark Cowan, OPRD grant program coordinator at 503-986-0591or k.cowan@oregon.gov">mark.cowan@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.

Mon. 06/10/19
Madras Man Sentenced to Probation for Discharging Firearm During Road Rage Incident on Warm Springs Indian Reservation
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/10/19 4:12 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Dat Quoc Do, 28, of Madras, Oregon, was sentenced today to three years’ probation after being convicted at trial for the unlawful use of a firearm during a road rage altercation on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in September 2017.

According to court documents and information shared during trial, on September 14, 2017, Do was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle driven by his girlfriend. The two were driving at night eastbound on Highway 26 on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation when they came upon another eastbound vehicle being driven by an adult member of the tribe. Also in the second vehicle were the driver’s adult daughter and her 12-year-old niece.

Do’s girlfriend was driving aggressively and tailgating the crime victims’ vehicle for over a mile when the crime victim motioned for her to pass. At some point in the encounter, the driver’s adult teen daughter threw a water bottle at, but did not hit Do’s vehicle. In response, Do fired several shots out the front passenger window of their vehicle, but did not hit the crime victims’ vehicle. After the initial shooting, Do’s girlfriend raised the passenger window and continued to tailgate the other vehicle. When she had a clear lane to pass, Do’s girlfriend moved to change lanes.

As Do’s girlfriend began to overtake the other car, Do extended his hand holding a handgun out of their vehicle’s front passenger window. Believing that Do was pointing the gun in her direction, the victim driver rapidly applied her brakes. Do fired several additional rounds as they drove away.

The victim driver called Warm Springs Tribal Police to report the incident while continuing to follow Do’s vehicle. A patrol officer later stopped their vehicle and ordered Do and his girlfriend out at gunpoint. Both were taken into custody. Officers recovered a Springfield Armory XD .45 caliber handgun in the front-passenger door pocket of the vehicle and a .45 caliber magazine partially loaded with five rounds in the center console.          

During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon ordered Do to pay $1,158 in restitution to his victims to cover their lost wages during trial preparation and mileage to and from pretrial meetings, trial and sentencing in Portland.

On March 15, 2019, Do was convicted by a federal jury in Portland on two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department and prosecuted by Paul T. Maloney and Lewis S. Burkhart, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

On March 3, 1994, the FBI initiated “Operation Safe Trails” with the Navajo Department of Law Enforcement in Flagstaff, Arizona. The operation, which would later evolve into the Safe Trails Task Force (STTF) Program, unites FBI and other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to combat the growth of crime in Indian Country. STTFs allow participating agencies to combine limited resources and increase investigative coordination in Indian Country to target violent crime, drugs, gangs, and gaming violations.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125241/SENTENCING-Do-Final.pdf

Otis, Oregon Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography Using Dropbox
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/10/19 1:46 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—William Borges, 21, of Otis, Oregon, was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, investigators identified Borges in September 2016 as part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office into the use of Dropbox, a cloud-based file sharing application, to distribute media depicting the sexual exploitation of children. A federal search warrant issued to Dropbox produced the email address Borges used to create a Dropbox account identified by investigators as containing child pornography. Investigators later matched three video uploads to Dropbox depicting the sexual abuse of young children to the IP address of Borges’ home in Otis. During a search of Borges’ home, he admitted to possessing child pornography and trading images and videos using Kik Messenger and Dropbox.

On November 13, 2018, Borges pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography.

The FBI Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) and FBI Salem Resident Agency investigated this case. It was prosecuted by Amy Potter, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The FBI’s CETF conducts sexual exploitation investigations—many of them undercover—in coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov/tips.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125231/SENTENCING-Borges-Final.pdf

CORRECTION (6/10): State of Oregon marks historic celebration of 'Women Veterans Day'
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 06/10/19 1:40 PM

For the first time in Oregon history, Gov. Kate Brown has designated a statewide observance recognizing women veterans. Women Veterans Day will take place on June 12.

That date also marks the 71st anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which acknowledged the great contributions made by women in the military and finally enabled them to serve as regular members of the United States Armed Forces and Reserves.

“As a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, this historic proclamation is something that is obviously very personal for me,” said Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “I am proud that here at ODVA, women veterans are represented at every level of our agency, including the very top.

“We are proud of all women veterans in the state of Oregon. You are a vital part of the Oregon veteran community, and we will continue to work to anticipate your needs and help you thrive in our state. Thank you for your service to our country.”

Women have served in our nation’s wars and conflicts since the American Revolution, traditionally serving as nurses, cooks, spies and in administrative support roles. During World War I, women were allowed to enlist as yeomen in the Navy and reservists in the Marine Corps, filling in for men who were deployed to the battlefields of Europe.

Special units were formed in World War II, such as the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), Women’s Army Corps (WACs), Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARs), Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), and the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (WRs), allowing women to begin serving in positions previously reserved for men.

Today, women comprise more than 16 percent of the country’s military forces, with more than 25,000 women veterans currently living in Oregon. They are also the fastest growing segment of the veteran population.

Oregon joins three other states — California, New York and Texas — that have officially designated June 12 as Women Veterans Day.

Former Aequitas Owner and Chief Financial Officer Pleads Guilty in Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/10/19 12:29 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that Olaf Janke, a former owner and chief financial officer of Aequitas Management, LLC and several other Aequitas-owned entities, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

According to court documents, Janke, 48, of Portland, Oregon, along with Brian A. Oliver, 54, of Aurora, Oregon and other unnamed co-conspirators, used the Lake Oswego, Oregon, company to solicit investments in a variety of notes and funds, many of which were purportedly backed by trade receivables in education, health care, transportation, and other consumer credit areas. Janke was the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president until early 2015 and shared responsibility for the operation and management of Aequitas-affiliated companies and investment products as well as for the use of investor money.

From June 2014 through February 2016, Janke, Oliver and others solicited investors by misrepresenting the company’s use of investor money, the financial health and strength of Aequitas and its related companies, and the risks associated with its investments and investment strategies. Janke and his co-conspirators also failed to disclose other critical facts about the company, including its near-constant liquidity and cash-flow crises, the use of investor money to repay other investors and to defray operating expenses, and the lack of collateral to secure funds.

In March 2015, Janke ended his employment with the Aequitas companies and cashed out his equity in Aequitas Management. From January 2015 through June 2015, he received more than $1.3 million for his equity, knowing that it was paid with fraudulently obtained investor money.

Janke faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, fines of $500,000 or twice the gross monetary gains or losses resulting from his crimes, and three years’ supervised release. He will be sentenced on September 25, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

As part of the plea agreement, Janke has agreed to pay restitution in full to each of the victims as determined and ordered by the court.

Co-conspirator Oliver pleaded guilty to the same charges on April 19, 2019.

This case is being investigated by the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. It is being prosecuted by Scott E. Bradford and Ryan W. Bounds, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125225/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Janke-Final.pdf

Umatilla Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Scissor Attack
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/10/19 12:24 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Christina Sue Barkley, 30, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and resident of Pilot Rock, Oregon, was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court documents, during a psychotic episode on March 31, 2018, Barkley came into a room where another adult member of the tribe was making necklaces and stabbed the victim with a pair of scissors. The victim tried to get away, but she fell while backing away from Barkley. Barkley jumped on top of the victim and continued stabbing her. The assault continued until the victim’s spouse walked into the room and pulled Barkley off the victim.

The victim sustained multiple serious injuries, was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon and later transported via Life Flight to Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland for additional treatment.

During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman ordered Barkley to continue mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and to participate in anger management and family counseling as part of her supervised release.

On February 20, 2018, Barkley pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police Department. It was prosecuted by Jennifer Martin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125223/SENTENCING-Barkley-Final.pdf

Volunteers needed to fill vacancies on statewide trails advisory council
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/10/19 10:05 AM

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking volunteers for three upcoming vacant positions on the Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC).

Upcoming vacancies:

  • Congressional District 1 representative
  • Congressional District 4 representative
  • Coastal representative (must reside in a county bordering the coast, except Clatsop which is already represented)

A map of Oregon’s congressional districts is online: govtrack.us/congress/members/OR#map

Those interested in serving must submit an ORTAC interest form by Thursday, Aug. 15.

ORTAC advises OPRD and its partners in the development and promotion of high quality, non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon. Through public meetings and various trail programs, ORTAC assists in creating, improving and promoting a system of safe, sustainable trails for the well-being and enjoyment of Oregon's residents and visitors.    

ORTAC members review applications for state designated trails, may be appointed to a variety of other trail committees, aid in the development of the 10-year statewide Trail Plans, and advise OPRD on statewide trail coordination.

Ideal candidates will represent diverse communities and user groups. They’ll demonstrate strong connections to and knowledge of Oregon’s trail systems, land managers, and needs of the trails community.

Council members serve four-year terms and are eligible to serve a second term. The first terms for the above positions will begin Jan. 1, 2020. The council conducts four public meetings a year, each in a different region of the state. 

For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit the ORTAC webpage or contact Jodi Bellefeuille, ORTAC coordinator, at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716. 

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 under the Oregon Recreation Trails System Act. The council consists of seven members, representing Oregon’s five congressional districts and at least two members from separate counties bordering the coast. Council members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee to meet June 14
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/10/19 9:51 AM

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will hold its full advisory and executive committee meetings on June 14 in Salem.

The full advisory committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 166 of the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97301. Agenda items will include public comment, announcements, voting on bylaws, voting on new advisory committee members, updates from the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities, and discussion about the scheduling of future town halls as well as onboarding of new advisory committee members.

The executive committee will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 160 of the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem, Oregon, 97301. Agenda items will include public comment, announcements, planning the next advisory committee meeting, new business, advisory committee member binders, manager updates, and discussion of new advisory committee member elections, onboarding and training.

Both meetings are open to the public and the locations are accessible to people with disabilities. Sign language interpreters, close vision interpreters, FM assistive listening devices and live captioning will be provided for each meeting. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join each meeting by calling in toll-free at (503) 934-1400, and using Conference ID 71567806# for the advisory committee meeting and 35123128# for the executive committee meeting. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact equest.ODHHSP@state.or.us">Request.ODHHSP@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.  For questions about the meetings, please contact: Barbara Robertson at (503) 509-9550 (V/text) or odhhs.info@state.or.us
About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and those with additional disability.



Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 30 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/10/19 7:39 AM

On Sunday, June 9, 2019 at approximately 2:45 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 milepost 92.

Preliminary investigation revealed a VW GTI, operated by James Olson (25) of Westport, OR, was eastbound when for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a tree.

Olson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department, John Day/Knappa Volunteer Fire Department and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125208/20190609_042144_resized.jpg