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Sun. 08/19/18
Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn, and Jennie's Peak Fires Update August 19, 2018 9:30 PM (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/18 9:36 PM
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[Condon, Oregon] Evacuation levels changed today on the Lonerock Fire for the community of Lonerock. The sheriff issued a Level 1 Be Ready! notification for the west side of Lonerock Road from Lost Valley Road south to the Gilliam/Wheeler County Line. A Level 1 Be Ready! notification was also issued for Buckhorn Lane due to increased fire activity south of Thirty Mile Canyon. The sheriff urges everyone to avoid these areas. Please allow fire traffic only for the safety of the fire crews and public.

 

Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team ordered 3 more task forces from Linn, Polk, and Clatsop counties, which arrived Sunday evening. These task forces will bolster the number of boots on the ground protecting homes in South Gilliam County.

 

The Bureau of Land Management has ordered a Type 2 Incident Management Team to assume command of the Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn, and Jennie’s Peak Fires burning in Gilliam and Wheeler Counties. This team is staffed to handle the complexity of managing multiple wildfires. The teams will work together under a Unified Command structure, with the OSFM team focusing on structure protection, and the BLM Type 2 Team coordinating the wildfire suppression.

 

There will be a community meeting at the Lonerock Community Hall Monday evening at 7:00PM.

 

 




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Stubblefield Fire and Seale Fire Update August 19, 2018 1:00 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/19/18 12:52 PM

[Condon, Oregon] Steady progress is being made on the fires burning near Condon in South Gilliam County. The fires are currently mapped at 16,700 total acres with 29% containment. The resources on the fire today include 21 fire engines, five large water tenders, and 91 fire personnel from agencies all over the State of Oregon and the BLM.

These resources are given prioritized assignments on the fires, and are having good success meeting the goals of home protection and minimizing the effects of the fires on the community. Because of the amount of fire on the Oregon landscape this summer, it is especially important for fire managers to use the available resources strategically, providing for life safety and property protection first and foremost.

 

No evacuation levels have changed so far today, and the sheriff’s office continues to emphasize avoiding the areas impacted, and allowing fire traffic only in order to provide for safety of the firefighters and public.

 

The firefighters will be conducting burn-out operations in several locations to reduce the fuel in front of the fire to slow or stop fire growth, which will cause increased smoke in the area.

Wildland suppression resources on these incidents will continue to work on stopping the progression of the fire outside of the communities; focusing on establishing a line on the north side of the Stubblefield Fire, and on the south side of the Seale Fire.

 

In addition, crews will continue to work toward stopping any fire movement toward the community of Condon. A Type 1 helicopter will be supporting resources on the ground with bucket drops, in addition, a smaller Type 3 helicopter will be flying a reconnaissance flight to provide more accurate information about where the fire is located in the drainages and uneven terrain, as well as provide updated acreage.

 

There is a possibility of thunderstorms over the area later this afternoon, and also a chance of wetting rain. Firefighters are prepared to adjust their tactics to meet the challenges and mitigate the effects of the weather on the fires in order to protect homes and property and provide for the safety of everyone.

 


Sat. 08/18/18
Stubblefield Fire Update Augustv18, 2018 8:45 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/18/18 8:49 PM

[Condon, Oregon] The Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation notices for the North end of Ferry Canyon Road and the West end of Richmond Lane. Please avoid both of these roads and areas. The Gilliam County Sheriff requests, “Fire traffic only!”

 

As of noon today, August 18, 2018, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team is in Unified Command with the Bureau of Land Management as crews from all agencies continue to actively work to contain the fires in Gilliam County. Two OSFM strike teams and three OSFM task forces have joined efforts with South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District and BLM resources, and are making good progress in building containment lines, patrolling the areas of fire impact to identify all structures at risk, and assessing the progress of the fire.  

 

Fire behavior today was very active due to the increased wind and temperature, as well as the decreased humidity. Some of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s crews moved to the Lonerock Fire southeast of Condon to begin structural assessment and preparation due to the Lonerock Fire growth today.

 

Plumes of smoke were visible from all of the fires and smoke caused the air to be hazy throughout the area. People with respiratory problems, elderly people, and young infants should take care to avoid the smoke by staying indoors if possible. The Stubblefield Fire was estimated to be 9,000 acres this morning, and the Seale Fire was estimated to be approximately 1,500 acres. No new estimate is available at this time.

 

Follow Fire Information on local Facebook Pages:

Gilliam County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/GilliamCountySheriff/

South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District https://www.facebook.com/South-Gilliam-County-Rural-Fire-Protection-District-783137915065669/?ref=br_rs

 


Stubblefield Fire Update August 18,2018 1:00 PM (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/18/18 1:00 PM
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[Condon, Oregon] Friday afternoon, August 17, 2018, Governor Kate Brown declared a Conflagration for the Stubblefield Fire (formerly known as the Lamberson Fire) in Gilliam County.

 

This brings fire resources from around the state to assist the local jurisdiction. The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team, as well as structural protection resources from several Oregon counties responded to the activation. By 11:00 pm, resources had begun to arrive. A command post was set up at the Gilliam County Fairgrounds in Condon to support South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District and Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, who have been working hard in this community causing severe resource drawdown.

 

There are currently 47 homes threatened. Overnight, strike teams from Multnomah County and Clackamas County began assessing homes, structures, access roads, water sources and local terrain. Weather cooperated with the firefighters last night with cooler temperatures and increased humidity, which decreased fire activity and intensity. Three more task forces from Yamhill, Marion, and Washington counties have arrived this morning, and have gone right to work on the fires.

 

Weather today will have temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s as a result of a high pressure system over the area, which will bring light winds and lower humidity. The Stubblefield Fire has burned approximately 9,000 acres in mostly prairie fuels – or what firefighters call “light, flashy fuels”. This fuel type includes dried grasses and small shrubs such as sagebrush and other low-growing plants.

 

This has been an historic hot dry spell, which has left this fuel tinder dry, contributing to fast, hot fire burning behavior. The Seale Fire has also burned approximately 1,500  acres in similar terrain and fuel types. Oregon State Fire Marshal’s resources are actively fighting fire and protecting structures side-by-side with the local community. We are working west of Condon, primarily on the Stubblefield and Seale Fires.

 

Follow Fire Information on local Facebook Pages:

Gilliam County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/GilliamCountySheriff/

South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District https://www.facebook.com/South-Gilliam-County-Rural-Fire-Protection-District-783137915065669/?ref=br_rs




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Fri. 08/17/18
Stubblefield Fire Declared a Conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/17/18 9:35 PM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Stubblefield Fire, burning west of Condon, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

 

The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team, two structural task forces from Multnomah and Clackamas counties arrived late this evening. We are working to assist with the severe depletion of the local resources given the amount of fires and conditions.

 

Gilliam County is now issuing a Level 2 evacuation notice, which means "BE SET". This condition is now for all of the Air Base residents at Mt. View Drive.

 

Additional resources may be accessed at:

https://www.facebook.com/GilliamCountySheriff/

https://www.facebook.com/Stubblefield-Fire-1684519291674600/

 


3 workers hit in work zones in 4 days: Please slow down and pay attention in work zones; Orange is your clue! (Photo)
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 08/17/18 5:16 PM
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ODOT is making efforts to light up some Oregon bridges in orange lights—the color of safety warnings—to remind people about the dangers of construction work zones, after three construction workers were hit in active work zones just this week. One worker in Oregon was killed earlier this week, another severely injured the next day; a third flagger was hit just today in Washington State.

The Union Street Pedestrian Bridge in Salem has turned orange for a few days to remind travelers: See Orange: Zone In!

We'll let you know when we arrange some other bridges to turn orange.

We have a simple message: When you see orange signs, barrels, cones, and barricades, slow down and watch for road construction workers.




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Dental Pilot Project Rules Advisory Committee meets August 20
Oregon Health Authority - 08/17/18 1:32 PM

August 17, 2018

Dental Pilot Project Rules Advisory Committee meets August 20

What: A public meeting of the rules advisory committee on dental pilot projects

When: August 20, 9 a.m. to noon. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Conference line: 888-273-3658, participant code: 76-64-09

Agenda: Review draft amended rules; next steps

Background: Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority to approve dental pilot projects once an application has been approved. These projects are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce, and efficacy by teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel; developing new categories of dental personnel; accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

The purpose of the rules advisory committee is to provide feedback and input on the development of amended rule language, as well as review the statement of need and fiscal impact for the proposed rules.

Materials: Copies of materials are available on the Dental Pilot Projects webpage at healthoregon.org/dpp.

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Kowalski at 971-673-1563, 711 TTY or ah.e.kowalski@state.or.us">sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 

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Forum in Bend to focus on cannabis safety
Oregon Farm Bureau - 08/17/18 12:57 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2018

Forum in Bend to focus on cannabis safety

(Deschutes County, Oregon) – Cannabis growers and extractors are invited to an unprecedented opportunity to learn from government and business leaders about safety and health in the cannabis industry as part of a two-day event in Bend next month.

Deschutes County Farm Bureau and the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Health & Safety Committee, in partnership with Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), present the “Safety and Health in the Cannabis Industry: From Seed to Shatter” forum, taking place Sept. 18-19 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes.  

“This forum is really about helping growers and extractors build their knowledge and skills so they can fortify the safety and health of their job sites and continue to send workers home safe and sound at the end of every work day,” said Cory Stengel, chair of the OFB Health & Safety Committee.

The cannabis forum is part of the larger Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which will tackle a range of other workplace health and safety issues.

The forum arrives as Oregon’s cannabis industry continues to evolve. The event will address multiple health and safety topics, as well as give participants a question-and-answer session.

Speakers will include representatives from Oregon OSHA, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, the Portland and Bend fire departments, and Oregon-based grow and extraction operations.

Topics will include:

·   OLCC requirements

·   Cannabis grow operations

·   Hydrocarbon extraction

·   Carbon dioxide extraction

·   CO2 and alcohol extraction

·   Fire marshal regulations

·   Pesticide regulations

·   Ergonomic risk factors

·   Oregon OSHA consultation services

Registration for the Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which includes the cannabis forum, is now open. The cost to attend ranges from $55 to $210.

For more details about the cannabis forum – including specific presentation times and topic areas – or to register, go to https://safetyseries.cvent.com/central18.

See an event flyer: https://osha.oregon.gov/conferences/central-oregon/Documents/central-cannabis-flyer-18.pdf

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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, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

   > 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.

   > Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties. Learn more at www.oregonfb.org


Motorcyclist dies in crash with semi-truck on Hwy 205 (Harney County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/18 12:19 PM
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On Tuesday August 14, 2018 at approximately 3:25 pm, a semi-truck with two trailers loaded with hay, operated by Randolph Pointere (67) of Hines, OR. was traveling north on Highway 205 near milepost 2. Pointere was turning left onto Hotchkiss Ln. when a motorcycle, operated by David McNeill (74) of Bellingham, WA. attempted to pass the semi-truck.

The motorcycle slid under the first semi-trailer before coming to a stop.. The semi-truck and trailers were able to stop without running over McNeill.

McNeill was transported to Harney District Hospital and then transported by air to Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho.  On August 15, 2018 at approximately 9:30 PM McNeill died from his injuries sustained in the crash.

Pointere was not injured and the semi-truck was driven from the scene.

OSP was assisted by EMS, Burns Fire, Burns PD, Hines PD, ODOT and the Harney County Sheriffs office 




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Passenger dies in two vehicle crash (Columbia County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/18 11:39 AM
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On August 15, 2018 at approximately 7:30 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 47 at Timber Rd intersection.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a white Mercury Mountaineer, operated by Katarra M. Sigurdson (33) from Vernonia was turning north onto Hwy 47 from Timber Rd.   A tan Subaru, operated by Nathan W. Gribner (56) from Vernonia was south on Hwy 47, behind a blue vehicle with its turn signal on believed to be turning right onto Timber Rd. The Mountaineer and the Subaru collided near the center of Hwy 47.  The blue vehicle was not involved in the actual collision.

Gribner was transported to the hospital with injuries, his passenger,  Crystal H. Ritchie (61) from Vernonia, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Sigurdson and a juvenile female passenger were transported to the hospital with injuries. 

OSP was assisted by Vernonia Police Department, Vernonia Fire Department, Metro West ambulance, and ODOT.

OSP is requesting anyone that may have witnessed the crash or with any information regarding the crash to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 or OSP from your cellular device and reference case # SP18-303759 - Senior Trooper Will Brindza.

Investigation is continuing.




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3 people killed in Hwy 97 crash (Jefferson County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/17/18 10:17 AM
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On Friday, August 17, 2018 at approximately 2:00 A.M., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 97 near milepost 80. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Mazda Protege, operated by Sarah Marie Steffler (33) from Moses Lake, Washington was northbound on Hwy 97 when for unknown reasons crossed into the southbound lanes of travel and impacted the guardrail and then collided with a southbound 2006 Kia Sportage operated by Miguel Galvan Sanchez (40) of Manson, Washington.  

Steffler and a juvenile female passenger sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were four occupants in the Kia Sportage operated by Sanchez. Sanchez and one passenger were transported by ground to St. Charles in Madras. One passenger was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles in Bend.

A juvenile female sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted on scene by Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, Jefferson County EMS and ODOT. 

 




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Thu. 08/16/18
BPSST Corrections Policy Committee Holds Quarterly Meeting - Recommends Sanctions Against Four Officers
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/16/18 7:24 PM

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) held its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. 

To increase the public's trust, the Oregon legislature mandates the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training establish minimum standards that are required to be met and maintained by Oregon's providers of public safety, including police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, telecommunicators (9-1-1), emergency medical dispatchers, public safety instructors, and OLCC regulatory specialists. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is responsible for certifying public safety professionals who meet all of the Board-established intellectual, physical and moral fitness standards, and for denying, suspending or revoking the certification of those who do not meet or fall below these standards. The Corrections Policy Committee provides input and guidance to the Board on certification and training standards for more than 3,000 men and women who serve as corrections officer and parole and probation officers around the state.

Professional Standards Cases Note: The below actions are recommendations that are being made to the BPSST. The BPSST has final authority to affirm or overturn any recommendation. All individuals have the will be afforded due process before any BPSST/DPSST action is final, which includes the ability to request a contested case hearing.

Actions Taken by Corrections Policy Committee Included

  • Approved May 8, 2018 Meeting Minutes of the Corrections Policy Committee
  • Reviewed of Pilot Curriculum – Basic Parole and Probation Class #76
  • Quarterly Review of Department of Corrections Basic Training
  • Reviewed and Approved Administrative Closures – Corrections & Parole & Probation

Professional Standards Cases

King, Shawn DPSST #49251 – Basic Corrections Certification; Department of Corrections-SRCI - Corrections Policy Committee will recommend Board on Public Safety Standards and Training decertify for gross misconduct and dishonesty.

Baldovino, Talissa DPSST #58666 – Application for Training & Subsequent Certification - Corrections Policy Committee will recommend Board take no action.

Duncan, Colin DPSST #44454 – Basic & Intermediate Corrections Certifications; Klamath County Sheriff’s Office - Corrections Policy Committee will recommend Board on Public Safety Standards and Training decertify for dishonesty.

Lagao, Mario DPSST #53203 – Basic Corrections Certifications; Department of Corrections –EOCI - Corrections Policy Committee will recommend Board on Public Safety Standards and Training decertify for gross misconduct.

Mittelbach, Brock DPSST #41816 – Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Corrections Certifications; Department of Corrections – CCCF - Corrections Policy Committee will recommend Board on Public Safety Standards and Training decertify certifications for gross misconduct and dishonesty.

Copple, Matthew DPSST #48237 – Basic & Intermediate Corrections Certifications; Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office - Matter tabled till next meeting.

Poe, Chance DPSST #58554 – Application for Training & Subsequent Certification; Department of Corrections-SRCI - Matter tabled till next meeting.

Background Information on BPSST & DPSST 

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

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

 


Oregon Farm Bureau Statement on Latest WOTUS Ruling
Oregon Farm Bureau - 08/16/18 2:34 PM

 

SALEM, OREGON, August 16, 2018 – The following statement may be attributed to Oregon Farm Bureau Public Policy Counsel Mary Anne Cooper.

“Despite outcry from thousands of farm and ranch families from across the nation, today’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina means that the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule is now in effect in Oregon. 

“Under the 2015 WOTUS rule, EPA could force farmers and ranchers to apply for a costly permit to do even the most basic work on their land, or potentially be hit with enormous fines and frivolous lawsuits. These permits could be required for plowing, planting, applying pesticides and fertilizers, and other normal farming activities on dry farm fields. 

“The 2015 WOTUS rule goes far beyond congressional intent and the lawful bounds of the Clean Water Act as articulated by previous Supreme Court decisions. At best, it is a solution in search of a problem. At worst, it is a federal land grab designed to give DEQ and EPA control over Oregon’s farmland far beyond what the law calls for. 

“We support the Trump Administration’s commitment to repeal and replace WOTUS with an alternative that achieves water conservation and quality goals without decimating the livelihood of hard-working rural Americans. Farm and ranch families are already struggling against low commodity prices, continuously rising supply costs, and constantly expanding expensive rules, regulations, and red tape.

“We urge the Trump Administration to permanently repeal the 2015 WOTUS rule as quickly as possible.

“Every day Oregon's farmers and ranchers work very hard to maximize water efficiency and protect water quality because their livelihood and future depend on it, it's the law, and it's simply the right thing to do. The 2015 WOTUS rule will hurt family agriculture in Oregon and is a case of extreme government overreach with no regard to the impact on rural communities.”

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Note to Editors: “Farm Bureau” is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB’s 15th president.

 

 


Recreational use health advisory lifted for Detroit Lake and Big Cliff Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 08/16/18 10:15 AM

August 16, 2018

Recreational use health advisory lifted for Detroit Lake and Big Cliff Reservoir

Testing confirms reduced cyanotoxins in Linn-Marion county lakes

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued July 27 for the log boom area of Detroit Lake and Big Cliff Reservoir below the dam. Both water bodies are located 46 miles southeast of Salem. The area spans both Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in these areas are below recreational guideline values for human exposure.

Although the advisory has been lifted, conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and nutrients in the lake. People should always be aware that blooms can develop on any water body under the right environmental conditions, and can grow and disappear throughout the season.

People should always be aware of their surroundings before entering a water body, especially around shorelines, shallow water areas, coves and physical structures such as docks, as these are areas where blooms tend to develop, officials say. You are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

People, especially small children, and pets should avoid recreating in areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

It's possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. However, when a bloom dies elsewhere in the water body, it can release toxins that may reach into the clear water. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water near the surface.

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440.

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

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DPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Postponed
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/16/18 7:31 AM

This meeting is being postponed due to a lack of a quorum.  Many of the members of the Fire Policy Committee are helping to support wildfire suppression efforts around the state and unable to attend.  The meeting will be rescheduled.

 

For Immediate Release                                                        

July 26, 2018

Contact:           Mona Riesterer
                        (503) 378-2431

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on August 22, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.  The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

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

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

Agenda items:

1.  Introductions

2.  Approval of May 23, 2018 Fire Policy Meeting Minutes

3.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0010 and OAR 259-009-0059; Application for Personnel Affiliation and Certification Eligibility (E-1 Form)

Presented by Kayla Ballrot

4.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-009-0062; Fire Ground Leader

Presented by Kayla Ballrot

5.  McEwen, Cheyenne DPSST #36822 – NFPA Operations Level Responder & Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2); Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District 1

Presented by Kayla Ballrot

6.  Morey, Samantha E. DPSST #18786 – Application to Instruct and Approved DPSST Course, NFPA Fire Fighter 1, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NDPA Wildland Fire Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Operator, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with Fire Pump, NFPA Apparatus Equipped with and Aerial Device, First Responder Operations, NFPA Fire Instructor I, NFPA Fire Officer I, NFPA Fire Officer II certifications for failure to meet the minimum standards for a Fire Service Professional

Presented by Kayla Ballrot

7.  Morey, David R. DPSST # 13538 – NFPA Fire Fighter I, NFPA Fire Fighter II, NFPA Driver, NFPA Wildland Fire Operator, NFPA Mobile Water Supply Operator, NFPA Pumper Operator, Fires Responder Operations, On Scene Incident Commander, Wildland Interface Fire Fighter, Wildland Interface Engine Boss, Wildland Interface Strike Team Leader, Hazardous Materials Technician, NFPA Confined Space Rescue, Basic Fire Fighter, and NFPA Fire Instructor I

Presented by Kayla Ballrot

8.  Department Update

9.  Next scheduled FPC meeting – November 28, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.   

 

Administrative Announcement

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

 

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


Wed. 08/15/18
Construction worker hit and killed in active contruction zone (Umatilla County) (Photo)
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On Tuesday August 14, 2018 at about 8:40 PM a fatal crash occurred on SR 11, milepost 16, near Athena Oregon.  The crash occurred in an active construction zone where a repaving project was occurring. 

Preliminary information shows a construction zone flagger, Tyresa Monaghan (49 ) of Kennewick, WA.  had a vehicle stopped when a silver 2005 Chrysler minivan, operated by Leman Bledsoe (76) of Milton-Freewater, side swiped the stopped vehicle and struck Monaghan.  Monaghan sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Bledsoe continued for approximately 1 mile in the construction zone, endangering numerous other workers, before stopping. 

Bledsoe was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.  He was treated and released from the hospital and taken into custody.  Bledsoe was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for DUII, Reckless Endanger Another Person x 2, Reckless Driving, Fail to perform the duties of a driver (injured person), Reckless Endanger a Highway Worker and additional charges are pending. 

Highway 11 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours.

Oregon State Police were assisted by ODOT, Umatilla County SO, Medic 400,  and East Umatilla County Fire




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Oregon State Police SWAT team arrests armed man near Rainer. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 4:05 PM
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On August 14, 2018 at approximately 4:50 PM Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to the report of a “road rage” event that occurred in the area of Hwy 30 milepost 45 near Rainer, OR.   During this event the parties were involved in a verbal altercation.  Troopers responded to an address on Wasser Rd. in Rainer to contact the owner of one of the vehicles involved.  Upon arrival they were confronted by a subject with several firearms.  That subject later identified as Richard J. Flores Jr (37) of Rainer.  Troopers took a positon of cover and secured the area.  The Oregon State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) responded to assist.  Several members of the SWAT team are trained as Crisis Negotiators (CNT).  At approximately 10:00 PM, after several hours of negotiating, Flores surrendered without incident. 

 

Flores was lodged at the Columbia County Jail on charges of Menacing, Recklessly Endangering, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct.




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UPDATE - Person of Interest - Oregon State Police investigating shooting in Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 2:46 PM
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Dillon James Gomez (photos attached) age 25 is a person of interest in the shooting of Eddie Joseph Correia Jr. If you see Gomez do not attempt to contact or detain.  Call 911 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 1:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the Cave Junction area on the report of a person that had been shot.

The victim identified as Eddie Joseph Correia Jr. (34) was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and later transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541- 776-6111 and reference case # SP 18-302404.

Investigation is continuing no further information will be released at this time.




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Oregonians urged to check paycheck withholding before year's end
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 08/15/18 2:35 PM

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Revenue is urging Oregon employees to check their wage withholding to ensure enough is held back from each paycheck to cover their 2018 Oregon income tax liability. This is particularly important for anyone who filled out the 2018 federal Form W-4 and provided it to their employer.

Recent federal changes from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act directly impact Oregon’s personal income tax, including changes to calculating withholding allowances for tax year 2018. These changes have caused a larger difference between how federal and Oregon income tax withholding is calculated. Combined with Oregon’s dependence upon the federal form to determine state withholding, these changes have created a situation where taxpayers may not be withholding enough income taxes from their wages to cover their Oregon income tax liability. This may mean that more taxpayers have a tax to pay at the end of the year, or have more tax to pay than usual, leaving them with unexpected and difficult financial burdens.

The department has a withholding calculation worksheet available that has been updated to accommodate recent federal changes. It provides taxpayers with a way to check their withholding so they can make any necessary changes—including adjusting allowance numbers and opting to withhold additional funds from upcoming paychecks—before the end of the year to hopefully reduce the amount owed when they file their 2018 returns early next year. The worksheet (OR-WW, Oregon Withholding Worksheet) is available at www.oregon.gov/dor.

Oregon wage earners who use separate Form W-4s for federal and Oregon income tax withholding will have a new option for withholding documentation in 2019 with the release of the Oregon-specific Form W-4. With this form, employees will no longer need to complete a separate federal form W-4 and write “For Oregon only” at the top to designate their amount of state withholding. It will also give Oregon more flexibility in adapting to future federal tax law changes without unnecessarily burdening employees or employers.


Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets August 17
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/18 2:30 PM

August 15, 2018

Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets August 17

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup to develop detailed recommendations to amend Oregon’s statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

Agenda:

  • Welcome, scope and introductions.
  • Discussion of draft.
  • Meeting summary and next steps.
  • Public comment period.

When: Friday, August 17, 8-10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland

Background: The purpose of this workgroup is to set a standard of care in Oregon for safe opioid prescribing for acute pain. The workgroup will develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. They will address acute opioid prescribing in primary care, emergency departments, dentistry, and after surgical procedures. The Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup [https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/SUBSTANCEUSE/OPIOIDS/Pages/task-force.aspx] will build on recommendations developed by the Oregon Health Leadership Council’s Evidenced Based Best Practice Committee, as well as acute prescribing guidelines developed in other states.

These guidelines support ongoing efforts in Oregon to address the epidemic of opioid misuse, abuse, dependency, associated hospitalizations and overdose deaths.

Specific areas that the Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup will address:

  1. Acute pain patients presenting in settings including (but not limited to) dental offices, emergency departments, primary care, urgent care, and post-surgical.
  2. Recommended treatments by medical condition (e.g., dental pain, post-surgical, acute injury).
  3. Alternative treatment options, weighing benefits and risks of opioid therapy.
  4. Starting patients on the lowest effective dose; establishing maximum number of pills and number of days prescribed.
  5. Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to monitor prescribing and dispensing.

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Drew Simpson at 971-673-1033, 711 TTY or ew.r.simpson@state.or.us">drew.r.simpson@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


CORRECTION ON AGES ---Fatal crash involving commercial motor vehicle on I-84 (Baker County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 10:55 AM
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Plasari is 53 years of age and Lako is 36 years of age.

 

On Sunday, August 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on I-84 one mile from Baker City near mile post 307.

Investigation revealed that a 2016 Ford Van, operated by Stavr Plasari (36) from Glen Ellyn, IL. was westbound on I-84 and either stopped or traveling slowly in the right hand lane. It was struck from behind by a commercial motor vehicle (semi-truck) being operated by Samuel Goedhart (30) from Twin Falls, ID.

The passenger in the Ford Van, Mitildit Lako (53) from Elmwood Park, IL, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the van. Lako sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Plasari was transported to St. Alphonsus in Baker City for injuries.

Goedhart and a juvenile male passenger in the semi truck were both transported to St. Alphonsus in Baker City with minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.




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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 38 (Douglas County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 10:52 AM
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On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 3:29 p.m. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a reported serious injury crash at Hwy 38 milepost 19. 

Initial investigation indicated a 1996 Ford Explorer, operated by Sharon McCloskey (63) from Coos Bay,  was traveling west on Hwy 38 when it swerved onto the westbound shoulder for an unknown reason.  She lost control as the vehicle traveled through a ditch and back up onto the roadway, rolling over multiple times and coming to rest on all four tires in the center of the west bound lane. 

Witnesses and first responders attempted life saving measures but McCloskey died of injuries sustained in the crash, prior to Life Flight arrival.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Two dogs were located at the scene with minor injuries and they were returned to family. A third dog is unaccounted for and most likely loose in the area, a tan chihuahua named Ladybug. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by Lower Umpqua Ambulance, ODOT, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Scottsburg Rural Fire Department and Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains.




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DPSST Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/15/18 10:46 AM

For Immediate Release      
August 13, 2018
Contact: Staci Yutzie
  503-378-2426
 
Notice of Regular Meeting
 
The Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel for Phase 2 will hold a regular meeting on August 24, 2018 from
11:00a-2:00p.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety
Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an
interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should bemade before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.   
 
Agenda Items:
 
I. Welcome
 
II. Content Draft Review
a. Legal Series- Criminal Law
b. Defensive Tactics

III. Lesson Plan Discussion  
a. Legal Series
b. Behavioral Health Series
c. Use of Force Series
d. Defensive Tactics   
e. Firearms
f. Building Searches
 
IV. Learning Outcomes
 
V. Development Tasks for September
 
VI. Conclusion
 

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

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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

 


Update Names Released: 8 people die in two vehicle crash on Hwy 78 (Harney County) (Photo)
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Update- Names released:

The operator of the 1999 Toyota 4 Runner was Mark Robert Rundell, 48-years-old, of Prairie City, Oregon.

The operator of the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner was Erika Carter Boquet, 29-years-old, of Tacoma, Washington.  Passengers of this vehicle were:

Kyla Marie Brown, 28-years-old, of Olympia, Washington;

Isabella Earlene Boquet, 11-years-old, of Tacoma, Washington;

Elisabeth Ann Boquet, 8-years-old, of Tacoma, Washington;

Tytis Michael Boquet, 6-years-old, of Tacoma Washington;

Arianna Marie Brown, 10-years-old, of Olympia, Washington;

Xavier King Johnson, 2-years-old, of Olympia, Washington.

On Monday, August 13, 2018 at approximately 10:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 78 near milepost 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1999 Toyota 4 Runner was traveling westbound on Hwy 78 when it veered into the eastbound lane and collided with a silver 2016 Toyota 4 Runner. 

The operator of the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner and the 6 passengers all sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator of the 1999 Toyota 4 Runner sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No passengers.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Police Department, Harney District Ambulance, Burns Fire Department, Range Land Fire Protection Association, and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Names and more information will be released when it is appropriate.

 

 




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Forum in Bend to focus on safety in cannabis industry
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/15/18 10:10 AM

(Salem) – Cannabis growers and extractors are invited to an unprecedented opportunity to learn from government and business leaders about safety and health in the cannabis industry as part of a two-day event in Bend next month.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the Sept. 18-19 cannabis forum – “Safety and Health in the Cannabis Industry: From Seed to Shatter” – at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes.

The cannabis forum is part of the larger Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which will tackle a range of other workplace health and safety issues.

The forum arrives as the industry surrounding cannabis – a legal agricultural commodity in Oregon – continues to evolve. It will address multiple health and safety topics, and afford participants a question-and-answer session. It will feature speakers from Oregon OSHA; the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC); Oregon Department of Agriculture; the Portland and Bend fire departments; and Oregon-based grow and extraction operations.

Topics include:

  • OLCC requirements
  • Cannabis grow operations
  • Hydrocarbon extraction
  • Carbon dioxide extraction
  • CO2 and alcohol extraction
  • Fire marshal regulations
  • Pesticide regulations
  • Ergonomic risk factors
  • Oregon OSHA consultation services

   Registration for the Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which includes the cannabis forum, is now open. The cost to attend ranges from $55 to $210. For more details about the cannabis forum – including specific presentation times and topic areas – or to register, go to https://safetyseries.cvent.com/central18.

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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, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

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.

 

 


FBI Seeking Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim  (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/18 8:00 AM
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The FBI's Portland Division is releasing the following information on behalf of the FBI's national fugitive publicity program:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 40, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

The video depicting the unidentified male, John Doe 40, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in October of 2017. 

John Doe 40 is described as a white male, likely between the ages of 30 and 40 years old. He appears to be heavyset with dark colored hair. John Doe 40 could be heard speaking English in the video. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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

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Attached Media Files: Fact Sheet on FBI Operation Rescue Me Program , Fact Sheet on FBI Endangered Child Alert Program , FBI - John Doe 40 poster , FBI - John Doe 40 sketch , FBI - John Doe 40 photo

Tue. 08/14/18
UPDATE: Conference of Local Health Officials meets remotely August 16
Oregon Health Authority - 08/14/18 3:46 PM

August 14, 2018

UPDATE: Conference of Local Health Officials meets remotely August 16

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: Includes committee appointments; draft funding principles checklist; Public Health Modernization matching funds criteria.

Agenda is subject to change. The agenda and related materials will be posted on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/about/clho-meetings/ before the meeting.

When: Thursday, August 16, 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: The August CLHO meeting is a remote meeting. There is no in-person option available to members of the public, who can attend by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8494885502979062019. Use webinar ID 627-139-779.

Background: The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or um@state.or.us">danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Driver dies when vehicle crashes into tree on Hwy 200 (Lane County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/18 3:35 PM
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On Monday, August 13, 2018, at approximately 4:35 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on SR-200 near milepost 13.5, North of Elmira in Lane County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2004 Cadillac sedan, operated by Gina Laracy, age 85, of Salem was traveling south on SR-200 with a passenger, Jeffrey Jones, age 36 of Salem, when for an unknown reason left her lane of travel and crashed head on into a tree.  The vehicles airbags failed to deploy.

Jones was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

Laracy suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased while in transport to the hospital.

OSP Troopers were assisted by Lane County Fire and ODOT Incident Response.

 




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Portland Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Armed Bank Robbery (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/14/18 12:33 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Jesse Lee Brockner, 32, of Portland, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for armed bank robbery and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Brockner will be on supervised release for three years.

According to court records, on August 30, 2017, three men burglarized a barn in Yamhill County, Oregon, stealing the victim’s vehicle. Two of the suspects fled in the moving truck and a third in the victim’s vehicle. After Yamhill County Sheriff deputies located, arrested and interviewed the two suspects who fled in the moving truck, they identified Brockner as the third suspect. During a search of the moving truck, deputies found a backpack containing approximately $4,000, drug paraphernalia, and Brockner’s driver’s license.

Later the same morning, Brockner robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Beaverton, Oregon wearing a welding mask and holding a firearm. While executing the robbery, Brockner made numerous threats of physical violence and pointed a handgun at the victim teller. A witness observed Brockner walk through a parking lot adjacent to the bank and enter a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle stolen earlier that morning from the barn in Yamhill County.

Approximately two hours later, an FBI Task Force Officer with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle on the 3900 block of SE Powell Boulevard in Portland. After confirming Brockner’s identity, multiple marked PPB patrol units responded to assist the Task Force Officer. A high risk traffic stop was attempted and led to a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended in a crash and an officer involved shooting at NE 55th Avenue between East Burnside Street and NE Couch Street in Portland. Brockner was arrested and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital to receive medical attention.           

Brockner previously pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2113(a) and (d) and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) on May 2, 2018.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Craig Gabriel, Benjamin Tolkoff and John Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Portland Man Sentenced To Home Detention, Probation For Hoax Bomb Threat On Max Train
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/14/18 11:32 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Wilfredo Reyes, 60, of Portland, was sentenced today to three years’ probation including eight months of home detention for falsely reporting a suspicious package on a TriMet MAX train.

According to court records, on June 9, 2017, Reyes called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious package with protruding wires on a MAX train in Portland. During the call, he intentionally conveyed false and misleading information that led the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications and local law enforcement to believe an explosive had been planted on the MAX train. TriMet police and more than 40 officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene. The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit rendered the device safe and concluded that it did not contain a bomb.

Surveillance cameras revealed that Reyes boarded the train with a backpack, placed it in a seat, walked to another part of the train, and then proceeded to call 9-1-1. He was interviewed by officers at the scene and initially denied being the caller. After the backpack was determined not to contain a bomb, officers found items in it with Reyes's name on them. He was arrested and admitted to owning the backpack and arranging the contents to look like a bomb.

Reyes’ conduct caused a substantial disruption to multiple law enforcement agencies and local businesses. Two business near the Hollywood/NE 42nd Avenue MAX station were evacuated. The station, several streets, and the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 were closed during the investigation.      

Reyes previously pleaded guilty to one count of conveying a hoax bomb threat in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1038(a) on April 26, 2018.

The Portland FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated this case in coordination with its first response partners Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire and Rescue and TriMet. The case was prosecuted by Hannah Horsley, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-08/6325/117032/SENTENCING-Reyes-Final.pdf

Cannabis Commission's Patient Access Subcommittee meets August 20 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/14/18 11:27 AM

August 14, 2018

Cannabis Commission's Patient Access Subcommittee meets August 20 in Portland

What: The monthly meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Access Subcommittee

Agenda:

  • Introductions.
  • Updates: survey questions and data requests; legislative landscape.
  • Finalizing subcommittee report.
  • Public comment.

When: Monday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Conference Room 1D, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Conference call line: 877-848-7030, access code 753428.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight-member panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. Along with this, they advise the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the statutes governing medical and retail cannabis.  For more information, please visit the commission's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission.

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

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

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

 


Public Lands Foundation Student Congress Comes to Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 08/14/18 10:58 AM

Portland, Ore.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Public Lands Foundation are proud to announce that the Fourth Biennial Public Lands Foundation Student Congress will be held in Baker City, Oregon from August 22 to 25, 2018. 

Every two years, the Public Lands Foundation sponsors a National Student Congress focused on public land management and natural resource issues. This year’s theme will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act. The Student Congress will also include former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts and former BLM Director Jim Caswell as featured speakers. 

Student Congress participants are recruited from colleges and universities across the country where they discuss current issues and potential solutions for future policy making.  Students from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be participating in this year’s Student Congress from a wide-ranging number of universities, including: University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, Penn State University, University of Ottawa, and the Colorado School of Mines.  All full list of this year’s student participants, along with their biographical summaries is available here:

https://publicland.org/about/biennial-student-congress/2018-2/ 

At the end of each Student Congress a report is prepared that summarizes the Student Congress and makes recommendations for future land management policy making and are presented by members of the Student Congress to the Public Lands Foundation and to BLM officials in Washington D.C.

The Public Lands Foundation is a national advocacy organization that works to keep public lands in public hands.  The Public Lands Foundation was founded in 1987 and is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Additional information about the BLM’s partnership with the Public Lands Foundation is available online at: 

https://publicland.org/
 




Attached Media Files: PLF News Release

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Travel Scams (August 14) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 08/14/18 10:00 AM
TT - Travel Scams graphic - August 14, 2018
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against travel scams.

It is that travel-filled time of year again folks. Whether you are behind the curveball and trying to squeeze in some last minute summer vacations or completely on top of it and already planning for fall and winter trips, everyone is always on the lookout for a good deal at a great price. However, scam artists know this and will try to take advantage of it as much as they can.

If you are like me, you are constantly getting calls and emails from people telling you that you are the “lucky winner” of an all-expense paid for vacation. Although the offer is tempting, don’t fall for it! How often do you hear of people actually getting their entire trip paid for by a random stranger? Not that often, because it is yet another scam with expensive strings attached. So before you book that discounted hotel room or flight reservation, be sure to keep these travel tips from our friends at the Federal Trade Commission in mind:

  • Just say no to the robocalls. If you answer your phone to another automated message, just hang up and ignore it. Most robocalls are illegal. If you get one of these unwanted calls, report it to FTC.
  • Be vigilant to unexpected emails and text messages. Similar to the automated calls, many scam artists will send you fake deals through both email and text. Remember, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is. Ignore and delete the messages.
  • Research a company before booking with them. If you do decide to use an agency that offers cheaper deals, be sure to do your research. Look up reviews and ratings to see if other customers were satisfied with the services that they received.
  • Know the cancellation policy. Before booking, take time to ask about the company’s refund policies for flight reservations, car rentals, and hotel bookings. Get these policies in writing.
  • Pay with credit card. If you have gone through all of these steps and feel good about booking with the company, use your credit card to pay. This will give you more protection than paying with cash, check, or a debit card. If you end up not getting what you paid for, this will enable you to dispute the charges with your credit card company.   

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




Attached Media Files: TT - Travel Scams audio file - August 14, 2018 , TT - Travel Scams graphic - August 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon July 2018 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 08/14/18 10:00 AM

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s June unemployment rate was 4.0 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate exactly matched Oregon’s rate in both months: 3.9 percent in July and 4.0 percent in June.

During the past two years, Oregon’s unemployment rate has been remarkably low and steady. The rate was either 4.1 percent or 4.2 percent each month stretching from January 2017 to May 2018. The most recent two months are still close to that level, but have edged down to 4.0 percent in June and 3.9 percent in July.

Oregon’s economy is growing faster than previously thought. Payroll employment figures covering the spring and early summer show bigger job gains than the numbers released four weeks ago indicated. In July, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,400 jobs, following a revised over-the-month gain of 6,600 jobs in June.

Monthly job gains in July were concentrated in retail trade (+1,900 jobs), construction (+1,700), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only major industry performing below seasonal expectations was government, which cut 2,200 jobs.

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 45,300 jobs, or 2.4 percent, since July 2017. This growth was substantially more rapid than was previously indicated in the jobs estimates released last month. Oregon’s gains over the past 12 months were largest, by far, in construction, which added 11,000 jobs, expanding by 11.2 percent. Over the year, several other major industries each added more than 6,000 jobs, while growing faster than 3 percent: leisure and hospitality (+8,100 jobs, or 3.9%); manufacturing (+6,300 jobs, or 3.3%); professional and business services (+7,900 jobs, or 3.2%); and health care and social assistance (+7,600 jobs, or 3.2%). Some industries remained close to their year-ago job totals, including information (+200 jobs, or 0.6%); retail trade (+600 jobs, or 0.3%); government (-800 jobs, or -0.3%); and wholesale trade (-600 jobs, or  0.8%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, August 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 18th. 

 
Notes: 
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February and March 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

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

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

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




Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon July 2018 News Release

Oregon Agencies Join Forces to Help Prevent Forest Fires (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/14/18 9:28 AM
Cigarette butts can smolder for hours before touching off a fire. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green)
Cigarette butts can smolder for hours before touching off a fire. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green)
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Salem, OR – August 14, 2018 – To prevent further forest fires while supporting areas affected by summer blazes, Oregon Office of Emergency Management is teaming up with other state agencies to raise awareness of fire prevention.  

Human caused wildfires burned 228,000 acres in 2017. The Oregon Department of Forestry has responded to 30 human-caused fires in the past week alone; one burned over 20,000 acres. Causes include vehicles (faulty exhaust systems, overheating), illegal abandoned campfires, target shooting, and illegal debris burning.  

“Eliminating human-caused wildfires helps all Oregonians,” said Peter Daugherty, State Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry.  “Preventing even one wildfire allows firefighting resources to concentrate on the lightning-caused wildfires we can’t prevent, and minimizes public and firefighter risk.”

The bottom line, says Daugherty, is to use utmost care on a daily basis to prevent adding new fires to the landscape, especially during extreme conditions with a long way to go before the end of fire season. 

OEM has compiled these tips, gleaned from fire-response agencies, to mitigate human-caused wildfires:

  • Mow before 10 a.m., but never when it’s windy or excessively dry.
  • Lawn mowers are designed to cut lawns, not weeks or dry grass. Metal blades striking rocks can create sparks and start fires
  • Check Keep Oregon Green for current conditions and restrictions in your area, and always keep fire-fighting tools on hand.
  • Wildfires sparked along roadways may be caused by traveling motorists
    • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.
    • Maintain proper tire pressure; riving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks.
    • Properly maintain brakes; brakes worn too think may cause metal-to-metal contact which can cause a spark.
    • Practice safe towing. Check for dragging chains, use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains.
    • Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush; hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires you won’t even see until it’s too late.
    • Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it.
  • Maintain a defensible space around your home
  • Remove dead trees to reduce wildfire risk

“Preventing wildfires is every Oregonian’s responsibility, and there has rarely been a more critical time to do your best to keep wildfire from occurring,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “Common everyday activities such as mowing the lawn or pulling your vehicle off to the side of the road may start a wildfire in these dry conditions.”

This year, wildland fires have had significant impact on many rural communities, as well as local businesses who rely on welcoming and serving vacationing Oregonians and guests from around the world during Oregon's summer season.

As the fires and smoke subside, all Oregonians can support local businesses by visiting fire-impacted areas for vacations this year,” said Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson. “Not only will we have the world-class experiences we cherish, we'll have the added pleasure of knowing we're supporting the recovery of our fellow Oregonians.” 

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Attached Media Files: Cigarette butts can smolder for hours before touching off a fire. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green) , Recognize the fire risk of recreational shooting under hot, dry weather conditions. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green) , Cars, motorcycles and ATVs can easily cast sparks or overheat - especially if they are older or not maintained. (Graphics courtesy Keep Oregon Green) , Drown the campfire, stir the ashes and drown it again. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green

Mon. 08/13/18
Bend area resident arrested for multiple criminal charges after fleeing the site of reckless burning near Lava Land Visitor Center. (Deschutes County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 10:49 PM
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On Monday August 13, 2018 at about 2:30pm, the U.S. Forest Service investigated an illegal burn at a primitive campsite located in the Deschutes National Forest off of Forest Service Road 9702, (Benham Falls Road), near the Lava Lands Visitor Center.  The burn site was estimated at ¼ acre and evidence of drug use was located at the scene.  A suspect was contacted by a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) and the suspect initially gave a false name and fled the scene shortly after in a teal 1993 Ford Escort Wagon.  The U.S. Forest Service LEO was able to capture the vehicle plate and disseminate that information to local area partner agencies.

Oregon State Police Troopers and Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office began an area search for the outstanding suspects involved in this incident.  At about 4:00pm, the Deschutes County 911 Center received a report of a rolling domestic disturbance near 3rd Street and NE Franklin Avenue in Bend.  The vehicle reported matched the teal Ford Escort from the previous reckless burning incident.  Officers from Bend Police Department and OSP located and stopped the Ford Escort. 

The male driver, later identified as 43 year old Bend resident Benjamin Noah Osborn, was positively identified as the suspect.  Osborn and his female passenger, identified as 28 year old Redding California resident, Kaleigh Thompson were both transported to a Bend area hospital for evaluation for concerns of drug use. 

Osborn was later lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of DUII – Controlled Substance; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Heroin; Giving False Information to Police; Fail to Register as a Sex Offender; and Fugitive from Justice on an Outstanding Arrest Warrant issued from California.  Citations were also issued by the U.S. Forest Service for Illegal Burning and Giving False Information to Police. 

The Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service and all First Responders urge the public to use extreme caution during the fire restriction season to prevent risk to life and public and private property damage.




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Oregon Disabilities Commission's Executive Committee meets August 21
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/13/18 5:32 PM

(Salem, Ore.) — The executive committee of the Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular ODC business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business topics, next meeting agenda ideas and other topics.

Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400, 4891017.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

 

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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Recreational use health advisory for Lower Willamette River updated to include only Ross Island Lagoon
Oregon Health Authority - 08/13/18 4:34 PM

August 13, 2018

Recreational use health advisory for Lower Willamette River updated to include only Ross Island Lagoon

Advisory updated based on toxin testing results

The Oregon Health Authority updated a recreational use health advisory today for the Lower Willamette River to only include Ross Island Lagoon.

Ross Island Lagoon is located about a mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County. The area of concern includes the downtown reach of the Willamette River.

Toxin test results from samples collected by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Thursday, Aug. 9, show elevated toxins in Ross Island Lagoon but not in areas outside the lagoon where the bloom is more dispersed. No toxins were detected outside the lagoon.

OHA first issued a health advisory for the Ross Island Lagoon Aug. 3 and lifted it Aug. 7 after tests showed toxin levels were below recreational advisory levels. The advisory was re-issued and expanded downstream to Cathedral Park on August 11. Today’s update restricts the area under advisory to Ross Island Lagoon.

While the bloom is visible in other areas of the river, it does not appear to be producing toxins at levels that threaten human health outside Ross Island Lagoon.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in Ross Island Lagoon. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the affected area.

Because of dogs’ special sensitivity to cyanotoxins, OHA advises dog owners to keep their pets out of the water in any area with visible bloom regardless of whether an advisory is in effect.

Drinking water directly from Ross Island Lagoon at this time is especially dangerous. OHA public health officials advise recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

This portion of the Willamette River is not a source of drinking water for a public water system, but if people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

OHA public health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where cyanobacteria blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as cyanotoxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Ross Island Lagoon 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.

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including 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. People who bring their pets to the Lower Willamette River for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the river.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested or inhaled, people are encouraged to visit Ross Island Lagoon and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0440.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “algae bloom advisories” or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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UPDATE - NAME RELEASED - Single vehicle fatality Hwy 36 near Junction City ( Lane County)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 12:58 PM

The deceased has been identified as James Allen Guse, age 82 of Eugene.

On August 11, 2018 at approximately 9:52 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 36 near mp 51 (near the Hwy 36 / Hwy 99 Intersection)

Preliminary investigation reveals that the vehicle slowly drifted off the road and crashed into a concrete bridge pillar.  After crashing in the bridge the vehicle caught on fire.

The driver of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No other occupants in the vehicle.  Name will be released at a later time.

OSP was assisted by the Junction City Police Department, Lane County Fire and the ODOT.


Folding Laundry and Winning $66,000 Playing Keno (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 08/13/18 9:07 AM
Enola Dick of Pendleton won more than $66,000 playing Keno
Enola Dick of Pendleton won more than $66,000 playing Keno
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August 13, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Some people find a few bucks in change when they do laundry, but Enola Dick of Pendleton, found $66,576.

Dick said she purchased the ticket at Cadillac Jack’s Saloon and Grill in Pendleton and then went home to do her laundry.

“I couldn’t watch the Keno game because I needed to get my laundry done,” she said. “After I was done I looked up my numbers and I thought I had won maybe $30,000 or $40,000, I had no idea it was $66,000. It definitely paid off doing the laundry!”

Dick originally drove to the Wilsonville Payment Center to claim her prize, but since it was more than the $50,000 limit the center can payout, she had to go to Salem. She didn’t mind though, because she got the shock of it being a large jackpot prize.

Dick purchased a Special Keno 8-Spot ticket. She not only won the higher Special Keno prize of $25,000 by matching all eight numbers, but also won the Keno rolling jackpot of $41,576. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow.

Dick said she had plans to go to Hawaii, but hadn’t finalized anything, waiting for the right moment.

“I guess the right moment came up sooner than I thought,” she said. “I may wait for the hurricane to pass. I want to go over and see some friends I have over there.”

In the short term, Dick said she was going to have a glass of Champagne.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Umatilla County, where Dick lives and played at Cadillac Jacks, more than $16 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. In 2017, more than $697 million in Oregon Lottery funds were transferred to the Oregon Legislature. That is the state’s second largest source of discretionary funding after personal income tax.

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

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




Attached Media Files: Enola Dick of Pendleton won more than $66,000 playing Keno

Single vehicle (motorcycle) crash Hwy 20 (Linn County)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 7:16 AM

On Sunday August 12, 2018 at approximately 11:34 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 34.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2002 Kawasaki ZX6, operated by Victoria Hotson, age 56, of Dallas, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 when for unknown reasons the Kawasaki veered off the road and struck the westbound guardrail.

Hotson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Hwy 20 westbound lane at milepost 34 was closed for three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire and ODOT.

 

  


One person dies in head on crash on Hwy 95 (Malheur County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 6:54 AM
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On Saturday, August 11, 2018 at approximately 2:45 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 97.

Investigation reveals that a white 2005 Ford Focus, operated by Jaila Aguilera-Pinder (19) from Las Vegas, NV. was northbound on Hwy 95. Aguilera-Pinder was attempting to pass a commercial motor vehicle in a no passing zone when it struck a southbound 2014 Ford Escape, operated by Victor Dunkelberger (33) from Rocklin, CA. The two vehicles collided head on at highway speeds.

Dunkelberger sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were two passengers in the Ford Escape, Ayna Anderson (27) from Rocklin, CA - transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise), a juvenile passenger was transported by ground to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Aguilera-Pinder and her passenger, Keilin Alfonso-Vaquero (25) from Las Vegas, NV, were both transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

OSP was assisted by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Life light, Jordan Valley Ambulance, ODOT, and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (NV).

OSP collision reconstructionist are continuing the investigation.




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