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07/31/15
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Friday, July 31, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Friday, July 31, 2015.

Fire Prevention: Fire danger remains extreme throughout Oregon, with high temperatures and low humidity in many areas continuing over the next several days and possible lightning predicted in southern, central, and eastern Oregon this evening and into the weekend. Oregon's State Forester and State Fire Marshal continue to ask for the public's help in preventing human-caused wildfires: reduce (or cancel) fire-prone activities - even if they are still allowed, know the fire restrictions in place where you will be working and recreating - realizing that many agencies and locations have increased those restrictions over the past couple of days, and, should a fire occur close to your home or community, be prepared in case you need to evacuate. Find out more at http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/newsroom/newsreleases/2015/NR1532.aspx.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire yesterday morning, July 30. The fire, burning on ODF-protected private and public forestlands six miles east of Glide, showed minimal growth overnight, and is estimated this morning at approximately 830 acres and 15 percent contained. Private forestland owners have closed their forestlands to the public and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also implemented a fire area closure. While no homes are currently threatened, a precautionary-only Level I (GET READY) evacuation notice has been put in place for some residents in the area should the need arise to leave. Highway 138 is being managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area. Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing Fire:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Stouts Fire was reported on Thursday afternoon, July 30, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo. By mid-evening, the fire was estimated at 3,000 acres. Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 has been dispatched and assumed command of this fire today, July 31. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 2 (GET SET) and Level 3 (GO) evacuation notices for homes in the area, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act this morning, allowing additional structural resources to be deployed to protect homes, and resources have subsequently been dispatched by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.

Fire information for the Stouts Fire:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglasfpa


FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 194 fires burned 2474 acres
Human-caused fires: 439 fires burned 921 acres
Total: 633 fires burned 3395 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 123 fires burned 16,355 acres
Human-caused fires: 334 fires burned 2653 acres
Total: 457 fires burned 19,007 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 10 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Cable Crossing Fire Morning Update
July 31, 2015

The Cable Crossing Fire showed minimal growth overnight and is still estimated at about 830 acres this morning. The fire containment is estimated at 15 percent.

The fire is burning on private and public lands in the heart of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor six miles east of Glide. While private landowners have closed their holdings to the public, Bureau of Land Management has also imposed a fire area closure. Forest roads remain closed in and around the fire area. In addition, Industrial Fire Precaution Level IV is in effect throughout the Douglas District that prohibits forest operations due to extreme fire danger. Public use restrictions, such campfires, mowing of dry grass and off-road driving have also been tightened.

Pushed by afternoon winds out of the north, the fire continues to test containment lines on the south end of the fire. While no homes are currently threatened, a Level I evacuation notice has been put in place prompting some residents to be ready should the need arises to leave. The notice is only precautionary at this time.

Fire danger remains extreme with temperatures expected to rise over 100 degrees over the next several days and lightning predicted for the weekend. Conditions have taken their toll with several heat related injuries to firefighters.

Current resources on the fire include seven engines, 28 hand crews, five helicopters and six retardant dropping air tankers.

Highway 138 is being managed by ODOT with a pilot car to escort traffic through the fire area.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

Fire At A Glance

Size: 830 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 15%
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 1 - Type 1; 27 - Type 2
Air Tankers: 3 Tankers; 3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 2 - Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 3 - Type 2 (Med Lift)
Engines: 5
Dozers: 4
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 4
Total personnel: 785
Estimated Cost to Date: $800,000
For More Information:
541-496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.oregon.gov/odf
Stouts Fire Morning Update - Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 8 a.m.PDT
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/31/15
Douglas Forest Protective Association

1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-31-15

CONTACT: Kyle Reed FAX: (541) 440-3424
OFFICE: (541) 672-6507 X 136 CELL: (541) 817-7186 E-MAIL: kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Stouts Fire: Morning Update

The Stouts fire actively burned late into the night, moving in a southeast direction from the point of origin before laying down in the early morning hours. Firefighters assigned to the fire last night focused their efforts on opening access roads to the fire and anchoring into the heel of the fire to being constructing fire line. Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene of the Stouts Fire today and will continue working where night shift left off. Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today as hot, dry weather is once again forecasted for the area. Due to predicted weather conditions, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Umpqua Basin. The fire is currently estimated at 6,000 acres and the cause of fire is currently under investigation.

Last night, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road. A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire this morning and has been briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association. ODF IMT 1 is scheduled to assume command of the fire later this morning. The Incident Command Post for the Stouts Fire will be located at Days Creek Charter School.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/

Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA's social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Kyle Reed
Fire Prevention Specialist
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Office: (541) 672-6507 ext. 136
Cell: (541) 817-7186
www.dfpa.net
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
07/30/15
Stouts Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 11 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/15
Douglas Forest Protective Association

1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-30-2015

CONTACT: Kyle Reed FAX: (541) 440-3424
OFFICE: (541) 672-6507 X 136 CELL: (541) 817-7186 E-MAIL: kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Stouts Fire Update

The Stouts Fire, located approximately 11 miles east of Canyonville near the community of Milo was reported Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fast moving fire already several acres in size. Hot, windy conditions combined with very dry fuels caused the fire to grow extremely fast and sparked numerous spot fires in front of the main fire. The intensity of the main fire, combined with the numerous spot fires in front of itself, caused the Stouts Fire to "blow up," going from several hundred acres to approximately 6,000 acres in a matter of hours.

Several homes in the area were threatened by the fire, however no homes have been burned. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Red Cross Shelter was opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, located at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (ODF IMT 1) has been ordered for the Stouts Fire and will assume command of the fire tomorrow after being briefed by the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

An Inciweb site has been created for the Stouts Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4426/

Information about the Stouts Fire will also be posted to DFPA's social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglasfpa

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Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 10 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/15
Below is this evening's news release on the Cable Crossing Fire from Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3. Also, a closure for the fire area is posted on the fire's Inciweb site. The direct link to open that closure notice is:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/OR73S/2015-07-29-2320-Cable-Crossing-Fire/related_files/pict20150631-002020-0.pdf .

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INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER

Fire Information: (541) 496-0902
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015

CABLE CROSSING FIRE EVENING UPDATE
Fire Crews Beat Back the Heat and the Flames

Firefighters are working round the clock under extreme fire behavior conditions to stay ahead of the Cable Crossing Fire. Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, that brings high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, the fire has grown to 830 acres. Containment is estimated at 15 percent.

Supported by a host of helicopters, retardant dropping air tankers, bulldozers and engines, fire crews made considerable progress under extreme temperatures. Objectives were accomplished by holding established containment lines on the north and west end of the fire. With the fire pushing to the south and east, crews kept up with spot fires before they could gain any momentum. The day shift set a nice table for crews working through the night when the fire activity is expected to subside under cooler conditions. The Red Flag Warning is predicted to stay in place through the weekend with a chance of thunderstorms arriving Friday.

Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the Cable Crossing Fire Thursday afternoon in an effort to bring in additional resources from around the region and provide needed relief to local fire crews.

Cooperating agencies and landowners on the fire include Douglas Forest Protective Association, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lone Rock Timber Company, Seneca Jones Timber Company, Forest Investments Associates, Roseburg Forest Products, ODOT, PP&L, and several local firefighters and forest workers.

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Thursday, July 30, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/30/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): Overnight, fire crews worked to build fire trails around the east side of the Cable Crossing Fire where it escaped containment lines yesterday afternoon. As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 600 acres. Approximately 500 firefighters will be on scene of the fire today. No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been issued. The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) was dispatched and arrived at the Cable Crossing Fire this morning, and received their fire briefing from the DFPA. The IMT will assume command of the fire at 10:00 a.m. today. The Incident Command post for the Cable Crossing Fire will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

Fire information for the Cable Crossing incident can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4424/
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 192 fires burned 2472 acres
Human-caused fires: 432 fires burned 920 acres
Total: 624 fires burned 3392 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 120 fires burned 16,344 acres
Human-caused fires: 328 fires burned 2642 acres
Total: 448 fires burned 18,986 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Oregon's Adjutant General, Daniel R. Hokanson, appointed as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command/Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/30/15
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SALEM, Oregon--Oregon National Guard Major General Daniel R. Hokanson has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Hokanson is currently serving as The Adjutant General, Oregon. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will select and appoint a new Adjutant General as Hokanson transitions to NORTHCOM and NORAD.

In his new role, Hokanson will help lead the command in anticipating, preparing and responding to threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories and interests within the assigned area of responsibility to include Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas, as directed by the President or Secretary of Defense. He will also provide defense support to civil authorities including consequence management operations.

"I am truly humbled by today's announcement", Hokanson said. "It will be an honor to continue serving our great Nation in such an important capacity."

Hokanson has served as The Adjutant General since 2013. Highlights of his tenure include the overseas deployment of over 1400 service members, development and implementation of the Cascadia Playbook, restructuring of the Military Department, and implementing a strategic planning system to posture it for the future. The Cascadia Playbook, recognized at the national level, is one of the first "Playbooks" to coordinate and synchronize efforts in response to a major disaster; specifically Oregon's response to a Cascadia Fault event.

"My family and I will miss being part of the Oregon Military Department family," Hokanson added. "Over the past 20 years I have had the honor to serve alongside some of our Nation's greatest Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians; and under the command of three Oregon Governors. It has been incredible to be part of this great organization and all it has accomplished. I look forward to following your future accomplishments and will never forget my military heritage and what it means to be an Oregon Guardsman."

Major General Hokanson's biographical information can be found at the following link: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2295

A description of NORTHCOM's mission can be found at the following link: http://www.northcom.mil/AboutUSNORTHCOM.aspx


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MEDIA ALERT - Families Encouraged to Register for 155 New, Free Preschool Openings
ESD 123 - 07/30/15
PASCO, WA - The Early Learning Department of Educational Service District 123 is expanding its Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) to an additional 155 local children. This month, the ESD was awarded a $1,136,305 grant from the Department of Early Learning to expand the ESD's ECEAP preschool program in five school districts. This translates to 155 high quality preschool openings for 3 and 4 year olds in low income families.

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a "whole child," comprehensive, family-focused preschool program that provides FREE services and support to eligible children and their families. ECEAP prioritizes families who are at or below 110% of the federal poverty level (see attached chart). The goal of ECEAP is to help ensure all Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

ESD Early Learning Director, Samantha Bowen, is proud to partner with local school systems within these underserved communities. "In an effort to support the wonderful work taking place in the K-12 system, the Early Learning Department at ESD 123 looks for meaningful ways to expand and provide more direct services to families," Bowen states. "We are delighted for this opportunity to work closely with our partnering school districts to extend high quality preschool to families throughout the region."

Just last year, the ESD received initial grant funding to begin building the ECEAP program and assist the underserved communities of Finley, North Franklin, Columbia, and Pasco School Districts with an initial 110 preschool slots. The 2015 funds add 155 part-day preschool slots across Finley, North Franklin, Pasco, Prescott, and Othello School Districts.

For more information, contact Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org. Eligibility requirements and applications are available at the ESD 123 office in Pasco, online at www.esd123.org/eceap, or by calling 509.544.5754 (English) or 509.544.5742 (Spanish).

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


Attached Media Files: ECEAP Income Guidelines
07/29/15
Cable Crossing Fire Update - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 8:30 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
Douglas Forest Protective Association

1758 N.E. Airport Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
www.dfpa.net
www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA
www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7-29-2015

CONTACT: Kyle Reed FAX: (541) 440-3424
OFFICE: (541) 672-6507 X 136 CELL: (541) 817-7186 E-MAIL: kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Cable Crossing Fire Update

The Cable Crossing Fire, located 5 miles east of Glide near Highway 138 East, mile post 23 jumped containment lines today at approximately 5:00 p.m. As aviation and ground resources moved to attack the new spot fire, a wind shift caused the fire to quickly grow out of control. At this time, the fire is estimated at 500 acres and is moving in a southeast direction. Currently, no homes are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (Incident Commander Smith) has been called in to manage the Cable Crossing incident. ODF IMT 3 will arrive on the Cable Crossing Fire tomorrow morning and assume command at 10:00 a.m. The Incident Command Post will be established at the French Creek Ranch near Glide.

For continued updates on the Cable Crossing Fire, visit www.dfpa.net or follow DFPA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.


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Update: Health advisory on Upper Klamath and Agency lakes extended downstream to Keno Dam July 29 (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/29/15
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July 29, 2015

High toxin levels found in Klamath County water bodies

The health advisory issued July 28 for Upper Klamath and Agency lakes is being extended downstream to Keno Dam. An additional sample collected from the Link River just before it enters Lake Ewauna at the north end contained toxins at levels that could be harmful to health.

The advisory issued July 28 now includes Upper Klamath and Agency lakes, the Link River downstream to Lake Ewauna and the Klamath River downstream to Keno Dam. The original advisory was due to toxins at levels that could pose a risk to human health in Upper Klamath Lake, located just north of Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County.

Continuous cold water conditions in Pelican Bay have prevented blue-green algae from growing there, so Pelican Bay is not included in this advisory.

Routine water monitoring by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and United States Bureau of Reclamation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae toxins. These toxins, called cyanotoxins, are present at concentrations that can be harmful to humans and animals.

In areas covered by the advisory, swallowing or inhaling water droplets should be avoided. Drinking water directly from areas under an advisory is especially dangerous. Skin contact with the algae can also cause rashes in individuals with sensitive skin.

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

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from areas under advisory 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 symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting also should receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

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

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

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Smart, simple energy-saving tips to beat the heat (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/29/15
Here are smart, simple actions you can take to stay cool and save energy during the heat.
Here are smart, simple actions you can take to stay cool and save energy during the heat.
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Portland, Ore. - As summer temperatures heat up again, the Bonneville Power Administration is sharing simple tips that can help consumers stay cool and save energy.

"There are a lot of easy things folks can do to stay cool and not get hit with a big electric bill," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for BPA.

Since 1980, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped homeowners, businesses, industrial facilities, farmers and irrigators collectively save about 1,500 average megawatts of electricity or about $955 million on their electric bills.

These 10 tried-and-true tips can help you trim your energy use this summer.

1. Circulate. If you don't have air conditioning, use portable or ceiling fans to move air throughout your home. Even a mild breeze can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler.
2. Ventilate. In the morning or evening, open a window high on the cool side of your house and another one low on the opposite side to promote natural cross-ventilation.
3. Set and save. If you have A/C, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. For every degree above 75, you can save about 5 percent on your bill. And a programmable thermostat helps you avoid unnecessary cooling costs while you're away.
4. Clean. A new or clean air filter can reduce your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent and help it operate more safely and efficiently.
5. Clear. Make sure your air vents aren't blocked by furniture or other items.
6. Block the sun. Use shades, curtains and window coverings to create an extra layer of insulation. According to the Department of Energy, medium-colored draperies can reduce heat gain by 33 percent and reflective blinds can reduce it by about 45 percent.
7. Power down. Turn off heat-generating devices, such as TVs, computers, stereos and lamps when you're not using them. And only wash full loads of dishes and clothes.
8. Fire it up. Avoid using your oven on hot days. Grill outside, cook on the stovetop or use your microwave oven instead. (Always check for local fire restrictions.)
9. Swap your bulbs. Changing your bulbs can reduce lighting-related heat. A standard 100-watt light bulb produces 10 percent light and 90 percent heat, but new compact fluorescents or LEDs are much cooler and cheaper to operate.
10. Look for Energy Star. If you're purchasing an air conditioner, fan or appliance, choose an Energy Star-certified model that uses less energy and is cheaper to use.

Here are a few more tips from BPA's utility customers throughout the region.

The City of Ashland, Ore., encourages night flushing. By opening windows and other vents at night, you can flush out the mass of warm air that builds up during the day. The Eugene Water & Electric Board (Ore.) shares cooling tips with its customers and reminds those keeping their windows open at night to take precautions to ensure security.

If you have a central system, Clark Public Utilities, an electric and water utility that serves the Vancouver area, recommends running the fan to circulate air, especially in the early morning and evening when the outside air is cooler.

Flathead Electric in northwest Montana reminds ceiling fan owners to adjust the rotation so it's blowing downward (as opposed to upward when you want circulate heat in colder months). You can also check out Flathead's 26 Great Energy Habits to Adopt at www.flatheadelectric.com/energy/energy.html.

Have you looked in your attic lately? That's one of the questions Franklin PUD asks its Pasco-area customers in Washington. Without adequate ventilation, attic temperatures can exceed 140 degrees. And if you can see the wood rafters, you probably don't have enough insulation.

Consumers Power Inc., an Oregon electric cooperative serving Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk counties, encourages its members to call them first for energy-saving advice.

"Sometimes little things like sealing up cracks and leaky doors and windows can make a huge difference. Other times we point our members to a ductless heat pump, which can keep them cool in summer and warm in winter," said Thomas Elzinga, energy services manager at Consumers Power.

Central Electric Co-op, which serves seven counties in central and eastern Oregon, suggests planting trees on the south- and west-facing sides of your house to diffuse the hot sun before it hits your home. One of Salem Electric's energy-saving ideas is to plant trees or shrubs around your air conditioner since a shaded unit uses less electricity.

Washington's Benton PUD encourages its Kennewick-area customers to help one another. Through its Helping Hands program, customers can donate to their low-income neighbors faced with high bills this summer.

The Department of Energy also offers energy-saving tips at www.energy.gov/energysaver.

To learn more about energy-saving upgrades, improvements and incentives, contact your local electric utility.


Attached Media Files: Here are smart, simple actions you can take to stay cool and save energy during the heat.
Fire protection agencies seek public cooperation
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
High temperatures and threat of lightning forecasted

As the heat returns to the region this week, fire managers are once again spreading the word of caution in efforts to prevent human-caused fires. Fire weather meteorologists are anticipating temperatures in the high 90's and low 100's midweek with a chance of lightning in southern and eastern Oregon arriving Friday. A Red Flag Warning is also in effect for much of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon calling for hot and dry unstable conditions combined with low fuel moisture levels.

As fire season hits full stride, the chances of fires starting and spreading rapidly are of grave concern.

"We're looking at a formidable fire weather forecast," said Oregon State Forester Doug Decker. "The benefit of any recent moisture we've received has now evaporated, and we're looking straight at record-breaking temperatures, extremely low humidities, and dry lightning: the trifecta of bad wildfire conditions."

"This is the time for all Oregonians and visitors to be extremely aware of fire danger. One wrong move with power equipment, a cigarette, or any open flame can spell trouble."

Homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts alike can contribute to the fire prevention campaign by reducing fire prone activities. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds on public lands and prohibited entirely on all private lands under ODF's protection. Outdoor debris burning also remains prohibited throughout much of the state. While logging activity is being curtailed under these extreme conditions, many large industrial landowners have also closed their gates to public access in efforts to reduce possible ignitions from off-road driving, target shooting, smoking and campfires; all of which are illegal during fire season.

Should a fire occur close to communities, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging homeowners to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary. "A serious wildfire can come up in a moment's notice, so residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home, Walker said. "Make sure to put together a "Go Kit" and make a plan where your family will go and how you will stay in contact." Find out more at www.wildlandfirersg.org .

To date, 621 fires have burned 3,393 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and forest protective associations. Of these, 429 have been caused by people. ODF protects about 16 million acres of private and public forest and grazing land from wildfire in Oregon.
***Update*** Statewide Investigation Into Suspicious Mail Received At Government Buildings
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/29/15
On July 27, 2015 multiple government offices received suspicious letters which drew concern they may be contaminated with hazardous materials.

Hazardous material teams responded to these locations as well as investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies. Preliminary testing from the hazardous material teams could not detect any harmful substances.

On July 28, investigators identified Lance T STORM, age 34, of Eugene, as a person of interest. He was located and interviewed regard this investigation. STORM was very forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters he mailed. STORM told investigators the communications were not intended to cause alarm and he denied the inclusion of harmful substances.

STORM did not appear to present any violent or dangerous behavior and was not perceived as a threat to the community. He was released and the reports containing detailed information obtained during the investigation involving will be forwarded to several district attorney offices for consideration of charges.

The following counties where letters are known to be received were Grant, Harney, Umatilla, Klamath, Lake, Grant, Jackson, Wasco, Marion, Polk, Lane, Sherman, Tillamook, Gilliam, Columbia, Linn, Jefferson, Wheeler, Union, Douglas, Baker, Yamhill, Wallowa and Coos.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the FBI, US Postal Service, The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and law enforcement agencies from counties where the letters were received.
End Update

Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police and multiple partners are conducting a statewide investigation after multiple government offices around the state received suspicious mail, some with an unknown substance.

Hazardous Materials Teams and investigators have responded to these reports. This is a preliminary release and more information will be released when it is available.

As a reminder people receiving suspicious packages or mail should be cautious of mail that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure parcel, misspelled words, misspelled title with name, incorrect or title only, strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, crystallization on packaging.
FWD: Update @ 10:10 a.m. - Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/29/15
NOTE: CABLE CROSSING FIRE SIZE UPDATE @ 10:10 a.m.:
The Cable Creek Fire, located near Highway 138 East, mile post 23, is now estimated at 270 acres. The increase in fire size IS NOT due to additional fire growth. Smokey conditions near the fire area last night made it difficult for observation aircraft to get an accurate size. This morning, smoke near the fire has dispersed enough to get a better look at the fire; however, this is still an estimated size and that it may be several days before firefighters get an accurate GPS reading. In addition to a more accurate size-up, the observation aircraft on the Cable Creek Fire located one small spot fire this morning, less than 1/4 acre in size and located about 1/4 mile south of the main fire. Air and ground resources are currently on the scene and are making good progress on it.



This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA): The Cable Crossing Fire was reported on Thursday afternoon, July 28, burning east of Glide near Highway 138 East, MP 23. Spot fires were also detected across the highway and the North Umpqua River. Firefighters made good progress overnight on the fire, with crews able to complete fire trail around about 90 percent of the fire last night despite fairly active fire behavior due to dry forest fuels and strong winds. This morning, the fire is estimated as 10 percent contained, at approximately 150 acres. Today, firefighters will work to complete fire trail and install hose lays around the fire. Firefighting resources assigned to the Cable Crossing Fire today include aviation resources (helicopters and fixed wing observation aircraft, as well as single engine air tankers available if needed) and ground resources including approximately 180 firefighters.

Safety for firefighters and the general public remains the number one priority. Due to heavy fire traffic in the area, along with hazard trees which need to be removed near the fire along Highway 138 East, ODOT still has the highway closed near the fire area. Fire crews are working with ODOT to minimize the hazards along the highway before it is reopened for non-fire traffic. For more information about the Highway 138 East closure, visit www.tripcheck.com.

The latest information on this fire is available from DFPA at www.dfpa.net, www.twitter.com/DouglasFPA, and/or www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 192 fires burned 2472 acres
Human-caused fires: 429 fires burned 920 acres
Total: 621 fires burned 3392 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 116 fires burned 13747 acres
Human-caused fires: 322 fires burned 2634 acres
Total: 438 fires burned 16,381 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office) or 503-931-2721 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
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Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

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Agency Web Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Office: 503-945-7201
Cell: 503-931-2721
Jeri.Chase@oregon.gov
07/28/15
Fatal Single Vehicle Crash Investigation - Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/28/15
On July 28, 2015, at about 11:16 a.m., the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center received a report of a vehicle that ran off the roadway and down a ditch on Hwy 395 near milepost 36B (near Ukiah). Troopers from the Pendleton Office of the Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, and The Pendleton Police Department responded to the scene.

Officers found the lone 79 year old male occupant of the vehicle had been ejected during the crash and was deceased. The vehicle had traveled approximately 200 yards down a draw and rolled before coming to a rest.

Members of the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue , Pendleton Fire and The Department of Forestry worked together in order to remove the deceased driver from the scene. At this time there is no evidence to suggest that speed or intoxicant impairment were factors in the crash.

The identity of the deceased driver who is from out of State will be released on Wednesday to allow for the notification of next of kin.
KBSD Board workshop 7/29/15 at 5:00 PM in the board room
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 07/28/15
The Ki-Be School Board will meet for a workshop to review the 1000 policy series on 7/29/15 at 5:00PM in the Board room.
Health advisory issued July 28 for Upper Klamath and Agency lakes (excluding Pelican Bay) (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/15
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July 28, 2015

High toxin levels found in Klamath County water bodies

A health advisory is being issued today due to toxins at levels that could pose a risk to human health in Upper Klamath Lake and Agency Lake, located just north of Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County.

Continuous cold water conditions in Pelican Bay have prevented blue-green algae from growing there, so Pelican Bay is not included in this advisory.

Routine water monitoring by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae toxins. These toxins, called cyanotoxins, are present at concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

In areas covered by the advisory, swallowing or inhaling water droplets should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes is especially dangerous. Skin contact with the algae can also cause rashes in individuals with sensitive skin.

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

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

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Upper Klamath or Agency lakes 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 symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

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

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

For local information, contact Sara Eldridge with the USGS at 541-273-8689 extension 203. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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DEA Announces 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back
DEA Seattle - 07/28/15
July 28 - (Seattle, WA) - DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm local time. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.
"Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat," Rosenberg said. "Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse."


When the results of the last nine Take Back Days (2010-2014) to date are combined, residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska have turned in 234,537 pounds (117.2 tons) of prescription medications.



The following are the combined results of all nine events broken down by state:
Washington -108,399 pounds (54.2 tons) removed from circulation.

Idaho - 36,364 pounds (18.2) removed from circulation.

Oregon - 69,359 pounds (34.6 tons) removed from circulation.

Alaska - 20,415 pounds (10.2 tons) removed from circulation.

Nationwide totals for the previous nine Take-Back events resulted in the collection of 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of prescription medications.
Statement on Suspicious Letters
FBI - Oregon - 07/28/15
The FBI, Oregon State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working with affected Oregon counties to determine the origin and nature of a series of suspicious letters that started arriving in the mail on Monday, July 27th. To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown NO toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope. In addition, at this time there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.

There are approximately 20 known letters delivered and all were addressed to Oregon sheriffs or their offices. Law enforcement is collecting the letters and transporting them all to the FBI and/or the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for analysis as appropriate.

Due to the on-going nature of this investigation, we are not releasing any further information.

Further updates will be posted at www.flashalertportland.net as appropriate.
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold conference call Aug. 4
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/15
July 28, 2015

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting August 4 via conference call.

The meeting will focus on a review of charters and membership for the Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup and the Health Information Technology Oversight Council.

When: Tuesday, Aug 4, 8:30 -9 a.m.

Where: Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#. Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page following the meeting.

Agenda:

-- Review of Sustainable Health Expenditure Workgroup Charter
-- Review of Health Information Technology Oversight Council Charter and membership
-- Adjourn

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-1699, TTY 711, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) is moving to new location/Offices closed Aug. 3
Construction Contractors Board - 07/28/15
Salem - After more than 25 years in the same building, the Construction Contractors Board is moving to downtown Salem.

Starting Aug. 4, the agency that regulates construction contractors will be on the sixth floor of the Beardsley Building at 201 High St. SE.

The Public Utility Commission and a Department of Human Services adult abuse prevention program share space in the same building.

The CCB has been housed in the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs since 1988, not long after the state's Department of Commerce was disbanded and the then-Builders Board became an independent agency. About 60 people work for the agency.

The new location offers a smaller, more modern space. Customers will enjoy free parking and on-site meeting space for public meetings and training events.

"This location will allow us to serve the public much better. The ease of access, customer parking and public meeting space make it ideal for the CCB; and it allows us to operate more efficiently in downsized quarters," CCB Administrator James Denno said.

The agency phone numbers and mailing address remain the same.

Online services temporarily closed
During the move - from 5 p.m. July 31 through 5 p.m. Aug. 3, contractors will be unable to renew licenses or use other online services.

The agency will be closed Monday, Aug. 3, while phones and online services are tested. The CCB reopens Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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07/27/15
ODF Fire Update for Monday, August 27, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/27/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Rye Fire
Progress has been made on the lightning-caused Rye Fire located approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in steep rocky terrain in Northern Wallowa County. The fire is currently 763 acres. The decrease in size is due to more accurate mapping by crews on the ground. The fire is now estimated at 80% contained and weather is cooler today. A fire camp has been established near Flora, Oregon to help support firefighters and limit the amount of traffic on area roads. The team is transitioning to a Type 4 Incident Commander in the local unit later today.

Fires on other lands
The Oak Canyon Fire (BLM) reported July 24 burning in grass and brush 9 miles SE of Dufur has the following resources assigned: two 20-person crews, 6 engines, 4 helicopters and 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS). The fire, estimated at 930 acres, is now 90 percent contained.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 27, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 188 fires burned 3,807 acres
Human-caused fires: 417 fires burned 777 acres
Total: 605 fires burned 4,584 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 27):
Lightning-caused fires: 111 fires burned 13,673 acres
Human-caused fires: 313 fires burned 2,257 acres
Total: 350 fires burned 6,916 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.
Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog with information about wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of NE OR and SE WA.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

Keep Oregon Green

Follow the Oregon Dept. of Forestry on Twitter & Facebook

Connect with us:
www.oregon.gov/ODF | social media | State Forests Online Community
Department of Revenue seeks customer service feedback
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 07/27/15
SALEM, Oregon -- The Department of Revenue is conducting a survey to find ways to improve the customer service experience for Oregon taxpayers.
More than 7,000 people will receive the survey this week. This sample group was randomly selected from more than 205,000 taxpayers who contacted the department from January through May. The department encourages everyone who receives the survey to complete and return it.
"The best way for us to find ways to better serve you is to ask for your opinions directly," explained Ken Ross, the department's sponsor for the survey project. "This is your chance to let us know how we're doing and share your suggestions for how we can help you in the future."
The survey is part of a study being conducted by Oregon State University Survey Research Center. All responses are confidential and no identifying information will be provided to the department with OSU-SRC's final report.
After reviewing the results and identifying trends, leadership will work on developing strategies to improve customer service throughout the department, Ross said.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Business Oregon Commission to meet in Pendleton on Friday
Business Oregon - 07/27/15
The Business Oregon Commission will hold a regular meeting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 31 in Pendleton at the Oxford Suites Hotel, 2400 S.W. Court Place.

AGENDA

8:00 am to 8:15 am: Welcome remarks & introductions
8:15 am to 8:20 am: Review proposed meeting minutes
8:20 am to 8:40 am: Public comment
8:40 am to 9:15 am: Director Sean Robbins' report
9:15 am to 9:30 am: Pendleton regional economy overview
9:30 am to 9:40 am: Break
9:40 am to 10:10 am: Innovation & Entrepreneurship presentation
10:10 am to 10:40 am: Unmanned aerial systems
10:40 am to 11:10 am: Trade & Logistics
11:10 am to 11:30 am: Other business
11:30 am Adjourn

For more information: Ryan Frank, communications manager, 971-804-2530; ryan.frank@oregon.com
Pacific Power Joins 'American Business Act on Climate Pledge' (Photo)
Pacific Power - 07/27/15
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Pacific Power, as part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is first energy company to join pledge further strengthening commitment to cleaner energy future

Portland, Ore. - Pacific Power, as part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is the first energy company to join the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. This pledge further demonstrates the company's on-going efforts to move in a measured way towards a cleaner energy future.

"Pacific Power is transitioning to a lower emitting, lower carbon future," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "Berkshire Hathaway Energy, as the first energy company to join this pledge, is reinforcing its commitment to invest in more renewable energy. Pacific Power is doing its part with plans to further strengthen its own renewable portfolio and transition away from coal towards newer, cleaner technologies."

As part of this pledge, Pacific Power, as part of PacifiCorp, has committed to:

Add more than 1,000 megawatts of incremental solar and wind capacity through long-term power purchase agreements to PacifiCorp's owned 1,030 megawatts of wind generating capacity. PacifiCorp is the nation's second largest owner of wind generation among regulated, investor-owned utilities. This incremental renewable generation, expected to be online by the end of 2017, would bring PacifiCorp's non-carbon generating capacity to more than 4,500 megawatts which equates to approximately 22 percent of PacifiCorp's retail energy load in 2017.

Invest in transmission infrastructure in the West to support the integration of renewable energy onto the grid.

Support and advance the development of markets in the West to optimize the electric grid, lower costs, enhance reliability and more effectively integrate renewable resources.


These actions follow on the recent announcement of PacifiCorp's long range plans to reduce emissions by closing or converting 10 coal-fired generation units between 2015 and 2029, and reduce its coal generation from current levels by 40% by 2030. The company's plans also include investment in energy efficiency that is expected to satisfy 86% of its forecast load growth for more than the next decade.

PacifiCorp is also working to transform the electric grid in the west to make it cleaner, more reliable and more affordable. This work includes the Energy Imbalance Market launched in November 2014 with the California Independent System Operator (CA ISO) which is already delivering benefits to customers and optimizing renewables across six states. Utilities in other states are scheduled to join later this year and next fall. The company also announced in April 2015 that it would explore the creation of a regional ISO with the CA ISO to capture further efficiencies, enable renewable expansion and maximize use of renewable energy across the west.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.


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Red Bridge State Park to host overnight guided camping trip
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/27/15
La Grande, OR - Red Bridge State Park welcomes beginning or out-of practice campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion August 21-23, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities will include: two nights of camping along the scenic Grande Ronde River, camp games galore, and plenty of s'mores. Let's Go Camping programs will be held at 19 different campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on "Things to Do"). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.
Oregon National Guard to participate in statewide disaster exercise August 4-5
Oregon Military Department - 07/27/15
SALEM, Oregon--Oregon Army and Air National Guard units are scheduled to participate in the Pathfinder Minuteman 2015 Exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, Aug. 4-5.

Pathfinder Minutemen 2015 is a Joint Multiagency Cascadia Subduction Zone Response exercise and conference sponsored by Oregon's Joint Force Headquarters, and hosted by the 173rd Fighter Wing's Medical Group.

More than 225 participants from U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Reserve, Oregon Army and Air National Guard, civilian organizations, and state and county agencies. Air National Guard units from six states are expected to participate. There are currently two C-130 missions as well as a rotary aeromedical evacuation training scheduled to take place during the Pathfinder Minuteman exercise.

From the Oregon National Guard, the 173rd Medical Group, 142nd CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), 142nd Force Support Squadron, 125th Special Tactics Squadron and the Oregon National Guard's Medical Command and Oregon Army National Guard aviation units from Pendleton and Salem are scheduled to participate.

According to researchers, the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or higher due to stresses created by the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Events such as The Great Oregon Shakeout and other notional exercises involving local and regional first responders is geared toward training for such a response scenario.

"In a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, security and medical forces will be critical elements of the initial response," said Col. Kristen Leist, 173rd Medical Group Commander. "Pathfinder-Minuteman is an opportunity for military and civilian responders to build relationships as well as train together and learn each other's capabilities. This type of training and networking opportunity will provide a more seamless medical response when called upon," she added.

Media tours are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August. 5. To RSVP for the media tour, or for more information on the event, contact Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, 503-269-6470.
07/25/15
ODF Fire Update for Saturday, July 25, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Lulay Field Fire
The Lulay Field Fire was reported burning in grass yesterday on the North Cascade District. The fire reached 22 acres in size and has now been controlled.

Cause is under investigation.

Rye Fire
The lightning-caused Rye Fire near the Oregon / Washington border approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, is estimated at 763 acres and was reported Thursday night. Extended attack occurred yesterday amidst erratic winds but the forward spread has been stopped. 125 personnel are assigned to this fire.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel assumed control of the fire Thursday. Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources.

Fires on other lands

ODF personnel assisted with fire suppression Friday on a 210-acre fire near Monmouth burning mostly on agricultural lands with some forested ground as well. The fire was approximately 1/4 mile from the West Oregon District Protection Boundary; several homes were evacuated. ODF's Dalles Unit assisted, providing a type 2 helicopter and other resources and coordinating with the Rural Fire District. Fire spread has been stopped and the helicopter released.

The 0451 RN Fire was reported burning yesterday 9 miles SE of Dufur, OR. in grass and brush near a high-use campground. The fire is approximately 400 acres and 0 % contained. Lead agency is B.L.M.

NEWS MEDIA

News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.

Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION

For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:

the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/ or

the national Incident Information System site, http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ .

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:

the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.

the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog with information about wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of NE OR and SE WA.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE

This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

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07/24/15
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Applauds Bi-Partisan Support and Passage of Voluntary GMO Food Labeling - HR 1599
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 07/24/15
July 24, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - The Oregon farming community has a reason to celebrate with the bipartisan support and passage of HR 1599 - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by the House of Representatives. This legislation will create a framework for voluntary labeling as opposed to different labeling protocols in every state. The challenges of a state-by-state labeling system would be extremely unmanageable and result in confusion and cost to the consumers.
Despite the existing confusion over GMOs, there are many Oregonians who understand the importance of protecting our food supply through responsible scientific practices. When the farm community has access to crops that require less water and reduced chemical use, the benefits translate through the production, harvest and processing all the way to the grocery store where consumers can choose from a variety of products.
HR 1599 creates a voluntary, non-GMO label that will be overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), similar to the USDA Organic program. It will provide consumers with the information and ability to select foods they desire.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association appreciates the support of Congressman Schrader and Congressman Walden in the passage of HR 1599. We now look forward to this legislation moving to the Senate for debate and passage. Every consumer deserves to be informed in their grocery purchasing decisions.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association was established in 1892 for the purpose of representing and advocating on behalf of Oregon's hardworking dairy farm families. The Association is located in Salem, Oregon.
Grants available for Oregon heritage and history projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/24/15
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon's cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is Sept. 30.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Oregon Black Pioneers received funding for its most recent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Portland State University hosted the Archaeology Roadshow. Southern Oregon Historical Society completed seismic upgrades to its collections storage.

"We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage," states Kyle Jansson, Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator. "We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon's heritage."

Simple grant applications are online. There is plenty of support for preparing them.

"Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," notes Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator.
Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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ODF Fire Update for Friday, July 24, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/24/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Rye Fire
The lightning-caused Rye Fire is burning near the Oregon / Washington border in grass and brush approximately 38 miles north of Enterprise in Northern Wallowa County, including Nez Perce Precious Lands near the Joseph Canyon area. The nature of the terrain and dry fuel conditions are making control difficult. The fire is estimated at 800 acres and was reported last night.

A local Type 3 incident management team supported by ODF and USFS personnel has taken control of the fire today. By the end of the day there are expected to be approximately 125 personnel on the fire. Additionally, air resources including helicopters, single engine air tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers are being utilized to try and minimize the amount of acres burned and damage to natural and cultural resources.

The near-term weather report calls for warm temperatures and a slight chance of more thunderstorms. The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon. Fire managers recommend that the public check fire regulations before heading out to enjoy the forest.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421 (office), 503-510-7972 (mobile), or Cynthia.A.Orlando@oregon.gov any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call.
Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog with information about wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of NE OR and SE WA.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

Keep Oregon Green

Follow the Oregon Dept. of Forestry on Twitter & Facebook

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

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07/23/15
Oregonians urged to deeply water trees (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/23/15
Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon
Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon
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Oregon's weather this spring and summer has been anything but the norm, and while conditions have cooled off temporarily this week there's no doubt those high temps will return.

It's a good time to take stock of the numerous water-starved trees still being spotted in Oregon communities and urban centers.

"Recently planted trees are most susceptible to drought, but even established trees suffer," says Erik Burke, Eugene Director with Friends of Trees.

"If they aren't well-watered, warm weather and prolonged drought eventually make trees more susceptible to insect and disease problems," adds Burke.

"In Oregon, summer rains rarely provide the deep water that trees need," says Brighton West, Deputy Director in the Portland office of Friends of Trees. "If we get less than an inch of rain in a week, we go out watering trees," he adds.

When temperatures in Oregon get warm and stay warm, it can take a toll on trees as well as people. The Oregon Department of Forestry suggests a few tips for keeping your trees healthy during times of heat stress.

Symptoms of drought
One of the first signs that a deciduous tree (i.e., trees like birches or maples that drop leaves in the winter) needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull, and sometimes, limp.

More advanced symptoms of needing water are browning of leaves, wilting, and curling at the edges. Leaves may also develop a scorched or burned look, turning yellow or brown on outside edges, or between leaf veins. Leaves may even appear smaller than usual, drop prematurely, or turn brown but remain on the tree.

When drought-stressed, the needles of conifers (evergreen trees such as Ponderosa Pine or Douglas-fir) may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.

Watering tips

Given their benefits, longevity, and contributions to the environment, give your trees higher watering priority than lawns. Keep in mind that if trees are only provided with shallow water every so often, they're probably only getting a fraction of what they need. Watering trees for short periods of time encourages shallow rooting, which can lead to future health problems for the tree.

To make sure your tree gets the water it needs, saturate the soil within the drip line - that's the circle that could be drawn on the soil around the tree directly under the tips of its outermost branches. Using a regular hose or a soaker hose, water deeply and slowly - slowly is important, so the water doesn't run-off. To make sure it gets enough water, keep moving the hose around different areas under the tree.

For conifers, water 3 to 5 feet beyond the drip line on all sides of the tree. Also, if you have a choice, water trees during the cooler part of the day. Another way to water trees slowly is to put a nail hole in the bottom (near the edge) of a five gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and leave the slowly leaking bucket under the canopy of the tree. Do this twice or three times per tree, moving the bucket each time.

Other tips: Use mulch
Using mulch is an excellent way to care for trees in warm weather as it helps the soil below trees retain moisture and stay cool. Mulch can be made of bark, wood chips, leaves and evergreen needles.

Apply mulch within the drip line, at a depth of four inches, leaving a six-inch space between the mulch and tree trunk. Mulch will also help discourage weeds.

Good tree care = a good investment

Trees and forests enhance quality of life in many ways, providing shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, wood and other products, raising property values, and providing clean, healthy streams. What's more, on hot days, we all rely on the shade of the trees in our yards and communities. Therefore, it is a really good idea to keep our trees healthy and watered.

Proper tree care - including deep watering of trees during hot summer and warm fall months - pays big dividends in the long run.

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For more information about trees and tree care:
www.isa-arbor.com/
www.treesaregood.com/treecare/treecareinfo.aspx


Attached Media Files: Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon , FriendsofTreesMascotDoug
Meet six dogs up for adoption from Two Rivers Correctional Institution (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/23/15
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) has six loveable dogs looking for their forever homes. Del's Feed and Farm Supply in Hermiston will be hosting a meet and greet on July 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and meet Rex, Lady, Gus, Annabelle, Chewy, and Alley. Adoption applications will be available, along with the opportunity to meet and interact with the dogs. Del's is located at 2055 North 1st Street in Hermiston.

The dogs are part of TRCI's Rehabilitating Offenders and Canines Program (ROC). Each dog is trained in basic commands and received the American Kennel Club Good Citizen certification. The adoption fee is $150. All dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. For more information please contact (541) 922-2029. Applications are available at http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OPS/PRISON/pages/trci.aspx

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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BPA announces new wholesale power and transmission rates (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/23/15
BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today adopted a 7.1 percent average wholesale power rate increase and a 4.4 percent average transmission rate increase for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The rate increases support investments in the federal hydropower system and expansion of BPA's high-voltage transmission system to meet regional needs. The new rates will take effect Oct. 1.

"BPA has spent the past two years working with our customers and other regional partners to meet the collective needs of the Northwest in the most reliable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way possible," said BPA Administrator and CEO Elliot Mainzer. "The rates in the final record of decision reflect that collaborative effort."

Power rates
The increase in power rates is due to the expiration of debt management actions that reduced capital costs in the current BP-14 rate case; other capital-related costs; and expense increases for hydroelectric system operations and maintenance. Additional drivers behind the increase are: expected cost increases for fish and wildlife programs; an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement, which provides benefits from the low-cost federal power system to eligible Northwest residential and small farm customers; an increase in BPA's cost of acquiring energy and transmission services to meet obligations to deliver power to off-system customers; and a reduction in BPA's long-term firm power sale to Alcoa.

To avoid a greater increase, BPA significantly cut its controllable costs through additional debt management actions, interest savings on expensing energy efficiency, reductions in undistributed internal expense and a decrease in operations and maintenance expenses for the Columbia Generating Station.

Transmission rates
The transmission rate increase stems mainly from the need for new construction and replacement of existing assets that will help maintain reliability; the facilitation of renewable resource integration; and the costs of requirements for reliability, cyber and security compliance.

With his final record of decision today, the administrator also adopted the settlement agreement that customers and BPA staff reached last September on most of the rates for ancillary and control area services.

The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on businesses and residents they serve.

Rate-setting process
BPA is a self-funded federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy. It receives no congressional appropriations and sets its rates to ensure full recovery of its costs, including obligations to repay its debt to the U.S. Treasury. BPA reviews its wholesale power and transmission rates every two years through several public processes.

In January 2014, BPA, its utility customers and other stakeholders began an extensive nine-month review of Bonneville's programs, budgets and costs. This process, called the Integrated Program Review, provided parties an opportunity to review, challenge and comment on BPA's program spending levels. Following the IPR, BPA began the formal rate case in December by presenting its proposed rates for fiscal years 2016-2017 and supporting analysis.

In June, the administrator issued a draft decision on the rates. The formal rates process concluded today with the administrator's final record of decision. BPA's final rates will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the end of July to provide the required 60 days for review and interim approval. Final approval usually takes about a year. For more information about BPA's rate case process, visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/ratecase.

The decisions in this rate case set the stage for continuing regional discussions on issues that would benefit from further collaboration, including BPA's capital investments in the hydropower and transmission systems and BPA's program delivery models, including energy efficiency. It is expected that these discussions will begin this fall.


Attached Media Files: BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation are refurbishing six hydroelectric turbines at Grand Coulee Dam in northeast Washington. The $275 million project is funded by BPA ratepayers.
Marine Patrols Jet Off to Advanced On-Water Training (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/23/15
On water training during the Marine Board's 2014 Jet School
On water training during the Marine Board's 2014 Jet School
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The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its weeklong law enforcement jet boat course on Rogue River during the week of July 26 - July 30. This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

The training focuses on honing boat operating skills. "This is critical training and this is the best place to do it," says Dale Flowers, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. "We've moved the training dates to this week so we have a minimal impact on recreation, but we still need to give the students room to work because they will be very focused -the wider the berth, the better." Students who attend the Marine Board's Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator. "One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator. It's a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for everyone who participates, and the only course in the nation with this level of attention," Flowers adds.

Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area. In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies will also learn how to dis-assemble, service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chocking techniques, and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids. "This kind of training is so important because fast action and skill can mean the difference between a saved life or not," Flowers says.

The Marine Board contracts with 32 Sheriff's Offices and the Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services, including search and rescue operations, and boating safety education. Contracts with the County Sheriff's Offices are paid for through motorboat registrations and titling fees.

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatLaws/pages/index.aspx.
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State offers free retirement readiness seminars to employers, employees
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/23/15
Salem - A recent study found that nearly two-thirds of workers feel they are behind schedule planning and saving for retirement; only half have attempted to calculate how much money they will need in retirement. Oregon employers can help their employees tackle this difficult issue by hosting a free on-site retirement readiness seminar presented by the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

The department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, in partnership with the Social Security Administration, is offering free 45-minute retirement readiness seminars to all Oregon employers, regardless of size or if they offer retirement benefits. Seminars will discuss basic investing tools; cost of retirement living; how to choose a financial professional; protecting investments against scams and fraud; and Social Security retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. The seminars give employees online tools to track and apply for Social Security benefits, as well as printed materials. It is perfect for employee training or lunch breaks. The division also has a number of retirement and investment resources online at dfcs.oregon.gov.

"With the creation of the Oregon Retirement Security Fund by the Oregon Legislature this year, there has never been a better time for a discussion about retirement planning in the workplace," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Helping its employees prepare themselves for retirement is one of the most impactful things a business can do. These retirement readiness seminars provide a wealth of unbiased information and I hope that all employers in Oregon take advantage of this resource."

To schedule a retirement readiness seminar, contact Diane Childs at diane.m.childs@oregon.gov.

Before investing, remember that Oregon law requires firms and individuals offering investment products and providing advice to be licensed with the division. Always check that you are working with licensed professionals before you invest. This can be done online at dfcs.oregon.gov or by calling 866-814-9710 (toll-free).

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.
07/22/15
Nominate for 2015 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/22/15
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Kathleen Joy, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8037
kathleen@oregonvolunteers.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2015

Last Two Weeks to Nominate for 2015 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards, conducted by Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. These awards distinguish individuals, programs and organizations for creating positive change through volunteerism across the state. Thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo, our event presenting sponsor, a cash award of up to $500 will be given to a non-profit chosen by each state and regional volunteer award recipient.

"I am inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call to action," said Governor Kate Brown. Dr. King said "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

"I believe Oregon is great," continued Governor Brown, "because so many Oregonians serve their communities by volunteering their time and expertise. I want to call on all Oregonians to nominate outstanding volunteers throughout Oregon for this year's Governor's Volunteer Awards."

Governor's Volunteer Awards information and the nomination form are online at www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva. There is no cost to enter a nomination. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

The awards are given at both the regional and statewide levels in the following categories:
- Adult Volunteer or Duo (age 19-64)
- Elder Volunteer or Duo (age 65 or better)
- Youth Volunteer or Duo (age 18 and younger)
- Lifetime Achievement (individual or duo - at least 10 years of service in Oregon)
- Youth Volunteer Program
- Small Business Volunteer Program (15 or fewer employees)
- Large Business Volunteer Program (16+ employees)
- Community Based Volunteer Program
- Statewide Business Volunteer Program (any size - active in 3 or more regions)
- Statewide Community Based Volunteer Program (active in 3 or more regions)
- AmeriCorps Alumni (recognizes the volunteer efforts of members AFTER they have completed a year of AmeriCorps service)

Through an intense review process, award recipients will be chosen and then honored at a luncheon October 12, 2015, at the Salem Conference Center.

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Oregon Folklife Network to receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award
Oregon Arts Commission - 07/22/15
[Eugene, OR]-- Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $30,000 award to the Oregon Folklife Network to continue its ongoing statewide Folklife Survey which began in 2013. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Oregon Folklife Network represents an investment in both local communities and our nation's creative vitality."

OFN's Executive Director, Riki Saltzman, commented, "We are thrilled to have this support to continue our documentation of Oregon's living cultural heritage. This award will fund Oregon's folklife survey in Union, Wallowa, Baker, Grant, Wheeler, Crook and Deschutes counties."

During the next year, through July 2016, the Oregon Folklife Network will work with veteran folklorist Douglas Manger to identify culture keepers in eastern Oregon. Manger will also be mentoring emerging folklorists as he documents regional, ethnic, and occupational folklore of Asian, Latino, and European groups as well as such occupations as ranching, logging, mining, hunting, railroad and orchard working, farming, fishing, and other waterways traditions along with foodways, music, quilting, rodeo-related activities, cowboy poetry, saddle making, trapping, storytelling, and more.

The OFN's statewide survey has so far identified over 80 folk and traditional artists in 11 counties along the Columbia River Gorge and Southern Oregon as well as at the Klamath Tribes, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, and the Burns Paiute. OFN not only preserves this documentation in archives for research and education, but partners with local and state organizations to refer tradition bearers and folk artists for programs in parks, arts organizations, libraries, or festivals.

Please contact Riki Saltzman, riki@uoregon.edu, or Emily West, eafanado@uoregon.edu, by email or phone 541-346-3820, if you know of folks who should be contacted.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov
Motorycle Crash Near Maupin Takes Life Of Clackamas County Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/22/15
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On July 21, 2015 just after 8:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on Highway 216 near milepost 14 in Wasco County (west of Maupin).

Preliminary information indicates that a 2008 Honda Motorcycle operated by Guy F MEDGIN, age 48, of Mulino, was traveling westbound on Highway 216 when he failed to negotiate a curve. MEDGIN was ejected from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews.

According to a witness, MEDGIN had been traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Wasco County District Attorney's Office and the Wasco County Sheriff's Department. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.


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PNWU Receives $1.75 million grant
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 07/22/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

July 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Receives $1.75 million grant

YAKIMA, WA - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) has received a $1.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) program. The purpose of this five-year grant is to develop an interprofessional practice program that covers primary care fields including pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, long-term care and rehabilitative care. This project is a collaboration between Heritage University's Physician Assistant (PA) Program and the PNWU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The project will contribute to the development of the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative (YVIPEC).

The grant will allow faculty members and students to learn and engage in team-based care which begins with fundamental concepts in the classroom, simulation training and standardized patient activities, culminating in clinical training at primary care facilities in the local community.

"This grant represents a significant step forward to developing clinical sites within our community that will be using a team-based approach to medical education," said Dr. Robert Sutton, one of the key organizers of YVIPEC and Senior Advisor to the President at PNWU.

"Health education has traditionally been conducted in discipline specific silos that discourage adequate preparation of future practitioners for team-based care and collaboration. Interprofessional collaborative education, conversely, occurs when health professions students learn about, with, and from one another," Dr. Sutton continued.

Throughout the program students will learn how to engage patients and their families, and assess effectiveness in terms of team-based collaboration, quality of care, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

The collaborative project will be administered by Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) College of Osteopathic Medicine and Heritage University Physician Assistant Program. The aim of the project is to create a rural primary care workforce that engages in team-based clinical practice. The collaboration will align the education of the primary care workforce with changes in the clinical practice environment through enhanced training of current and future primary care physician assistants (PA) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO), preparing them for interprofessional primary care teams.

Other local organizations participating in the project are the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, Toppenish Community Hospital, Community Health of Central Washington, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic and Landmark Care Center.
07/21/15
MEDIA ALERT - Washington Test Scores Public Release: Local Citizens Encouraged to Call In to Tele-Town-Hall
ESD 123 - 07/21/15
PASCO, WA - The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Ready Washington will host a series of telephone town hall meetings about Washington's K-12 learning standards and assessments. The series will offer citizens an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about learning standards and assessments in our state.

The telephone town hall for Central and Eastern Washington will take place Thursday, July 23 from 7-8 PM. OSPI staff, including State Superintendent Randy Dorn, Deputy Superintendent Gil Mendoza, and Assistant Superintendent Jessica Vavrus will facilitate each call and direct questions specific to this region to Dr. David Cresap, Executive Director of School Improvement and Assessment for Battle Ground School District.

Those wishing to participate and livestream a telephone town hall on their computer or mobile device should visit www.readywa.org/townhall.

According to ReadyWA, the Common Core State Standards were established to help ensure all students are ready for success after high school. Washington's K-12 learning standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and provide clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English Language Arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Smarter Balanced assessment system, which is aligned to the new standards, provides a way for teachers to measure student progress on those standards throughout the year and make adjustments and interventions as necessary to ensure students are on the pathway to success. The assessments are administered in grades 3-8 and 11.

Other Town Hall Meetings Dates:
July 28: Noon-1:00 p.m. - Northwest Washington
July 30: 7-8:00 p.m. - Puget Sound area
August 4: Noon-1:00 p.m. - South Puget Sound area

For more information about the test score public release, state assessments and more, visit www.k12.wa.us and www.ReadyWA.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
BPA shares new collection of historical films (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/21/15
BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system.
BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system.
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Portland, Ore.- The Bonneville Power Administration is sharing a new collection of movies about the history of energy in the Northwest. "BPA Film Collection, Volume Two, 1950-1987," features five BPA-produced films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s, plus two bonus films.

BPA is offering a free DVD of the films. To receive a copy, contact the BPA Library and Visitor Center at 800-622-4520 or visitorcenter@bpa.gov. You can also view, share and learn more about the seven films at www.bpa.gov/goto/films.

After promoting the development of the Federal Columbia River Power System and the concept of public power in its earlier films, BPA began telling stories about the challenges and successes of operating the Northwest power grid, and educating the public about the many benefits of its low-cost electricity.

"This chapter of BPA films showcases the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system. And a lot of that equipment is still in use today," says BPA librarian Kaye Silver.

The collection is a highly-anticipated follow-up to "BPA Film Collection, Volume One, 1939-1954," the first group of films from BPA's archives. Since its release last year, BPA has distributed about 3,000 copies to electric utilities, libraries, museums and individuals throughout the Northwest, every corner of the country and beyond. Requests came from as far away as Scotland.

"The first volume was a historian's delight and volume two proves to be just as fascinating," says Laurence Cotton, who specializes in regional history and guides history-themed cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The collection opens with "Stringing and Sagging a High-Voltage Transmission Line" (1950), a richly detailed film about power engineering that uses animation, tower models and field footage to show how Bonneville built the largest long-distance transmission system of its kind in the nation. The next BPA movie, "The World Behind Your Light Switch" (1966), explains the thousands of uses of electricity and shows crews repairing power lines in bad weather. It includes footage of the first repair of the underwater cable serving the San Juan Islands, the laying of which was depicted in a 1952 BPA film called "25,000 Volts Under the Sea," part of the first collection.

In 1963, BPA and the Bureau of Reclamation co-produced "Great River," which covers many aspects of delivering electricity and water to the people of the Northwest. A decade later, it was re-released with a new beginning and ending by Portland-area newscaster Ted Bryant. The 1973 version is included in the set.

The final two BPA-produced films in the collection won numerous awards. "Intertie" (1969) showcases the construction of the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Direct Current Intertie, a high-voltage electric superhighway that helps the two regions balance power needs in the West and share surplus electricity. It features spectacular aerial footage, bluegrass music and time-lapse construction of the Celilo Converter Station, the line's northern terminus in The Dalles, Ore.

Made for Bonneville's 50th anniversary in 1987, "River of Power" is the most comprehensive BPA film. It looks at the geology of the Columbia River Basin and the development of the river, incorporating footage from earlier BPA films. It also features alternate recordings of some of the Columbia River songs written by Woody Guthrie for BPA in 1941.

There are two bonus films in the collection. "Action on the Columbia" (1964) captures the Canadian perspective on the Columbia River Treaty, the international agreement between Canada and the United States that guides the management of water resources and helps prevent major floods. It features spectacular aerial views of the upper Columbia River in British Columbia before the dams went in. With permission of BC Hydro, this film is included in the collection in honor of the 50th anniversary of the treaty.

The collection closes with a rediscovered version of BPA's first film, "Hydro." Vice President Henry Wallace took this shorter version of the 1939 film on a goodwill visit to Russia, Mongolia and China in the spring of 1944. BPA writer-producer Stephen Kahn also screened this version for audiences in New York City. Until recently there was no copy of it in BPA's archives. But last spring, a BPA electrical engineer bought a 16-millimeter reel from an antique store in Vancouver, Wash., which turned out to be the lost international version of "Hydro."

For more information or to host a screening of the films, email BPA librarian Libby Burke at eaburke@bpa.gov. Transcripts of the films are also available.


Attached Media Files: BPA is sharing seven films from the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s that showcase the innovation and expertise behind designing, operating and maintaining the Northwest power system. , To receive your free DVD, contact the BPA Library and Visitor Center at 800-622-4520 or visitorcenter@bpa.gov.
Beware of phone scam targeting utility customers
Pacific Power - 07/21/15
Pacific Power urges customers to verify any phone calls about their account by calling
1-888-221-7070

PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Northwest where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.

The fraud is occurring nationwide, but recent days have seen an upsurge in the Northwest. The thieves sometimes use sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is coming from the utility when it is not. If customers receive such a call, hang up and instead call 1-888-221-7070 to verify the call's origins.
Pacific Power call center agents can be reached any time day or night, toll free at 1-888-221-7070. That is the only number to call for any customer service you need or if you suspect a call may not actually be from Pacific Power.

"So far, this has affected a relatively small number of cust
omers, but any customer being taken advantage of in this way is one too many," said Valerie Smith, director of customer service. "We encourage any customer who has been contacted in this manner to report the contact to local law enforcement."

In order to help customers recognize the fraudulent calls, in general, the scam goes like this:
Scammers call residential or business customers demanding payment for overdue bills. Sometimes, the caller tells the intended victim that they owe a specific amount of money. The thief then typically advises the customer to make a payment by going to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card and provide the pre-paid card's code to the phony "agent."
Pacific Power wants customers to be aware that this is a scam and not a legitimate request. Pacific Power does not use these methods. If such a call is received, hang up and call 1-888-221-7070 to inquire about the call with Pacific Power.

When Pacific Power contacts a customer, the representative will always already have the customer's account number. Even then, if you are contacted by phone and have any concerns about the validity of the call, it is always appropriate to let the caller know you prefer to call them back at the utility's published customer service number--1-888-221-7070.
Pacific Power cautions that customers should never provide unsolicited callers or visitors with credit card numbers or any other information that may compromise their financial security.

Anyone receiving such calls or other contact regarding their utility account or bill is encouraged to pay close attention to any information - such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on caller ID, an address where they're told to send money- and then call 1-888-221-7070 to report the incident to local police and Pacific Power.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
07/20/15
Camp Rosenbaum: America's Best Kept Secret, unique citizenship camp aims to keep at-risk kids off drugs, and in school
Oregon Military Department - 07/20/15
WARRENTON, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard partners once again with Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) and the Portland Police Bureau, as well as other local law enforcement and fire agencies to host an annual summer camp for at-risk youth, July 20 - 24, 2015 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon.

Camp Rilea is located at; 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, Oregon, 97146.

Camp Rosenbaum, one of the most unique camps for underprivileged and at-risk children, hosts approximately 160 children, ages 9-11. Attendees experience a one-of-a-kind camp that aims to teach good citizenship skills, motivate kids to stay in school, remain drug-free and out of gangs and encourages them to set positive goals for the future.

What started in 1970 as a way to help at-risk youth living in public housing in Oregon and Southwest Washington, has since resulted in thousands of children experiencing this life-changing camp. Staff and volunteers from the Oregon Air National Guard, Portland Police Bureau, Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland), and other housing authority employees throughout Oregon and SW Washington, emergency responder personnel and volunteers who come together to make this camp a magical and memorable week for the kids.

"There is no other camp in the U.S. that's as collaborative nor as determined as we are to keep kids off drugs and in school," says current Camp Director, Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sara Perkins.

In addition to participating in various camp activities, all campers attend a two-hour Gang Resistance and Education Training course, taught by a Portland Police officer, and receive mentorship on contributing to their communities in positive ways.

"We do our very best to set them up for success," Perkins said. "We model good citizenship behaviors, engage and motivate our campers and encourage them to make good decisions for their future and fend off peer pressure. We want our campers to know that good citizens are everywhere in their community."
07/19/15
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Sunday, July 19, 2015.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/19/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Sunday, July 19, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Winslow Road Fire - Using 2 SEATS, single engine air tankers, the team quickly stopped fire's spread at 10-12 acres. The Winslow Road Fire was located about five miles southwest of Dufur in the ODF Central Oregon District, The Dalles sub-unit. The fire's cause remains under investigation. The fire danger level throughout the central Oregon District remains high. This will be the only update for this fire.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 18, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 171 fires burned 1,675 acres
Human-caused fires: 367 fires burned 721 acres
Total: 538 fires burned 2,396 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 15):
Lightning-caused fires: 87 fires burned 5,050 acres
Human-caused fires: 263 fires burned 1,866 acres
Total: 350 fires burned 6,916 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office), 503-910-4311 (mobile), or nick.hennemann@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts
Wildfire smoke and air quality
Keep Oregon Green
Follow the Oregon Dept. of Forestry on Twitter & Facebook

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

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07/17/15
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet July 21 in Portland at PSU
Oregon Health Authority - 07/17/15
July 17, 2015

Contact: Stephanie Tripp, 503-269-5689 (media inquiries)
Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet July 21 in Portland at PSU
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting July 21 in Portland. The meeting will be held at Portland State University. The meeting will focus on a review of the 2015 legislative session, including discussions about HB2294, HB3100, and SB440. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, July 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Room327/8, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland. The meeting will also be available via live web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page. Members of the public can also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda:
-- Director's report;
-- Legislative session general overview;
-- OHPB & HITOC (HB 2294);
-- Public Health Modernization (HB3100);
-- SB 440;
-- Review of OHPB strategies and work plan;
-- Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Oregon working to be prepared not scared for "The Really Big One" (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 07/17/15
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A recent article in the "New Yorker" called "The Really Big One" has drawn a lot of attention both locally and nationally to the damage a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami will cause, and emergency planners have been taking the opportunity to raise awareness about how individuals can prepare, and how the region and Oregon is also continuing to prepare and mitigate for the looming threat.

"We want Oregonians to be prepared not scared," said Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Andrew Phelps. "What we do now to prepare will save lives and property during any disaster."

One project Oregon OEM and others are working on is a Cascadia Playbook to synchronize state and Emergency Support Function partners during Cascadia and other emergencies. The Cascadia Playbook is a cross-cutting emergency management tool for the State of Oregon that supports various, existing plans and efforts for the first 14-days of a catastrophic incident.

Oregon has also committed to being a full partner with Washington, Idaho and FEMA, in the development and presentation of a regional exercise called Cascadia Rising. The statewide exercise planning is in concert and collaboration with the regional effort for Oregon's largest emergency management exercise ever that is scheduled for Spring 2016.

Dr. Althea Rizzo, the Geologic Hazards Coordinator for Oregon OEM said that the success of what emergency management partners are doing to prepare Oregon for Cascadia and other emergencies is one aspect of preparedness, and that individuals and families should strive to be self-sufficient during a disaster. A good goal is to work toward having two-weeks of emergency supplies to be ready for an emergency.

"Now is a perfect time for everyone to evaluate a family emergency plan and update or establish emergency kits," Rizzo mentioned. "Make sure you and family members know about established exit routes, contacts, meeting places, etc., after a disaster."

For emergency kits, Rizzo said it is a good idea to add new items, over time.

"You don't have to run out and spend a lot of money," she added. "If you go camping, you probably have a lot of your preparedness already done."

Rizzo said everyone should practice what to do during an earthquake and know where tsunami routes are if they live near the coast. Oregon OEM is urging all Oregonians to participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. It is part of the nation's largest earthquake drill, and last year more than 390,000 Oregonians participated. Register at http://shakeout.org/oregon/register/ and take steps to make your family safer.

For more information on preparedness go to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management preparedness page: http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/Pages/preparedness_information.aspx.


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Nurse of the Year Awards - Call for Nominations
March of Dimes - 07/17/15
Nominations for the Fifth Annual Nurse of the Year Awards are now open. This year, March of Dimes will honor finalists from Oregon and SW Washington and award 16 of these nurses for their constant care of and compassion for patients.

Nominations may be submitted online at marchofdimes.org/oregon through September 11th. There is no fee to submit a nomination and you may submit multiple nominations. Award recipients will be determined by a selection committee comprised of healthcare professionals. Winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards breakfast on November 13, 2015, at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.

"Through the Nurse of the Year Awards, March of Dimes brings the health care community together to pay tribute to the profession of nursing and the often unsung heroes and heroines who save the lives and improve the health of others," said Elizabeth Joscelyn, State Director for March of Dimes, Greater Oregon Chapter.

Nurse of the Year Awards is sponsored by Legacy Health and Providence Health and Services.

The nominating categories are as follows:

Adult Acute Care
Advance Practice
Ambulatory/Clinic Care
Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review
Community Health
Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
Emergency
Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
Nurse Educator
Nurse Leader
Nurse Specialty
Pediatric Acute Care
Rising Star
Small Hospital
Surgical Services
Women's Health

For more information visit marchofdimes.org/oregon.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
07/16/15
Two Rivers Correctional Institution Families Aiding In Rehabilitation Picnic (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/16/15
Adults in custody and their families enjoy the FAIR event.
Adults in custody and their families enjoy the FAIR event.
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) held the first of several Families Aiding in Rehabilitation (FAIR) picnics on July 11 and 12. Seventy adults in custody, over 200 family members, and dozens of volunteer staff participated in the events. Additional picnics are scheduled for August and September.

FAIR picnics enable incarcerated individuals to spend a full day with loved ones in a family-friendly setting. The July picnics included, for the first time, the TRCI adults in custody band. Family members participated in singing and playing musical instruments with their loved ones. Activities included sack races, face painting, bingo, volleyball, and football. TRCI staff and volunteers served 172 pizzas for lunch, provided by Papa John's Restaurant.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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Attached Media Files: Adults in custody and their families enjoy the FAIR event.
OHA Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee meets July 23
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/15
What: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee is holding its monthly meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda: Review purpose/agenda; review/approve June 25, 2015, draft meeting minutes; brief legislative update; continue discussion of effects of marijuana use on a developing fetus and breastfeeding infants, and public messaging for pregnant and breastfeeding women; wrap-up/future topics; public comment.

When: Thursday, July 23, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us.

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

Why: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based at the Public Health Division, provides scientific input to inform public health recommendations related to retail marijuana in Oregon. The committee is examining adverse health effects of retail marijuana use; and impacts of time, place, and manner of retail sale of potentially addictive substances.

For more information about the committee, visit http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/Retail-Marijuana-Scientific-Advisory-Committee.aspx.
Suction dredge legislation did not advance in 2015 session - Moratorium will go into effect Jan. 2, 2016
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 07/16/15
Salem - Senate Bill 830, which proposed to consolidate state regulation of placer mining activities, including suction dredging and upland placer mining adjacent to streams, did not pass in this year's legislative session.

The bill named the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as the lead regulatory agency, and would have increased natural and cultural resource protections. It also would have lifted a moratorium on in-stream and upland motorized placer mining directed by a bill passed in the 2013 Oregon Legislature (Senate Bill 838).

As a result of Senate Bill 830's demise during the 2015 session, the moratorium is scheduled to go into effect in January 2016 and sunset in 2021.

What this means for miners
From now until the end of 2015, there are no changes to how motorized placer mining is regulated:

- The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) issues General Authorizations for this activity in Oregon waterways. SB 838 made some changes to regulations for waterways that are designated Essential Salmon Habitat (ESH) that remain in effect until the end of 2015.

- Motorized in-stream and upland placer mining operations also require a water quality permit from DEQ, and in-stream operations using non-motorized mining equipment must comply with applicable permit terms.

Moratorium
Starting Jan. 2, 2016, miners will be prohibited from motorized mining in the following circumstances:

- In all streams above the lowest extent of spawning habitat in rivers and tributaries containing ESH or naturally reproducing populations of bull trout.

- In upland areas within 100 yards of these streams if the mining results in the removal or disturbance of vegetation in a manner that may affect water quality.

An interactive map shows the moratorium areas (see below).

The DEQ and DSL will continue to regulate motorized mining under current law, and will work over the next six months to inform miners, natural resource agencies, law enforcement and other groups about the 2016 moratorium and how/where placer mining operations may lawfully take place.

The Oregon Legislature in 2013 (SB 838) directed the Governor's Office to consult with affected stakeholders and make recommendations to the legislature by November 2014 on a proposed regulatory framework for placer mining in Oregon. These recommendations helped shape SB 830 which was introduced during the 2015 session by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Additional information:

Moratorium FAQs: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Aquatic_Resource_Management/Documents/Moratorium%20QA%207-10-15.pdf

Interactive map: http://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b9850ba265e546c8b528e9900e9300de

Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/wqpermit/mining.htm

Department of State Lands: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/Pages/ga_placerinfo.aspx

SB 838 Study Group: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/SB%20838%20Study%20Group.aspx.




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Milton-Freewater awarded $75,000 NEA Our Town grant
Oregon Arts Commission - 07/16/15
Salem, Ore.-- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu yesterday announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million in the program's fifth year of funding, including a $75,000 to the city of Milton-Freewater in Oregon. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.

NEA's Our Town grant program supports creative place-making projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program's inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

The Milton-Freewater grant will support TALK PLAY DREAM: HABLAR JUGAR SO?'AR, a series of bilingual cultural programs to enliven the city and bring together disparate populations. The project will engage community members in cultural asset mapping, creative pop-up events, workshops, performances and festivals. The City of Milton-Freewater, Shakespeare Walla Walla, PearlDamour and other partners intend to bridge the divide between the city's Anglo and Latino communities, fostering conversation through shared stories. The City of Milton-Freewater has a population of 7,060, more than 40 percent of which is Latino, nearly double that of 30 years ago.??NLG

"Milton-Freewater demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community," said Chairman Chu. "Through Our Town funding, organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike."

"We are thrilled to have Milton-Freewater's project selected as one of the nation's finest creative place-making projects," said Brian Rogers, Arts Commission executive director. "Their vision for TALK PLAY DREAM demonstrate the power of art to engage community and diverse populations."

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov. Project descriptions, grants listed by state and by project type, and resources are available as well. The NEA's online resource, Exploring Our Town, features case studies of more than 70 Our Town projects along with lessons learned and other resources.

The Twitter hashtag is #NEAOurTown15
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Stream buffers, Elliott State Forest update on Forestry Board agenda
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/15
The Oregon Board of Forestry is scheduled to provide direction on rules designed to keep stream temperatures cool, receive an update on future scenarios for the Elliott State Forest, and hear a status report on the 2015 wildfire season when it meets July 23 in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS:

DRAFTING RULES FOR STREAMSIDE SHADE BUFFERS
Working with all interests to set stream buffer sizes that keep streams cool, and balance environmental and economic outcomes, the Board will continue work on a streamside (also known as riparian) buffer rule analysis process. Streamside buffer rules ensure streams are shaded and provide a blueprint for where to leave trees during a timber harvest. The Board last revised these streamside buffer rules in the 1990s to further protect water quality, and included monitoring to ensure effectiveness.

In 2012 as part of their adaptive management approach, the Board began analyzing streamside buffer rules based on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) monitoring results for small and medium fish streams. The research showed that the rules fell short of the "protecting cold water (PCW)" standard, which means stream temperature should not rise more than one-half degree Fahrenheit due to human activity, where salmon, steelhead, and bull trout are present. ODF staff will present additional information for evaluating streamside rules and a policy framework for informing a decision on which solutions to further pursue for rulemaking.

ELLIOTT STATE FOREST ALTERNATIVES PROJECT UPDATE
The Department of State Lands (DSL) will update the Board of Forestry on a project to develop alternative ownership and management options for the Elliott State Forest located between Coos Bay and Reedsport. DSL owns most of the Elliott State Forest, which is chiefly Common School Forestland. The Department of Forestry manages the forest for DSL under the purview of the State Land Board.

2015 FIRE SEASON UPDATE
Fire Protection Division staff will provide the Board a status report on the 2015 wildfire season, including ongoing coordination with forest landowners and ODF's federal, state and local agency partners in Oregon's fire protection system.

OFRI WOOD PROMOTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is one of six programs in Oregon to receive a U.S. Department of Agriculture Wood Innovations Grant. OFRI's executive director, Paul Barnum, will provide an overview of how the grant dollars will be used to develop a statewide wood products promotion and education program.

BARRED OWL REMOVAL
The Board will receive a briefing on discussions between ODF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) regarding USFW's Barred Owl Removal Research Project, including ODF's participation and related discussions on a Safe Harbor Agreement. As part of the recovery plan for the threatened Northern Spotted Owl, USFW is implementing a research project to evaluate the effects of Barred Owl removal on Northern Spotted Owl populations.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Board will meet in executive session for the purpose of consultation with legal counsel, in this instance on the subject of threatened and endangered species in state-owned forests. The session is closed to the public, but members of the news media may attend, under provisions of ORS 192.660. The Board holds such sessions from time to time to discuss various ongoing legal cases as well as to confer on attorney-client privileged communication. By law, no decisions are to be made in an executive session.

MEETING DETAILS
The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building (C), at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

A general public comment period on items not listed on the agenda is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board deliberates.

Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.

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

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregon.gov/odf. ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
"Good guy" wins $71,527 Keno 8-spot (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 07/16/15
Paul Krutsch of McMinnville
Paul Krutsch of McMinnville
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July 15, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Paul Krutsch of McMinnville had sat back and watched his friends win their Keno games at the American Legion and hoped that one day he would win more than $2.

"I have one friend who won $45,000 and always wins the bigger prizes," Krutsch said. "My other friend is always winning $70, $80, $90. Meanwhile, I am the guy who is always winning $2."

Krutsch said he was talking about that very subject, when he was comforted by his pals.

"They said as good as I am to my kids, I was sure to win the big one at some point," he said. "That's when my numbers started popping up on the Keno monitor, one right after another. It was amazing."

Sure enough, after this conversation Krutsch won the Keno 8-Spot rolling jackpot prize of $71,527.70 while playing with his friends at the McMinnville American Legion.

"We had a ton of fun, and it was really exciting," he said. "I had a sleepless night I was so worked up."

Krutsch, who has been married 45 years, said he has three children in their 40s who he is always helping out and giving advice to.

"This money is going towards my retirement," he said. "Now I won't feel so bad the next time I hang out!"

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, they 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 over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Paul Krutsch of McMinnville
07/15/15
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility participates in summer children's event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/15/15
Governor Kate Brown with a CCCF mother and her children
Governor Kate Brown with a CCCF mother and her children
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In partnership with the local Wilsonville Rotary Club, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility held its annual Through a Child's Eyes (TACE) event on July 11 and 12. This year, Governor Kate Brown attended the festivities on Saturday. She was able to speak with many mothers, children, and staff - and was impressed by what she witnessed.

TACE is an opportunity for women in custody and their children to spend the afternoon in a setting promoting family bonding and interaction. Mothers and their children come together in a setting that enables them to interact in a more relaxed and friendly environment. These families share a BBQ meal and participate in a variety of outdoor activities that encourage pro-social behaviors, while the mothers utilize the parenting skills they have learned during incarceration.

TACE has almost 200 volunteers including DOC staff, Rotarians, religious representatives, service-oriented business members, and dozens more who help with this unique program and make the weekend a success. The TACE event is open to minimum and medium-custody inmates who have at least six months clear conduct and have completed parenting education (or are enrolled in the classes).

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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Attached Media Files: Governor Kate Brown with a CCCF mother and her children
Results from Spring 2015 ThoughtExchange community engagement available to public
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 07/15/15
WALLA WALLA - Results from the Walla Walla Public Schools community engagement process through ThoughtExchange are now available to the public. Visit wwps.thoughtexchange.com to learn more about the priorities of Walla Walla Public Schools.

A total of 773 stakeholders contributed nearly 2000 thoughts during the Spring 2015 engagement. The district is using ThoughtExchange to gain a better understanding about its strengths and the areas in which it can improve.

"We have heard loud and clear you truly appreciate our teachers and staff and parents want to be involved and engaged within the school," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "We have also heard your concerns around our school facilities and the impact the changes to testing practices might have on the quality of education."

Jordan says the information from ThoughtExchange will be used to align focus areas and goals with the high expectations of the Walla Walla community. The district will conduct another community engagement through ThoughtExchange this fall and is encouraging community members to take time to Join the Conversation.

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Marine Board Approves Round One Grants for Eastern OR Boating Facilities
Oregon Marine Board - 07/15/15
The Oregon State Marine Board approved several grants for boating access facility improvements in the Eastern region of the state at their last quarterly Board meeting, held on June 23, in Salem. The agency received 34 applications for Round 1 Grants that identified
$11 million in project needs with $6.2 million requested from the Marine Board. The Board awarded $2,404,966 in state funds and $1,951,296 in federal funds for the 2015-2017 boating facility improvement projects.

For a comprehensive list of the financial contributions to the projects, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/news/2015/EasternORR1Grants.pdf

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will replace two of Lake Billy Chinook's existing floating restrooms which are both over 10 years old. The older units will be replaced with state-of-the-art flush restrooms that are designed to reduce maintenance costs and improve efficiency. The new restrooms will be installed in the spring of 2016. The older floating restrooms will be retro-fitted and relocated to other waterbodies in Oregon. OPRD also received another grant that will pay for the reconstruction of the upper portion of the boat ramp at Indian Creek on Owyhee Reservoir. The maneuver area will also be expanded and reconfigured to improve traffic flow, separate from other park uses. The upgrades will be ADA accessible.

Union County will replace the 15-year old boarding docks with new, self-adjusting boarding docks at Thief Valley Reservoir. The new docks will be easier for the county to maintain. The county expects to have the project completed in 2016.

The US Forest Service will use the grant funds to pay for final design and engineering plans to repair the boat ramp, dock, retaining wall and gangway that was destroyed during an episodic 2012 flood.

And finally, McNary Yacht Club on the Mid-Columbia River, for a new pumpout. The Yacht Club does not charge a fee for use of the pumpout, which is a tremendous service to boaters.
The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities. Fees charged by waterway managers for parking and launching, reduces Maintenance Assistance Program funds the Marine Board provides for qualifying grant recipients.

For more information about boating facility grants, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) demonstration planned for media
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/15
PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The media is invited to the Prineville/Crook County Airport, Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 10:00 am to participate in an interagency presentation focusing on Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT's). The SEAT demonstration will include a retardant load drop adjacent to the airport. Fire managers, local agency personnel and FireIce(R) representatives will be present to answer questions.

SEAT's are nimble aircraft capable of flying in steep terrain, with fast turn-around times. The retardant dropped from SEAT's aids firefighters on the ground by cooling and slowing the spread of the fire and allowing resources and equipment to safely get in position to put the fire out. SEAT's are another tool in the toolbox for fire managers to suppress fires at the initial attack stage, limiting damage to resources and saving the state and landowners the cost of large expensive fires. The SEAT's based in Prineville are under contract with the Oregon Department of Forestry, but are available for deployment to fires on lands managed by other agencies.

The media is asked to gather at the Prineville/Crook County Airport main parking area at 10:00 am for a briefing of the demonstration and presentation from fire managers. The SEAT retardant drop will occur following this presentation near the taxi-way on the west side of the airport. Following the load drop the media will be escorted to the SEAT base area for photographs, question and answer opportunities, and discussion with fire managers.

The demonstration could be cancelled due to fire activity.

For more information, contact Christie Shaw, ODF Central Oregon District. Please RSVP to christie.shaw@oregon.gov.
Improve your home energy knowledge at free workshop
Pacific Power - 07/15/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, July 15, 2015
503-813-7291

Improve your home energy knowledge at free workshop
Co-sponsored by Pacific Power and Energy Trust of Oregon, a series of seminars across Oregon will tell customers about saving energy
PORTLAND, Ore. - How much electricity and money can you save? What is the single biggest energy user in your home? Do you need to install insulation or change your habits? How can you reduce your energy usage? What incentives are available for new appliances, lighting or other energy efficiency changes?
Discover solutions and suggestions to these and other energy efficiency questions at a series of the free seminars offered this summer throughout Pacific Power's Oregon service area. Besides getting the low-down on energy-saving opportunities, customers also will receive the information they need to create an energy saving action plan.
The evening workshops, set for 23 cities throughout Oregon, will explore how energy works in a home and how homeowner actions can make significant impacts on energy usage. Those attending will develop a deeper understanding of home energy use, the effects of appliances and systems on their energy bills and how simple changes can reduce an individual's energy use and carbon footprint.
Learn about the different types of heating and cooling equipment, which are the most energy efficient and why. Get up close to a ductless heat pump.
See a demonstration of a water heater and its components, and learn how a leaky water heater can be a costly energy waste.
Discover the difference between incandescent, CFL and LED lighting.
Register online at pacificpower.net/bewattsmart to reserve your spot.
Participants also learn how to utilize Energy Trust of Oregon incentives to reduce costs, increase comfort and improve indoor air quality and discover what diagnostic testing can do for one's home. The workshop will help homeowners decide whether a project is do-it-yourself or if it requires professional services
After attending, participants will better understand how to:
Recognize the most cost-effective energy improvements for the home
Save energy and improve their home's comfort, health and safety
Insulate from rising energy costs
Save money with Energy Trust of Oregon cash-back incentives
Workshop Schedule
All sessions are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
July 21 - Lakeview, Lake District Hospital
July 22 - Klamath Falls, Ross Ragland Cultural Center
July 28 - Madras, The Inn at Cross Keys Station
July 29 - Prineville, Room 1868
July 30 - Bend, McMenamins Old St. Francis School
July 31 - Redmond, Comfort Suites Redmond Airport
Aug. 11 - Pendleton, Pendleton Convention Center
Aug. 12 - Enterprise, Lear's Pub & Grill
Aug. 18 - Corvallis, Comfort Suites
Aug.19 - Albany, Phoenix Inn Suites
Aug. 20 - Dallas, BeckenRidge Vineyard
Aug. 21 - Sweet Home, Sweet Home Elk's Lodge
Aug. 25 - Astoria, The Loft at the Red Building
Aug. 26 - Seaside, Seaside Civic & Convention Center
Aug. 27 - Lincoln City, Chinook Winds Casino
Sept. 1 - Coos Bay/North Bend, Mill Casino
Sept. 2 - Cottage Grove, Village Green Resort
Sept. 3 - Roseburg, Holiday Inn Express
Sept. 9 - Portland, McMenamins Kennedy School
Sept.10 - Hood River, Best Western Hood River Inn
Sept. 15 - Medford, Inn at the Commons
Sept. 16 - Grants Pass, Taprock Event Center
Sept. 17 - Cave Junction, Carlos Restaurante

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About Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Oregonians benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $600 million on energy costs. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible and builds a sustainable energy future. For more information visit www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.
Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Oregon timber harvest remains steady above four billion board feet for the second year (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/15
A forest thinning operation on the Deschutes National Forest.
A forest thinning operation on the Deschutes National Forest.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
July 15, 2014

Contacts Brandon Kaetzel, ODF Principal Economist, 503-945-7413; brandon.kaetzel@oregon.gov
Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (cell), jeri.chase@oregon.gov

For the second year, Oregon's timber harvest has remained above four billion board feet. While private lands have remained steady, the real story is on our state's federal lands. Overall, Oregon had a 1.74 percent decrease in timber harvest for a 2014 total of 4.13 billion board feet.

Approximately 49 percent, or 30.2 million acres, of Oregon is forested. Federal forestlands account for 60 percent of these forestlands, industrial forestlands for 19 percent, family forestland owners own 15 percent, state-owned forests comprise three percent, and all other forestland owners (counties, Tribal, etc.), three percent.

The largest increases, by percentage, in timber harvest were on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands (almost entirely west of the Cascades) and on United States Forest Service (USFS) lands east of the Cascades. The BLM harvest increased 26.67 percent to 209 million board feet. This can mostly be attributed to salvage logging from the Douglas Complex fire and 36-month contracts on green timber that purchasers harvested while prices were high. The USFS overall had a decrease in harvest of 1.28 percent (statewide) to 387 million board feet. However, the USFS had a 32 percent increase in harvest east of the Cascades, buoyed by significant increases in Lake County (468 percent increase) and in Grant and Harney counties (41 percent increase, combined). The Lake County increase is due to the implementation of the Fremont-Winema National Forest's accelerated landscape restoration efforts, while increases in Grant and Harney counties are the result of local collaborative agreements and full implementation of the 10-year Stewardship Contract on the Malheur National Forest.

State lands had a decrease from 252 million board feet in 2013 to 230 million board feet in 2014 for an 8.7 percent decrease in harvest.

Private industry harvest decreased statewide by 4.96 percent from 2013 to 2014 to 2.63 billion board feet. These decreases were present on both sides of the Cascades, but were most prominent on the east side, as a percentage, where private industry harvest declined by approximately 35 percent. Non-industrial private landowners had a 9.2 percent increase (statewide) in harvest to a 2014 total of 558 million board feet.

Harvests on Native American forestlands decreased approximately 14 percent from 66 million board feet in 2013 to 57 million board feet in 2014.

Looking forward, it is expected that harvests will remain around the four billion board feet mark. Issues with exports and port access, along with housing starts not materializing to the 1.5 million start mark that some experts had expected, may keep the harvest rate from rising any further or could lead to slight decreases. The BLM is currently working toward adopting a new management plan for western Oregon that could also affect public harvests west of the Cascades in years to come, an important source of fiber to southern Oregon mills. Likewise, federal funding levels for the USFS, the extent of collaborative agreements, and adequate market outlets for small-diameter trees provide uncertainty around the harvest levels on the east side.

A link to the 2014 report, as well as links to previous years' annual reports, is available on the department's website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/STATE_FORESTS/FRP/annual_Reports.aspx.


NOTE: One board foot of lumber is one foot wide, one foot long, and one inch thick, or the equivalent in volume. Construction of an approximately 1,800-square-foot house requires about 10,000 board feet.

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Attached Media Files: A forest thinning operation on the Deschutes National Forest.
Oregon Lottery Facebook page offers prizes that cost nothing
Oregon Lottery - 07/15/15
Most people think of winning Oregon Lottery prizes when they buy tickets for Scratch-it games, a big jackpot game like Oregon's Game Megabucks or Powerball, or games like Keno and Win for Like. Thanks to social media, there's a way to win great Oregon Lottery prizes that cost nothing.

For a chance to win tickets to the Cape Blanco Music Festival or an all-expense-paid trip to Michigan to watch the Oregon State Beavers play the Michigan Wolverines this football season, the Lottery's Facebook page is the place to go. "For over a year, the Lottery has been offering great prizes on our Facebook page," said Oregon Lottery Online Marketing Manager Shad Barnes. "By simply following us on Facebook and commenting on one of our giveaways, people are entered for a chance to win some really outstanding prizes."

Currently, over 46,000 people have become Oregon Lottery Facebook followers. Given the odds of winning games like Powerball or Mega Millions, the odds of winning a Lottery Facebook prize are much better. "Here are some tips to help make sure people don't miss any of the amazing chances to win posted on our Facebook page," said Barnes. "Be sure to prioritize our posts in your news feed. First, go to the Lottery's Facebook Timeline page. Then, hover over the 'Following' button. Finally, select 'See First,' that way you'll be sure to always see these posts when we put them online."

Go to the Oregon Lottery Facebook page and be watching for other great prizes including tickets to Portland Timbers and Thorns matches, the Bi-Mart Country Music Festival as well as 100 of the new "10X" Scratch-it tickets.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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07/14/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon June 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/14/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Rises in June, Job Growth Continues


Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in June, a slight increase from May's rate of 5.3 percent. The increase was not a surprise because one characteristic of Oregon's labor market following the Great Recession has been small increases in the unemployment rate during the summer months. Unemployment typically rises each summer as movers to Oregon, recent graduates, and students on summer break look for jobs. However, the influx of unemployed during each of the past four summers was larger than expected, which led to temporary increases in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate. This summer could be showing a similar pattern.

Despite the slight increase in June, the unemployment rate remained significantly lower than the June 2014 rate of 7.0 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate in June remained close to the national unemployment rate of 5.3 percent.

Oregon's labor force participation rate was 60.3 percent in June, the lowest participation rate since comparable records began in 1976. Put another way, three out of every five Oregonians, 16 years and over, are working or looking for work. Labor force participation has been falling as a larger share of the population reaches retirement age and leaves the labor force. Oregon's trend is similar to the nation's. The national labor force participation rate was 62.6 percent in June, the lowest it has been since 1977.

Oregon's payroll employment added a seasonally adjusted total of 2,300 jobs in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retail trade added 3,100 jobs, bouncing back from a loss of 1,400 jobs in May. The government sector added 1,800 jobs, most of which were in local government. Other industry sectors registered smaller job gains or losses, resulting in the total gain of 2,300 jobs.

Taking a longer-term view, payroll employment grew by 52,100 jobs since June 2014. The resulting over-the-year job growth rate was 3.0 percent in Oregon, much faster than the national job growth rate of 2.1 percent. Oregon's over-the-year job growth has consistently outpaced the nation since 2013.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, July 21st, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 18th.
Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industry employment components.

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



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

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

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


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/930/86174/employment_in_Oregon_--_June_2015_--_press_release.pdf
Department of Early Learning to Issue Updated Safe Sleep Guidelines
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 07/14/15
OLYMPIA, WA --The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) is in the process of updating safe sleep guidelines, policies and procedures for licensors to use when licensing child care centers and family home providers.

"We are happy to revisit our current policy and procedures regarding safe sleep, and to consistently apply the most effective guidelines possible to our licensing work," said Mary Kay Quinlan, DEL's Early Learning & Child Care Statewide Licensing Administrator. "We want licensed care providers, parents and the public to have access to training and to continually practice safe sleep guidelines to promote the safety of children throughout Washington."

DEL's website was recently updated with safe sleep training modules (in both English and Spanish), and new Washington Administrative Code (WAC) sections regarding safe sleep in child care have been drafted and filed to reflect the most up-to-date guidelines for safe sleep. After public input, the new WAC regarding safe sleep should be approved by the end of the summer.

DEL's training explains the importance of protecting infants during a crucial time of their development, and also allows providers, parents and the public to learn about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and what you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS with recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, focusing on a safe sleep environment. Resources to print out are included in these training modules.

The updated guidelines will state that infant safe sleep practices must be followed when infants are napping or sleeping. In child care (either at a center or at a family home setting), staff must do the following when practicing safe sleep in accordance with the updated WAC:
Place an infant to sleep on his or her back. If the infant has turned over while sleeping, the infant does not need to be returned to his or her back;
Not allow blankets, stuffed toys, pillows, crib bumpers and similar items in the infant sleeping equipment, or allow a blanket to cover or drape over the sleeping equipment;
Not cover an infant's head and face during sleep;
Take steps so infants do not get too warm during sleep with the infant's arms free; and
Not place the infant in another sleeping position other than on their back, or use a sleep positioning device unless required by a written directive or medical order from the infant's health care provider. This directive or medical order must be in the infant's file.

In the proposed WAC update, child care staff at a licensed facility who work with infants must complete annual safe sleep training and document this training annually. If a violation occurs, the provider must post notice of the violation in the licensed space and within five working days of receiving the notice, provide parents and guardians of the enrolled child with a letter describing the sleep violation and written information on safe sleep practices.

To read the full listing of current child care licensing requirements, visit del.wa.gov.


The Department of Early Learning was created in 2006 to help all Washington children reach their full potential. DEL oversees the state-funded preschool program, child care licensing and subsidies, early intervention services, and other initiatives and programs to support parents as children's first and most important teachers. For more information, go to www.del.wa.gov.


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/5169/86171/PR_Safe_Sleep_7-14-15_FINAL.docx
07/13/15
Serious Injury Crash Injures Three In Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/13/15
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On July 13, 2015 at approximately 12:52pm, OSP Troopers responded to a head on motor vehicle crash on US 20 at milepost 240 (six miles west of Vale).

According to Lieutenant Mark Duncan, preliminary information revealed that a 2005 Chrysler Sebring was traveling eastbound on HWY 20 near milepost 240 when the operator, a seventeen year old female, of Ontario, was distracted with her vehicle's radio when entering sweeping curve.

The juvenile's vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a 2013 Volkswagon Passat head-on. The operator of the VW, Scott HENDERSON, age 56, of Waupin, WI and his passenger, Faye HENDERSON, age 54, of Waupin, WI were injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The juvenile driver of the Chrysler was also taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Highway 20 was closed for about two hours during the investigation. All parties are believed to be wearing their seatbelts.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Vale Ambulance, Treasure Valley Paramedics, and the Vale Fire Department. The investigation is still continuing and more information will be releases when it is available.


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OHA issues advisory for soft-shell clams along Oregon Coast
Oregon Health Authority - 07/13/15
EDITORS: Oregon Public Health Division staff members will be available for interviews from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. TODAY (July 13) in Room 1-A (first floor), Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

July 13, 2015

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

OHA issues advisory for soft-shell clams along Oregon Coast
Removing skin from clam's siphon dramatically reduces arsenic levels, public health officials say

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a health advisory for the length of the Oregon Coast for soft-shell clams because they contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic.

The advisory is most important for people who dig their own clams and target the specific species Mya arenaria, since these clams are not commercially available in markets or restaurants.

The advisory, issued today by the OHA Public Health Division, recommends removing the skin from the siphon, or "neck," of soft-shell clams before eating them. Soft-shell clams are found primarily in estuary and intertidal regions of the Oregon coast. This advisory stems from tests the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) performed on a variety of shellfish species collected along the Oregon coast as part of its Water Quality Toxics Monitoring Program.

DEQ's tests found that when analyzed whole without the shell, soft-shell clams contained unusually high levels of inorganic arsenic. Most of the arsenic was concentrated in the skin covering the clam's siphon. Researchers found that by removing the skin covering the siphon before eating, the arsenic can be greatly reduced, to levels that are not harmful.

Arsenic levels varied along the Oregon coast: Clams on the north coast had the most arsenic; clams on the south coast had the least arsenic; clams on the central coast were in between.

Those planning to eat soft-shell clams with siphon skins intact should review the OHA's recommended meal limits, which are available at www.healthoregon.org/fishadv.

The advisory does not include other species of shellfish. In addition to soft-shell clams, DEQ tested Olympia oysters (a native species of oyster), California mussels, and purple varnish clams, and determined these species are not of concern. The tests looked for a wide range of potential contaminants, including other metals such as cadmium, mercury, and selenium; chlorinated pesticides like DDT and chlordane; polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); dioxins and furans; tributyl tin; and brominated flame retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs). None of these other contaminants were present at high enough concentrations to pose a public health risk.

Public health officials say that since the arsenic contaminating the clams is naturally occurring, the advisory is likely to be permanent.

By issuing the advisory, health officials hope to increase the public's awareness of shellfish species to be avoided, those to keep eating, and ways to reduce exposure to known contaminants when possible. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in shellfish, it is equally important to keep shellfish on the table. Health officials continue to encourage everyone to eat a variety of shellfish as part of a healthy diet.

OHA officials emphasize the advisory is about encouraging people to be cautious about certain kinds of shellfish, not all types of shellfish, and to prepare them correctly.

"Because eating shellfish and other aquatic species can be an important part of a healthy diet, we want people to continue eating shellfish," said toxicologist David Farrer, Ph.D., of OHA's Public Health Division. "If they plan to consume soft-shell clams, we just recommend they remove the siphon skin before eating them."

To learn more online about why fish is good for you and get information about fish consumption advisories in Oregon, visit www.healthoregon.org/fishadv.

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Historic Cemeteries Commission meets July 17 in Bend
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/13/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. July 17 at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

This meeting is in conjunction with the historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 18. All of the events are free and open to the public. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery, about 1.8 miles north of Tumalo on the Cline Falls Highway. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Monday, July 13, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/13/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Monday, July 13, 2015.

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported starting on ODF-protected forestlands in the past 72 hours.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(Final Report): Northeast Oregon District - Pendleton Unit: The lightning-caused Table Rock Fire, which started on July 9 and burned in grass and brush on ODF-protected lands approximately 8 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, was reported as 100 percent contained at 218 acres on Friday afternoon, July 13. More information: http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com.

(Final Report): North Cascade District - Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is now 100 percent contained at approximately 79 acres and in full mop-up. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 13, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 158 fires burned 1,129 acres
Human-caused fires: 342 fires burned 707 acres
Total: 500 fires burned 1,836 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 13):
Lightning-caused fires: 69 fires burned 839 acres
Human-caused fires: 237 fires burned 1,809 acres
Total: 306 fires burned 2,648 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF proves fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

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Jeri Chase, ODF PIO
PH: 503-945-7201
Cell: 503-931-2721
jeri.chase@Oregon.gov
07/12/15
Red Cross Provides Assistance After Weekend Fires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/12/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region provides immediate emergency assistance for individuals and families affected by disasters throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. These residential fires all occurred the weekend of July 10:

A July 10 single-family fire in the 200 block of SE Third Street in Irrigon, Morrow County, Ore. affected two adults, one child, and two pets. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, and recovery information.

A July 11 multi-family fire in the 4700 block of Teralee Lane in Eugene, Lane County, Ore. affected four adults, three children and two pets. The Red Cross provided comfort kits and information on disaster stress management.

A July 10 single-family fire in the 300 block of SE 105th Ave in Vancouver, Clark County, Wash. affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided comfort kits and information on disaster stress management.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
07/10/15
Highway 26 Crash Takes Life of Bend Man - Wheeler County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/10/15
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On July 9, 2015 at around 10:00PM, Grant County 911 and the Oregon State Police received the report of an overdue/missing motorcyclist that had been traveling from Bend to Baker City. Law enforcement personnel conducted area checks on HWY 26 but were unsuccessful in locating the motorcyclist during the night.

According to Sergeant Tom Hutchison, on July 10, 2015 around 9:00AM, an OSP Trooper on patrol located the missing motorcyclist deceased on HWY 26 near milepost 93 in Wheeler County.

Preliminary information is that a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Michael C DENMARK, age 64, of Bend was traveling eastbound on HWY 26, when for unknown reasons left the roadway. The motorcycle traveled a short distance on the gravel shoulder before dropping off a steep embankment and coming to rest at the bottom. The location DENMARK was found was not easily seen by passing motorists and evidence of the crash was minimal.

The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Photo Release: Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing dedicates new alert barn at Portland Air National Guard Base (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/10/15
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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, addresses attendees at the offical ribbon cutting ceremony for a new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. Fitzgerald emphasized the use of the third alter barn as a key factor in the Aerospace Control Alert mission that the 142nd Fighter Wing performs to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, discusses the role of the 142nd Fighter Wing with regard to its Aerospace Control Alert mission during the offical ribbon cutting ceremony for the new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. The 142 Fighter Wing is tasked with protecting the skies over the Pacific Northwest, from northern California to the Canadian border, and extending out along the Pacific coastline. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, center right, and Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, center left, along with other dignitaries, take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. The third alter barn will play a key role in the Aerospace Control Alert mission that the 142nd Fighter Wing performs to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, addresses attendees at the offical ribbon cutting ceremony for a new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. Fitzgerald emphasized the use of the third alter barn as a key factor in the Aerospace Control Alert mission that the 142nd Fighter Wing performs to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/10/15
AGENDA

Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: OHCS; Conference Room 124a/b;
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B, Salem Oregon 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330


1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
June 5, 2015

4. Update on Columbia Knoll Apartments - Ryan Miller, Asset Management & Compliance Manager

5. 2015 NOFA Offerings, Progress Update - Julie Cody, Assistant Director Housing Finance

6. 2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Award Recommendations - Director Van Vliet

a. Overview and Staff Presentation, Julie Cody, OHCS
i. HOME Projects
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ii. Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Projects by Region
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b. Public Comment

7. Legislative Session Wrap-up -Director Van Vliet; Rem Nivens, Assistant Director of Public Affairs

8. Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair

Adjourn State Housing Council meeting.


Next meeting:
The next meeting is scheduled for September 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b. Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330.

Please note the change in meeting schedule - the regularly scheduled meeting in August has been cancelled.
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet July 24 in Bend
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 07/10/15
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24 in Bend.

Among the items slated for discussion is recruitment for the position of State Geologist. The State Geologist serves as the Agency's Executive Director. Public comment will be taken on the recruitment process, timeline and hiring standards and criteria, which will be posted at www.OregonGeology.org one week before the meeting.

A full meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1MiIpd2

The meeting will take place at Mount Bachelor Village, 19717 Mount Bachelor Drive, Bend, in the Summer Twilight conference room.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Friday, July 10, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/10/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Friday, July 10, 2015.

Widespread thunderstorms and lightning moved throughout much of Oregon yesterday and last night, igniting numerous small fires on forestlands throughout Oregon, including those protected by ODF. Some of that lightning came with some precipitation, which is predicted to continue as an overall cooler weather pattern moves into and throughout much of Oregon. Cooling and minor amounts of rainfall have not appreciably decreased fire danger, however, and the public is still urged to continue to be fire-safe while enjoying or working in Oregon's fires.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
(Initial Report): Northeast Oregon District - Pendleton Unit: Firefighters from around the area have responded to a fire ignited by a thunderstorm on Thursday evening on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla (CTUIR). The Table Rock Fire, burning approximately 8 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, was estimated at 400 acres. This morning, the fire is 100 percent lined and in mop-up. The fire suppression is being led by ODF, with firefighters and/or equipment assisting from Helix, Echo, Stanfield, and Pilot Rock Rural Fire Departments, Pendleton Fire Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, CTUIR Tribal Fire, and Umatilla National Forest. Burning in mostly grass and brush, this morning the fire is 100 percent lined and in mop-up. Unless the situation warrants more reports, this will be the only report on this fire. More information: http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com

(Updated Report): North Cascade District - Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, remains at approximately 79 acres and is now estimated as 85 percent contained, with full containment expected around Monday (July 13). Approximately 120 firefighting personnel remained on this fire late yesterday afternoon, however resources continue to be released as the fire is more fully contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 10, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 130 fires burned 1,014 acres
Human-caused fires: 329 fires burned 673 acres
Total: 459 fires burned 1,687 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 10):
Lightning-caused fires: 53 fires burned 501 acres
Human-caused fires: 223 fires burned 1,428 acres
Total: 276 fires burned 1,949 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF proves fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 07/10/15
July 10, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, July 17. The primary focus of the meeting will be to review the 2014 HST Performance Report; finalize 2016 measure selection; and begin 2016 benchmark selection. Public testimony will be heard at 11:30 a.m.

When: Friday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915-042.

Agenda:

-- Welcome and consent agenda;
-- Elections;
-- Updates;
-- Presentation: 2014 HST Performance Report and Quality Pool Distribution;
-- Public testimony;
-- Finalize 2016 measure selection;
-- Begin 2016 benchmark selection;
-- Wrap-up / adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

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

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MEDIA ALERT - Balloon Launch Postponed Due to High Winds
ESD 123 - 07/10/15
KENNEWICK, WA - The planned weather balloon launch at the 21st Century Summer Program site at Amistad Elementary in Kennewick has been postponed due to high winds. More information will be communicated when a new date and time is rescheduled for the balloon launch.

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

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Oregon Lottery to Present Boardman Chevron with $55,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 07/10/15
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14

WHERE: Boardman Chevron, 101 N. Main, Boardman, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a ceremonial $55,000 bonus check to the Boardman Chevron for selling a $5.5 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

BACKGROUND: Steve Myren of Boardman purchased his winning $5.5 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket at the Chevron in Boardman off Interstate 84. Myren is the 246th Megabucks millionaire and players have won more than $18 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks this year. (Mr. Myren has been invited to the event and said he would try to attend.)

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to employees at the Boardman Chevron and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery giveaways to attendees.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Be alert for debris flows in northeast Oregon
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 07/09/15
PENDLETON, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Friday afternoon through evening for areas of northeast Oregon, including Wallowa County, the Grand Ronde Valley, John Day Basin, northern and southern Blue Mountains, and the Ochoco-John Day Highlands. The northwest Blue Mountains of Washington are also included in the watch.

Debris flows are possible in areas with steep terrain, particularly within wildfire burn scars, during this weather event. Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can easily travel a mile or more, depending on the terrain. They will transport boulders and logs in a fast-moving soil and water slurry.

"Recent wildfires have made land less stable," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Heavy rain is a common landslide trigger, so it's important to be aware of the potential hazard during this storm."

For latest updates, visit: 1.usa.gov/1HQJGua

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Caution should be used when traveling. According to DOGAMI, the most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): www.oregongeology.org/slido
Landslide and debris flow resources: bit.ly/landslidehazards
Summer Boating Requires Good Decision-Making (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/09/15
Water rescue on the Willamette River of a boater who got caught in a log jam and strainer. The boater was successfully rescued.
Water rescue on the Willamette River of a boater who got caught in a log jam and strainer. The boater was successfully rescued.
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Summer is boating season, compelling flocks of people to visit Oregon's waterways to cool off and escape the heat. Boating started early with a warm spring, and this summer is turning out to be one for the record books. When heading out to the water, bring your boat and your gear, but don't forget to bring your good judgment as well.

Your judgment could be the difference between a great day on the water and a tragic end. Oregon already has 11 boater deaths this year and we are only half way through the year. This compares to seven deaths in 2014. Of the 11 fatalities, nine were not wearing life jackets, seven were in non-motorized watercraft, and five are being investigated for being under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Many of these deaths were preventable.

"This year, "partying" turns out to be a serious killer. Alcohol and drugs are implicated in nearly half the fatalities and it's like we've turned back the clock a decade," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board. "Even a small amount of alcohol, when combined with sun and wind can impair your judgment. If you intend to recreate on Oregon's waters, leave the alcohol and drugs behind, get the right gear, wear your lifejacket and pay attention to your surroundings," Henry adds.

It is essential for boaters to carry the proper equipment, including lights for nighttime operation that conform with state law, even on paddlecraft. Waterways are becoming more crowded as the weather warms and water levels recede, so it is important for smaller craft to be visible, and for all boaters to know the rules of the road. Be vigilant by keeping a constant lookout to the front, the sides and even behind you. On moving water, this includes scouting ahead for obstructions, and not getting into water beyond your abilities.

Since June 1, marine patrol deputies have issued more than 300 citations to boat operators, where 37% were for life jacket violations (a $260 fine), and 11 individuals were arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (3.5% of all cites, up to a year in jail, $6,000 in fines). Nearly 26% of all citations relate to violations of the state's aquatic invasive species laws - either not having an AIS permit, or driving past a signed, mandatory AIS check station when transporting a boat (including paddlecraft on car rooftops). Other common citations include lack of a fire extinguisher when required ($160 fine), violating slow-no-wake zone rules ($260), or not carrying a Boater Education Card ($110).

For more information about equipment requirements, rules of the road for paddlecraft and motorized boats, and boating laws and rules, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Attached Media Files: Water rescue on the Willamette River of a boater who got caught in a log jam and strainer. The boater was successfully rescued.
MEDIA ALERT - Summer Students Launch Weather Balloon with GoPro
ESD 123 - 07/09/15
KENNEWICK, WA - Forget your boring glue and glitter summer camp project; the kids in the Amistad-Eastgate 21st Century Summer Program are launching a 350g weather balloon into the stratosphere! Third through fifth grade students participating in the summer program are finishing up their week by launching a weather balloon at 10 AM in the playground field at Amistad Elementary School, located at 930 W. 4th Ave. in Kennewick.

The 21st Century Program offers academic support and enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school hours and during the summer. In Kennewick, the Eastgate Elementary and Amistad Elementary School sites combine during the summer to provide hands-on programming for students in math, reading, science, art, and more. This week, students are experiencing science in action through a high-altitude weather balloon project, thanks to the help of their site coordinators and a Southridge High School senior.

At 10 AM on Friday, July 10, 21st Century students will launch a weather balloon equipped with live GPS tracking, a flight computer to measure altitude and temperature, and GoPro cameras to capture some amazing footage from at least 90,000 feet. Parents and families of the students have also been invited to attend the balloon launch at Amistad.

For more information, contact ESD 123 Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.947.7305 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Health advisory issued July 9 for Willamette River's Ross Island Lagoon
Oregon Health Authority - 07/09/15
EDITORS: Members of the Oregon Public Health Division's Environmental Public Health staff will be available for interviews from 4 to 4:30 p.m. TODAY (July 9) in Room 1-E (first floor), Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

July 9, 2015

A health advisory is being issued today for the Willamette River at the Ross Island Lagoon, including the mouth where it enters the Holgate Slough. Ross Island is located about one river mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in the lagoon, and toxin analysis is being performed to confirm the presence or absence of toxins. Until toxin testing can be completed and data received, the Oregon Health Authority is issuing the advisory based on visible scum and the bright green layers of cells that are visible in the water column. Once toxin data are received, the advisory will be updated or lifted based on the results.

Oregon Public Health officials advise people to avoid swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of swimming or high-speed water activities such as water skiing and power boating, in areas where blooms are identified.

Drinking water directly from the river where a bloom is identified is especially dangerous since any toxins produced cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters. People who may draw water directly out of this area for drinking or cooking are advised to use an alternative water source. No public drinking or potable water systems are affected.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from any freshwater source affected by a bloom 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 symptoms of numbness, tingling, and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. People who experience symptoms such as weakness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen.

Contact with cells from a bloom can cause skin irritation and a rash in individuals with skin sensitivities or who develop rashes easily.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to areas where blooms are identified should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the water.

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

People are encouraged to visit the river and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, and boating at low speeds, but should limit water activities that can expose them to ingestion or inhalation in those areas where a bloom is identified or an advisory is in place. The Willamette is a big river and blooms can develop in areas along its course where low flow and slow-moving water can be found. If you see areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, follow the motto "When in doubt, stay out."

For more information or to report a human or pet illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Oregon's Hospitals Celebrate 2015 Session: Cite Transparency Initiatives and Collaborative Efforts as Greatest Successes
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 07/09/15
The 2015 Legislative Session was one of the most proactive and productive in recent memory for hospitals and health care, as well as the patients hospitals serve, announced the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) today. From partnering for the fifth consecutive biennium to fund a significant portion of the state's Medicaid program, to passing landmark price transparency legislation and collaborating to update Oregon's nurse staffing law, hospitals' priorities were front and center in the legislature.

Hospitals also announced several voluntary initiatives while the legislature was in session--all designed to help Oregon patients and their communities. One of those initiatives was the announcement that Oregon hospitals will maintain their community benefit spending levels even as charity care, a significant portion of that total, drops in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals across the state also agreed to offer free care to those earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

In keeping with their commitment to quality and transparency, hospitals also launched a new website, OregonHospitalGuide.org, which currently displays the quality ratings for every hospital in the state. This user-friendly platform will incorporate further data on hospitals in future months, giving patients an ability to compare all Oregon hospitals.

"The first six months of 2015 have seen some of the most proactive initiatives by Oregon hospitals in a decade," said Andy Davidson, President and CEO of OAHHS. "Hospitals have proven their deep commitment to their communities, their patients, and the state in many ways. Our hospitals and health systems are working hand-in-hand with state and local leaders to continuously improve the health of Oregonians, and to ensure that patients can understand both the price and quality of the care they receive. Oregon is leapfrogging ahead of many states with these initiatives, and we are proud to say we are leading the way for the rest of the country."

Below are details on each of the various areas on which Oregon hospitals found partnership and success during the legislative session.

Medicaid Funding (HB 2395, signed by Gov. Brown on March 23; and HB 5526, passed July 2):

Oregon hospitals again agreed to partner with the state on a hospital tax program which, when leveraged with federal funding, will pay for a significant portion of the state's Medicaid program. The four-year agreement is estimated to generate more than $1.2 billion, which will pay for Medicaid services of all types for low income Oregonians.

Price Transparency (SB 900, passed July 6, 2015):

Oregon hospitals and many other stakeholder partners rallied to pass a bipartisan price transparency bill, SB 900, which directs the state to create a user-friendly website that displays average prices for the most common inpatient and outpatient hospital procedures, as paid by commercial insurers, giving Oregonians a better sense of the cost of care.

The price transparency bill is an integral piece of a three-pronged approach put forward by OAHHS, which would allow Oregonians to understand health care prices in advance of receiving care. Beyond the passage of the bill, OAHHS is working with members of the Oregon Health Leadership Council to build a plan that would provide insured Oregonians with cost estimates directly from their insurer, and pledging to provide good-faith estimates to uninsured and out-of-network patients in advance of care.

Nurse Staffing (SB 469, passed June 25):

Oregon hospitals worked with a variety of stakeholders to pass a SB 469, which outlined updates to Oregon's nurse staffing law. The legislation focused on ensuring patient safety and enhanced the audit and complaint investigation process by the Oregon Health Authority so that both nurses and hospitals could address deficiencies in a timely manner.

Quality Transparency:

In May, Oregon hospitals launched Oregon Hospital Guide (www.OregonHospitalGuide.org), a new website that displays hospital data on a user-friendly platform. This website is the first phase of a larger hospital transparency effort.

OregonHospitalGuide.org is the new home of data that tracks the quality of care in Oregon's hospitals--which patients can use to learn about their local community hospital. The site is designed to make complex information understandable and accessible to all Oregonians.

Community Benefit:

Earlier this year, Oregon hospitals announced a new, two-part community benefit policy package. The first initiative will provide free care for families who are not Medicaid eligible and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. This program will help ensure that even as Medicaid expands, those who do not qualify and are unable to attain insurance will receive the hospital care they need. It is estimated that 87,000 Oregonians fall into this category.

The second initiative involves hospitals keeping overall community benefit spending at or above levels from prior years. During a time when charity care - free care for patients who do not have the ability to pay - is dropping statewide as a result of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals have committed to maintain their 2015 community benefit spending based on an average of prior years, as reported to the Oregon Health Authority. This commitment will allow hospitals to reinvest those dollars in other community benefit activities which support local health needs, in addition to fulfilling their charitable obligations to their communities as tax-exempt organizations.

Economic Impact:

Oregon community hospitals accounted for $18.9 billion in economic output in Oregon in 2013, according to a study by ECONorthwest released by OAHHS in June.

Executive Summary: http://www.oahhs.org/sites/default/files/2015-Economic-Impact-Executive-Summary.pdf
Full Report: http://www.oahhs.org/sites/default/files/2015-OAHHS-Final-Economic-Report.pdf

Nearly 60,000 Oregonians are directly employed by Oregon's community hospitals and another 52,000 jobs are directly associated with hospitals, showing that community hospitals are one of Oregon's key economic engines. Those 112,000 hospital-related jobs account for 4.9 percent of the state's total employment. On a county-by-county basis, hospital jobs and associated employment generally range between 3 and 6 percent of job totals--often trailing only government-supported jobs.
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update - Thursday, July 9, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/09/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Thursday, July 9, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the last 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

North Cascade District - Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is 80 percent contained and approximately 79 acres. The fire is in full mop-up and, with continuing improved containment, firefighters have been released for rest or to other fire assignments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 9, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 122 fires burned 1,012 acres
Human-caused fires: 325 fires burned 672 acres
Total: 447 fires burned 1,684 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 9):
Lightning-caused fires: 51 fires burned 501 acres
Human-caused fires: 218 fires burned 1,428 acres
Total: 269 fires burned 1,929 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System (Inciweb) website.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF proves fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts
Wildfire smoke and air quality
Keep Oregon Green

Follow the Oregon Department of Forestry on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer/
Agency Web Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Office: 503-945-7201
Cell: 503-931-2721
Jeri.Chase@oregon.gov
Employers Report More Than 50,000 Job Vacancies in Spring
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/09/15
Oregon businesses reported 53,300 vacancies in spring 2015. That's the largest number of
vacancies ever captured by the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, and an increase of 6,400 vacancies from the prior year. The growing number of vacancies reflects continued strength in Oregon's labor market.

The ratio of unemployed Oregonians to vacancies dropped to 2-to-1 in the spring, after spending a year at 3-to-1. The national unemployed-to-vacancy ratio was also 2-to- 1. The 2-to-1 ratio is consistent with a strong economy: Oregon's Job Vacancy Survey last showed a ratio this low in the spring of 2008.

Amid solid economic growth and with many available job openings, employers are having a harder time finding the workers they need. Statewide, businesses reported that 61 percent of job vacancies were difficult to fill in the spring. That's the highest percentage in the two and a half years of the quarterly Job Vacancy Survey.

"Many businesses are finding it's getting more and more difficult to find skilled and qualified staff," said Ken Madden, owner of Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc. and Chair of the Oregon Workforce Investment Board. "That's going to be a major challenge in Oregon, with increasing job openings and the retirement of a whole generation of workers."

Businesses most commonly report a lack of applicants or a lack of qualified candidates as the primary reason for difficulty filling vacancies. In the spring, the occupations
with the largest number of difficult-to-fill vacancies in Oregon included personal care aides, several leisure and hospitality occupations such as cooks and maids, and various computer and production occupations.

Central Oregon businesses reported 6,300 vacancies in the spring. That's 2,600 more vacancies compared with last spring. Central Oregon's total was boosted by vacancies for wildland firefighters and leisure and hospitality workers. Central Oregon also reported the highest share of difficult-to-fill vacancies, at 71 percent.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey started in May 2008 and became quarterly in 2013. This survey serves as a current indicator of hiring demand and focuses specifically on characteristics of vacancies for anyone seeking a job in Oregon. In addition to developing the estimate of total vacancies in the state, the survey also provides insights on the industries hiring, wages offered, and education required. In recent years, the survey has also asked businesses whether their vacancies are difficult to fill.

The Employment Department publishes a quarterly summary of vacancy survey results, as well as annual, more detailed reports on wages, education requirements, and the reasons why businesses have difficulty filling openings.

Survey results are based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for summer 2015 will be released in October.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the "Job Vacancy Survey" section.

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.


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***Name Correction*** Idaho Man Loses Life On HWY 26 East Of Government Camp- Wasco County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/09/15
Correct spelling on victim's last name is FAWCETT.

Previous Release:
On July 6, 2015 at about 5:11PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to milepost 68 on HWY 26 for the report of a motorcycle crash. This is east of Government Camp and the HWY 35 junction. Initial information was the rider was lying on the roadway and not responding.

According to Lieutenant Pat Shortt, a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Wilbur F FAWCELL, age 63, of McCall, Idaho was traveling eastbound on HWY 26 when he struck a guardrail. FAWCELL was ejected and came to rest on the roadway. His motorcycle came to rest 500 feet from the where he struck the guardrail.

FAWCELL was declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The highway was partially closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted.

The investigation is continuing and excessive speed appears to be the contributing factor to the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation Welches Fire Department.
Pacific Power names Regional Advisory Board members
Pacific Power - 07/09/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, July 9, 2015
503-813-7291

Pacific Power names Regional Advisory Board members
Teri Cline of Klamath Falls and Willis Van Dusen of Astoria join board that helps utility stay current with local customer concerns

PORTLAND, Ore. - The former long-time mayor of Astoria and a communications professional from Klamath Falls are joining Pacific Power's Regional Advisory Board, a select group of well-respected local community leaders who work with both their communities and Pacific Power to foster effective communication both ways.

Willis Van Dusen will represent the Northern Oregon coast. He served as mayor of Astoria from 1990 to 2014 and is president of Van Dusen Beverages, Inc., a long-time north coast bottling company. The Van Dusen family enterprises, which date to 1849 in Astoria, have made them Oregon's oldest family owned business.

"We have worked closely with Willis in Astoria for decades," said Stefan Bird, Pacific Power president and chief executive officer. "It will be extremely valuable to be able to seek his insights on business and community matters. And I know he will give us the unvarnished counsel for which he is well known."

Teri Cline operates her own communications firm in Klamath Falls where she has lived for 20 years. She formerly was corporate communications manager at JELD-WEN Windows & Doors. She is deeply involved in the community in everything from the Babe Ruth World Series organization to the Ross Ragland Theatre to the Circle of Hearts Endowment Fund.

"Teri will bring a lot of energy and heart to the board," said Bird. "The RAB helps us gather ideas from our customers and to communicate important issues to the communities we serve. We are counting on Teri to provide her expertise and wisdom in these areas."

Van Dusen and Cline join three other distinguished Northwest community leaders on the Regional Advisory Board. Angela Boothroyd, of Redmond, Ore., is a financial advisor with Edward Jones; Leigh Johnson is a consultant based in Medford; and Dr. Steve VanAusdle is the president of Walla Walla Community College.

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Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet July 16 in Junction City
Oregon Health Authority - 07/09/15
July 9, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, July 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 29398 Recovery Way, Junction City

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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State Invests in Future: Early Start Act and Early Learning Budget Increase
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 07/09/15
OLYMPIA, WA --With an increase of about $150 million for the state's early learning programs and the passing of the Early Start Act on July 6, lawmakers are giving an opportunity for all children to arrive at school ready to learn; for families to break the cycle of poverty; and for the state communities to reap the rewards and the return on investment we know comes from high-quality early learning.

"It is phenomenal to see the investment in early learning," said Dr. Bette Hyde, director of the Department of Early Learning. "This 32 percent increase in the early learning budget is a testament to the Legislature's and the Governor's confidence in our vision--that Washington children start kindergarten healthy, capable, and confident in their ability to learn and succeed."

The passing of the Early Start Act and the early learning budget increase means more room for early learning opportunities throughout the entire state. Additional funding and the passing of the Early Start Act will:

Expand Early Achievers. Early Achievers is the quality rating and improvement system that helps to ensure providers can get the professional development and support they need to enhance their overall quality and that parents have the information they need to make the right choices in child care. Expanding Early Achievers will help ensure that providers can respond to the needs of their communities and provide high-quality, culturally, and linguistically competent early learning experiences.

Acknowledge that an increasingly diverse state like Washington requires an equally diverse set of child care options for families and kids. By expanding Early Achievers with intentional focus on reducing barriers to success through additional incentives and supports for providers serving our communities furthest from opportunity, the act will give providers access to the resources needed to meet new quality standards. The act would also award subsidized slots to providers that demonstrate high-quality standards, thereby improving access to high-quality care for families with low incomes.

Ensure continuity of care for families receiving Working Connections Child Care Subsidies (WCCC)-Washington State's largest child care subsidy program. The Early Start Act would ensure that families could receive WCCC subsidies for 12 continuous months, improving quality of care by strengthening the relationship between children and their early learning teachers and caregivers.

Expand systems to improve access for families and targeting resources to address the opportunity gap. The Early Start Act increases access to all models of Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) services. This will remove barriers for families by improving access to fit parents' needs and set kids up for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Set our kids and families up for continued success. This will occur by aligning the component and the service delivery models of the state-wide mixed-delivery early learning system by increasing funding and supports to home visiting, Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT) and more.

"The Early Start Act will enhance the equity, access and high quality that is at the heart of our state's early learning system," said Dr. Hyde. "With this historic act and increased budget, we can continue building on the practices, programs and policies that have made Washington state a nationally recognized leader in early learning."

More information about the implementation of Early Start Act policies will follow in the coming weeks. The first public discussion regarding the act is scheduled to occur during a panel at the Starting Strong Conference in Tacoma, August 3-5.

The full Early Start Act and and the operating budget can be reviewed by anyone online.


The Department of Early Learning was created in 2006 to help all Washington children reach their full potential. DEL oversees the state-funded preschool program, child care licensing and subsidies, early intervention services, and other initiatives and programs to support parents as children's first and most important teachers. For more information, go to www.del.wa.gov.

Media Contact: Stephanie Liden
360.725.4392 (office)
360.515.8699 (cell)
Email: Stephanie.liden@del.wa.gov


Attached Media Files: 2015-07/5169/86060/PR_State_Invests_in_Future_Budget_and_ESA_FINAL.docx
07/08/15
Wallowa Lake State Park to host overnight guided camping trip
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/08/15
Joseph, OR - Wallowa Lake State Park welcomes beginning and out-of-practice campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion July 31-Aug. 2, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more.

Activities will include a ranger-led hike, swimming in a scenic lake, and plenty of s'mores. Let's Go Camping programs are at campgrounds throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on "Things to Do"). Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/08/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

No fires 10 acres or larger were reported during the last 24 hours on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

North Cascade District - Santiam Unit: The Niagara Fire, reported on July 4 burning on state forestlands adjacent to Highway 22 near Big Cliff Dam, is 55 percent contained. There has been no increase in actual fire size in the past 24 hours, but due to more accurate mapping the size is now estimated at approximately 79 acres. The fire is in mop-up, moving towards being fully extinguished, and, with improved containment, firefighters will begin to be released for rest or to other fire assignments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

Note: The following fire was reported on Monday, July 6, but mistakenly not included in the July 7 morning fire update:
Central Oregon District - John Day Unit: The Baker Gardens Fire was reported at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, burning on ODF-protected forestlands 11 miles east of Lonerock in grass and light timber. The fire was 100 percent dozer-lined by the morning on Tuesday, July 7. The cause of the fire is under investigation. This will be the only report on this fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Corner Creek Fire - The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire, burning approximately 11 miles south of Dayville, is now approximately 28,766 acres and 40 percent contained. Private lands in the fire area are protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. ODF's Incident Management Team 1 transitioned management of this fire over to the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (IC: Brett Fillis), this morning, July 8. With the release of the ODF incident management team, and information available from the interagency team, there will be no further reports on this fire in these updates unless warranted. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4349.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015 through July 8, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 110 fires burned 1,011 acres
Human-caused fires: 317 fires burned 661 acres
Total: 427 fires burned 1,682 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 8):
Lightning-caused fires: 48 fires burned 419 acres
Human-caused fires: 213 fires burned 1,426 acres
Total: 261 fires burned 1,845 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may contact the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (mobile), or Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System (Inciweb) website.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF proves fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting effort on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather
Wildfire smoke forecasts
Wildfire smoke and air quality
Keep Oregon Green

Follow the Oregon Department of Forestry on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jeri Chase | Public Information Officer/
Agency Web Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310
Office: 503-945-7201
Cell: 503-931-2721
Jeri.Chase@oregon.gov
Niagara Fire Update, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/08/15
July 8, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Niagara Fire Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This will be the last release unless there are significant changes

Oregon Department of Forestry
North Cascades District, Santiam Unit

Blake Ellis, Incident Commander
Fire Information: Note change to (503) 859-2151, Santiam Unit Office http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

Fire at a glance:
Size: 79 acres, 55% contained
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Personnel: 180
Aircraft: One helicopter
Weather: warm and dry today

The goal now is to keep the Niagara Fire within its established containment line and work towards control. Containment is currently 55%. There has been no increase in the fire size in the last 24 hours but due to more accurate mapping with GPS its size is now 79 acres.

Mop up, the final extinguishment of the fire, is now in full swing. Infrared (heat seeing) cameras were used Tuesday night to check the perimeter and few areas with remaining heat were found within 35 feet of the fireline. Fire hose has been laid on about 85% of the fireline that will supply firefighters with water to speed their work. Higher relative humidities will also help put out the smaller embers as they are dug up and exposed to the slightly cooler, moist air. Ensuring that this fire will not re-ignite was explained this way by Blake Ellis, Incident Commander "I don't want anything popping up after the crews are sent home".

With improved containment, crews will be released to rest or to other fire assignments. The number of personnel assigned to the Niagara Fire is expected to be about 160 tomorrow, July 9, 2015.

There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time.

The Niagara Fire was first reported July 4, 2015 and is located adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.

Cooperators include: Willamette National Forest, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, Detroit-Idahna Fire District, Gates Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Corrections
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OSP Enterprise/La Grande Fish and Wildlife Division Receives Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/08/15
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently recognized the outstanding work of troopers from the Enterprise / La Grande Team when Captain Jeff Samuels announced that the team was the recipient of the Division's "Team of the Year" award for 2014. The team was presented the award at a special gathering held at the La Grande Area Command Office. This is the ninth presentation of the award since the Division implemented a program to celebrate and recognize the outstanding teamwork by OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers in protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources.

The six member Enterprise / La Grande Team, supervised by Sergeant Chris Hawkins, works out of the La Grande Area Command Office and Enterprise Worksite. Team members are:

Sergeant Chris Hawkins
Senior Trooper Kreg Coggins
Senior Trooper Kris Davis
Senior Trooper Mark Knapp
Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell
Senior Trooper Brian Miller

The Enterprise/La Grande Team is a very tight knit and cohesive team assigned to cover a vast landscape of Northeast Oregon. The Team patrols their area by truck, raft, powerboat, ATV, aircraft, horseback and on foot to cover a multitude of different terrain from valley to deep river canyons (including the Grande Ronde and Snake Rivers), not to mention the forests and wilderness areas within their patrol area.

During 2014, the Team apprehended 60 individuals for criminally violating fish and wildlife laws, seized 30 unlawfully taken wildlife, served four search warrants, and issued countless citations to those involved in fish and wildlife violations. This team is known for their commitment to protecting Oregon's natural resources and rural law enforcement services. During the presentation, Captain Samuels praised the team for their efforts and dedication; along with their devotion to working with sport groups and other constituents to address natural resource issues and concerns.

Some of the 2014 case highlights for the Enterprise/La Grande Team include:

A three month investigation into two individuals for the unlawful take of bobcats using traps and dogs in the Enterprise area. One individual was charged with 28 wildlife offenses and the second individual with 8 wildlife offenses.

A four month investigation regarding the unlawful take of a Rocky Mountain Bull Elk scoring over 319 Boone and Crocket points from the Chesnimnus Unit without a valid elk tag and while trespassing. DNA analysis was used in this case. The individual was charged with unlawful take of elk without a valid tag and criminal trespass II.

An investigation near La Grande into the unlawful take of two cow elk with a centerfire rifle during muzzleloader season. The investigation revealed that one individual did not have a tag and had borrowed a tag from someone else and provided false information to the Trooper. One individual was charged with unlawful take of antlerless elk and borrowing an elk tag, as well as, giving false information to a police officer; the second individual was charged with unlawful take of antlerless elk.

An investigation of two individuals for unlawfully shooting a buck deer in a La Grande cemetery. The cemetery had security cameras and caught the whole incident on camera, including the two individuals returning the scene afterwards with cleaner in an attempt to conceal their crime. A search warrant was used in this case. One individual was charged with hunting game mammal in prohibited area - cemetery, fail to validate big game tag and tampering with evidence; the second individual was charged with conspiracy and aiding in a wildlife offense.


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07/07/15
OSP Conducting Death Investigation In Baker County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/07/15
Oregon State Police Troopers and Detectives are conducting a death investigation in Baker County.

At about 11:30AM, OSP Detectives went to a residence in the 15000 block of Pine Creek Road in Baker County to interview a suspect from a crime. Upon contact the suspect fled into an outbuilding and shots could be heard coming from inside. It was known the suspect was alone but due to the safety concerns, more resources were called in to assist.

Around 1:00PM, law enforcement located the suspect with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. At this time it is speculated it was suicide.

The investigation will be continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
Corner Creek Fire Update, Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/07/15
July 7, 2015
12:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CENTRAL OREGON NEWS MEDIA

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Fire Information: (541) 987-2348

The Corner Creek Fire grew slightly to 27,166 acres on Monday due to fire line relocation and burnout operations along the fire's western flank. Despite some gusty winds to 30 mph late Monday afternoon, the Corner Creek Fire stayed within containment lines.

The fire is 15 percent contained and 1,100 people are assigned to the suppression effort. The majority of the work today is focused on securing the fire's perimeter and mopping up hot spots inside the fire line.

The fire is burning on public lands managed by the Ochoco National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management - Prineville District, with some private lands within or near to the burned area. The fire started June 29 from a lightning strike in the Black Canyon Wilderness.

Tomorrow at 6:00 a.m., a new incident management team will take control of the Corner Creek Fire. The fire has been managed since July 2 by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident Commander John Buckman. The incoming team is the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2, headed by Incident Commander Brett Fillis.

ODF's incident management team originally had suppression responsibility for the Sugarloaf Fire, located 8 miles north of Dayville, before the team was also assigned suppression responsibility for the Corner Creek Fire. Now that the Sugarloaf Fire is 98 percent contained, and the southern three-fourths of the Corner Creek Fire, which is near some private lands, has been significantly stabilized, ODF's incident management team is being released to be available for new fire suppression assignments.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 will continue to work with administrators from the Ochoco National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management - Prineville District, and the Oregon Department of Forestry on a full-suppression strategy for the Corner Creek Fire, which includes fire suppression operations in the Black Canyon Wilderness.

A few of the helicopters assigned to the Corner Creek Fire were used yesterday to help cool down the West Fork Fire, located 10 miles southeast of Dayville, on the Malheur National Forest.

Information about the Corner Creek Fire is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.

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Brian Ballou
Fire Prevention Specialist
ODF Southwest Oregon District
Office: (541) 665-0662
Cell: (541) 621-4156
brian.ballou@oregon.gov
FBI Seeking Information to Identify Victims in International Sextortion Case
FBI - Oregon - 07/07/15
This press release is being sent on behalf of the FBI's Office of Public Affairs as part of a national effort to educate the public, particularly parents, about the issue of "sextortion" as well as to identify other potential victims of Lucas Michael Chansler. As of now, the FBI has not identified any of Chansler's victims as having come from Oregon, but approximately 240 victims remain unidentified.



The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance to identify additional victims of convicted online predator Lucas Michael Chansler. Chansler, 31, formerly of St. Johns, Florida, was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison for engaging in an extortion scheme to produce child pornography. On August 13, 2014, Chansler pleaded guilty to nine counts of producing child pornography.

According to court testimony, Chansler targeted 350 minor victims in 26 different states throughout the United States, three Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom. One hundred and nine victims have been positively identified.

The FBI is actively working to identify Chansler's remaining victims. A list of 135 known screen names, including Myspace, Stickam, and AIM, he used while sexually extorting victims is attached to this release.

Court documents, from 2007 and continuing through January 8, 2010, show that Chansler transmitted threatening communications to hundreds of teen girls over the Internet. He transmitted these threats with the intent to extort photographs and webcam videos showing the victims exposing themselves and engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Chansler pretended to be a friend, acquaintance, or admirer of the victims on various social networking websites.

After gaining some measure of trust from a particular victim, Chansler would invite her to engage in a live video chat, and later would ask her to expose herself. Unbeknownst to the victim, he was recording the video session. Chansler often enticed his victims to expose themselves by showing a streaming video of a minor male exposing himself or engaging in sexually explicit behavior. If a victim did expose herself, he recorded it, and then demanded additional and more graphic images or webcam videos. He would inform the victim that if she did not comply, he would distribute the images and videos online, or send them to her family and friends.

Using information received from the parents of one victim and working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), agents were able to identify Chansler and locate his residence. A federal search warrant was executed at the residence on January 8, 2010.

During an interview, Chansler stated that he used social networking sites to meet girls who ranged in age from 13 to 18. He stated that he targeted underage girls because adult women were "too smart" to fall for his scheme.

Forensic analysis of Chansler's computer media revealed hundreds of folders labeled with the name of each victim. These folders contained personal information specific to the victims, as well as related chat logs and videos or digital photos. Many of the chat logs contained the threats Chansler had made to the victims. In several of the videos, the victims are seen crying and pleading with Chansler. In total, he had approximately 80,000 images and videos in his possession.

Assistant Director Joseph S. Campbell explains, "Sextortion is a growing threat both domestically and internationally. The devastating impact of these crimes on the victims, their families, and friends cannot be ignored. The FBI is committed to using our resources and leveraging law enforcement partnerships around the world to identify and arrest these criminals."

"This case serves as an example that children anywhere can be targeted for sextortion and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals accountable," said Campbell.

"I'm proud of the young girl and her parents for taking a stand against sexual exploitation by submitting the information to NCMEC's CyberTipline," said Linda Krieg, NCMEC's acting CEO. "That one CyberTipline report, through the FBI's investigation, turned out to be the tip of the iceberg involving a sophisticated child predator who allegedly victimized hundreds of children."

If you have information that may help identify victims of Lucas Michael Chansler or believe you have been victimized by him, please learn more and complete our confidential questionnaire at FBI.gov/sextortion. You can also send a confidential e-mail to FBI.VICTIMASSISTANCE@IC.FBI.GOV, contact your local FBI Field Office, or call toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).

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Note to media: There are a number of resources, including downloadable interviews with FBI agents and a sextortion victim, available at https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/july/sextortion.

Other resources, including Chansler's most common user ID's, a fact sheet for parents, radio podcasts and a related article in Glamour Magazine are attached.


Attached Media Files: Glamour - Sextortion Article , Sextortion - Fact Sheet from National Center for Missing & Exploited Children , Sextortion - FBI Fact Sheet , Sextortion - Audio Podcast , Chansler - Audio Podcast , Chansler - Most Commonly Seen ID's used
Niagara Fire Update, Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/07/15
July 7, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Niagara Fire Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oregon Department of Forestry
North Cascades District, Santiam Unit

Russ Lane, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (503) 801-8468. http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

Fire at a glance:
Size: 70 acres, 35% contained
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Personnel: 180
Aircraft: Two Type 2 helicopters
Weather: warm and dry today

A fire containment line has been established around the Niagara Fire and additional growth is not anticipated. The fire is mapped at 70 acres and containment is 35%.

The goal for July 7, 2015 is to secure the fire containment line by extinguishing all fire adjacent to it and working inward. Firefighting hose has been positioned along a portion of the line providing firefighters with a ready source of water. Tuesday night, 6,000 gallons of water were used in this effort. Where the ground is just too steep for a person to walk helicopters will drop water to cool the fire. At the morning briefing Blake Ellis, Operations Chief, established the importance of the work saying "there are challenges out there but I don't want you to go quickly over it, make sure it is 100% out".

Depending on the firefighters work today, containment is expected to steadily increase. Infrared (heat seeing) cameras were used last night to check for remaining fire along Highway 22 where the fire began. Very little fire was found in the area, and that will be put out today. Even though the fire is located on very rugged and rocky ground progress has been good. Russ Lane, Incident Commander, commented that he was "super impressed with the efforts of the firefighters".

There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time.
The Niagara Fire was first reported July 4, 2015 and is located adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.

Cooperators include: Willamette National Forest, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, Detroit-Idahna Fire District, Gates Fire Department, and Lyons Fire Department
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Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update for Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/07/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.


FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Niagara Fire - This morning, the 70-acre Niagara Fire is 35 percent contained. It is burning mostly on state forest lands in the Santiam Unit of the North Cascade District along Highway 22 adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam. Approximately 180 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, and ODF will continue to work today to secure containment lines, with two helicopters dropping water on the fire which is burning in steep terrain. ODF continues to receive valuable assistance from the Willamette National Forest and several local fire departments, as well as Oregon Department of Transportation helping ensure that traffic remains moving on Highway 22. The Niagara Fire was first reported July 4, 2015, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. More information: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Corner Creek Fire - The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire is 26,517 acres and 15 percent contained. Private lands in the fire area are protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. ODF's Incident Management Team 1 is working today to transition management of this fire over to the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (IC: Brett Fillis), who will assume command on Wednesday, July 8. More information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4349/ .


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.


The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.


FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.


January 1, 2015, through July 7, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 103 fires burned 1,009 acres
Human-caused fires: 308 fires burned 646 acres
Total: 411 fires burned 1,655 acres


10-year average (January 1 through July 2):
Lightning-caused fires: 35 fires burned 40 acres
Human-caused fires: 173 fires burned 1,360 acres
Total: 208 fires burned 1,400 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.
When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201 office, 503-931-2721 mobile, Jeri.Chase@Oregon.gov, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


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Oregon landslide research honored with geology award
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 07/07/15
NEWPORT, Ore. - Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) scientists have been nationally honored for a paper detailing a multi-year study of a large landslide on the Oregon coast.

The Geological Society of America (GSA) has announced that DOGAMI's George R. Priest and Jonathan C. Allan and co-authors are recipients of the 2015 E.B. Burwell Jr. Award for their paper on physical processes affecting the Johnson Creek landslide north of Newport.

"This is well-deserved recognition of a study that advances Oregon's understanding of coastal landslide hazards," says Ian Madin, interim State Geologist. "Congratulations to George, Jonathan and all the authors."

Priest, a geologist, and Allan, a coastal geomorphologist, work in DOGAMI's Newport field office. The two, along with co-authors William H. Schulz and William L. Ellis of the U.S. Geological Survey and Alan R. Niem and Wendy A. Niem of Pacific Geology Northwest, studied the Johnson Creek landslide as part of an ODOT-funded research project on the landslide, which has a long history of impacting Highway 101.

The paper, titled "Landslide stability: Role of rainfall-induced, laterally propagating, pore-pressure waves," appeared in Environmental & Engineering Geoscience.

The Burwell Award is the top honor of the GSA's Engineering Geology Division. The award recognizes a published paper of distinction that advances knowledge of principles or practice of engineering geology, or of related fields of applied soil or rock mechanics where the role of geology is emphasized. Established in 1968, the award honors the memory of Edward Burwell Jr., a founding member of the Engineering Geology Division and the first chief geologist of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The honorees will be recognized during the GSA Annual Meeting November 1-4 in Baltimore.
Oregon's Hospitals, Legislators Celebrate Landmark Price Transparency Bill
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 07/07/15
Lake Oswego - July 7, 2015 - The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), which represents all of Oregon's 62 community hospitals, today celebrated the passage of a bill that will set up a groundbreaking hospital price transparency website. The bipartisan bill, SB 900, supported by OAHHS and other stakeholders, passed the legislature on July 6 and is expected to be signed by Governor Kate Brown in coming days.
The bill directs the state to set up a user-friendly website that displays median prices for the most common inpatient and outpatient hospital procedures, as paid by commercial insurers, giving Oregonians a clearer view of the cost of care.

"Senate Bill 900 gives Oregonians a new resource for patient-friendly price transparency," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of OAHHS. "With a broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators and stakeholders behind the bill, Oregon should be proud that it will be leading the way in bringing price transparency to patients. Oregon hospitals applaud the efforts of all those involved, from legislators, to hospitals, to health care partners and beyond. This bill, in combination with hospitals' other price transparency initiatives, will make a difference in our state.

"SB 900 will allow me to better serve my patients in my practice as a physician," said Senator Alan Bates (D-Ashland). "I will be able to get a sense of what my referrals will mean financially to my patients. Price transparency in the health care sector is long overdue, and today Oregon took a big step forward. I applaud the hospitals for championing this approach and look forward to working with them on implementation."
"The health care system in Oregon is a national leader in many ways, and today we have taken a step toward leading on price transparency," said Senator Jeff Kruse, (R-Roseburg). "Like other industries, health care needs to compete on price and seek to deliver the best value to its customers. SB 900 will move our state and its system in that direction and I commend all those involved in this effort."

"Price transparency in Oregon got a huge boost when we passed SB 900," said Representative John Lively, (D-Springfield). "Our constituents asked for tools to manage health care expenses and we heard them loud and clear. In passing this bill, we have set in motion a process that will lead to a valuable source of information for Oregonians, which will allows them to make informed choices about health care."

Currently, Oregon receives an "F" on the influential Catalyst for Payment Reform Price Transparency scorecard, and SB 900 was designed with the intention of moving Oregon toward an "A." According to the group, one of the most important steps to receive an "A" is to pass legislation mandating price data be shown on a website in a consumer-friendly manner. SB 900 will accomplish that goal and will help move Oregon significantly up the ranks on the scorecard.

"We've worked hard to understand how to provide patients meaningful price information," added Davidson. "This measure will serve as a starting point to ensure our state becomes a national leader in providing price information patients can use. Oregonians will now be able to see the prices paid for common procedures at hospitals, which is an important step forward."

The price transparency bill is an integral piece of a three-pronged approach put forward by hospitals, which would allow Oregonians to understand health care prices in advance of care. Beyond the passage of the bill, OAHHS is:

Working with members of the Oregon Health Leadership Council to build a plan that would provide insured Oregonians with cost estimates directly from their insurer and;
Pledging to provide good-faith estimates to out-of-network patients in advance of care.

"Our three-pronged approach means that whether an Oregonian has insurance or not, whether they are in-network or out, they are able find out what a procedure will cost them ahead of time," concluded Davidson. "We needed SB 900 to ensure that all the pieces are there to serve Oregonians."

OAHHS' push for price transparency follows the recent launch of a transparency website, to provide patients with user-friendly government data about the quality of care in Oregon hospitals. The website can be found at www.orhospitalguide.org.

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Attached Media Files: 2015-07/1635/85997/FINAL_--_price_transparency_900.pdf
07/06/15
Two early Forest Service sites in Oregon listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/06/15
Hoodoo Ridge Lookout
Hoodoo Ridge Lookout
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Two early sites of U.S. Forest Service efforts in Oregon, one in Marion County and the other in Wallowa County, are among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The two places are the Hoodoo Ridge Lookout Historic District near Troy and the Olallie Meadows Guard Station near Estacada. Both indicate the types of facilities and activities undertaken by the Forest Service from its foundings a century ago through the Great Depression.

The U.S. Forest Service was launched with limited resources, yet with millions of acres of land to manage; These two places show the ingenuity and resourcefulness of early forest rangers in carrying out their myriad of duties. They are unique in their development.

The Hoodoo Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1925 to support fire detection and suppression. Initially a six-foot wide crow's nest platform in the top of a 110-foot-tall ponderosa pine, the site was supplemented in 1933 by a 101-foot-tall steel tower built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. These and several other supplemental buildings are included in the district designation.

The Olallie Meadows Guard Station was hastily and inexpensively constructed in 1910 by Forest Service personnel from site-sourced materials, including a rough-hewn peeled log foundation and walls, lodgepole pine roof and structure, hand-split cedar shake roof, and field stone steps.

The cabin served as a guard station until 1932, allowing rangers to stay overnight and to conduct forest patrols. Field rangers did a variety of tasks including managing small timber sales, fighting fires, and building roads and trails.

"We applaud the U.S. Forest Service's efforts to preserve and develop cultural heritage resources," said Chrissy Curran, the acting deputy state historic preservation officer. "These two sites help us understand how the Forest Service managed the state's forests during the first century of its existence."

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: Hoodoo Ridge Lookout National Register nomination , Press Release , Olallie Meadows Cabin National Register nomination , Hoodoo Ridge Lookout , Olallie Meadows Cabin
New State Report Highlights Non-motorized Trail Use (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/06/15
Walkers and hikers enjoy the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. A new report conducted by Oregon State University and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department shows non-motorized trail use trends in Oregon.
Walkers and hikers enjoy the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. A new report conducted by Oregon State University and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department shows non-motorized trail use trends in Oregon.
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A new state report on non-motorized trail use summarizes survey results of approximately 1,400 trail users across the state, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces.

The survey included questions about use patterns, user experiences and preferences, as well as the economic contribution of trail recreation. Non-motorized trail use includes walking, hiking, running, backpacking, bicycling on hard surface trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

"Trails continue to be the one of the main ways Oregonians from any background enjoy the outdoors," says Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. "We're hearing that people want their smaller, local trails connected to the longer, regional ones so they can enjoy a more natural experience. We agencies can get there by cooperating on planning, maintenance, and grants."

Results showed that non-motorized trail activities generated an estimated $2.1 billion in expenditure across the state in 2014. In turn, this expenditure contributed 21,730 jobs, $1 billion in value added, and $672 million in labor income. When out-of-state visitors are included, the estimated amounts increase to 24,340 jobs, $1.2 billion in value added, and $753 million in labor income.

Other highlights of the report include:
Walking and hiking are the most popular trail activities.
Walking or running with a dog off-leash was the second-most frequent activity on trails.
Two-thirds of respondents walked or ran specifically on an ocean beach at least once during the past 12 months.
Older Oregonians are less likely to participate in trail activities overall. Most popular trail activities for this demographic include walking on local trails or paths and cross-country skiing.
Eleven percent of statewide respondents use recreation-oriented trails to walk or bike to work, with the highest percentage in Lane County (36 percent).
Respondents most commonly prefer dirt surface trails for all activities other than biking on hard surface trails.
Respondents prefer creating new trails to reduce crowding, rather than letting existing trails remain crowded. This is especially true for mountain bikers.
Respondents' top priority for new trails was adding walking/ hiking trails both inside and outside one's community. Trails for hard surface bicycling were the next highest priority for within one's community, while trails for backpacking were the next highest priority for outside one's community.
Repair of major trail damage was identified as the highest funding priority over the next 10 years, followed by protection of natural features and routine trail maintenance.
The top trail concern was an inability to experience the natural environment while using trails. Respondents also indicated that they would like to see more trail information on the internet and more trail signs and markers.
Word of mouth is the most frequent source for seeking information about trails, followed by agency websites and printed maps.

OPRD contracted with Oregon State University in 2014 to conduct the survey, a component of the 2015-2024 Statewide Trails Plan. Results provide state planners with up-to-date information on trails recreation for use in local and regional planning. OPRD will also use the information in distributing grants to federal, state, and local government agencies that maintain and develop non-motorized trail opportunities.

To view the entire report, visit http://tinyurl.com/qydclea.


Attached Media Files: Walkers and hikers enjoy the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. A new report conducted by Oregon State University and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department shows non-motorized trail use trends in Oregon.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update - July 6, 2015.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/06/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Niagara Fire - The 70-acre Niagara Fire is 15 percent contained. It is burning mostly on state forest lands in the Santiam Unit of the North Cascade District along Highway 22 adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam. ODF will continue to work today to secure containment lines. Fire conditions continue to challenge firefighters, with any spot fires beyond the fire lines spreading rapidly. Slightly cooler temperatures forecast for today are expected to aid the firefighting effort. ODF has been receiving valuable assistance from the Willamette National Forest and several local fire departments. More info: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Corner Creek Fire - The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire is 26,414 acres and 15 percent contained. The fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River. Private lands in the fire area are protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. ODF's Team 1 is managing the firefighting operation.

Bunker Hill Complex - The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Complex 30 miles SE of Oakridge is 388 acres and 90 percent contained. It is burning on National Forest lands.

Dennis Creek Fire - The lightning-caused Dennis Creek Fire 15 miles east of Union is 192 acres and uncontained. The fire is burning on National Forest lands.

Jones Canyon Fire - The lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire 12.5 miles NE of Monument is 840 acres and 75 percent contained. The fire is burning on BLM lands.

Radar Fire - The human-caused Radar Fire four miles west of Burns is 400 acres and uncontained. The fire is burning on BLM lands.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through July 6, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 101 fires burned 1,009 acres
Human-caused fires: 300 fires burned 645 acres
Total: 401 fires burned 1,654 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 2):
Lightning-caused fires: 35 fires burned 40 acres
Human-caused fires: 173 fires burned 1,360 acres
Total: 208 fires burned 1,400 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website, Oregon.gov/odf

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.


NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office, 503-508-0574 mobile, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.


OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Niagara Fire update - July 6 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/06/15
Niagara Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry North Cascades District, Santiam Unit
Russ Lane, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (503) 801-8468. http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

FIRE AT A GLANCE:
Size: 70 acres, 15% contained
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Personnel: 120
Aircraft: 3 helicopters, 1 Type 1, 2 Type 2
Weather: warm and dry today, compared to hot and dry yesterday
Fire control efforts continue on the Niagara Fire located adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. Fire size has not changed from its size of 70 acres and is now is 15 percent contained. The fire was first reported on July 4, 2015.

Today, July 6, 2015, the goal will be to "continue to build a fire containment line to secure the fire," said Blake Ellis, Operations Chief, adding that "night [firefighting forces] set us up for success today." Staffing has increased to 120 personnel and is divided into two shifts providing 24-hour coverage on the fire.

Primary threat to reaching containment is the explosive growth whenever any fire is able to get across the fire line. These "slopovers" have shown that they can grow rapidly, but water-dropping helicopters have been used effectively to stop their spread.

There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time. Visitors to the Detroit Lake Recreation Area should be aware that boating on the west end of the lake and recreational activities on Detroit dam may be limited due to fire activity. For those traveling Highway 22, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check site, http://tripcheck.com for the most current information. Fire traffic is heavy in the vicinity of the Big Cliff Dam, and the public is advised to use caution when traveling in this area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.

Cooperators include: Willamette National Forest, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, Detroit-Idahna Fire District, Gates Fire Department, and Lyons Fire Department.
07/05/15
Niagara Fire update - July 5, 2015 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/05/15
Oregon Department of Forestry North Cascades District, Santiam Unit
Russ Lane, Incident Commander
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 70 acres
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Personnel: 100
Aircraft: 5 helicopters, 3 Type 1, 2 Type 2
Weather: hot dry conditions expected to continue
The Niagara Fire was reported on July 4, 2015 burning above Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. The fire grew rapidly with some spotting burning through heavy timber to a size now estimated at 70 acres. Helicopters and air tankers were used to slow its growth, and little additional growth was observed overnight.

Today, July 5, 2015, the goal explained by Russ Lane, Incident Commander "is to knock the fire down by air and get a containment line around it on the ground." Weather in the fire area continues to be hot and dry, with historically dry fuels. About 100 personnel are assigned to the fire. Five helicopters, three heavy lift and two medium lift, are available to provide support for fire line construction.

There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time. Visitors to the Detroit Lake Recreation Area should be aware that boating on the west end of the lake and recreational activities on Detroit dam may be limited due to fire activity. For those traveling Highway 22, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check site http://tripcheck.com for the most current information. Fire traffic is heavy in the vicinity of the Big Cliff Dam and the public is advised to use caution when traveling in this area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.

Cooperators include: Willamette National Forest, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, Detroit-Idahna Fire District, Gates Fire Department, and Lyons Fire Department
07/04/15
Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update 07-04-15 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/04/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Firefighters continue the hard work and dedication to contain the Corner Creek Fire, burning 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire is estimated at 22,000 acres in size and five percent contained. The fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, and conditions remain extremely challenging. Hot and dry weather conditions, with wind gusts up to 20 mph, are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland. "We're in a tough fight," says Operations Chief, John Flannigan. "We have knocked the fire down a couple of times, but it continues to get back up. We hope to deliver the final blow soon."

Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and continue mop up on the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Private land allotments to the south and west of the fire are threatened. The team is preparing for future expected growth and is working hard to protect structures near the fire.

Ochoco National Forest roads are closed on the north, from the forest boundary at the North Fork of Birch Creek, south along the 5820 Road to the Ochoco Forest boundary at the Rager Airstrip. All roads, trails, and forest lands east of the Ochoco Forest boundary are also closed. Travel on the South Fork John Day Road (County Rd 42) is limited to residents and fire personnel only.

The Sugarloaf Fire is now 90 percent contained with a total size of 4,470 acres. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue on the northeast edge of the fire. The majority of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. A total of 941 resources are assigned to the Sugarloaf and Corner Creek Fires.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. today due to temperatures near 100 degrees and very low humidity. The hot weather conditions are expected to continue through the weekend. Please use caution with fireworks and campfires over the 4th of July weekend. Be sure to check regulated closures at www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx to avoid additional wildfire threats.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire and road closures is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Fatal Crash In Baker County Takes Life Of Idaho Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/04/15
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On July 4, 2015 at about 1:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a rollover crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 327 (Durkee).

According to Trooper Andrew McClay, a 2002 Hyundai Accent operated by Enrique JIMINEZ, age 64, of Boise, ID, was traveling westbound on I-84 when it began to pass a 2010 Ford Ranger pickup operated by Taylor D GROVE, age 24, of Phoenix, AZ.

For unknown reasons, JIMINEZ's vehicle swerved into GROVE's vehicle which caused both vehicles to lose control and exit the interstate. JIMINEZ was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled over several times.

Emergency crews arrived on scene and declared JIMINEZ deceased. GROVE was not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates JIMINEZ was not wearing his safety belt. Alcohol consumption by JIMINEZ is suspected as the contributing factor of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.


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07/03/15
Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update July 3 evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/15
Corner Creek Fire
Sugarloaf Fire
July 3, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

The Corner Creek Fire continues to grow to the south and west along the South Fork John Day River. Extremely hot and dry weather conditions are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland, burning actively about 11 miles south of Dayville. Firefighters continue to work to protect structures near the fire and prevent the fire from crossing to the east side of the river. The fire is anticipated to burn actively into the night. Night shift firefighters will concentrate on structure protection, preventing the fire from crossing the river and checking the spread of the fire to the south.

The South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 is closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. A forest closure has also been issued for part of the Ochoco National Forest near the Corner Creek Fire, including the Black Canyon Wilderness and Frazier and Mud Springs campgrounds.

The Sugarloaf Fire continues to burn on its northeast edge in areas with heavy fuels. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue in this area. The rest of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire have little heat and are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. Fire personnel and equipment not needed on these fires are being reassigned to the Corner Creek Fire.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until Saturday at 8:00 p.m., indicating an increased chance of fire development and spread. The hot, dry weather with periods of gusty winds are expected to continue into the weekend.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update July 3 - Correction
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new large fires reported on the 16 million acres protected by ODF during the past day.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Sugarloaf, Corner Creek and Blue Basin Fires - ODF's Team 1 is managing the suppression operations on these three fires. The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 5,057 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 65 percent contained. The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire grew by 7,000 acres since yesterday to a current size of 19,232 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire conditions are extremely challenging with very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and mop up the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Efforts continue to protect structures, extinguish spot fires, and establish control lines for the fire.

The private lands in the Sugarloaf and Corner Fire areas are protected by the BLM through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. The lightning-caused 317-acre Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville on BLM-protected lands is 95 percent contained. [Go to the ODF wildfire blog, http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/corner-creek-fire-sugarloaf-fire-update.html for more details.]

The lightning-caused, 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah is approx. 40 percent contained. BLM lands within the Jones Canyon Fire are protected by ODF through an agreement between the protection agencies. A local, Type 3 team is managing the fire. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 388-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 75 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 8,688-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on BLM lands is 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on BLM lands eight miles north of Drewsy is fully contained. The fire was managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 0312 RN Fire is 700 acres and uncontained. Reported July 2, it is burning on BLM lands five miles south of Clarno. Cause is under investigation. The fire is being managed by the BLM.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for July 3, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for July 3, 2015.



FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new large fires reported on ODF protection in the past day.



FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

Sugarloaf, Corner Creek and Blue Basin Fires - ODF's Team 1 is managing the suppression operations on these three fires. The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 5,057 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 65 percent contained. The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire grew by 7,000 acres since yesterday to a current size of 19,232 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire conditions are extremely challenging with very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and mop up the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Efforts continue to protect structures, extinguish spot fires, and establish control lines for the fire. The lightning-caused 317-acre Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville on BLM-protected lands is 95 percent contained. [Go to the ODF wildfire blog, http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/corner-creek-fire-sugarloaf-fire-update.html for more details.]

The lightning-caused, 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah on Bureau of Land Management lands is approx. 40 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/


The lightning-caused, 388-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 75 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The lightning-caused, 8,688-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on BLM lands is 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on BLM lands eight miles north of Drewsy is fully contained. The fire was managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The 0312 RN Fire is 700 acres and uncontained. Reported July 2, it is burning on BLM lands five miles south of Clarno. Cause is under investigation. The fire is being managed by the BLM.




FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through July 2, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 98 fires burned 1,002 acres
Human-caused fires: 273 fires burned 591 acres


Total: 371 fires burned 1,593 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 2):
Lightning-caused fires: 35 fires burned 40 acres


Human-caused fires: 173 fires burned 1,360 acres


Total: 208 fires burned 1,400 acres


Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.


When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.



NEWS MEDIA


News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office, 503-508-0574 mobile, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.




OTHER FIRE INFORMATION


For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:


the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or


the national Incident Information System site.





For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:


the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.


the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.




ABOUT THIS UPDATE


This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.


The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Motorcycle Crash In Morrow County Kills Boardman Man
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/03/15
On July 3, 2015, at about 11:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcyclist down at the I-84/HWY 730 interchange.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, a 2002 Harley Davidson, operated by William R BROOKS, age 58, of Boardman had been traveling westbound on HWY 730 when he attempted to take the westbound on-ramp onto Interstate 84.

Preliminary investigation indicates BROOKS passed the on-ramp entrance and attempted to navigate through the median in an attempt to re-enter the on-ramp. BROOKS was ejected when his motorcycle struck a culvert and discovered by a passing motorist who called 911.

Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, BROOKS was pronounced deceased. Alcohol consumption is being considered as a contributing factor. OSP was assisted by Boardman Fire and Ambulance, Morrow County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
07/02/15
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
On July 1, 2015, OSP Troopers, OSP Detectives and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents were in the Sunny Valley area of Josephine County attempting to locate a homicide suspect from Siskiyou County, California. The suspect had been identified as Kaleb LANDON, age 32, of Yreka.

At about 6:00PM, the suspect was seen in a moving vehicle and troopers attempted to stop it. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect fled northbound on I-5 from the 71 Interchange. The suspect made it approximately a mile before crashing into another vehicle.

After a brief standoff with LANDON, who was armed with a firearm, an officer involved shooting occurred. LANDON was declared deceased on scene. None of the law enforcement officers on scene were injured. It is believed two ATF agents and four OSP troopers discharged their weapons during the incident.

The OSP employees have been identified as:

Sergeant Brandon Boice, Patrol Division, assigned to the Grants Pass Worksite, joined OSP in 2001.

Sergeant First Class Jeff Fitzgerald, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 1999.

Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander, Patrol Division, assigned to the Central Point Area Command, joined OSP in 2008.

Detective Brent Sitowski, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 2007.

As a matter of their policy, ATF does not release the names of agents involved in an ongoing investigation.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Medford Police Department, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.

This is a sensitive investigation and release of further information could compromise it. Information will be released when it is available. Any questions should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Fourth of July holiday (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/02/15
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The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

9:45 a.m., Central Point, Oregon - Central Point Freedom Festival
10:00 a.m., Lake of the Woods, Oregon - Lake of the Woods Fourth of July Celebration
10:10 a.m., Ashland, Oregon - Main Street Fourth of July Celebration
10:30 a.m., Burns, Oregon - Harney County 4th of July Parade
10:30 a.m., Manzanita, Oregon - Manzanita Fourth of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Eagle Point, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Rockaway Beach, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:15 a.m., Neskowin, Oregon - Neskowin Fourth of July Celebration
11:30 a.m., Creswell, Oregon - Creswell 4th of July Celebration

All flyovers will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility in the United States.


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Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
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Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into Wednesday's commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84.

According to Sergeant Ty Duby, on July 1, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on I-84 near MP 340. Additionally reported was a semi-truck and trailer that had exited the highway and rolled over.

Troopers arrived to find a 2007 Volvo truck pulling a box trailer had failed to negotiate a curve. The truck damaged about 300 feet of guardrail before breaking through and exiting the roadway. The truck rolled down a 50 foot embankment.

The driver, Jose A GUZMAN, age 53, of Auburn, WA, was transported by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for his injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department Of Transportation Huntington Rural Fire and Rescue.

Contributing factors have not yet been determined. No further information available at the time of this release.


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Department of Forestry reminds public to use caution over holiday weekend
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/02/15
Today NWCC (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center) announced there are 14 uncontained large wildfires in Oregon and Washington. Many of these fires were caused by lightning from last weekend's thunderstorms, but several can be attributed to human activity. Year to date human-caused fires in Oregon are up 60 percent compared to the 10-year average. More than half the fires in the Central Oregon District in 2015 are human-caused.

Heading into the holiday weekend the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to remind the public that a Regulated Closure for lands protected by the Central Oregon District is being implemented. The intent of the closure is to limit human-caused fires. The closure prohibits smoking outside of vehicles, use of fireworks, and blasting. Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited except in designated areas. Additional restrictions and details can be found at the following website: tinyurl.com/COD-Regulated-Closure. Also restricted during fire season is the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition within 1/8 mile of the district, and the release of sky lanterns.

The forecast is for hot and dry weather through the weekend and continuing into next week. High temperatures combined with already extreme fuel conditions could result in rapid fire growth, leading to dangerous and costly fires. A single spark from a careless human could result in a catastrophic fire damaging wildlife habitat, our homes and communities, our forests and watersheds.

As you head out to enjoy your holiday weekend please remember to use caution and follow Regulated Closure and fire season restrictions for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Contact your local National Forest or Bureau of Land Management office for public use restrictions on public lands.

Please call 911 to report a wildfire.
Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/02/15
The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased slightly. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase to $567, while the minimum amount will be $133.

The change affects new unemployment insurance claims effective on or after June 28, 2015. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount.

Higher wage growth in 2014 resulted in a 3.9% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 3.3% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago. Over the past 12 months the maximum payment has been $549, while the minimum was $128.

Under Oregon law, each year the Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive each week. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law.


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Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be near Tumalo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/02/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 18 near Tumalo. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery, about 1.8 miles north of Tumalo on the Cline Falls Highway. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

In conjunction with the workshop, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also conduct a public meeting in Bend from 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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