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Columbia (Tri-Cities/Yakima/Pendleton) News Releases for Wed. Oct. 22 - 4:50 pm
10/22/14
State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland Next Week
OR Department of Human Services - 10/22/14
When: October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland; Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.
(There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating).

Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.

Who: Highlighted speakers:
* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.
* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.
* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be
The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.

Format: The press briefing will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.


Attached Media Files: attached is the program for the conference
10/21/14
"Speak up. Work safe." video contest opens to Oregon students
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/21/14
(Salem) - Teens have used rap music, humor, and other creative special effects to share their workplace safety and health messages in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest. The contest is now open to high school students across Oregon. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

In the past, student winners wrote and sang original music as part of their "safety musical," while other finalists relied on storytelling through quirky characters or serious themes that touched on the potential for on-the-job accidents.

The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 90-second or less video with the overall theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to use creative moviemaking techniques, while sharing the message "Work shouldn't cost you your future." In addition, the video should emphasize ways for young workers to protect themselves at work. Submissions will be judged on the following:

* An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
* Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
* "Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2, 2015.

The contest is organized by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]). Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the Labor Education and Research Center, the SHARP Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance sponsor the contest.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2015, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube. Students are encouraged to use social media to spread the word about their contest entries with the tag #Oyesvideo.

For detailed contest information, including contest tips, rules, and entry forms, go to www.youngemployeesafety.org/contest. To see the 2014 winning videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/OregonSafetyHealth.

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

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


Attached Media Files: Contest poster
Latest CCB Sweeps for Unlicensed Contractors
Construction Contractors Board - 10/21/14
Salem - Construction Contractors Board (CCB) investigators found nearly 60 potential violations of contractor law after recent enforcement sweeps of approximately 400 job sites in the Portland area and the Oregon coast.
Investigators checked job sites at random in September and early October as part of an ongoing campaign targeting unlicensed contractors.
"We are going to make it difficult for those skirting Oregon's contracting laws to do business," CCB Administrator James Denno said. "Our recent enforcement sweeps have been very effective at rooting out unlicensed contractors. This is something we will continue to pursue."
Common violations included:
* People who were building, remodeling and repairing properties without a contractor's license
* Contractors who failed to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees
* Contractors who were working on homes built before 1978 but who were not licensed to handle lead-based paint
In recent months, the agency has conducted similar sweeps of construction sites in other parts of the states.
A typical first-offense penalty for working without a license is $1,000 with subsequent violations resulting in fines of up to $5,000. Working without a license is also a misdemeanor crime.
The CCB posts monthly reports of contractors it penalizes on its website: http://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/enforcement.aspx
Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity or verify licenses on the CCB's website or by calling 503-378-4621.
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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/4809/78957/Portlandsweep.pdf
10/20/14
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 near Boardman in Morrow County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year old male. Names of involved persons are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on October 20, 2014 at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slow down of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles.

A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by MITCHELL E. DAVIS, age 27, from Mattawa, Washington, in which the victim was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.

After DAVIS got out of the Mustang and helped his passenger/grandfather, MELVIN J. MITCHELL, age 80, from Richland, Washington, get out, as they were standing next to the car three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren't able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and elderly male, resulting in fatal injuries to MITCHELL.

After impact, the Ford Mustang spun into the second commercial truck before coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

DAVIS received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators.

The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as RONALD COOK, age 65, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Ford Explorer's driver, JOE W. BROGDON, age 63, from La Grande, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office and Hermiston Work Site are continuing the investigation. Trooper John Lombardi is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Morrow County District Attorney's Office, Boardman Rural Fire Protection District, Morrow County Ambulance, and ODOT.

While this investigation was being conducted, a secondary collision occurred in the westbound lanes near milepost 166. That collision was investigated by Boardman Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff's Office.

The westbound lanes were re-opened about 3:30 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1002/78943/102014.fatal.i84_mp165.1.jpg
State declares end of fire season in Central Oregon District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/20/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Central Oregon District announced today that the 2014 wildfire season on state-protected lands will end Tuesday morning, Oct. 21. All fire season-related rules will be lifted on the district, which encompasses 2.2 million acres of private and public forest and rangeland in 10 counties.

This year to date, 16,582 acres have burned in the district - nearly double the 10-year average of 8,681 acres.

"2014 was a very challenging fire season," said District Forester George Ponte.

The Two Bulls Fire set the stage for high fire activity, breaking out west of Bend on June 7. Wind spread the fire rapidly, prompting residential evacuations.

A month later the White River Fire ignited in The Dalles Unit. Parched forest fuels and rugged terrain challenged firefighters battling the blaze.

Wave after wave of thunderstorms swept across Washington and Oregon during the hot, dry summer, starting so many fires that the Pacific Northwest Region emerged as hotspot of the nation. To the district's firefighters, it seemed like central Oregon lay at the epicenter.

In late July, dry lightning raked the district, igniting several fires in the John Day Unit that were eventually dubbed the Haystack Complex. An ODF fire team took command of the suppression operation and by early August was able to turn management of the complex back over to local forces.

Standard operating procedure would have called for the team to be promptly demobilized and its members sent back to their duty stations around the state. But in view of the extreme fire conditions, fire staff at ODF headquarters in Salem decided to hold the team in the district. Their decision proved to be pivotal.

On Aug. 5, the Rowena Fire broke out west of The Dalles. The fast-moving fire soon forced numerous evacuations. The next day, the team redeployed to the new incident. While a State Fire Marshal's team positioned structural fire engines on residential streets, ODF firefighters battled to keep the flame front away from threatened neighborhoods. Just one home was lost. Had ODF's fire team not already been in-district and able to take command in only a few hours, the outcome could have been very different.

Though fire season will end Tuesday, burn permits are still required for any slash disposal or forest health burning. They are available by contacting ODF. Homeowners wishing to do backyard burning should check with their local fire department prior to burning.

The official closure of the season doesn't eliminate the need for vigilance. Ponte urged people to continue to be careful with fire when working or recreating in the forest, and especially when doing backyard burning.

"Escaped debris burns are the leading cause of wildfires outside of fire season. People should not burn on windy days and never, ever leave a burn unattended," he said. "In central Oregon we can have wildfires anytime during the year so for this part of the state, fire season never really ends."
10/18/14
Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Friday afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. The victim's name and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 17, 2014 at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 76.

Initial investigation indicates a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle driven by ADELINA TERESA BARRERA, age 80, from Tigard, was southbound on Interstate 5 when, for an unconfirmed reason, it traveled at a high rate of speed onto the shoulder though a grassy field and into a wooded area. The vehicle went through a wire fence, struck several trees and fence posts, and narrowly missed a house before hitting a tree head-on.

BARRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by a deputy medical examiner from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Rural Metro Fire.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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10/17/14
Walla Walla School District: Public Work Session & Regular Board Meeting - October 21, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/17/14
Walla Walla School District: Public Work Session & Regular Board Meeting - October 21, 2014
as per the attached meeting agenda.

Supporting documents for the meeting may be accessed via the link below:

http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2014/2014+10+21+BOARD+MEETING&sort_by=name&sort_as=asc


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1288/78898/10.21.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Demaray Road at Hubbard Lane southwest of Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
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Update: The name previously mentioned as the driver of the other vehicle (Matthew Hill) was not correct. The name of the Nissan's driver was confirmed by Sergeant Lee as GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass. Oregon State Police apologizes for the error.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and sport utility vehicle that occurred southwest of Grants Pass.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 16, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass, was northbound on Demaray Drive turning left onto Hubbard Lane. According to witnesses, a 2008 Honda motorcycle operated by GRANT EVAN VERITY, age 35, from Grants Pass, was passing vehicles northbound at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the left rear of the turning Nissan.

VERITY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

GRIFFIN was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Josh Quick is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue Division, and AMR Ambulance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1002/78861/101614.fatal.demaray_hubbard_gpass.jpg
Acting Public Information Officer for Saturday, October 18, & Sunday, October 19
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted via email at steve.j.mitchell@state.or.us.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duty for OSP on Monday, October 20.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
10/16/14
Stewardship Coordinating Committee to evaluate Forest Legacy applications October 30 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/16/14
South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
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A committee will meet Oct. 30 to review proposals to conserve forest parcels at risk of being sub-divided or developed. Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. - 3 pm. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The committee, tasked primarily with advising the State Forester on policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and forest industry and conservation organizations.

On the agenda: Forest Legacy applications
The primary agenda item for the meeting is evaluation of project applications to the Forest Legacy Program. The Forest Legacy Program - which the U.S. Forest Service implements through a partnership with participating states - addresses privately-owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use. Forest Legacy funds the purchase of development rights to eligible private forestlands through either conservation easement or acquisition into public ownership.

The Committee will evaluate applications for federal fiscal year 2016 funding in Wallowa, Union, Crook, Curry and Klamath counties. At the Oct. 30 meeting, applicants will present their projects to the committee; on November 13, the committee will further evaluate the applications and decide which to forward to a national review panel.

The agenda also includes a public comment period.

> Summary of Forest Legacy proposals

East Moraine, Wallowa Lake, Wallowa County
The property is at risk of development and the Wallowa Land Trust seeks funding to acquire the property, which includes the iconic Wallowa Lake. The area, inhabited by the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce tribe before Oregon became a state, has been managed for sustainable timber production, and has also been used for recreation since at least 1880. Acquisition of 1,533 acres of property is sought by Wallowa Land Trust, Wallowa Resources and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to place the land in public ownership by Wallowa County, and permanently manage it as a community forest through a public-private partnership.

Ponderosa Ranch, Union County
The 4,888-acre Ponderosa Ranch in Union County adjoins the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest on the west and north boundaries. Property management has focused on restoration including fuels reduction, reduced cattle grazing, and thinning projects. Funding for a conservation easement is sought because the property is at risk of fragmentation and development.

Demaris Ranch, Crook County
The 2,150-acre Demaris Ranch on McCay Creek is managed for timber production as well as cattle grazing, reforestation and fisheries, including habitat for redband trout, a state and federal sensitive species, and steelhead. The land is at risk of being divided into smaller parcels. The Deschutes Land Trust seeks a conservation easement to allow land management goals of sustainable timber harvest, fuels reduction, livestock grazing and protection of fish habitat.

Ranch of Cape Blanco, Curry County
This 800-acre property is bounded on the south side by the Sixes River and Cape Blanco State Park, and on the north side by Flora Lake State Park, and is managed for timber, grazing, and cranberry operations. The ranch's location as the only property between two state parks and its proximity to Bandon's golf courses puts the property at risk of fragmentation into luxury home sites. Phase 1 of the project proposes 125 acres to be acquired by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department so as to connect Cape Blanco and Flora Lake State Parks and conserve important estuarine and upland coastal bluff forest habitats. The partners for this proposal are Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, South Coast Watersheds, and Wild Rivers Land Trust.

West Klamath Lake Forest, Klamath County
These 1,487 acres of forested land are managed for timber stand improvement and conservation of the adjoining watershed, and for local and migratory bird populations and wildlife. Part of the objective is to keep the land as a working forest. A restoration plan calls for restoring Denny Creek and reestablishing connectivity to the Upper Klamath Lake to reconnect historically important spawning and rearing habitat for federally endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers.The property faces potential fragmentation through resort development. Proponents seek to maintain this working forest in perpetuity through the acquisition of a conservation easement.

About the committee
In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

Public invited
Members of the public are invited to attend and provide comment. Prior to the meeting, questions about project proposals can be directed to Cynthia Orlando (503) 945-7421.

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 Susan Dominique, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.

More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee:

www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx


Attached Media Files: South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
Update #2: Witnesses Sought - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 211 east of Molalla in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/16/14
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UPDATE: OSP investigators urge any witnesses to the crash to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030. Information will be forwarded to Senior Trooper Dan Swift for follow up contact.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's two vehicle traffic crash on Highway 211 east of Molalla that resulted in the death of an adult female. The victim's granddaughter and the other involved driver received non-life threatening injuries.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:35 p.m., a 1994 Ford Mustang driven by SEAN M. BUSCHKE, age 33, from Colton, was westbound on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road when it crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with an eastbound 1993 Honda Accord four-door. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The Honda's driver, KRISTI LOUISE ANDERSON, age 64, from Molalla, was extricated by Molalla Rural Fire Protection District personnel and transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She was reported deceased after arriving at the hospital. Her 3-year old granddaughter, ELIZABETH BARKER, who was using a child safety seat, was also transported by ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injury. Safety restraint use by the victim is pending confirmation.

BUSCHKE was transported by ambulance to OHSU with non-life threatening injury. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Tracy Clark is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Police Department, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. The highway was closed for over 4 hours.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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10/15/14
Fire Heavily Damages Commercial Truck and Hay-loaded Trailers - Interstate 84 east of Stanfield (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/15/14
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A truck and two trailers loaded with hay were significantly damaged Wednesday afternoon in a fire along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Stanfield. One westbound lane remains closed at this time and traffic updates are available on TripCheck.com.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a truck pulling two flatbed semi-trailers loaded with hay were westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 194 when the 60-year old driver started to smell smoke. The driver stopped about the same time an OSP trooper pulled up to the scene as they noticed a fire had started.

The driver wasn't able to detach the truck from the trailers as the fire spread.

Echo Rural Fire Department responded to handle the fire. ODOT personnel responded to handle traffic control.

The cause of the fire was not available at this time.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon's Hospitals and Nurses Work Together to Prepare for Ebola
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 10/15/14
JOINT STATEMENT from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems:

Ebola preparedness is something Oregon's hospitals and their nursing partners are taking very seriously. Nurses often are the first to encounter a patient who may be showing signs of an infectious disease -- it is critical that they, and all frontline healthcare providers, have the proper training, equipment and protocols to remain safe and care for the patient.

In the wake of the situation in Dallas, Texas, we understand the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reviewing all the protocols and procedures involved, and will be continuously putting out updated guidance as new information is received and best practices are developed. As new CDC guidance is issued regarding Ebola preparedness procedures, we are working with our collective memberships to incorporate all of these updates into plans and protocols.

It is important to remember that this situation is very fluid and rapidly changing. Any amount of preparation will require adjustment as more is learned about how best to care for any patient who is infected with Ebola, while protecting our healthcare providers. We need to continue to be flexible as we receive new guidance. In the end, hospitals and nurses have the same goals in the face of any Ebola case: to ensure patients are appropriately cared for at the right time and the right place and that all hospital and clinical staff are safe in providing that care.

We are directing people - both from our membership ranks and the public - who have questions about the most recent Ebola guidance, information, and protocols to consult the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

Lines of communication remain open between hospitals, nurses and our state public health authorities. We will all work together to keep information flowing through these important channels.

For more information please contact Philip Schmidt, OAHHS Director of Public Affairs at 503.636.2204 or pschmidt@oahhs.org OR Cathy Van Zyl, ONA Press & Publications Specialist at 503.293.0011 or vanzyl@oregonrn.org.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1635/78811/ONA-OAHHS-Joint-Statement-Ebola.pdf
MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: State, county public health officials discuss Ebola
Oregon Health Authority - 10/15/14
October 15, 2014

What: State and county public health physicians will answer questions about the ongoing Ebola situation.

When: TODAY, October 15, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 1-D, 800 NE Oregon St.

Who:
* Paul Cieslak, MD
Medical Director, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention
Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority

* Paul Lewis, MD
Health Officer
Multnomah County Health Department

Details: Information about Ebola, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pages about the disease, are available at https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=128.

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National Guard to fire ceremonial cannon during Wa-Hi Homecoming football game
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/15/14
WALLA WALLA - The Washington National Guard will be firing its ceremonial cannon each time the Blue Devils score during the Walla Walla High School Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 17 at Borleske Stadium. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. as Wa-Hi faces the defending state champion Chiawana Riverhawks.

Although the National Guard activity has been approved by city officials, Walla Walla High School Athletic Director Jack Mehn wants residents who live near the stadium to be aware of the loud booms.

"The presence of the National Guard and the firing of the cannon will add to the festivities of the Homecoming game," Mehn said. "We want to ensure all of the neighbors are aware of this activity so they are not concerned for their safety and are able to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their animals."

For more information, contact Mehn at 527-3020 or jmehn@wwps.org
Marine Board to Meet in Astoria October 22
Oregon Marine Board - 10/15/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly Board meeting beginning at
9 a.m. at the Barbey Maritime Center, 2042 Marine Drive in Astoria, on October 22.

The Board will consider a citizen petition requesting the initiation of rulemaking to prohibit the use of personal watercraft within the estuary of the Salmon River in Lincoln County. The Board may choose to open the rulemaking process, reject the petition, or other take other action.

Other agenda items include the following:
* Smoke detectors on vessels
* Staff program reports
* Clean Vessel Act Program Grants
* Consider a new agency logo concept

The meeting is 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,at 503-378-2617 by Monday, October 20. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda and staff reports can be downloaded from http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: News Release Audio
Dave Stuckey named Oregon Military Department Interagency Director upon announcement of Dave Ferre retirement
Oregon Military Department - 10/15/14
SALEM, Oregon -- Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, in coordination with the Oregon Governor's office, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Stuckey as the Oregon Military Department's (OMD) Interagency Director, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Stuckey, who is currently the Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is scheduled to replace Dave Ferre, who has announced his retirement.

"Dave Ferre's vast amount of interagency experience and background as an exceptional leader was instrumental to the success of our organization," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson. "We thank him for a career of contributions and life-long sacrifice to his state and nation, and look forward to David Stuckey's knowledge, experience, and leadership as our new Interagency Director."

The search to fill the position of OEM Director will be an open competitive application process. The selected candidate will work directly with Stuckey through the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

Ferre has more than 30 years of collective experience as a state employee beginning as an Oregon State Trooper in 1976. He has held various positions in state government to include acting OMD State Personnel director, OMD State Financial manager/comptroller, OMD Installations director and director of Service Member and Family Support.

To complement his long state service, Ferre has had a successful parallel military career. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1975. He transferred to the Air Reserve in 1976, and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1981. Ferre served as a weapons controller and disaster preparedness officer, and eventually as director of operations and the unit commander for the 104th Air Control Squadron.

After serving a number of command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, to include the plans and programs officer, executive officer for the 142nd Fighter Wing, and 142nd Mission Support Group commander, Ferre was appointed as the Oregon Combat Operations Group commander. In August 2005, Ferre was appointed the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Oregon (appointed by the Chief of National Guard Bureau). He retired from the military as a colonel in December 2011.

Stuckey has a long and established career in the military and emergency management. He served as deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from April 2010 to June 2012. During that time, he was part of three presidential declarations and multiple emergency response activation.

Stuckey was instrumental in responding to the 2011 Oregon floods and was the Governor's authorized representative and State coordinating officer in response to the tsunami resulting from the Japanese earthquake, which occurred March 11, 2011.

The mission of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is to maintain emergency response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
10/14/14
County advisory group for state forestry to meet October 20 in Tillamook County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/14/14
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Monday, October 20 in the Tillamook State Forest at the South Fork Forest Camp.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include an alternative forest management plan update and state forest-related bills for the 2015-2017 Oregon legislative session. The Department of State Lands' Elliott State Forest Alternative Project will also be discussed.

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Fork Forest Camp, 48300 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook County.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 10 a.m.

To comply with facility public access and security standards, attendees are asked to e-mail Mary Schmelz at mschmelz@odf.state.or.us to RSVP. A form of valid photo identification is required to enter the meeting.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet October 17 in Wilsonville - NEW PUBLIC TESTIMONY TIME
Oregon Health Authority - 10/14/14
October 13, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, October 17. The primary focus of the meeting will be to select the benchmarks for 2015 coordinated care organization (CCO) incentive measures. Public testimony will be heard at 9:45 a.m.

When: Friday, October 17, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Directions are available online at www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville.

Interested persons can also join through a listen-only conference line at

1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Select benchmarks for 2015

Committee meeting schedule

Public testimony

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.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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Great ShakeOut activities planned statewide Oct. 16
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/14/14
More than 370,000 Oregonians will drop, cover, and hold on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake. Businesses, schools, individuals and state agencies throughout Oregon are scheduled to participate.

In conjunction with the Great ShakeOut, 150 of the state's top business leaders will take part in the 7x24 Preparedness Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 16 at Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Ore. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management will brief executives on how to prepare for a Cascadia event and discus its direct impact on the business community.

"We will focus on our State's preparedness for a major earthquake and how we can work with businesses and community leaders to prepare organizations for a disaster," said Dave Stuckey, director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 mile fault line stretching from British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state within the next 50 years.

The ShakeOut provides an opportunity for individuals to practice what they would do in an earthquake. During the drill participants will drop, cover, and hold on under a desk or table for one minute just as they would do in a real earthquake. Interested media can view the drill at various locations on Oct. 16.

Portland Public Schools will participate in the Great ShakeOut. Media is welcome at Creston School, 4701 SE Bush St., Portland. The drill at Creston School will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The American Red Cross will hold the ShakeOut drill at 10:16 a.m. at their Portland headquarters at 3131 N Vancouver Ave, Portland. The American Red Cross is also sponsoring the "ShakeOut Selfie contest". Snap a shot of yourself taking part in the drill and post on Twitter and tag @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, and you will have a chance to win a free emergency kit.

While most will take part in the ShakeOut on Oct. 16, you can register now and pick a later date to fit your schedule, all registrations prior to Dec. 31 are eligible.

Register now for the Great ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/oregon.

More information on the ShakeOut selfie contest can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon September 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/14/14
Oregon's Unemployment Rate was Unchanged at 7.1 Percent in September, as Jobs Declined 300

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in September, the same as the revised August rate of 7.1 percent. The August preliminary rate was originally reported as 7.2 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate has been near 7.0 percent throughout the year, with the rate staying between 6.8 percent and 7.1 percent during each of the past 10 months.

In September, Oregon's unemployment rate was above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.9 percent.

Oregon's labor force expanded rapidly in recent months. The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, which includes the employed plus the unemployed, rose by 5,600 in September, following similarly rapid gains in the prior two months. This helped Oregon's labor force participation rate rise to 61.5 percent in September, from 61.1 percent in June.

The number of people unemployed because they lost their job is falling. In September, approximately 51,000 unemployed Oregonians were unemployed due to involuntary job loss. Unemployment caused by job loss has declined rapidly since reaching a peak of more than 140,000 in mid-2009. This decline is a sign of continuing strengthening in the demand for workers. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed new and returning entrants in the labor force totaled about 59,000, a level that has been maintained throughout the past four years.

Following rapid job gains during November 2013 through May 2014, the pace of job gains slowed over the past four months. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment in September declined 300, after growing by 4,200 in August, as revised.

Payroll employment grew moderately since September 2013, with seasonally adjusted jobs up 37,300, or 2.2 percent. Most of the major industries expanded during that time, with the exceptions being financial activities (-2,200 jobs, -2.4%) and information (-200 jobs, -0.6%).

Over the past 12 months, these industries led the expansion: professional and business services (+7,800 jobs, +3.7%), health care and social assistance (+5,800 jobs, +2.8%), leisure and hospitality (+5,600 jobs, +3.2%), and manufacturing (+5,000 jobs, +2.9%). In addition, government (+6,000 jobs, +2.1%) recently contributed to overall employment gains following continuous job losses from 2009 through mid-2013.

The average workweek for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees was 34.0 hours in September and 34.1 hours in August. In September 2013, the average was 34.7 hours.

In September, the average wage was $22.82 per hour for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees, up 22 cents from $22.60 in August. Wages have increased 17 cents, or 0.8 percent, from September 2013 when the average was $22.65. Over-the-year wage gains indicate that hourly earnings are not increasing as fast as inflation.


Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, October 20th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 18th.

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.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: Oregon September 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Wa-Hi Veterans Day Assembly November 10
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/14/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School is planning its annual Veterans Day Assembly Monday, Nov. 10 at 9:20 a.m. in the large gym. Veterans of all branches of service, and their spouses and relatives, are encouraged to attend.

This year's theme: "Veterans helping Veterans." Programs including "Wounded Warriors", Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be featured and recognized. Retired Air Force service member Don Schack is the event's keynote speaker. All veterans are invited to the Wa-Hi Commons immediately following the assembly for coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor at 527-3020 ext. 3035 or bbialozor@wwps.org.
Injury Rollover Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Boardman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that occurred along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Boardman. The crash injured a 77-year old Tualatin man.

On October 12, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant driven by SILVERIO FRIAS MOLINERO, age 77, from Tualatin, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 150. According to witnesses, the car was attempting to pass a commercial truck using the left shoulder when the driver lost control. The car went into the center median where it rolled before coming to a rest on its wheels over 200 feet from where it left the roadway.

Boardman Fire/EMS, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, and OSP responded to the scene. FRIAS MOLINERO was extricated from the vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to Boardman where he was transferred by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was later released after treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Wes Linhart is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 214 near north end of Silver Falls State Park in Marion County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/14
(Note: Also change in milepost location)

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Marion County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of an adult male Monday afternoon. The crash occurred along Highway 214 near the north boundary of Silver Falls State Park south of Silverton. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PATRICK C. HOPE, age 67, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling on Highway 214 near milepost 22 behind another motorcyclist when it went off the road while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle struck a tree and its operator was ejected. The first motorcyclist didn't witness the crash, turned around when he didn't see HOPE and while backtracking he discovered the crash scene.

Emergency responders from Drake Crossing Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance initially responded along with LifeFlight. Before HOPE could be transported by air ambulance, he was pronounced deceased and then taken by ambulance to Silverton Hospital. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT.

No photographs for release.

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Nominations sought for state trail designations
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/14/14
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail users to nominate additions to Oregon's network of non-motorized, state designated trails. Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2014.

The process defines two trail designation categories: Scenic and Regional. Scenic Trails can be single routes as short as a mile, or trails that combine with others to give access to "outstanding scenery and lasting memories for trail users." They must be open to the public and be mostly complete.

Regional Trails must be longer than five miles and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. They also are defined as connectors linking communities, schools and recreation sites with significant scenic trails. Like Scenic Trails, they must lie on public land or public rights-of-way or easements.

"ORTAC's intent is to have a statewide system of trails that showcases Oregon's exceptional trail experiences in both rural and urban areas," said Nancy Ream Enabnit, the chair of ORTAC. "We're seeking nominations from all corners of the state to get the job done."

In 2010 ORTAC and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department streamlined the application process. Since that time the state has received seven new nominations, doubling the designated trail inventory since the program began in 1971. ORTAC's goal is to make the process simpler and more accessible to trail advocates and land managers.

The council was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state.

ORTAC's website has links to a nomination form and to the Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Program handbook, which includes criteria and timelines. Go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trails-Designation-Programs.aspx

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10/13/14
OED Seeks Assistance with Outreach to Customers
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/13/14
The Oregon Employment Department will be mailing information offering identity theft protection to customers whose information may have been compromised by a security vulnerability to the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS), people who registered with WorkSource Oregon to look for a job. Letters will be mailed within the week. Concerned WorkSource customers may also contact OED's toll-free hotline at 1-877-643-4322.

Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers will be able to call the hotline to determine whether they have been identified as a customer whose information may have been compromised. Staff will be answering hotline calls Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As an extra security precaution, OED is asking customers to reselect and answer security questions and reset their password when logging into their WOMIS account. As security breaches are unfortunately becoming more common both in the public and private sectors, experts advise that it is also good practice to regularly change security questions for other accounts outside of the WOMIS system.

After reviewing 1.9 million records for customers who have used the Oregon Employment Department's WOMIS, 851,322 individuals have been identified whose information may have been compromised. This was in response to a security vulnerability that OED identified and stopped on Monday, October 6.

OED has no evidence at this time that this information has been used, however OED wants to be proactive in contacting these customers. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement was contacted and OED has engaged with them to determine whether criminal activity has occurred.

OED will keep the public and media informed as new information becomes available.
Red Cross Encourages Everyone to Register for the Great ShakeOut
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/13/14
PORTLAND, Oct. 13, 2014 - Millions of people worldwide will practice how to "drop, cover, and hold on" at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16 during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. This is particularly important for Pacific Northwest residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia.

WHAT:
The Great ShakeOut takes place on a specific day and time each year to increase earthquake preparedness. Participants DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.

WHO:
The American Red Cross Cascades Region, Oregon Emergency Management, and various schools and agencies across the state will participate. Local businesses that have registered include Fred Meyer, Intel, Salem Hospital, Citizens Bank, Evergreen School District and the City of Vancouver.

WHEN:
10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2014

WHERE:
American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland

CONTEST:
The Cascades Region is hosting its second annual "Great #ShakeOutSelfie" contest. People participating in the ShakeOut exercise are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves (aka "selfie" during the drill and to tweet the image to @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie. Participants are eligible for a variety of disaster kit items provided by Oregon Emergency Management. Full contest rules are posted at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014.

In addition to practicing actions to stay safe during an earthquake, the Great ShakeOut is a great opportunity to update emergency plans and supplies, and to download the Red Cross Earthquake App. To learn more about the Great ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Arts Commission, Trust embark on statewide town meetings
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/13/14
For Immediate Release
Oct. 13, 2014
Contact: Carrie Kikel, (503) 986-0081, carrie.kikel@oregon.gov

Commission, Trust embark on statewide tour
to gather information on arts and culture issues;
Findings to guide strategic planning process

Salem, Ore. - Led by Executive Director Brian Rogers, the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings between now and Dec. 12 to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues. The information gathered will develop independent plans to guide each organization over the next five years.

"Hearing from our stakeholders, which include every Oregonian, is a vitally important part of the planning process," said Rogers. "The themes that emerge from these meetings will form the framework of our plans."

Each of the three-hour meetings, which kick off in The Dalles Oct. 20 and conclude in Eugene Dec. 12, will be hosted by a local arts and culture partner. Registration is encouraged but not required. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The schedule for the meetings appears below; click the links for more information or to register.

10/20/2014: The Dalles, 1 to 4 p.m.
(https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingthedalles)

10/21/2014: La Grande/Cove, 1 to 4 p.m.
(https://www.regonline.com/townmeetinglagrande-cove)

10/22/2014: Pendleton, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingpendleton

10/28/2014: Bend, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingbend

10/29/2014: Burns, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingburns

10/31/2015: Salem, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingsalem

11/3/2014: Medford, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingmedford

11/4/2104: Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingklamathfalls

11/17/2014: Portland Eastside, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingportland1

11/20/2014: Newport, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingnewport

11/21/2014: Coos Bay, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingcoosbay

12/2/2104: Astoria, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingastoria

12/4/2014: Portland Westside, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingportland2

12/12/2014: Eugene, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingeugene

Written testimony also is welcome, especially from those unable to attend a town meeting. Testimony should be emailed to brian.rogers@oregon.gov or mailed to OAC / OCT Planning Process, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, in Salem OR 97301.

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The Oregon Arts Commission plays an important role in fostering arts engagement to preserve Oregon's famously high quality of life. In collaboration with many partners, the Arts Commission provides leadership, advocacy, resources and capacity-building programs; and awards millions of dollars in grants every year to Oregon artists and arts organizations.

The Oregon Cultural Trust supports an environment in which cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of vibrant Oregon communities. The Cultural Trust is a provider for Oregon culture, working with its five statewide cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon State Historic Preservation Office; Oregon Humanities; Oregon Heritage Commission; and the Oregon Historical Society.

The Arts Commission and Cultural Trust are departments within Business Oregon, a state agency that ensures a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership. Business Oregon recognizes the expanding role the arts and culture play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
Regulated-use rules end Oct. 14 in NE Oregon, fire season still on
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/13/14
As of 12:01 am, October 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission.

Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions "Campfires should not be left unattended as they could spread to wildland fuels."

Build campfires in a safe location by scraping away leaves and litter to bare soil on all sides of the fire. All fires should be DEAD OUT! DROWN all embers, sticks, and coals, STIR the coals with a shovel, DROWN the area again.

Fire season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties. Open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels on ODF protected lands require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.

Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District:

Lightning caused: 66 fires Acres burned: 636
Human caused: 31 fires Acres burned: 261

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, fire restrictions may change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-316
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.
Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Who Should Represent Oregon In National Statuary Hall? (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 10/13/14
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Oregonians are invited to cast their vote!

Portland, OR - Beginning Monday, October 13, Oregonians will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on whether statues of Dr. John McLoughlin and Jason Lee should continue to represent Oregon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol Building, or whether those statues should be returned to Oregon, and replaced by statues of other historic Oregonians.

In 1864, the United States Congress passed legislation converting the former House of Representatives Chamber into a venue for displaying statues of citizens from each state "illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services." The National Statuary Hall collection now includes 100 statues contributed by the fifty states. Legislation enacted by Congress in 2000 provided procedures for states to reclaim a statue in the collection and replace it with a new statue. Seven states have since replaced statues.

Oregon pioneers McLoughlin and Lee were selected by the 1921 Oregon State Legislature to represent Oregon in the collection. On August 20, 2014, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order establishing a nine-member Statuary Hall Study Commission, and assigned them the task of reporting to the upcoming Oregon Legislative Assembly whether the statues of McLoughlin or Lee should be returned home, and, if so, who should be sent as a replacement statue.

The Commission, chaired by former Willamette University President Dr. Jerry Hudson, has held two public meetings, and, as required by the Executive Order, is encouraging input from a wide range of Oregonians, including school children throughout Oregon.

At the request of the Commission, the Oregon Historical Society has added a special section to its website (http://ohs.org/get-involved/statuary-hall.cfm) which will allow Oregonians to access biographies of McLoughlin and Lee, as well as biographies of historic Oregonians who historians and various historic organizations have recommended as worthy of consideration as possible replacements. Those accessing the website will also be able to express their opinion on the question of the retention or replacement of the current statues, and the question of possible replacements.

"I invite all Oregonians to join in this fascinating conversation on our state's history, heritage, and shared values," said Dr. Hudson. "I especially encourage school teachers across Oregon to ensure that Oregon's future--our youth--become involved in this conversation."

Oregonians can also share their opinions by snail mail, by writing to the "Statuary Hall Study Commission; c/o Oregon Historical Society; 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

NOTE: Photo credit Architect of the Capitol - additional images available on their website at http://www.aoc.gov/

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.


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10/12/14
Two Injured in Rollover Crash After Hitting Dead Bear Lying on Road - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/12/14
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Two people were injured and their dog died Saturday night in a rollover crash along Interstate 84 near Meacham when the driver lost control after running over a dead bear lying in a traffic lane.

On October 11, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a passenger car driven by BRET CARTWRIGHT, age 25, from Boise, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 235 when he changed from the right lane to left lane due to plastic vehicle parts on the road causing a hazard. Upon changing lanes, the car struck a dead black bear lying in the left lane.

CARTWRIGHT lost control of the vehicle as it rolled into the center median where it came to rest on its top.

CARTWRIGHT was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non-life threatening injury. His 22-year old wife received minor injury and their 1-year old daughter was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was not injured. Both were driven to the hospital by an OSP trooper.

The family's dog was deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

The vehicle that had previously struck the bear was not at the scene. OSP and ODOT urge drivers involved in a collision with wildlife or other animals to stop and make an effort to check the extent of injury and any damage to your vehicle. If possible and safe to do so, try to get the animal and/or road debris out of the way of approaching traffic. Contact 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch to report the collision and request assistance, if needed.

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10/11/14
Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Highway 58 in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's collision that seriously injured a West Richland, Washington man along Highway 97 four miles north of the Highway 58 junction in Klamath County.

On October 10, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling an unloaded flatbed semi-trailer driven by ROGER MACOMBER, age 69, from Redmond, Oregon, was northbound when MACOMBER tried to make a u-turn on Highway 97 near milepost 191. The trailer became high-centered and was stopped when a 2003 Saturn driven by BRENT CAMPBELL, age 49, from West Richland, Washington, crashed into the trailer and caught fire. Two other vehicles also collided with the truck.

Several citizens removed CAMPBELL from the vehicle. He was seriously injured and transported by Air Link to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Crescent Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT. The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was open.

Enforcement action is pending review of the completed investigation with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Jeremiah Beckert is the lead investigator.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update #3: Second Person Dies - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified that a second person has died following an October 7, 2014 two vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126W about three miles west of Walton in Lane County.

Passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene, reported died Friday, October 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W near milepost 30. Local emergency responders extricated two critically injured people from a Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the offending vehicle, RICHARD ANDREW JACKSON, age 40, from Bloomington, Indiana, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicates a 1995 Ford pickup driven by JACKSON was westbound on Highway 126W when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup with two occupants.

The two seriously injured persons from the Chevrolet pickup were identified as driver DEBORAH HOPE, age 56, from Eugene, and passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene. HOPE was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. HENNIGAN was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator and Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collision reconstructionist.

No photographs are available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W near Veneta in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 126W near Veneta that turned fatal after the driver was transported to a hospital. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 10, 2014 approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by JERRY BYRON (J.B.) HOWELL, age 80, from Walton, was traveling westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 48 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the road, crashing into a tree. Local emergency responders including Lane Fire Authority were dispatched and HOWELL was extricated from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and reportedly died about two hours later.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating the crash.

No photographs for release.

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10/10/14
OED Addresses Security Vulnerability
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/10/14
The Oregon Employment Department (OED) has identified and stopped an intrusion into the agency's website. On Monday, October 7 OED responded to an anonymous tip alleging a security vulnerability in the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS), an application where customers may register for job search help and other services. The system does not affect the filing of unemployment insurance claims. This impacts people who registered with WorkSource Oregon to look for a job.

The first priority is to secure all personal information, regardless of whether it had been compromised. Work began immediately Monday morning--in coordination with the state's Chief Information Office--to validate the information in the anonymous tip. Once validated, WOMIS was shut down while steps were taken to correct the security vulnerability to eliminate the possibility of retrieving social security information. The personal information was then secured to prevent any further threats. The system was brought back online with added security Monday afternoon. The site is now up and running with a repaired and reinforced WOMIS system.

The second priority is to determine exactly whose information has been compromised and to initiate a criminal investigation. We do not know if criminal activity has taken place. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement has been contacted. OED will directly notify all customers who are WOMIS participants.

OED has engaged with law enforcement to determine whether criminal activity has occurred. We will keep the public and media informed as new information becomes available.

OED has established a dedicated hotline for inquiries, ¬¬¬1-877-643-4322. Staff has been redeployed and will be available special Saturday hours on October 11 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wildlife-Involved Collisions Serve as Another Reminder to be Extra Alert for Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/10/14
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Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animals on the road.

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup driven by ERIC MEYERHOFER, age 44, from Payette, Idaho, was southbound on Highway 201N near milepost 22 north of Ontario in Malheur County when a deer entered the roadway. MEYERHOFER wasn't able to avoid the deer, striking it with the front of the pickup. The deer broke through the pickup's windshield and came to rest dead on the front passenger seat.

Fortunately there were no passengers in the pickup. MEYERHOFER received glass-related cuts but declined medical transport. A photograph from the incident is provided with this release.

In another incident, two elderly people were transported with injuries after crashing while avoiding a deer on the road in Baker County. On October 9 at approximately 6:40 p.m., a Subaru Legacy driven by BEVERLY THOMPSON, age 76, from Richland, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 86 near milepost 35 when the driver served to miss a deer. The vehicle crossed the westbound lanes and off the highway where it went up an embankment, striking a tree and rolling down the embankment where it came to rest on its top.

Passenger WILLIAM THOMPSON, age 82, from Richland, was able to get out of the vehicle. His wife was extricated by responding EMS personnel. Both were transported by air ambulance to an unidentified hospital for treatment of injuries.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx.

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Transitions: summer to fall, wildfire to prescribed fire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/14
Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
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As fall weather finally begins to take hold after the long wildfire season, many forest landowners are shifting to another form of fire. Prescribed burning removes downed woody material from the forest, reducing wildfire risk when next summer rolls around. And when conducted following timber harvest, these controlled fires help prepare the soil for replanting of young trees.

In addition to clearing excess vegetation that would otherwise compete with young trees soon to be planted, prescribed burning releases nutrients into the soil to jumpstart their growth.

Oregon's Forest Practices Act, the first in the nation, requires replanting after logging.

To minimize smoke intrusions into populated areas, Oregon Department of Forestry meteorologists daily monitor weather conditions, and issue forecasts and burning instructions throughout the fall prescribed burning season.

To prevent excessive smoke caused by too many burns at one time, the weather forecasters coordinate hundreds of burning requests from private and public forest landowners.

In contrast to prescribed burns, which take place in fall and also spring, large wildfires typically occur in summer when weather conditions often trap smoke in populated valleys for an extended period.

Since 1972, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has regulated forestland burning in the state under the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. Though smoke intrusions into populated areas occasionally occur due to unexpected changes in weather and wind conditions, ODF's oversight of prescribed burning minimizes such occurrences.

More information on prescribed forest burning can be found online, www.oregon.gov/odf


Attached Media Files: Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
Community Bank Week highlights role of Oregon's local banks
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/14
Local banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), play an integral role in their communities.

To celebrate the impact of community banks on their communities and the state's economy, Gov. John Kitzhaber proclaimed Oct. 13-17, 2014, Community Bank Week.

"Community banks are woven into the fabric of Oregon communities," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They are typically locally owned and operated, contribute money and staff time to community needs, and are a significant source of funding for growing local businesses."

Oregon's 28 community banks held $31.1 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2014, compared with $12.2 billion in total assets a decade ago. They employ about 6,750 individuals. Oregon community banks had loans totaling $21.4 billion, as of June 30, 2014, representing 97 percent of their total core deposits. Across the nation, community banks made more than 50 percent of all loans to farms and small businesses, despite the fact that community banks' share of total banking assets is less than 20 percent.

"Although there has been some consolidation in recent years, Oregon's community banks are financially strong and seeing growth in deposits and loan activity," Allen said.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/CommunityBankWeek.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities regulates state-chartered banks and credit unions, as well as securities and other financial-related industries. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Halloween Safety Tips from OSP and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Oregon State Police - 10/10/14
Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where their children are and who they are with.

Oregon State Police and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, it is also a time when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

Before Halloween

*Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint - Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags)
* Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
* Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
* Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween

* Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
* Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
* Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
* Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
* Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Link to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Halloween Safety Tips (pdf):
(English) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf
(Spanish) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC153.pdf

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Business Oregon Director Embarks on Business Development Mission to Asia
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 10/10/14
- Mission to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan explores export growth, business expansion and builds relationships to grow business back in Oregon -


SALEM - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins departs for Asia today to pursue business and export growth opportunities, continuing to leverage long-standing ties between Oregon and its trade partners within the Pacific Rim. Approximately 490,000 Oregon jobs are tied to international trade with wages 18% above the Oregon average.

During the 12-day trip, Robbins will visit China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan where he will pursue opportunities to increase Oregon exports and meet with companies already invested here in Oregon, as well as those considering the state for future expansion. Robbins will also join officials from the Port of Portland who will be in Asia as well, working to increase cargo services between Oregon and Asia.

"Oregon has a great story to tell abroad. Our mission is to champion that story and the innovation of Oregon businesses. By doing that, we increase revenues for local companies, attract new international operations into Oregon and create jobs for Oregonians," Robbins said. "The state's exports to these countries tops $6 billion, up 13% last year, and we are uniquely positioned to capture more of that growth if we get after it and relentlessly tell Oregon's story."

In Tokyo, for example, Robbins will meet with executives from five companies including the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, a leading business publication in Japan, with which Business Oregon has been working to promote American expansion opportunities for growing Japanese manufacturers. Earlier this year executives from the publication led a group of representatives from Japanese companies on a scouting trip to Oregon, which has already created several opportunities for potential investment here.

This mission continues a proud tradition of the state and its partners of connecting Oregon's economy to growing markets across the Pacific. More recently, Business Oregon's export assistance grants totaling $594,000 have helped 170 Oregon small businesses achieve immediate sales of $21 million overseas. Just this past April, a delegation of Oregon officials and business leaders traveled to Japan for a series of trade and business development meetings, and to deliver a "Doing Business in Oregon" seminar to local business executives.

An itinerary for the mission can be found here: www.oregon4biz.com/p/2014_Asia_Itinerary.pdf
Health advisory issued October 10 for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 10/10/14
October 10, 2014

High levels of blue-green algae found at Morrow County reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that 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 Willow Creek Reservoir 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 Willow Creek Reservoir are advised to use an alternate 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 Willow Creek 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-676-9009.

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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Forestry Board to hold planning workshop Oct. 16 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/14
The Oregon Board of Forestry will engage with Department of Forestry leadership to review planning systems and work plans, 2015 budget and legislative agendas, and the board's overarching strategy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon, during an informal workshop on Oct. 16.

The session, a regular part of the board's planning cycle, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW, in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public. No policy or business decisions will be made.

The board has also scheduled an executive session following the workshop to conduct the state forester's annual performance evaluation. The executive session will be closed to the public in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 192.660(2)(i).

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.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov

Materials for the Oct. 16 workshop will be posted on the website, under the 2014 link, in advance of the meeting.
10/09/14
Red Cross Volunteers Install Smoke Alarms in Salem Neighborhood Homes as Part of a National Home Fire Safety Campaign In follow up of a Sept. 28 canvassing event, Red Cross volunteers will return to homes in the 97301 ZIP code on Oct. 11 to install free
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/09/14
(The Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following news release in support of American Red Cross efforts.)

In follow up of a Sept. 28 canvassing event, Red Cross volunteers will return to homes
in the 97301 ZIP code on Oct. 11 to install free smoke alarms

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 9, 2014) -- On Sept. 28, Red Cross volunteers canvassed nearly 800 homes in the Salem ZIP code 97301 to inform residents about fire safety and distribute emergency preparedness materials. This Saturday, Oct. 11, volunteers will return to the area to install smoke alarms in homes where residents requested them.

Red Cross volunteers will be in the neighborhood bounded by State Street to the north, 21st Street to the west, 25th Street to the east and Mission Street to the south. Residents who did not meet with volunteers on Sept. 28 will not be eligible to have an alarm installed on Oct. 11.

There is no cost to community residents for the smoke alarms, which have been provided by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The canvassing and smoke alarm installation is all part of a national Home Fire Safety Campaign launched by the American Red Cross last month. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within the next five years.

Red Cross is known for providing critical support for large-scale disasters such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires says Cara Sloman, regional disaster preparedness officer for the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington. But the bulk of local Red Cross response is to home fires which affected more than 800 individuals and families last year.

"We are very pleased to be able to participate with the American Red Cross in this campaign," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We appreciate having trained Red Cross volunteers help with this life-saving effort."

Information from the National Fire Protection Association shows that nearly two-thirds of all fire-related deaths occur in homes that have no functioning smoke alarms.

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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.
Summer Job Vacancies Reach New High
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/09/14
Oregon businesses reported 49,600 vacancies this summer. That's 6,700 more vacancies than last summer and the most found by any Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, which began in the spring of 2008. The growing number of vacancies reflects the busy summer hiring season and long-term improvement in the job market.

There were three unemployed Oregonians for each vacancy during the summer. That's the same unemployed-to- vacancy ratio as in the spring, but below Oregon's 4-to-1 ratio in the summer of 2013. Nationwide, there were two unemployed persons per vacancy this summer.

Three large industries reported more than 5,000 vacancies apiece: health care and social assistance (10,800); management, administration, and waste services (10,400); and leisure and hospitality (5,400). Together these three industries accounted for more than half (54%) of all vacancies reported this summer. Management, administrative, and waste services includes temporary help services, janitorial services, call centers, and other related firms.

Although just a few large industries accounted for so many vacancies, employers were looking to fill openings across a wide range of occupations this summer. The broad occupational groups with the largest number of vacancies were food preparation, office and administrative support, health care, and construction.

Compared with last year, the number of vacancies have increased the most for health care (+8,400) and construction-related (+3,900) occupations.

The number of vacancies for jobs requiring post secondary education - such as a certification or associate's degree - increased substantially.

Employers reported a slightly more difficult time filling job vacancies this summer. Since the spring of 2013, difficult to fill vacancies have made up roughly half of the total. In the summer of 2014, that share was 58 percent.

Central and Eastern Oregon each reported that three out of four job vacancies were difficult to fill. The most-frequently cited reasons for difficulty filling positions in these areas included a lack of applicants or a lack of qualified candidates. Additional contributing factors may have included the relatively low share of full-time vacancies in Central Oregon, and smaller share of permanent positions in Eastern Oregon.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for fall 2014 will be released in January.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


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10/08/14
Update #2: Suspect Sought in Grant County Arrested by Grant County Sheriff's Office (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/08/14
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Update: At approximately 6:35 p.m., Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed SHANE SANDERS was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by his department. SANDERS will be lodged in the Grant County Jail on several charges including Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

SANDERS was the subject of an extensive search by Grant County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP) and the OSP SWAT team, after fleeing the Seneca area Wednesday morning as law enforcement officers responded to a shots fired incident during a domestic disturbance at a cabin in Seneca. After law enforcement officers arrived in the area, they heard additional shots. An armed suspect identified as SANDERS, age 41, was seen fleeing in the darkness and is the subject of an ongoing area search. There were no known persons injured.

After re-opening area roads this afternoon following a several hour search, law enforcement personnel remained in the area. Officials believed there was no public safety threat at that time.

A DMV photograph of SANDERS is provided with this release.

Questions regarding the case and arrest should be directed to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

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FBI Renews Efforts to Locate Missing Girls from Saipan
FBI - Oregon - 10/08/14
The information below is being provided to Oregon media on behalf of the FBI's Honolulu Division. The reason: Oregon has a sizeable population from the North Mariana Islands.

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Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is seeking the public's help in providing information regarding missing children Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who disappeared from the U.S. territory of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands on May 25, 2011. The girls were ages 10 and 9 at the time of their disappearance.

This week, the FBI announced the release of new age-enhanced photos of the Luhk sisters created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The age-enhanced photos are available at: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1172939.

In addition to Saipan, the FBI is focusing this publicity campaign on Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State, states with sizable populations originating from the Northern Mariana Islands.

On May 25, 2011, the Luhk sisters disappeared in Saipan while waiting for a school bus to arrive. The disappearance sparked a massive community and law enforcement effort to locate the girls. The FBI is hoping that this latest publicity push and the age-enhanced photos will generate new leads to resolve this case.

Anyone with information to provide is asked to call their local FBI office.


Attached Media Files: Honolulu FBI Press Release
Public notice of regulatory filing:Pacific Power files for adjustment
Pacific Power - 10/08/14
Oct. 8, 2014


Public notice of regulatory filing:
Pacific Power files for adjustment
Pacific Power seeks temporary, one-year,1.6 percent rate increase to balance special renewable energy sales and credits

Pacific Power is requesting that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission pass on to customers a small increase for one year due to fluctuations in the renewable energy credit (REC) market and specific balancing provisions.

The request, made Oct. 6, comes after customers in June received a $13 million credit--about $45 per residential customer--from REC sales proceeds that took place between January 2009 and April 2011. The current filing deals with REC sales proceeds from April 2011 through December 2013, a period in which sales revenues of this commodity dropped dramatically while rates in place continued to credit larger preset amounts.

In its current filing, Pacific Power is seeking to true-up amounts already credited to customers with the amount of actual revenues received. Since revenues received are less than amounts already provided to customers, the resulting balancing is a temporary rate increase of 1.6 percent.

If approved by the Commission, this proposed change will result in an overall average increase to Washington customers of approximately 1.6 percent. A residential customer using approximately 1,300 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month would see a bill impact of $1.86 per month for one year.

Background

As part of its normal business practices, Pacific Power sells RECs on the open market. RECs, also known as "green tags," represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar facilities. RECs are proof that one megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy was generated.

The Commission in 2011 ordered Pacific Power to credit revenues from the sale of RECs to customers. Pacific Power credits these revenues through a separate tariff known as Schedule 95. Because the revenues from selling RECs change from year to year, Schedule 95 may need to be adjusted to reflect those changes, subject to Commission approval.

Commission Process

The Commission will examine Pacific Power's request. As a result of this examination, the Commission may determine that the schedule should be accepted as filed, modified, or rejected. If accepted as filed, the rate change would go into effect on Nov. 16, 2014.

You are invited to comment to the Commission. The Commission has the authority to set final rates that may be lower or higher than the Company's request, depending on the outcome of its examination. You can comment by using the "Submit a Comment" feature on the Commission's website, at utc.wa.gov, or by using the contact information below. Commission staff will make a recommendation to the commissioners at an open meeting in Olympia. These meetings are scheduled every other Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Please contact the Commission to request to be notified of the scheduled open meeting at which the proposal will be considered by the Commission.

You will have an opportunity to comment in person at this meeting. The UTC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to participants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation, please contact the Commission at 360-664-1132 or human_resources@utc.wa.gov.

If you are unable to attend the open meeting, the Commission has a bridge line that allows you to participate by telephone. Call 360-664-1234 the day before the open meeting for instructions and to sign in.

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW
P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA 98504-7250
Email: comments@utc.wa.gov
Telephone: 1-888-333-WUTC (9882)

For more information or to contact Pacific Power, please call us toll free at 1-888-221-7070 or write to:
Pacific Power
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Oregon.gov, finalist for best state website
State of Oregon - 10/08/14
Salem, Ore. Oct. 8: The Oregon.gov website is one of the top 10 most intuitive and functional state websites, according to the Center for Digital Government's 2014 Best of the Web awards, announced this week. http://bit.ly/1qhvSd1

"Across the board, this year's Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Award winners and finalists have demonstrated how effective their portals and applications are," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "Elements such as upgraded eCommerce capability, mobile-first design, intuitive search, improved transparency and integration of social media provide citizens and businesses easier and better access to their government."

In April, state government worked with technology vendor NIC to launch a new streamlined version of Oregon.gov, emphasizing usability and quick access to the most popular services. Oregonians drove the design - sharing how they would organize site content. More than 200 usability tests and 25 iterations of the design and functionality led to a site that is user-focused and task-oriented.

State Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan noted, "This week's announcement affirms the work of dedicated staff who engaged Oregonians to think differently about our virtual front door. We started with our end users in mind, then figured out how to organize our content in a way that made sense to them."

About the Oregon E-Government Program
The Oregon E-Government Program was established through Governor's Office Executive Order in 2001 and is administered by the Department of Administrative Services. The Oregon Legislature further supported the program by enacting legislation in 2011 that established an Electronic Portal Advisory Board to advance the effectiveness and delivery of new online services to the public. The program works with Oregon government organizations, helping them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information. http://www.oregon.gov/das/ets/egov

About NIC
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America" five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron's 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month
OR Department of Human Services - 10/08/14
The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"We all have a role to play in -- and benefit to gain from -- increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This year's theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. These efforts include a social media campaign.

"The Council is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Executive Director, Jaime Daignault. "We want to spread the important message to Oregonians that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities."

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages -- during October and throughout the year -- by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.


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DCBS releases national study on workers' compensation costs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/08/14
Rates for Oregon businesses among the lowest in nation

Oregon's workers' compensation rates continue to be among the lowest in the nation, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

The biennial study ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on rates that were in effect Jan. 1, 2014. Oregon had the ninth least expensive rates in 2014, an improvement from its ranking as the 13th least expensive state the last time the study was done, in 2012. DCBS recently announced that Oregon workers' compensation rates would decline further - an average 5.3 percent - in 2015.

"Consistently low workers' compensation rates have been an important factor in creating a positive business climate in Oregon," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "A strong commitment by all in the workers' compensation community has helped keep costs down while improving outcomes for workers."

The study shows California had the most expensive rates, followed by Connecticut. North Dakota had the least expensive rates. In the Northwest, Idaho's rates were the 14th most expensive, followed by Washington.

Oregon researchers also compared each state's rates to the national median (midpoint) rate of $1.85 per $100 of payroll. Oregon's rate of $1.37 is 27 percent below the median.

Because states have various mixes of industries, the study calculates rates for each state using a standard mix of the 50 industries with the highest workers' compensation claims costs in Oregon. Details about how the study was conducted can be found at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/about_the_study.html. A summary of the study was posted today; the full report will be published later this year.

Oregon has conducted these studies in even-numbered years since 1986, when Oregon's rates were among the highest in the nation. The department reports the results to the Oregon Legislature as a performance measure. Oregon's relatively low rate today reflects the state's workers' compensation system reforms and its improvements in workplace safety and health.

Here are some key links for the study/workers' compensation costs:

* To read a summary of the study, go to http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/report_summary.pdf.

* Prior years' summaries and full reports with details of study methods can be found at http://bit.ly/9mG3hs.

* Information on workers' compensation costs in Oregon, including a map with these state rate rankings, is at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/map.html.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/08/14
State SHIBA program offers free, unbiased help

Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts next week, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) section of the Oregon Insurance Division is available to help.

SHIBA is a statewide Medicare information and assistance program that is federally funded through an annual grant from the Administration for Community Living. SHIBA staff and more than 250 certified counselors serve many of Oregon's more than 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Call 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) for free, unbiased one-on-one assistance.

Annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2015.

"It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans every year," SHIBA spokeswoman Lisa Emerson said. "Plans change year to year, as do your individual health care needs. You could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan."

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

Here are tips from SHIBA for comparing plans:

- Find your insurance cards: You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

- Update your list of prescription drugs: Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate any unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan for you?

- Use the Medicare.gov plan finder: The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it's important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

- Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes: Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.

- Apply for help with drug costs: If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available soon.

More information:

SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit www.oregonshiba.org to find a copy of the 2015 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans or to find a free Medicare 101 class in your area.

Medicare: As an alternative you may call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you understand your coverage options and enroll in a plan.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance is part of the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
10/07/14
Head outdoors and enjoy fall color in Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/07/14
Fall color in Springfield, OR
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Whether you're a nature lover, photographer, or just love outdoor life, right now - as the days shorten and nights grow cooler - is a great time to take in the beauty of Oregon's fall colors. Hiking in a park, along a trail, taking a walk through your neighborhood or enjoying your favorite college campus are all good opportunities to appreciate the color of the leaves of red alder, dogwood, vine maple and other trees as they catch our eye with their brilliant hues.

Good places to experience fall color
Fortunately, during these times of resource conservation and high gas prices, you don't need to travel far to find places to enjoy fall color. Great fall color can often be found close to home, both in city parks or arboretums. If you're in the neighborhood, plan a visit to one of these destinations.

Silverton
In Silverton, the Oregon Garden is a grand showcase for thousands of plants in more than twenty specialty gardens. The Oregon Garden also boasts water features, wetlands, a conifer garden, and the 400 year-old Signature Oak.

Corvallis
Oregon State University's campus in Corvallis features fall beauty around every corner this month. There are some 5,000 trees on campus, and some 20 to 50 new trees are planted each year. The OSU Campus Tree Tour application for your phone or tablet is also available to download at the Apple App Store.

Portland
In the Portland area, try Hoyt Arboretum to check out its diverse collection of more than 8,000 trees and plants from around the world. This park-like setting includes some 187 acres with 21 trails covering 12 miles. Located just two miles from downtown Portland, it's a great place to take kids. The breathtaking Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, northeast of Portland, is also an excellent place to take in the beauty of the season's colors.

Eugene / Springfield
If you live in the Eugene-Springfield area, take a walk through the University of Oregon campus where both native and non-native trees are showing off fall color. Or, take a hike at Lane County's 209-acre Mount Pisgah Arboretum bordering the coast fork of the Willamette River; it's located east of I-5 and just south of Eugene. If you've never been there before, their annual "Mushroom Festival" on Sunday, October 26th, might be just the time to get acquainted.

Ashland
You say you live near Ashland? Ashland's 93-acre Lithia Park located near the downtown area is the perfect place to experience fall color splendor. The one-mile Woodland Trail, part of a 100-acre National Historic Site, offers much to photograph in a beautiful wooded setting.

What causes leaves to change color?
This time of year often prompts both kids and adults to ask: "why do leaves change color, anyway?"

"The leaves of deciduous trees change color each fall due to a combination of environmental factors," explains Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "During summer months, a leaf is green because the tree is making chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis." Ries says that as day length wanes in the fall and temperatures cool, photosynthesis begins to shut down, revealing "the natural color pigments of the leaves" - what we know as fall colors.

A series of dry days combined with cool nighttime temperatures is ideal to creating beautiful fall color, so each season is a bit unique from the next. And, although abundant fall rain and wind can shorten the fall color period, Oregon is lucky as it usually has a long fall color viewing period.

Thinking about planting a tree this fall?
The autumn months - after leaf drop - is a great time to plant a new tree. Keeping in mind that red maple is over-planted in most cities, you might consider Paperbark maple for its brilliant, shiny scarlet leaves. For small to medium areas, take a look at Persian Parrotia which features purple, yellow, orange, and sometimes even red leaves on the same tree at the same time. If you have a large yard or garden, Tulip tree or Scarlet oak make a great addition to the landscape.

Fall is an excellent time to look at fall color in retail tree nurseries, so if you're looking for a colorful tree to plant, try visiting your local nursery.

When planting a new tree, make sure roots are covered but don't plant your tree too deeply; instead, set it slightly above the level of the surrounding soil to allow for settling and increased soil drainage. Do add a few inches of mulch around the base of your new tree, keeping a couple of inches of space between the mulch and the bark of the tree. Water deeply.

Help a neighbor in need
While everybody loves fall color, many people do not enjoy the fall leaf drop. If there are seniors or others in your neighborhood needing a hand, get in touch and see if they can use some help raking leaves.

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Commercial Truck Crash Partially Blocking Eastbound Interstate 84 west of Arlington (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's rollover commercial truck crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles west of Arlington. As a precaution, the truck driver was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and one lane is open while ODOT is on scene coordinating vehicle removal and guardrail damage assessment.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m., a 1997 Peterbilt truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with potatoes was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 126. According to the driver he swerved to miss several deer that were on the road and lost control. The truck and trailer crashed into the guardrail on the right shoulder and overturned, spilling the load onto the shoulder.

The truck and trailer came to rest on the guardrail partially blocking the right eastbound lane. The driver appeared not injured but was taken to an area hospital for a medical evalaluation. His name is not available for this release.

Approximately 230 feet of guardrail was damaged.

No injured or dead deer were found in the area. OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to be alert for wildlife on or near our roads, especially in October and November which are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

Assistance to OSP at the scene provided by Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, local emergency responders and ODOT. Trooper Zach Bohince is the lead investigator.

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Land Board to consider land sales at Oct. 14 meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/07/14
Agenda also includes wetlands and waterways report

Salem - At their Oct. 14 public meeting, the State Land Board will be asked to approve the sale of three parcels of forest land within the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area to The Wilderness Land Trust. The proposed sale will result in approximately 146 acres going back into federal ownership for conservation purposes.

The meeting's informational agenda includes a report on the Department of State Lands' removal-fill regulatory program, including number and types of permits issued, compliance monitoring, enforcement, wetland delineation, and wetland land use notice data. The report covers fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

The consent agenda includes requests for approval of several land actions in Central Oregon: initiating rulemaking for restricting recreational use of state-owned land in Deschutes and Crook counties; seeking proposals for the sale method for the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond; and initiating review for the potential sale of three parcels in Crook and Deschutes counties.

The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Oct. 14 at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Salem, in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

Note: Comments from the public will be taken only on agenda items for this meeting.

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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10/06/14
BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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Rural Veterans to gain better access to Health Care
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 10/06/14
SALEM -- Oregon military veterans who reside in highly rural areas will have improved access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and services thanks to a $400,000 grant that has been designated to expand transportation services for veterans in eight counties.

The VA and the White House Rural Council have announced a national award of grants which will improve health care access for veterans across the nation. The Congressionally authorized funding program will assist more than 11,000 veterans in seven states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide health care.

The Oregon counties that will be receiving $45,000 each from this grant include Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Wallowa and Wheeler.

For thousands of veterans living in rural Oregon, the challenges of accessing the VA's health care system stem from a lack of transportation to one of the three major medicals centers across the state.

Eric Belt, the Administrator of Veterans Services for the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), said each of the state's counties that are receiving grant funding have unique transportation needs. The grant addresses these needs by enhancing existing community linkages and new routes established by grant funding through increasing staff, outreach and marketing.

"Many times the distance between a veteran and a VA Hospital or Community Based Clinic can be hundreds of miles apart. It's even more difficult for those who can't drive themselves," Belt said. "The grant will specifically address and improve transportation concerns so Oregon veterans may better receive VA health care and services."

As an accredited service office, the ODVA applied for the grant on behalf of eligible rural Oregon counties.

A highly rural area is defined as a county or counties with a population of fewer than seven persons per square mile. At least half of the states, including Oregon, have at least one highly rural area. About one quarter of the nation's 22 million veterans live in rural areas and a majority are enrolled in the VA health care system.
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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Medically Fragile Children's Waiver (40193) Renewal and Behavior Model Waiver (40194) Renewal
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking additional public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers:

Medically Fragile Children's Waiver (40193) Renewal
Behavior Model Waiver (40194) Renewal

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

The following is a summary of substantive changes to being proposed for the three Children's Model Waivers-
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Specialized Medical Supplies, Individual Directed Goods and Services and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Translation; and Counseling as a component of Family Training
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

The proposed waiver applications can be viewed online here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than November 7, 2014.
Public Notice and Request for Comment on Comprehensive Services Waiver (0117) Amendment and Support Services Waiver (0375) Renewal
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking additional public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers:

Comprehensive Services Waiver (0117) Amendment
Support Services Waiver (0375) Renewal

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public notice and input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

The following is a summary of substantive changes being proposed for the Support Services and Comprehensive Services Waivers-
* Supported Employment Services definitions, provider qualifications and rate methodology revisions.
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Financial Management Services, Specialized Medical Supplies and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Counseling as an option for Family Training, Physical/Occupational and Speech, Hearing and Language Therapies
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

Proposed changes to Comprehensive Services Waiver only-
* Addition of Participant Direction Opportunities

Proposed changes to Support Services Waiver only-
* Decrease maximum number of unduplicated participants for each of the five waiver years in Support Services Waiver
* Revision of selection of entrants to the waiver
* Removal of Specialized Supports service
* Remove designation of Organized Healthcare Delivery System (OHCDS) from Support Services Brokerages

The proposed waiver applications can be viewed online here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than November 7, 2014.
Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 in Pleasant Hill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 58 at Parkway Road in the Pleasant Hill area of Lane County.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 at Parkway Road. Shortly after arrival, the male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that happened at an unknown time during the night.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Grand Cherokee driven by JOHNNY GENE DYE, age 52, from Dexter, was southbound on Parkway Road approaching the Highway 58 intersection when it failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went through a stop sign at the intersection, across Highway 58 and onto Frontage Road where it rolled off the roadway and down a short embankment.

DYE, who was the lone occupant, was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Pleasant Hill Fire District, Goshen Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. No traffic lanes were closed during the investigation.

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Oregon Lions Inducted into Hall of Fame for Service in their Communities (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 10/06/14
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Doug Thompson, Executive Director; Tel: (503) 413-7399

NEWS RELEASE


(Portland), OR (October 6, 2014) - The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) hosted its annual Hall of Fame Gala at the Tualatin Country Club on October 4th, 2014 to honor the Lions history and outstanding work in communities all around the state. The OLSHF Hall of Fame was established to honor, memorialize, and encourage outstanding leadership and service on behalf of the Foundation's mission to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need.

At the event, three Lions were inducted into the Hall of Fame - Lake Grove Lion William Page Douglas (posthumously), Redmond Lion Tom Bessonette and Beaverton Lion Wally Anderson - joining thirteen other Lions who have left a significant legacy of serving others. The very first member of the Hall of Fame was Dr. Richard Chenoweth, who was recognized with an OLSHF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala in 2009.

Due to the contributions of these inductees and their Lions Clubs, OLSHF assists thousands of Oregonians with sight and hearing issues who have nowhere else to turn for help. Page Douglas left a generous bequest to OLSHF ensuring our ability to serve more people in need. Tom Bessonette, a Lion for 63 years, actively served in many different capacities - Zone Chairman, Deputy District Governor, District Governor and OLSHF's Executive Committee Chair. Wally Anderson has worked with the Mobile Health Screening Program for 11 years traveling more than 15,000 miles throughout the state to screen the sight and hearing of 300,000 people - school children as well as adults, discovering thousands of potential health issues.

For nearly 90 years Lions Club members have fulfilled a promise to Helen Keller to serve as Knights of the Blind by addressing preventable sight and hearing loss to those in need. In Oregon, children, families or adults lacking resources are helped with cataract surgeries, eye exams, new eyeglasses, hearing exams and new hearing aids as well as health screenings.

About OLSHF:
Our mission is to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need. Last year, 79,420 people were screened statewide through our Mobile Health Screening Program, 96% of which were children at an average cost of less than $4.00 per person. In addition, we have distributed over 2,300 gift vouchers for free eye exams and eyeglasses in partnership with Vision Service Plan and Prevent Blindness America. We also provide the gift of sight to people in developing countries with nearly 72,000 eyeglasses shipped and distributed through mission work. In the last 12 months, we have also given over $1 million in brand new hearing aids to those in need, through a partnership with All-American Hearing Centers. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is a service organization with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs around the globe. Started in 1917, Lions Clubs aim to provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals, as well as provide other services and humanitarian projects for local communities. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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REMINDER: New Wapato High School Dedication Ceremonies
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 10/06/14
Good morning all,

Just wanted to send out a reminder about the new Wapato High School dedication ceremonies tomorrow, Oct. 7, 2014.

Please see the attached release for details. (it is the same release I sent a week or so ago)

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you can join us.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato High School Dedication
Register now for the Great Oregon ShakeOut
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/06/14
Register now for the Great Oregon Shakeout, the largest earthquake drill in history and join thousands of Oregonians in making earthquake safety a priority. The ShakeOut is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m, when residents around the state will "drop, cover, and hold on" for one minute.

"Participating in the ShakeOut is an easy way to practice what you would do in an earthquake," said Kim Lippert, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

There are many ways to participate this year including a "ShakeOut Selfie contest" sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Have your camera ready when you "drop, cover and hold on" during the ShakeOut drill. Snap a shot of yourself taking part in the drill and post on Twitter and tag @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, and you will be eligible to win a free emergency kit.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone a fault line stretching from off shore British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state at any time.

"It's only a matter of time before a large earthquake hits Oregon, by preparing now you can increase your chances of survival later," said Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

As you get ready to ShakeOut, don't forget to share the preparedness steps you take on social media, via email, or in person with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. What you provide as an example could help teach another person what to do, which could save their life!

Register for the Shakeout here: www.shakeout.org/oregon

More information on the ShakeOut selfie contest can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014
10/04/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 20 lbs of Liquid Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday afternoon along Highway 97 north of Madras led to the arrest of a California man after a trooper found approximately 20 pounds of liquid methamphetamine concealed in the rental car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 3:57 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rented 2013 Hyundai Elantra displaying California license plates for a speed violation in a construction zone on Highway 97 near NE Elm Lane in Jefferson County. During the traffic stop the driver was identified as SILVESTRE RIVERA FERNANDEZ, age 25, from South Gate, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover 3 vacuum sealed bags concealed in the vehicle with a substance that was determined to liquid methamphetamine. Total weight of the liquid methamphetamine was approximately 20 pounds, which can later be converted to a solid form of methamphetamine. Estimated value is pending confirmation.

RIVERA FERNANDEZ was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

OSP troopers from Madras and Bend offices were assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Photograph Sources:
Liquid Methamphetamine - Oregon State Police
Rivera Fernandez - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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Update #2: Second Person Dies Following 9/24/14 Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Oregon State Police confirmed this morning through Salem Hospital that passenger CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from Portland, died at the hospital where she has been treated since the September 24, 2014 traffic crash. The investigation continues and no enforcement decision has been made yet.

Previously released information 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 was in critical condition until her death.

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.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Car Fire Briefly Closes Interstate 84 in Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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No one was and a car was extensively damaged after catching fire along the eastbound shoulder of Interstate 84 in Pendleton early Saturday morning. The incident closed the eastbound lanes for 30 minutes until traffic was allowed to continue past the scene.

On October 4, 2014 at approximately 1:25 a.m., a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 58-year old female was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 210 when the driver noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Upon pulling onto the shoulder, she got out and opened the hood at which point the engine compartment became engulfed in flames.

Pendleton Fire personnel responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. OSP was also assisted at the scene by Pendleton Police Department during the incident response and road closure.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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10/03/14
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold monthly meeting October 7 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting October 7 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive the results from the study on the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon and from the Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment study. It will also hear about public health in Oregon, including an update on the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services. Other presentations will include the Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and a follow-up on High Cost Medications. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

When: Tuesday, October 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: New location! OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third floor, Room #4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. 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:
* Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon
* Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Survey
* Public Health in Oregon
* Behavioral Health Strategic Plan
* Follow-up on High Cost Medications

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.
Health advisory lifted October 3 for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 22 for Cullaby Lake, located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the 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. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.
Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: October 7, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/03/14
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: October 7, 2014 as per the attached meeting agenda.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1288/78449/10.07.14_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash reported Thursday afternoon off Highway 38 about twelve miles east of Reedsport. The victim's name and additional information is released in this update.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 2:57 p.m., OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responders were notified of the discovery of a male lying next to a motorcycle off an embankment along the north side of Highway 38 near milepost 12. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed the male was deceased.

Subsequent investigation indicated the motorcyclist, JOHN JOSEPH AMBROSINI, age 59, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to safely negotiate a right curve and went off the highway, down an embankment about 30 feet and struck a tree. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

The crash scene was discovered by the victim's friends who were checking travel routes after AMBROSINI was reported missing September 26, 2014 to Douglas County Sheriff's Office when he failed to return home from a motorcycle ride.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Bay Cities Ambulance, local fire personnel and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Guide to 2015 Health Insurance Coverage for Oregonians: Women's Health
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/03/14
Note: This is the first in a series of consumer guides from the Oregon Insurance Division

As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Insurance Division is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This is the first in a series of consumer guides to help Oregonians through the open enrollment process. This guide focuses on women's health coverage.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You also can access financial help during open enrollment by visiting healthcare.gov.

The Affordable Care Act provides many protections to women to help them better access the care they need. Below are some considerations that women and their families should keep in mind as they shop for health coverage for 2015:

* Preventive care. Health plans must cover women's preventive care without charging you a co-pay or co-insurance, even if you haven't met your deductible. For a list of required covered services, click here: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-preventive-care-benefits/women. You should also check the insurers' Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document, which is posted on their websites, for more detailed information about coverages and out-of-pocket costs.

* Pregnancy care and childbirth. These services are an essential health benefit, which means all health plans must cover them. You get this coverage even if you were pregnant before your coverage starts. Pre-natal costs are provided with no cost sharing, but plans vary in how they cover childbirth and what portion of the cost you pay for. Look to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document for these details.

* Birth control. Both the Affordable Care Act and Oregon law require insurers to cover all methods of prescribed contraceptive services approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with no cost sharing. When reviewing insurance product filings, the Insurance Division ensures plans include this coverage.

* Abortion services. The Insurance Division requires insurance companies to disclose whether or not they cover any or all abortion services in their Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document.

Some of these coverage requirements may not apply to plans that were sold before the Affordable Care Act took effect, known as grandfathered plans or transitional plans. If you aren't sure what kind of plan you have, call your insurance company or agent to ask.

During open enrollment, consumers who may qualify for financial help should go to healthcare.gov. Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare plans and enroll in one sitting. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

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.
Motorists Should Be Extra Alert For Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions, statewide and nationally. With more wildlife crossing roads all over the state, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) , and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be on alert.

According to statistics from ODOT's Crash Analysis & Reporting Section, wildlife-involved traffic collisions have been on the rise in Oregon. In 2013, ODOT received reports of 1,274 such crashes, similar to the 1,283 crashes reported in 2012 and up from 1,199 reported in 2011. Overall, reports are approximately 24 percent higher than in 2008 (974 reported crashes). Officials believe the numbers are actually higher because most collisions involving wildlife result in property damage only to the involved vehicle and do not get reported to police or DMV.

Between September 27 and October 1, OSP troopers responded to four vehicle-wildlife crashes:

* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:43 a.m., a sport utility driven by a 22-year old woman was northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 3 in Grant County when an elk crossed the highway. The driver swerved to miss the elk, lost control and went off the highway where her vehicle collided head-on into a tree. The driver was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:48 a.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 134 in Grant County struck an elk crossing the highway. The injured elk was found in a field off the highway and dispatched due to its injury. The driver wasn't injured.
* On September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:22 a.m., a passenger car traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 191 in Klamath County struck a deer crossing the highway. The vehicle was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. The vehicle's airbags deployed and the driver was uninjured.
* On October 1, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m., two women received minor injuries while traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 236 in the Meacham area when their passenger car struck an elk in the traffic lane.

ODOT statistics indicate since 2004 there have been more than 9,800 reported wildlife-involved collisions in Oregon, resulting in 29 fatalities; 12 of those fatalities were motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers. Fall weather often encourages motorcycle trips, so these operators should be especially vigilant: just as you continually watch for vehicles entering the roadway, be alert for wildlife, who when startled may even go back across a road they just crossed.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane - and many crashes go unreported.

During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

ODOT produced a 2:30 video on the U.S. 97 undercrossing south of Bend showing elk and deer (and other animals) using the underpass and helping improve safety in a high-incident area. The video is available for viewing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJGRs5KRP8&feature=youtu.be.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Oregon site of earliest human occupation added to nation's list of important places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/03/14
University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w
University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w
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The National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States' listing of the nation's most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south-central Oregon, archaeological excavations at the site has produced evidence of human occupation in Oregon beginning 14,300 years ago, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The occupation of Paisley Five Mile Point Caves predates the appearance of "Clovis" sites by more than 1,000 years. Clovis sites characterized by a distinctive projectile point have been documented throughout many regions of the U.S. and for many years been widely accepted as evidence for the first human settlement of the Americas.

Led by Dr. Dennis Jenkins of the University of Oregon (UO), a team of researchers conducted archaeological excavations and extensive laboratory analyses to amass information challenging the "Clovis First" hypothesis. Intriguingly, along with stemmed projectile points, grinding stones (for grinding plant materials), modified animal bone and woven plant fiber cordage, Jenkins' team recovered coprolites (feces) containing human DNA involving testing by multiple independent laboratories. Over 200 coprolites were radiocarbon dated to pre-Clovis times. The discovery by UO researchers of 14,300-year-old human feces demonstrates the presence of an ancient human population in America's FarWest at the end of the last Ice Age.

"Archaeologists have worked at the site since 1938," said Jenkins who is a research associate at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and director of the UO Archaeology Field School in the northern Great Basin. "As we have used increasingly sophisticated scientific techniques in recent years, our understanding of the cultural and megafaunal remains at the site has grown dramatically. Analyses by our research team provides significant new information regarding the timing and spread of the first settlers in the Americas."

The site is located on land managed by the U.S. Department of Interior-- Bureau of Land Management.

"BLM is indeed pleased to see the Paisley Five Mile Points officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places," said Stan McDonald, state archaeologist for Oregon and Washington for the BLM." The site's listing underscores the importance of Oregon's archaeological heritage to understanding the full breadth of the human experience. We extend our thanks to our partner the University of Oregon and associated research team for their dedication and commitment to outstanding research."

Now a sagebrush steppe vegetation community, the Paisley site once was grassy plains surrounding a lake, marsh and river. Camel, bison, horse and waterfowl bones have been found in the area. The people living there 14,300 years ago were gathering and consuming aromatic roots, for which they would have needed special knowledge that would have developed over time.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).

Other information:

Research at the Paisley Caves
http://pages.uoregon.edu/ftrock/paisley_caves_description.php

Oregon Archaeology Celebration of October 2014 poster showing the coprolite
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/ArchyPoster2014.pdf


Attached Media Files: News release , University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w , Dennis Jenkins, a researcher at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, holds a piece of coprolite. DNA testing of coprolite enabled coprolite found at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to be evidence of human occupation in Oreg
10/02/14
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory for the Willamette River. The advisory, issued September 16 and updated September 18, covered the stretch of river from Ross Island to Sauvie Island.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Since not all water bodies or sections of a river are monitored for blue-green algae, Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon waters for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

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. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Update: Hood River Man Dies After Sept. 12th Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed the motorcycle operator involved in a September 12, 2014, crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County died Wednesday. The OSP investigation is continuing and enforcement action is pending.

OSP was informed that MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River, died October 1, reportedly from injuries related to the crash. PETERS returned back to Hood River for post-hospital care in late September.

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 PETERS. 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.

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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Insurance Division offers consumer tips for open enrollment
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/02/14
This fall's open enrollment period starts Nov. 15, 2014, and Oregonians who buy their own insurance will receive letters this fall from their insurance company about their health plan options. The Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services also has information available to help consumers make the best choice for them.

"Oregon has one of the most competitive health insurance markets in the country, which means that Oregonians have lots of options," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "During open enrollment, consumers will be able to shop and pick the best plan that meets their health and financial needs."

All individual plans now have the same open enrollment period - the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You also can access financial help, such as tax credits, during open enrollment.

The open enrollment period for 2015 health plans runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers who may qualify for tax credits and financial help should go to healthcare.gov. Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare local plans and enroll in one sitting. Consumers can also enroll directly with their local carrier.

If people currently have coverage and want to make sure there is no break in coverage, they should be aware of some important dates. People who want to purchase a plan through the online marketplace healthcare.gov and qualify for financial assistance for Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 15. This includes people whose 2014 coverage was purchased through Oregon's state-based exchange, Cover Oregon. Oregonians who bought a plan directly from an insurance carrier should work with that carrier to see what date they need to enroll by or whether they can be automatically be re-enrolled, in order to have coverage Jan. 1.

Additionally, all insurance companies must notify consumers if there are changes to their plan, if their plan is ending, or if their plan is available to renew. Those notices are being mailed soon.

It is common for plans to change year to year. For many Oregonians, there may not be much difference between their current 2014 plan and the most similar 2015 plan. However, if insurers make any changes to benefits or cost structure - even a minor change that provides better coverage - they must notify customers that their current health plan is changing or ending.

"If your current plan is ending, it's likely that a very similar plan is available for 2015," Cali said. "You may also want to consider other options, either with the same company or another company."

All consumers who currently have health insurance will get a letter from their insurance company with information about the status of their current plan and directing them to healthcare.gov or their carrier to renew or change their plan for benefits starting Jan. 1, 2015. For people who enrolled through Cover Oregon, the letters will also include the amount of tax credit received for 2014, if any.

Small employers, which can enroll year-round, will receive letters from insurers before their plan is due for renewal.

The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

Here are some frequently asked questions about these notifications and options for 2015 health coverage:

Q: Why is my plan changing or ending?
Insurers must notify their customers if they make any structural changes to their plans to give customers the opportunity to stay in the updated plan or shop for a new plan. The notification will state that the plan is changing or ending. If the plan is ending, the carrier will likely identify a similar plan that will be available in 2015.

Q: What changes are insurance companies making to plans?
Most companies are making changes to all or some of their plans in 2015. Some examples of changes to plans include:
* Moving covered services from being covered after the deductible is met to before the deductible is met
* Changing deductibles or maximum out-of-pocket costs
* Adding new benefits
* Making network changes

Q: If my plan is ending, how do I enroll in a similar plan?
If your current plan is ending, your insurance company will identify a similar plan in which you can enroll. The steps you have to take depend on whether you bought your plan through Cover Oregon or directly through an insurance company or agent.
* If you bought your plan through Cover Oregon: You need to re-enroll in the similar plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. To ensure your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. You also can enroll outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace through your insurance company or agent, but if you received a tax credit to help pay for your premium and want to continue receiving those savings, you must enroll through healthcare.gov.
* If you bought your plan directly from the insurance company or an agent: Your insurance company will automatically enroll you in a similar plan for 2015. You will receive a bill for your first month's premium, which you need to pay to ensure your coverage continues. You also have the option of choosing a different plan.

Q: My letter says my plan is continuing. Do I have to do anything to stay on my current plan?
It depends on whether you bought your plan for 2014 through Cover Oregon or directly through an insurance company or agent.
* If you bought your plan through Cover Oregon: You need to re-enroll, either through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov or through your insurance company or agent. To ensure your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. If you received a tax credit to help pay for your premium and want to continue receiving those savings, you must enroll through healthcare.gov.
* If you bought your plan directly from the insurance company or an agent: Your insurance company will automatically re-enroll you in the same plan for 2015. You will receive a bill for your first month's premium, which you need to pay to ensure your coverage continues. You also have the option of choosing a different plan.

Q: If I re-enroll in the same or similar plan, can I still get the tax credit?
If you qualify for the tax credit, you must enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to get those savings. Your insurance company will provide you with the plan name and ID so that you can find the plan on healthcare.gov and enroll.

Q: Can I change plans?
Yes. Oregon has a competitive health insurance market, so there are a variety of plans and insurance companies from which to choose, and you can no longer be turned down for coverage because of a health condition. You can choose a new plan during the open enrollment period from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015. Here is how you can shop for coverage:
* Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to compare plans, find out if you qualify for tax credits or other savings, and enroll. You can work with an agent or community partner to get coverage through healthcare.gov. If you qualify for a tax credit or other savings, you can get those savings only if you enroll through healthcare.gov. To make sure your new plan gets you covered Jan. 1, 2015, you need to select your plan by Dec. 15, 2014.
* Choose a plan outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace - directly from an insurance company or with the help of an agent. (You cannot receive tax credits or other cost savings if you choose this option.) Check with the insurance company about when you need to enroll to ensure coverage by Jan. 1.

Q: Is this my only opportunity to change plans?
Open enrollment (Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015) is your only opportunity to change plans without experiencing a "qualifying event." Examples of qualifying events include loss of comprehensive coverage, getting married, and having (or adopting) a child. You may be able to enroll at other times during the year, but only if you experience a qualifying event.

Q: Where can I learn more?
* If you have questions about your current benefits and plan, contact your insurance company or agent.
* If you have questions about the upcoming open enrollment process or your eligibility for tax credits or other savings, visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free).
* If you have general questions about health insurance, call the Insurance Division's Consumer Advocacy Unit at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free), email cp.ins@state.or.us, or visit www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The 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.
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Walterville Pond
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued August 5 for Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield.

Walterville Pond is next to the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) Walterville Canal, a half-mile northeast of the town of Walterville in Lane County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact EWEB at 541-685-7471.

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. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Carrie Kikel named Communication Manager for Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/02/14
Carrie Kikel, a nonprofit communication specialist most recently working as a consultant, has accepted the newly expanded role of Communication Manager with the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The position previously supported only the Trust.

"Carrie's deep experience and her passion for arts and culture across the state will be tremendous assets to our work," said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Commission and the Trust. "We are very pleased she has agreed to work with us."

Kikel spent 15 years with the Oregon Symphony, from 1991 to 2006, where she held the position of vice president of communication. Her Symphony accomplishments include initiating annual telecasts and National Public Radio broadcasts, as well as organizing national release parties for a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute recording that reached number four on the Billboard classical charts. She also led communication for the music director transition that paid tribute to James DePreist and welcomed Carlos Kalmar.

Kikel joined Providence Health & Services in 2006 and served as a regional public affairs manager until 2012 when she established her consulting business. Her cultural clients have included fEARnoMUSIC and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, as well as the Commission and the Trust. She also helped found Portland Radio Project, an online music station honored with two Edward R. Murrow Awards in its first six months on the air.

"During the past several months my consulting work has given me a front row seat to the amazing work the Commission and the Trust do to enrich our state," said Kikel. "I am really proud to join their team and feel, in many ways, like I am coming home."

Kikel has a bachelor's in communication from Marylhurst University. Her employment began Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is 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. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
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Fire restrictions ease on private lands in NE Oregon, campfires still banned
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/01/14
As of 12:01 am, October 2, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has modified the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure which is in place on private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties.

Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated the fire danger, allowing the district to remove most of the restrictions implemented in July. The reduction in restrictions is intended to allow people to recreate in the woods and participate in normal fall activities. Cooler weather may give a false sense of security, which frequently results in a higher occurrence of human-caused fires.

Forecasted warmer temperatures and dry conditions combined with an increase in activity in the woods still cause concern for fire managers that campfires could be left unattended and spread to wildland fuels. Due to these concerns, campfires and warming fires will still be prohibited on lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District, except in designated locations. All other open fires on ODF-protected lands require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.

Limiting human-caused fires within the Northeast Oregon District is the objective of the closure, which includes the following restrictions:

- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the Regulated Use Closure area includes but is not limited to the following Oregon State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam and Unity Lake. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.


Year-to-date fire information for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District:

- Lightning-caused: 66 fires
- Acres burned: 247
- Human caused: 28 fires
- Acres burned: 483

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, fire restrictions may change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit 541-963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit 541-523-5831
Wallowa Unit 541-886-2881
Pendleton Unit 541-276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.
State health officials prepared for Ebola, but infection risk is low
Oregon Health Authority - 10/01/14
October 1, 2014

State health officials prepared for Ebola, but infection risk is low

EDITORS: A video of today's Ebola press briefing in Portland is available at http://youtu.be/MgLwOk_Ror8

State public health officials say they are ready to respond in the unlikely event a person ill with Ebola infection arrives in Oregon, but they emphasize that risk of exposure remains low.

To help public health officials monitor for illness and keep it contained, they encourage people to talk to their doctors if they have recently travelled to West Africa.

Katrina Hedberg, M.D., is state health officer at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "We know that Ebola is a very serious illness that is an epidemic in West Africa," Hedberg said Wednesday. "It can often be deadly, but it's not highly communicable. It's spread from person to person, usually from direct contact with body fluids. It's not airborne."

Hedberg and Genevieve Buser, M.D., a physician in the Public Health Division's Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section, attended a press briefing at the Portland State Office Building to provide an update on Oregon's response to the international Ebola situation. The briefing occurred a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it had confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed within the United States - a man who was visiting family in Texas.

Hedberg said she is not surprised the U.S.A. has seen its first case of Ebola.

"There's a fair amount of travel that happens between the United States and other countries in the world," Hedberg said. "We assume that the risk of this in Oregon is very low, but it wouldn't be unheard of."

That's why the CDC and the Public Health Division have been getting the word out to hospitals and their physicians about the importance of understanding the travel history of individuals who have recently been in countries to which nonessential travel has been discouraged, including parts of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

"What's key is not only for the physicians but for people themselves who've traveled (to West Africa) to make sure they give a travel history if they come down with illness," Hedberg said.

Hedberg and Buser said Ebola is more difficult to spread than diseases that can be passed through the air, such as measles and tuberculosis. Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with body fluids of an ill, infected person who has symptoms, by touching either the ill person or a surface recently contaminated by his or her bodily fluids.

Still, state and local health departments remain vigilant, and are working closely with the CDC to keep hospitals, and all other parts of the health system, updated on developments in West Africa, and informed on how to identify, test and respond to a human case in Oregon.

The division's epidemiology team also has taken part in local "roundtable" discussions with medical professionals, emergency medical transport agencies and health partners to plan for the potential arrival of an Ebola patient in Oregon, should that day ever come.

"We have posted a Web page that has current information both from CDC and us regarding Ebola response and identification," Buser said. "Each of these steps has been taken in collaboration with local health departments and our clinicians to best inform them so ... we can set in place an appropriate response."

Other resources:

Oregon Isolation and Quarantine Bench Book (PDF): http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/ReportingCommunicableDisease/Documents/benchbook.pdf

CDC Travel Advisories: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

CDC Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html

CDC Ebola homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

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African American history project seeks additional sites (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/01/14
Sgt. Alfred Franklin
Sgt. Alfred Franklin
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A crowd-sourced project to identify Oregon's African American historic sites and places has uncovered additional locations in Eugene, La Grande, Corvallis, Portland and other communities. Project leaders are asking the public to continue submitting information about potential sites.

"These places can be buildings anywhere in Oregon where African Americans worked, sites where important events happened, or objects created, installed, or inspired by African Americans," said project manager Kim S. Moreland.

The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, launched the property survey project "Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places" in May. Working with community partners and volunteers, the organizations want to protect and preserve Oregon's African American historic sites and places from 1844 to 1984.

Committee partner Gwendolyn Trice, founder of Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, commented that "rural counties have significant undocumented structures, places and cemeteries. Conversations are taking place in Eastern Oregon that are providing data that translates rich African American community architectures into historic record."

Preserving Oregon African American Historic Places project is a crowd-sourced project that encourages the public to contribute information online that pertains to existing structures with any African American association in their histories and cemeteries with African American burials. "It is important to note that the data submission can include properties associated with the post-war period from the 1950 to the early 80s," said SHPO outreach and grants coordinator Kuri Gill.

Recent documentations include the historic St. Mark CME Church in Eugene and the 1915 Portland home of retired buffalo soldier Sgt. Alfred J. Franklin and his wife, Cora. Additional data was received on the office building located at 2337 N. William Ave., which was formerly occupied by Dr. John Marshall, one of Portland's early Black medical doctors. The building later served as the original office of The Skanner News, one of Portland's most long-lived Black newspapers.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Dec. 31. You may submit your information online at www.makeoregonhistory.com or at www.oregonblackpioneers.org. Provide as much information as you can, but it is OK to leave blanks if you do not know the particular information requested. Go to www.makeoregonhistory.com to submit online. The information will be added to the collections of the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historic Sites Database.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a multiple property document that identifies sites for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places," said Moreland.

If you have any questions about the survey project you may email Moreland at historic_places@qwestoffice.net or Kuri Gill, Oregon Heritage, Grants and Outreach Coordinator at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: News release , Sgt. Alfred Franklin , St. Mark CME, Eugene
Garrison Middle School students to launch five weather balloons at the same time
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/01/14
Lights on Afterschool
Weather Balloon Launch
Garrison Middle School: Athletic Fields
Thursday, Oct. 23
4 to 5 p.m.

WALLA WALLA - The Lights on Afterschool event in Walla Walla, hosted by our WWPS 21st CCLC sites, will feature 5 simultaneous high altitude weather balloon launches at the athletic fields at Garrison Middle School. These launches will be planned, advertised, and executed by our 21st CCLC students. The balloons will reach heights of 100,000+ feet, 19 miles up in the air! The students will utilize popular digital mediums like facebook, tweeting, and YouTube to engage their peer group, while also connecting with many of our local businesses and community organizations. Additionally, key state and federal legislative figures, including Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Cathy McMorris-Rogers, Mike Hewitt, Maureen Walsh, and Terry Nealey, will be invited by Walla Walla Public Schools to participate in our celebration of afterschool programming.

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things - such as science, community service, robotics, poetry, etc. - and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) components of WWPS' event, will push the learning envelope for all in attendance. Each weather balloon should enter the Stratosphere, an area of interest for scientific study, military surveillance, and emerging commercial applications. Moreover, witnessing the launch of 5 simultaneous high altitude weather balloons by our 21st CCLC afterschool program students will be awe-inspiring. This event is absolutely amazing to witness; words can hardly do it justice. Watch the following video to fully understand the endeavor: bit.ly/gmswayup

Finally, during the event, a team of STEM ambassadors (seen here: vimeo.com/106621599) will actively engage our local, state, and federal leaders and stakeholders in the hands-on process, while having relevant conversations about the necessity of STEM education in our afterschool programs. The ambassador team will address, communicate, and demonstrate the potential our afterschool programs have to inspire and educate our students to fulfill the increasing demand for capable STEM professionals in the workforce.

This is a public event and the community is invited to attend.


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New map poster explores Columbia River connections (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 10/01/14
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed a new map poster in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, Oct
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed a new map poster in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, Oct
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PORTLAND, Ore. - A new geologic map poster created by Oregon and Washington geologists offers an in-depth look at the interplay of Earth systems along the states' shared river.

"The Columbia River flows through some of Oregon and Washington's most iconic geology," says Oregon's State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "There's no better place to experience dramatic interactions of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere."

"Washington and Oregon are privileged to share in the stewardship of one of the world's most remarkable river systems: the Columbia River, a geologic and cultural treasure that has shaped the destinies of our two states," says David Norman, Washington State Geologist.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed the map in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, October 17.

In its 309-mile meander along the Washington-Oregon border, the Columbia River provides challenges and opportunities for the people, wildlife and plants that interact there. Interactions of Earth systems can be destructive - floods racing down the river channel - as they are beneficial - winds and water producing electric power. The new map poster highlights the influence of geology with examples along the river's length.

The map poster is available for download as a 34-by-44-inch PDF or as eight 11-by-17-inch PDFs for easy assembly: http://bit.ly/mapday2014

For more information about the geology of the Pacific Northwest, visit DOGAMI at www.oregongeology.org or the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources at www.dnr.wa.gov/geology.

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Attached Media Files: The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed a new map poster in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, Oct
Governor proclaims October as Fire Prevention Month in Oregon
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/01/14
In support of the theme of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to expand Fire Prevention Week into Fire Prevention Month, Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. Oregon's theme mirrors the national theme - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Test Yours Every Month!

"Responsibility for fire safety begins at home," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "All adults should ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside any sleeping area."

During October, the Office of State Fire Marshal and fire agencies statewide are teaming up in support of a social media education campaign and contests on Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of the importance of having smoke alarms and testing them to be sure they work.

A #TestItTuesday contest encourages Oregonians to take a "selfie" photo featuring them testing their smoke alarm. One Oregon winner will be chosen every week from the submissions posted to the OSFM Twitter feed and Facebook page.

A #TriviaThursday contest involves weekly smoke alarm-related trivia questions posted on the OSFM Twitter feed and Facebook page each Thursday during October. The first correct answer wins. Visit the OSFM website for rules and information.

Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, and increasing your chances of surviving. Additional fire safety tips:

* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older should be replaced.
* Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the type of battery to use in your smoke alarm.
* Smoke alarms with a non-replaceable (long-life) battery are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, immediately replace the entire smoke alarm.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Smoke alarms are available for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
* If you need assistance with smoke alarms, contact your local fire agency.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency or visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_SA_Program.shtml.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1062/78359/Smoke_Alarm_Facts_Flyer_Food_Bank.pdf , 2014-10/1062/78359/SFM_Mobile_Billboard_V14.pdf
BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/01/14
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens

Portland, Ore. - Registration is now open for the nation's largest regional science bowl competition for middle and high school students. Registration is open Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 for the 2015 Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl. The events take place on consecutive weekends this winter at the University of Portland. The middle school competition is set for Jan. 31, and the high school competition kicks off Feb. 7. The event is free and open to teams from public and private schools in western Washington and western and central Oregon.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is a fast-paced, quiz-show-style competition that invites middle and high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of science and math in a round-robin, double-elimination tournament, with winners eligible to travel to the national finals in Washington, D.C. The BPA events are the largest in the nation, and include enrichment activities for all participants, including an engineering competition and student video contest.

For details and registration instructions, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.
Registration takes only a few minutes with the online form. To register, teachers need to list contact information, school name and the number of five-student teams they'd like to register.

The boundaries for the BPA Regional Science Bowl differ slightly between middle schools and high schools. Maps with regional boundaries specific to both Oregon and Washington can be found at www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.

Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with each entrant's first team taking priority, followed by second teams and third teams, up to each competition's 64-team limit.

The Bonneville Power Administration provides free programs, presentations and information to K-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For more information on BPA's education efforts, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

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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Fire restrictions still in effect in Forestry's Central Ore District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/01/14
After the parched summer, the recent rainfall in central Oregon was heartily welcomed by local residents. But it wasn't enough to end wildfire danger, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Tracy Wrolson.

"It was not a soaking rain," he said. "It helped, but we can't let ourselves be lulled into a false sense of security. It's still dry out there and the risk of fire has not been abated." Even with the shorter days and cooler nights, fires can still pick up and move.

For that reason, the department is keeping heightened fire safety rules - known as Regulated-Use Restrictions - in place for now.

Enacted June 21, the following rules remain in effect:

- Open fires prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

- Smoking prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

- Chainsaw use prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, with firefighting equipment present.

- Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner on their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.

- Mowing of dried grass with power-driven equipment prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

- Use of fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns prohibited.

Other agencies may have reduced or lifted their restrictions based on the lands they have jurisdictional responsibility for. This may lead to confusion for the general public. When in doubt, please call to find out what the restrictions are in the areas where you plan to be.

A complete list of the current fire safety restrictions in ODF's Central Oregon District is available online: www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/Closures/RUCO0114.pdf, or by calling the local ODF office.
Safety crops up as priority during busy fall harvest season
Pacific Power - 10/01/14
Contact: Media Hotline, 800-570-5838 Oct. 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Safety crops up as priority during busy fall harvest season
Pacific Power wants to help farmers and ranchers keep safety first and avoid potential electrical hazards

PORTLAND, Ore.--Harvests of many kinds are well underway in the many rural communities Pacific Power serves --- from apples and pears to peas and pumpkins. The busy fall harvest season is the most highly productive yet most dangerous time of the year for farmers, ranchers and their work crews, according to the National Agricultural Safety Database.

"As the Northwest's largest rural power supplier, we know that fall harvest is a critical time of year. This is when the year's investment pays off, but only if you take the time to stay safe, which is why we are focused on this season as much as you are," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Electricity helps with the harvest, but if you take it for granted and try to cut corners, tragedy could result."

Customers and the public can get important safety materials, including Pacific Power's Electrical Safety on Your Farm or Ranch brochure, or Alerta! Fuera de Casa brochure in Spanish, and Look Up and Live irrigation safety stickers in both English and Spanish - or schedule a free safety presentation - call Pacific Power toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

There are three main areas in which to concentrate safety efforts:

Power Line Safety

* Be aware of overhead power lines. Lower auger, harvesters or other equipment to transport level to ensure adequate clearance when near power lines. Know the height of cultivators or planters in the fold-up position; the equipment may be taller than during field use.

* If a tractor or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, remain seated until help arrives. If there is danger of fire, jump as far away from the tractor as possible and keep your feet together when landing. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Many injuries have occurred when equipment operators attempted to get back on or touch equipment after dismounting.

* Never attempt to raise or move a power line.

* Watch for guy wires, which are attached to and support utility poles and the ground. Striking a guy wire can damage your equipment and weaken a pole or even bring live power lines down, creating an extremely hazardous situation.

* Do not erect fence wire along the same route as an overhead line and do not string fence wire where it may come into contact with an overhead line.

Electrical Safety

* Make sure all outlets are three-hole, grounded outlets with faceplates.

* Install a lock-out switch that can turn off all electricity to one area, for fast action in an emergency.

* If there are any doubts about the state of electrical circuits, wiring or equipment on a farm, have a licensed electrician inspect them.

* Properly ground the entire electrical system and protect ground wires and rods from damage.

Grain Bin Safety

* If it is necessary to enter a grain bin, shut off and lock out electricity before entering. Use a safety harness and safety line, and have people available outside the bin in case of an emergency.

* Know the National Electric Safety Code requirements for horizontal clearance between the side of the grain bin and adjacent power lines and the vertical clearance above the bin to the nearest line. Make sure the wiring on the property complies with all codes.

If a line has fallen on the ground or on some other object or piece of equipment, always assume it's hot, live or energized. Stay clear, keep others away and call 911 and Pacific Power toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

Another great source for safety information is the National Agricultural Safety Database. Visit nasdonline.org to find out more.

"By being extra careful and refreshing everyone on safety, especially with an expanded workforce on hand, we can all work together and enjoy a safe and bountiful harvest," said Morris.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
PRESS BRIEFING TODAY: State public health physicians to discuss Oregon's response to Ebola crisis
Oregon Health Authority - 10/01/14
October 1, 2014

What: State public health physicians will answer media questions about state and local response to the Ebola crisis in light of Tuesday's announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the first confirmed case in the US. No formal announcements will be made and no news release will be issued.

Key points they will discuss:
* Health officials are ready to respond in the event a person ill with Ebola infection arrives in Oregon.
* Spread of Ebola virus requires direct contact with body fluids of an ill, infected person who has symptoms and cannot be spread through the air.
* State and local health authorities are in contact with the CDC, which will be immediately notified if any ill travelers arrive in the region.

When: TODAY, October 1, 10 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1-E (first floor), 800 NE Oregon St.

Who:
* Genevieve Buser, MD
Public Health Physician, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section
Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division

* Katrina Hedberg, MD
Health Officer, State Epidemiologist
Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division

Details: To participate by phone, call 877-322-9654, participant code: 188044. Note: Five conference lines are available - first come, first served - and will open at 9:55 a.m. Please attend in person if you can.

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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.

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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.

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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
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.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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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.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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