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09/30/14
Superintendent Evans Announces Reassignments Including Next OSP Public Information Officer and Area Commander Positions
Oregon State Police - 09/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans announced several reassignments of personnel that will be effective October 1, 2014, for the following positions:

Public Information Officer
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer (PIO), is retiring effective December 1, 2014, following a 36-year OSP career. Hastings has served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

The PIO position will be filled by Lieutenant Joshua Brooks who will be assigned at OSP General Headquarters in Salem. Brooks, age 35, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. His OSP office assignments included John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

(More information will be shared with media regarding the PIO transition and contact information in the near future)

Salem Area Command Office
Tim Fox is promoted to Lieutenant at the Salem Area Command office following Lieutenant Brooks' reassignment to the Public Information Officer position. Fox, age 41, has worked for OSP for 19 years and previously was the Salem office's area commander from 2009 - 2013. Since joining OSP in October 1995, he has worked Patrol Services Division assignments in Coos Bay, Salem, Oregon State University, and Albany offices. He also served as the Department's SWAT commander for 7 years, and most recently worked in the Gaming Division in Salem.

Portland Area Command Office
Andrew McCool, age 43, is promoted to Lieutenant and takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the reassignment of Lieutenant Jon Harrington to oversee OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives for the Department's northwest region. McCool is promoted to Lieutenant from his patrol sergeant position at the Portland Area Command office. Since joining OSP in August 1999 assigned at the Heppner work site, he has worked in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division assignments at Bend, Government Camp and Portland.

Northwest Region Headquarters - Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
Lieutenant Jon Harrington is reassigned to oversee the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives following the reassignment of Lieutenant Steve Duvall to the Capitol Mall office. Harrington, age 42, joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties. In July 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant at the Portland Area Command office.

Capitol Mall Area Command Office
Lieutenant Steve Duvall is reassigned from the Northwest Region Headquarters to oversee OSP operations for the Capitol Mall office, replacing Lieutenant Terri Davie who is transferred to the Gaming Division at General Headquarters. Duvall, age 49, joined OSP in 1995 and has been assigned in Salem-area assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards.

McMinnville Area Command Office
Lieutenant Douglas Shugart takes over as the McMinnville Area Commander following the promotion of Eric Davenport to Captain in the Department's Office of Professional Standards. Shugart, age 43, is reassigned as the McMinnville Area Commander from his previous position in the Fish & Wildlife Division where he oversaw the division's operations for the northwest region. Shugart is returning to the McMinnville office where he started his career in 1998 as a patrol trooper. Since joining OSP, he has worked in Patrol and Fish & Wildlife division assignments at the McMinnville, Salem, and Capitol Mall offices.


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Maffei appointed to DOGAMI Governing Board
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/30/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Laura Maffei has been appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate to serve a four-year term on the Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

Maffei, an attorney and registered professional geologist with the State of Oregon, practices environmental and natural resources law. She joined Portland firm Cable Huston LLP in March 2014 as a partner. She previously represented municipal and industrial clients in permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental litigation matters. Before attending law school, Maffei was an environmental consultant in Oregon and Washington.

Maffei graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College with a juris doctor degree and a certificate in environmental and natural resource law. She earned an undergraduate degree in geology from UCLA and a master of science in geology from University of Washington. She is one of few Oregon lawyers who are also registered professional geologists.

"With her background in geology and environmental law, Ms. Maffei brings one-of-a-kind perspective and insight to the geologic and mineral resource challenges and opportunities facing Oregon," says State Geologist Vicki McConnell, on behalf of the Board. "We welcome her to the Governing Board."

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

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2014 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture; Prizes awarded daily Oct. 1-8 for social media posts
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/30/14
Salem, Ore. - A good meal, attending a quinceañera, or a visit to the museum: Days of Culture 2014 will celebrate the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting Oregonians to share snapshots of their own cultural experiences.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon's 1,300 cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2001. The decision to expand the 2014 celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

"Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history," said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. "Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life."

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo of a cultural moment (anything from a sporting event to a backwoods hike) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #thisisculture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. Everyone who posts will be eligible to win a daily prize; prizes include: a Portland Trail Blazers package; a stay at The Lodge at Kah-Nee-Ta; Oregon Symphony tickets; passes to the Oregon Coast Aquarium; and lodging at the historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, Ore.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust's fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2014 donation to one of Oregon's designated 1,300 cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust.

For details on Days of Culture 2014 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.
09/29/14
Oregon National Guard's JTAP contract expires
Oregon Military Department - 09/29/14
SALEM, Ore. - The fiscal year 2014 contract for the Oregon National Guard's Joint Transition Assistance Program, known as JTAP, which assists service members and veterans with civilian job placement, has expired.

The contract employed approximately 16 contractors across the state of Oregon and was developed as part of the Reintegration Program to help returning war veterans find jobs.

Federal funding was available for a new contract to continue these services for fiscal year 2015. However, no proposals to support the contract requirements were received during the solicitation process, resulting in a lapse in executing a new contract.

"Although the funding was available, we received zero quotes to fulfill this contract," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Since the contract was not executed, the funding had to be returned to the federal government."

A new contract may be executed if funding is allocated in fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. Meanwhile, Family Assistance Specialists with the Reintegration Program will work hand in hand with WorkSource Oregon to assist veterans and families seeking employment to continue these services.

"This is an amazing program, not just for the Oregon National Guard, but for all Oregon veterans and their families," Bomar said. "We will continue to do our best to support this requirement."

Oregon's Reintegration Program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The JTAP program has helped secure employment for more than 1,200 veterans over the last 12 months.

Currently, the Oregon National Guard has nearly 1,000 Guard members mobilized in support of overseas operations, with the majority serving in Afghanistan. Many of these Oregon Guard members will be seeking civilian employment upon their return to Oregon next year.

For information about the JTAP program visit: http://www.orng-vet.org/employment/employment%20How%20Do%20I%20Start.html
09/27/14
Correction to Latest Updates: Driver Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 between Bend & Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/27/14
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Correction. The driver (FIX) is the victim's Stepfather, not father as originally listed. We apologize for the error.

Also, OSP is asking to speak with any witnesses to the driving of the involved white 1997 Chevrolet Suburban between Bend and the crash scene. Any witnesses with pertinent information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Messages will be forwarded to Trooper Gary Thompson for a return call. Thank you.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that has resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl, injuries to four other juvenile females, and the arrest of the vehicle's driver on Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. The names of the deceased victim and other injured girls are released in this update.

On September 26, 2014, at approximately 7:17 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle rollover crash involving a northbound vehicle. Upon arrival, Redmond Fire & Rescue and DCSO deputies confirmed one fatality and others injured. An air ambulance and ground ambulance were dispatched to the scene to transport injured persons to area hospitals.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by WILLIAM WAYNE FIX, age 32, from Redmond, was traveling northbound in a reckless manner when FIX lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a rock embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its side.

Passenger PHOENIX MARIE PRICE, age 7, from Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She is reportedly the driver's stepdaughter.

Three juvenile females, two age 14 and one age 10, were critically or seriously injured. NAOMI SPANSEL, age 14, and OLIVIA JEANES, age 10, both from Redmond, were critically injured and transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SPANSEL was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. JEANES was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The seriously injured girl, VALON FIX, age 14, from Redmond, was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.

A fourth girl, IZZABELLA ROBBINS, age 7, from Redmond, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with minor injuries.

WILLIAM FIX was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of his injuries. After he was released from the hospital, OSP took him into custody and lodged him in the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:

* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Assault in the Second Degree (3 counts)
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are leading the investigation. Safety restraint use by all occupants is pending confirmation. No other information to be released at this time.

The highway was fully closed until one lane was open for both directions about 9:00 p.m.

Scene photograph - Oregon State Police
FIX photograph - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

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Truck Fire - Interstate 84 east of The Dalles (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/27/14
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A semi-trailer loaded with 42,000 lbs of apples destined for the east coast was heavily damaged Saturday after it caught fire along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about three miles east of The Dalles. The fire response closed the eastbound lanes for about an hour.

According to Trooper Matt Zistel, on September 27, 2014 at approximately 11:35 a.m., a commercial truck pulled to the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 90 after noting a problem with the semi-trailer. After stopping a fire started near one of the tires. The driver disconnected the truck from the trailer as the fire was spreading.

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to extinguish the fire along with OSP and ODOT. One lane was open for traffic about 12:40 p.m.

Intermittent lane closures were expected this afternoon while ODOT coordinates scene clearance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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09/26/14
9-1-1 Operators Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/26/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training graduated its 91st Basic Telecommunication Class on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The graduation was held at DPSST's Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The guest speaker was Operations Manager Jennifer Reese, of the Willamette Valley Communications Center. The class consisted of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

Basic Telecommunications #91 Graduates

Dispatcher Tamara Allender
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Tracy Arnett
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Alex Edinger
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Supervisor Nancy Gentry
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Lisa Gomez
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Vanessa Hernandez
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Tesmond Hurd
LaGrande Police Department

Dispatcher Harminder Kaur
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Amanda King
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Katie Krebs
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Lacey Larson
Tillamook County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Lori Larson
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Meira Lavadour
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Dispatcher Karisa Lemire
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tyler Marler
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Nicole Miller
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Laura Olson
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Sara Olson
Sweet Home Police Department

Dispatcher Laura Satrum
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Justin Schreiner
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Spencer Simpson
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Lori Sissum
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Supervisor John Thompson
METCOM 9-1-1

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 212 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, 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 20,000 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.
Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
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Update - OSP confirmed the pickup driven by the deceased driver was stolen September 11 in Pendleton.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles east of Pendleton. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on September 25, 2014 at approximately 5:06 a.m., a Umatilla Tribal police officer drove upon an unreported single vehicle crash spotted in the darkness about 20 feet off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 223. The police officer confirmed there was an unresponsive adult male inside the extensively damaged 1990 Ford F250 pickup that was on its side at the base of a rock embankment.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the driver, GREG ALLEN WHITE, age 29, from Pendleton, was deceased. He was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. The actual time of the crash has not been determined. The westbound and eastbound lanes at this section of Interstate 84 are about a half mile apart. Senior Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator.

The left eastbound lane was closed at the scene during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon Stroke Care Committee Meeting October 9
Oregon Health Authority - 09/26/14
Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Oregon Stroke Care Committee Meeting October 9

What: The fourth public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include a review of stroke data and discussion of topics that include:

* Evidence-based education targeting the general public and providers;
* Stroke-ready hospitals;
* Access to rehabilitation services.

When: Thursday, October 9, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Who: The Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code: 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

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

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ssd to host athletic levy informational meeting
Sunnyside Sch. Dist. - 09/26/14
Sunnyside School District is inviting the community to an informational meeting about the proposed athletic facilities levy. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Denny Blaine Boardroom (810 E. Custer Ave). Staff will provide information and answer questions on the levy and proposed projects. The six-year levy totalling $6,886,240 is on the ballot for the November 4, 2014 general election.
Efficient Forestry - Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/26/14
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The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MAJOR MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

September 26, 2014

Contact:
Lena Tucker, (503) 945-7529, ltucker@odg.state.or.us
Nick Hennemann, (503) 910-4311, nhennemann@odf.state.or.us


Efficient Forestry - Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1

Forestry professionals are not only logging, but will now log-in before doing forestry work. In August 2013, the Oregon Department of Forestry began developing a Notification of Forest Operations process with a simple 21st century solution: E-Notification. Starting Oct. 1, E-Notification will occur through the Forest activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System (FERNS), accessible through the Department's main web page at www.oregon.gov/odf.

A team developed the site using an agile approach, testing each piece while the developers created the next one.

"E-Notification is really an agile development success story," said Peter Daugherty, the department's Private Forests Division chief. "Rather than waiting until the site was finished and walking away with a product that might work, we got to test it the whole way through to find and fix problems and ensure a functioning system."

Lena Tucker, the deputy division chief who led the development team, said, "We tested it. We tried to break the system every way we could imagine and have the developer fix it. But, like any system, we know we'll still have updates and fixes to refine this tool. We're already working on release 2 and eyeing future releases."

Efficiency

E-Notification gives everyone in forestry flexibility and efficiency when submitting legally required Notifications of Operations. Starting Oct. 1, anyone filing a Notification for Operation and Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery will be able to use the new online system. Landowners, the public, forest industry, and the Department developed e-Notification system goals to:
* increase efficiency,
* streamline communications, and
* simplify the process.

21st Century Business

E-mailing, e-filing, and e-Notifying match today's business and regulatory needs and speeds for information. The Department of Forestry continues investing significant resources to meet these demands.

Currently, landowners, timber owners, and operators file a paper notification. Department staff then manually enter the information into an electronic system. Finally, the notifier receives a printed copy by mail. With e-Notification, notifiers will submit notifications anywhere they have internet access and quickly receive an email with a copy of their completed notification.

Private Forest Division Chief Peter Daugherty explained, "Administratively, we're simply matching current technology. The principles stay the same - communicate, protect people and the environment, and allow productive forest management. It's just the tools that have changed."

Streamlined
* E-Notification will reduce redundancy. Someone who files notifications annually can set up an account, and then will need to enter only the site-specific details for the next notification.
* Notifiers can copy older notifications electronically to update or add operation activities for the next year.
* Instead of checking boxes on a paper form for the township, range and section of the operation, notifiers can locate their property on a digital map and draw their unit boundary.
* Notifiers who have their own GIS systems will be able to import their technical files from their system into the E-Notification.

Who?
Anyone who submits a Notification for Operation or Application Permit for Power Driven Machinery (notifiers).

What?
E-Notification - the 21st Century notification system requiring the same information as before but now it's exclusively online.

When?
October 1, 2014 all notifiers will use e-Notification to submit Notifications.

How?
On-line by accessing e-Notification on the ODF website (www.oregon.gov/odf)

Where?
Anywhere you can access the internet.

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09/25/14
Tumalo State Park Campground to close until July 1 for restroom renovation
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/25/14
BEND, OR - Tumalo State Park Campground will close for the season starting September 29, 2014 in order to replace restrooms and showers buildings. The day use area will remain open.

The project costs approximately $800,000 and will be funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks. Project coordinators are also in the process of applying for a grant.

The campground is scheduled to reopen July 1, 2015, and reservations for space after that date will be available through the normal reservation process, nine months in advance. If the project finishes ahead of schedule, campers will be able to reserve dates prior to July 1 by calling Reservations Northwest beginning April 15 at 1-800-452-5687.
DEA's Ninth & Final Prescription Drug Take Back Day
DEA Seattle - 09/25/14
New disposal rules in effect next moth provide for convenient, ongoing disposal
opportunities for patients' unwanted pharmaceuticals

Sept 25 - (Seattle, Washington) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners throughout Washington will provide to the public a safe, free and anonymous way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Last April, Washington residents turned in 8.3 tons of unwanted and expired prescription drugs. Currently, there are 83 registered sites throughout the state. Collection sites can be found by going to www.dea.gov and clicking on the "Got Drugs?" banner at the top of the home page, which connects to a database that the public can search by zip code, city or county. Additionally, the public can call 1-800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites - liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey of users cited above also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The public's enormous response to DEA's eight prior National Take Back Days demonstrates its recognition of the need for a way to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Last April Americans turned in over 780,000 pounds (390 tons) of prescription drugs. Since its first National Take Back Day in September of 2010, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds (over 2,100 tons) of prescription drugs throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories.

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago because at that time the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement; it banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them. Most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet, resulting in contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs.

The week after DEA's first Take Back Day, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 was enacted. The Act authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods the public and long-term care facilities can use to transfer pharmaceutical controlled substances and other prescription drugs to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. While those regulations were being developed and approved, the DEA sponsored seven more take-back events.


DEA's new disposal regulations were published in the Federal Register on September 9 and can be viewed at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov or at www.regulations.gov. DEA's goal in implementing the Act is to expand the options available to safely and securely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription medications on a routine basis. At this time, DEA has no plans to sponsor more nationwide Take-Back Days in order to give authorized collectors the opportunity to provide this valuable service to their communities.

The Final Rule authorizes certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to modify their registration with the DEA to become authorized collectors. All collectors may operate a collection receptacle at their registered location, and collectors with an on-site means of destruction may operate a mail-back program. Retail pharmacies and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy may operate collection receptacles at long-term care facilities. The public may find authorized collectors in their communities by calling the DEA Office of Diversion Control's Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539.

Law enforcement continues to have autonomy with respect to how they collect controlled substance prescription drugs from ultimate users, including holding take-back events. Any person or entity--DEA registrant or non-registrant--may partner with law enforcement to conduct take-back events. Patients also may continue to utilize the guidelines for the disposal of pharmaceutical controlled substances listed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Any method of patient disposal that was valid prior to these new regulations being implemented continues to be valid.
New Wapato High School Dedication Ceremonies Planned
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 09/25/14
Good Thursday afternoon everyone,

I can't tell you how excited I am to be sending you this press release. Attached is a release with details about our dedication ceremonies for the new Wapato High School. This is a project that has been more than three years in the works. During that time many of you have written articles and provided updates on our progress, now I hope you can join us and tell the story about the completion of Wapato community's beautiful new facility.

In the mean time I'm hoping you can spread the word/details about the public dedication event detailed in the attached press release. We want the Wapato community to attend the event and to be able to see this extraordinary facility they have built for their children and the children of generations to come.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato High School Dedication
CORRECTION: Central Ore. hunter info booths open next week
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/25/14
[NEWS DIRECTORS/EDITORS: This is a corrected version of a release that went out earlier this morning. Please use this version.]

Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations.

Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery. Central Oregon has experienced an active wildfire season this summer. The message to hunters and recreationists is: Call ahead for the area you are visiting to find out the current fire use restrictions. They can quickly change and vary from place to place. Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

The Dalles:
Memaloose Rest Area
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dodson Road
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Pine:
La Pine at "Rays"
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prineville:
Prineville at "Rays"
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Highway 58:
Milepost 71
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 10 a.m. to dark
Friday, Oct. 3 - 9 a.m. to dark

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative.
Central Oregon hunter info booths open next week
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/25/14
Hunter information booths will be open across central Oregon in early October to provide the public with current fire restriction information on open fires, driving off road, chainsaw use, smoking in the forest, and more. Road closure information as well as map sales and coffee will also be available at most locations.

Early fall is the most dynamic time of year for wildfire danger. Hot afternoons continue to dry out vegetation and colder nights alone do not provide adequate moisture recovery. Central Oregon has experienced an active wildfire season this summer. The message to hunters and recreationists is: Call ahead for the area you are visiting to find out the current fire use restrictions. They can quickly change and vary from place to place. Some restrictions may be lifted due to rain received. But many areas may still prohibit open fires and driving off of improved roads.

Fire restriction/fire use information can be found at the following locations:

The Dalles:
Memaloose Rest Area
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dodson Road
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Pine:
La Pine at "Rays"
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prineville:
Prineville at "Rays"
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 - 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The hunter booths are brought to you by the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative, the Klamath County Fire Prevention Cooperative and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Cooperative.
09/24/14
Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's multi-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. Additional names are released in this update. OSP is asking to hear from any witnesses to the initial northbound collision between the pickup and a tanker trailer prior to the pickup departing the northbound lanes and crossing the freeway center median. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 375-3555.

Updated information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup driven by MICHAEL LIPPMAN, age 53, from SE Salem, was northbound in heavy rain conditions when it collided into the left side of a tanker trailer. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door with two occupants. Two other southbound vehicles, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup and a 1997 Toyota pickup, were involved in the collision.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54, from SW Portland. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the Nissan, CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from SW Portland, was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She is also an employee of the Oregon State Hospital and is in critical condition.

LIPPMANN was also transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Two males in the Toyota pickup were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Their names are not available at this time.

A second minor collision involving two other vehicles occurred north of the initial crash scene that was unrelated to the fatal crash.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

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Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/24/14
PR 18 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

Nancy Mitman named BPA's chief financial officer

Portland, Ore. - Nancy Mitman has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bonneville Power Administration in a move that further solidifies the organization's executive leadership. She has served in an acting capacity in that role since July 2013, with oversight of BPA's capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting.

"Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge from many different aspects of the budgeting and financial apparatus of BPA," said Deputy Administrator Greg Delwiche. "She has very ably and capably been serving as our acting chief financial officer for more than a year, and she has clearly demonstrated that she is the right person for the job."

During her tenure as acting chief financial officer, Mitman guided BPA's finance team through a new agreement with Energy Northwest to restructure debt. That restructuring promises to reshape and lower the costs of BPA's overall debt portfolio in ways that could save more than a billion dollars for regional ratepayers over the long term. Additionally, it provides substantial near-term rate benefits and frees up access to capital.

Also under her leadership, BPA conducted the first Capital in Review public process that involved a new, cross-agency capital prioritization and allows interested parties the opportunity to comment on BPA's draft asset strategies and 10-year capital forecasts. BPA also completed the Integrated Program Review for cost structure for the upcoming BP-16 rate case. Other highlights of Mitman's tenure include implementation of a new travel system for employees and affirmation of BPA's strong bond rating by the three rating agencies.

"BPA is well positioned to further address financial strategies and initiatives, including prioritization of investments, allocation of financial resources, management of costs, planning for future revenue and management of liquidity and cash," Mitman said. "It's a privilege to serve in this role, and I look forward to working with our customers and other stakeholders to continue BPA's enduring prudent approach to fiscal management."

Mitman began her career at BPA in 1988 as an accountant and steadily rose through the ranks of management and leadership in Finance. In addition to multiple stints as acting chief financial officer, she has served as BPA's treasurer and deputy chief financial officer. Mitman holds an accounting degree from Montana State University. She lives in St. Helens, Ore., with her husband.

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

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Update: Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/24/14
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UPDATE: Initially, information from the scene said this was a double fatal crash. At this time, one person is confirmed deceased. The second person is in critical condition.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's multi-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Salem. The victim's name is released in this update. Other names anticipated for release later today.

Preliminary information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a small pickup traveling northbound in heavy rain conditions collided with a commercial vehicle. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a small passenger car driven by an adult male. Two other southbound vehicles were involved in the collision.

The male driver of the first southbound vehicle, a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door, involved in the head-on crash was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the car was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The involved pickup's driver was also transported to Salem Hospital with unknown injuries.

Two other people in another vehicle were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

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Board of Forestry subcommittee scheduled to recommend forest management option for northwest Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/24/14
A Board of Forestry subcommittee considering alternative management plans for state forests is scheduled to recommend one of two forest management plan options at its September 29 meeting.

The Board and Department of Forestry are considering new options to manage northwest Oregon's state forests to ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division at ODF, and improve conservation outcomes in state forestlands. The Board has appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

The Alternative Forest Management Plan for Northwest Oregon Subcommittee will meet in Salem on September 29 (see details below).

During the meeting, subcommittee members are scheduled to review materials and products produced during the Alternative Forest Management Plan process, revisit intended goals of a new forest management plan, and formulate a recommendation to the Board of Forestry on strategies for a new forest management plan. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Meeting details
When: 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., September 29.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.

More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_092914_Meeting.aspx

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

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

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Prineville Reservoir State Park Campground closed in October for paving project
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/24/14
PRINEVILLE, OR - Prineville Reservoir State Park Campground will be closed in October for a paving project. The day use area will remain open, along with Jasper Point Campground on the reservoir's northeast shore, which has 27 first-come, first-served campsites with waterfront views and boat ramp access.

The paving project - which will cost approximately $420,000 - will replace all roads and parking pads inside the year-round campground. The campground is scheduled to reopen Nov. 1. Jasper Point campground will close for the winter on Oct. 31. Information on Jasper Point is at http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=25.

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09/23/14
Oregon National Guard emergency response experts visit Vietnam (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 09/23/14
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HANOI, Vietnam -- Ten domestic emergency and response experts from the Oregon National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) began a series of informational and practical exchanges at a training site near the headquarters of the 249th Engineers, Vietnam People's Army, Sept. 22, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Nine Citizen-Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 224th Engineer Company, and one Citizen-Airman from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, are conducting a variety of search and rescue scenarios throughout the week-long visit including; rappelling, rescue hoist operations, casualty extraction and rigging.

The Oregon National Guard formally engaged in a partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012 through the National Guard State Partnership Program.

This exchange is designed to use the expertise of Oregon's CERFP to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM in areas such as light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response. This partnership also provides the Oregon National Guard with an opportunity to learn skills and procedures used in Vietnam in times of disaster and emergencies that may not be common in the U.S.

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Technical Sgt. Andrew Stott, 142nd Medical Group, Oregon Air National Guard, assists in training members of the 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, in rope knot work, a beginning step in learning search and extraction techniques in an urban environment, during a weeklong information and procedure exchange, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Christner (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Casey Bayes (right), of the 224th Engineer Company, Oregon Army National Guard, instruct a team of engineers from 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, in the use of a tripod for hoisting victims out of rubble and deep holes, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Christner, of the 224th Engineer Company, Oregon Army National Guard, demonstrates the use of a tripod designed for hoisting victims from deep holes to a team of engineers from 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Cpt. Mark Timmons, Oregon CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package Action Officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard, observes and assists as engineers from 249th Engineer Brigade, Vietnam People's Army, learn to rappel off of a disabled structure, Sept. 22, at the 249th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, in Vietnam. The Oregon National Guard formally began its partnership with The National Committee for Search and Rescue of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (VINASARCOM) in November of 2012. The partnership is designed to enhance the capabilities of VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard in areas of light and medium urban search and extraction and medical first response in disaster situations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard)


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Annual Archaeology Series set Fridays in October at Smith Rock State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/23/14
Smith Rock State Park will host its annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series Fridays in October. The theme of the 21st annual series is "Oregon or Bust," and the program will highlight U.S expansion and settlement of the West.

Presentations will be at 7 p.m. at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center facility, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive. Presentations are open to the public and free of charge with a $5 Day-Use or Annual Pass required for parking. Each 1 1/2 hour presentation will include a question and answer period. Presentations are scheduled as follows:

Oct. 3: "Oregon's Fur Trade Era." Dr. David Brauner of Oregon State University will describe the early global competition over the abundant natural and physical resources in the Oregon Territory.

Oct. 10: "Finding Fremont in Oregon, 1843." Loren Irving, past Chairman of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, will detail the "Great Pathfinder" John C. Fremont's historic expeditions to map the Oregon Trail.

Oct. 17: "The Lost Meek Wagon Train." Prineville's Bowman Museum historian Steve Lent will recount the disastrous 1845 shortcut off of the main route of the Oregon Trail.

Oct. 24: "The Legend of Skull Hollow." Smith Rock Park Ranger Eric Iseman will describe key incidents and locations relating to the Snake Indian War of 1864-68.

Oct. 31: "Hardiness and Hope on the High Desert." Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will discuss the hardships endured during the Homestead Era in Eastern Oregon.

The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of our region," said Paul Patton, Resource Specialist for OPRD's Mountain Region.

Smith Rock State Park is located off of Highway 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org. or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

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Oregon celebrates Earth Science Week October 12-18
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/23/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) announced today that Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed October 12-18 as Earth Science Week.

The 2014 Earth Science Week theme of "Earth's Connected Systems," explores the dynamic interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Focus days during the week include International Earthcache Day (October 12), Earth Science Literacy Day (October 13), No Child Left Inside Day (October 14), National Fossil Day (October 15), Geoscience for Everyone Day (October 16), and Geologic Map Day (October 17).

Geologic Map Day promotes the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach.

"Geologic maps tell the story of how our state's spectacular landscape formed, and help us understand the geologic hazards and resources of today's Oregon," says State Geologist Vicki McConnell.

The DOGAMI website at www.OregonGeology.org will feature themed earth science activities and resources for teachers, students and the community throughout the month of October.

For more information about Earth Science Week, visit www.earthsciweek.org. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day website at www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/.

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The Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) increases understanding of Oregon's geologic resources and hazards through science and stewardship. Learn more at OregonGeology.org.
Child and Family Well-Being Measures Workgroup to hold first meeting September 30 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/14
Correcting for: Aimee Craig, Early Learning Division communications

September 23, 2014

Child and Family Well-Being Measures Workgroup to hold first meeting September 30 in Wilsonville

What: The Child and Family Well-Being Measures Workgroup, a workgroup of the Joint Subcommittee of the Early Learning Council and the Oregon Health Policy Board, will meet Tuesday, September 30 in Wilsonville. At this first meeting, the focus will be on establishing a common understanding of the workgroup's charge, meeting protocols, and expected deliverables, and beginning discussions on criteria for measure selection. Public testimony will be accepted at the end of the meeting.

When: Tuesday, September 30, 1-4 p.m.

Where: 9140 SW Pioneer Court (Suite E), Wilsonville

Agenda:

Introductions;

Workgroup purpose and deliverables;

Workgroup process;

Preliminary discussion of measure domains and selection criteria;

Public testimony (if any).

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

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Update #2: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99E Between Oregon City and Canby (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 99E about three miles south of Oregon City. Three people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:15 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver, GLENN PAUL LAUINGER, age 63, from Canby, pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane. GLENN LAUINGER was outside the pickup when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by ZANE E. UTLEY, age 42, from Canby, struck the rear of the pickup. GLENN LAUINGER was struck and knocked to the ground. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the southbound lanes and part of the left northbound lane.

GLENN LAUINGER was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He died after arrival. The female passenger in the pickup, whose name is not available at this time, was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries.

UTLEY was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries. He was treated and released Monday.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Canby Police & Fire departments, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT personnel, Clackamas County Incident Response and ODOT. One northbound lane was open and a detour in place for southbound traffic until all lanes were opened.

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Deadline 10/5/2014: Oregon DHS, Health Authority Seek Public Comment on Transition Plan for Medicaid Home, Community-Based Services
OR Department of Human Services - 09/23/14
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are working on a Transition Plan as required by CMS to meet the new requirements.

The two agencies are seeking public comment on the DRAFT plan, which has been posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/hcbs-transitionplan.aspx

Request for comments: All individuals receiving HCBS services, family members, advocates, providers and delivery system representatives are asked to review the plan and submit their comments to assist in developing the final plan.

The purpose of the new regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Deadline for comments: Please review and provide comments no later than October 5, 2014. Mailed responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

The final Transition Plan due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by October 13, 2014.

Send e-mail comments to hcbs.oregon@state.or.us
Send written comments via mail to: HCBS Transition Plan Comments, 500 Summer Street NE, E09, Salem, OR 97301

PDF of DRAFT transition plan attached, available for download


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ODF Fire Update for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/23/14
New fires
The Jewel Road Fire was reported yesterday burning 7 miles west of Dufur in grass, brush and oak. 6 engines, 2 crews, 2 helicopters and 2 bulldozers responded to this fire, which grew to 33 acres. The fire is now contained and in mop-up by local unit resources this morning.

Current large fires:

Scoggins Creek Fire
The 211-acre Scoggins Creek Fire burning 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake near Forest Grove is now 83 percent contained. The Washington County Sheriff's office will lift all evacuation orders today at 6:00 p.m. The Scoggins Valley Park at Hagg Lake will reopen to the public on Wednesday (dawn-dusk) except for Boat Ramp C, which will remain closed to support firefighting efforts.

Last night was the final night shift for this incident. The resources assigned to today's day shift will continue working after the team leaves. The in-coming team will shadow the Team 2 members today for a smooth transition.

Resources assigned:
15 crews, 5 helicopters, 8 engines, 1 bulldozer, 8 water tenders and 467 personnel are assigned to this fire.
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.87 M

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Scoggins Creek fire to ODF Type 3 Team (IC Ennenga) working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Office. Official transition will occur Tuesday Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Transition Team will work to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover equipment from the fireline.

The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor conditions frequently throughout the remainder of fire season. 100% containment is expected at 6:00 p.m. today.

Fire Information Phone: After today, all media and public inquiries should call 503-846-2999 until Sept. 26th or call the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Forest Grove office at 503-357-2191.

Cooperating Partners:
* Washington Co. Emergency Operation Center
* Washington Co. Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Stimson Lumber Co.
* Gaston RFPD
* Forest Grove FD
* Washington Co. Fire Defense Board Chief

For More Information:
Email: ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire
#ScogginsCreekFire
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/
Evacuations: Washington County Sheriff's office at: 503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 09/23/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Pendleton - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 2, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel - Cayuse Room
304 SE Nye Ave.
Pendleton

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet by phone October 2, 2014 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/23/14
Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting by phone on October 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. The public venue for the meeting is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department headquarters office at 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

The Commission is meeting to act on a request to award a construction contract for work on a restroom and shower building at Tumalo State Park in Central Oregon near Bend. The full meeting agenda is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.

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MEDIA ALERT - Finley GEAR UP Carnival
Finley Sch. Dist. - 09/23/14
FINLEY, WA - As part of their National GEAR UP Week celebration, River View High School in Finley invites RVHS students and their parents to the GEAR UP carnival on Wednesday, September 24 from 12:30-2:30 PM in the high school commons.

National GEAR UP Week takes place September 22-26, 2014. GEAR UP is a college access program that provides students and families the support and resources they need for college success. For more information on the GEAR UP program in Finley, contact Amandalyn Rubio at 509.582.2158 or arubio@earlyoutreach.wsu.edu.

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Walla Walla's Cummings Selected as One of Just 13 'Afterschool Ambassadors' from Across Nation (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/23/14
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WALLA WALLA - The Afterschool Alliance today announced that Brent Cummings, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Program Director for Walla Walla Public Schools, has been selected to serve as a 2014-2015 Afterschool Ambassador. He is one of just 13 leaders from 12 states to be chosen for the honor this year. Each Afterschool Ambassador will continue directing or supporting a local afterschool program while also serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policy makers, and building support for afterschool programs.

"In Southeastern Washington and around the country, quality afterschool programs are keeping students safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families," said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. "These afterschool activities complement what they learn during the school day."

As an Afterschool Ambassador, Cummings will work to build stronger support for afterschool programs among parents, business and community leaders, lawmakers and others.

"I am excited to have this chance to help increase support for afterschool programs, which give students opportunities to explore their interests and passions and give parents the security that comes with knowing that their children are safe and supervised, with engaging, educational activities after the school day ends," said Cummings. "Afterschool programs are critical to students' success in school, to their safety, to working families, and to the nation's workforce and its economy."

The 21st CCLC Afterschool Programs for Walla Walla Public Schools serve more than 500 youth daily between five sites: Blue Ridge Elementary, Garrison Middle School, Pioneer Middle School, Lincoln High School and Walla Walla High School. At each location, youth are engaged in fun, relevant and dynamic afterschool programs that bridge enrichment activities and projects with the rigorous academic goals of the school day. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are the major content areas specifically incorporated into nearly every afterschool activity. Additionally, each site provides healthy snacks and physical activities to promote the overall well being of their students.

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09/22/14
Update: Driver Dies Following Serious Injury Crash - Highway 99E south of Oregon City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
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Update: OSP was notified that the 63-year old male driver of the pickup died after being transported by LifeFlight to OHSU. Names will be released Tuesday.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 99E about three miles south of Oregon City. Three people were transported to a Portland-area hospital and one of the individuals died after arrival. All lanes were open about 6:00 p.m.

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup with two occupants was southbound on Highway 99E at milepost 16 when the driver pulled over and stopped due to a problem with the pickup on a limited shoulder about 3 feet wide and partially in the right hand lane. The 63-year old male driver was outside the pickup when a 1996 Honda Accord driven by an adult male struck the rear of the pickup. The pickup's driver was struck and the vehicle's came to rest blocking both southbound lanes and part of the left northbound lane.

The pickup's driver was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He died after arrival. The female passenger in the pickup was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with minor injuries.

The Honda's male driver was transported by ground ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Canby Police & Fire departments, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT personnel, Clackamas County Incident Response and ODOT. One northbound lane was open and a detour in place for southbound traffic until all lanes were opened.

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Health advisory issued September 22 for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/22/14
September 22, 2014

High toxin levels found at lake in Clatsop County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Cullaby Lake, located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

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

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact Clatsop County Parks at 503-325-6452.

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

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A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - LaGrande/Pendleton/Hermiston
OR Department of Human Services - 09/22/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

LaGrande, Wednesday October 1st
* 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the LaGrande Senior Center, 1504 Albany Street
* 4:30pm - 6:00pm at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th Street
Pendleton, Thursday October 2nd
* 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Pendleton Convention Center, West Room 1, 1601 Westgate
Hermiston, Thursday October 2nd
* 5:30pm - 7:00pm at New Hope Community Church, 1350 S. Hwy 395

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting.
OSBA Board appoints Cruise to director position
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/22/14
The OSBA Board of Directors has appointed Donald A. Cruise of the Philomath School Board to fill a vacancy on the OSBA Board.

Cruise replaces Anne Schuster, a Corvallis School Board member who is resigning from that board.

Cruise, a retired elementary school teacher, was elected to the Philomath board in 2011.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Update #2: Fatality Confirmed Following Sept 19 Bicycle-Involved Crash - Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook. OSP was notified this morning that the bicyclist died from injuries sustained in the crash early Monday morning at a Portland-area hospital. An enforcement decision is pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he was in critical condition. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed KUNSMAN died September 22 at 12:59 a.m. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

According to the lead investigating trooper, the highway where the crash occurred in a curve has two traffic lanes, one westbound and one eastbound, and there is no paved shoulder on the westbound side.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Aaron Butcher is the lead investigator. The highway was closed several hours for incident response and collision reconstruction.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Netarts-Oceanside Fire District, Tillamook Fire District, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx.

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Update: Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Roseburg in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/22/14
Update: OSP learned operator HENSON went to the hospital later and is now listed in serious condition.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's motorcycle-involved traffic crash on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg that resulted in the death of a female adult passenger and injuries to two adult male operators. The female passenger died after arrival at a Roseburg-area hospital.

On September 21, 2014 at approximately 6:35 p.m., a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by KEVIN R. WILTROUT, age 32, from Phoenix, Oregon, was traveling down the on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 at exit 119 followed by another 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle. For an undetermined reason the first motorcyclist lost control and struck a fog marker. The motorcycle went down onto its side and slid across both southbound lanes where the motorcycle and both occupants struck the center concrete divider.

The second motorcycle operated by CODY L. HENSON, age 33, from Talent, lost control and crashed near the center divider.

WILTROUT and his passenger, STACEY ANN NELSON, age 39, from Central Point, were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. NELSON died from her injuries after arrival. WILTROUT's injuries were non-life threatening.

HENSON went to the same hospital later is now listed in serious condition.

All three were wearing protective helmets.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Mike Tabor is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District #2, and ODOT. Two Medford police officers traveling south came upon the scene first and started emergency medical care.

Southbound lanes were partially closed for several hours during the incident response and scene investigation.

No photographs available for this release.

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09/21/14
Update: Photos - Truck Fire - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/21/14
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The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about seven miles east of Pendleton were closed Sunday afternoon while firefighters worked to extinguish a commercial truck and trailer fire. One westbound lane is now open and traffic updates are available at TripCheck.com.

According to Trooper John Juzeler, on September 21, 2014 at approximately 3:35 p.m., a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer transported frozen chicken was westbound coming off Cabbage Hill on Interstate 84 near milepost 216 when the driver noticed the brakes smoking and on fire. After pulling onto the right shoulder near the base of a freeway onramp, the driver and passenger unsuccessfully tried to put the fire out as it began to spread in the vehicles and the grass median. According to a witness, the vehicles became fully engulfed and diesel tanks exploded.

Umatilla Tribal Fire Department personnel responded to the scene along with ODOT.

The fire caused extensive damage and the westbound lanes and on-ramp were closed. At approximately 4:30 p.m., one westbound lane was open to traffic. ODOT was on scene to coordinates vehicle removal which may occurred Monday morning.

The company, estimated load weight, and driver's name are not available.

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Scoggins Creek Fire Morning News Release - Sept. 21
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/21/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 2
and
Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team

September 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
* Washington County Emergency Operation Center
* Washington County Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Stimson Lumber Co.
* Gaston RFPD
* Forest Grove FD
* Wa. Co. Fire Defense Board Chief

PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT AT 5:00 PM at GASTON FIRE HALL

No changes to the evacuation areas. See below for more info.

Current Situation:

The #ScogginsCreekFire airshow, or at least the impressive aerial firefighting, will continue today. Overnight, firefighters continued digging line around the fire by hand.
The 597 personnel are working diligently in steep and rugged terrain with an eye to completing the line around the fire. The steps to containing the fire include:
1.Digging an initial line - from a few feet to a bulldozer blade wide - around the fire and structures at risk;
2.Improving the line by widening it so fire doesn't cross the line;
3.Laying hoses, placing water pumps, and installing plumbing along the line to get water to the fire;
4.Mop-up is done to eliminate all heat sources from the edge of the fire ranging from 100-300 feet into the burned area, "the black", to ensure the fire doesn't spread;
5.Declare the fire contained.
While hand crews dig the line along the sides of the fire, aircraft are often used to stop the head of the fire (the direction the fire is heading).

The work done over the past 24 hours greatly reduced the smoke from the #ScogginsCreekFire. Despite keeping the smoke to a minimum on the #ScogginsCreekFire, people may see smoke from other wildfires painting the sky.

"We're looking forward to declaring the fire contained," commented Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Chris Cline. "In the meantime, we're doing all we can to keep our firefighters and the public safe."

Fire at a Glance (09/21/14)
Size: 307 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 20%
Expected Containment: 9-24-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 20
Helicopters: 6
Engines: 5
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 597
Estimated Costs to Date: $991,251

Evacuation Levels:
Level 1 - Ready- 146 with 30-40 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road and 116 homes in the Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District.
Level 2 - Set - 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggins Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road. All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that intersects with SW West Shore Road.
Level 3 - Go - 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggins Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection and all residences on Sain Creek Road.

For more information about evacuations call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, "At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County. Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed."

For More Information:

Email:
ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff's office at:
503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.
Scoggins Creek Fire - Media Tour
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/21/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry IMT 2 and Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team issued this media release.

For immediate release Major media distribution
Sept. 21, 2014

Contact:
Ashley Lertora, 503-338-8442, alertora@odf.state.or.us
Tommy Schroder 971-295-8076

Media Tour Set for Scoggins Creek Fire

Local media are invited to attend a guided van tour inside the fire perimeter. Media will be taken to pre-scouted viewing points for watching active air operations. Please meet at the gravel parking area immediately across the dam of Hagg Lake at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, Sept 21, 2014. The tour is expected to last approximately two hours. There is limited seating. Two trips will be provided or pool camera is an option if there is more interest than available seats.

Only media personnel wearing the required personal protective equipment (PPE) will be allowed to attend. PPE includes nomex pants, nomex shirt, leather boots with 8 inch top and vibram soles and a fire shelter.
09/20/14
Scoggins Creek Fire - September 20th Evening Update
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/20/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 and Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team

September 20, 2014 9:40 p.m.

NEW Fire Information Line: 503-846-2999 (8AM-8PM)

Cooperating Partners:
* Washington County Emergency Operation Center
* Washington County Sheriff
* American Red Cross
* Joint Water Commission
* Clean Water Services
* Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

Current Situation:
Size: Estimated 300 acres

Cause: under investigation

Location: 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 6 miles west of Forest Grove

Containment: 20%
Personnel: 597

Expected Containment: September 24

The fire is not yet contained, but firefighters made excellent progress building line around the fire today and continue that work tonight. Helicopters and airplanes showcased their expertise scooping 120,000 gallons of water from Hagg Lake and dousing the fire. The Fire Marshal's Team was strategically placed to protect homes, which fortunately wasn't necessary. No homes or structures have been damaged.

The team's effort and less challenging winds than expected helped them make significant progress and keep smoke to a minimum.

"This has been a team effort. The Fire Marshal's Team, Washington County's Emergency Operation Center's Team and Sheriff's Office, and the community support has been outstanding," said ODF Incident Commander Cline.

Tonight's goals include:
* Building and improving line,
* Keeping structures protected, and
* Keeping firefighters and public safe.

Hagg Lake Park remains closed until further notice.

Evacuations:
Level 1 - Ready - 30 homes which are all residences on Tanner Creek Road.

Fire at a Glance (09/20/14)


Evacuations:
Washington County Sheriff's office at: 503-209-5613 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire

Level 2 - Set - 12-20 homes. All residences on Scoggin Valley Road east of SW Stepien Road to the intersection of Tanner Creek Road. All residences SW of West Shore Road from the intersection of Sain Creek Road to the intersection of SW Stepien Road. All residences on Scott Hill Road. All residences on the unnamed road just north of Scott Hill Road that insects with SW West Shore Road.

Level 3 - Go - All 60 homes evacuated from Stepien Road and Scoggin Valley Road west of the SW Stepien Road intersection.

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue District Level 1 - 116 homes.

For more information about evacuations call 503-209-5613.

The evacuation of animals has been a deep concern for both those displaced by the fire, as well as caring individuals in the community. Due to very limited animal shelter space, residents have been asked to take their pets with them or make arrangements with family, friends or commercial boarding kennels for housing their pets. For any residents with an urgent need in which they are physically unable to evacuate animals and need help, they may contact the Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Public Information Line at 503-846-2999. If you can offer space for pets or livestock to stay during the emergency, post on the Scoggins Creek Fire 2014 Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014 , or call 503-846-2999.

Joint Water Commission and Clean Water Services said, "At this time, there are no issues with drinking water supplies in Washington County. Water managers will continue to monitor the situation, and respond if needed."


For More Information:

Email:
ScogginsCreekFire2014@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScogginsCreekFire2014

InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119/

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the Fire Information Line at 503-846-2999 for the latest information.
Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/20/14
Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek Fire burning near Hagg Lake a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal's Green Incident Management and structural task forces from ton, Marion and Lincoln counties are on scene.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and OSFM are working jointly on this incident to address both the wildfire and structure protection needs.

Currently there are approximately 30-40 homes on evacuation Level 3 - "Go;"

12-20 homes on Level 2 - "Set;"

and 20-30 homes at Level 1 - "Ready."

The fire is burning 2 miles NW of Hagg Lake and 8 miles west of Forest Grove. Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice.

Current road closures:
Lee Road at West Shore.
Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance.

Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.
Fire information email address: ScogginsCreekFire@gmail.com
Twitter: @scogginsfire14
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4119

Oregon's conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency Mobilization is available at OSFM website:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/2008_Oregon_Fire_Service_Mobilization_Plan.shtml.

Additional resources on surviving wildfires may be accessed at:
* Wildfire...Evacuation Readiness http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/wildfire_evac.doc
* After the Wildfire... http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/WUI/After_a_wildfire.doc

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09/19/14
Health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/14
September 19, 2014

High toxin levels found at reservoir in Deschutes County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Wickiup Reservoir, located 40 miles southwest of Bend off South Century Drive in Deschutes County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of very high levels of cyanotoxins produced by the blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Exposure to bacterial toxins can happen through accidental swallowing, which may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting; inhalation of water droplets, which can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose; and skin contact, which can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours. Drinking water directly from Wickiup Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs in particular can quickly experience symptoms of toxin exposure and can die within an hour.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

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

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the the Deschutes National Forest Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District at 541-383-4000.

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

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126W west of Veneta. OSP worked with the Lane County Medical Examiner and confirmed the victim is identified as LANCE MATTHEW HOSE, age 49, from Eugene.

According to Master Sergeant Lang Hinkle, on September 16, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., a 1995 Honda Accord station wagon containing one person was traveling eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 36 negotiating a left curve when it went off the side of the highway and struck a tree.

The vehicle caught fire and a passing motorist stopped at the scene. Due to the spreading fire, they weren't able to get the victim out of the vehicle or put the fire out as it spread to several trees and surrounding brush.

Firefighters from Lane Fire Authority and Lane Rural Fire Rescue responded to the scene to extinguish the fire that spread to an estimated 3/4 of an acre area.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices, along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was opened to traffic. ODOT assisted at the scene with traffic control.

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Willamette River health advisory expanded after toxic algae confirmed
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/14
EDITORS: A media availability has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today, September 19, in Room 1-A (first floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. State Health Officer Katrina Hedberg, M.D., will be on hand to answer questions about the health advisory. OHA Environmental Public Health staff members also will be available to respond to technical questions.

September 19, 2014


Willamette River health advisory expanded after toxic algae confirmed

Warning now extends from Ross Island to Sauvie Island

The Oregon Health Authority is expanding a health advisory after preliminary test results show blue-green algae covering a stretch of the Willamette River flowing through downtown Portland is a toxic species.

Officials with OHA's Public Health Division say the advisory, first issued September 16 for the stretch of the Willamette between the south end of Ross Island and the Fremont Bridge, now extends from Ross Island downriver to the south end of Sauvie Island.

Public health officials recommend that people avoid all contact with Willamette River water in this stretch of the river, and that pets be kept away from the water as well. This includes avoiding swallowing or inhaling water droplets, and avoiding skin contact. Drinking water directly from this stretch of the Willamette is especially dangerous at this time.

The public will be alerted when the concern no longer exists.

Official results of at least two tests on water samples conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are expected back later today. A preliminary test by one of the laboratories, Aquatic Scientific Resource, confirmed the blue-green algae, which is visible as a swirling, bright-green slick, is a species known as Microcystis aeruginosa (microcystis). This type of algae produces toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. The advisory threshold for microcystis is 40,000 cells of the toxin per milliliter of water. Preliminary counts indicate microcystis is present in the Willamette River at 2.25 million cells per milliliter. Several samples were collected around Ross Island, but the specific sample used for this count was from the mouth of the Ross Island lagoon.

Accidental swallowing of water containing these toxins may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting. Inhalation of water droplets can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose. Skin contact can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs, in particular, can quickly experience symptoms of microcystis exposure and can die within an hour.

The toxins produced by microcystis cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters, health officials warn. People who draw in-home water directly from Willamette are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins.

No public drinking water systems draw water from the portion of the Willamette River affected by the health advisory.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

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

The Public Health Division has issued six harmful algae bloom advisories so far this season. The most ever issued was 22, for various water bodies around the state, in 2010; the fewest was in 2012 with nine. August and September are the peak months for harmful algae advisories.

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Districts should be on alert for suspected false billings
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/19/14
A number of Oregon school districts have reported receiving requests for purchasing data that could be related to a suspected nationwide string of fraudulent billings from a company calling itself "Scholastic School Supply."

On Sept. 10, Scholastic Inc., the children's publishing and media company, issued a statement saying that the two companies are unrelated and that Scholastic School Supply was using Scholastic's name and trademark without authorization. Scholastic Inc. said Scholastic School Supply has been referred to multiple state attorneys general for investigation.

Districts in Utah and Kansas have reported receiving false invoices from Scholastic School Supply from Nevada addresses.

Ellen Klem, Director of Consumer Outreach and Education for the state Department of Justice, said any district that suspects it has received a fraudulent invoice should call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or go to the department's website at www.oregonconsumer.gov.

The Oregon School Boards Association is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Consumer Advisory: Think about insurance before participating in sharing economy
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/19/14
The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division advises Oregonians to consider their insurance needs when engaging in new apps and websites that facilitate car rides, vacation rentals, and other services - known as the "sharing economy."

"When a new industry emerges, it often creates unique insurance situations," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Consumers should be aware that traditional insurance policies may not apply when participating in a new kind of business."

Examples include transportation networking companies (TNCs), such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, that offer smartphone apps to help connect drivers and passengers as an alternative to taxis. Drivers who participate use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a fee. Other companies, such as Airbnb, allow people to list and book properties for rent through its website.

Here is what you need to consider before participating in these new endeavors:

Drivers of TNCs

Personal insurance policies will not provide you with coverage if you drive for a TNC. Because you would be collecting a fee for driving another person, your personal insurance policy would not cover any damage or losses that occur. Before signing up to become a driver:

* Find out if the company has an insurance program. Make sure the commercial automobile insurance policy held by the TNC includes coverage for bodily injury and property damage to you and others before and during the time you are designated to drive passengers for payment.

* Review any agreement involving car-sharing or ridesharing. Seek legal counsel if needed.

* Call your insurance company or agent to discuss your options and whether you might want to consider a commercial insurance policy.

Passengers of TNCs

Neither your personal auto policy nor the personal auto policy of the driver will protect you when you are riding in another vehicle for a fee. Before using a ride-sharing service:

* Ask the transportation company if it has coverage that will pay for your expenses in the event of an injury.

* Call your insurance company or agent to discuss your options.

Homeowners listing their home for rent

Some insurance companies may provide coverage if you occasionally rent out a room, but making all or part of your home available for regular rental likely would be considered business use. Homeowner policies generally do not provide coverage for business use. If you are considering renting out your home through a service such as Airbnb:

* Check with your agent or insurance company if you're considering making all or part of your home available for rental on a regular basis. Your agent or customer service representative can explain how your current policy does or does not apply and any options available to you.

* Find out whether you can add to your coverage, or whether you have to buy a policy specifically designed for a landlord.

Consumers renting a room or home

If you rent through a mobile app or website and there is damage to your belongings during your stay, your own homeowner or renter policy would apply similar to when you rent a hotel room.

If you have questions, the Insurance Division can help. You can reach the division's Consumer Advocacy Unit by calling 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free), emailing cp.ins@state.or.us, or visiting www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Finley GEAR UP Celebrates National GEAR UP Week (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 09/19/14
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FINLEY, WA - Finley GEAR UP announces their participation in National GEAR UP Week, taking place September 22-26, 2014. This week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the United States, including 186 served by Finley GEAR UP.

River View High School in Finley will celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2014 with the following activities:

Monday, Sept. 22: College Logo Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Sept. 23: College Dream Wall/Poster
Wednesday, Sept. 24: GEAR UP Carnival
Thursday, Sept. 25: Teacher Bingo
Friday, Sept. 26: College decorated tables

"GEAR UP has impacted the Finley community for going on nine years now," says Finley GEAR UP Site Manager, Amandalyn Rubio. "River View alumni are represented at colleges all over the state and beyond because of this program."

RVHS students and their parents are invited to the GEAR UP carnival, which takes place on Wednesday, September 24 from 12:30-3:30 PM in the high school commons. For more information on the GEAR UP program in Finley, contact Amandalyn Rubio at 509.582.2158 or arubio@earlyoutreach.wsu.edu.

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To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, please contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or www.edpartnerships.org.


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Oregon National Guard member added to Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial (Photo)
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An Oregon National Guard Soldier was added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and honored in a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Ore.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) added five Oregon fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty to the list of names on the memorial. The ceremony brought together multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies from throughout the state, including members of the Oregon National Guard, to honor the fallen and their families.

Melvin Claude Richardson, age 18, of Albany, Ore., was killed on September 6, 1935 when a flaming tree branch fell and struck him. He was one of 40 initial National Guard fire fighters recruited to fight the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres in the Willamette National Forest.

Richardson's cousin, Nancy Farrar, contacted the DPSST to have his name added to the wall of the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial. Farrar also added his name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during the ceremony.

More photos from the ceremony are avaialable for download on Flickr:
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Nancy Farrar (center) is assisted by a member of the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard (right) as she adds her cousin's name to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Staff during a ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Melvin Claude Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have Richardson added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Nancy Farrar (right) is escorted by a member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard (left) following a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, honoring her cousin, Melvin Claude Richardson, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. Richardson, an Oregon National Guard member, was killed while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. Farrar worked with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to have her cousin added to the memorial. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard (center) rings the Last Alarm bell as representatives from multiple fire fighting and public safety agencies (including Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon) render honors during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 18, at the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem, Ore. A member of the Oregon National Guard, Melvin Claude Richardson, was added to the memorial and honored during the ceremony for his selfless sacrifice while fighting the McKenzie Bridge fire that burned more than 2,500 acres of the Willamette National Forest in 1935. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Update: Photos - Five Injured, One Seriously, in Four Vehicle Crash - Highway 11 north of Pendleton (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's four-vehicle traffic crash that injured five people, one seriously, on Highway 11 north of Pendleton.

On September 18, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., a 2010 Buick Enclave driven by KARI R. WILSON, age 51, from Helix, was northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 4 when it traveled into the southbound lane and struck the left side of a 1997 Ford F350 pickup driven by KLAUSE HOEHNA, age 61, from Weston. The initial impact caused the Ford pickup to go off the highway and roll at least once.

The Buick continued northbound and collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Honda Civic driven by HENRY BECERRIL, age 24, from Milton-Freewater. The Buick then collided nearly head-on with another southbound vehicle, a 2009 Mini Cooper driven by RAUL MARROQUIN JR, age 36, from Walla Walla, Washington. The Buick came to rest on the Mini Cooper's hood off the side of the highway.

WILSON and a 7-year old child passenger were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries.

HOEHNA was also transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with minor injuries.

BECERRIL was transported by LifeFlight to Providence St. Mary Medical Center and then transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland with serious injuries.

MARROQUIN was transported by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center with minor injuries.

All occupants were using appropriate safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton and Hermiston offices responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash. Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Pendleton Ambulance, Umatilla Tribal Ambulance, LifeFlight and ODOT.

Highway 11 was closed at the scene for over four hours.

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Central Oregon Regional Arts Summit set for Oct. 6
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/18/14
(Bend, Ore) - The Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon (ACA) is partnering with the Oregon Arts Commission to produce the first Central Oregon Arts Summit on Monday, Oct. 6, at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend.

This marks the first regional arts summit organized by the Arts Commission, which fosters an environment for artists, administrators and community members to come together for provocative learning exchanges that spark new insights and connections to their work. The Commission has previously hosted annual statewide art summits in Portland.

"Feedback from our statewide arts summits held in Portland revealed there was an opportunity to better address specific regional needs by presenting smaller, geographically focused summits," said David Huff, the Commission's assistant director. "We chose to begin a new model with Central Oregon due to its commitment to cultural tourism and diverse array of arts organizations and partnerships."

The 2014 regional summit, "Exploring Connections," will highlight the state of the arts in Central Oregon, with breakout sessions on: public value of the arts; art in health care; cultural tourism; Oregon's art ecology; creative place making; and art in business. The summit is open to individual artists, arts supporters, arts-related businesses and volunteers, as well as staff and board members of nonprofit organizations.

The Central Oregon Art Summit's keynote speaker, Doug Borwick, is the author of "Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S." Borwick will discuss the idea that arts organizations need to become deeply connected with their communities, and will provide new ways of looking at the arts as a powerful force for building better communities and improving the lives of all. As one of the country's leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, Borwick has served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Beijing and Singapore.

Following the Central Oregon Arts Summit, attendees are invited to a free reception at the Deschutes Public Library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. where they can enjoy a local craft brew, meet funders, visit with other nonprofit leaders and artists, and learn more about the Foundation Center's grant information network.

The Oregon Arts Commission, housed in Business Oregon, was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Recognizing the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy, the Arts & Culture Alliance was formed in May of 2010.

The Arts & Culture Alliance realizes the impact the arts have on Central Oregon and the economy. The ACA understands the need for collaboration and networking; their shared purpose in working together to promote the arts and supporting each other establishes a collective voice.

The partnership with the Arts Commission celebrates the ACA's recent non-profit status, which will enable the ACA to pursue additional collaborations to better meet its mission to promote Central Oregon as a cultural destination and to promote and strengthen collaboration within the art and culture community.

Central Oregon Arts Summit
Monday, October 6
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Riverhouse Convention Center
$50 registration (fee includes box lunch)
($40 for ACA or NAO members. Call Michelle Solley at 541.508.8785 for ACA membership information.)

Arts & Culture Alliance Members:
2nd Street Theater; Art in Public Places; Art in the High Desert; Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission, Arts Central, Atelier 6000, Bella Acappella Harmony, Bend Chamber of Commerce, Bend Dance Project, BendFilm, Caldera, Cascade Arts & Entertainment, Cascade Chorale, Cascades Theatrical Co., Central Oregon Mastersingers, Central Oregon Symphony Association, COCC Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, Des Chutes Historical Museum, Deschutes Public Library, High Desert Chamber Music, High Desert Journal, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Lubbesmeyer Studio, Mockingbird Gallery, Museum at Warm Springs, Redmond Community Concert Association, Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver Stars Community Theater, Terpsichorean Dance Studio, The Nature of Words & Tower Theatre Foundation.

Membership is open to creative arts practitioners, non-profits, businesses, artists, groups, and organizations that focus on the arts. Please visit www.artsandculstureco.org, www.facebook.com/ArtsCultureAlliance, or contact Michelle Solley for more information: michelledsolley@gmail.com.

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Every Second Counts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/18/14
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Last Sunday, seeing and smelling the thick smoke in your community, perhaps you wondered if a fire was not too far away. And, like me, you may have wondered if your house and landscaping could withstand a fire. The smoke drifting into the valley from the 36 Pit Fire in Estacada prompted many worried homeowners to call 911.

Are you and your home prepared to survive a wildfire?

An equally important question: Are you prepared to prevent a wildfire? This summer I was alarmed, as were many others I spoke with, to see careless actions at Oregon's top recreation destinations. Friends described seeing neighboring campers pack up and head for home, leaving their fire ablaze in the campfire pit. I personally witnessed roaring campfires at three different dispersed campsites during the hottest part of the day when the fire danger level was extreme. At this particular forest, campfires were only allowed in approved fire pits at designated campsites. And if the many road signs broadcasting this restriction failed to get people's attention, they could hardly ignore the pungent smoke in the air from a nearby large fire.

The smoke in the valley has cleared for now, but we are literally "not out of the woods" yet. A wet pattern is predicted for Tuesday, which may be the beginning of the end, but it will be a while before this fire season is officially over. Large fuels such as trees are slow to absorb any precipitation. Bone-dry grasses and other fine fuels can be dampened by a shower, but a warm day and fall's easterly winds can quickly sap any moisture, making vegetation more susceptible to a spark from a campfire, vehicle exhaust, target shooting, or a discarded cigarette.

No region of the state was immune to wildfire this year. Since January, Oregon has experienced 612 human-caused fires that have burned over 17,000 acres. Knowing that every second counts in the event of a wildfire, please make it a priority now to learn what you can do to prepare for and prevent wildfires from starting in the first place.

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


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Update: Driver Confirmed - Fatal Traffic Crash - Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County. The ongoing investigation confirmed the deceased victim, CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL, was driving the vehicle.

On September 15, 2014 at approximately 12:23 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash off Old Stage Coach Road near milepost 5. A family member of HANNAH S. SMITH, age 18, from Eugene, who was previously reported missing to Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), discovered the wreckage down a steep embankment on railroad tracks below after hearing her screams for help while passing through the area. SMITH was seriously injured and an 18-year old male, identified as CANYON ARTHUR McCARDEL from Eugene, was deceased.

LCSO and Lane Fire Authority responded to the scene and confirmed the report. OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to investigate the crash. The railroad company was notified to prevent train traffic until the vehicle was removed and responders cleared the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the 2002 Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle containing the two occupants was traveling on Old Stage Coach Road when it went off the roadway and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its side on railroad tracks approximately 40 feet below. Initial information indicates the crash may have happened late Saturday night, September 13.

According to LCSO, SMITH was reported missing to their department Sunday, September 14 at 7:58 p.m., after family said she did not arrive at a friend's house Saturday night.

McCARDEL was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. SMITH, who also was not using safety restraints, was trapped inside the vehicle and extricated. She was transported by Western Lane Ambulance District to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Recruit Trooper Jillian Chaffin is the lead investigator. Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collison reconstructionist.

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CORRECTION: Ackerman-Munson, Springer re-appointed to Forestry Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/17/14
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EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS PLEASE NOTE:
This is a corrected version of the news release sent you previously.

Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been re-appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. The State Senate confirmed the re-appointments on Wednesday, affirming Gov. John Kitzhaber's nominations and a Senate Rules Committee recommendation. Ackerman-Munson's second term runs from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018, and Springer's from May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She has worked for many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. She has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


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Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry (Photo)
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Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been reappointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. On Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Ackerman-Munson to a second term running July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018. Springer's second term is May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2018.

Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted the two nominations to the Senate rules Committee on Aug. 25.

Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.

She was previously employed by many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. In addition to her position on the Board of Forestry, she has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor's Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family's contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.

He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.

Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven governor-appointed members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon's public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.


Attached Media Files: Sybil Ackerman-Munson , Gary Springer
Public meetings on statewide trails plan to be held throughout the state in October
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/17/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October. Planning will cover motorized ATV trails, snowmobile trails, nonmotorized trails, water trails and state Scenic Waterways.

Trail users, representatives of outdoor recreation businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend to provide feedback on regional trail issues and needs and to help identify trail development opportunities.

Workshop participants will also identify potential river corridors to be considered as additions to the Oregon Scenic Waterway Program, which sets aside river corridors for recreation and resource protection. Under direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD studies at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information on the process is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Scenic-Waterways-Assessment-Process.aspx.

Feedback from the workshops will be used to update the current Statewide Trails Plan for Oregon that was completed in 2005. The final product - to be titled Oregon Trails 2015: a Vision for the Future - is scheduled for completion in December 2015.

Workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:

Oct. 1, Pendleton, Little Vert Theater Room (downstairs), 345 SW Fourth St.
Oct. 2, The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. Eighth St.
Oct. 6, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Community Hall, 199 W. Main St.
Oct. 7, Burns, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 N. Broadway Ave.
Oct. 8, Ontario: Four Rivers Culture Center Medical Arts Room, 676 SW Fifth Ave.
Oct. 9, Baker City: Baker City Public Library, 2400 Resort St.
Oct. 20, Coos Bay: Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave.
Oct. 21, Rogue River: Live Oak Grange Hall, 120 Gardiner St.
Oct. 22, Klamath Falls: Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.
Oct. 23, Bend: East Bend Library, 62080 Dean Swift Road
Oct. 27, Lincoln City: Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Highway 101
Oct. 28, Salem: Center for Business and Industry, Room 115, 626 High St. NE.
Oct. 29, Portland: Portland Fire Station #12, 8645 NE Sandy Blvd.
Oct. 30, Eugene: Washington Park Center, 2025 Washington St.

For information on the Trails Planning Project and to view the current plan, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trail-Plans.aspx.

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Correction on Media Advisory - Live burn demonstration Sept. 18 as part of the NW Fire Sprinkle Summit
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/17/14
*Correction - Live burn demonstration is Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.*

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following information on behalf of the Oregon and Washington Fire Sprinkler Coalitions.

When your house goes up in flames, minutes count - Watch a live burn demonstration that shows how long you have to escape.

With today's furnishings, household materials and open floor plans, a house fire can spread from smoldering to deadly in just seconds. To demonstrate how fast this happens, several local fire agencies are partnering to sponsor a "side by side" burn demonstration. One side of the demonstration area will be allowed to reach flashover, a point at which all contents of the room ignite. The other side of the demonstration area will show how residential fire sprinklers can quickly activate, allowing occupants precious time to escape.

A critical part of the Northwest Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit which will be held at the Heathman Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 18, this demonstration is jointly sponsored by the Washington and Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalitions. Fire personnel, building officials, and other stakeholders that work with fire sprinklers will be attending a one-day training to learn more about these life-saving safety devices. Experts from across the country will be on hand to share the latest research, technology, and developments in fire sprinkler advocacy.

"We show what happens during a home fire in a vivid way," said Shawn Olson, Lt. Deputy Fire Marshal, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and chair of the Oregon Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition. "When the room reaches flashover, the temperature can reach more than 1,200 degrees within minutes. On the other hand, if a home is equipped with a residential fire sprinkler system, the sprinkler activates at just 155 degrees, not allowing the room to reach flashover stage. Which can mean the difference between life and death."

The media is invited to attend. Interviews with attendees may be arranged.

Location: The Heathman Lodge parking lot, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662

Burn Demonstration begins promptly at 11:45 a.m.
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09/16/14
Health advisory issued September 16 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

Visual observation of scum on river from southern end of Ross Island to Fremont Bridge

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory today based on visual observation of scum on the Willamette River, extending from the southern end of Ross Island downstream to the Fremont Bridge in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring is underway to determine the species and amount of blue-green algae cells present in the river. The type of species in the bloom will help to identify whether the cells present are those with the potential to produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is testing water samples taken from the river. People should avoid skin contact with water, as well as swallowing or inhaling water droplets, until results of tests are available. Drinking water directly from the Willamette River could be especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins from blue-green algae can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

Oregon Public Health officials advise people living along the river that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Department of Environmental Quality at 503-693-5723.

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

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36 Pit Fire Update September 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/16/14
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 2
Incident Commander - Bruce Holloway
Deputy Incident Commander - Rex Reed

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/
INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352
EMAIL: 36pitfire@gmail.com

The 36 Pit Fire was first reported on Saturday afternoon, September 13, 2014. The fire is located 10 miles southeast of the town of Estacada, Oregon burning in steep, rugged terrain, and is currently estimated to be approximately 3,588 acres in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

***A public meeting will be held this evening at the First Baptist Church, 29101 SE Eagle Creek Road, Estacada beginning at 7:30 pm. The meeting will provide updated information on the current fire situation and evacuations presently in place.

The Washington Incident Management Team 2 was called in to assume command of the fire on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m. A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of the Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team has been established. The local Estacada Fire District 69 has been heavily involved in the fire suppression efforts. Governor Kitzhaber declared a conflagration September 15th thereby allowing for the mobilization of structural protection task forces from throughout the State of Oregon.

Most of the fire growth occurred on Sunday and Monday, burning on both sides of Highway 224. The fire is located mainly within the Mt. Hood National Forest along the stretch of the Clackamas River roughly between the South Fork of the Clackamas River at the north and Carter Bridge Campground at the south. A northwest portion of the fire also affects Bureau of Land Management and private lands.

Beginning last night, weather conditions turned more favorable for firefighters as relative humidity increased to 80 percent. Today, a marine layer expected to move across the fire area allowed firefighters to build fire line directly adjacent to the fire. Nine crews including four hot shot crews are working to suppress the fire today and supported by one heavy Type 1 helicopter and two medium Type 2 helicopters. Approximately 40 structural engines are currently assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered.

Fire suppression priorities today are to hold the progression in the west and north flanks of the fire protecting property and natural resources. Night shift firefighting personnel will be patrolling and holding fire lines. Hazards to firefighters include steep rocky terrain, rolling material, and powerlines. The public is urged to drive safely while firefighters work to suppress the 36 Pit Fire.

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New Veterans' Home in Lebanon to be Dedicated
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
((Updated information concerning Jodi Allworth and Sen. Wyden in paragraph 2))

SALEM - Following two years of construction, the much anticipated dedication of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon will be held on Sat., Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The new home is located at 600 North 5th Street.

Members of Allworth's family, including Edward's daughter Jodi Allworth, will be in attendance to cut the ceremonial ribbon that will officially open the new veterans' home. Other guests who are expected to attend include Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Linn County Commissioners, Lebanon Mayor Paul Aziz, and several state legislators. Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), will serve as master of ceremonies.

ODVA announced the location of the veterans' home in Lebanon in April 2010. Ground was broken on the new $40 million facility in September 2012.

Named for World War I Medal of Honor recipient Edward C. Allworth, the home has been designed on the small house model for skilled nursing facilities. Construction project manager John Osborn said this enhanced model creates a small community for a group of residents and staff.

"It is a significant improvement from the traditional skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The small house model alters the facility's size, the interior design, staffing patterns, and methods of delivering skilled professional care and services," Osborn said. "These enhancements make this veterans' home a special place for some very special people who honorably served our country."

Oregon's second veterans' home will offer space for 154 residents needing long-term care as well as rehabilitation services, and Alzheimer's and dementia care. Care at this facility is an earned benefit available to veterans, their spouses, and parents who had a child die while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

During World War I, Capt. Edward C. Allworth was commanding U.S. Army soldiers in France when the enemy destroyed a bridge and forced his troops to cross a canal. Allworth, as his Medal of Honor award citation reads, "mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machinegun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops."

Information about Oregon's Veterans' Home benefit, qualifications and application process may be found at www.lebanon.oregonveteranshomes.com.
Gov. Proclaims POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 09/16/14
SALEM - Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 19, to be POW-MIA Recognition Day in Oregon. The proclamation honors the service and sacrifice of American military personnel who have either been captured, held as prisoners of war, or who remain missing in action.

Oregon's observance will again coincide with the National POW-MIA Recognition Day that is celebrated annually on the third Friday in September.

In his official proclamation, the governor called on Oregonians to join him in recognizing American war prisoners who are still missing. Kitzhaber stressed that these brave Americans deserve national recognition and to be accounted for and returned to the United States with honor and dignity.

Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, said that more than 83,000 Americans are still missing while serving in these wars.

"When we raise the black-and-white POW-MIA flag as a symbol to these missing Americans," Smith said, "we honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war and we remember those who remain unaccounted for."

As part of the commemoration for this day, one of largest POW-MIA flags in the United States will be raised onto the giant flag pole located at the Latus Harley Davidson dealership in Gladstone, Ore. At 11 a.m., Thursday, September 18, veterans groups will hoist the 50-by-70 foot flag into place and then lower it on Saturday. The dealership is located off of Interstate 205, exit 11 at 870 E. Berkeley St.


Attached Media Files: POW-MIA Recognition Day proclamation.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

NEW FIRES

1224 Fire: This 11 acre fire near Wallowa started yesterday afternoon. Fire growth has been stopped and crews will be using dozers and crews to secure the perimeter.


CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

36 Pit: This over 3,500 acre fire started Saturday, September 13 on the Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada. It has also crept onto ODF protected Bureau of Land Management lands. The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry are using a unified command to fight the fire. The fire was human caused and remains under investigation.

Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the fire. The fire threatens 168 homes. The OSFM Blue Incident Management Team is responding along with two structural protection task forces.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3, immediate evacuation order for residents of SE Fall Creek Road, Michaels Road. A Level 1 order (Get Ready) has been issued for residents of Tumala Mountain Road east of Divers Road.

The Lazy Bend Campground remains closed as well as other recreation sites along Highway 224. No additional evacuations have been ordered. The Silver Fox RV Park remains closed. The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at the First Baptist Church of Estacada. For information about evacuations go to the Clackamas County website (http://www.clackamas.us). For information on Evacuation levels, call the Clackamas County Sheriff 503-630-7712. The fire information number is 360-280-4352.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Nick Hennemann | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7248
Cell (503) 910-4311
nhennemann@odf.state.or.us

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | ODF social media | State Forests Online Community


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Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by "Sunset" magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/16/14
Oregon Department of Forestry and Keep Oregon Green Association participate in Twitter wildfire chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors on Wednesday, September 17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 16, 2014

Contacts:
Rod Nichols, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Kris Babbs, Keep Oregon Green Association, 503-945-7499, kbabbs@odf.state.or.us


Fire season 2014 started early and continues to be active in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Keep Oregon Green Association are joining together on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 a.m. PDT, along with a panel of experts, to participate a Twitter chat hosted by Sunset magazine editors to help those in the western United States prepare for a possible wildfire. Questions will range from how fast a wildfire travels to the best things to do to make your home and garden fire-safe.

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 11 a.m. PDT and follow @SunsetMag
2. Enter #SunsetChat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real-time.
3. Have a question? Tweet it using #SunsetChat; Sunset will pulse as many as they can out to the panelists.

With fire season still at the forefront of the news in the west, ODF and KOG hope that participating in this Twitter chat can help inform all Oregonians about how they can prevent wildfires, and things they can do to best remain fire-safe this year and prepare for future fire seasons in Oregon.


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Public invited to SEA-TECH dedication and tour
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/16/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools will officially dedicate the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) Thursday, Sept. 18. The ceremony is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Students will lead guided tours from 10 to 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. (dedication ceremony) / 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (facility tour)
Location: Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (525 Campus Loop - on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)

Ceremony Agenda
9:30 a.m. Welcome Anne Golden
9:35 a.m. Introductions, Thank you, Scope of Project Dr. Bill Jordan
9:45 a.m. SEA-TECH Program overview Dennis Matson
9:55 a.m. Closing remarks Dr. Bill Jordan
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Facility Tour & Refreshments Dennis Matson, staff and students

SEA-TECH Background Information:
The Washington state legislature approved a total of $11,519,000 to fund the design development, construction and equipment for the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center in Walla Walla during the 2011-13 biennium for this project. This state action was part of a development model for Skills Centers which provided 90 percent of the funding for the facility and equipment. The state funded SEA-TECH with school construction dollars. Walla Walla Community College leases the land to Walla Walla Public Schools for $1 per year. The land agreement represents the district's 10 percent matching portion of the project. The state funded the remaining 90 percent of the project. As a result, this project did not raise local bond rates.

During the 2011 legislative session, the district received $1,169,000 for design development for the 36,000 square feet facility located on the Walla Walla Community College campus, off of Isaacs Ave. In 2012, the legislature appropriated an additional $10,350,000 for construction and equipment for the new Skills Center.

The district broke ground on the project during the first week in March 2013 and SEA-TECH opened for the start of the 2014-15 school year. SEA-TECH offers digital media technology, welding, renewable resources and health occupation programs. SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center. Partnering districts: Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place. Students from Walla Walla and all the partner districts attend a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) three hour block schedule at SEA-TECH.

Architect: Architects West
Contractor: Leone and Kibble, Inc.
Director: Dennis Matson (dmatson@wwps.org / 509.526.2000)
Website: www.myseatech.org

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U.S. Entity recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/16/14
Portland, Ore. - Today marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Columbia River Treaty, an international agreement between Canada and the United States for the cooperative development and operation of the water resources of the Columbia River Basin for the benefit of both countries.

The Columbia River Treaty has been a significant driver behind diverse economic, public safety and ecological uses of the Columbia River. As a direct result of the Treaty, four storage dams were built: Mica, Arrow and Duncan dams in British Columbia, Canada; and Libby Dam in Montana. These four projects more than doubled the storage capacity of the Columbia River system, increased control of the river flow, thereby decreasing the risk of major flooding events downstream, and provided opportunities for releasing water at times needed for power generation and other downstream benefits such as fisheries and water supply. For the past 50 years, Treaty operations have helped prevent major flood damages and provide for economic development across the basin.

The U.S. Entity, which consists of the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Engineer, is charged with formulating and carrying out the operating arrangements necessary to implement the Columbia River Treaty in concert with the Canadian Entity.

"We appreciate the extensive coordination and collaboration we've enjoyed with BPA and the Canadian Entity on this important treaty over the past 50 years," said Brigadier General John Kem, Commander of the Corps' Northwestern Division, "This extensive cooperation with Canada and U.S. regional interests has allowed us to achieve common Treaty goals and also to respond to the changing needs in the Columbia River Basin," added Elliot Mainzer, BPA Administrator.

Looking to build on the past success of the Treaty, the U.S. Entity led a three-year review process that culminated in a regional recommendation regarding the future of the Treaty. That recommendation, available at www.crt2014-2024review.gov, was delivered to the U.S. Department of State Dec. 13, 2013, and is undergoing a formal review by the U.S. Government.

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Oregon Added 2, 900 Jobs in August while the Unemployment Rate Edged Up to 7.2 Percent
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/16/14
Oregon's unemployment rate edged up, from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since-November 2013 when the rate was 7.3 percent, but far below the high point of the last recession, in June 2009, when the rate
was 11.6 percent.

It may seem surprising for the unemployment rate to go up when Oregon is adding jobs. But something else was also happening: Oregon's labor force was growing. If migration to
Oregon from other states increases and more people start looking for work because they
feel their prospects are improving, then both of these factors lead to more Oregonians joining the labor force. If this growth in the labor force is larger than the number of new
jobs created, then the unemployment rate will go up, at least in the short term.

So how many jobs did Oregon add? The primary measure of employment in Oregon,
seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 in August.
This was the 12th increase in the last 14 months. Employment is now 40,700 above where it was a year ago and 127,300 above its recessionary low. With the recent and
steady job growth, Oregon is now just 20,100 from its pre-recession employment peak
reached in December 2007.

In August, two industries performed particularly well, with large gains in
seasonally adjusted employment. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added 1,000. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing grew
faster than overall employment. It added 5,500 jobs since August 2013, with
substantial gains in these component industries: wood product manufacturing
( +900 jobs), machinery manufacturing ( +900), transportation equipment
manufacturing ( +500), and food manufacturing ( + 700).

Payroll employment in July was revised upward to a gain of 1,300, compared with the
original estimate of a gain of only 200.

The average Oregon manufacturing production worker worked 39.9 hours in August, down 1.4 hours from a year ago. This drop in hours worked per employee is not
unusual, given the overall employment growth in the manufacturing industry.

Oregon wages haven't grown as fast as inflation over the past year. In August, the
average wage for Oregon's private sector payroll employees was $22.53, a 0.9%
increase from a year earlier.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the August county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, September 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for September on Tuesday, October 14th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

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 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit:
www.Qualitylnfo.org/pressrelease.

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


Attached Media Files: Produced Audio Story , Beleiciks cut 4 , Beleiciks cut 3 , Beleiciks cut 2 , Beleiciks cut 1
Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 23
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/14
September 16, 2014

What: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health will have a 30-minute telephone meeting. The agenda includes a vote on the task force's report to the Legislature.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 11-11:30 a.m.

Where: Conference call: 1-888-363-4734, participant code 295577

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: To participate, call 1-888-363-4734 and use code 295577.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

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

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09/15/14
Media Advisory - Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/15/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 will be released tomorrow, September 16, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Public Information Officer Craig Spivey and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 5 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 north of Medford
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 38 for a speed violation. Upon contacting the car's two occupants, they were identified as driver RORY GENE WOMACH, age 30, from Grandview, Washington, and passenger JUAN NAVARRO RAMIREZ, age 25, from Yakima, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.

WOMACH and RAMIREZ were arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office jail website, neither suspect is listed in custody at this time.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Driver Cited / Photos - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 35 south of Hood River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/15/14
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Update: OSP cited SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on Highway 35 near Pine Grove. Both drivers were seriously injured and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

On September 13, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 1990 Nissan pickup driven by SERVANDO ZANORA AVENDANO, age 26, from Hood River, was traveling southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 95 in the northbound lane when it was involved in a head-on collision with a 1994 Honda Civic. After impact, the pickup came to rest on its side along the northbound shoulder and the Honda was resting in the middle of the highway.

ZANORA AVENDANO was extricated by firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanual Medical Center with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation incidates alcohol is a contributing factor.

The Honda's driver, FRANCISCO CASTRO GUSMAN, age 21, from Parkdale, was also seriously injured and tranported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Zistel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River Police Department and local fire personnel.

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Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins' Statement on Investment in OTRADI Bioscience Incubator:
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/15/14
Business Oregon Director Sean M. Robbins:

"Continued job growth in Oregon depends on our ability to maintain and expand the startup ecosystem that helps turn innovation into economic impact. That's why the Oregon Innovation Council and Business Oregon supported the establishment of the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator back in 2013. The incubator filled a critical gap in Oregon's competitive infrastructure by providing lab space as well as networking connections and entrepreneurial assistance.

It was fully leased within 6 weeks of opening and today the incubator is bursting at the seams. Because of that success and to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to carry the story forward, I am pleased to support, alongside Governor Kitzhaber, a $325,000 Strategic Reserve Fund investment to expand the incubator and create opportunity for more Oregon-grown bioscience leaders. This investment is all about 'growing our own,' building on existing assets and assembling the right pieces to shape a prosperous Oregon future, driven by smart investments today."

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Health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/14
September 15, 2014

High toxin levels found at Tenmile Lakes in Coos County

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

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

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Tenmile Lakes at 541-759-2414.

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

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09/14/14
MEDIA ALERT - ESD 123 Now Enrolling for FREE Preschool
ESD 123 - 09/14/14
TRI-CITIES, WA - Educational Service District (ESD) 123 is now enrolling 3 and 4 year olds for free, full-day Preschool in Pasco, Finley, Columbia (Burbank) and North Franklin School Districts.

For more information, contact Jenny Kelly at 509.544.5754 or visit www.esd123.org/eceap.
Finley FFA Chapter Named Three Star Chapter for 2014
Finley Sch. Dist. - 09/14/14
FINLEY, WA - The Finley FFA chapter of Kennewick, WA has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.

Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27 to August 1 will be recognized at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 29 to November 1 in Louisville, KY. All star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today's farmers," said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. "The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Awards programs will help meet the critical needs."

For more information on the Finley FFA Chapter, contact FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum, at jyochum@finleysd.org or 509.586.7279.

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The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/14/14
NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: This is the final update for the Yellow Point Fire. The fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 85% contained. Management Team #3 has transferred command to a Type 3 organization. Fire crews will continue work in the area, and full containment is expected at 7 p.m. tonight. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 35% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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OREGON DEPT. OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
DAN THORPE, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Yellow Point Fire
September 14, 2014
Final Update

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) has transferred command of the Yellow Point Fire to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots, patrol, fire line rehabilitation and begin pulling equipment off of the fire line.

The 790-acre fire is now 85% contained. Full containment is expected at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

ODF's IMT #3 wishes to thank the many cooperators that made the fire suppression effort a success. The fire was a testament to Oregon's complete and coordinated fire protection system that includes active participation from forest landowners. Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company and Bureau of Land Management played significant roles in meeting suppression objectives and minimizing acres burned. The team would also like to thank Lane County for allowing the use of the Alma Forestry Work Center for the incident command post and fire camp. The Work Center's proximity to the fire played dividends in helping the team and crews gain access to the incident.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 85%
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 11; engines 8; tenders 4; helicopters 3 (stand-by)
Total personnel: 214
Estimated Cost: $5,000,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420

Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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09/13/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 13, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 70% contained. Road closures are still in effect and can be found, with additional fire information, at the Yellow Point Fire Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release copied below. The cause remains under investigation.

West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 25% contained. Cause is under investigation. Firefighters continue to ensure suppression techniques are not easily visible for future visitors, including minimizing chainsaw use, and developing a rehabilitation plan. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

Tony Andersen | Public Information Officer
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Desk (503) 945-7427
Cell (503) 507-4481
tandersen@odf.state.or.us

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 13, 2014 Update

Fire crews have stood the test against the wind and now are preparing to put the finishing touches on the Yellow Point Fire. The 790-acre fire is now 70 percent contained.

Many crews were released today and will head to their home units for some well-deserved R&R as they get ready for their next assignment. While the fire attack has been a 24-hour affair for the last seven days, night shift crews are either on their way home or moving over to days. A few resources will continue overnight patrols and security for the fire area.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team #3 (IC Thorpe) will transfer command to a Type 3 organization, led by ODF Western Lane District's Matt Mackey, tomorrow afternoon. Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 70%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 26; engines 18; tenders 13; dozers 1; helicopters 3
Total personnel: 624
Estimated Cost: $4,187,000
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry


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Serious Injury Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an elderly female passenger after she was transported to a Springfield hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport. Names are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Casey Codding, on September 12, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup driven by WILLIAM L. CALHOUN, age 64, from Bend, was traveling on Highway 126W near milepost 26 when it went off the highway and struck a tree.

The driver's 87-year old mother, BEVERLY LOUISE CALHOUN from Florence, was trapped in the pickup and extricated by Western Lane Fire / EMS personnel. She was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with critical injuries and died after arrival at the hospital. The driver received minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital. Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor. Trooper Josh Wolcott-Peterson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Western Lane Fire / EMS and ODOT. The highway was closed about an hour before one lane was open to traffic during the scene investigation.

No photographs provided for this release.

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09/12/14
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: September 16, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/12/14
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: September 16, 2014
As per the attached agenda


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1288/77786/09.16.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Dump Trailer Loses Load of Rocks - Interstate 84 near Boardman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Interstate 84 eastbound lanes are nearly clear of rock that spilled from a dump trailer traveling near Boardman.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling a belly dump trailer loaded with large rocks was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 165 when the gate opened and rocks spilled onto the freeway. One vehicle was reported damaged.

ODOT and OSP responded to the scene. ODOT personnel quickly got equipment to the scene and are removing the rocks from the traffic lanes.

Traffic updates available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Stakeholder advisory group to discuss scientific review of forest management options
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
A stakeholder advisory group will meet on September 17 and September 22 to discuss a scientific review of stakeholder-proposed forest management options.

Read the science report here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140904_ATTCH_02.pdf

The eight-member group represents a range of interests, including recreation, the timber industry, conservation groups, and commissioners from counties that receive timber sale revenue.

The meetings, open to the public, are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, Building C, 2600 State St., Salem. Agenda items include an overview of the science report and the drafting process, general discussion, and public comment. Public comment opportunities are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., approximately.

Review the full agenda here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/BOARD/docs/BOF_Subc_Alt_FMP/Stakeholder/2014_Sept/BOFMIN_20140917_AGENDA.pdf

The current plan, adopted in 2001 and revised in 2010, has not performed as forecast. The results have included insufficient revenue to support key forest management activities, including recreation, research and monitoring, and thinning of young stands.

The management plan covers the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests - about 510,000 acres between Portland and the coast - as well as the Santiam State Forest east of Salem and small, scattered parcels. State law requires that the lands be managed to produce a broad range of sustainable benefits, including timber, revenue to help support counties and local taxing districts, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Across Oregon, the state manages more than 800,000 acres, about 2.7 percent of the state's forestland base.

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged calling (503) 945-7200, 72 hours before the meeting.
Update: Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend's expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked about one week at that location approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully checked the area to find anyone connected with the vehicle. Two days later, OSP had the vehicle towed and impounded as an abandoned vehicle.

Follow up investigation by OSP and KSP confirmed the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, and his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32, both from Bardstown, Kentucky, have not been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August. KSP initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men, took missing person reports and entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes. JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Photographs of both men are provided with this news release.

The following related information is being released in this update:

* On Wednesday, September 10, OSP and HRSO served a search warrant on the vehicle and found several personal items including sleeping bags, a stove, and hiking gear. The items found in the vehicle led HRSO Search & Rescue to believe they didn't leave the vehicle behind with the intention of going on a several-day hiking trip.

* Receipts were also found in the vehicle tracking them from Kentucky to Oregon, including a receipt from a Hood River fast food restaurant dated September 2. OSP contacted the restaurant and confirmed JOHN WOOD was there on that date.

* No maps or notes were found in the vehicle or at their Kentucky apartment indicating a planned hiking route or length of time they were going to be gone.

* A ranger at the Mt. Hood Ranger Station in Parkdale confirmed the two men came to the ranger station on or about September 2. The men indicated they were interested in hiking in the Mt Hood area and possibly the Pacific Crest trail.

* HRSO Sheriff Matt English said Search & Rescue personnel concentrated searches starting in the immediate area of where the vehicle was found parked and then worked outward from there. Searchers have checked the area on both the east and west sides of Highway 35, the Cat Creek area, and forest service roads on the west side leading up to Dog River Road, looking for any sign or sighting that the men were in the area. Several aerial flights were also conducted over a two-day period in the vicinity.

OSP, HRSO and KSP urge anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area since September 2, or with information regarding their whereabouts, to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Lead investigator is OSP Detective Lori Rosebraugh.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1002/77767/Woods.jpg
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014

NEW FIRES
No new fires were reported in the past 24 hours on ODF-protected lands.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

>Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 51% contained. Firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today and through the weekend. Road closures are still in effect and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/ or by reading the press release below.

>West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire, not on ODF-protected lands but an interagency operation, started Monday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 135 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Cause is under investigation. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON

More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 12, 2014 Update

The Yellow Point Fire remains 790 acres and is now 51 percent contained.

While the fire activity has decreased substantially over the past 24 hours, firefighters remain on high alert as the forecasted Red Flag Warning continues today through the weekend. While winds are expected to subside later in the day, temperatures are likely to increase and stay hot through Sunday. Any fire ignition outside containment lines carries the potential for rapid fire spread.

Fire crews will continue to grid the fire area, mop up hot spots and patrol for spot fires.

Due to fire traffic, road closures remain in effect throughout the fire area. Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are required to stay away from the area until closures are lifted by fire officials.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. A Regulated Use Closure remains in effect that requires campfires in designated locations (approved campgrounds), prohibits smoking, power saw use and off road driving. Mowing of dried cured grass is not allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information on fire restrictions, log onto www.oregon.gov/odf.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Containment: 51%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures:
Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and
Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).
Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Resources: crews 33; engines 27; tenders 14; dozers 1; helicopters 6
Total personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,600,000

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Kiona-Benton City School District Board Workshop
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 09/12/14
The School Board will meet Saturday 9/13/2014 at 9:30 a.m. for a workshop at the Kennewick Country Club to go over evaluations.
09/11/14
Seahawks Select Wapato Coach as Coach of the Week (Photo)
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
Coach Hake photo
Coach Hake photo
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Hi there,

Great honor for one of our coaches.

Attached is a release regarding our Varsity Head Football Coach being selected by the Seahawks and the Washington State Football Coaches Assoc. as "Coach of the Week"


also attached a photo of Coach Hake if any of you want to use it.



Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Coach of the Week , Coach Hake photo
Walla Walla school zone flashers operate during peak travel periods
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/11/14
WALLA WALLA - This fall, motorists will notice that the school zone flashers alerting them to the 20 mph speed limit will only be operating before school, during lunch and after school. In the past, school zone flashers operated from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This change was made by the City of Walla Walla following a recommendation from the district's School Zone Safety Team.

"Our research revealed running flashers all day results in diminishing effectiveness," said Ki Bealey, City of Walla Walla Public Works Director. "Also, solar powered school zone flashers are generally not suitable to operate nine hours a day, especially during the winter months."

Several other cities and school districts around the state have adopted similar strategies. Targeting times for school zone flashers is also endorsed by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

"The goal of this recommendation is to provide the greatest clarity to drivers and thereby attain the highest level of compliance at the most crucial travel periods for kids to and from school," Bealey said.

Flasher Operation Times - 20 mph Speed Limit:
* Flasher operation in the morning - 30 minutes prior to start (bell) until 10 minutes after start (bell)
* Flasher operation during lunch - 30 minutes prior to start of lunch until 10 minutes after lunch
* Flasher operation in the afternoon - 10 minutes prior to release until 30 minutes after release
(The same standards apply for early release times)

School Zone Signage
* If no flashers are present, then school zones shall be signed, "When Children are Present," in accordance with WAC 468?95?335. The 20 mile per hour speed limit is in force under any of the following conditions:
1. School children are occupying or walking within the marked crosswalk
2. School children are waiting at the curb or the shoulder of the roadway by the marked crosswalk
3. School children are present walking along the roadway, either on the adjacent sidewalk or, in the absence of sidewalks, on the shoulder within the posted speed limit

* If flashers are present, then the school zones shall be signed, "When Flashing."
Workers' compensation costs to drop for second-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/11/14
Oregon workers' compensation costs will decrease an average 5.3 percent in 2015, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

The department approved the average decrease in "pure premium," which is the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover anticipated claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. Lower average costs in both of those areas are driving down the pure premium for the second-straight year.

"Oregon's strong commitment to workplace safety and health continues to keep costs low for businesses," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "Efforts to control medical costs and get workers back to work faster also have contributed to rate decreases in the past two years."

The decrease is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations for the majority of states.

Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers' compensation costs but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. The decrease is an average, so an individual employer may see a larger decrease, no change, or even an increase depending on the employer's own industry, claims experience, and payroll. Also, pure premium doesn't take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The rate decrease is effective Jan. 1, 2015, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2015.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only 11 states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon at the beginning of 2012, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. The department will release a new study ranking states' 2014 workers' compensation costs in October.

In addition to any change in pure premium, other workers' compensation costs reviewed annually by the department include:

* An assessment on workers' compensation premiums to fund the state costs of running workers' compensation and safety and health programs.

* An assessment on hours worked to fund Oregon's highly successful return-to-work programs that help injured workers return to work quickly and earn close to their pre-injury wages. This assessment also provides increased benefits over time for workers who are permanently and totally disabled, and gives benefits to families of workers who die from workplace injuries or diseases.

Attached is a summary of all the changes as well as more detailed information about the pure premium rate.

More information about Oregon workers' compensation costs can be found at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/index.html.


Attached Media Files: Pure premium details , Workers' compensation costs summary
Yellow Point Fire - ODF Team 3 update, 09-11-14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 11, 2014 Update

The water is flowing on the Yellow Point Fire. More than 25 miles of hose has been strung throughout the mountainous terrain and 15 tenders are working in assembly line fashion distributing water to the line. If stretched in a straight line, the hose would reach from the fire all the way to Cottage Grove.

Mop up is in full gear as crews continue to brace for Red Flag Warning weather that is expected to develop Thursday through Friday. The goal is to be mopped in 300 feet from the fire perimeter.

Fire crews will also be on patrol for spot fires. Firefighters are using infrared cameras to locate hidden hot spots near the line that will enable them to search out and destroy any potential threat.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Fire managers would like to remind the public to exercise caution under the current fire conditions. Unnecessary human caused fires will only pull needed resources away from the task at hand.

FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 45%
Cause: Under Investigation

Road Closures: Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25); M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3); North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26); Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and; Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26). Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road. South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

Total Personnel: 827
Estimated Cost: $3,361,271

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - Sept. 11, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

NEW FIRES
* West Fork Fire: the West Fork Fire started Tuesday seven miles south of Joseph, Oregon in northeast Oregon. The fire is 120 acres and 10% contained, and crews will continue to link firelines and contain the fire before warmer temperatures return this weekend. Fire managers encourage the public to respect the trail and area closures around the fire to ensure public and firefighter safety. The closures include Portions of the the West Fork trail (#1820) and the Ice Lake Trail (#1808). Wallowa Lake State Park is serving as fire camp to support crews and resources. Please use caution in the area. A public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Lake Fire Hall. For more information, contact Christie Shaw at 541-263-0661 or stay current via Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4101/

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES
* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 790 acres and is 45% contained. Additional road closures have been announced for the area and can be found at the fire's Inciweb site: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.
Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 09/11/14
Contact:Amanda Ip
Community Affairs Specialist | Fred Meyer & QFC
503.421.1146

Carissa Sauer, APR
Oregon Dairy Council
Direct:971-673-2732; Cell: 360-991-3225

Fred Meyer and QFC Launch 'Pour It Forward' Program to Help Close the Milk Gap During Hunger Action Month

Local food banks struggle to provide milk to clients each year


PORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 10, 2014 - More than 12.5 million families face hunger and malnutrition in America and look to local food pantries to provide their essential food items. And while milk is one of the most requested items, it is also one of the least-donated items, creating a milk gap.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is teaming up with the Great American Milk Drive to support Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, during Hunger Action Month.

Through the end of September, the Kroger Family of Stores, including Fred Meyer and QFC, is inviting customers to 'Pour It Forward' by purchasing a $1, $3 or $5 milk voucher donation when checking out. All donations collected will benefit local food banks affiliated with Feeding America, which will provide free milk coupons to their clients.

"Kroger customers and associates have always embraced opportunities to help their neighbors in need," said Melinda Merrill, manager of community affairs for Fred Meyer Stores. "Through our 'Pour It Forward' campaign, we are adding a new way for our customers, associates and company to support local food banks by offering them access to an important food -- fresh and wholesome milk."

Approximately 95% of food banks reported they do not receive enough milk to meet their clients' needs. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends adults drink 68 gallons of milk each year, Feeding America's clients receive only 1 gallon of milk per person, per year, on average.

"Milk is a great source of high-quality protein and is vital to growth and development," said Anne Goetze RDN, LD, Director of Nutrition Affairs at Oregon Dairy Council. "Funds raised during 'Pour it Forward' will help provide milk to thousands of families to keep them strong, healthy and full of energy."

Kroger's 'Pour It Forward' campaign is part of the Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families. The Milk Processor Education Program, National Dairy Council and Feeding America partnered to launch the Great American Milk Drive in April 2014.

As a founding partner of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger agency, Kroger has been engaged in the hunger relief effort for more than 30 years. Today, the Kroger family of stores has longstanding relationships with more than 100 local food banks.

About Fred Meyer Stores
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 132 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $5 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our Web site at www.fredmeyer.com.

About Quality Food Centers
Founded in Seattle more than 50 years ago, QFC is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and operates 65 stores in Western Washington and in Portland, Oregon. QFC has a long history as a neighborhood grocer, offering the highest quality products, exceptional service, and the finest shopping experience in the market. In 2012, QFC donated $1.2 million to the communities it serves and donated 3.5 million pounds of food to local food banks in Western Washington and Portland, Oregon. QFC is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit our web site at www.qfc.com.

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Seeking Public's Help with a 1996 Cold Case Homicide (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/11/14
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The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office are requesting the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female that was found in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area of rural Polk County on September 1, 1996.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the bones are of a Caucasian female, middle age or older. The following are likely descriptors of the female:

Caucasian female, 45 years of age or older at the time of her disappearance, between 5'0 and 5'6" in height, with a slight build and possible curvature of the spine;

Most likely having a complete upper denture;

Black and gray hair;

The skull shows a crescent shaped surgical incision in the forehead area and has been determined to be a sinus related surgery that appeared to have occurred years before her death. This procedure may or may not have left a visible scar.

The decedent's body may have been in the Mill Creek area for as little as a few months up to one year making the time of disappearance from the fall of 1995 to the summer of 1996.

After extensive searching of missing person's reports from 1995 and 1996 in Polk County and throughout Oregon brought little in the way of leads to the decedent's identity, it is possible the decedent may have been from another state.

Due to the suspicious circumstances found at the scene, the Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident as a homicide. Earlier this year, this case was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Team who has worked with OHSU and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to develop medical information regarding the surgical scar as well as receiving an updated profile sketch, which was completed by personnel from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The updated sketch is included with this release of information. Additional details can be found on www.Namus.gov under the Unidentified Persons Database, Case #9457, where additional sketches, photos, and case information can be found.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone who may have information regarding this incident or any missing person that fits the above description and estimated time of disappearance, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-623-1878 or contact Det. Sgt. Mark Garton or Det. John Williams at 503-623-9251.


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1292/77693/Polk96_7115sk2Hair4.jpg
Wildfire danger on the rise in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
For wildfire managers, the current forecast of dry easterly winds and rising temperatures means just one thing: elevated fire behavior. East winds, common in late summer and early fall, can turn a smoldering campfire or an errant spark from a vehicle into a raging blaze in minutes. And the winds coming later this week are predicted to be especially strong - 15 to 20 mph. The low humidity, coupled with wind and high temperatures, can turbocharge even the smallest fire start.

Whether this weather event spawns new wildfires depends almost entirely on how Oregonians behave in the forest. This time of year, human activity is the chief cause of fires, not lightning. We can prevent wildfires by taking extra precautions as we work and recreate in the forest. You can make the difference by following a few simple tips:

- Operate ATVs and other motorized vehicles only on established roads.

- Check your vehicle for dragging tow chains that can send sparks into roadside vegetation.

- Don't park on dry grass - the hot exhaust system can set it smoldering in seconds.

- Check current fire restrictions for the area before building a campfire. Open fires may be prohibited. But if allowed, tend the fire constantly and extinguish it thoroughly before leaving the area.

- Smoke only in an enclosed vehicle. Properly dispose of cigarette butts.

The Keep Oregon Green Association offers additional tips on preventing wildfires at: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/home.html
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet Sept. 19 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/11/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees are meeting Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards.

They will discuss and may make recommendations about:
* The Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water; and
* The 2013 Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit.

This public meeting will be held at Willamette National Forest Supervisor's Office 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Room 215, Springfield.

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

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

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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09/10/14
Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/10/14
PR 17-14
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Power Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 503-808-3722
Kevin Wingert, BPA, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Adult fall chinook returns shatter single-day record set just one year ago
Historic fish returns predicated on a combination of work to improve fish conditions at all life stages in the Columbia River Basin and favorable ocean conditions

Portland, Ore. - Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.

The fish are among the 359,258 fall chinook seen thus far at Bonneville Dam. These numbers are only a fraction of the predicted 1.5 million adult fall chinook returning by the end of 2014.
These returns are the result of a host of federal, tribal, state and non-profit organizations in the region working together over the past decade to improve conditions in the tributaries and main stem river using an "all H" approach - harvest, habitat, hydro and hatcheries - as well as favorable ocean conditions.

"With our many partners, we work to balance the needs and interests of the region with large-scale improvements for fish," said David Ponganis, Northwestern Division Programs Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "These record-breaking numbers show that the structural and operational improvements made at the dams have resulted in safer passage conditions for juvenile and adult fish."

These efforts represent one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, largely paid for by the region's electric ratepayers along with funding from federal taxpayers.

"The results we are seeing reflect a tremendous collaborative effort within the Columbia River Basin," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "We look forward to working with our existing and future partners towards a common vision of continuing to bring back more fish to the rivers."

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Smarter purchasing reduces toxins, presents opportunity for Oregon businesses
State of Oregon - 09/10/14
Salem, Ore., Oregon state agencies will now use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products - making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses. Today, State COO Michael Jordan approved new purchasing guidelines for state agencies to support the purchase of less-toxic products without compromising effectiveness or best-value.

"Oregonians are growing more mindful of what's in the products they use," said Jordan. "State government should too." He added, "We're in a unique position to not only reduce the amount of toxins used across our state, but also to drive the market to supply safer options."

Today's action was prompted by Governor Kitzhaber's 2012 executive order directing state agencies to increase the number of people- and planet-friendly products they purchase- reducing the use of toxic chemicals and building market pressure for improved offerings. The guidelines will enable the state to expand its green purchasing beyond the janitorial supply price agreement adopted in 2013. Under the agreement, state agencies have purchased effective cleaning supplies while reducing the amount of toxic chemicals used.

Over the past year, a green chemistry steering committee, led by the Governor's Office, developed general guidelines agencies will use to ask that vendors provide safer goods. The committee engaged state agencies, conservation groups and Oregon businesses to refine the guidelines prior to approval. From pest control, to office supplies to furniture and more, the guidelines offer a procurement path that often will lead to a safer alternative.

Some early adopting agencies have already realized the benefits of using the guidelines. For example:
* Instead of using poison to control a rat population, the Department of Corrections purchased nests and owls - quite effective, without the toxins.
* The Oregon State Hospital has gone from using six different chemicals to clean their buildings to two that are third party certified to be less-toxic, and easier for their staff to manage.
* The Oregon Department of Human Services recently worked with a vendor to eliminate paper billing, replace toxic cleaners with safer alternatives and train staff on proper usage, all while reducing their cost by more than 12%.

And it's not just state agencies realizing benefits. The state's collective buying power has the ability to shift the market towards less-toxic alternatives. "With a committed customer such as Oregon State Government, it's easier for us and our suppliers to invest in the development of safer products," noted Staples Chief Scientist Roger McFadden.

Most importantly, smarter purchasing supports a cleaner state for all Oregonians. "Oregon state government is providing sound leadership by bringing together product purchasers and suppliers to find solutions that are safer for people and the environment, while also being effective and affordable" noted Colin Price from the Oregon Environmental Council.

Link to guidelines: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/EGS/ps/docs/GreenChemPol.doc
State Releases Study on Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults in Oregon
OR Department of Human Services - 09/10/14
Salem -- The second ever comprehensive study of elder financial exploitation in Oregon has been completed and was released today in Salem at the Financial Crimes and Digital Evidence Conference sponsored by the United States Attorney's Office.

The study of over 600 reports was conducted by the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. The study is a follow up to the 2011 retrospective study on Financial Exploitation and helps provide a better understanding and picture of financial abuse in Oregon.

In 2013, Financial Exploitation allegations increased by 18% over 2012 and represented 42% of all the abuse investigations conducted by Adult Protective services. These 3398 allegations were documented in 2929 individual reports. The discrepancy in numbers exists because one report may include multiple allegations, multiple victims, or multiple perpetrators. Of these 2929 individual reports, 623 were read and hand mined for the data included in this study.

The study showed that the average loss per each substantiated case of monetary theft was $24,915. There are many other losses to victims such as personal property, unauthorized credit card use, and medication that can be more difficult to quantify financially.

"Financial Exploitation of individuals over the age of 65 and with physical disabilities has become the most commonly investigated type of abuse that community adult protective services addresses in Oregon," said Marie Cervantes, Director of OAAPI. "By digging deeper into the data with this second study, we are able to better see trends and methods more clearly. This will help us to come up with better prevention and education strategies."

"For many of our vulnerable adults that are exploited can mean years of hard work, money to pay basic living essentials such as food and electricity, and hopes for their future security are gone," she said.

Cervantes added that not only is financial abuse common but it often goes hand-in-hand with other types of abuse. One finding in this study is that even though financial exploitation is the most commonly investigated form of abuse, physical and verbal abuse are the fastest growing areas of abuse in Oregon.

Additionally, the study revealed that for the first time, non-mandatory reporters, such as bank employees and family members, were the most frequent reporters of financial abuse. According to study author and researcher Rebecca Fetters, this highlights the fact that even though bankers are not mandatory reporters, they have taken it upon themselves to do the right thing and recognize that they, along with close friends and family, are in a unique and important position to identify the warning signs and do something about it.

The study also points out that national studies confirm for every one case of financial exploitation that reaches the attention of APS or other authorities, an estimated forty-four cases go unreported.
The research also confirmed that the major perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon continue to be family members. This includes spouses, children, siblings, and grandchildren. Daughters (16%) were slightly more prevalent abusers than sons (14%). Family relationships accounted for 46% of all substantiated perpetrators of financial exploitation. Beyond family members, the second most common type of alleged perpetrator was acquaintances, followed closely by non-relative caregivers.

The study says that less than five percent of the sample was victimized by someone who was truly a stranger. Therefore, it is important to remember that most perpetrators of financial exploitation in Oregon have a trusted relationship with the victim.

The results of this study, and particularly the regional data, will be used to identify targeted areas of need throughout the state and to provide training and technical assistance to those areas.
To view the study in its entirety, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/Pages/index.aspx


Attached Media Files: 2014-09/973/77668/Financial-Exploitation-Oregon.pdf
Finley Elementary Teacher Selected as State Finalist for National Science Award
Finley Sch. Dist. - 09/10/14
FINLEY, WA - Finley School District is proud to announce that 4th grade science and social studies teacher, Ms. Lorianne Donovan-Hermann, has been selected as a state finalist for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. Ms. Donovan-Hermann received notification from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of her selection, and her application now moves on to the national selection committee.

The PAEMST Awards are the nation's highest honors for K-12 math and science teaching. The PAEMST program began in 1983 and authorizes the President to present up to 108 awards annually to teachers from each state.

Finley Superintendent, Lance Hahn, states, "Ms. Donovan is an exceptional educator who inspires her colleagues and ignites the power of learning in her students daily."

As a State Finalist, Ms. Donovan will receive a scholarship to attend the National Science Foundation's annual conference in October 2014, as well as an invitation to attend the annual Governor's Reception in June 2015.

"I am thrilled with the honor of the PAESMT award," Ms. Donovan said. "I have the great joy of working with students and introducing them to the science of the world all around them. My kids dazzle me with their problem solving skills and thinking every day. Teaching is a delight!"

The National Science Foundation (NSF) selection committee will review the state finalists' applications and recommend up to two finalists in math or science from each state. PAEMST national winners are expected to be announced in the spring of 2015 and are honored the year following the receipt of their application. For more information about the PAEMST Awards, visit the website at www.paemst.org.

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Yellow Point Fire - Oregon Department of Forestry Team 3 update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/10/14
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander

Yellow Point Fire
September 10, 2014 Update

Firefighters on the Yellow Point Fire are bracing for today's change in weather. Winds are beginning to shift to an easterly flow and temperatures are expected to rise. A Red Flag Warning is expected for Thursday that will bring warm east winds and higher temperatures to the area. The predicted fire danger conditions are expected to escalate interior burning and test established containment lines. The fire stands at 790 acres and 35% contained.

Resources on the fire include 29 hand crews, 27 engines, 15 water tenders, one bull dozer and 9 helicopters. Two minor injuries have occurred.

Additional road closures have been added in and around the fire area due to increased water tender traffic to and from water holes.

New road closures include:
* Oxbow Creek Road (19-7-25.1) from Siuslaw River Road (19-7-25);
* M-Line Road (20-7-8 and 19-8-29) from J-Line (19-8-3);
* North Sister Creek Road (20-8-18.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Twin Sisters Access Road (20-8-17) from Smith River Road (20-11-26);
* Yellow Point Road (20-7-28 and 20-7-8.1) from Smith River Road (20-11-26) and;
* Yellow Creek Road (20-7-32) from Smith River Road (20-11-26).

Road closures remaining in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 790 acres
Location: 25 miles west of Cottage Grove
Containment: 35%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources: Crews: 29 | Engines: 27 | Tenders: 15 | Dozers: 1 | Helicopters: 9
Total Personnel: 840
Estimated Cost: $3,025,752
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, Roseburg Resources, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff's Offices

For More Information: 541-935-4420
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4100/
ODF Wildfire Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
09/09/14
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/09/14
NEW FIRES

* Tom Folley Fire: the Tom Folley Fire started yesterday afternoon near Tom Folley Creek Road three miles east of Elkton. Crews stopped the fast moving grass fire at 25 acres and remained at the scene until the evening, mopping up hot spots and securing lines. Cause is under investigation.

CURRENT LARGE FIRES OVER 10 ACRES

* Yellow Point Fire: the Yellow Point Fire, 25 miles west of Cottage Grove, stands at 785 acres and is 25% contained. Experiencing minimal growth yesterday, firefighters continue to strengthen fire lines today. Additional road closures are expected today near the fire area, with closures currently in effect for South Sisters Road east of Upper Smith Road and the South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.

>ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and certain other public forestlands including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

>FIRES ON OTHER JURISDICTIONS IN OREGON
More information on these fires can be found at: http://nwccweb.us/index.aspx and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS
ODF maintains a blog at http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/. It includes breaking news on wildfires that occur on ODF's fire protection jurisdiction and also fires on other lands that potentially threaten , along with current fire statistics, and a frequently updated Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry.

For information on wildfires in other jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://www.nwccweb.us/ and to the national Incident Information System website at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Statewide air quality index readings are available at http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

>NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, (see below), 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet September 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/14
September 9, 2014

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, September 18, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 at Seven Mile Lane in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday evening's two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 34 and Seven Mile Lane east of Interstate 5 in Linn County that turned fatal when a passenger died at an area hospital.

On September 8, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a 1993 Honda Accord driven by JAMES L. FIELDS, age 25, from Sweet Home, was traveling northbound on Seven Mile Lane when it failed to stop for a stop sign and entered into the intersection at Highway 34. The Honda was struck in the driver side door by a 2004 Subaru Impreza four-door traveling in the right eastbound lane of Highway 34. After impact, the Honda traveled across the highway and came to rest off the north shoulder. The Subaru came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

FIELDS and passenger ANNA MARIE MYERS, age 28, from Sweet Home, were both transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. MYERS reportedly died from her injuries later that night.

The Subaru's driver, CHRISTINA M. BANKS, age 35, from Lebanon, was not injured. She was using safety restraints.

Safety restraint usage by the victim is pending confirmation through the investigation by OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office. Trooper Ray Stallsworth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was restricted to a lane of travel for 90 minutes during the initial scene investigation.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Rogue River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving 5 vehicles southbound Interstate 5 in a highway work zone about two miles south of Rogue River. Names and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on September 8, 2014 at approximately 5:20 p.m., traffic was moving southbound along Interstate 5 near the bottom of the exit 43 off-ramp in a work zone where traffic was merging from the left lane to the right lane due to a construction-related lane closure.

Preliminary investigation indicates four of the involved vehicles were slowly moving in the right lane when a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle driven by STEVEN COLEMAN, age 31, from Central Point, failed to slow down and crashed into the back of a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by GERALD KIRK, age 65, from Rogue River. The impact caused the Oldsmobile to crash into the back of a Hyundai Sante Fe sport utility vehicle driven by MARIE S. MURPHY, age 25, from Ashland. Two other vehicles, a 2002 Subaru Forrester and a 2002 Dodge Neon, were then involved in the chain reaction crash.

A passenger in the Oldsmobile identified as MICHELE LAURITZEN, age 49, from Rogue River, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints. KIRK was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

COLEMAN was checked at the scene by medical personnel but wasn't transported. He is cooperating in the investigation.

MURPHY was not reported injured. A passenger in the Subaru was transported with minor injuries to a hospital.

OSP troopers from the Central Point and Grants Pass offices responded to the scene to investigate. Trooper Adam Walport is the lead investigator. No enforcement action taken at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by other law enforcement, local emergency responders and ODOT. One lane remained closed at the scene during the investigation. Troopers cleared about 10:30 p.m.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

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New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/09/14
[New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood]

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2014) -- The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

"The Red Cross Blood Donor App is a new way to help meet the constant need for blood," said Jeff Allen, CEO of Red Cross Blood Services in the Pacific Northwest Region. "The app makes it easier, faster and more convenient for users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations, and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them."

As the nation's single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:
* A blood drive or blood donation locator;
* The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user's calendar;
* Personalized "selfies" donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
* Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
* A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
* Exclusive offers and discounts from some of America's best brands, including Shari's Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
* Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives.

The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.

The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.

Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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09/08/14
Oregon State Police Asking For Public's Help to Locate Missing Kentucky Men Whose Vehicle Found Abandoned in Mt Hood Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are asking for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully tried to find anyone to determine why the vehicle was parked at that location. Family contacts said the vehicle's owner, JOHN KEVIN WOOD, age 59, from Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, JASON ANTHONY WOOD, age 32. Both men live together and neither have been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.

JOHN WOOD is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

JASON WOOD is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After notification from OSP, the Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men. KSP has entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office conducted an air search on two occasions with negative results. OSP towed the abandoned vehicle and impounded it pending the investigation.

Anyone seeing JOHN or JASON WOOD in the Mt. Hood area over the past two weeks, or with information regarding their whereabouts, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.

Photographs of both men and the vehicle provided with this news release.

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September 24 meeting set for La Grande to discuss a study of the Grande Ronde River and possibly adding to the State Scenic Waterways Program
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/08/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is asking community members to participate in an important project to study a section of the Grande Ronde River for possible inclusion into the State Scenic Waterways Program. Based on recent direction from Governor Kitzhaber, OPRD will study at least three waterways every two years to see if they could be added to the scenic waterway system. Information about the scenic waterways study process is online at: http://tinyurl.com/scenicwaterwaysreview

OPRD's role is to develop a report that explains whether this waterway would make a good addition to the system. During this process, OPRD will objectively evaluate the waterway's eligibility based on criteria, host a discussion among community members, and evaluate public support. Findings will be included in a report that will go to the Governor's Office by the end of the year.

A community meeting will be held on September 24, 7-9 p.m. at the La Grande Library at 2006 Fourth Street. At this meeting, OPRD will review how the river fits the scenic waterway criteria, share identified issues and concerns, answer questions, and ask attendees to share their views on the river. If community members are unable to attend this meeting, an online survey will be available until October 15 by accessing the webpage listed above. Comments may also be provided by sending an email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov.

For more information about the meeting, contact Steve Kay, Recreation Grants and Community Programs Manager, at (503) 986-0705, steve.kay@oregon.gov.
09/06/14
Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 09/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Friday afternoon's fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash that occurred northbound on Interstate 5 about thirteen miles south of Cottage Grove. The victim's name and additional information related to the crash are released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:55 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PAUL JOSEPH ALVARADO, age 60, from Myrtle Creek, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 161 when the operator failed to merge from the right lane to the left lane entering an active highway work zone. Prior to the scene were multiple signs advising of construction ahead and a right lane closure, as well as orange construction barrels tapering the right lane traffic into the left lane.

The motorcycle hit at least one of the barrels, lost control and struck a guardrail. ALVARADO was seriously injured and was wearing a protective helmet.

An OSP trooper and EMS personnel responded and provided emergency medical care. An air ambulance responded to the scene, but before ALVARADO could be transported he was pronounced deceased.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

The northbound lanes were blocked about one hour before a lane was open to traffic.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Douglas County Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge drivers to be alert for highway work zones and workers day and night. According to ODOT:

* Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
* Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
* Speeding - or driving too fast for conditions - is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
* More than 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured or killed than on-site workers.
* Fines in work zones are double 24/7 whether workers are present or not.

More information about highway work zone safety is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx

No photographs available for this release.

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09/05/14
Courts Agree: Additional federal regulation of forest roads is not required
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Major Media Distribution
September 5, 2014

A federal judge's ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests.
"We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court have ruled that additional federal regulation is not required on top of Oregon's existing forest protection regulations," State Forester Doug Decker said. "We intend to continue to apply the Forest Practices Act's science-based approaches, and we hope to re-dedicate the energy and resources spent on litigation to protecting and improving streams and other forest resources."
Although the Supreme Court had already ruled more than a year ago against the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the plaintiffs were given an opportunity to seek to add new claims to their complaint in U.S. District Court. District Judge Anna J. Brown dismissed the case on Friday. Previously, she had ruled that she lacked jurisdiction to consider the new claims, and that it would be "fundamentally unfair to require Defendants to defend against a new theory eight years after the case was initiated."
In the case, the plaintiffs argued that federal permits should be required for storm runoff into streams from forest roads, in addition to the state's own road drainage regulations. In March 2013, the Supreme Court rejected that argument, agreeing with the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that EPA rules did not require such permits.
The Supreme Court looked favorably on Oregon's system, noting that the state had developed considerable expertise in regulating forest roads, and had created a comprehensive set of best practices for managing stormwater runoff from these roads.
The Court noted Oregon's "considerable expertise" in regulating forest roads, and ruled that EPA could reasonably conclude that "further federal regulation in this area would be duplicative or counterproductive." The Court also noted that Congress directed the EPA to work with states "to alleviate stormwater pollution by developing the precise kind of best management practices Oregon has established here."

The Oregon Forest Practices Act protects natural resources during timber harvest and other forest operations. It was the first law of its kind in the U.S. when passed in 1971, and has been amended many times as scientific understanding of resource protection has evolved.
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Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet September 12 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
September 12, 2014

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dpostrel@odf.state.or.us


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet September 12 in Salem to discuss implementing actions in the Board of Forestry's federal forests work plan.

The subcommittee drafted the work plan, which the full board approved on July 25.

The subcommittee meeting will be held from 9-11a.m. in the Tillamook Room of the Administration Building, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with Gov. John Kitzhaber and other public policy leaders.

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

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 east of Oakridge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's truck crash that resulted in the death of a Silverton man on Highway 58 about twenty-five miles east of Oakridge. The deceased driver's name is released in this update.

On September 5, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a trailer loaded with tree products was traveling westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 61. The truck was reportedly negotiating a downhill curve in the single westbound lane when the driver lost control, crossing the centerline and overturning on the left side. The truck and trailer slid across both eastbound lanes, colliding into the guardrail and embankment before coming to a stop.

Upon arrival of emergency responders, the truck's driver, DENNIS JOSEPH HUBER, age 56, from Silverton, was pronounced deceased. He was using safety restraints. A dog riding in the truck survived. An OSP trooper transported the dog back to the office to arrange its return to the victim's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Oakridge offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Bryan Kolacz is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Police Department, Oakridge Fire & EMS, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Marine Board Holds Special Meeting to Consider Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 09/05/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting via teleconference on Monday, September 8, beginning at 2:30 pm. Interested members of the public are welcome to come to the agency's office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem, to participate in the meeting. Persons wishing to address the Board may do so during the public comment period at the start of the meeting.

The Marine Board will consider additional funding for existing boating facility grants for:

-Port of Arlington Marine Fuel Station and Transient Float Upgrades FG # 1479
-Port of Garibaldi Boarding Float Replacement FG # 1487

Meetings are being held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, Director's Office, Oregon State Marine Board at (503) 378-2617 or via e-mail at: june.letarte@state.or.us. The agenda can be viewed or downloaded from http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Audio release
Just one spark
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/05/14
"Now is not the time to let our guard down," says Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields when asked about the pending arrival of fall. "We are still experiencing extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of the state and we need everyone to remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent human caused fires."

The National Weather Service is predicting continued hot weather through the weekend with much of western Oregon under a Red Flag Warning through Saturday. Combined with off shore winds and dry vegetation, the recipe for large fires is still a concern.

While the 525 human-caused fires in 2014 reflects the 10-year average on lands protected by ODF, the 13,000 acres burned is 10,000 more than the average. The Two Bulls Fire near Bend in early June and the Moccasin Fire near Klamath Falls in mid-July were two human caused fires that accounted for 9,500 of those acres. The Moccasin Fire also destroyed 17 homes.

"That's just a testament to the type of conditions we have faced all summer," says Fields. "Just one spark can lead to a fire, and that fire has the potential to grow exponentially in a very short amount of time."

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is encouraging Oregonians to use extreme caution and to practice safe outdoor equipment use. "The impact of these fires has been far reaching to citizens and communities. Following a few basic outdoor safety tips can keep the final days of summer enjoyable and safe."

As always, check what fire restrictions are in place before you head out. Most areas prohibit campfires outside approved campgrounds. Where campfires are allowed, be sure and build them in a safe area and most importantly, put them completely out before leaving.

Smoking and off road driving is also prohibited. Even vehicles idling over dry grass along the side of the road can start a fire. Earlier this week, a motor home ignited 10 small fires along Highway 97 when hot particles from a faulty catalytic converter spewed out into nearby dry grass.

Each year Oregon is faced with the challenge of wildfires impacting our forests and communities. We all have a stake in protecting what we feel is important to quality of life. In that vein, two opponents on the field are teaming up together to help put an end to careless human caused fires. Football coaches Mike Riley of Oregon State University and Mark Helfrich of the University of Oregon are spreading the word to "tackle" wildfires. Join the team today by visiting www.keeporegongreen.org.

More information:
www.keeporegongreen.org
www.firerestrictions.net
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevel.aspx
Travel Safety Reminders For Game Day in Eugene
Oregon State Police - 09/05/14
Now that the 2014 college football season kicked off last weekend in Oregon, the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans heading to Eugene for the game of the week to plan now to have an alert, sober and safe driver.

Traffic heading south to Eugene for the University of Oregon (UO) and Michigan State University game should anticipate heavy congestion along Interstate 5 in several Willamette Valley-area locations before and after the game. The extra traffic will affect travel time and increase the potential for highway incidents and crashes. To avoid the road congestion, Portland-area fans may want to consider taking the train with a 25% off special to/from Eugene on Amtrak Cascades (http://www.amtrak.com/goducks)

Reminders for travelers in the Eugene/Springfield area include:

* Construction at the I-5/Randy Pape Beltline interchange has resulted in a significant change to the southbound Exits 195 A and B. Motorists should carefully read the signs preceding the exit.
* The Pioneer Parkway exit ramp from eastbound Highway 126 (Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Highway) will be closed for approximately 90 minutes after an Oregon game. Motorists traveling eastbound on Highway 126 are encouraged to take the Mohawk Boulevard exit and use Q Street to access north Springfield area.
* Highway construction work on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove has reduced traffic to a single lane in each direction for ten weeks. Motorists should plan extra travel time and anticipate congestion and delays during peak travel times, including game days.

OSP, ODOT, and local law enforcement partners offer these simple safety tips and reminders:

* Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts
* On game day: leave early, be patient and alert so you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road
* Don't let high temperatures cause you to reach your boiling point. Keep your emotions in check on the road and at the game.
* Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting TripCheck.com, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates
* Drivers: avoid distractions and leave talking or texting on mobile devices in the hands of your passengers
* Buckle up every trip, every time
* Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle before and after the game

State, county and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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09/04/14
Duck and Beaver Football Coaches Recruit Oregonians to Help Prevent Wildfire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/04/14
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Keep Oregon Green is releasing three new public service announcements this fall to help raise awareness on wildfire prevention.

The three PSAs, featuring University of Oregon's head football coach, Mark Helfrich, and Oregon State University's head football coach, Mike Riley, will remind hunters, campers and homeowners to practice basic wildfire safety.

Fall rains will be welcome news, but unlikely to decrease wildfire danger statewide. While grasses and other fine fuels can be dampened by a shower, they dry out quickly during a warm, sunny day.

"It's easy to become complacent about wildfire as we transition from summer to fall," said Kristin Babbs, President of the Keep Oregon Green Association. "Many people think it is safe time to have open fires, but the grasses and taller vegetation are still very dry, and are ready to ignite."

Oregon has had several large human-caused wildfires this summer, burning structures, closing highways, and forcing numerous evacuations. Many of these wildfires were a result of debris burning and campfires left unattended.

This week's weather forecast calls for a combination of strong winds, warming temperatures and low humidity through the weekend. These critical fire weather conditions, and potential for growing fires, are prompting firefighting agencies to be on high alert, and are asking the public to do the same.

Before heading to the forest, do a quick search and contact the agency who manages the lands at your destination for an update on current restrictions. Homeowners and visitors to Oregon's natural areas should review these restrictions before building campfires, burning debris, or using equipment that could spark or ignite dry vegetation.

The coaches' PSAs and additional wildfire safety tips can be found at keeporegongreen.org.


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Catch the wind (and some rays) (Photo)
Pacific Power - 09/04/14
Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
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Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Catch the wind (and some rays)
Seats are going fast for the 11th annual Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy project tour set for the Columbia River Gorge Sept. 27
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Wind turbines on ridges and solar panels on rooftops are becoming as much a part of the Northwest landscape as snowcapped volcanoes and winding rivers. Pacific Power customers can get up close and personal with renewable energy in action on Pacific Power's 11th annual Renewable Energy Project Tour, Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Hood River and mid-Columbia Gorge region.
Space is limited and the tour always sells out so register on a first-come, first served basis at pacificpower.net/tour. Registrations must be completed by Sept. 12.
Limited to only 90 people, the guided tour starts at 9 a.m. on the Hood River waterfront before departing for Goodnoe Hills, PacifiCorp's wind farm near Goldendale, Wash. There, you'll be dwarfed by 47 turbine towers, each more than 250 feet tall, together producing enough emission-free energy each year to supply about 25,000 average homes. Learn how wind turbines work, unique features of their design, and ask our wind farm experts those questions you've always wanted to but never had the chance.
Then it is back to Hood River's Turtle Island Foods, one of only two LEED platinum-certified food processing plants in the nation. Get an up close look at the 400 panel, 102-kilowatt rooftop solar array that's as much a part of Turtle Islands' operation as the popular Tofurky food products you enjoy. The array was funded in part by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and is one of many green features of this facility, which was constructed using 80 percent locally-sourced materials and includes an eco-roof, rainwater catchment and more. Your tour guides will answer all your questions about solar energy or the plant itself.
The tour, which includes a box lunch provided by Mother's Marketplace, a long-time Blue Sky business partner, concludes at 2:30 p.m., with plenty of the day left to enjoy the Hood River community and the Columbia Gorge. Discover other activities and attractions at: hoodriver.org.
"This is always a great event," said Rhonda Rasmussen, Blue Sky Program manager. "It is great to see a group of customers so enthusiastic about supporting and learning about renewable energy and we are thrilled to provide an opportunity to see these impressive technologies that are working every day."
The registration cost is $30 per person with discounts for children and Blue Sky customers. Spots are going fast so please contact windtour@pacificpower.net or call 1-866-476-9378 ext. 23 for questions. You may also download the registration packet at pacificpower.net/tour. Registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 12.
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About Blue Sky
For 11 years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 53,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
About Turtle Island Foods
For almost 30 years, Turtle Island Foods has been creating delicious, nutritious, convenient and affordable vegetarian food that makes a difference in people's lives and has a minimal impact on our environment. Located in Hood River, Ore., the family owned and operated company produces the Tofurky brand and many other kosher, vegan products made with organic soybeans and/or organic tofu at its state-of-the-art facility.
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Attached Media Files: Wind farms, wheat fields, snowcaps. All part of annual Pacific Power Blue Sky wind tour.
Oregon Successfully Secures $300,000 in Federal Funding for Small Business Export Promotion Grants
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/04/14
SALEM - Oregon has been awarded $300,000 in a third round of federal grant funding to help Oregon companies promote their products to customers around the world through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program.

Since 2012, STEP-funded export promotion grants totaling $594,000 helped 170 Oregon companies achieve immediate sales of more than $21 million. These sales were a direct result of attending trade shows and other foreign activities with the grants. These grant recipients also reported estimated future sales of more than $80 million as a result of the connections made at the shows.

"Selling into these foreign markets brings new revenue into the hands of small businesses, and new dollars into Oregon's economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That's serious ROI, $594,000 in and $21 million back in return with another $80 million potentially down the road. Pairing our staff's foreign market expertise with individual grants of $5,000, these companies have already realized an incredible return on the state and federal investment."

The grants play a large part in Business Oregon's global trade strategy, as do trade missions, such as one currently planned for Asia in October, where Business Oregon will join the Port of Portland and others to lead a group to China, Hong Kong and Japan. The mission will promote Oregon goods and services as well as in-bound investment.

Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount in 2013 with significant exports to Japan and South Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013, and trade with China grew 27% over 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods.

The third year of STEP funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration will become available on October 1. The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000.

These new grant funds can be used for activities through September 2015. More information available at www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/STEP-Program/

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
College Fair planned at Walla Walla High School
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 09/04/14
Walla Walla High School and Washington State University GEAR UP
- College and Technical School Fair
- September 30, 2014

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School and WSU GEAR UP are hosting local and regional college representatives from community colleges, universities and technical colleges September 20. Representatives will be meeting with students during their school day (7:30 am-3:00 pm) talking about their own admission policies, scholarships and attendance cost, along with answering specific questions from the students.

The fair will also feature an open session where families, parents and community members are encourage to attend and bring their own questions. The open session is after school from 2:30-4:00 pm. All activities for the day will take place at the Walla Walla High School 'small gym' located at 800 Abbott Rd in Walla Walla.


Washington State University GEAR UP, which is located on campus at Walla Walla High School, involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills.

For more information contact Claircy Clizer in the Walla Walla High School Career Center, cclizer@wwps.org.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 33 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of New Hampshire Man - Highway 140 west of Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 24-year old New Hampshire man last Saturday when a traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 33 pounds of marijuana concealed inside a motorhome along Highway 140 about two miles west of Lakeview in Lake County. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1993 Ford motorhome displaying New Hampshire license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 140 near milepost 93. Durng the traffic stop the driver was identified as MATTHEW S. BALUKAS, age 24, from Barrington, New Hampshire.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine, led to the discovery of 33 individually wrapped one-pound packages of marijuana concealed inside the motorhome. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $80,000.

BALUKAS was arrested without incident and lodged in the Lake County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood
American Red Cross Blood Services - 09/04/14
(see downloadable file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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09/03/14
Special Event to be Held for Veterans and Spouses
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/03/14
Newspapers: Press Release below for print
Radio Stations: Following press release, there are two written PSAs for live reads, also, produced .mp3 files for air. Please consider running these PSAs whenever your schedule allows up until event day.

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Both active and former military members welcome


La Grande - A special event for current and former military members and their spouses will be held Friday September 12 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the La Grande National Guard Armory, Blue Mountain Conference Center.

Prior to the job fair there will be a special workshop to aid veterans in crafting their resume and preparing for job interviews. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Veterans Career and Benefits Fair will feature local employers showcasing their businesses and job opportunities, along with many benefit providers with information on local community resources for veterans.

For employers wishing to take part in the event, participation is free of charge and a brunch will be provided. To reserve space, contact Brian Cole of WorkSource Oregon by Wednesday, September 10 at 541-963-7111 ext 231. Or, contact by e-mail at william.b.cole@oregon.gov.

Veterans and their spouses wishing to attend may also register through the same.

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La Grande Veterans Career and Benefit Fair
Public Service Announcements

Employers (:30)

Employers, we know how hard it is to find good reliable and experienced employees. That is why WorkSource Oregon is hosting a Veterans Career and Benefit Fair in La Grande. Why hire a veteran? Veterans are well-trained as problem solvers, they know how to work as a team, they are dependable and they work hard for you.
You can showcase your business and opportunities at the Veterans Career and Benefit Fair. There is no cost to you, and brunch is provided.
To participate, contact WorkSource Oregon in La Grande by Wednesday, September 10.


Veterans (:30)

WorkSource Oregon is hosting a special Career and Benefits Fair for all current and former military members and their spouses. The Veterans Career and Benefit Fair will be held Friday September 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the La Grande National Guard Armory Blue Mountain Conference Center.

Local employers will be on hand showcasing their businesses and job opportunities. There will also be benefit providers with important information on local community programs.
To register, contact the La Grande office of WorkSource Oregon.


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Attached Media Files: 2014-09/930/77470/LaGrande_Vet_Fair_Veterans_PSA.mp3 , PSA for Employers
Children of five Oregon DOC employees receive national scholarship
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/03/14
The children of five Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) employees were recently named recipients of the 2014 Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship awards. ASCA awards the scholarship to children of correctional staff who have maintained academic excellence.

In an informal ceremony yesterday, DOC Deputy Director Mitch Morrow presented student Taylor Dodge with her award on behalf of ASCA. The other recipients, Samantha Belleque, Kaitlyn Coakley, Justin Harris, and Selena Ortiz, were unable to attend the ceremony.

Harris, whose father is a release services manager at DOC's central office, received a $500 scholarship. Harris is entering his junior year at Oregon State University, where he is an Honors College student studying biology with the goal of attending medical school. He will spend fall term in Bolivia as an intern with the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Program through Child Family Health International. This is the third year he has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Dodge, whose mother is a Parole Officer with Linn County Parole and Probation, received a $1,000 scholarship. Dodge graduated from Dallas High School in 2014 and is entering her freshman year at the University of Oregon. She plans on studying Human Physiology.

Belleque, whose father is an institutions administrator for the department, received a $500 scholarship. Belleque is a graduate of Blanchet Catholic School and is entering her sophomore year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, majoring in accounting. This is the second year she has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Coakley, whose father is a health services technician at Columbia River Correctional Institution, received a $500 scholarship. This is her fourth year as a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient. A 2011 graduate of North Salem High School, Coakley is entering her senior year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Ortiz, whose father is a correctional officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, received a $1,000 scholarship. Ortiz graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho in 2012. She has just started her junior year at Boise State University, majoring in Criminal Justice.

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan Hunter, the former chief of the prison division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, direct supervision of 2,500 offenders on felony supervision in the community, and indirect supervision of another 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. Its mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.



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Future of Public Health Task Force meets September 10
Oregon Health Authority - 09/03/14
September 3, 2014

What: The 10th and final meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

-- Review public comment on implementation proposal.

-- Finalize implementation proposal.

-- Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734 and use code 295577. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

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

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Resending: Oregon Health Policy Board to meet September 9 in Medford
Oregon Health Authority - 09/03/14
Resending to correct date in first paragraph

September 3, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting September 9 in Medford. The meeting will be held at the Southern Oregon University/Rogue Community College Higher Education Center in downtown Medford. The board will be hearing about transformation efforts, successes, and challenges within the local community. There will be four panels of invited speakers, including: coordinated care organization panel; hospital panel; patient-centered primary care home panel; and behavioral health panel. Public comment will be heard beginning at 12:20 p.m.

When: Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 101 S Bartlett St., Medford, Ore. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

-- Panel: coordinated care organizations

-- Panel: hospitals

-- Panel: patient-centered primary care homes

-- Panel: behavioral health

-- Public comment

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Idaho Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude and Resisting Arrest - Interstate 84 west of La Grande (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 47-year old Nampa, Idaho man Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges after citizen complaints of a driver harassing other motorists led to an attempt to elude and a struggle with troopers along Interstate 84 west of La Grande.

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 3:33 p.m., an OSP trooper spotted a 1997 Eagle Talon passenger car displaying an Idaho license plate that was the subject of citizen complaints in which the driver was reportedly harassing other motorists. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle westbound near milepost 261 but its driver failed to yield and attempted to elude the trooper in a highway construction work zone. The vehicle struck several construction work zone cones and nearly hit other vehicles at which point the trooper pulled back and turned off the patrol vehicle's emergency lights and siren.

At approximately 3:36 p.m., the vehicle exited the freeway near milepost 257 where it struck a guardrail as the driver tried to return to the eastbound lanes. Using the patrol vehicle, the trooper blocked the vehicle from leaving. The driver crawled out a window and verbally threatened the trooper. A Taser was deployed after which the driver became involved in a struggle with the trooper as two other troopers arrived on scene. The driver continued to resist arrest until the troopers brought him under control and into custody.

The driver was identified as ROBERT ALLAN BLACK, age 47, from Nampa, Idaho. Subsequent investigation led to his arrest and lodging in the Union County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Resisting Arrest
* Harassment

One of the troopers later drove himself to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained while taking BLACK into custody.

Photographs - Oregon State Police
(Note: Photo of suspect not available on Union County Jail's website)

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Lost Hubcap Fire, Morning Update for Sept. 3, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/03/14
It was a cold and very windy night on the fireline last night as the crews continued the hard work of finding any remaining smokes. Fire Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel tasked the fire fighters with "looking for any stump holes or smokes that could come back to life after we leave". As the number of smoldering smokes are dwindling, so will the number of needed fire fighters. For some crews, today will be their last shift here on this fire as the team prepares to enter the transition phase.

The team and local ODF fire staff are working on preparing a transition plan that will include a smaller organization to manage the fire after the team leaves later this week.

Today, approximately 30 students from the local Long Creek School will tour the Incident Command Post, fire camp and the helibase.

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.

Fire at a Glance:

Location: Approximately 5 miles south of the community of Monument.

Size: 2,984 acres

Containment: 62%

Expected Containment Date: 9-4-14

Resources assigned: 21 crews, 5 helicopters, 19 engines, 4 bulldozers, 9 water tenders. Total personnel: 620

Estimated costs to date: $2.28 M

Cause: under investigation


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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 16-17 near Silverton
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/03/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 3, 2014

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Silverton OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its sixth meeting of the year on September 16-17 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, OR.

On September 16, Commissioners will tour the park starting at 8:45 a.m., and then attend workshops from 1-4 p.m. in the North Falls Meeting Hall.

On September 17, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Silver Falls State Park North Falls Meeting Hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes informational updates on the agency budget, take action on construction projects affecting Tumalo and Harris Beach state parks, and receive updates on administrative rules currently in development. The commission will hear information about public comments on a proposed rule to restrict smoking on the ocean shore, but will not take action at this meeting. The ocean shore rule is tentatively scheduled for the November 19 meeting in Astoria. The full September meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, September 4.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

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DHS investing more than $6 million in employment provider transformation
OR Department of Human Services - 09/03/14
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is investing $6.75 million to improve employment services and outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

DHS is seeking up to 30 service provider agencies looking to transform their current organizational and program models from the delivery of facility-based employment services (sometimes known as sheltered workshops) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), to community-based, integrated employment services. Interested providers will be selected via an application process that closes Sept. 26, 2014.

The selected providers will receive a minimum award of $25,000 and up to $150,000 to participate in strategic planning and technical assistance activities in order to initiate and sustain their transformation from facility-based to community-based employment services. A total of up to $3 million of the $6.75 million is available for this effort.

Up to $750,000 is also available as performance-based payments for providers that achieve specific employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD into community-based, individual integrated employment.

In addition, DHS will also invest up to $3 million through a competitive solicitation for subject matter experts to provide guidance, consultation, training, and technical assistance to help the selected service provider organizations transform their business and program model. The Request for Proposals for the subject matter experts closes Sept. 29, 2014.

"These investments are an important part of Oregon's work to carry out the Governor's Executive Order, to create increased opportunities for integrated jobs in the community for those with I/DD," said Mike Maley, Statewide Employment First Coordinator. "Oregon relies heavily on private provider agencies to deliver services to those with I/DD, and these investments will help increase provider capacity and capabilities consistent with the direction our services must continue to go."

DHS is committed to continually improving the system for delivering employment services to individuals with I/DD. These improvement efforts are based on the principles of informed choice, community integration and competitive employment. The specific investments in supporting service provider transformation are part of the DHS strategy to make continual improvements by:

-- Increasing the specific capacity, in terms of provider numbers and skill levels, to deliver employment services in integrated employment settings; and
-- Increasing the opportunities for individuals with I/DD to join the general workforce by being competitively employed in workplace settings typically found in our communities. This includes opportunities for self-employment, business ownership, or other entrepreneurial endeavors;
-- Reducing the use of facility-based or small group employment services.

The investments and system improvement goals are consistent with the Employment First policy adopted in 2008 that established the expectation that "employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working-age adults with developmental disabilities."

These actions are also consistent with Executive Order 13-04 signed by Gov. Kitzhaber in April 2013 and with statutory changes passed by the Oregon Legislature that same month.

Providers and technical assistance agencies who may want to apply for this Request for Proposal can apply at: http://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome
09/02/14
Marine Board to hold Listening Sessions for Non-Motorized Boaters
Oregon Marine Board - 09/02/14
Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs in your area that better support your activities out on the water. Scheduled listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Six meetings are scheduled from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the following locations:

LOCATION DATE ADDRESS

Salem -September 17, 2014 Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE,Salem, OR 97301

Newport -September 29, 2014 Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (Clubhouse),750 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, OR 97365

Scappoose -October 2, 2014 Scappoose Bay Kayaking Adventures, 57420 Old Portland Rd. Warren, OR 97053

Madras -October 28, 2014 Jefferson County Annex, Commissioner's Meeting Room, 66 SE D St. Madras, OR 97741

Klamath Falls -October 29, 2014 TBD

Corvallis -November 3, 2014 TBD

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input received so far will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees. To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Update: Names Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence
Oregon State Police - 09/02/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved collision that occurred on Highway 101 about two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the pedestrian's action leading to his being struck by a passenger car may have been an intentional act.

On September 1, 2014 at approximately 11:53 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a reported injury crash involving a male pedestrian and a passenger car on Highway 101 near milepost 187. EMS responders arrived on scene and quickly transported the 48-year old male pedestrian by Western Lane Ambulance to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased after arrival.

Preliminary investigation indicates the victim, DEWAYNE ARTHUR MERIDITH, age 48, from Florence, was a passenger in a vehicle occupied by his mother and her friend enroute to a local store. As they pulled up toward Highway 101 in a private driveway, MERIDITH got out from the rear passenger seat and approached the road. As a northbound 1997 Honda Civic driven by LUIS CASTRO, age 19, from Keizer, approached, MERIDITH moved in the car's path. Despite the driver's attempted to avoid MERIDITH by braking and veering left, the car struck him.

The car's driver and 17-year old female passenger had no apparent injury.

OSP troopers from the Florence and Springfield offices are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed about four hours at the scene.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

No photographs for release.

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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution returns to normal operations
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/02/14
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) transitioned from lockdown to normal operations today. Visiting will resume on Wednesday, September 3.

EOCI was placed on lockdown following an inmate assault and subsequent shooting on August 29. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Police and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.

EOCI is a medium-security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Preliminary Post-Labor Day Holiday Reporting Period Information
Oregon State Police - 09/02/14
Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

The following is a brief overview of the five reported fatal traffic crashes all of which were investigated by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers:

* On August 30 at approximately 2:56 p.m., a 74-year old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County. The driver fled the scene and was arrested by OSP about five miles west of the crash scene for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and on a misdemeanor warrant.

* On August 30 at approximately 4:08 p.m., a 40-year old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

* On August 31 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 47-year old male and 51-year old female, both from Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide in Douglas County.

* On September 1 at approximately 3:50 a.m., a 27-year old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

* On September 1 at approximately 11:53 a.m., a 48-year old male from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101 two miles north of Florence. Initial investigation indicates the man's action may have been an intentional move.

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday period, two people died in 2 separate traffic crashes. The deadliest Labor Day holiday period occurred in 1978 when there were 17 reported deaths. Since 1970, nearly 300 people have died in traffic crashes in Oregon during the Labor Day holiday 78-hour reporting periods.

OSP troopers reported 45 DUII arrests statewide during this year's holiday period. Last year, troopers reported 54 DUII arrests. Prior to each holiday period, OSP encourages citizens to report possible DUII drivers they spot on the road so troopers or other agency police officers can get into position to stop the vehicle and determine if the driver is impaired. Of this year's 45 reported DUII arrests, five were the direct result of citizen driving complaint reports to OSP dispatch centers helping troopers get in position to stop the vehicle. Six DUII arrests were connected to injury and non-injury traffic crashes investigated by troopers.

The following OSP offices reported three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:

* Portland Area Command office - 7 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* Grants Pass Work Site office - 4 DUII arrests
* La Grande Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Ontario Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

OSP troopers also reported arresting 12 people during the holiday period who were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

(Note: OSP does not track DUII arrests statistics made by other law enforcement agencies. An update will be sent if regarding any additional unreported traffic fatalities.)

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Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting - September 5
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 09/02/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 5 at 2 World Trade Center, Plaza Conference Room - Ground Floor, 121 S.W. Salmon St., in Portland.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php