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Tue. 10/17/17
21st Century program receives $1.8 million grant to expand elementary afterschool programs (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/17/17 2:57 PM
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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools received a $1.8 million federal five-year grant to provide 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool programs at Edison, Green Park and Sharpstein elementary schools. This new funding allows 300 additional students, 100 per elementary school, to participate in these high quality programs focused on improved student academic performance. The primary objective of the new grant is to raise English Language Arts and math skills. The grant also provides additional resources to develop social-emotional support, reduce discipline referrals through improved student behaviors and curb chronic absenteeism.

"With adoption of the new Strategic Plan, our afterschool program sites are poised to provide high quality instruction through the aligned and coherent systems established by our district," said 21st CCLC Director Brent Cummings. "Afterschool implementation of our newly adopted iReady curriculum and assessment, particularly at the younger grades, will provide the essential supplementary support our attendees need."

Walla Walla Public Schools now houses eight federal afterschool program sites, which includes the existing Blue Ridge, Garrison, Pioneer, Lincoln, and Wa-Hi programs. Annually, WWPS serves 800 total students through 21st CCLC afterschool programs. Cumming says integral to the success of the new grant are the four community partners: Community Resilience Initiative, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Commitment to Community, and SOS Health Services.

"Each partner is a respected community leader and is a valuable asset to our students' academic success," Cummings said. "Community Resilience Initiative will help us build capacity and evaluate outcomes on a wider scale. Friends will connect us with an engaged and compassionate mentorship base. Commitment to Community will help us strengthen bonds with our school's families and local neighborhoods. SOS Health Services will provide essential after-hours wellness resources, including the free walk-in clinic, to support our students and their families."

21st Century Program Background:

21st CCLC programs support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. These programs help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and provide literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

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Oregon Home Care Commission meets Thursday, November 2, 10 a.m. in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/17/17 2:45 PM
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) meets Thursday, November 2,
10 a.m., 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
The agenda includes: public testimony; Executive Director's report; OHCC Budget Update; Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition, Aging and People with Disabilities, Community Advisory Councils and Coordinated Care Organizations; and a Quarterly Homecare Worker Benefits Trusts update.

There will be a working lunch during question and answer staff reports, including: quarterly Workers' Compensation, quarterly Registry and quarterly STEPS QBR Referral, bi-monthly Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health Committee and monthly OHP OmbudsAdvisory Council, Traditional Health Worker Commission and training/Registry updates.

A Worker's Classification -- Workforce Development update will be followed by a quarterly Aging and People with Disabilities update. The full agenda is attached.

For those who are unable to attend in person there is a call-in number: 1-888-278-0296; then dial the access code: 7999724 #. The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month. Visitors are welcome to these meetings. Persons needing an accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna DeMeyer at 503-378-4984; joanna.m.demeyer@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)
The OHCC ensures high quality homecare services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains homecare workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). The commission serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.

Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-10/973/108838/Home_Care_Commission_Agenda_November_2_2017.pdf
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Nigerian 419 Scams
FBI - Oregon - 10/17/17 10:00 AM
October Marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information about emerging cyber threats, go to https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2017

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against Nigerian 419 scams.

In 2016, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 400 reports of 419 scams. The total losses reported by victims exceeded $1 million.

So what are Nigerian 419 scams? The number 419 refers to a section in Nigerian law concerning con artistry and fraud that deals specifically with people requesting assistance with transferring money. This scam has been around for a long time, but now more often than not, the scammer is contacting victims electronically.

What does this look like? An individual may contact you, often through e-mail, explaining that he needs help transferring a large amount of money. He tells you that political turmoil or a recent natural disaster in his country has affected his ability to transfer the money on his own. If you help him, he will allow you to keep some of the funds for yourself.

The scammer asks you to give him your financial information -- including your bank account number -- so he can complete the transfer. This allows him to access and steal from your accounts.

In another version of this scam, the fraudster may require that you to pay a fee in order to facilitate the transfer. Once you pay the fraudster, and he sees that you're willing to give him money, he continues to invent extra costs that he needs you to cover. As long as you keep paying, he keeps coming up with more expenses.

Regardless of which method the fraudsters use, these victims never see the promised jackpot.

So, how can you protect yourself?
Don't give anyone your bank account number or other financial information that could allow him to access your accounts.
Don't send money to strangers, unsolicited contacts or people you don't know face-to-face.
Don't transfer money on behalf of other people.
Don't trust anything that seems like an easy way to make a lot of money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Nigerian Scams - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - SPANISH Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - SPANISH Written , TT - Nigerian Scams - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - RUSSIAN Written
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon September 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/17/17 10:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017 CONTACT INFORMATION:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist
(503) 947-1267 Video and Audio available at 10:00 AM
David Cooke, Economist (503) 947-1272


Oregon's Employment Declines for the Second Consecutive Month in September

In September, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 3,800 jobs, following a revised loss of 7,000 in August. These job losses followed rapid gains during February through July, when a total of 42,600 jobs were added in just six months.

Recent forest fires did not have a noticeable impact on the September jobs report. Although many individuals and businesses were impacted in September by forest fires that raged in many locations within Oregon, the industry employment totals did not appear to be impacted significantly. A job is counted in this report when a worker is employed for any part of the business's pay period that includes the 12th of the month. Workers able to return to work during the September pay period are counted in the jobs report.

In September, four industries cut more than 1,000 jobs, while two added more than 1,000. Leisure and hospitality (-3,700 jobs) cut the most as this industry returned to the long-term trend line after a spike upward in June and July. With vacancy surveys indicating that many firms are having trouble attracting workers, part of the weakness in hiring is likely due to the tight labor market.

Professional and business services (-3,100 jobs) cut back at a time of year when a flat trend is typical for the industry. The industry appears to have stalled from its upward trajectory over the past eight years. Each of its published component industries cut jobs since September 2016: employment services (-1,400 jobs), business support services (-400), and services to buildings and dwellings ( 1,500). The two other industries that cut substantially in September were private educational services ( 1,400 jobs) and other services (-1,200).

All was not lost in September, as construction added 2,900 jobs and government added 1,400.

The September jobs report indicates that Oregon's over-the-year job growth, while moderate, has slowed. Between September 2016 and September 2017, payroll employment expanded by 37,400 jobs, or 2.0 percent. This is a reduction from the 3.1 percent job-growth rate seen through July. In the past 12 months, several industries continued to add jobs at a rapid clip, such as construction (+11,600 jobs, or 12.7%); health care and social assistance (+8,500 jobs, or 3.7%); and manufacturing (+5,700 jobs, or 3.0%). However, many of Oregon's industries haven't experienced the same rapid growth over the past 12 months, including government; professional and business services; wholesale trade; information; other services; and logging.

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.2 percent in September from 4.1 percent in August. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 4.9 percent in September 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September 2017.

These preliminary estimates of jobs and other labor force data are produced in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based largely on a survey of businesses and a survey of households, and are subject to later revision.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, October 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 14th.??NLG



Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industries within professional and business services.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment In Oregon September 2017
BLM announces three selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 10/17/17 9:20 AM
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WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Mr. Fred T. Woehl, Jr. of Harrison, Arkansas, has been reappointed for the category of public interest (equine behavior); Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been reappointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; and Mr. James French of Winnemucca, Nevada, has been newly appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions. More information about the advisory board can be found here.

Mr. Woehl has been involved in the horse community for over 43 years as a trainer, natural horsemanship clinician and educator. He has been involved with the Equine Science Department at the University of Arkansas and taught Equine Science at North Arkansas College. He has served as a volunteer for the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program for ten years, conducting demonstrations of wild horse versatility and assisting with adoptions. Additionally, Mr. Woehl worked as a senior agricultural adviser for the U.S. State Department from October 2008 to November 2009 in Iraq, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of agricultural programs and policy for the Ninewa Province. From November 2009 to March, 2011, he worked in the Kingdom of Jordan, for the Department of Interior's International Technical Assistance Program, where he developed policies for horse use and trained the local Bedouin tribesmen in humane methods of training and in the use of horses at the Archeological Park of Petra. Mr. Woehl currently has four BLM mustangs that are used for demonstrations in Branson, Missouri, and good-will visits at nursing homes, schools and churches.

Dr. McDonnell is a Clinical Associate and Adjunct Professor of Reproduction and Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Also, as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, she consults privately on equine behavior and welfare. Dr. McDonnell, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, co-edited the current leading academic book on horse behavior, titled "The Domestic Horse: The Evolution, Development and Management of its Behavior," published by Cambridge University Press.

Mr. French has spent more than 40 years involved in the management of wildlife on public lands in north-central Nevada. Over the course of his career, including 32 years as a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, he developed a unique understanding of wild horse and burro issues, and has worked with diverse groups to develop land management plans on county, state and federally-managed public lands. Since 2011, he has served on the Humboldt County Commission, the Nevada Association of Counties (also known as NACO) Board of Directors, the National NACO Western Interstate Region Board of Directors, NACO Public Lands and Natural Resources Steering Committees (both state and national), the Humboldt River Water Authority Board of Directors, and the Nevada State Land Use Planning Council. He has contributed to the development of public lands policy, resource management plans and herd management plans for more than three decades. Mr. French has worked collaboratively with county commissions in 16 counties, as well as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and government in six states.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Wild Horses
County advisory group to state forestry meets Oct. 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/17/17 9:00 AM
Release date: Oct. 16, 2017

Contact:
Liz Dent, State Forests Division Chief, Salem, 503-945-7351



Salem, ORE - The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee's agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and updates from the ODF State Forests Division staff on the following:
Business Improvements
State Forests Division performance measures reporting
Habitat Conservation Plan
Forest Management Plan project

The meeting agenda is available on the department's web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

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Mon. 10/16/17
Division of Financial Regulation seeking comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases ¬-- deadline is Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 3:19 PM
Salem - The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is seeking public comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases for silver metal tier individual health insurance premiums for 2018 plans.

The comment period starts Monday, Oct. 16. Due to the limited time frame to file revised rates, the deadline for comment is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. To comment in writing, email Ethan Baldwin via email at Ethan.C.Baldwin@oregon.gov.

The reason for the public comment period is on Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about immediately stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies. The Division of Financial Regulation is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage.

The division has determined that in order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, it must offer health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov the opportunity to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent. The deadline for insurance companies and the state to file new rates on HealthCare.gov is 12 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

Visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/news/Pages/20171013-trump-payment-reduction.aspx for more details about the decision to increase rates and a sample rate table of the revised rates.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
OPRD seeks to fill position on grant committee that advises on statewide trails
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 2:09 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking a representative of the hiking community for a vacant volunteer position on the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee that evaluates grants for statewide trails projects.

The competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. Grants are awarded to non-profits and governments for trail projects, including building new trails, improving existing trails and installing trail signs.

"Reviewing these grant applications is an important step in the process of improving and expanding Oregon's trail system," said OPRD grant coordinator Jodi Bellefeuille. "Grant committee members get to have a direct say in what trail projects are funded and provide feedback to land managers about their proposals."

The ten member committee evaluates and ranks requests for grant funding. Ideal candidates can live anywhere in Oregon and will be avid hikers with experience in one or more of the following areas: recreation planning, trail design, project management, grant management and budget review.

The committee meets once or twice a year at locations throughout the state. In 2017, meetings were held in Salem in May and September. Dates for 2018 have not been finalized. Time commitment varies and includes reviewing and evaluating 40-80 grant applications each annual funding cycle.

Those interested in serving must submit an OPRD Grant Advisory Committee Appointment Interest Form by Friday, Nov. 17. For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/RTP-Committee.aspx, or contact Jodi Bellefeuille at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.
Committee to review Oregon Heritage Grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 1:19 PM
A committee will meet to score and rank applications for the Oregon Heritage Grant program. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the Oregon Heritage Commission for final review and approval on November 6 via conference call. The grant committee meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone. The committee will meet October 30, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is 1?888?
278?0296, access Code: 4653554.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Community Bank Week honored in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 11:30 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 16-20, 2017, as Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state.

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve. They play an essential part of the state's economy, financing Main Street businesses, providing a full range of banking services, and creating jobs.

In some communities, the banks are the largest employer or the only provider of banking services.

"Oregon communities, especially small businesses, depend on their local banks," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Not only do these local bankers lend to Oregon families and farms to help communities flourish, but they also provide critical information and education to their customers about a variety of financial matters."

Community banks reported loans to Oregon small businesses topping $5.9 billion in a single year, according to a recent survey by the Oregon Bankers Association. The survey also showed community banks in the state gave to their communities, pitching in $4.9 million to nonprofits and community organizations. Meanwhile, their employees logged more than 64,000 volunteer hours.

Members of Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) and community banks throughout the state are celebrating Community Bank Week in Oregon. Banks will host consumers, students, small businesses, and local elected officials to showcase the positive effect banks have on the people they serve.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/community-bank-week.html.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Financial Regulation oversees the financial and insurance industries in Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/Pages/index.aspx and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
Services for seniors will continue
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/16/17 8:46 AM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments cease providing services under all programs and contracts." "Further MCOGS shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."

The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.

In late October and early November Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties share information on the process and seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.
Sat. 10/14/17
Oregon sends five more task forces to Ca (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/14/17 10:18 AM
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
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California fire officials sent an additional request for five strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in southerrn California.

In response, the OSFM Agency Operations Center activated strike team crews from Linn/Benton counties, Umatilla/Union counties, Clackamas County, and Klamath/Douglas counties who are now on their way.

The OSFM is extremely grateful to Oregon's fire chiefs and their agencies for again stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south as they continue to struggle with an unprecedented amount of fires on their landscape.


Attached Media Files: Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews preparing to leave for California
Fri. 10/13/17
State announcement regarding Trump administration discontinuation of cost-sharing reduction payments
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/13/17 2:22 PM
Salem -- On Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies immediately. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage. After analyzing the announcement and its implications, DCBS has determined that there will be no change for 2017 health plans and is implementing a plan to ensure stability beyond this year.

"Oregonians can be assured that their 2017 plan rates and benefits will not change today or through the end of the year," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Premiums will not change, premium assistance through HealthCare.gov will not change, and working families in Oregon who are enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans can continue to access this important type of assistance."

In order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, DCBS is ordering health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

"These rate increases are necessary to ensure the stability of the health insurance market," said Acting Director Straight. "Oregonians who receive financial assistance through the Marketplace will find that premium assistance will also increase, shielding them from most of the increase."

Oregonians who do not qualify for premium assistance through HealthCare.gov are encouraged to work with an agent to shop around and consider a non-silver level plan that might work for their situation.

Open enrollment for 2018 plans begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. Oregonians are encouraged to work with an agent or community partner to find the best plan for their situation. Due to these additional rate increases on silver metal tier plans, it is especially important to apply for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

What are cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans?
In addition to providing help paying for premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires Marketplace insurers to offer cost-sharing reduction plans to middle-income consumers (under 250 percent of the federal poverty level). These are silver-level plans with lower maximum out-of-pocket limits, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, making access to health care services more affordable. About 50,000 Oregonians were enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Richland Town Hall Budget Meeting on Thursday, Oct 19
City of Richland - 10/13/17 1:39 PM
The City of Richland will hold a Town Hall Budget Meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverview Room of the Richland Community Center.
Residents will receive information regarding the budget process, priority projects for the coming year, and ways to stay informed.
The one-hour program will be moderated by Richland resident, Jim Hall. City Manager, Cindy Reents, will present the 2018 proposed budget. Department Directors will also be on-hand to answer questions.
Richland Town Hall will air live on the City's Facebook Page and be recorded for Richland's City View Channel 192. The Richland Community Center is located at 500 Amon Park Drive.
Update on Oregon fire agencies assisting with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/13/17 1:16 PM
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
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All 10 strike teams the OSFM has sent south to assist with the wildfires in California are actively engaged on a 24-hour work cycle protecting homes and other structures.

Five strike teams from Lane County (2), Linn/Benton counties, Clatsop/Columbia counties, and Yamhill County have been assigned to the Central LNU Complex covering Sonoma, Lake, and Napa counties.

Five strike teams from Washington County, Multnomah County, Marion County, Jackson/Josephine counties, and Klamath/Deschutes counties are assigned to the Southern LNU complex covering Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties.

Oregon fire agency reps: OSFM State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (Central LNU Complex) and OSFM Red Team Incident Commander Ian Yocum (Southern LNU Complex) report that Oregon resources are preforming well and morale is high.

California is continuing to reach out to states to bring in additional resources. In addition to Oregon, resources have come from Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

California Fire Chief Kim Zagaris had high complements for Oregon resources stating that, "The ability of Oregon to mobilize and deploy their strike teams so quickly and efficiently has allowed our firefighters to get much needed rest," said Zagaris. "I'm impressed by the high caliber of the Oregon teams on the front lines doing tremendous structural protection work to protect the people and property of California. Everyone affected is extremely grateful for the help from Oregon."

California fire officials continue to expect dry windy conditions throughout the weekend which will continue to challenge firefighters and residents.

California made the request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management which then contacts and coordinates with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests; in this case the OSFM.

Follow the OSFM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/ and Twitter: @OSFM


Attached Media Files: Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires , Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Kicker details confirmed
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 10/13/17 12:02 PM
SALEM, Oregon--A more than $463 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or "kicker," for the 2016 tax year.

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there were in the past.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2016 tax liability before any credits--line 24 on the 2016 Form OR-40--by 6.3 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You're eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2016 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2017, you still have to file a 2017 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2017 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt you owe, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What's My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue's website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you'll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2016 and 2017.

You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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Addiction and the Brain -- Understanding this National Epidemic at a Local Level
City of Richland - 10/13/17 11:47 AM
A presentation to inform and educate the public about the health crises of addiction currently affecting our nation is Thursday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Richland Public Library's Gallery Room.

The presenter, Dr. Michele S. Gerber, a retired Hanford Site Historian turned brain researcher on drug addiction, has been working with the Richland Police Department and the Richland Fire Department to gather input for her study. Representatives from both Fire and Police will also be on-hand to provide a local perspective on the problem.

This lecture will include current levels of the problem, new information about the brains science involved in addiction, dynamics and issues of families with an addicted loved one, and grassroots efforts to deal with addicts and combat addiction. The talk will conclude with suggestions what friends and family members can do to help address this problem.

Dr. Gerber is interested in research leading to effective addiction treatments, advocacy, education, prevention, parity in treatment accessibility and publicity regarding the family disease of addiction.
AWSL Conference Schedule for This Weekend (Starting Today)
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 10/13/17 10:45 AM
Attached is the schedule for the AWSL student conference in Yakima this weekend, hosted by Eisenhower and Davis High Schools.
The conference, especially the General Sessions, is open to the media (please have your credentials and check in at the registration table).

Two points of interest:
1) We have invited Elizabeth McCormick to address the audience....her bio below:

Our speaker is currently #5 on the list of
Leadership experts to follow on Twitter, she is
the host of a new TV show about Veterans
which starts filming this Winter and is a best
selling author with more than 16 published
books. In 2011, Elizabeth was awarded the
Congressional Veteran Commendation.
As a decorated Black Hawk Pilot- one of the first
100 women- she flew command and control, air
assault, rappelling, and top-secret intelligence
missions, and also transported high-level
government VIPs including the Secretary of
Defense.

2) Students have collected thousands of items to support their chosen organization for the Conference: Teytum's Gifts http://www.teytumsgifts.com/ We invite you to come and see the loads and loads of items that have been collected to support children entering foster care.

Should you have questions, you will need to report to the event, check-in at the registration table and ask for conference leader. Please see the attachment for the schedule. School is not in session today and YSD's media office is closed.


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/3536/108740/AWSL_FINAL_Schedule_2017.pdf
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: October 17, 2017
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/13/17 10:26 AM
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: October 17, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835
Thu. 10/12/17
Services for seniors
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/12/17 4:39 PM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) cease providing services under all programs and contracts. Further, MCCOG shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."
The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.
In late October and early November, Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties to share information on the process and to seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.

Contact information: Jane-ellen Weidanz, Long Term Services and Supports Policy Administrator, Jane-Ellen.WEIDANZ@state.or.us; 503-602-8399 or
Deb McCuin, APD, State Unit on Aging, Program Analyst; Debbie.MCCUIN@state.or.us;
541-618-7854
Wapato Schools Healthy Choices Community Fair
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 10/12/17 3:48 PM
Hi all,

Attached is a release about our Healthy Choices Community Awareness Fair event taking place Monday evening, October 16th at Wapato High School.

If you could help spread the word about this very informative event it would be appreciated.


Attached Media Files: Wapato Schools Healthy Choices Fair
DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:39 PM
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in 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: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910
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:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting
Approve Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting

3. Introduction to New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale

4. Administrative Closures -- Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Wright, Brandon DPSST #57481, Bay Cities Ambulance -- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Knight, Matthew DPSST #55443, Milton-Freewater Police Dept.- Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


7. Department Update

8. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee 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.
DPSST Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup Meeting Scheduled - Amended
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:27 PM
For Immediate Release AMENDED
October 19, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
503-378-2427


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on October 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Corrections - Professional Development Unit 5485 Turner Rd. SE Salem, Oregon 97302. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Teleconference:
Dial in: 888-273-3658
Participant Code: 4711910

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:

1. The 9-month Experience Requirement for Basic Certification
2. DPSST Retirement Cards
3. Signature Authorities on F-Forms
4. The Issuance, Management and Maintenance of Multi-Discipline Certification
5. Agency Rank Structure
6. Minimum Standards for Management/Executive Levels of Public Safety Certification


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup 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.
Sunnyside School District Presents: Going Viral, a Parent's Guide to Online Predators, Cyberbullying, and Unintentional Photo and Video Sharing (Photo)
Sunnyside Sch. Dist. - 10/12/17 11:58 AM
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Does your child have a cell phone, iPad, or personal computer? Do you know what programs or apps they are using that give them access to the outside world? Or, more importantly, do you know who in the outside world has access to them?

Cerise Peck, Internet Crimes Against Children Trainer and Richland Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist will be at Harrison Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. to present to parents on the topic on online safety for students.

Four specific online dangers will be discussed including online predators and exploitation, cyberbullying, sent media, and pornography. There will also be an overview of the different apps that are currently popular with youth and what steps parents can take to stay vigilant in protecting their children.

"I attended this presentation as a parent in August and it was eye-opening," says Sunnyside School District Communications Director Jessica Morgan. "Safety can't be assumed because children are behind a cell phone screen. I want our parents to have this information so they can talk with their children and have strategies for online safety."

The presentation is part of Sunnyside School District's new Parent Resource and Engagement Program or PREP and is not limited to Sunnyside families. The event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. Translation will be provided. Questions can be directed to Jessica Morgan, Sunnyside School District Communications Director, at 509-836-8703 or jessica.morgan@sunnysideschools.org


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Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power - 10/12/17 10:39 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News media hotline: 800-570-5838 Oct. 12, 2017

Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power offers safety tips for homeowners preparing for fall

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don't put safety first.

"Now is a great time to prune any trees that could cause trouble once the storms start coming in," said Steve Harkin, Pacific Power safety director. "Winter storms bringing down branches is a big cause of power outages. Check around your property if any trees or branches could harm power lines if they fell. Some preventive work now could save more headaches and power outages later."

Use caution when pruning trees. Don't use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Always keep yourself and anything you're handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. Instead, call us at 1-888-221-7070 -- we'll be happy to remove it for you.

Treat all electric lines with caution.
Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.
Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you're working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Plant trees and shrubs away from meters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes meter reading, repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.
Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Wed. 10/11/17
Explosion During Traffic Stop - No Known Further Threat to Public Safety
FBI - Oregon - 10/11/17 4:55 PM
Starting this morning, the FBI and other partner agencies served a sealed federal search warrant related to possible explosives at an apartment located at 18840 NW Rock Creek Circle in Washington County. That search is on-going.

At approximately 3:56 pm, FBI task force officers with Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police attempted a traffic stop near NW 185th Avenue and NW Rock Creek Boulevard. The driver, believed to be the resident of the apartment being searched, did not stop. A brief pursuit began, but ended quickly. There appeared to be a small explosion inside the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle, and officers took him into custody for a probation violation. Investigators and prosecutors will determine any other possible charges in the future.

A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy who was approaching the vehicle as the explosion occurred has been transferred to a local hospital for evaluation. The suspect was also transferred to a local hospital for evaluation.

At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.

Partner agencies involved in today's search included Portland Police Bureau, Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit (MEDU), Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington County Animal Control.


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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Paralympic Experience for Children with Visual Impairments in Selah, Washington
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 10/11/17 4:48 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Paralympic Experience for Children with Visual Impairments in Selah, Washington

Vancouver, Washington--October 11, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2017 Paralympic Experience in Selah, Washington. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th at Monument Elementary School (1400 13th Ave. SW Quincy, WA). This event will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This event is open to all K-12 students who are blind or visually impaired. Teachers of the visually impaired and parents of children are also welcome.

This Paralympic Experience is being held in celebration of National White Cane Day. National White Cane Day was created to educate the world about blindness and how people who are blind and visually impaired can live and work independently. NWABA will be celebrating this day by promoting independence and empowerment through sports and athletics!

"We are extremely excited to deliver another Paralympic Experience to youth who are blind or visually impaired in eastern Washington. This particular community is near and dear to NWABA's heart because of how involved the Teachers for the Visually Impaired are with their kids. Having strong program partners enhances our programs and adds so much to the athletes' experience. This truly life-changing opportunity will introduce participants to sports and physical activity and support NWABA's long-term vision of drastically enhancing on-going opportunities throughout the region to ensure every person with a visual impairment is receiving services they need to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life.," said Founder & Executive Director, Billy Henry.

The event will give K-12 students with visual impairments an opportunity to learn the fundamental skills to participate in Goalball (a sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired), track and field, and tandem biking. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org.

About NWABA
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of visually impaired students formed the Association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding charitable organization that provides more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826
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The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meets Tuesday October 17, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/11/17 4:41 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meets Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
The agenda includes regular executive committee business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, any announcements, ODC Business topics, other topics and next meeting agenda ideas.
People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-808-6929; access code: 4517555.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
Tallmadge Doyle's "Refuge" exhibited in the Governor's Office through Nov. 29 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/11/17 3:33 PM
Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
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Salem, Oregon -- Eugene artist Tallmadge Doyle exhibits "Refuge" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Employing botanical imagery as a jumping-off point, the works in "Refuge" reflect upon natural patterns of weather, star charts, leaf circulatory systems and bird feathers. The artist's interest in the historic and contemporary scientific realm, whether astronomy, physics or botany, runs as a common theme throughout her work. On a personal level, Doyle's artwork "serves as a refuge from the unpredictability and lurking chaos of the outside world." The artist's mixed media prints communicate her meditative art practice to viewers and provide a way to reconnect to the natural world.

Doyle is a printmaker, painter and public artist based in Eugene. Born in New York City, she received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing from the Cleveland Art Institute and a master of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Oregon (UO). Doyle taught printmaking as an adjunct professor at UO from 1997 to2015. She has participated in more than 120 juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally and her work is included in over 30 public collections in the U.S. and abroad. Recent exhibitions include one-person shows at Davidson Gallery (Seattle), Augen Gallery (Portland) and the Karin Clarke Gallery (Eugene).

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



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: Tallmadge Doyle, Allium II, 2015, Woodcut, etching, chine colle, 6 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.
2017 Sunnyside High School Alumni Wall of Fame Inductees (Photo)
Sunnyside Sch. Dist. - 10/11/17 1:00 PM
Detective Julie McGowan
Detective Julie McGowan
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The 2017 Sunnyside High School Alumni Wall of Fame inductees will be honored this Friday night prior to the start of the Sunnyside High School Homecoming football game at Clem Senn Stadium.

The first inductee is Ken Jernberg, a 1966 graduate of Sunnyside High School. Jernberg was by all accounts a stand-out athlete for the Grizzly football team and continued his athletic achievements at Columbia Basin College and the University of Montana. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, then settled into a forty-plus year commitment to helping the underserved teens in the Spokane Valley area. Jernberg was a true believer in alternative forms of education and the idea that there is not a one-size fits all approach to earning a high school diploma or GED. His belief led him to form the school portion of the Spokane area's only teen homeless shelter, Crosswalk. With first the backing of the Spokane School District, then the Spokane Falls Community College, he dedicated his life to meeting at-risk students exactly where they were in life and where they needed help the most. He did not judge their situations and did not request that they change. His goal, according to his daughter Karyna, was to make people who felt small, big. Jernberg passed away in July of 2016. He was nominated by fellow Sunnyside High School classmate Mike McQuesten.

The second inductee is Julie Benjert McGowan, who was born and raised in Sunnyside and graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1990. Following graduation, McGowan attended Central Washington University and earned a degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. Following that she accepted a position with the Federal Way Police Department. During her twenty-year career in Federal Way, McGowan served her community first as a patrol officer, then as a Field Training Officer, working with new hires as they step into the community for the first time. After ten years in those capacities, she became a detective investigating economic crimes, and crimes against persons where she became a specialist in investigating domestic violence. Her most recent assignment as a detective involved investigating crimes against the most innocent and vulnerable in our population, children. McGowan is currently back on patrol with the intention of finishing out her career with the Federal Way Police Department as a detective. Her service to the community does not stop when she takes off her badge. In 2007, she received the American Red Cross National Life Saving Award for saving the life of a car accident victim while she was off duty. She acted quickly to cut the seatbelt from where it was wrapped around the victim's neck and was cutting off his breathing. McGowan was nominated by Sierra Vista Middle School social studies teacher and fellow class of 1990 graduate MaLinda Crane.

The Sunnyside High School Alumni Wall of Fame was initially created and coordinated by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. After a ten-year hiatus, the ceremony was brought back by the Sunnyside School District in 2009. Since its inception, 84 former Sunnyside High School students, including doctors, veterans, volunteers, teachers, athletes, and astronauts, have been inducted into the Wall of Fame. These individuals have:

Demonstrated high levels of achievement or made significant contributions to their field,
Served our community or country in a significant way,
Exhibited leadership, character and service in his/her profession or community.

Nomination can be submitted year-round to the Communications Office at Sunnyside School District. The nomination form can be found on the District website on the Communications Department web page. For more information, please call 509-836-8703 or email jessica.morgan@sunnysideschools.org.


Attached Media Files: Detective Julie McGowan , Ken Jernberg at work at Crosswalk Teen Shelter
Oregon Parks and Recreation Seeks Wolf Creek Inn Operator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/11/17 12:00 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is extending the deadline to accept proposals to operate Wolf Creek Inn, an historic bed-and-breakfast property near Grants Pass, in southern Oregon. The request for proposals (RFP) opened August 15, 2017 and closes October 19, 2017. More info is here: http://bit.ly/WolfCreekInnRFP

The Inn has been operated in many different ways in its long history. Since 1975, when OPRD took ownership of the 4 1/2 acre property, the facility has functioned as a restaurant, an overnight hotel, or both together. OPRD has run the operation with its own staff, or as an adjunct to a concessionaire. Right now, OPRD is operating the property as a museum and as an overnight hotel. The agency hopes to have a contract awarded later this fall for 2018 operation.

"It is a unique opportunity," said Nathan Seable, who manages state parks in the area, including Wolf Creek Inn State Historic Site. "For the right individuals, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run a business in a great community." Seable will conduct site visits for any interested parties.

Wolf Creek Inn was built sometime around 1883, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility has been remodeled, and today boasts upgraded HVAC systems and electrical service, an efficient commercial kitchen and modern fire suppression. Its nine guest rooms, appointed in period décor, have seen the likes of Clark Gable and Jack London walk through their doors. The Inn has always been a strong venue for special events, and its restaurant and hospitality services have been regionally famous for decades.

Wolf Creek Inn is located just off the I-5, about 20 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon. The Inn is an easy drive to the many tourism destinations of southern Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park, the wild and scenic Rogue River, the Oregon Caves, the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and the Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets October 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/11/17 11:09 AM
Corrected news release:
NOTE: A correction to the meeting day/date has been posted to this news release. The correct day and date for the meeting is Friday, October 20. Sorry for the confusion.



Date: October 11, 2017

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


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Friday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Trillium Room at the Oregon Garden Resort, 879 W. Main St., Silverton, OR 97381. The committee will receive and discuss information about:

General updates from the Private Forests Division Deputy Chief
What help the agency can provide to forest landowners after a wildfire
The Forest Stewardship National Meeting
Forest taxes
Forestry business and succession management
Planning for the December committee meeting

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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

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FBI Seeking Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/11/17 10:12 AM
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The information below is part of a national awareness campaign launched today by FBI Headquarters as investigators attempt to identify Jane Doe 39. The FBI is launching this campaign as a national effort because this woman could be anywhere in the U.S.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown female who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as Jane Doe 39, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

The video depicting the unidentified female, Jane Doe 39, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of 2016; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced prior to this date.

Jane Doe 39 is described as an Asian female, likely between the ages of 25 and 35, with long black hair. At the time the video was produced, Jane Doe 39 was wearing a white, yellow, blue, and red floral dress. In addition, Jane Doe 39 could be heard speaking Vietnamese. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case is being investigated as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.

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Attached Media Files: Rescue Me Summary , FBI Endangered Child Alert background , Jane Doe 39 flyer , Jane Doe 39 photo b , Jane Doe 39 photo a
Oregon Emergency Management and the Oregon State Fire Marshal send equipment and personnel to assist with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/11/17 9:57 AM
Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
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The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal in coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the raging wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon and Arizona. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

"Oregon fire agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year and I am proud that we can return the favor in their time of need."

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state to state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams from the following counties:
Two from Lane County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Linn/Benton counties, Marion County, Clatsop County, Jackson/Josephine counties, Yamhill County, and Klamath/Deschutes counties.


Attached Media Files: Staff from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Oregon Emergency Management working to fulfill California's request for firefighting assistance
Be "2 Weeks Ready" and be Earthquake Prepared (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/11/17 9:33 AM
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady
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OEM launches series of 2 Weeks Ready videos to provide fun, friendly information and a memorable jingle

SALEM, OR -- October 11, 2017 -- The shaking starts. It's an earthquake! What do you do? Many people sit there wondering, "Is this 'The Big One'?" On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., join millions who will practice what you should REALLY do during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Find out how and register to participate at www.ShakeOut.org/Oregon.

Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges everyone to be 2 Weeks Ready for earthquakes and other disasters. To that end, the agency has developed a series of lively one-minute videos, viewable on the OEM YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2wxyE9C), to inform and educate the public.

Andrew Phelps, OEM director, suggests that in addition to having two weeks' of food, water and other supplies, take time to talk with your family and friends about what you will do when disaster strikes and if you're not together during an emergency. Do family members know what to do and where to go? Is heavy furniture at home or equipment at work braced for safety? Do you know how to turn off your gas line? Is your preparedness kit accessible? How will you communicate with your loved ones after a major disaster?

These are critical questions when planning for disasters such as earthquakes and go beyond having emergency items. Develop a family disaster plan, assign roles or duties for each family member, and do the same for people in your neighborhood.

"During an emergency, we will need to count on each other," says Phelps. "Be aware of what hazards or disasters can impact you and your family, have emergency supplies and know what to do 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster."

The 2 Weeks Ready campaign was launched by Oregon's Office of Emergency Management in 2016 in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut. It aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a major disaster. A series of brochures (http://bit.ly/2ktFjex), a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/2jUgHPx) and Twitter feed (@2WeeksReady) provide information, resources and assistance with disaster preparedness planning.

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Attached Media Files: Oregon's Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be "2 Weeks Ready" for any type of disaster. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oem/2WeeksReady , Be part of the world's largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, at 10:19 a.m. on October 19. Register today at www.shakeout.org/oregon/register.
Flu season has begun, and it's a good time to get vaccinated
Oregon Health Authority - 10/11/17 8:25 AM
October 11, 2017

Flu activity is as expected for this time of year, and vaccine is effective

The start of fall means the start of influenza season, and public health officials say now is the best time--when the number of flu cases in Oregon is still low--to get vaccinated.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) begins tracking flu the first week of October each year. The agency publishes data each week of the season on reports of influenza-like illness from hospital emergency departments and sentinel health care providers around the state; positive flu tests reported by 22 hospital laboratories in Oregon; and hospitalizations reported in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

While it's difficult to forecast exactly how bad the flu season will be this year, health officials say getting a flu shot is the best way to prepare for however it shapes up.

"Every flu season is a bad flu season, but we can all do our part in keeping flu numbers down by getting a flu shot before the season really hits hard," said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at the OHA Public Health Division.

Flu is a virus that causes mild to severe respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization. The virus kills thousands of people in the U.S. each year. People at higher risk of severe illness or death include children, adults older than 65, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu. It can take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal. Vaccinations are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Oregon Public Health Division officials also are encouraging health care workers to get vaccinated for the flu. Immunized health care workers help prevent the spread of influenza in health care settings, particular among hospitalized patients at high risk for complications from the flu, such as the elderly, very young or those with some chronic illnesses.

Since 2009 OHA has required Oregon hospitals to report their health care workers' flu vaccination rates. OHA added this requirement for long-term care facilities in 2010 and then for ambulatory surgery centers in 2011. Last year was the first year dialysis facilities have been required to report their health care worker flu vaccination rates. Oregon hospitals and dialysis facilities met the 2015 Healthy People target rate of 75 percent for the 2015-2016 influenza season, while ambulatory surgery centers and skilled nursing facilities fell short.

Data on 2015-2016 Oregon health care worker influenza vaccination rates are available on the OHA Public Health website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/COMMUNICABLEDISEASE/HAI/Documents/Reports/FluVacc_Report_2015.pdf.

Thomas said strategies for increasing flu vaccination rates among health care workers include facilities encouraging employees to get vaccinated at the beginning of every flu season; encouraging coworkers, including those not employed by the facility--contractors, volunteers--to get vaccinated, and participating in and encouraging promotional strategies, such as mass vaccination fairs, providing vaccines at no cost and creating incentive programs.

Other ways people can help prevent flu:

-- Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.

-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.

-- Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.

-- Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To find flu vaccine clinic, visit the OHA flu prevention website at http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ and use OHA's flu vaccine locator tool.

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