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10/31/14
MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: Person under monitoring for Ebola hospitalized
Oregon Health Authority - 10/31/14
October 31, 2014

MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: Person under monitoring for Ebola hospitalized

What: Public health physicians will answer questions about an individual who has been under monitoring for Ebola virus. The individual has been isolated, and is no danger to the public.

When: TODAY, October 31, 3 p.m.

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

Who:

Paul Lewis, M.D.
Tri-County Health Officer

Katrina Hedberg, M.D.
State Health Officer

Details: Information about Ebola, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pages about the disease, are available at healthoregon.gov/ebola.

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America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes People of Oregon and Southwest Washington Encouraged to Start Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle This November During American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association - 10/31/14
Portland, OR (October 31) - Nearly 30 million Americans live with diabetes and another 86 million are at risk of developing diabetes. That translates to 350,000 in our area with diabetes and an additional 675,000 with prediabetes. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and the American Diabetes Association is leading the way to turn this trend around. Join with us during American Diabetes Month to Stop Diabetes(R).

Tomorrow kicks off American Diabetes Month(R), a month-long effort to raise awareness of diabetes and provides simple steps people can take to manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is continuing its efforts to Stop Diabetes(R) by challenging local residents to begin living a healthier lifestyle through the America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial.

This initiative is designed to engage and empower the public to cook nutritious and delicious food and encourage them to be more active. Through social media and an interactive landing page on DiabetesForecast.org, the Association will share healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipes and more, as well as ideas on how to raise funds to help Stop Diabetes in communities across the country.

"Nearly one-third of Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes, more than 1 million right here in Oregon and Southwest Washington" stated Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of American Diabetes Association, Oregon, Southwest Washington & Southern Idaho. "Cooking healthfully and staying active can be a challenge, but these are key components to managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. Our goal for American Diabetes Month and beyond is to show Americans that it's not too late to start living a healthy active lifestyle and you can even have fun while doing it."

In support of American Diabetes Month, the Association will host two events:

* Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, November 22 from 9-10 am at the Oregon Convention Center. Open to anyone, this event promotes walking for health while raising critical funds to support the mission the Association. To register and learn more visit www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

* American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU, Saturday, November 22 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Oregon Convention. The largest diabetes gathering in our region, this FREE event provides important diabetes management and prevention education, resources, cooking and exercise demonstrations, free health screenings and more. Special guests will include two-time Super Bowl Champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kendall Simmons and Food Network Personality, Chef Curtis Aikens. For free registration and details visit www.diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

The America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial will provide diabetes management and prevention information, healthy living tips, recipes and motivational stories all month long at www.diabetesforecast.org/adm, Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.

American Diabetes Month Facts and Figures

Diabetes Prevalence
* Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
* Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
* Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health
* Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
* The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
* About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes
* The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
* Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
* Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
* One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
* One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

About American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

About the Stop Diabetes(R) Movement
Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association's movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Media Alert - Today: Senator Wyden Will Address National Summit on the Growing Crisis of Elder Financial Exploitation
OR Department of Human Services - 10/31/14
US Senator Ron Wyden Will Address National Summit on the Growing Crisis of Elder Financial Exploitation TODAY (Friday, October 31)

Senator Ron Wyden will speak at 11:15 AM on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the 5th ANNUAL SUMMIT ON ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

His speech will be: SENIORS NEED STRONGER PROTECTION FROM TODAY'S FINANCIAL PREDATORS, SCAM AND CON ARTISTS.

Elder financial exploitation and investment fraud are a growing national crisis. Older adults lose billions a year to financial abuse, hurting not only themselves and their families but also financial institutions and taxpayers. Older people represent a tempting target for greedy family members, caregivers and scam artists, because many have assets, they are often very trusting, and some suffer from diminished capacity.

The National Financial Exploitation Advisory Board of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is hosting this 5th National, Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation.

The one-day event on October 31, 2014, from 9 AM to 5 PM, will focus on emerging brain research as to why older adults may be more susceptible to financial abuse, and will feature both state and national programs designed to prevent financial exploitation and to protect its victims.

Additional key speakers include Dr. Jason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania, who will address diminished capacity and decision-making in older adults, and Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Older Americans. Expert panels will address other topics, including how banks and investment advisors are working to prevent financial exploitation, current scams targeting older adults, and using new technology to protect family members.

The full-day's agenda and a list of the Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board members are available at http://www.napsa-now.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Summit-Program-FINAL.pdf.

NAPSA is a national, not-for-profit membership association representing state and local Adult Protective Services (APS) throughout the country. The Summit immediately follows the 25th Annual NAPSA Conference at the same location on October 29 - 30, 2014. For more information: www.napsa-now.org.

CONTACT: Kathleen Quinn, NAPSA Director Tel: (202) 558-4850 (540) 623-8286 (cell) or kathleen.quinn@napsa-now.org

CONTACT: Betty Malks, NAPSA Advisory Board Chair Tel: (408) 489-1952 bettyf.malks@gmail.com
10/30/14
Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet November 4 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/30/14
October 30, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet November 4 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee will meet Tuesday, November 4, in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to review the subcommittee's work to date and identify the next priorities; to discuss the infant mental health/social emotional development endorsement and the child and family well-being screening tool; reflect on 2014; and set the agenda for 2015. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 1- 4 p.m.

Where: 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland

Agenda:

-- "Review and refresh" subcommittee work

-- Infant mental health: building a 0-3 policy agenda

-- Child and Family well-being screening tool

-- Reflections and 2015 agenda setting

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

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet November 4 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/30/14
October 30, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet November 4 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting November 4 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing on Portland's South Waterfront. The board will discuss strengthening and monitoring primary care system infrastructure and investment. It also will receive updates from the Office of Health Information Technology and the Sustainable Health Expenditures work group. The board will hear public testimony beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., 3rd floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

-- IT Transition Project update

-- Strengthening and monitoring primary care system infrastructure and investment

-- Update: electronic health information

-- Update: Sustainable Health Expenditures work group

-- Public testimony

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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It's that time - state fire marshal urges you to test your smoke alarms when setting your clock
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/30/14
Sunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

"Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery."

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire," adds Walker. "Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older."

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer's instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx#Information_for_the_Public

Follow the OSFM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal and Twitter @OSFM.
Oregon Veterans Day Events listed, no names of the fallen to be added to ODVA Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 10/30/14
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SALEM - Communities throughout Oregon will once again host ceremonies, parades, and special gatherings to honor America's military veterans and commemorate Veterans Day.

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of that war. A Congressional resolution in 1926 made Nov. 11th an annual observance and in 1938 it became a national holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day so as to honor veterans who served in all American wars.

A ceremony will again be held in Salem at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial on the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs grounds, 700 Summer St. NE. The names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and those with Oregon military ties, will be read aloud.

This year's event will mark the first time since its dedication, on Nov. 11, 2006, that names of Oregon's fallen will not be inscribed on the memorial.

The guest speaker at the ceremony will be Joanne Krumberger, Director, VA Portland Health Care System. Military honors will be presented by North Salem High School's JROTC.

ODVA has compiled a list of other Veterans Day events occurring statewide that can be viewed online at: www.oregondva.com/blog/2014/10/22/2014-oregon-veterans-day-events.


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10/29/14
Oregon Releases Comprehensive Report on Abuse in Community, Licensed Facilities for 2013 at National Conference in Portland
OR Department of Human Services - 10/29/14
Portland---The Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, released today the 2013 comprehensive report on abuse related to seniors, adults with all types of disabilities and children in licensed treatment settings.

The report was released in Portland at the National Adult Protective Services Association Conference, attended by over 600 protective services professionals from 42 states, five tribal nations, England, Singapore and Canada.

Last year, DHS received over 35,000 reports of suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians. Financial exploitation was the most commonly substantiated abuse type, representing nearly 33% of all substantiated abuse. Neglect was a close second with 28%. Together, financial abuse and neglect accounted for over 60% of all substantiated abuse in Oregon for vulnerable adults in 2013.

"We produce this annual report to help us all better understand Oregon's abuse trends more clearly so we can target our prevention efforts to have the greatest impact," said Marie Cervantes OAAPI Director. "Clearly financial exploitation and neglect are areas where more education and outreach should be focused.

Cervantes added that recently the state partnered with the Oregon Bankers Association to produce a banker's toolkit with information on how to spot financial abuse. This kit was given to over 20,000 bank employees in the state.

"We hope our outreach efforts, such as with the banker's toolkit, will increase public awareness and understanding so people will report abuse to authorities if they suspect someone may be in danger or has been injured or exploited," she said.

Here are some key facts about abuse in Oregon for 2013:

* DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians;

* 3,273 people were determined to have been abused, some with multiple abuses or multiple incidents;

* 14,250 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for those over the age of 65 or who have a physical disability. Of those allegations, a total of 2,025 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 3,625 allegations for older adults and people with physical disabilities
residing in licensed facility settings were investigated. A total of 544 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 1,480 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 510 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 557 allegations of possible abuse for adults with mental illness were investigated. 150 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 212 allegations of possible abuse for children in licensed children's settings were investigated; 45 children were determined to have been abused.
* 2,609 assessments for possible self -neglect were investigated. Of those, 546 adults were determined to be self?neglecting.

Family members, intimate partners and/or trusted caregivers were the most common perpetrators across all settings in 2013.

The 2013 annual report is available online. To read the full report, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Pages/data.aspx and select "2013 Annual Report"
Students to Create Experiment for NASA
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 10/29/14
Good afternoon all,

Attached is a release with information regarding Wapato High School being chosen to participate in the NASA HUNCH Program. Essentially is means high school students will be creating an experiment that could one day be sent to the International Space Station (ISS).

Check out the release for more info about the experiment the students will be developing.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: WHS NASA HUNCH Program
CORRECTION: Deschutes County forestland Classification Process Begins
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/29/14
PLEASE NOTE: The earlier posting of this release contained a bad link. That has been corrected in this version.

A group of local landowners and agency representatives are studying the private and non-federal public lands within Deschutes County for the purpose of determining which of those lands are to be protected from wildfire by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee was convened by the Board of County Commissioners at the request of Oregon's State Forester. The committee will hold its first meeting on Nov. 5, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Deschutes County Road Department building, 61150 SE 27th S., in Bend.

The Classification Committee is charged with determining which lands within Deschutes County meet the definition of forestland as described in Oregon law. Lands determined to be forestlands are assigned a classification based on their productivity. This information is used to determine where ODF is required to provide wildland fire protection services, and to determine which lands are subject to an annual forest patrol assessment. For private landowners, this assessment is included in their annual property tax statement.

"It has been over forty years since this work was last done," explained Kristin Dodd, Central Oregon Assistant District Forester for ODF. "The landscape has changed a fair amount in Deschutes County over that timeframe, and as a result where we fight fire should as well."

Committee membership is directed by state statute. The members appointed to the Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee are Nicole Strong, OSU Extension; Kristin Dodd, Oregon Department of Forestry; Jeremy Ast, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District; Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester; Bill Swarts, timber landowner representative for Cascade Timberlands; and Matt Cyrus, Grazing landowner representative for Keith Cyrus, owner.

The forestland classification process is intended to be open and transparent. All meetings of the Classification Committee are open to the public and time for public comment is included on each meeting agenda. The committee will hold meetings regularly and each meeting will be advertised in advance. Meeting agendas, minutes and other work products are being posted on the web at http://www.oregon.gov/odf/centraloregon/Pages/DeschutesFLC.aspx.

The classification process is anticipated to take about two years. During this time the Classification Committee will review aerial imagery of the county, site productivity data, and other information to make its preliminary classifications. Once this preliminary work is complete, a series of public information meetings will be held to provide the public and landowners opportunities to review the Forestland Classification Committee's preliminary findings and proposed maps and to ask questions regarding the forestland classification process. All affected landowners will receive a written invitation to these meetings. The committee may make changes to their initial findings based on landowner input received at these meetings.

"There will be potential impacts to landowners as a result of this process. However, we want the classification to be fair and equitable to those receiving and paying for fire protection within the District," Dodd said.

Before finalizing the forestland classifications, the Committee will also conduct a formal public hearing for the purpose of receiving oral or written testimony from affected landowners. This hearing will mark the start of a two-week public comment period. After the public comment period, the Committee will finalize its work, having taken comments into consideration and file a written order with the County Clerk. Once the order is filed, any person aggrieved by the classification process has 30 days in which to file an appeal with the county Circuit Court.

The agenda for the kickoff meeting will include a presentation on the history of fire protection in Oregon and locally, address the need for this effort and explain the process. It will then be followed by the Committee's first meeting in which they will elect officers, adopt their by-laws and establish subsequent meeting date(s).

More information may be obtained by calling Kristin Dodd at 541-447-5658 extension 229.
Deschutes County forestland classification process begins
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/29/14
A group of local landowners and agency representatives are studying the private and non-federal public lands within Deschutes County for the purpose of determining which of those lands are to be protected from wildfire by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee was convened by the Board of County Commissioners at the request of Oregon's State Forester. The committee will hold its first meeting on Nov. 5, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Deschutes County Road Department building, 61150 SE 27th S., in Bend.

The Classification Committee is charged with determining which lands within Deschutes County meet the definition of forestland as described in Oregon law. Lands determined to be forestlands are assigned a classification based on their productivity. This information is used to determine where ODF is required to provide wildland fire protection services, and to determine which lands are subject to an annual forest patrol assessment. For private landowners, this assessment is included in their annual property tax statement.

"It has been over forty years since this work was last done," explained Kristin Dodd, Central Oregon Assistant District Forester for ODF. "The landscape has changed a fair amount in Deschutes County over that timeframe, and as a result where we fight fire should as well."

Committee membership is directed by state statute. The members appointed to the Deschutes County Forestland Classification Committee are Nicole Strong, OSU Extension; Kristin Dodd, Oregon Department of Forestry; Jeremy Ast, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District; Ed Keith, Deschutes County Forester; Bill Swarts, timber landowner representative for Cascade Timberlands; and Matt Cyrus, Grazing landowner representative for Keith Cyrus, owner.

The forestland classification process is intended to be open and transparent. All meetings of the Classification Committee are open to the public and time for public comment is included on each meeting agenda. The committee will hold meetings regularly and each meeting will be advertised in advance. Meeting agendas, minutes and other work products are being posted on the web at www.oregon.gov/odf.centraloregon/deschutesflc.

The classification process is anticipated to take about two years. During this time the Classification Committee will review aerial imagery of the county, site productivity data, and other information to make its preliminary classifications. Once this preliminary work is complete, a series of public information meetings will be held to provide the public and landowners opportunities to review the Forestland Classification Committee's preliminary findings and proposed maps and to ask questions regarding the forestland classification process. All affected landowners will receive a written invitation to these meetings. The committee may make changes to their initial findings based on landowner input received at these meetings.

"There will be potential impacts to landowners as a result of this process. However, we want the classification to be fair and equitable to those receiving and paying for fire protection within the District," Dodd said.

Before finalizing the forestland classifications, the Committee will also conduct a formal public hearing for the purpose of receiving oral or written testimony from affected landowners. This hearing will mark the start of a two-week public comment period. After the public comment period, the Committee will finalize its work, having taken comments into consideration and file a written order with the County Clerk. Once the order is filed, any person aggrieved by the classification process has 30 days in which to file an appeal with the county Circuit Court.

The agenda for the kickoff meeting will include a presentation on the history of fire protection in Oregon and locally, address the need for this effort and explain the process. It will then be followed by the Committee's first meeting in which they will elect officers, adopt their by-laws and establish subsequent meeting date(s).

More information may be obtained by calling Kristin Dodd at (541) 447-5658 extension 229.
10/28/14
Walla Walla High School student to represent school through state leadership program (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/28/14
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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School Junior Christian Moreno was selected to serve on the Washington State Leaders in Education Ambassador Program (LEAP) in Olympia. As a LEAP Ambassador, Moreno will bring issues of interest to the group to discuss. They also help guide the conference and interact with our area's legislative team in the Capitol building. One issue Moreno wants to bring more attention to is getting more Latino students involved in high school athletics. Moreno participated in the LEAP conference last year. He is president of the Latino Club and an AVID student.

"It is extremely rare that an underclassmen, or any student from Eastern Washington for that matter, get this opportunity," said Intervention Specialist Melito Ramirez. "This is the first time a junior in high school as been selected to be an ambassador. It's a very strict selection process as most of the students are in college and live on the west-side of the state."

Moreno will commit to this program for one year and must satisfy the assigned requirements at his local high school and community.

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Carve Your Pumpkin? Pick Your Costume? Trick-or-Treat? Drink-or-Drive? Keep Halloween Fun, Not Tragic (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/28/14
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night. Nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours.

According to NHTSA, almost half of all crash fatalities in 2012 on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. In Oregon, ODOT Fatality Analysis Reporting Section (FARS) reports a more frightening statistic with 90 percent of all fatalities (10) on Halloween night between 1998 and 2008 occurring in alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. During the last two years on Halloween night, ODOT FARS reports 3 Halloween night traffic fatalities.

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as any other day of the year. With Halloween falling on a Friday night there is extra concern. ODOT, OSP and local law agencies urge everyone to 'See and Be Seen' and remember these friendly safety reminders:

Motorists

* Use caution while behind the wheel.
- Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Expect bicyclists. Expect pedestrians.

* Drive sober or get pulled over.
- Before the Halloween parties begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
- Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to "have a few". Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
- Use your community's sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

* Watch out for your family, friends, and neighbors.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Pedestrian & Bicyclists

* Don't assume a driver can see you. See and be seen.
* Walking or bicycling impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
* Designate a sober friend to walk or accompany you home.

* Keep kids safe.
- Children out at night should have adult supervision.
- Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.

* Important reminders for pedestrians.
- Walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic, when sidewalks are not available.
- When walking, pay attention to traffic, not your cell phone.
- Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

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Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum
ESD 123 - 10/28/14
PASCO, WA - Each year, over 200 area eighth through twelfth grade students, many from economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented communities, attend the Tri-Cities Youth and Justice Forum. The 12th Annual Youth & Justice Forum will take place on Friday, November 7 from 8 AM to 2 PM at the Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center.

One of the principle missions of the forum is to promote racial and ethnic diversity in the justice system workforce that reflects the changing diversity of the communities it serves, by exposing students to career opportunities within the justice system and encouraging them to consider those opportunities. Additionally, the forum is designed to help students think about and better understand their legal rights and obligations as members of their communities. The Forum was initiated under the auspices of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, which co-sponsors the event with ESD 123, Columbia Basin College and other organizations.

Approximately 50 volunteer professionals from all components of the justice system make this event possible and provide an important component to the forum by lending their expertise and knowledge in a nonthreatening environment. This year's Youth & Justice keynote speaker is Judge Sal Mendoza.

The day is organized to provide optimum positive contacts and interaction between students and volunteer professionals through games, skits, work demonstrations, small breakout discussion groups, a brief mock trial, and during lunch and break periods. At the end of the busy day, the students leave with t-shirts, prizes, information packets, volunteer business cards and other contact information. More importantly, they leave with an improved understanding of their place in the community and a kindled interest in exciting and positive opportunities for them in the justice system.

This year's forum is co-sponsored and supported by The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission; Educational Service District 123; University of Washington School of Law; Latina/o Bar Association of Washington; Seattle University School of Law; Gonzaga School of Law; Dimke Angus LLC; United Cargo; Columbia Basin College; Bruchi's CheeseSteaks and Subs; and Microsoft.
For details regarding this event, contact Cynthia Delostrinos at Cynthia.Delostrinos@COURTS.WA.GOV.

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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 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
State agency committee to meet Nov. 7 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 10/28/14
ALBANY, Ore. - The Water Resources Subcommittee of the Technical Review Team for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County will meet via conference call on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon PST.

The public may listen to the meeting by phone, or listen to the call in person at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Portland offices at 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965. To listen by phone, contact the DOGAMI offices in Albany at 541-967-2040 for call-in instructions.

The meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/caliconov7

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the Team in an ex-officio role. The TRT Water Resources Subcommittee focuses on water quality and water quantity issues related to the proposed project.

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TOMORROW: State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland
OR Department of Human Services - 10/28/14
When: Tomorrow, October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland
Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.
(There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating).
Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.
Who: Highlighted speakers:
* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.
* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.
* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be
The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.
Format: The presentation will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.


Attached Media Files: NAPSA program
10/27/14
Driver Arrested After Alcohol-Involved Injury Crash - Highway 395 north of Hermiston (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/27/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 20-year old Umatilla man Sunday night following a three-vehicle minor injury crash on Highway 395 north of Hermiston.

On October 26, 2014 at approximately 8:15 p.m., a Mazda RX8 driven by LORENSO ESPAIN RAFAEL, age 20, from Umatilla, was southbound on Highway 395 near Baggett Lane at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the back of a southbound Honda Accord driven by MARIA CRISPIN MATEO, age 68, from Irrigon. The impact forced the Honda across the northbound lanes, off the highway and through a chain link fence. The Mazda spun across the northbound lanes and also collided into the passenger side of a northbound Dodge Durango driven by ZACHARY WILSON, age 31, from Umatilla.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to arrest ESPAIN RAFAEL on the following charges:

* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (9 counts)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

He was also cited for No Operators License and Driving Uninsured. His vehicle was also occupied by and adult female and three children. One of the passengers was transported to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston with minor injury.

In addition to the driver, the Honda had another adult female and two child passengers.

No scene photographs available for this release.

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Notice of Public Comment Period: Proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 10/27/14
Notice of Public Comment Period

Subject: Notice of Public Comment Period: Proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan

The State of Oregon, through its agencies: Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Business Oregon, is seeking public comments on the 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution.

The 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan covers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA). The 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/hrs_consolidated_plan_5yearplan.aspx.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution covers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution and can be viewed at: http://www.orinfrastructure.org/assets/docs/IFA/2015-proposed-MOD.pdf

All Oregon residents are invited to submit written or verbal comments beginning Monday, October 27, 2014.

Public Comment Period:

The 30-day public comment period for the 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan and Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution concludes 5:00 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Public Comments:
HOPWA comments should be directed to Annick Benson-Scott, HIV Community Services Manager, OHA, 800 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon 97232 or by e-mail at Annick.Benson@state.or.us.

HOME and ESG comments should be directed to Theresa Wingard, Operations and Policy Analyst, OHCS, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite B, Salem, Oregon 97301 or by e-mail at Theresa.Wingard@oregon.gov

CDBG comments should be directed to Loren Shultz, Regional Coordinator, Business Oregon, 775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon, 97301 or by e-mail at Loren.J.Shultz@oregon.gov.

Persons needing copies in other languages should contact the respective person listed above at their earliest convenience. Questions, concerns, complaints, or requests for information in alternative formats from individuals with disabilities must be submitted at least ten days before the end of the comment period. Deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may use a TTY by calling 503-986-2100.

The State of Oregon's programs are administered in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with Equal Opportunity Employment Opportunities, Affirmative Action, and Fair Housing requirements.
Oregon Hospitals, Nurses, Physicians, and Governor Kitzhaber Lay Out Updated Ebola Strategy
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 10/27/14
Portland, Ore. (October 27, 2014) - The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, together with the leaders of several Oregon health care systems, the Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Medical Association, joined Governor John Kitzhaber today to announce that Oregon public health officials, hospital systems, and the major medical associations have agreed upon an updated and coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Oregon as of today.

Six Oregon health systems have agreed to serve as referral centers for patients positively diagnosed with Ebola, indicating they will have the capacity and the training to offer appropriate and safe treatment: OHSU, Legacy Health, PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Samaritan Health Services, and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

These six organizations are prepared to accept patients who have a confirmed case of the Ebola virus from other Oregon hospitals, clinics or EMS providers, if no federal facility is available. These systems will work with the CDC and other federal and state agencies to handle any circumstances that could arise during the course of treatment.

In the meantime, all hospitals and frontline health care workers in the state of Oregon are fine tuning their response plans, which focus on identifying and isolating a suspected Ebola case and making appropriate arrangements for transfer to one of these referral sites.

Governor John Kitzhaber said: "We've engaged partners across the state, from local health departments and hospitals to health care providers and first responders, so that providers and public health professionals have the support, tools and training they need to respond to Ebola should it come to Oregon. While the risk of Ebola in Oregon is low, we take preparedness and coordination seriously. My thanks to our hospital system and public health partners for their quick and thorough engagement on this matter."

Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, said while readiness preparations and training are continuing in earnest, Oregon's hospitals are ready to meet any health emergency, including potential Ebola patients. "These six systems have shown their commitment to protecting Oregon's communities and families by stepping forward to care for those infected with Ebola. Hospitals are preparing, in partnership with their physician and nursing partners, and they will be ready on the very remote chance that Oregon discovers a patient with Ebola symptoms."

Dave Underriner, Chair of the OAHHS Board and CEO of Providence Health Services, said "On behalf of the board of OAHHS, I can say that our Association members stand ready to do their part in a robust emergency preparedness strategy, whatever the public health threat is. Most recently, of course, we are proud of the work we've done collectively to prepare statewide for any potential Ebola case."

Susan King, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association, said "Nurses have a long history of caring for our patients with illnesses such as polio, HIV, H1N1, and now Ebola. The best way to protect our citizens and health care providers is by improving our knowledge and practice of the techniques we know will prevent the transmission of this disease. We are working with Oregon's officials and our partner organizations to identify opportunities to improve our preparedness. We encourage Oregonians to become vaccinated against other communicable diseases more likely to affect us, such as the flu and measles."

"Patients with Ebola type symptoms could present anywhere including the outpatient, private physician practice, so it's important for all physician offices and clinics in Oregon to plan ahead and understand the proper protocols for managing these patients, isolating them if necessary and working with local public health authorities to arrange for transport," said Sharon Meieran, MD, Board of Trustees Member, Oregon Medical Association. "It's also more critical than ever for the public to get vaccinated early for Influenza," added Meieran.

A consolidated approach to Ebola treatment offers several advantages:

* Nurses and doctors at consolidated locations, with the aid of intensive training, will develop greater proficiency in treating the unique needs of Ebola patients and in the intricate safety measures necessary to prevent exposure.

* Relying on fewer Ebola treatment sites ensures that the communication and operationalization of the latest information from state, federal, and international health agencies is streamlined.

* Caring for an Ebola patient requires many specially trained medical staff, complex waste management procedures, a significant quantity of personal protective equipment, and other resources; by consolidating care, Oregon's health care providers are better able to deploy personnel and resources.

Oregon hospitals and health officials have been focused on preparing to keep Oregon families safe from the Ebola virus. Many hospitals have worked with local public health officials to conduct tabletop exercises and drills in recent weeks to ensure coordinated responses. At the same time, Oregon hospitals have examined training and preparedness levels and adjusted to the new sets of CDC guidance on Ebola.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community. - See more at: http://www.oahhs.org/

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) was founded in 1904 as the professional association for nurses in Oregon. It is a nonprofit association and a labor union representing registered nurses. ONA's mission is to advocate for nursing and quality health care. Learn more at http://www.oregonrn.org/

The Oregon Medical Association provides legislative and practice advocacy, regulatory review and educational opportunities to aid nearly 8,000 physicians, physicians assistants and student members in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org
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Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1635/79150/ebola_strategy.docx
Oregon leaders in health and health care to provide briefing on Ebola preparedness
Oregon Health Authority - 10/27/14
October 27, 2014

Today the Oregon Health Authority will be joined by state and local leaders in public health and health care to discuss Ebola preparedness. While there have been no cases of Ebola in Oregon, preparedness work continues.

What: News briefing on Ebola preparedness. It will include an opportunity to view the incident command center before the news briefing, for those who call in advance. Please call 971-246-9139.

When: News briefing begins at 11:40 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 Oregon Street, Portland

For those who cannot attend in person, you may dial: 866-261-3182. Questions can be submitted to PHD.Communications@state.or.us.

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10/25/14
Welfare Check Leads to Arrest of Wanted Person - Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction
Oregon State Police - 10/25/14
An Oregon State Police trooper arrested a man wanted on numerous warrants early Saturday morning after checking on his welfare following a citizen's report along Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 1:04 a.m., an OSP trooper responded to Interstate 84 near milepost 104 following a citizen's report of a man lying next to a guardrail. Upon arriving at the scene the trooper found a man sleeping next to the guardrail and awoke him to check on his welfare.

The man was identified as BRUCE WARREN SAMPSON, age 32, from White Swan, Washington. SAMPSON was arrested after the trooper learned he was wanted on five Failure to Appear warrants out of Hood River County. SAMPSON was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Armed, Wanted Felon in Stolen Car - Milton-Freewater in Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/25/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday night in Milton-Freewater led to the arrest of an armed wanted felon in a stolen car.

On October 24, 2014 at approximately 11:42 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a Honda Prelude for failure to display a vehicle license plate on SE 14th Avenue and S. Mill Street in Milton-Freewater. Upon contact with the driver, identified as ANDREW KENNETH THORSON, age 30, from Walla Walla, Washington, the trooper spotted a handgun in the driver side door storage compartment. Further investigation also led to the discovery a second handgun on the passenger seat.

THORSON was taken into custody and was determined to be wanted on two felony Probation Violation warrants out of Umatilla County. While searching THORSON, the trooper found a dagger concealed in one of his shoes.

When the trooper checked the vehicle's identification number he learned the car was reported stolen out of Pendleton.

THORSON was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:

* Probation Violation warrants
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm (2 counts)
* Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
* Carrying a Concealed Weapon - Knife

Photograph - Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

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10/24/14
WWSD Board of Directors Public Work Session: October 28, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/24/14
WWSD Board of Directors Public Work Session: October 28, 2014, as per the attached media memo.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1288/79099/10.28.14_SB_00_Media_Memo.pdf
Williams to lead Special Education Department (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 10/24/14
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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Dr. Karen Lehman, Director of Special Education. Lehman was hired in July 2011. Dr. Tracy Williams will succeed Lehman as the interim director for the 2014-15 school year.

"It has been a privilege to serve the students with identified disabilities and their families these past 3.5 years," said Lehman.

Williams has been in education for 32 years, including 20 years in various teaching and leadership positions for Walla Walla Public Schools. Williams spent six years as Director of Special Programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Spokane Public School District, two years as Director of Curriculum for ESD 123 and four years as Assistant Professor and Department Chair for Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University.

Williams earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Washington State University, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Nazarene College and Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth College.

Williams' current district project of developing an online clearinghouse for curriculum to support the new rigorous Common Core learning standards in Math and English/Language will continue under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Technology Director Forrest Baker.

"We are fortunate to have a talented leader like Tracy Williams available to step in and guide this important department," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "She has many connections in the district from her previous experience and has built her reputation based on trust through sound leadership."

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Marine Board Holds Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Marine Board - 10/24/14
The Oregon State Marine Board held its quarterly meeting on October 22 in Astoria, and approved boating facility grants and denied a petition for personal watercraft (PWC) restrictions on the Salmon River, in Lincoln County.

The Board approved the disbursement of $63,080 in state boater funds and $204,241 in federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds to replace seven pumpout and dump stations. The new equipment will help capture thousands of gallons of boater-generated sewage from portable toilets and holding tanks. Together with in-kind contributions, total project expenditures equaled $300,841. The Port of Garibaldi, Boardman Park & Recreation District, Metro (Chinook Landing), City of Depoe Bay, Port of Astoria (West Basin), Port of Gold Beach and State Parks (Cove Palisades) were awarded grants.

In other business, the Marine Board voted 4:1, to not initiate rulemaking to amend OAR 250-021-0040, in response to a petition the agency received to prohibit the operation of personal watercraft (PWC's) in Lincoln County.

The Board also voted unanimously to adopt a new Marine Board logo. The logo was developed by an external advisory committee comprised of staff, community members and state boaters and aided by the design firm of bell + funk, from Eugene. Agency signage, publications, forms, and other documentation will incorporate the new logo as existing supplies are exhausted.

For more information about the Marine Board and the agency's programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee Accepting Applications for New Routes
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/24/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Program will accept applications in the spring of 2015 for new bikeway designations.

Designated Scenic Bikeways are selected from locally proposed routes and represent the "best of the best" road bicycle riding in Oregon. Currently, there are 12 designated bikeways totaling nearly 800 miles. Oregon is the only state with an official Scenic Bikeway program.

Completed applications consist of a proposed scenic route, a local proponent group, and letters of support from all governing bodies of road jurisdictions. The applications must be submitted from March 17-31, 2015 to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Bikeway proponent groups consist of local volunteers, cyclists and tourism professionals. If the purposed route submitted via that application is officially recommended for designation by the Oregon Bikeway Committee, the proponent group must then complete a comprehensive Bikeway Plan including a series of goals, sign locations, promotions and future engagement.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee evaluates proposed routes using criteria which examine human made, natural scenic and sensory values and road conditions on the route.

In the past, only half of the applications scored high enough on the criteria to be recommended for designation.

Applications, a list of important features for a bikeway and the criteria are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx

For more information on the application process or the Bikeway Program contact Alex Phillips at 503-986-0631 or alex.phillips@oregon.gov .


Attached Media Files: News release
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Oregon Growth Board
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 10/24/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting on October 30, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
at:

White Stag Building
Room 152
70 NW Couch St
Portland, 97209

Meeting agenda can be downloaded here: http://www.oregongrowthboard.com/Meetings/2014/1014/1014OGBagenda.pdf

For more information on the Oregon Growth Board, visit www.oregongrowthboard.com.

The Oregon Growth Board was created in an effort to spur more economic growth in Oregon, with a focus on increasing the state's ability to grow companies from early stage to large, locally headquartered firms. An important focus is placed on leveraging state resources to improve the availability of capital for high-growth companies.
Grant application period open for federal Community Forest Program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/24/14
The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
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A federal program that provides financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments and nonprofit entities for establishing community forests is now available. The program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use.

Lands eligible for grants under the program must be private forest at least 5 acres in size, at least 75 percent forested, and suitable to sustain natural forest cover. The lands must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe. Passed under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to pay up to 50 percent of the project costs to a maximum of $400,000.

The purpose of the program is to protect forestland from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits. Lands must be threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, allow public access, and be offered for sale by a willing seller.

Community benefits as described under the Community Forest Program include:
* Sustainable forestry
* Recreation
* Educational and experiential learning opportunities
* Wildlife habitat
* Clean air, water, and other environmental benefits

More about the Community Forest Program
Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribes, and qualified nonprofit entities.
All projects must complete a Community Forest Plan within 120 days after land acquisition; a draft of the plan is due at the time of application. Technical assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry for development of the Community Forest Plan may be available in addition to the land acquisition costs of the project. Projects consisting of conservation easements are not eligible.

The program pays up to 50 percent of acquisition costs -- and requires at least a 50 percent non-federal match. Qualified non-profits and local governments apply through the Oregon Department of Forestry; Indian Tribes apply directly to the U.S. Forest Service.

Oregon framework - suggestions for applicants
Applications should include a letter from the private landowner that indicates the landowner is a voluntary, willing seller supporting the project. In addition, projects that result in one or more of the following are encouraged:
* A written and approved Oregon forest management plan - or the commitment to develop one before closing on the acquisition.
* Third party certification through the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
* Property demonstrates effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to being in a degraded condition.
* Property is located within an urban-rural interface area threatened with conversion to non-forestry use.
* Land management supports implementation of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's
"Conservation Strategy" (see link, below).
* A strong landowner/public forestry/outdoor education component.
Applications from family forestry related non-profit organizations - with local forestland owner and community involvement, and demonstrated financial and organizational capacity to manage the property - are strongly encouraged.

A preference will be given for properties already demonstrating effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to properties in a degraded condition.

Application deadline
All applicants must send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted to the Oregon Department of Forestry for funding consideration.

Hard copy or electronic versions of applications need to be submitted to:
Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
jcaston@odf.state.or.us
(503) 945-7382
and received no later than close of business, January 16, 2015. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jarrett Caston with any questions.
For the national Request for Applications, go to:
http://www.fs.fed.us/cooperativeforestry/library/2014_app_fed_rfa.pdf

For more information about the Community Forest Program:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/incentivescfp.aspx
For information about the Oregon Conservation Strategy: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/


Attached Media Files: The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
Open enrollment is your chance to shop around
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/24/14
As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on the importance of shopping during open enrollment.

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

Whether you have insurance coverage for the first time or have had an individual plan for years, there are many reasons to explore all your options during open enrollment.

* You can no longer be turned down for coverage. In the past, those with health conditions may have had limited plan choices. However, people with health conditions can no longer be turned down for coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That means all Oregonians are free to shop for health insurance without fear of rejection.

* You may qualify for financial help. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/qualifying-for-lower-costs-chart/ to see if you might be able to get premium tax credits or lower out-of-pocket costs. You can access these savings only if you buy your plan through healthcare.gov.

* Your plan may have changed. If you currently have insurance, you will receive a letter from your insurance company about whether your current plan is changing or will be available in 2015. Consider any changes and make sure the plan still meets your needs. You have the option to choose a new plan during open enrollment.

* You may have an older plan that does not include certain benefits. If you chose to keep the plan you had before the Affordable Care Act took effect, known as grandfathered or transitional plans, you may not have access to health care services that are free under all new plans. For example, many preventive services are now covered 100 percent. During open enrollment, you could choose a newer plan that does provide this coverage.

Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare plans and enroll in one sitting through healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).
Update #3: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. The victim's name is released in this update as well as added information related to the offending driver also being charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DUII.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on October 23, 2014 at approximately 3:07 p.m., a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN FITCH, age 21, from Beaverton, was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road about milepost 84. As the pickup negotiated a right curve at a high rate of speed, it crossed the double solid centerline and collided nearly head-on with a southbound 2001 Ford Taurus four-door. The pickup came to rest on its right side near the center of the highway. The car came to rest off the southbound shoulder of the highway.

The Ford Taurus driver, GERALD DEE WILL, age 70, from Cloverdale, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FITCH, who was driving on a suspended license, received minor injury and was later arrested by OSP. As part of the investigation, OSP learned FITCH was on probation for DUII out of Clackamas County and during the evening confirmed alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor. In consultation with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, FITCH was lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, DUII and and Reckless Driving.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office and Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the District Attorney. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT. The highway was closed in both directions for 4 hours.

Photograph Sources:
Crash Scene Photos - Oregon State Police
Fitch Photo - Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

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10/23/14
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Albany (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's cross-over fatal traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 5 in the north Albany area. The names are released in this update.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 1995 Honda Civic driven by AMBER NICHOLE FOREST, age 28, from, Aumsville, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 237 when it traveled into the center median. The car continued across the median into the southbound lanes where it collided with a 2005 Volvo commercial truck pulling semi-trailer in the right southbound lane.

After impact, the commercial truck and trailer crossed the center median onto the northbound lanes where it collided into a concrete barrier. The truck and trailer came to rest jackknifed across the northbound lanes. The Honda came to rest in the center median.

FOREST was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver, ARTHUR F. PEREZ, age 65, from College Place, Washington, was transported by ambulance to Albany General Hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash with the assistance of a crash investigation inter-agency team comprised of members from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, and Lebanon Police Department.

Additional assistance provided at the scene by Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire District, and ODOT.

All lanes in both directions were opened by 3:00 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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OSP Seeking Information Related to Robbery, Assault Investigation - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton
Oregon State Police - 10/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's to identify two men suspected of robbing another man Wednesday night after he stopped to inspect his vehicle in the Deadman Pass area along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.

On October 22, 2014 at approximately 8:35 p.m., a 34-year old Boise, Idaho man stopped his black Subaru passenger car along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227 to inspect what he believed was a flat tire. While stopped and outside of his vehicle, the victim reported that a maroon 1990s Ford Mustang displaying unknown California license plate stopped behind his vehicle. The two men got out and assaulted the victim, stealing his wallet. The men ran back to their car and drove away westbound.

Both suspects were described as white males, age 35 - 40, approximately 5'10" tall and weighing about 200 pounds. One suspect was reported to have dark hair, a beard, and was wearing a red plaid flannel shirt. The second suspect was reported to have dark hair, a moustache, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The victim received minor injuries not requiring medical treatment.

Anyone with who may have been traveling through the area at the time with information about this case is requested to call OSP dispatch at (541) 276-2121. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Dan Chichester.

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Fire season ends in northeast Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/23/14
As of 12:01 p.m. on October 23, 2014, fire season was officially terminated for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow. Scattered rain showers throughout the district over the past few weeks, combined with cooler fall temperatures has reduced the fire danger.

However, John Buckman, Northeast Oregon District Forester, reminds the public to implement safe practices when using fire in the fall months.

"Fall is a good time to burn forest slash or yard debris, but please recognize that just one sunny and windy day can change conditions very quickly," he said. "Each fall we respond to escaped fires, so please continue to use fire in a responsible manner."

Technical advice for burning and smoke management can be obtained from your local ODF office.

With the termination of fire season, requirements such as providing firefighting equipment at logging sites or obtaining a burning permit for burn barrels are no longer in effect. However, termination of fire season does not relieve landowners or forest operators of lawful responsibilities concerning the safe burning of debris or slash. Windy conditions combined with warm weather could cause unpredictable fire behavior.

Specific Smoke Management/Burning Advisory Information:

- Unless you are in a rural or city fire department protection area, burn permits for burn barrels and small amounts of yard debris are not required. If you are under the protection of a rural or city fire department, please call and ask what their burning restrictions are. Burning within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation requires a permit from the CTUIR. Follow all requirements within the permit.

- Burning of slash from forestry and logging activities requires a Notification of Operation/PDM from the Oregon Department of Forestry. In addition to this permit, the local Oregon Department of Forestry office must be contacted prior to ignition.

Before burning in northeast Oregon, it is important to check weather conditions related to smoke management. For smoke management forecasts call (541)963-9781 or visit the following website: www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/Daily/neo.htm.

- Slash Burns must be registered with the local Oregon Department of Forestry office at least seven days prior to burning and burning accomplishments reported within seven days after burning.

The Northeast Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank forest landowners, forest operators and the public for their efforts in fire prevention, detection and suppression activities this season. After back-to-back record fire seasons for the State of Oregon, the Northeast Oregon District was again able to keep acres burned below the 10-year average of 2,207 acres.

Firefighters in the district suppressed 105 fires, which burned just 1,038 acres. Additional resources such as helicopters, bulldozers and single-engine air tankers partially paid for with General Fund monies from the State of Oregon helped significantly to check fire spread quickly in a year in which there were numerous large fires burning throughout the state.

These additional resources were part of the coordinated effort employed by ODF, which also included rural fire departments, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, local contractors, landowners and a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

For further information, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at these local offices:

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

To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Forestry board to focus on urban forestry benefits in Nov. 5-6 Portland meeting and tour (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/23/14
Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
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The state Board of Forestry will hold a meeting and tour Nov. 5-6 in Portland, focusing on the benefits of trees and other natural resources in cities, and joining local leaders in discussions about the board's and the Oregon Department of Forestry's current and future urban forestry work.

The board will also meet with the state Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) and host a community social, at which it will continue its tradition of honoring a community leader's contribution to natural resource conservation.

In addition, the board will receive an update from a subcommittee that has been exploring revisions to the current plan for managing state-owned forests in northwestern Oregon. Based on the subcommittee's recommendation, the board is expected to provide direction to department staff on further development of plan revisions.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee, a statutorily established advisory committee to the Board, will provide testimony on the board's deliberations. There will also be an opportunity for public comment.

All events are open to the public.

Business meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5
Setting the tone for the following day's tour, the board will join the EQC and representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality for an overview of the two panels' positive working relationship, an update on the Department of Forestry's urban forestry program, and an exploration of the role of trees and other natural resources in managing urban storm runoff.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Crystal Room of the Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St.

A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx

The community social, also at the Tiffany Center, will follow the meeting.

November 6 tour includes parks, Portland's Water Pollution Control Laboratory
The tour will begin with a panel discussion on a regional urban forestry planning effort, involving two states and 30 cities, that seeks to improve collaboration among government and community organizations, increase forest canopy cover and promote best natural resource management practices.

The tour will include stops at Holman and Columbia Parks and other locations, with presentations by representatives of the Portland Environmental Services Bureau, DEQ, the Oregon Environmental Council and others.

Throughout, the tour will provide insights on importance of green infrastructure--trees, open space, waterways and other natural assets--in providing environmental, economic and social benefits.

A lunch stop will feature a discussion with key urban area leaders on needs and opportunities-- today and in the future--in urban forestry and green infrastructure, and on the current and potential roles of the Board and Department of Forestry.

The day's activities begin at 8 a.m. in the Tiffany Center's Crystal Room. Members of the public are welcome, and encouraged to bring a lunch, arrange transportation if van seating is unavailable, and dress for inclement weather.

Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF'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.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx


Attached Media Files: Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
City of Keizer Receives National Boating Access Recognition for Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp, Amenities (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/23/14
Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager
Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager
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The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented the City of Keizer a Mid-Size Access Award for the new Keizer Rapids Boating Facility on the Willamette River during their annual conference held in Arkansas during the week of October 13. Only one such award is given each year. The national award was formally presented to the City of Keizer's Mayor, Lore Christopher, during their monthly City Council meeting by Janine Belleque, the Oregon State Marine Board's interim Boating Facilities Manager.

Planning for this mid-sized boating access site began in 2003 and within that timeframe, many partnerships were established to work through the different challenges associated with the project. More than 50 individuals from city, state and federal levels, collaborated to complete property acquisitions, obtain environmental construction permits, complete design and engineering, bidding, construction and obtain funding for the Keizer Rapids boating facility. The City of Keizer's Community Development Director, Nate Brown, was instrumental in keeping everyone moving forward and responding to the challenges of completing the City's first improved boating facility.

The total cost for the project was $1,322,379, with $728,296 provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife utilizing federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $221,356 in state boater funds, and $372,727 from the City of Keizer. Federal funds are derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels taxes.

The Keizer Rapids recreational boating facility amenities include:
-Property acquisition;
-1,900- feet of paved access road;
-paved and curbed parking lot for 16 single car spaces and 23 vehicle/boat trailer spaces, landscaped islands, sidewalks and signage;
-261-feet for a single-lane concrete boat ramp;
-200-foot long boarding floats supported by five steel piles;
-Single stall vault toilet;
-Two vegetated stormwater treatment bio-swales;
-Bank stabilization, boat ramp protection and large woody debris habitat enhancement;
Vegetated earthen berm to create a noise buffer and visual barrier for adjacent neighbors.

The Keizer Rapids recreational boating facility provides public access to a 12.5 mile area of the Willamette River and is a designated stop on the Willamette River Water trail.

SOBA recognizes outstanding achievements in recreational boating access at the annual National Boating Access Conference. The City of Keizer deserved this national recognition for their vision, collaboration and master planning of Keizer Rapids Park that will benefit recreational boaters for decades to come.

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Attached Media Files: Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager , Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp in 2013 shortly after construction.
10/22/14
State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland Next Week
OR Department of Human Services - 10/22/14
When: October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2, 2015.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BARRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

GRIFFIN was not injured.

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

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

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

The agenda also includes a public comment period.

> Summary of Forest Legacy proposals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to Susan Dominique, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.

More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

* Paul Lewis, MD
Health Officer
Multnomah County Health Department

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting is being held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant,at 503-378-2617 by Monday, October 20. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agenda:

Select benchmarks for 2015

Committee meeting schedule

Public testimony

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

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

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Great ShakeOut activities planned statewide Oct. 16
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/14/14
More than 370,000 Oregonians will drop, cover, and hold on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake. Businesses, schools, individuals and state agencies throughout Oregon are scheduled to participate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Arts Commission, Trust embark on statewide town meetings
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/13/14
For Immediate Release
Oct. 13, 2014
Contact: Carrie Kikel, (503) 986-0081, carrie.kikel@oregon.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The family's dog was deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

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

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No photographs are available for this release.

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

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

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

No photographs for release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before Halloween

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

On Halloween

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-676-9009.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Summer Job Vacancies Reach New High
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/09/14
Oregon businesses reported 49,600 vacancies this summer. That's 6,700 more vacancies than last summer and the most found by any Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, which began in the spring of 2008. The growing number of vacancies reflects the busy summer hiring season and long-term improvement in the job market.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

A DMV photograph of SANDERS is provided with this release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

Commission Process

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

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

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

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

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

For more information or to contact Pacific Power, please call us toll free at 1-888-221-7070 or write to:
Pacific Power
825 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 2000
Portland, OR 97232
Oregon.gov, finalist for best state website
State of Oregon - 10/08/14
Salem, Ore. Oct. 8: The Oregon.gov website is one of the top 10 most intuitive and functional state websites, according to the Center for Digital Government's 2014 Best of the Web awards, announced this week. http://bit.ly/1qhvSd1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are tips from SHIBA for comparing plans:

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Approximately 230 feet of guardrail was damaged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

42 CFR ß441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

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

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

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

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

42 CFR ß441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public notice and input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEWS RELEASE


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you can join us.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where: New location! OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third floor, Room #4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx

Agenda:
* Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon
* Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Survey
* Public Health in Oregon
* Behavioral Health Strategic Plan
* Follow-up on High Cost Medications

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Health advisory lifted October 3 for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 22 for Cullaby Lake, located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

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

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

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

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.
Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

No photographs available for this release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Motorists Should Be Extra Alert For Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions, statewide and nationally. With more wildlife crossing roads all over the state, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) , and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be on alert.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oregon site of earliest human occupation added to nation's list of important places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/03/14
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The National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States' listing of the nation's most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south-central Oregon, archaeological excavations at the site has produced evidence of human occupation in Oregon beginning 14,300 years ago, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other information:

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

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


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Health advisory lifted October 2 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Walterville Pond
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
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