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Fri. 03/16/18
MEDIA ALERT - New Columbia School District Superintendent Named (Photo)
ESD 123 - 03/16/18 7:30 PM
Todd Hilberg
Todd Hilberg
BURBANK, WA -- The Columbia School District Board of Directors announces Todd Hilberg as the new district superintendent, effective July 1, 2018 upon retirement of current Superintendent Dr. Lou Gates.

Mr. Hilberg was one of three finalists identified by the Board of Directors on March 7. The school district, with the aid of Educational Service District 123, began its search for a successor superintendent following Dr. Gates' formal retirement announcement in November 2017. Dr. Gates is retiring after 40 years in education.

According to Brad O'Brien, Columbia School Board Chair, "Mr. Hilberg's name kept rising to the top" throughout the superintendent search process.

"We are very excited for the future of [the] Columbia schools, and we look forward to working with Mr. Hilberg," says O'Brien.

Currently a Superintendent Intern and high school principal for the Selah School District, Mr. Hilberg has 13 years of school administration experience. He is also a familiar figure to the Columbia School District and Burbank community, having worked there as an elementary school teacher and then as middle school Dean of Students until 2007.

"I am thrilled and honored to join the dedicated team of professionals in the Columbia School District," says Hilberg. "As the next superintendent, I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, parents and community to continue making educational excellence a priority. As a former CSD alum, I am excited to bring my family back to Burbank. I would like to thank the school board and community for your support."

Columbia School District has utilized the services of ESD 123 to conduct their superintendent search. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: Todd Hilberg

BLM to Postpone National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/16/18 4:54 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. -- The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it was postponing its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting was delayed when one of its members threatened to sue the BLM because it did not provide 30 days' notice of the meeting.

The dispute arose when the BLM gave 15 days' public notice, as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and -- when "urgent matters arise" - BLM regulations. For non-urgent matters, BLM regulations require 30 days' public notice. In this case, the terms of three board members are expiring on March 31, and without them, the board would not have the quorum necessary in order to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.

A meeting for the board will be set when its new members are seated.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board was established pursuant to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and is regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Act, which governs the establishment and operation of advisory committees and by BLM advisory committee regulations. The Act and the BLM regulations recognize the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our nation's citizens to the executive branch of government.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Help shape the future of coordinated care in Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 03/16/18 2:49 PM
March 16, 2018

OHA seeks public comment on CCO 2.0

The Oregon Health Authority is seeking public input on the next phase of Oregon's 5-year-old coordinated care model that has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, reduced unnecessary emergency department visits and improved preventive care for children and adults.

In the first phase of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) begun in 2012, state and federal policymakers have learned a lot about what is working and what needs more work to continue transforming the state's health care system.

"We are calling this next phase of health system transformation CCO 2.0, and we are asking for public input to help inform policy recommendations that will be included in the next CCO contract," says Zeke Smith, chairman of the Oregon Health Policy Board, which oversees OHA's work.

The current CCO contracts expire at the end of 2019. The new contracts will start in 2020, but state health care leaders need public input now to help shape the contracts.

"We have made great progress on health system transformation, but we still have work to do to integrate mental health and addiction medicine, to reform payment systems that reward providers for quality over quantity and to support the social structures that often prevent people from getting the health care they need," says OHA Director Patrick Allen.

People can provide feedback in a variety of ways:
--Take the CCO 2.0 survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCO2-0
--Attend or testify at a public meeting: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0-meetings.aspx
--Watch for updates on the CCO 2.0 web page: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0.aspx

OHA will add more public meetings to the schedule, including a series of statewide meetings the last two weeks of June.

Gov. Kate Brown has asked the CCOs for improvements in four areas: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Documents/Gov. Brown%27s Letter to the Board.pdf. OHA has developed work plans in each of these areas:
--Maintain sustainable cost growth in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP): http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Sustainable Spending.pdf
--Increase value-based payments that pay providers for quality and outcomes rather than quantity or volume: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Paying for Value.pdf
--Focus on social determinants of health and health equity: factors like poverty and housing access that affect health outside of the doctor's office and can result in health disparities: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Health Equity and Social.pdf
--Improve the behavioral health system, which addresses mental health and addictive disorders: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Behavioral Health.pdf

CCOs are community-governed health care organizations that coordinate health care for nearly 1 million Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). The first CCOs started doing business in Oregon in 2012 with a commitment to improve health, provide better health care, and lower health care spending.

There are now 15 CCOs in Oregon coordinating the physical, mental health, addiction medicine, and dental health care needs of their members.

For more information on CCO 2.0, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0.aspx.

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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: March 20, 2018
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 2:36 PM
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: March 20, 2018

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=100183

Multi-Agency St. Patrick's Holiday Saturation Patrol in Portland Dedicated to Nick Portis
Oregon State Police - 03/16/18 12:26 PM

Contact: Cate Duke
cate.duke@madd.org, (541) 343-8115

Law Enforcement High Visibility Enforcement Saturation Patrol

WHAT: On Friday, March 16, 2018, Mothers Against Drunk Driving(R) (MADD) is partnering with state, county, and local law enforcement to hold a St. Patrick's holiday high visibility saturation patrol. This event is dedicated to Nick Portis, a 17 year old student from Milwaukie High School, who was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2013. Jeanette Robart, mother of Nick Portis, will be in attendance for a dedication ceremony to kick off the saturation patrol event.

WHEN: March 16, 2017 -- 6:00 -- 8:00 pm

WHERE: Portland City Police, SE Precinct, 4735 E. Burnside Rd., Portland, OR

WHO: Invitees to include executive law enforcement personnel from Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County, Oregon State Police, Portland City Council members, Multnomah County Commissioners, Portland City Mayor, Rep. Barker, Rep. Olson, MADD representatives/volunteers, and Jeanette Robart (mother of impaired driving victim).

WHY: To raise public awareness about the importance of planning ahead, before drinking or using impairing substances, to ensure a safe drive home.

MADD wants you to think before you drink this St. Patrick's Day. Please plan ahead and use a non-drinking sober designated driver, Uber, taxi, or other form of ride sharing service to get home safely. Specially trained officers will be out looking for impaired drivers.

For those personally impacted by drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking consequences, MADD Victim Services are available at no charge, serving one person every fifteen minutes through local victim advocates and MADD's 24-Hour Victim Help Line, 1-877-MADD-HELP.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112853/3-16-18_HVE_Media_Release_Iwai_(002).docx

FBI Asking for Public's Help Finding Medford Fugitive Convicted of Dealing Methamphetamine (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/16/18 11:27 AM
Alberto Hinojosa2
Alberto Hinojosa2
The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Alberto Hinojoso of Medford, Oregon. On 4/11/16, Hinojosa pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine before a federal judge. The judge set sentencing for April 12, 2017. On or about January 1, 2017, Hinojoso failed to return from a planned trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 4, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted him for failure to appear for sentencing, and a judge issued an arrest warrant.

The FBI has posted Hinojoso's wanted flyer in English and Spanish at: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cei/alberto-hinojosa

Hinojoso is described as follows:

Race: White (Hispanic)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180lbs
Other: Scars on right calf and right finger

Hinojoso's last known address is in Medford, Oregon, although he is known to have family connections in Stockton, California. He is also believed to have ties to Bakersfield, California.

Anyone with information about Hinojoso's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942 or the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181. In California, call the FBI in Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565 or the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 746-7000.

Attached Media Files: Alberto Hinojosa2 , Alberto Hinojosa1

36 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized During Traffic Stop East of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/16/18 11:23 AM
On Monday March 12, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police stopped a Mexican Plated 2018 Nissan Versa on US Highway 20 MP 18 east of Bend, Oregon. The vehicle was stopped for a speed violation. During the course of the traffic stop an OSP K-9 alerted and a search was conducted. The search resulted in the seizure of over 36 pounds of methamphetamine.

The driver,Michel Alberto Fuentes Burgos (age 28 from Sonora, Mexico) was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of the Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of methamphetamine. Subsequent investigation shows that the vehicle was stolen in February of 2018 in Sonora Mexico and further charges will be forwarded to the DA for consideration.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112844/bend.meth.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112844/bend.meth.2.jpg

"Moving Past Perfectionism and Procrastination" March 19th 5:30 p.m.
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 11:01 AM
YSD HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM PRESENTS - Moving Past Perfectionism and Procrastination
Featuring guest speaker
Lori Comallie-Caplan

Monday, March 19th
5:30-6:30 pm
Lewis & Clark Middle School
1114 W Pierce St
Spanish translation & child enrichment available

"Children who are perfectionists have a need for achievement that does not allow room for mistakes. They have high expectations for themselves and for others. They are the children who erase the page until there is a hole in the paper or those who fail to turn in homework for fear of a mistake being revealed. To the teacher or the parent these children appear to be unmotivated when, in fact, they may be afraid of failure. The fear of failure is actually more motivating than the completion of the task. For much of the early years, schoolwork is often so easy for gifted children that they never learn what it is like to be challenged. When work comes easily and perfect scores are often achieved, they come to expect perfection from themselves. They learn to be perfect and are rewarded for perfection by good grades, parental and teacher praise, and accolades from classmates. They do not learn how to take risks, possibly fail, and then learn from their failures. When finally faced with a daunting task, gifted children may not have the tools to deal with the challenge. This presentation will assist parents with understanding their perfectionist child as well as provide strategies to help them move beyond their perfectionism." -Lori Comallie-Caplan

Lori Comallie-Caplan is a licensed counselor with 30 plus years' experience in the field of counseling, coaching, evaluation, mediation, and educational consultation for gifted individuals. In addition to her practice, Mrs. Comallie-Caplan provides professional development for school districts regarding the social-emotional needs of gifted individuals. She is a member of SENG, serving on the Executive Board as well as a SENG Model Parent Group Master Facilitator and SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator Trainer. She has presented at many gifted conferences and is joining us from New Mexico.

Wapato Schools 36th Annual Cultural Unity Fair
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 10:32 AM
Happy Friday all,

Attached is a release regarding the upcoming 36th Annual Cultural Unity Fair at Wapato Middle School. It's happening on March 29th...I know it may seem a little early for the release...but advance ticket sales start next week. (see release for details)

Anything you can do to help spread the word is incredibly appreciated!

Attached Media Files: Wapato Schools 36th Annual Cultural Unity Fair

UPDATED: Finalists named in high school safety video contest
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/16/18 10:25 AM
NOTE: The earlier release had the incorrect location for one of the high schools. Please use this updated release.

(Salem) -- High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, music, humor, and captivating characters to bolster awareness about workplace safety -- all with the central message, "Speak up. Work safe." The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top seven finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing:


The finalists are:
"Memories" -- Summit High School, Bend
"Phone Drones" -- Parkrose High School, Portland
"Regrets" -- West Albany High School, Albany
"Safety Joe" -- Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis
"The New Guy" -- Dallas High School, Dallas
"The Silent Condition" -- Sprague High School, Salem
"Welcome to Recyc Corp" -- Parkrose High School, Portland

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] organizes the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theatre and Pub, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, tasked students with creating a 90-second or less video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. Participants were encouraged to get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job. The videos were judged on originality, youth appeal, overall production quality, and effective use of the "Speak up. Work safe" message.

Contest winners will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held later this spring.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest.


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

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

District expands STEM offerings at both middle schools
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 10:00 AM
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools will be expanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) electives at the middle schools next fall. The additional CTE funding will allow Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools to enhance elective offerings which may include coding, robotics, engineering, medical detectives, science of technology and green architecture.

Middle school students may also earn high school credits in algebra, geometry and Spanish to allow more flexibility in pursuing advanced and honors classes at the high school level. Middle school participation fees for afterschool activities, including all sports, have been eliminated to reduce barriers. Competitive boys and girls soccer was added at both middle schools last year and Spanish is now offered in grades 6-8. Walla Walla Public Schools is a Google school district and middle school classrooms feature Google services and Chromebook electronic devices to support today's learning. Band, orchestra, choir and highly capable programs are available at both middle schools, as well as dual language bilingual programs, college prep and 21st Century Afterschool programs.


Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/18 5:00 AM
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 189839

The complete list of all 1,801 winning 2018 St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at oregonlottery.org/raffle. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2019.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Thu. 03/15/18
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opens second comment period for new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain or preserve abandoned cemeteries
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/15/18 3:43 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is opening a second comment period on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is March 30, 2018.

The department made modifications to the proposed rules since the first comment period in December 2017 and is required by law to solicit public comment again. Staff will consider responses from both comment periods in a final recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for its April 2018 business meeting.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. The amendments are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session.

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0040 to 736-054-0150 is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/index.aspx. Comments can be made directly on this webpage, through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov or in writing to OPRD, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

OPRD offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Historic_Cemeteries_Grant_Program

Kindergarten registration and preschool sign ups start March 28 in Grandview
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 3:28 PM
It's time to starting thinking about kindergarten registration and preschool signups for the 2018-2019 school year.

All Grandview School District elementary schools will start registration and signups on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 & 29. Look below to see times for each school.

Arthur H. Smith Elementary School:
- March 28: 5 to 7 p.m.
- March 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- After Spring Break on Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Harriet Thompson Elementary School:
- March 28 (PreK signup only): 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- March 29 (Kinder registration only): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
- After Spring Break on Fridays in April from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

McClure Elementary School:
- March 28: 5 to 7 p.m.
- March 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- After Spring Break on Fridays until May 25 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Also bring the following documents (preschool just needs to bring proof of home address):
- Immunization records
- Birth certificate
- Proof of home address
- Parent id is required
- For kindergarten child must be 5 years old before Aug. 31, 2018.
- For preschool child must be 4 years old before Aug. 31, 2018.
- Be sure to register at your boundary school.

Kiona - Benton City School Board Scheduled a Special closed Meeting.
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 3:28 PM
The Kiona - Benton City School Board will meet on 3/16/2018 at 3:30 PM in the Board room to discuss personnel matters in executive session.

State approves 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Hermiston
Oregon Health Authority - 03/15/18 3:17 PM
March 15, 2018

The Oregon Health Authority Certificate of Need Program issued a proposed decision today to Lifeways, Inc. for development of a new, 16-bed psychiatric hospital to be located at 1212 West Linda Ave. in Hermiston.

The name of the proposed facility is Aspen Springs Hospital. The facility would be located adjacent to Good Shepherd Medical Center. If a final decision approving the facility is issued, it would serve individuals 18 and older, but not patients considered to be geriatric.

The decision issued today is a proposed decision. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed decision may request the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division to hold an informal hearing. If no informal hearing is requested by March 25, 2018, a final decision will be issued and the applicant and any affected party would have 60 days to request an administrative hearing.

For more information about this project, contact Jana Fussell, Certificate of Need coordinator, at the Public Health Division, 971-673-1108.

Under state certificate of need law, Lifeways, Inc. was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the development of a new hospital. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.

This project will be subject to further review for any changes to the physical plant, for state licensure, and for federal certification for Medicare and Medicaid if requested.

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State to hold hearing on 'placer mining' rulemaking
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 03/15/18 3:09 PM
Rules relate to in-stream mining for precious metals

Salem -- The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold a formal hearing to seek public comments on proposed new rules that would revise the general authorization for placer mining within essential indigenous salmon habitat (ESH):

March 21, 2018
Department of State Lands -- Land Board Room
775 Summer ST NE
4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

The proposed rules were developed with input from an advisory committee composed of a diverse group of stakeholders, including miners, small businesses, environmental organizations, a tribe and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The rules pertain to a general authorization under the state's removal-fill laws authorizing in-stream placer mining within ESH. The draft rules would modify existing rules by excluding motorized activities from the authorized activities, adding new conditions and making other changes.

Members of the public who are unable to attend the hearing may send comments via mail or email during the public comment period which ends Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Email: rules@dsl.state.or.us; U.S. mail: Anne Friend, Rules Coordinator, Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301-1279.

Additional information is on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Laws/Pages/Rulemaking.aspx

The Department of State Lands protects Oregon's wetlands and waterways for their ecological functions and for the benefits they provide to the state's economy and the well-being of Oregonians. The agency does this through administering the Removal-Fill Law, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967. The Department also protects public ownership rights of Oregon's navigable and tidally influenced waterways by managing the use of state-owned land under rivers, lakes and the territorial sea.

To protect threatened shorebird, share the beach March 15 -- Sept. 15 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/15/18 3:08 PM
Photo credit: Adam Kotaich
Photo credit: Adam Kotaich
Beachgoers are urged to help recovery efforts of the threatened western snowy plover by respecting nesting areas and beach restrictions during nesting season, March 15 -- Sept. 15. Beachgoers will see signs and ropes that identify sensitive plover nesting areas and list restrictions, including dogs (even on a leash), vehicles, kites, drones, camping and fires.

"We're making great strides in reversing the downward slide of this species," said Cindy Burns, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist. "But it takes all of us, so we urge people to do their part to understand nesting season rules and to share the beach this spring and summer."

These federally protected shorebirds nest on open sand along Oregon's beaches. Nests, and especially chicks, are well-camouflaged. During nesting season, human disturbances can flush adult plovers away from their nests as they attempt to defend their young from the perceived predator. Left alone too long, eggs or chicks can die from exposure, predators or people.

Recreation restrictions occur in designated plover management areas, small stretches of beach along the entire coastline where plovers are nesting or could potentially nest. These areas collectively comprise about 40 miles of Oregon's 362 miles of shoreline. Detailed maps can be found on the Oregon State Parks website (http://bit.ly/wsplover) and on the Siuslaw National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/siuslaw/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd518707#mgmtarea).

On these plover beaches, the dry sand and dunes are closed to all access -- except along official trails and on the wet sand -- to protect eggs and chicks. Visitors may see roped off areas within these plover management areas, which serve to protect the most sensitive habitat; however, all dry sand on both sides of the rope is closed. Wet sand areas on plover beaches remain open to foot and equestrian traffic. All other recreation is off limits, include walking your dog (even on a leash), driving a vehicle, riding a bicycle, camping, fires, and flying kites or drones.

"Visitors will have access to hundreds of miles of beaches without these seasonal restrictions," said Laurel Hillmann, Ocean Shores Specialist for Oregon State Parks. "By planning your trip, you can enjoy the coast and help keep this sensitive bird safe."

Visitors to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area can review https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/recarea/?recid=42465&actid=93 to identify unrestricted recreation areas and information on riding motor vehicles on the sand.

Several land managers oversee beach activity for plover protection, particularly the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed western snowy plovers as a threatened species in 1993. Habitat loss from invasive plants -- as well as human disturbances, including litter and discarded food scraps that attract predators -- have contributed to the birds' decline. The Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative (https://www.saveoregondunes.org/) is working with land managers to develop and implement a restoration strategy as well as raise public awareness about the need to restore the dunes ecosystem for snowy plover, rare plants and animals, and the unique recreation opportunities offered here.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1303/112815/42912_State_Plover_Map(web).pdf , Photo credit: Adam Kotaich

Jackpot win changes everything, except the cat box
Oregon Lottery - 03/15/18 2:06 PM
March 15, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- A lot of things are going to change for William Breese and his wife after winning the $8.9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot this, but some things are constant.

"This changes a lot of things; one thing it won't change is I will still have the clean the cat box," Breese's wife said when the couple claimed their prize Wednesday morning.

The couple found out about the big win Sunday when they stopped at the grocery store after picking up a relative at the airport.

"We finished shopping and I wanted to check my ticket," Breese said. "The machine said to go to Lottery Headquarters. I looked over and saw the jackpot had changed to $1 million on the sign, and that's when I knew I won."

Breese took his ticket home and checked the numbers again. The first number on his Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket was the winner. He had Quick Pick numbers of 09-20-22-25-27-48. When his wife walked into the office as he was checking the numbers, she knew something was up. That's when he told her.

"Just last week my wife gave me the saying, 'From the ocean of abundance, money always comes to me,' and told me to put it in my wallet," he said. "Then this happens."

Now Breese is thinking about tattooing the saying on his arm. He purchased the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven on NE 122nd in Portland. He has become the 283rd Oregon's Game Megabucks millionaire since the game was offered in Nov. 20, 1985. The last Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot that was won was in October and the jackpot was $9 million. Two people picked the winning numbers and split the prize.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Multnomah County, where Breese lives more than $109 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Strategic Plan provides framework for addressing Every Student Succeeds Act success indicators
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 1:56 PM
WALLA WALLA -- This week, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released the names of the schools identified for additional school accountability support as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This new Washington State and federal accountability system, ESSA, uses nine indicators to measure school success. Each indicator score is based on the three most recent years of data.

All schools in the state received an overall composite school score, as well as composite scores for student subgroups. The elementary and middle school scores include English Language Arts (ELA) and math growth and proficiency, English Language (EL) Learner progress, and school attendance. At the high school level, scores include ELA and math proficiency, EL learner progress, graduation rates, 9th grade on-track, and advanced course-taking.

Comprehensive Support Criteria
Comprehensive supports are developed with schools that fall into the lowest performing five percent for all schools across the state or have a graduation rate below 67 percent.
Schools in Comprehensive status will receive additional support, which may include enhanced state funding, coaching, site visits, and additional resources.
Schools in Comprehensive status will remain in this category for three years. Schools may exit after two years if the criteria is met early.

Targeted Support Criteria
Targeted supports are developed with schools that have three or more student groups who fall below the five percent threshold set by all schools.
Schools that have one or two student groups that fall below the five percent threshold will receive a suite of self-directed supports to help spur continuous improvement in their schools.
Schools in Targeted status will remain in this category for three years. Schools may exit after two years if the criteria is met early.

"Washington State's approach to working with identified schools is a more supportive model under ESSA, rather than punitive models in the past under No Child Left Behind," said Christy Krutulis, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. "The district's recently adopted five-year Strategic Plan is aligned with OSPI's identified success indicators which help ensure Walla Walla students have the support they need to be college and career ready. Our reading growth this year shows we are on the right trajectory."

In Walla Walla, the following schools were identified for Comprehensive support based on 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school year combined data: Alternative Education Program (managed by Walla Walla Community College), Blue Ridge Elementary, Lincoln High School and Opportunity Youth Reengagement. The following schools were identified for Targeted support: Berney Elementary, Green Park Elementary, Prospect Point Elementary, Sharpstein Elementary, Garrison Middle School and Pioneer Middle School.

"With the intentional focus we have put on high quality instruction and data review, we expect to witness student academic growth," said Krutulis. "Teachers are already working collaboratively to support student growth toward meeting the expected standards and are committed to providing their students the best education possible."


Meet the Final Candidates for Eisenhower Principal Position
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 12:26 PM
The community (and media) is invited to hear from the final two candidates for the Principal position at Eisenhower High School on Monday, March 19th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the IKE auditorium. Refreshments will be provided.

The final two candidates are Eric Diener, currently the Principal of Wapato High School, and Mike Closner, currently the Executive Director of Attendance and Assessment at the Grandview School District.

The newly selected principal will begin July 1, 2018.

Keizer Officer Involved Shooting After Armed Robbery at Keizer Pizza Hut (Photo) **Update #1 Names Released**
Oregon State Police - 03/15/18 11:08 AM
Updated #1 Names Released

The deceased male has been identified as Ryan Chapman, age 26, from Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

The involved Officer is Keizer Police Officer Tyler Wampler. Officer Wampler has been employed with Keizer Police Department since January of 1992 and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Pursuant to standard procedures and Senate Bill 111, Officer Wampler has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. Names of any additional officers present at the scene will not be released at this time.

No additional information will be released at this time.


On March 14, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm, Keizer Police Department responded to an in progress, armed robbery at the Pizza Hut at 4492 River Road, N in Keizer.

The suspect fled in a vehicle which patrol officers located and a pursuit ensued. The suspect crashed into another vehicle and then fled on the foot down Springtime Court, NE in Keizer. A confrontation occurred and a Keizer police officer discharged his firearm. The suspect is deceased. No officers were injured in the incident.

The suspect's name will not be released at this time pending next of kin notification. The Oregon State Police is the lead agency with assistance from surrounding agencies. The involved officer's name will not be released at this time.

Chemawa Road, NE is currently close between Tecumseh Street, NE and Kinglet Way, NE. The road will be closed for the next several hours as the Oregon State Police investigate this incident.

No further information is available for lease at this time. Information will be released by the Oregon State Police or the Marion County District Attorney's Office as it becomes available.


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Douglas County Men Plead Guilty to Wildlife Crimes - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/15/18 11:00 AM
Cody MILLER, Dylan MILLER, and Brian PHILPOTT, all from Glide, Oregon pled guilty or no contest to criminal charges filed in Douglas County Circuit Court for Hunting in Violation of Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Take/Possession of a Trophy Bull Elk; which was poached on September 4, 2017.

The investigation conducted by Roseburg Area Fish and Wildlife Troopers determined the three men had taken a co-workers "work only" authorized key without asking permission and entered Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) property through a locked gate; which was clearly posted "No Trespassing Area Closed to all Public Use" due to level four fire restrictions. All three men and two juveniles drove in approximately three miles behind the locked gate to hunt and retrieve the elk, knowing the property was closed to all public use.

On January 29, 2018, Cody MILLER, who shot and claimed the elk, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to pay an $8100 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, $500 TIP fund restitution, $552 meat processing fees, forfeit his bow, forfeit the elk, three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.

On March 12, 2018, Dylan MILLER, who also shot the elk, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to pay a $3450 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, received a three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.
On March 9, 2018, Brian PHILPOTT, who took part in the hunt, processing, and loading of the elk, entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to pay a $3450 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, received a three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.

The sentences will allow the men to assist Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) with local habitat restoration projects during the completion of their 10 days of assigned work crew if they so choose.

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

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

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

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

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

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

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Wed. 03/14/18
District names new Director of Fiscal Services (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/14/18 3:05 PM
WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools Fiscal Manager Nancy Taylor has been promoted to Director of Fiscal Services. Taylor replaces Pat Johnston who came out of retirement to serve an interim role to allow time for an extensive search process. Taylor has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools for 11 years. Prior to her fiscal manager position, Nancy most recently served as the district's fiscal coordinator. Prior to Walla Walla, Taylor was employed in the Issaquah School District for 14 years in various business and operational administrative support positions.

"Nancy has been an integral part of the Business Office for many years," said Pat Johnston, Interim Business Manager. "Her knowledge and skills have served the District well and she is the best person to take over the leadership of this important function for Walla Walla Public Schools."

Taylor will begin the transition to her new role immediately, assuming full responsibility in May.

"We are so fortunate to have someone of Nancy's caliber already on staff and who is eager to assume the awesome responsibility expected from the position," notes Superintendent Wade Smith. "Nancy's expertise, ethics, and career demonstrate a commitment towards transparency and accountability in safeguarding the public's resources."


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Lottery win turns newlyweds into house hunters (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/14/18 11:00 AM
March 14, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- Young couples starting out have dreams and plans of the life they want to create together.

Thanks to a winning Scratch-it from the Oregon Lottery, Marisa Luebs and her husband Charles are going to make those goals become reality.

"We were hanging out and decided that we wanted to get out of the house," Marisa said. "So we decided to buy some Scratch-its and see if we could win."

The couple said they never purchase Scratch-its more than $5, but they were feeling adventurous and decided to try the $10 Scratch-its. The first one they played, they won $100,000.

"We were sitting in the car and I just kept scratching it, I couldn't believe it," she said. "At some point I ran out of stuff to scratch on the ticket and we took it inside. The machine made noise and the lady at the store almost didn't know what was going on. She did tell us the sign the ticket immediately."

The newlyweds, who recently moved to Sweet Home, said they still are having a hard time believing they won. The feeling they had in the car in front of the US Mini Mart in Sweet Home hasn't gone away, they said.

"We put the money in the bank, and we want to be very smart with it because this is a great opportunity for us," Marisa, who works at a credit union, said. "We are looking to buy a house, and eventually start a family. We will use most of it for the house, but will probably get a better car. We want to make sure we save a lot of it to have a good future in front of us."

The US Mini Mart in Sweet home will receive a $1,000 selling bonus for selling the winning ticket. So far this year players who live in Sweet Home have won more than $133,000 playing Oregon Lottery games.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Linn County, where the couple live, more than $42.1 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. Projects included water treatment plant upgrades in Lebanon and the Sweet Home School District received more than $1.7 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Tue. 03/13/18
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet March 16 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 03/13/18 4:44 PM
March 13, 2018

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet March 16 in Wilsonville

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: Friday, March 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/7438627555801803523. Conference line: 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. Phone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; introduction to electronic health records (EHR) programs and measure sets; presentation on EHR measures landscape, standards, and challenges; eCQM registry; CCO and clinic panel and discussion.

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

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 Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY or melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Hillsboro Man Dies in Fatal Crash Near Rose Lodge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/13/18 3:56 PM
On March 13, 2018 at 4:15 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 18 near milepost 12.

The preliminary investigation indicates a grey 2015 Dodge Caravan, driven by Ulysses Reyes Semsem, age 58, from Hillsboro, and was eastbound when he failed to negotiate a rightward sweeping curve. The Dodge crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into westbound FedEx commercial motor vehicle. Semsem was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The FedEx commercial vehicle was driven by Ruby L. James, age 59, from Coos Bay, and came to rest approximately 75 feet down embankment and into creek feeding the Salmon River. The passenger of the FedEX was identified as Tony E. Kimber,age 54, from Yoncalla, Oregon. James and Kimber were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital with minor injuries.

The Highway was completely closed for five hours and is currently open to one lane. A HazMat Team is working on cleaning up fuel and fluid spill from the commercial motor vehicle.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Polk County Sheriff's Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Tillamook County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Offices.


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DPSST Wildland Task Force Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/13/18 2:28 PM
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2018
Contact: Kayla Ballrot
(503) 378-2596 or kayla.ballrot@state.or.us
The Wildland Task Force will hold a meeting at 9:00 a.m. on March 14, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-398-2342 and Participant code: 4256088

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda items:
Welcome and introductions
Rules of engagement
DPSST to explain the process for FPC and the Board
Establish the Chair and Vice Chair of the committee
Discuss currently adopted PMS 310-1 and recent updates
Discuss PMS 901-1
Discuss Skills Crosswalk
Review current application and create updated application
Review current Guide to Certification and create updated Guide to Certification
Review OAR's
Final discussion/questions

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Task Force members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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

National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to Meet in Salt Lake City, Utah
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/13/18 1:46 PM
March 27-28 meeting will be livestreamed at www.blm.gov/live

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. - The Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss the pressing challenge of wild horse and burro management on public lands and the impacts a growing overpopulation is having on the environment. The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday and 8 a.m. to Noon Mountain Time on Wednesday at http://www.blm.gov/live.

"Healthy wild horses and burros are an important part of our public lands, but without effective management, overpopulation threatens the health of the animals and their habitat," said Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy. "We look forward to working with the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to find effective solutions that will help us reach our goal of maintaining healthy wild horses and burros on thriving public rangelands."

According to the most recent population estimates compiled as of March 1, 2017, the estimated population is about 73,000 wild horses and burros in 10 Western states --a record number since the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed -- and almost three times the number the habitat can sustainably support in conjunction with other land uses. Because wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators on public rangelands, herds grow at an astonishing rate -- doubling in size in just 4 or 5 years if not properly managed.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the March 13, Federal Register notice. The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake Downtown at 215 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. The hotel's phone number is 801-531-7500; its website address is www.radisson.com/salt-lake-city-hotel-ut-84101/utsaltlk for reference.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Mountain Time. Individuals who want to make a statement should register in person with the BLM prior to 2:30 p.m. local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at about three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There will be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement by March 20 to: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program (WO-260), Attention: Advisory Board, 20 M Street, SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003. Comments may also be e-mailed by March 20 to the BLM at whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov; please include "Advisory Board Comment" in the subject line of the e-mail.

The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land's capacity to sustainably support them along with other uses of the land.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Dorothea Boothe, Acting Wild Horse and Burro Outreach Specialist, at (202)-912-7654. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. Boothe during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Attached Media Files: News Release

375th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/13/18 1:11 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 375th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 375 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Chief Jason Wallis of the Port of Portland Police Department will be the speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP375 on their successful completion of basic training.

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

Graduating members of BP375:

Police Officer Collin Babcock
Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Banderas
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Alexander Belanger
Gresham Police Department

Police Officer Sarah Burns
Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Amanda Campbell
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Clint Cardwell
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Police Officer Francisco Corcia
Warm Springs Police Department

Police Officer Sean DiGregorio
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Jason Doty
Lake Oswego Police Department

Police Officer James Finch
The Dalles Police Department

Police Officer Kristin Ford
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Brian Galego
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Dylan Garcia
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Police Officer Nathan Gard
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Joshua Hartle
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Elliott Jantzer
Medford Police Department

Police Officer Mark Kelly
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Cody Kuntz
Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Lawrence
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Liang
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Mongchi Lin
Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Ryan McNee
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Rory McPherson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Merritt
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jarrett Miller
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Benjamin Peterson
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Michelle Petty
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Garland Porter
Port of Portland Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Rafferty
Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Shawn Rice
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Robbins
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer William Shelton
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Bibek Shrestha
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Elena Suciu
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Garrett Thornton
Sandy Police Department

Police Officer Paul Verling
Medford Police Department

Police Officer Brian Wheeler
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Kristopher Wood
The Dalles Police Department

Police Officer Taylor Woods
Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Justin Young
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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

Sarah Calvin-Stupfel of Salem named Oregon's Poetry Out Loud champion (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/13/18 12:56 PM
Amy Jarvie
Amy Jarvie
Salem, Oregon -- Sarah Calvin-Stupfel, a senior at West Salem High School, is the 2018 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Calvin-Stupfel was one of eight regional finalists who competed at Saturday's state Poetry Out Loud contest at Salem Public Library. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

Amy Jarvie, a 16-year-old sophomore at Oregon School for the Deaf, was named runner up. If Calvin-Stupfel is unable to attend the national competition Jarvie would be invited to represent Oregon.

"My sophomore year, my English teacher required us to memorize and recite a poem for the class," said Calvin-Stupfel. "I chose 'Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg,' and I've had it memorized since then. I've grown so close to the poem, and Poetry Out Loud has given me the chance to learn and grow with multiple others. Poetry has given me new eyes through which I now see the world. It has given me the tools to show people who I am and what I believe," she added. "Discovering the Poetry Out Loud community has truly changed me, and I am so grateful to be representing Oregon in April."

Calvin-Stupfel, 18, plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington, to major in politics and government with a minor in Spanish and history. At West Salem she is a member of the top orchestra, the mock trial team, the youth and government program, and the National Honor Society. Her final recitation was of "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg," her favorite poem, written by Richard Hugo.

"Sarah delivered three exemplary performances at the final," said Ian C. Jones, one of five state contest judges and the 2007 Poetry Out Loud Oregon state champion. "The interpretations she brought to her selected poems were engaging, evocative and a joy to see performed."

"It's easy for the audience to see her emotional connection to her chosen poems, and her high-energy recitations create an atmosphere of excited contemplation, making us ask, 'What's going to happen next? And what will it mean?" added Jillian Frakes, also a judge and the 2012 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion.

The other six students who competed, after advancing in regional contests, are: Bonnie Drennen, South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek; Jessica Harris, Veritas High School, Newberg; Landon Moir, Cascade Christian High School, Medford; Katarina Pejcinovic, West Linn High School; Hannah VonHolle, Logos Public Charter School, Medford; and Luke Williams, St. Stephen's Academy, Beaverton.

"In a field of excellent presenters, Sarah's energy and confidence helped her emerge as the state winner," said Deb Vaughn, Arts Commission arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator. "We are proud to have her represent Oregon at the national competition."

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

In 2015 more than 365,000 students, 2,300 schools and 8,800 teachers participated in Poetry Out Loud nationwide.

The West Salem High School Poetry Out Loud contest was renamed The Chris Eddy Memorial Poetry Recitation Competition this year in honor of a longtime English teacher who founded Poetry Out Loud at the school in 2007 and succumbed to cancer on Dec. 31, 2017. A local scholarship fund was also created for school winners.

The Oregon Arts Commission developed the national model to fully include students who are deaf or have reduced hearing in Poetry Out Loud nearly 10 years ago.

Editor's note: View a clip of Calvin-Stupfel performing her winning poem and her reaction when she was named state champion: https://youtu.be/Nsw4TwpGgn4

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

Attached Media Files: Amy Jarvie , Sarah reaction , Sarah and Amy , Sarah Calvin-Stupfel

Richland Seeking Nominations for Art Recognition
City of Richland - 03/13/18 12:06 PM
Do you know someone who has advanced or supported the arts in Richland? The Richland Arts Commission is accepting nominations to recognize local contributions made in support of the arts in 2017. This award will honor two recipients, one individual and one from an organization (for profit or not-for-profit).

To nominate an individual, complete the form on www.ci.richland.wa.us/artrecognition, attach a letter of recommendation and email to proe@ci.richland.wa.us, or deliver it to Patty Roe - Arts Commission, Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland WA 99352. Note: Recipients who have been recognized in the last five-years are not eligible. Nominations are accepted through Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Spring safety reminder sounded for Oregon coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/13/18 10:30 AM
The arrival of spring brings many visitors to the Oregon coast and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) wants you to be safe while exploring the shoreline.

"March can be a tricky time of year on the coast," said Lisa Stevenson, OPRD beach ranger speaking at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. "The ocean can still experience stormy winter weather despite the warmer temperatures on land."

Coastal threats can come in the form of powerful waves, unstable logs on beaches and erosion of rocks and cliffs.

"People are so excited for the spring sunshine that sometimes safety takes a back seat," said Stevenson. "But preparation and common sense go a long way to keeping you safe on the coast."

Stevenson listed several tips for ensuring your trip to the coast is a safe one:

--Always keep one eye on the ocean so you won't be caught off guard if a bigger wave surges up the beach. These "sneaker waves" are unpredictable, powerful and especially dangerous for children.

--Stay away from logs on the wet sand or in the surf. These logs can weigh several tons and can be moved by only a few inches of water. The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it over you.

--Know when the tide is coming in, especially when exploring tidepools. It's easy to become stranded by the incoming tide when your attention is elsewhere. You can keep track of tides with a tide table; OPRD park rangers and many local businesses can give you one for free.

--Be careful on cliffs and rocks. They can be unstable due to erosion. Stay on marked trails and do not climb over fences. Both are there to keep you safe.

For more Oregon coast safety information, watch the new Cape Kiwanda safety video on the Oregon State Parks YouTube page.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Tax Refund Fraud (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/13/18 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against tax fraud.

Last week we talked about theft of your W-2 information from your employer. This week -- we are focusing on scams that target individual taxpayers.

The IRS recently warned about a new scam in which a fraudster steals client data from a tax preparer, files a return and then has the money deposited in the legitimate taxpayer's real bank account. The fraudster then calls the taxpayer saying the refund was deposited in error and threatens to send the matter to a collection agency if the taxpayer doesn't "return" the money by sending it to the fraudster.

In another version of this refund scam, the IRS warns that some people are getting calls accusing them of committing fraud. The taxpayer is threatened with criminal charges, an arrest warrant and the "blacklisting" of his Social Security number if he doesn't immediately return the refund. Of course, the scam artist ensures that the "return" ends up getting routed to his own bank account.

If you do receive an erroneous check or refund in your account -- don't spend that money. Check with the IRS to determine the appropriate way to report the ID theft and to return the money.

Another tax scam to watch for involves phony calls from the IRS targeting vulnerable populations -- particularly new immigrants. The callers may spoof the phone number to make the caller ID appear to be from a real IRS office, and the fraudsters often approach the victims in their native language if they have limited English proficiency.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay right away to avoid arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. The caller often suggests the victim pay the fake debt with gift cards or wire transfers. In some instances, they will demand the victim's credit or debit card number over the phone to settle the debt immediately.

The most important thing to know is that the IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media. IRS officials will not call to demand immediate payment, nor will they demand that you pay without the opportunity to ask questions or file an appeal. If the IRS is trying to collect a debt or audit you, they will always attempt to contact you by mail first.

If you have any questions about a suspected fraud, contact the IRS.

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

Attached Media Files: TT - Tax Refund Fraud - Audio file , 2018-03/3585/112261/TT_-_Tax_Refund_Fraud_slide_-_March_13_2018.jpg

"Spring Aboard" and Learn Boating Safety (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/13/18 9:14 AM
It may still feel like winter, but spring is right around the corner. The Oregon State Marine Board encourages boaters and their passengers to take a boating education course before the boating season gets underway. The Marine Board is teaming up with other states to promote the Spring Aboard -- Take A Boating Education Course campaign before the boating season begins. The Marine Board also encourages having a "second in command" in case of an emergency, as an important safety intervention. Many online course providers are offering a 50% off discount for their boating safety courses and many Oregon classroom providers are offering free classes or discounts during the week of March 18-24.

"Educated boaters are safer on the water," says MariAnn McKenzie, Boating Education Coordinator for the Marine Board. "There are no lanes to follow, so it's important to know what to do if a boat is coming at you head on or what to do in an emergency," McKenzie adds. "What's not unique to Oregon is the need to have more than one person on board who can take immediate control of the boat if something happens to the operator. We're hoping that more than one family member or friend can step in and get educated about safe and responsible boat operation and fill the role of a second in command. This campaign incentive is a great way to get started." Education courses not only teach safety and what equipment to carry, but also cover launch ramp etiquette, courtesy, navigation rules of the road, and highlight the needs of different water recreationists so everyone can safely share the water. McKenzie adds, "Education is the best preparation -and the more the merrier."

Fifty (50) states and U.S. territories require some form of mandatory education courses for operators of some powered boats . For more information about the Marine Board's available courses visit:www.boatoregon.com.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/4139/112726/Spring_Aboard_Logo_2018_795.jpg

MEDIA ALERT - Nine Top Educators & One Surprise Winner
ESD 123 - 03/13/18 6:30 AM
PASCO, WA -- The public is invited to join in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Crystal Apple Awards this Thursday, March 15. Nine extraordinary educators from local public school districts, and one surprise Special Achievement winner, will be recognized at the ceremony taking place from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Professional Development Center at Educational Service District 123 in Pasco.

The Crystal Apple award program began in 1999 with the goal to honor the many wonderful classroom teachers across our public schools. This year's nine Crystal Apple winners now brings the total number of awarded teachers to 228 since the program's inception. Thanks to the donations of local businesses and organizations, each Crystal Apple winner will be presented by his/her district superintendent with a $1,000 check, a glass apple, and multiple gift certificates to local sporting events and dining.

At the close of the presentation, a "Special Achievement Award" will be presented as a surprise to one winner for his or her outstanding and sustained contributions to education across the region. (This person does not know of the award beforehand but will be present in the audience.)

Join us Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 PM at ESD 123, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.


The Crystal Apple Award is co-sponsored by numerous community organizations and businesses all wishing to honor the many educators who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students. This year's Platinum Level Sponsors include: Bechtel National Inc., Evergreen Associates, Gesa Credit Union, Johnson Controls, Pasco Kennewick Rotary, Stevens Clay, Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary Club, and Washington River Protection Solutions.

Attached Media Files: 2018 Crystal Apple Winners

Mon. 03/12/18
Oregon Employer Council to hold Conference for Businesses
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/12/18 2:13 PM
CHINOOK WINDS CASINO -- The Oregon Employer Council Spring Conference, an annual event, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 14th and 15th at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.

The Fall Conference offers keynote speakers and breakout sessions on human resources, labor law, and business topics, as well as opportunities to network with businesses from around the state. HRCI and SHRM credits will be available.

Early bird registration is $349 and standard registration after April 13th is $399. Booths are available for exhibitors for between $600 and $800. To register or for more information, contact Greg Ivers at 503-947-1305 gregory.e.ivers@state.or.us. Agenda and more information are available at www.oec.org.

The Oregon Employer Council is a nonprofit organization with chapters throughout Oregon. OEC chapters create bridges between business and government, and provide low cost, local training for businesses. Membership is open to all Oregon businesses.

Attached Media Files: OEC Press Release

Elgin Case Gets Guility Plea to Unlawful Taking of Wildlife
Oregon State Police - 03/12/18 2:02 PM
This release is being sent on behalf of the Union County District Attorney's Office. Any questions should be directed to their office.

March 1, 2018


David Sanders Jr., 58, appeared before Judge Thomas Powers in Union County Circuit Court on February 26, 2018 and plead guilty to one count of Unlawful Taking of Wildlife--Unbranded Traps (ORS 498.002, A Misdemeanor). The State dismissed one count of Unlawful Taking of Wildlife--Special Status Game Mammal in exchange for Sanders' guilty plea and agreed upon sentence.

Judge Powers sentenced Sanders to the agreed upon negotiation between the parties of 24 months of bench probation, 100 hours of community service, a hunting/trapping license suspension of 36 months and a $7,500 fine.

The charges stemmed from an incident in which an Oregon State Police trooper discovered a trapping site off of Highway 204, west of Elgin on December 10, 2017. This location is on US Forest Service land in the Umatilla National Forest. The trooper observed and identified Sanders as the individual who had set the traps. The trooper then returned to that location on December 18, 2017 where he discovered that a deceased wolf appeared to have been shot a short distance from the unbranded traps. When officers confronted Sanders, he admitted that he had in fact shot the wolf after he had discovered the animal in his trap. Evidence collected from this incident included the firearm used to shoot the wolf and a photograph of the wolf in the trap before it was killed. Sanders was emphatic that he was attempting to trap bobcats only, not wolves. Sanders cooperated with the investigation when confronted by law enforcement.

Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel made the record clear that the State did not view this case as a wolf poaching case but rather an illegal trapping case. It was clear from the investigation that the defendant was not out to illegally take a wolf but instead made a poor decision with respect to his trapping operation. Sanders had a previous violation for unbranded trapping out of Baker County Justice Court in 2016. McDaniel said that had Sanders called authorities when he first discovered the wolf in his trap, he would not have been charged with any criminal conduct. "This case highlights the fact that the problem with wolves is not going away. We are seeing more and more incidents of wolf predation and human interaction in Union County. This issue has long been a challenge for local ranchers, and with the number of wolves in the area more visible, people engaging in recreation are having dangerous and accidental encounters as well," McDaniel said.

District Attorney McDaniel would like to thank the Oregon State Police Fish and Game Division for their efforts in this case.


Kelsie J. Davis McDaniel
Union County District Attorney

"A Teacher with a Broom:" Pioneer Middle School Head Custodian Named Regional Classified Employee of the Year
ESD 123 - 03/12/18 12:54 PM
PASCO, WA -- After competing against a pool of highly-qualified nominees across seven counties, Brent Bieloh, the Head Custodian for Pioneer Middle School in Walla Walla, has been named the Regional Classified Employee of the Year by Educational Service District (ESD) 123.

The Classified School Employee of the Year program recognizes excellence in the work of public school employees, including paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians, food service workers, and others. Anyone may nominate a classified public school employee for this award, which is overseen by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). All completed nominations are sent to the regional coordinator at each ESD, who in turn selects a regional winner. Bieloh is one of nine regional winners who will go on to compete for the State Classified Employee of the Year award.

Bieloh has worked in the Walla Walla Public Schools for 26 years, and has been the Pioneer Middle School Head Custodian since 2014. In addition to his regular duties maintaining a safe and functional school environment, Bieloh leads a program for at-risk students, in which struggling students work alongside him for an hour a day. Through Bieloh's mentorship and the positive relationships he fosters with students, the program has helped reduce absenteeism and improve academic performance.

"I am very proud to be thought of as a Pioneer Middle School Staff member and not as just 'the custodian,'" says Bieloh. "I feel as though I am a teacher with a broom."

ESD 123 Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, Troy Tornow, says that, while the 2018 classified employee applicant pool was very competitive and difficult to narrow down, Bieloh's nomination and recommendations stood above the rest.

"Classified employees play a very important role in providing high quality educational experiences for students," says Tornow. "All of the nominees this year should be proud of their contributions to their school and district."

After advancing on to the statewide competition, regional finalists will be recognized by OSPI at an annual award ceremony in Olympia (date TBD), where OSPI will announce their selection of the State Classified Employee of the Year. For more information on these awards, contact OSPI Recognition Coordinator, Hilary Seidel, at 360.725.6117.


About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Oregon Cannabis Commission meets March 21st in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/12/18 11:26 AM
March 12, 2018

Oregon Cannabis Commission meets March 21st in Portland

What: The Oregon Cannabis Commission is holding its quarterly public meeting.

Agenda: Overview of subgroup communication; OMMP bills passed during legislative session; Subgroups discussion and next steps; Priority focus areas, scope, and action items based on legislative dates; Format and meeting schedule-subgroups; Listening tour (April and June); Future meeting dates for commission; Public comment

When: Wednesday March 21, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Conference Room 1B (on the main floor of the building), 800 NE Oregon Street Portland, OR 97232. A conference call line is available by dialing 1-877-848-7030, Access code 753428.

The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session though HB 2198. The commission consists of the State Public Health Officer or the Public Health Officer's designee and an eight member panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. Along with this, they shall provide advice to the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the statutes governing medical and retail cannabis.

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If you need help or have questions, please contact Shannon McFadden at 971-673-3181, 711 TTY or Shannon.m.mcfadden@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

BLM renews 21 advisory council charters
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/12/18 10:26 AM
Meetings and calls for member nominations expected in the coming months

WASHINGTON--The Bureau of Land Management is pleased to announce that the charters for 21 Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) have been renewed, and BLM RACs will be scheduling and holding meetings in the coming months.

The BLM currently maintains 37 chartered, citizen-based committees across the American West that serve as important sounding boards for BLM initiatives, regulatory proposals and policy changes. These councils assist in the development of committee recommendations that address public land management issues.There are 30 statewide and regional RACs; five advisory committees affiliated with specific sites; and the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and the North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel.

"Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is committed to restoring trust in the Department's decision-making and that begins with institutionalizing state and local input and ongoing collaboration--especially in communities surrounding public lands," said BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed. "The BLM's 37 advisory councils are essential to the Secretary's collaborative approach to public land management at the local level."

Each 10- to 15- member council is comprised of diverse representatives from the local community and has a charter that outlines membership and how the group will operate. These charters expire every two years and it is common practice to refine them if needed during the renewal process. The renewed charters clarifies the ethics responsibilities of the members from previous charters directing committee members not to participate in deliberations or votes pertaining to issues in which a member has direct financial interest.

As a land-management agency with a multiple-use mission, the BLM seeks out and values diverse input from citizens who care about the stewardship of America's public lands. Each of the 37 RACs has vacant positions for members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources or and academia. The BLM will be seeking nominations for these open positions in the near future.

In May 2017, the Secretary of the Interior initiated a review of all advisory councils and boards department-wide, including the BLM's RACs. Council activities and meetings were temporarily halted during the review, which looked at each RAC's charter, charge, composition and compliance with the 1972 Federal Advisory Committee Act, which ensures that advice provided by various advisory committees is objective and accessible to the public.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Attached Media Files: News Release

Partnering With the Media: Safe Messaging to Prevent Youth Suicide
ESD 123 - 03/12/18 7:00 AM
PASCO, WA - How we talk about mental health and suicide matters. Educational Service District 123 invites local news directors and media staff to join school communicators for a presentation and forum on how the media can help in youth suicide prevention. Beginning at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 21st, ESD 123 will host Partnering with the Media: Safe Messaging to Prevent Youth Suicide.

The language used to communicate student mental health issues influences public understanding and, handled correctly, can prevent suicide contagion. In light of both local and national events over the last several months, ESD 123's prevention services department is taking the lead on facilitating a dialogue between the media and schools by hosting this opportunity to connect with educational and suicide prevention professionals.

Learning the best practices for communicating with the public about mental health and student suicide is a very real step toward keeping our students safe. ESD 123 invites all members of the media and school communication managers to register for this free event. "Partnering with the Media: Safe Messaging to Prevent Youth Suicide" takes place from 9:30-11 AM on Wednesday, March 21 at the ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco.

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: Partnering with the Media flyer

Sun. 03/11/18
*** Update-Name Released***Woman Loses Life in crash on highway 47 - Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/11/18 12:14 PM
The operator of the Nissan has been identified as 56 year old, Tanya K. CROSTON, of Vernonia.

On Friday March 9th, 2018, at approximately 7:50 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on crash involving two vehicles on Highway 47 near milepost 63, which is just outside the town of Vernonia, in Columbia County.

The Troopers investigation has determined that a Nissan passenger car was traveling north on Highway 47, when for unknown reasons the Nissan crossed the double yellow lines and crashed head-on into a 1996 Ford F350. The operator and sole occupant of the Nissan was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The operator of the Ford truck, 31 year old David WELLER of Vernonia, was not injured and alone in the truck. Investigators are attempting to locate the family of the operator of the Nissan.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Vernonia Fire, Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 47 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112662/Hwy_47_Fatal.jpg