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02/27/15
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: March 3, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/27/15
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: March 3, 2015, as per the attached agenda.


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Oregon Employer Council Hosting State Conference for Business
Oregon Employment Dept. - 02/27/15
SUNRIVER RESORT - The Oregon Employer Council State Conference for Business, an annual event, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, 2015 at Sunriver Resort just south of Bend.

The Conference offers keynote speakers and breakout sessions on human resources, labor law, and business topics, as well as opportunities to network with businesses from around the state. There are over 19 HRCI credits pending for this state conference.

Early bird registration for the state conference is $349 per person, or $399 after March 27. Register online at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-employer-council-2015-annual-state-conference-for-business-tickets-15422447957. For more information, contact Shaun Engstrom at 503-947-1692 or shaun.c.engstrom@oregon.gov. Agenda is available at www.oec.org.

The Oregon Employer Council is a nonprofit organization with 20 chapters throughout Oregon. OEC members involve employers in problem solving relationships with local, state, and federal governments to advocate for employer education and influence in our communities by identifying and addressing local workforce challenges. Membership is open to all Oregon businesses.


Attached Media Files: 2015-02/930/82238/OEC_Conference_2015.pdf
Stomp All Over Multiple Sclerosis at Walk MS Oregon (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 02/27/15
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More than 5,500 people are expected to rally in nine communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington between April 11 and May 9 for the National MS Society's annual Walk MS fundraising event. Participants help raise funds for critical, cutting edge research that benefits the more than 8,100 people living with multiple sclerosis in the region. It's a great day for friends, family and co-workers to make connections, have fun, and stomp all over MS.

Walk MS Oregon - 2015 Dates and Locations
All locations are 100% accessible, 5k walk routes with entertainment and refreshments along the way. While there is no fundraising minimum or fee to register, the Oregon Chapter encourages a $35 minimum donation.

*Saturday, April 11 9:00am Merrill - Merrill Presbyterian
10:00am Salem - Riverfront Park

*Saturday, April 18 10:00am Portland - Pioneer Courthouse Square
Bend - Riverbend Park

*Saturday, April 25 10:00am Heppner - All Saints Episcopal Church
Central Point - Twin Creeks Park

*Sunday, May 3 10:00am Vancouver, WA - Esther Short Park

*Saturday, May 9 10:00am Corvallis - Helen M. Berg Plaza
Eugene - Alton Baker Park

"Help us better the story for the thousands in our community who need more, deserve more and are counting on the National MS Society to deliver a world without MS," said Lisa Roth, Chapter President of National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. "Together, we will end MS forever."

Register, start a team, volunteer, make a donation or learn more at: walkMS.org

EVENT INFO
Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager
andrea.kofoed@nmss.org
503-445-8342

PRESS PHOTOS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/defeatms/sets/72157649625142666/

About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com


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*** Photo's Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/27/15
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Third Release - Photos now added. Media Only Release.

*** Update *** Photo's to be released later.

Pleasant Hill OR: Troopers from the Springfield Area Command of the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into this evenings two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 58 near milepost 5 in Lane County.

Preliminary information indicates that on February 26, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a white, 2003 Toyota pickup operated by 66-year old, GLEN D. PRATER, of Pleasant Hill, was traveling eastbound on highway 58 when for unknown reasons it drove into oncoming westbound traffic. PRATER'S vehicle collided head-on with a blue, 2011 Chevy Silverado , injuring its driver, 34-year-old, RYAN E. HARTMAN, and his wife, 32-year-old, JENNIFER L. HARTMAN and their 8 year old son; all residents of Malin, Oregon.

PRATER was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. The HARTMAN family was transported to Riverbend Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries..

Investigators are working to determine if a semi-truck may have also been involved in the incident which was reported to have lost a wheel however, that is still undetermined. The crash remains under investigation.

Preliminary information indicates all involved were wearing safety belts. Highway 58 was down to a single lane for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Pleasant Hill Fire, Dexter Fire and ODOT.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police ( OSP ) are on the scene of a fatal traffic crash on HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County. Motorists traveling in the area are advised to use alternate routes or expect delays as early information indicates the road is blocked. More information will be released when it becomes available. For closure updates go to www.tripcheck.com.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Historic Cemeteries Commission meets March 13 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/27/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. March 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

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

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02/26/15
*** Update *** Missing Inmate from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla Located/Arrested (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/26/15
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*** Update ***
At approximately 10:49 a.m. on February 26, Umatilla County Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting a sighting of Inmate Steven Fox near South 1st Street and East McKinney Ave just south of Hermiston. A Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy responded and located Inmate Fox at approximately 11:00 a.m., near the reported location.

Inmate Fox was taken into custody without incident. After being taken into custody by UCSO he was transferred to the custody of the Oregon State Police and subsequently lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on an outstanding warrant issued as a result of his escape.

The Oregon State Police wishes to thank the public for remaining observant during the search for Inmate Fox and for the tip that ultimately led to his arrest.

Original Release:
Detectives from the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing their investigation and search for Inmate STEVEN LEE FOX, 49, who walked away from an inmate work crew at the Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman on February 25th. The whereabouts of Inmate FOX are unknown at this time and detectives are working with the Department of Corrections in attempts to locate him.

Members of OSP and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office patrolled the area Inmate Fox was last observed throughout the night but were unsuccessful in locating him and plan to continue patrolling the area throughout the day.

OSP and local law enforcement wish to remind people traveling in Western Umatilla and Eastern Morrow Counties to be observant and report any suspicious persons and are reminded to be cautious of picking up any hitchhikers in the area.

Anyone who sees or has seen Inmate FOX is asked to contact the Oregon State Police by calling 800-452-7888.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Original DOC Release:
Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office are responding.

Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.

Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
1-800-452-7888.

Contact Info:
Lori Davis, 541-922-2008, Lori.A.Davis@doc.state.or.us
Betty Bernt, 503-551-1216, Betty.A.Bernt@doc.state.or.us


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*** Update *** January 25th Shooting Investigation in La Pine Leads to Charges/Arrest
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/26/15
*** Update ***
On January 25, 2015, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to northern Klamath County to investigate a report of a drive by shooting. GARY T. DAVIS,31, of La Pine was identified as a suspect in the shooting and was subsequently involved in a brief stand-off with police in La Pine. (Previous release)

Detectives continuing the investigation identified and interviewed additional witnesses and gathered new evidence which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant in Klamath County for the charge of attempted murder for DAVIS.

On February 25, DAVIS turned himself in to troopers at the Oregon State Police office in Bend without incident. DAVIS was arrested and transported to Klamath County Jail on the Attempted Murder warrant.

Any further releases will be coordinated through the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
Posted on FlashAlert: January 25th, 2015 11:31 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County, which prompted a SWAT response to La Pine early this morning.

Preliminary information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., this morning, 9-1-1 call centers in Klamath County received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence on Collar Drive, just south of La Pine. Troopers investigating the incident learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old GARY T. DAVIS, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously. No injuries were reported during the shooting and the matter is still under investigation.

Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Department deputies, tracked DAVIS to a residence at 52905 Meadows Lane, in La Pine (Deschutes County) where he was staying with his girlfriend, identified as TASHA L. MURPHEY, age 24, also of La Pine. Troopers and deputies who arrived began negotiating with the subjects who barricaded themselves in the residence. A limited number of OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to the scene to assist with the incident.

At approximately 9:50 A.M., DAVIS was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending. MURPHEY was not injured during the incident. OSP Criminal Investigative Services Division is continuing the investigation.
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Health advisory lifted February 26 for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 02/26/15
February 26, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued December 4, 2014, for Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the level of blue-green algae is well below guideline values. 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 is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255 and Jackson County Environmental Health at 541-774-8206. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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.

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$95,690 awarded for art acquisition through The Ford Family Foundation (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/26/15
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Eight Oregon arts organizations will receive $95,690 in funds from The Ford Family Foundation's Art Acquisition Program, the Oregon Arts Commission announced today.

The Art Acquisition Fund, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work.

Awards help these institutions leverage organization and donor dollars to acquire works. In the five years of this program, 40 works of art by Oregon artists have been placed into permanent Oregon collections.

Awards were made to:

Favell Museum, Klamath Falls ($12,500)
For the purchase of "Where Trails Cross," an oil on canvas depicting a story of the Western Rangers by Don Prechtel. The painting will complement the Museum's holdings of works relating to the history of the American West.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem ($20,815)
For the purchase of "Triad" by Mel Katz. The significant sculpture will be placed in a public outdoor location on the Willamette campus. The acquisition deepens the Museum's upcoming retrospective of Katz' work.

Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland ($13,500)
For the purchase of Stephen Hayes' "Tisch," (attached) which was included in the exhibition Figure/Ground, Stephen Hayes, A Thirty-Year Retrospective in 2013. The painting will join and extend the college's collection of landscape works by significant historic Oregon artists.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene ($22,000)
For the purchase of "Torch," by James Lavadour. Painted in 2012, the work represents the scale, richness and visual impact of Lavadour's complex, post-2000, explorations of Chinese painting, Abstract Expressionism and jazz. It is the first work by Lavadour in the Museum's collection.

Oregon State University, Art About Agriculture Collection, Corvallis ($2,375)
For the purchase of "Epicure Extravaganza," "Feather," "Permian Utopia," and "Wings" -a suite of three prints and one drawing by renowned OSU faculty member Yuji Hiratsu. The works are significant to the College of Agricultural Sciences' collection for their exceptional quality and for the environmental portraiture that reflects humankind's culinary pursuits and interaction with the biodiversity of land and sea.

Portland Art Museum, Portland ($10,000)
For the purchase of "Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) & the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation" by artist Wendy Red Star. Originally installed for the Museum's Apex series, Red Star's reinterpretation of well-known photographs made during the Peace Delegation of 1880 touches three of the Museum's collections: Native Arts, Photography and Contemporary Northwest.

Reed College, Portland ($8,500)
For the purchase of "Symmetrical Ovoid Lattices VII" by Michael Knutson. The 2013 painting complements an earlier work by the Reed professor, allowing students to study the artist's evolution in technique and color palette, and joining important regional abstraction by Carl Morris, Louis Bunce, Michele Russo and C.S. Price in the collection.

Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland ($8,000)
For the purchase of "1973, After Her "War Series," Nancy Spero Resolves to Paint Only Female Subjects. She Calls This La Peinture Feminine" by Ellen Lesperance. The work is part of Lesperance's ongoing study of female activists, and continues the Museum's interests in discourse and academic inquiry.

About The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program
The Art Acquisition Fund is one of seven program facets first launched in 2010 as part of The Ford Family Foundation's initial five-year visual arts program established in the memory of Hallie Ford to assist Oregon's most promising visual artists and the institutions that support their work. The Foundation's board has approved extending the program through 2019. In addition to the Arts Acquisition Fund, other resources are being dedicated to the following:

Fellowships: Hallie Ford Fellows are provided unrestricted grants to support the conceptualization and the development of new work, annually.
Artists-in-Residences: Bi-annual awards to four "Golden Spot" residency programs in Oregon, and at Djerassi Art Residency and the Ucross Foundation that provide opportunities for artists to explore and conceptualize new work. Two new additional national programs will be opened to Oregon artists in 2015.
Exhibition & Documentation: Funding for the curation, preparation, materials and traveling of exhibitions.
Capital Projects: Resources to improve and/or expand studio and exhibition space at key Oregon visual arts institutions.
Curator/Critic Tour: Visitations by national curators to consult with Oregon's visual artists, regional curators and critics, and to generally interact with the arts community.
Career Opportunity Grants: Resources to mid-career Oregon visual artists who face unanticipated circumstances that could aid in significantly advancing the creation, production or exhibition of their work.


About The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation is the sole funder of this Visual Arts Program. It partners with Oregon's leading visual arts educators, gallerists, museum and arts professionals to help implement program elements and leverages funding with other state and national resources.
The Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is "successful citizens and vital rural communities" in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation, please visit the website at www.tfff.org.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) 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.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at www.oregonartscommission.org
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/26/15
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An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date was Aug. 12, 2016.


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MEDIA ALERT - Over 230 FFA Members Compete in Finley Tomorrow
Finley Sch. Dist. - 02/26/15
FINLEY, WA - The annual Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree begins at 8 AM tomorrow, February 27 at River View High School in Finley. This year's Jamboree will include over 230 FFA members from ten area FFA Chapters competing in various Career Development Events (CDE). Participating FFA Chapters include Finley, Columbia Burbank, Pasco, Kiona-Benton, Connell, Grandview, New Horizons, Chiawana, Kamiakin, and Richland.

Over 40 volunteers from the local area will show up to help the FFA members with their CDEs in Finley. Local community support includes Pepsi, Tyson Foods, Walkey Farms, and Tri-City Sunrise Rotary. The annual Jamboree helps members prepare for the Washington State FFA Convention scheduled to take place in May at Pullman.

The Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree takes place from 8 AM to 2 PM on Friday, February 27 at River View High School in Finley. For more information on the event, contact Finley FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum, at 509.586.7279.

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02/25/15
Inmate walks away from Two Rivers Correctional Institution work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/25/15
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Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office are responding.

Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.

Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
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Red Cross Open House and Volunteer Recruitment Event
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/25/15
BEND, Ore., Feb. 24, 2015 -- Community members are invited to learn about services delivered by their local American Red Cross and how to participate in community preparedness, outreach, health and safety activities at an upcoming open house event. Information will be shared and volunteer recruitment will be in effect.

Laurie Conroy, director of volunteer services for the American Red Cross Cascades Region says that volunteer opportunities are available in a wide variety of areas including home fire safety outreach, disaster preparedness, event organization, disaster health services and more.


WHAT: American Red Cross open house and volunteer recruitment event

WHEN: 3 - 6 p.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015

WHERE: Prodigal Son Brewery (private room), 230 SE Court Ave. in Pendleton, Ore.

DETAILS: Participants will receive an overview of Red Cross services in the local community, learn about training opportunities and discuss a variety of volunteer openings.

The American Red Cross Cascades Region has approximately 1,700 volunteers across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Last year they provided assistance to more than 900 individuals and families affected by disasters as a result of home fires, wildfires, floods and severe weather.


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 @RedCrosscascade.
public forum March 2, 2015
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 02/25/15
Public Forum
Date: March 2, 2015
Location: Kiona-Benton City High School Gymnasium
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Topic: Firearms Policy
Countdown to Kindergarten for 2015-2016
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 02/25/15
Good morning,

It's hard to believe we are already talking about next school year but we are!

Attached is a release regarding the start of our Kindergarten registration from to 2015-2016 school year. We would very much appreciate anything you can do to help spread the word. It is extremely helpful to the district to register incoming kindergartners as early as possible.

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


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: 2015-2016 Kinder Registration
Oregon OSHA cites Woodburn company for willful safety violations (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/25/15
Fall protection and hard hats were not provided to workers at Fleetwood Homes.
Fall protection and hard hats were not provided to workers at Fleetwood Homes.
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(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Fleetwood Homes Inc. $75,800 for five violations, including one willful violation. The citation was the result of an Aug. 29, 2014, complaint inspection at the company's Woodburn plant.

The investigation found managers at the mobile home manufacturer were aware of employee exposures to falls but did not provide protection, despite concerns brought forward to managers by employees and by Oregon OSHA. The company manufactures a mobile home model with fall exposures 13 feet from the ground. Roofers had to climb over the guardrails of scaffolding onto the roof of the mobile home with no tie-off points to connect a fall protection harness. Employees brought up the issue three times with management in 2014 before a complaint was made to Oregon OSHA.

"Year after year, falls are one of the major sources of serious injury and death in Oregon," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "There is no good reason to disregard the need to protect workers from such risks. Yet, this employer consciously ignored fall protection rules that are designed to prevent injuries or deaths."

Oregon OSHA cited the business $70,000 - the legal maximum - for the willful violation. Even after Oregon OSHA itself brought the issue to management's attention and management acknowledged the need to provide fall protection, work continued without such protection. A willful violation exists when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

The following serious violations were also found during the inspection:
* Employer allowed employees to stand on the guard rail of scaffolding
* Employer failed to provide an access ladder or other safe access to scaffolding
* Employer failed to provide hard hats in an area where there was an exposure to falling objects
* Employer failed to inspect fall protection equipment

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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About Oregon OSHA:
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. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


Attached Media Files: Oregon OSHA citation report , Fall protection and hard hats were not provided to workers at Fleetwood Homes. , Fleetwood Homes allowed employees to stand on the guard rail of scaffolding.
02/24/15
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet February 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

--Discussion of hospital self-identification regarding level of acute stroke treatment service;

--The International Stroke Conference, which was held this month in Nashville, Tennessee, with the theme of Practice Change in Acute Stroke Treatment;

--The Stroke Care Committee's meeting frequency.

When: Thursday, February 26, 7-8:30 a.m.

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

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 (2013) to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

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

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease program manager, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1053.

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

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Committee for Family Forestlands meets March 6
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/24/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will receive an update on the legislative session, and hear a presentation on the East Face Elkhorns Cohesive Wildfire Strategy when it meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building (C), 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period is scheduled between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

AGENDA
Agenda items include:

- Oregon Forest Industries Council update on current events
- Presentation on the Monitoring Strategy development process
- Update on the Partnership for Education program
- Discussion to provide input to the Subcommittee on Riparian Rules
- Update on forestry-related legislation under consideration in the current session of the Oregon Legislature
- Presentation on the "All hands, all lands" restoration project underway in the Elkhorn Mountains of NE Oregon and SE Washington

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

COMMITTEE
The Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The 13-member committee includes seven voting members and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting, ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

PUBLIC MEETING
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet March 3 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting March 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive the director's report as well as a legislative update. The board will discuss and provide input on work to spread the Coordinated Care Model beyond Medicaid to PEBB, OEBB, and commercial coverage. The board will also discuss and may adopt a policy statement regarding vaccinations. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

When: Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Where: 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 http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

--Director's report;

--Committee updates;

--Legislative update;

--Spreading the Coordinated Care Model;

--Public testimony;

--Policy statement on vaccinations.

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

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

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* Clarification * OSP Investigation into Klamath County Man Who Took Archaeological Artifacts (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/24/15
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* Clarification * The initial release Headline indicated Cotallese was arrested while the body stated it was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office. The Headline was incorrect and he has not been arrested at this point.

On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Klamath Falls, concluded a seven-month-long investigation into the unlawful take, possession, and sale of archaeological artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTALLESE, age 46, of Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary items and items of cultural patrimony. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia items.

According to Sergeant Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls Office an extended drought in the region has exposed many archaeological areas normally concealed by water. Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. This case is being forwarded to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Klamath Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Oregon State Police and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our state. To report archaeological crimes call 1-800-452-7888.
Sergeant Randall Hand can be contacted at (541) 851-4911.


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02/23/15
Regional Art Exhibit Opens at CBC: $5,000 In Scholarships to be Awarded to High School Students
ESD 123 - 02/23/15
PASCO, WA - Over 400 pieces of art from 16 high schools are now on display at the Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center in Pasco. This year marks the 42nd Annual Regional High School Art Show, which is the largest show of its kind in the state. This year for the first time ever, four of the student artists will also receive scholarships totaling $5,000.

Each year, Columbia Basin College and Educational Service District (ESD) 123 host the regional art show, which features outstanding art work from high school students across Southeast Washington. The art is on display in the Gjerde Center between now and March 7. An award ceremony honoring the top Judge's Choice, Honorable Mention, and Superintendent's Choice awards will take place at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 4 at the Gjerde Center.

Also at the March 4 award ceremony and new to the 2015 awards is the gifting of scholarships from Central Washington University (CWU) to four lucky junior and senior students. Faculty of the CWU Department of Art will award three $1,000 scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship to students at the ceremony. The scholarships will remain eligible until the student's first year of college at CWU, regardless of the major of study chosen. CWU has implemented these scholarships throughout all ESD Art Shows across the state and will continue these awards annually in support of young artists.

Gregg Schlanger, CWU Art Department Chair, says choosing just four students to receive scholarships has been a difficult task with such enormous talent on display.

"We are honored to recognize these talented young artists who are already showing such promise," Schlanger said.

Students whose artworks are selected as Judge's Choice winners and are approved for sale will advance on to the state competition in Olympia in April. The art show and award ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, ESD Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Skill building opportunities expand at CCCF (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/23/15
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
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Opportunities for women in medium custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to earn cosmetology certification have expanded with the grand opening of renovated space at CCCF on February 19.

CCCF's School of Cosmetology originally opened in 2002. Initially, the program supported ten individuals with classroom instruction and hands-on training offered through Portland Community College. Today, 20 women can obtain three valuable certifications from the Oregon Health Authority's Health Licensing Office in Hair Design, Nail Technology, and Esthetics. In addition, women who have previously earned certifications may train to become instructors and leaders.

While taking the course, the women learn about hair care including cutting and designing, coloring, giving permanents, applying relaxers, and weaving. Students also learn about skin care, including facials and applying makeup. Finally, they learn how to do manicures and pedicures, including gel manicures and artificial nails. Research shows that adults in custody who participate in correctional education programs not only have a lower rate of recidivism, but are more likely to obtain employment upon release from incarceration.

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

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Attached Media Files: DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening. , CCCF's expanded School of Cosmetology.
Forestry board to honor forest operators, receive fire protection update, at March 4 meeting
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/23/15
The state Board of Forestry will honor the recipients of its Forest Practices Operator of the Year award and receive updates on key topics, including work to obtain insurance to help cover costs of fighting large wildfires, at its March 4 meeting in Salem.

The agenda also includes proposed adoption of an approach for considering the predicted effects of climate change in the work of the board and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS:

2014 Forest Practices Operator of the Year awards. This program recognizes forestry contractors for exceptional skill and commitment, often above and beyond legal requirements, in protecting natural resources during harvest or other projects. The awards also promote public understanding of the Forest Practices Act, its administration, and its effectiveness protecting natural resources. Awards are given in each of ODF's operating regions--Northwest, Southwest and Eastern Oregon.

Rellergert Forestry Education awards. The board will recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in forestry education with the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, named for an ODF forest educator who died in 2004. The annual State Forester's Award for exceptional contributions to the cause of forestry education will also be presented.

Emergency Fire Cost Committee, fire protection updates. The committee and the department will report on efforts to renew Oregon's unique large-fire insurance policy for the 2015 wildfire season. Oregon used its full coverage during the severe 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, and work with insurance underwriters continues to develop coverage options for the 2015 season. The state and forest landowners have historically shared the cost of the policy.

The Emergency Fire Cost Committee, appointed by the board, oversees a fund that consists of landowner dollars, collected through per-acre assessments and other mechanisms, to help pay the costs of fighting large fires.

Climate change adaptation recommendations. Climate change presents risks to Oregon's forest ecosystems. ODF staff have developed an overall approach for addressing adapting forest management and policy in an era of changing climate. Recommendations include considering the best available climate science in board work, and incorporating the implications of climate change as the department plans and implements its fire, natural resource protection and other activities.

Updates. The board will receive updates on several key projects and initiatives, including:

- The work of a board subcommittee and department staff in crafting a new plan for managing state-owned forests in Northwestern Oregon.

- A second board subcommittee's work in helping to increase the pace and scale of restoration projects on federally owned forestlands.

Executive session. After completing its regular agenda, the board will meet in executive session to consult with legal counsel on topics related to state-owned forests. The session will be closed to the public, in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h).

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

- A general public comment period 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 will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.

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

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

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

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
02/20/15
Fifty Oregonians died from fire-related causes in 2014
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 02/20/15
Fifty Oregonians lost their lives due to fire-related injuries in 2014. This is the most since the 53 fire fatalities in 2008.

Residential fires accounted for 34 of the 50 fatalities. The sixteen non-residential fatalities occurred in incidents involving motor homes, outdoor fires, motor vehicle accidents involving fire, and other situations.

"All fatalities are tragic," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "But to see this increase is disheartening. Our agency works very hard at educating Oregonians about fire safety and prevention intended to keep themselves and their families safer from the threat of fire."

The top three causes of residential fire-related fatalities were smoking, combustibles to close to a heat source, and cooking.

"Although we can educate and provide information, ultimately fire safety is a personal responsibility," Walker added.

Of all fire fatalities, males were more than twice as likely to be a victim as females (35 male deaths vs. 15 female deaths). Adults 50 and older accounted for more than half (28) of total fatalities. Six of the fatalities were under the age of 18.

Residents are encouraged to:
* Have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
* If you smoke, smoke outside.
* When cooking, watch what you heat and stay in the kitchen when using the stove top.
* Always keep things that can catch fire at least three feet away from sources of heat.

In addition to the fatalities, there were 214 civilian injuries, 124 firefighter injuries, and more than $128 million in property damage.

All data is as reported by local fire agencies as of February 17, 2015.


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SRCI opens state's first inmate unit for veterans (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/20/15
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
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Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has designated a 72-bed housing unit to adults in custody who are military veterans. The facility held a dedication event for the unit on February 17.

The idea for a veterans housing unit was conceived from involvement SRCI staff had with the Snake River Veterans Association (SRVA) within the institution. Realizing a housing unit could be beneficial to veterans housed at SRCI, a team of prison staff went to Washington State to see a similar unit in one of its correcitonal facilities. Months later, the first ever Oregon unit is ready to be dedicated.

There are criteria individuals must meet to be housed in the SRCI veterans unit, such as being honorably discharged from a branch of the U.S. Military, as well as meeting the behavior standards to live in the priviledged housing complex of the institution. Although the needs of the institution operations are always the priority to ensure the facility is running in a safe and secure manner, there are specific goals that were established for the Veterans Unit:

*Enhance overall behavior and personal well-being for veterans in custody by giving them an opportunity to pro-socially associate with like-minded, like-experienced individuals.
*Make support resources and programs available to assist the special needs of veterans.
*Assist incarcerated veterans in accessing federal resources and benefits, specifically in the areas of transition, release, health, and well-being.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. The facility has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. The facility also provides education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.


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Attached Media Files: Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones. , Members of the SRCI Veterans Unit Color Guard, posting the Colors during the SRCI Veterans Unit Dedication.
Walla Walla School District Executive Session: February 24, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/20/15
Walla Walla School District Executive Session: February 24, 2015
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All 77 of BPA's annual reports now on line
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/20/15
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration now has all 77 of its annual reports online at BPA.gov. Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937, BPA administrators have used these annual reports to share their thoughts about the year and describe BPA's financial performance in detail.

Each annual report covers BPA's fiscal year, which today runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, and provides financial highlights, management discussion and analysis, and financial statements. It also provides a letter from the BPA administrator that summarizes the year's accomplishments.
It's in these letters from the administrator that BPA's rich history unfolds. That history includes bringing electricity to all corners of the Northwest in the 1930s and '40s, supporting the war effort that led to the allies winning World War II and signing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada in the early '60s that has provided over 50 years of flood control, electricity and other benefits to both nations.
In 1970, BPA completed the Pacific Direct Current Intertie that allowed the region to begin sharing power with our neighbors to the south. In 1980, Congress passed the Northwest Power Act that gave rise to BPA's development of the largest energy conservation and salmon recovery programs in the country.
More recent annual reports highlight BPA's effort to sustain and expand the Federal Columbia River Power and Transmission System and connect more than 4,500 megawatts of renewable and carbon-free wind power to our transmission system.
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree at River View High School
Finley Sch. Dist. - 02/20/15
FINLEY, WA - Over 230 FFA members from ten area FFA Chapters will compete in various Career Development Events (CDE) at the Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree on Friday, February 27. The Jamboree will be held at River View High School in Finley from 8 AM to 2 PM. FFA Chapters participating this year include the Finley FFA, Columbia Burbank, Pasco, KI-BE, Connell, Grandview, New Horizons, Chiawana, Kamiakin, and Richland.

The annual Jamboree helps members prepare for the Washington State FFA Convention scheduled to take place in May at Pullman. At the convention, members participate against other chapters from our state to bid for the top team or individual in that CDE and a chance to travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana as National winner.

FFA members compete in the following Career Development Events: Tractor Driving, Horse Evaluation (judging), Food Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Best Informed Greenhands, Creed Speaking, Sales & Service, Public Speaking, Vet Tech, Job Interview, Milk & Quality Products, Floriculture, Horse Judging, Tractor Driving, and Extemporaneous public speaking. Career Development Events help members develop skills and abilities in certain areas that could lead to possible careers throughout the agricultural industry. Over 40 volunteers from the local area will show up to help the FFA members with their CDEs. Local community support for the members includes Pepsi, Tyson Foods, Walkey Farms, and Tri-City Sunrise Rotary.

The Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree begins at 8 AM on February 27 at River View High School in Finley. For more information on the event, contact Finley FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum, at 509.586.7279.

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FFA is a national organization of more than 450,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business, and technology of agriculture. The FFA's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Bethlehem Principal Selected for Excellence in Education Award
Bethlehem Lutheran School - 02/20/15
We are pleased to announce that our Principal, Mr. Eric Haan, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Lux Christi Award from Concordia University.

Each year, Concordia University presents the Lux Christi (Light of Christ) Award to recognize one outstanding Lutheran educator and one Director of Christian Education who have served with distinction in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). Nominations are received from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Award recipients receive a beautiful Lux Christi award and a $500 gift to be used for continuing education or applied toward ministry expenses.

Mr. Haan was nominated by our School Board and staff. A special presentation by Mr. Dean Hanson from Concordia University will be made at both the 8am and 11am worship services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (2505 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337) on Sunday, March 1, receptions to follow.

If you have any questions, please call the school office at (509) 582-5624.
02/19/15
Kamiakin High Student Headed to Poetry Out Loud State Competition
ESD 123 - 02/19/15
PASCO, WA - Educational Service District (ESD) 123 congratulates Kamiakin High School student, Victoria Coronado, who was named winner of the 2015 Southeastern Washington Regional Final Poetry Out Loud Competition on February 4 at the Richland Public Library. Coronado will go on to compete at the State Finals on Saturday, March 7 at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA.

The 2015 Regional competition was a repeat win for Kamiakin High School. Last year's winner of the Washington State final, Elizabeth Mo, was also a Kamiakin student.

At the February 4 Regional competition, high school students from Southeastern Washington each recited, from memory, two poems by famous poets, with the best recitation taking home first place. The caliber of recitation by local students was inspiring, and the judges truly had their work cut out for them when deciding a victor. Volunteer judging staff was made up of Columbia Basin College English professors Matt Mathesius and Melissa Holmes, CBC Drama professor Ronn Campbell, and local poet Jordan Chaney of billowingwords.com and the Urban Poets Society.

This event is possible thanks to the amazing dedication and effort of these young dramatists and their teachers. Thank you to the students, parents, teachers, and the Richland Public Library. Congratulations and good luck to Victoria Coronado at the State Finals on March 7.

For more information about the Poetry Out Loud competition, visit the Washington State Arts Commission website at www.arts.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.
Record 38 Oregon high schools participate in Poetry Out Loud (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/19/15
Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School
Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School
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Breaking previous participation records, almost 4,000 students from 38 high schools in 18 Oregon communities are taking part in the 10th anniversary season of Poetry Out Loud.
Organized by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for which students memorize and present poems - practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

After months of classroom study and preparation, students participate in school-wide recitation contests, with each winner eligible to compete in one of three regional contests on March 7. The top three finishers in each region advance to the state contest in Salem on March 14 (contest details appear below).

"Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful way for students to gain an appreciation of great poetry," said Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "To 'own' a poem through practiced recitation is an experience students will carry with them for years to come."

Judges for the 2015 competition include: Eleanor Berry, poet; Wayne Carr, actor at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Marty Hughley, performing arts journalist; Mike Chaser, associate professor of English at Willamette University; Paul Hadella, English faculty at Southern Oregon University; Stephanie Lenox, poet; Ann McBride, actor and radio personality; Laurence Overmire, poet; and Claudia Alick, associate producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The 2013 and 2014 Oregon state champion, Rosie Reyes, will welcome students to the 2015 Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Contest after joining them for lunch.

In addition to winning a $200 scholarship and $500 for the winner's school library poetry collection, the state champion receives an all-expenses-paid trip, with a chaperone, to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals April 27-29.

Nationwide, more than 365,000 students are expected to participate. Students compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels.

Details on the regional and state contests--
Oregon regional contests:
Mid-Valley & Central Regional, Salem
10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 7, The Book Bin East, 2235 Lancaster Dr. NE

Southern Regional, Medford
1-4 p.m., March 7, Medford Public Library, 205 South Central Ave.

Northern & Eastern Regional, Beaverton
4-8 p.m., March 7, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.

Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Contest:
1-4 p.m., March 14, Willamette University Library, Hatfield Room, 900 State Street, Salem

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, contact the Arts Commission at (503) 986-0082 or Oregon.artscomm@state.or.us or visit the national website at www.poetryoutloud.org

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon Department 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.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information about the Oregon Arts Commission: www.oregonartscommission.org.

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Attached Media Files: Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School , Mackenzie Gonzales, the 2015 winner from the Online Connection Academy (statewide online school). Gozales is from Grants Pass. , Eli Bronstein, 2015 winner from Oak Hill School in Eugene
*CORRECTION -Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Outfitter/Guide Rules
Oregon Marine Board - 02/19/15
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed rules pertaining to OAR 250-016-0020, 250-016-35 and 250-016-0050, that modify definitions, adds new language to define license expiration dates for non-boating guides, remove recreational boating laws from a list of violation, clarify violations, and add specific references to types of fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits.

Public hearings are also being held to gather written and oral comments on the proposed rules:
* Jackson County Sheriff's Office: March 8, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 620 Antelope Rd., White City, OR
* Columbia County Sheriff's Office: March 15, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 901Port Ave., St. Helens, OR
* Lane Fire Authority: March 29, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 88050 Territorial Hwy, Veneta, OR.

Written comments may be submitted by April 30, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx

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Penalties assessed for not filing information returns electronically
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/19/15
SALEM--Starting with the filing of 2014 returns this year, the Oregon Department of Revenue will be assessing penalties for failing to file information returns electronically.
Oregon requires businesses filing any number of W2s or more than ten 1099s to file those electronically through iWire by March 31.

The penalty will be $50 per return, with a maximum of $2,500. If a business knowingly fails to file or knowingly files an incomplete, false, or misleading return, the penalty will be $250 per return, up to a maximum of $25,000.

All electronic filing must be done through iWire, a free, browser-based application available through our website. Many software vendors and payroll providers have updated their programs to support Oregon iWire. If your software does not support Oregon iWire, submit your file using the specifications provided on our website.

You can contact the iWire team by phone at 503-945-8127, during normal business hours, or by email at iwire.dor@oregon.gov.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet February 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/19/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
February 10, 2015

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dan.postrel@oregon.gov


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet February 24 in Salem. Agenda items include discussion of a draft paper about modernization of U.S. Forest Service policies that was submitted to the state Board of Forestry at its Jan. 7 meeting. This draft is consistent with the subcommittee's federal forests work plan, which the full board approved on July 25, 2014.

The meeting will be held from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. in the Clatsop Room - Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at
www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with the Governor and other public policy leaders.

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

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Red Cross Open House and Volunteer Recruitment Event
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/19/15
Learn about services delivered by your local American Red Cross and how to participate in community preparedness, outreach, health and safety activities, and more.

BEND, Ore., Feb. 18, 2015 -- The American Red Cross is in every community across the country, including those in central and eastern Oregon, and offer several lines of service. An open house event is scheduled to share information about the Red Cross and recruit community volunteers.

"There are many entry points to the Red Cross," says Laurie Conroy, director of volunteer services for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. "Volunteer opportunities are available in a wide variety of areas including home fire safety outreach, disaster preparedness, event organization, disaster health services and more."


WHAT: American Red Cross open house and volunteer recruitment event

WHEN: 3 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015

WHERE: Prodigal Son Brewery (private room), 230 SE Court Ave. in Pendleton, Ore.

DETAILS: Participants will receive an overview of Red Cross services in the local community,
learn about training opportunities and discuss a variety of volunteer openings.

The American Red Cross Cascades Region has approximately 1,700 volunteers across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Last year they provided assistance to more than 900 individuals and families affected by disasters as a result of home fires, wildfires, floods and severe weather.

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 @RedCrosscascade.
02/18/15
Kiona-Benton School District Parents Notified Regarding Registered Sex Offender Assembly Speaker
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 02/18/15
On February 17, 2015, an individual who had been invited to speak at a student assembly at Kiona-Benton City High School brought a female associate with him to assist in the presentation. This associate had not been cleared to speak in advance by high school administrators.

After the fact, it was brought to the attention of District Administration by law enforcement that the associate was a registered sex offender.

The District accepts responsibility for this unfortunate situation and has acted to notify parents via our school reach system (a voice recorded message sent to all high school parents). The full details are contained in a letter to be sent out to the high school's parents tomorrow, informing them of events surrounding the assembly, and steps which the District will be taking in the future to prevent a recurrence. A copy of the letter is attached to this release and is incorporated herein.


Attached Media Files: 2015-02/1285/81994/Parent_Assembly_Ltr.docx
*** Update *** Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Westfir - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on West Oak Road in the city of Westfir near Oakridge.

Preliminary investigations indicates that at approximately 7:55 a.m., a grey Honda Accord, operated by JERRY L. LOSSING, 66, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel. The Accord collided head-on with a silver, 2008 Toyota Rav-4, operated by KATHLEEN S. CAMERER, 68, of Oakridge, which was westbound. LOSSING was pronounced deceased by medics shortly thereafter. CAMERER was transported via ground ambulance to a Eugene area hospital with injury. Preliminary information indicates LOSSING was not using his safety belt.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a statewide observation survey in June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year.

This February, OSP is participating in ODOT's 'Click it or Ticket' campaign along with sheriffs and local police to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from FEBRUARY 9, to FEBRUARY 22, and reminds all drivers to take the time to buckle up.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oakridge Police Department, Westfir Volunteer Fire Department and Oakridge Fire Department.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two vehicle head-on fatal crash on West Oak Road (Westfir - Oakridge Road) just east of Westfir in Lane County. Additional details will be released when they become available.

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ODF Stewardship coordinating committee to meet Thursday in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/18/15
Please note corrected date for tomorrow, thank you!

Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, is meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations - meets 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Tillamook meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

On the agenda
The committee will be discussing a wide variety of topics including how forestland owners are faring in Farm Bill Conservation Program cost-share funding, strategic investment opportunities for family forests, and the agency's urban and community forestry program. Stewardship agreements and alternative regulatory practices for Certified Family Forests will be discussed in the afternoon, which concludes with updates about Forest Legacy and the US Forest Service's Community Forest Program from Brad Siemens, USForest Service.

About the committee
The Stewardship Coordinating committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs. 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 participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Susan Dominique at the contact numbers listed.

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
 
Newport Area Troopers Complete Investigation into Unlicensed Guide/Outfitter
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
Troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division assigned to the Newport Area Command investigated a complaint of unlawful guiding/outfitting in the Alsea Valley area.

In February of 2014, troopers initiated an investigation into allegations that CHRIS COTTER, 30, of Tidewater OR, had been performing unlicensed guide/outfitter services under the business name 'Alsea Valley Outfitters'. Investigation revealed COTTER provided guide/outfitting services in May of 2014 on a spring bear hunt, without the proper licensure. Shortly thereafter, COTTER was cited and released for Guiding Without a License.

On January 20, 2015, COTTER pled guilty to One (1) count of Guiding Without a License. He was sentenced to 40 hours of Community Service, 24 months of bench probation, No hunting/fishing for probation term (24 months),may not act as a guide or outfitter during probation term (24 months), may not possess firearms or dangerous weapons, and was assessed a $250 fine with $700 restitution to Oregon State Police for costs.

Oregon State Police troopers in the Fish & Wildlife division investigate violations of Oregon's Guide and Outfitter laws with a focus on offenders who engage in the unlawful commercialization of fish and wildlife resources. The Fish & Wildlife Division works with the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx

No photographs are available for this release.

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Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/18/15
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
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Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration

SALEM, Oregon -- The Adjutant General Oregon, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, attended the inauguration of Governor Kate Brown, while an Oregon Military Department Color Guard presented the colors at the beginning of the ceremony on February 18.


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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard, presents the colors at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.

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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.


Attached Media Files: SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri , SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard, presents the colors at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oreg
02/17/15
Assistant Superintendent resigns position
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/17/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors during the Feb. 17, 2015 school board meeting accepted the request of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs for a medical leave through June 30, 2015. Boggs will resign her position effective June 30, 2015. Boggs has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools since 1990 as teacher, principal and central office administrator. She most recently directed the district's Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan is developing a plan for the management of the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department in Boggs' absence. A search for a permanent replacement will begin soon.

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02/13/15
Walla Walla School District Executive Session & Board Meeting: February 17, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/13/15
Walla Walla School District Executive Session & Board Meeting: February 17, 2015, as per the attached agenda.

Supporting documents are available on the WWSD website at the link below:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015/2015-02-17+BOARD+MEETING


Attached Media Files: 2015-02/1288/81890/02.17.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
OSP Troopers in Florence arrest two Eagle Point Area robbery suspects who wore underwear disguises (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper received an anonymous tip that one of two suspects involved in a September 19, 2014, robbery of an AM/PM Mini-Mart in Eagle Point was in the Florence area. Earlier this week the trooper was able to determine the name and location of one of the suspects, identified as GAGE S. MILLER, 21 of Florence, who was already in custody on other unrelated charges in the Florence Police Department Jail. During the interview of the suspect additional information was developed which led investigators to determine the identity and location of the second suspect.

The second suspect, identified as TIMOTHY D. RAYBOULD, 22, of Florence, was located and stopped leaving a Florence area residence on February 6. Both RAYBOULD and MILLER were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail pending charges for Robbery in the first degree and Robbery in the second degree. Preliminary information indicates the 'hoods' worn by the robbers were actually camouflage boxer-brief style underwear.

OSP was assisted in the investigation by the Eagle Point Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the Florence Police Department.

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Board of Forestry Subcommittee to discuss principles for new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/13/15
The Alternative Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet on February 17 to discuss guiding principles for drafting a new forest management plan for northwest Oregon.

The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or zoned - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November, working to ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division at ODF, and improved conservation outcomes over time. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

The Alternative Forest Management Plan for Northwest Oregon Subcommittee will meet in Salem on February 17 (see details below).

During the meeting, subcommittee members will review principles, definitions and measures related to financial viability, conservation emphasis areas, and production emphasis areas. They will also discuss durability concepts related to potential future zones, and hear next steps. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11 a.m.

>Meeting details
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 17.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.

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

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

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

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Deer Ridge Post 131 Charter Presentation (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/13/15
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The American Legion Department of Oregon presented the charter and installed the officers of Deer Ridge Post 131 on Saturday, February 7 at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI.) Deer Ridge Post 131 is the first American Legion Post in an Oregon correctional institution and only the fourth post nationwide in a correctional facility. American Legion District 5 Commander Eugene Hellickson and 2nd Vice Commander Keegan Hodges presented the charter to Post 131 Commander Theodore Aguirre. The officers and general membership were installed during a ceremony held in the DRCI Chapel.

The charter was presented to 15 of the original 19 inmate veterans who initiated the formation of Post 131. Tom Weiss, Jefferson County Veteran's Service Officer, presented the idea of forming an American Legion Post at DRCI in July of 2014. The founding 19 members worked diligently to create the constitution and bylaws, raise funds for membership fees, and elect officers for the post. The Oregon Department of Corrections was in full support of this endeavor, and the level of support was expressed by the attendance of Deputy Director Kim Brockamp, Assistant Director Mike Gower, Chief Administrator Nancy Howton, and Operations and Policy Analyst Parrish VanWert.

Deer Ridge Post 131 will follow the guidelines set by The American Legion. They will hold regular meetings, pay membership dues, hold fundraisers, and give back to the community and fellow veterans in need. American Legion membership will not only provide the veterans with connections to fellow veterans while incarcerated, but will provide connections upon release to help them reunite with their respective communities. The adults in custody participating in The American Legion Post 131 will learn valuable life and job skills such as organization, budgeting, communication, and much more.

DRCI is a minimum security facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison houses approximately 770 inmates who are within four years of release. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.

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*** Update *** Oregon State Police now Hiring Troopers!
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
Ever thought you would make a good cop? Ever thought you had what it takes to be one of the best cops? If the answer is yes - you're an OSP Trooper.

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted at 12:01 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015, and will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/1DOt1mL

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
* Session #2 - Monday, March 16, 2015

Both sessions will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
State historic cemeteries commission seeks new member
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/13/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill an open position representing northeastern Oregon.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before March 15, 2015.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org . To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions please email Kuri Gill or call at 503-986-0685.

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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet February 27
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 02/13/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, February 27 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste 965.

A meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1zAZ2YY

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Expect slowdowns and minor delays Feb. 13 on I-84 near Boardman
ODOT: East. Ore. - 02/13/15
UPDATE - I-84 Rolling slowdown rescheduled for this afternoon.

I-84: Expect 20 minute delays today (Feb. 13) for rolling slowdown near Tower Road / Boardman area.

Interstate 84 traffic will be delayed for about 20 minutes near Boardman, between Exit 151 (Quesna County Park / Three Mile Canyon) and Exit 165 (Laura Lane / Port of Morrow). The traffic impacts are scheduled to occur sometime this afternoon during a rolling slowdown that is needed to accommodate the movement of an over sized load along Interstate 84 near Tower Road Exit 159. During the slowdown operation traffic will be slowed with pilot cars to about 30-35 miles-per-hour. Westbound traffic will be controlled between exits 165 and 159, with freeway on ramps at Exit 164 and the Boardman Rest Area closed until the slowdown operation has passed. Eastbound traffic will be controlled between exits 151 and 159, with freeway on ramp at Exit 159 delayed. Vehicles will be released from the slowdown after they have passed the work site near Tower Road. Travelers are cautioned to be prepared for slowed traffic and minor delays in this area. The date and time of the slowdown operation is subject to change, depending on weather conditions or other unforeseen factors.(today's slowdown was scheduled for Thursday, but is now expected to take place this afternoon).
Historic Cemeteries Commission meeting CANCELED
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/13/15
***NOTICE: MEETING CANCELED***

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

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

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02/12/15
Former coach and athletic director receives state leadership award (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/12/15
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WALLA WALLA - Longtime Walla Walla High School coach, teacher and administrator Bill Bieloh recently received the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Gareth Giles' Memorial Recognition Award for his dedication and service to the state organization.

Bieloh coached basketball and baseball in the 60s and 70s at Walla Walla High School before serving as the school's athletic director for 18 years. He retired from the school district in 2004 as the district's Executive Director of Personnel. In 2003, Bieloh was elected to the Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. Bieloh is one of only two athletic directors from the state of Washington to serve on the National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association Executive board.

Bieloh credits former Walla Walla High School coach and Athletic Director Felix Fletcher as his mentor.

"I was very fortunate to sign on with a district that allowed me a lot of latitude to develop a great program," Bieloh said. "Athletics is all I knew so I was passionate about helping others be successful."

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02/11/15
First Responders to Crash Locate Suspicious Devices in Involved Vehicle on HWY 97 in Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/11/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a head-on crash on highway 97 near milepost 123, in Redmond.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 11, a silver Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by TROY J. SCHAFFNER, 23, of Redmond, was northbound on highway 97 when for undetermined reasons it crossed the center median and into the right-hand lane of southbound traffic. The Dodge collided head-on with a 2002 Freightliner semi-truck and trailer, driven by GABRIEL PEREZ, 44, of Imperial CA. SCHAFFNER was transported via ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and PEREZ was not injured. Both drivers were using safety restraints and the airbags in the Dodge deployed.

First responders to the scene discovered suspicious items in the Dodge similar to improvised explosive devices. OSP Bomb Technicians were called in to collect the devices and secure the scene. Traffic was delayed for about 2.5 hours during the event. The highway was closed for 5-10 minutes while technicians secured the devices in a trailer designed to contain explosives.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and follow-up on the suspicious devices also. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Statement regarding levy results
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 02/11/15
STATEMENT REGARDING LEVY RESULTS


Obviously, the Board of Directors is disappointed with the outcome of our recent capital levy vote. Our intent in putting forth the ballot proposition was to improve learning conditions for our students by providing the necessary space to house our growing community.

The voters have spoken, however, and we respect their decision. The Board and District administrative staff pledge their united and unceasing efforts toward overcoming the difficulties that the levy failure is certain to create in the near future. We are not a group which is prone to "crying over spilt milk," as it were. We intend to move forward in a positive manner.

Despite the outcome, we believe there is genuine support in the community for the direction that our District has been moving and the learning environment we have been creating for our kids. Low voter turnout was probably more important to the outcome of this election than the real attitude of our constituents. When this issue is next before the voters, we will redouble our efforts to get the word out regarding the value which the proposal will bring to the community.
2015 Individual Artist Fellowships Announced; Ana-Maurine Lara honored with Joan Shipley Award (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/11/15
Ana-Maurine Lara at Eugene's Temple Beth Israel
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Literary artist Ana-Maurine Lara, an award-winning novelist and poet from Eugene, is the 2015 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission's honorary Joan Shipley Award. Lara leads a group of 13 Oregon artists selected for the Arts Commission's 2015 Individual Artist Fellowships.

The 2015 fellowships, awarded to artists from Ashland, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene and Portland support artists working in literature and performance and include small financial stipends.

The Joan Shipley Award is named for Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011. Shipley was a collector, philanthropist and supporter of many arts and humanities organizations. In 2005, she and her husband John received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Many in the arts community also counted her as a mentor and friend.

The Arts Commission fellowship program supports the more than 20,000 artists who call Oregon home. Fellows are selected by a review panel of Oregon arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s); their recommendations are submitted to the Arts Commission.

The following artists were awarded 2015 fellowships:

(Literature)
Jeff Fearnside, Corvallis;
Ana-Maurine Lara, Eugene - Joan Shipley Award;
Victor Lodato, Ashland;
Mary Heather Noble, Bend; and
Alexis Smith, Portland.

(Performance)
Kate Braidwood, Portland;
David Crumb, Eugene;
Katherine Longstreth, Portland;
Carla Mann, Portland;
Michael Mendelson, Portland;
Rebecca Oswald, Eugene;
Jayanthi Raman, Portland; and
Carol Triffle, Portland.

Read their full profiles here: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/impact/fellowship-profiles.

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

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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PNWU Celebrates 10 Year Milestone
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 02/11/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

February 11, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Celebrates 10 Year Milestone

YAKIMA, WA -- Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) will celebrate another milestone with its ten year anniversary this month. The University was officially incorporated as a non-profit in 2005.

"We had a bold plan with the original idea to found the first new medical school in the five Northwest States in almost 60 years," said former university president and founding board member Dr. Lloyd Butler. "It's great to see that the hard work of so many volunteers and advocates has paid off over the last ten years," Dr. Butler continued.

PNWU was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation on February 16, 2005. The non-profit held its first organizational meeting on March 30 of that year and elected its first Board of Trustees. The University hired its first president on April 1. By November 7, the University's College of Osteopathic Medicine was granted Applicant Status by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation with full accreditation being received by 2012.

PNWU accepted its first class of students in August of 2008 and graduated them in May of 2012. Since its first graduating class, PNWU has gone on to graduate two other classes of Osteopathic Physicians and has increased class size from 70 to 135 students per class.

Many more milestones have passed since PNWU was first incorporated including the construction and expansion of Butler-Haney Hall on land donated by the Temple family, construction and donation of the Cadwell Student Center by the Cadwell Family, and most recently construction of the University Conference Center.

"Our founders recognized the dilemma of a shortage of health care professionals well ahead of the current dialogue being had across the Pacific Northwest," said university president Dr. Keith Watson. "This ten year journey is now bearing fruit as many of our graduates begin to return to the Northwest as doctors to start their own practices," Dr. Watson continued.

In celebration of this anniversary, the University will hold a community reception in Butler-Haney Hall on Wednesday, February 18, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. RSVP's can be made to 509-249-7774.
Powerball Jackpot Increased to $500 Million
Oregon Lottery - 02/11/15
February 11, 2015 - Salem, OR - Wednesday's Powerball jackpot has been increased to $500 million. Here are some interesting points for this Powerball jackpot:

* Tonight's $500 million jackpot is the 3rd largest Powerball jackpot and 5th largest ever in North America. (World record jackpot: $656 million Mega Millions won in Mar. 2012)

* Players have two choices on how to take the jackpot prize:
o 30-year annuity = over $11.1 million per year (after Federal and State withholding taxes)
o One-time cash payment = over $226.3 million (after Federal and State withholding taxes)

* What if you win?
o Sign your ticket
o Consider putting together a trusted "team" consisting of a lawyer, financial planner and accountant
o Call the Lottery office
o The winner has one year from the date of the ticket's drawing to validate the winning ticket

* The drawing is at 7:59 PM every Wednesday and Saturday. Players are able to buy tickets until 7 PM on drawing nights.

* Oregon is one of 46 lottery jurisdictions who offer Powerball.

* There have been four Oregon Powerball jackpot winners
o The West and Chaney families of Medford won $340 million in October 2005 (currently the 8th largest Powerball jackpot)
o Dan Gannon of Milwaukie won $182.7 million jackpot in March 2007
o The Givens family of Eugene, winners of a $38.4 million prize in October 1992
o Robin Powell of Beaverton, a $33.8 million winner in July 1999


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. In that same period, it has paid its players more than $28 billion in prizes.

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02/10/15
Fish and Wildlife Troopers in La Pine Make Arrests in Mule Deer Poaching Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/10/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Troopers in Deschutes and Klamath Counties arrest La Pine man and others relating to Mule Deer Poaching.

In Mid-December 2014, Senior Troopers Hayes and Bean received information that GENE A. PARSONS, 37, of La Pine, had been involved in the illegal killing of a large number of mature trophy class mule deer bucks during the fall of 2014. Sr. Troopers Hayes and Bean initiated an investigation, gathering information and evidence over the next several weeks.

On January 17, 2015, a search warrant was executed at PARSONS' home in La Pine. During the service of the warrant, numerous large mule deer antlers, deer meat, firearms, and controlled substances were seized. PARSONS was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Take/Possession of Mule Deer with additional charges pending.

Additional information developed during the search warrant led troopers to identify another suspect, LANCE COURNOYER, 44, of Grants Pass. Further investigation into COURNOYERS' conduct resulted in charges for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Unlawful Take of Mule Deer, and waste of Game Mammal.

PARSONS' parents, OLIVER PARSONS, 64, and SUZAN PARSONS, 58, of La Pine, were found in possession of 6 sets of large mule deer antlers and deer meat and were cited and released for the crimes of Aiding in a Game Violation, Illegal Possession of Mule Deer, and Tampering with Evidence. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper James Hayes at 541-419-1653.

The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division wants to remind folks about the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx


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SCAM Calls - How to Safeguard Yourself
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/10/15
Recently, the Oregon State Police has taken reports from people who have been scammed out of money by people posing as law enforcement officers on the telephone.

Scammers have called and claimed to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment. Callers may instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers. Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency.

The Oregon State Police reminds you to be aware that:
* The Oregon State Police or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.
* The Oregon State Police does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.
* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:
* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.
* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.
* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:
* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.
* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hot-line at 1-888-564-2828.
* Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an on-line Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx

Re-published by permission from and in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau www.portlandoregon.gov/police/

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County advisory group for state forestry to meet February 17 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/10/15
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, February 17 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include a forest management plan update, including discussion on the principles and definitions used for drafting a new plan, and state forest-related topics for the 2015 Oregon legislative session.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Government Center, 1201 Court Street, Room 113 in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 2 p.m.

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.

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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Powerball Clarification
Oregon Lottery - 02/10/15
The Powerball jackpot drawing is every Wed. and Sat.

The Media Alert that went out earlier today mentioned "Tonight's Powerball jackpot..."
Wednesday's Powerball Jackpot Increased to $485 Million
Oregon Lottery - 02/10/15
February 10, 2015 - Salem, OR - Tonight's Powerball jackpot has been increased to $485 million. Here are some interesting points for this Powerball jackpot:

* Tonight's $485 million jackpot is the 3rd largest Powerball jackpot and 5th largest ever in North America. (World record jackpot: $656 million Mega Millions won in Mar. 2012)

* Players have two choices on how to take the jackpot prize:
o 30-year annuity = over $10.8 million per year (after Federal and State withholding taxes)
o One-time cash payment = over $219 million (after Federal and State withholding taxes)

* What if you win?
o Sign your ticket
o Consider putting together a trusted "team" consisting of a lawyer, financial planner and accountant
o Call the Lottery office
o The winner has one year from the date of the ticket's drawing to validate the winning ticket

* The drawing is at 7:59 PM every Wednesday and Saturday. Players are able to buy tickets until 7 PM on drawing nights.

* Oregon is one of 46 lottery jurisdictions who offer Powerball.

* There have been four Oregon Powerball jackpot winners
o The West and Chaney families of Medford won $340 million in October 2005 (currently the 8th largest Powerball jackpot)
o Dan Gannon of Milwaukie won $182.7 million jackpot in March 2007
o The Givens family of Eugene, winners of a $38.4 million prize in October 1992
o Robin Powell of Beaverton, a $33.8 million winner in July 1999


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. In that same period, it has paid its players more than $28 billion in prizes.

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Land Board to consider land transactions, reports at Feb. 18 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/10/15
Salem - The State Land Board will be asked to approve three actions at their Feb. 18 meeting: final approval of a land exchange with Tree Top Ranches, LLC; final approval to sell one state-owned parcel in Wheeler County; and initiating rulemaking based on the work of the Filled Lands Advisory Group and subgroup recommendations.

The Board's informational agenda includes an update on the Department of State Lands' Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the greater sage grouse.

The consent agenda includes five requests to approve permanent easements for transportation and communication facilities, and a request to approve a release of mineral rights in Curry County.

The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Feb. 18 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Building C, Tillamook Room, 2600 State St. in 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.

Note: this is a different day and location than the Board's usual bi-monthly meetings.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/Agendas%202015/slb_agenda_feb2015.aspx

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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02/08/15
Oregon Army National Guard major general retires (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/08/15
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SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart retired from more than 37 years of military service in a ceremony today, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon.

In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers.

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for the Oregon National Guard, and then the Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

For Enyeart's official biography, visit: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2082

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SALEM, Ore. - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, presents the certificate of retirement to Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart today, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center. Maj. Gen. Enyeart has more than 37 years of military service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED

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SALEM, Ore. - Mrs. Kate Enyeart is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on the occasion of her husband, Maj. Gen. David Enyeart's retirement from the Oregon Army National Guard on Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center, for her own unselfish, faithful, and devoted service throughout her husband's career. Enyeart retired today with more than 37 years of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED

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02/06/15
Oregon Department of Revenue addresses fraud in light of recent scam
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/06/15
SALEM--The Oregon Department of Revenue has identified inconsistencies in recently-filed state tax returns prepared with third-party tax preparation software, indicating potential fraudulent activity.

However, this is just one of many scams detected and stopped this filing season by the state's tax administration agency. "Fraudulent attempts are on the rise and we're working to stop fraud where we find it," explained the department's director, Jim Bucholz.
Bucholz attributes the current detection of fraudulent attempts to the business rules and processes in use by the department. The characteristics of this specific fraud have been incorporated into these business rules.

No department systems have been breached and taxpayer information on file with the department has not been compromised during this current situation, Bucholz said. Staff are reviewing and verifying the validity of a number of returns. The department may contact victims of identity theft.

The department is working with TurboTax-developer Intuit to determine the extent of the impact on Oregon taxpayers, Bucholz said. "If we can identify victims of fraud early, it's easier for us to help them."

If you've received notification that a tax return has already been filed on your behalf when you try to file your state return, contact your third-party tax preparation software vendor. Intuit, the vendor for TurboTax, has set up a dedicated hotline for its users at 800-944-8596.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
02/05/15
PUBLIC NOTICE: State approves relocation of nursing facility beds in Ontario
Oregon Health Authority - 02/05/15
A proposed order was issued today to Presbyterian Nursing Home, Inc. (Presbyterian Community Care Center) for the development of a new 48-bed nursing facility to be located at 2431 NW 4th Ave., Ontario, Oregon 97914.

This project involves the relocation of 48 nursing facility beds from Presbyterian Community Care Center's current location at 1085 N. Oregon St., Ontario, Oregon 97914 to the new site. After implementation of this project, the North Oregon Street location will no longer offer nursing facility services.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may request the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by Feb. 20, 2015, the proposed order will automatically become final. For further information about this project, please contact Jana Fussell, Certificate of Need coordinator, Public Health Division, at 971-673-1108.

Under state certificate of need law, Presbyterian Community Care Center was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the relocation of existing nursing facility beds. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients. This proposed order grants the provider permission to proceed with the project as submitted. This project will be subject to further review for any changes to the physical plant, for state licensure, and for federal certification for Medicare and Medicaid if requested.

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DOC announces executive management changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/05/15
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced several changes to the executive management team, effective March 1.

Named was Daryl Borello as Assistant Director for General Services, Heidi Steward as Assistant Director for Offender Management and Rehabilitation, and Mark Nooth as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville.

Borello has 24 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1990 as a police officer in central California. He came to DOC in 2003 as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. Shortly after, he joined the Special Investigations Unit, promoting through the Inspector ranks and assisting with the development of Security Threat Management before becoming Chief Investigator. For the last four years, Borello has been with the Human Resources Division where he has worked as the Professional Development Unit Administrator and Chief Administrator. He holds an associate's degree in theology.

Steward has been with the department for 19 years, most recently as the Superintendent of CCCF. Prior to that, she was Administrator of the Government Efficiencies and Communications Office; Assistant Superintendent of Correctional Rehabilitation at CCCF; and spent many years in the transitional services arena.

Nooth began his career in corrections in 1983 as a Corrections Officer with the Massachusetts DOC. During his 20 years there, he advanced through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Director of Security, and Deputy Superintendent of Operations. In 2003, he took a position with Oregon DOC as the Assistant Superintendent of General Services at Snake River Corrections Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, and then promoted to Superintendent in 2007. Nooth received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1986 from South Eastern Massachusetts University.

"Each of these individuals has proven their leadership and dedication to the department," said DOC Director Peters. "Their commitment to our mission, vision, and values is unwavering and will serve as an example for all DOC. The experience and expertise they bring to their new positions will help carry our agency into the future."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Portland Air National Guard Welcomes New Base Commander
Oregon Military Department - 02/05/15
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, located at the Portland Air National Guard Base, will welcome a new commander during a change of command ceremony here, Feb. 7, at 2:00 p.m.

Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald will replace Col. Richard W. Wedan as the Fighter Wing Commander, overseeing nearly 1,100 personnel in executing their F-15 Eagle Aerospace Control Alert mission in defense of the Pacific Northwest, worldwide deployments supporting national objectives, and local state missions as directed by the governor.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard; and Chief Master Sgt. Julie A. Eddings, 142nd Fighter Wing Command Chief.

In 1990, Fitzgerald received his commission and bachelor's degree in general engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon completion of undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, where Fitzgerald was a distinguished graduate, he was assigned as a civil engineer at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

In 1994, Fitzgerald returned to flying duties and attended Fighter Lead training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he was also a distinguished graduate. He then completed initial F-15 Eagle training as a distinguished graduate in 1995 from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. His first operational F-15 Eagle tour was at Kadena Air Base, Japan, where he served for two years.
Fitzgerald separated from active duty in 2000 and joined the Oregon Air National Guard, where he has served as a Maintenance Squadron Commander, an instructor pilot, Chief of Wing Safety, Mission Support Group Commander and now is assigned as the Vice Wing Commander at the 142nd Fighter Wing.

Col. Wedan served as the 142nd Fighter Wing Commander from December 2012 to February 2015. During his tenure, he increased unit strength to more than 100 percent for the first time in years while driving retention rates above 92 percent, well above all other Air National Guard F-15 Eagle units. With his focused guidance and aggressive leadership, the wing responded to 34 real-world Aerospace Control Alert taskings and multiple active air scrambles, which contributed to the 142nd Fighter Wing being awarded the Aerospace Control Alert unit of the year. Wedan has served in several command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, and at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem, Oregon. Prior to his current position, he served as the Vice Wing Commander at the 142nd Fighter Wing.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing

The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
Oregon Army National Guard major general to retire (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/05/15
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SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart is scheduled to retire from more than 30 years of military service in a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2:00 p.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon.

The Anderson Readiness Center is located at 3225 State St., Salem, Oregon 97301.

In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers.

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for the Oregon National Guard, and then the Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

Family, friends, and members of the media are invited to attend the retirement ceremony which marks Enyeart's service to the state and nation.

For Enyeart's official biography, visit: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2082

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120206-Z-PL-993-001: Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. Enyeart took on the position as the Chief of Staff, United States Forces Korea, shortly thereafter. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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02/04/15
Oregonians invest a record $4.4 million in culture in 2014 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/04/15
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Salem, Ore. - Oregonians increased their investment in culture by more than 7 percent in 2014, donating a record $4.4 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust - a full $300,000 more than the previous year.

"It's an incredible outcome given it was a year of significant transition for the Trust," said Executive Director Brian Rogers, who assumed his role in July. "We welcomed new Trust Manager Aili Schreiner in August and were without a full-time communications manager until October. We worked very hard to ensure all was in place for year-end giving, and these results are really rewarding for all of us."

"This speaks to the strength of the relationship donors have with the Cultural Trust," added Trust board member Bob Speltz, who completed three years as chair in December. "While we are constantly refining our marketing, the loyalty of our donors is unquestioned."

It will be a couple of weeks before full analytical data is available, said Schreiner, but staff is hopeful the increase - the largest in the Trust's history - is due to growth in new donors and online giving.

"We diverted more of our marketing dollars to digital advertising and creating a mobile application for our website," she said. "We also focused the campaign exclusively on the last three months of the year, which is historically when the donations come in."

A total of $678,331 in donations was received on Dec. 31, more than 15 percent of the total dollars raised. There also was a significant increase in donations received through the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which raised $295,680, more than $50,000 than the year before.

The Cultural Trust distributes $.42 of each donor dollar in grants and puts $.58 into a permanent fund, currently valued at just over $25 million. In 2014 the Trust awarded $1.8 million in grants to its statewide partners, 45 county/tribal cultural coalitions and 51 cultural nonprofits through a competitive grant program.

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School Exclusion Day is February 18
Oregon Health Authority - 02/04/15
Editors: Oregon Public Health Division immunization and infectious disease experts will be available today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 1-D of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., to answer reporters' questions.

February 4, 2015

School Exclusion Day is February 18

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with children's immunization records

The Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting February 18 - School Exclusion Day - if their records on file show missing immunizations.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

"Immunization is an effective way to keep schools and the entire community healthy," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "We want to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles."

Parents need to know about this updated vaccine requirement:

-- The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through sixth grade.

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home. In 2014, local health departments sent 32,345 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 5,227 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. Letters to parents will be mailed on or before February 4, 2015.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info - just dial 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines.

Pharmacists can immunize children 11 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonImmunize.

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MEDIA ALERT - Finley Family Learning Fair
Finley Sch. Dist. - 02/04/15
FINLEY, WA - The Finley Elementary Family Learning Fair takes place from 6-7:30 PM on Thursday, February 5 at the school's gymnasium. Parents and students of Finley Elementary are invited to attend this fun and free evening.

Participants will be able to visit multiple booths and activities sponsored by various organizations at the Fair, and a silent auction will take place as well. This year's participating organizations include PNNL, LIGO, Simplot, Army Corp of Engineers, Burlington Northern, Mid-Columbia Libraries, Agrium, McNary Wildlife, Benton PUD, Gesa, the Health Department, and the Boy Scouts.

The Family Learning Fair begins at 6 PM at Finley Elementary School, located at 213504 E. Cougar Road in Finley. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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The 2015 Family Learning Fair is thanks to collaborative efforts between the Finley PTG, elementary staff, and participating PNNL scientists.
02/03/15
Guide Advisory Committee Meeting in Portland
Oregon Marine Board - 02/03/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting of the Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) on Thursday, February 5, at the Portland Expo Center, in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show, from 8 am to 10 am.

The committee will review proposed rule changes to the Outfitter & Guide Program administered within the Oregon State Marine Board, and also:
* establish public hearing dates and locations
* discuss guide and outfitter renewals
* review applications and what employees to list on affidavits
* corrective actions
* future newsletter content
* future regional town hall meetings and field inspection events

The agenda can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Oregon Historical Society Welcomes The Skanner Photograph Archive at Public Event with Bernie & Bobbie Foster (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/03/15
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Portland, OR - The photograph archive of the largest African American newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, The Skanner, is now available for researchers to use at the Oregon Historical Society's Davies Family Research Library. A complete finding guide can be accessed through the Northwest Digital Archives database (https://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv36972/op=fstyle.aspx?t=k&q=the+skanner), showing the full breadth of this collection.

In honor of this occasion, the Oregon Historical Society will host The Skanner's publisher, Bernie Foster, and executive editor, Bobbie Dore Foster, for a public program as part of its Second Sunday series. OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk will lead a conversation and Q&A with the Fosters on Sunday, February 8 at 2 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Admission is free & open to the public (regular museum admission required to view current exhibits).

The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to add The Skanner archive to its growing resources documenting Oregon's African American history. These include the archive of Portland's Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church and oral histories of residents of the Albina neighborhood. The Society recently acquired a rare photograph album with portraits of African American notables from the 1880s and 1890s.

The opening of the Skanner archive also coincides with the Society's newest exhibit, A Community on the Move, created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, which explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses.

Background on The Skanner & the Collection:

The Skanner began publication in 1975 and quickly became one of the strongest voices of Portland's African American communities. With the inauguration of its Seattle edition in 1990 its coverage expanded to encompass the entire region. The Skanner's long time publishers, Bobbie Dore Foster and Bernie Foster, have received numerous awards for their outstanding work in journalism.

Containing thousands of images, the archive provides an unusual visual record of African American life in the Pacific Northwest from the late 1970s to the 1990s. Subjects include civil rights and housing discrimination protests throughout the late 1970s and 1980s; efforts at community empowerment and political representation; educational initiatives; community groups and organizations; churches and religious issues; and the flourishing of African American culture in general.

Thanks to the generous support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the collection has been professionally processed by archivists Jack Falk and Jeffrey Hayes, and over 1500 images have been digitized.

About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


Attached Media Files: OHS digital image bd001402 - Oregon State Representative Margaret Carter leading the Black United Front's annual March Against Racist Violence, 4.4.92 - CREDIT JULIE KEEFE.jpg , OHS digital image bd000688 - L-R Mayor Vera Katz, Police Chief Charles Moose, and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno touring the King neighborhood 6.13.94 - CREDIT JULIE KEEFE.jpg
Roosevelt High student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 02/03/15
Torrie Eagle Staff, a junior at Roosevelt High School (Portland Public Schools), is the subject of a short-length feature video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Torrie is the first of three students statewide whose stories will be will be featured in videos on the campaign website, promiseoregon.org.

In the video, Torrie outlines how alcoholism and diabetes have taken their toll on Native Americans, and why her family moved from a South Dakota reservation to Portland seeking educational opportunity. She has never forgotten where she is from, but through hard work and dedication in school, student government and the basketball team she has helped define where she is headed: toward a university education.

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
02/02/15
20th annual Eagle Watch celebration set for Feb. 21-22
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/02/15
Culver, OR - The 20th annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 21-22, 2015, at Round Butte Overlook Park and The Cove Palisades State Park in central Oregon. The free celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

"This is a fun, free weekend event perfect for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions."

New this year: Students in 4th-12th grade can enter an Eagle Art Contest through Feb. 16. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 21 and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at the Cove Palisades State Park or at the Chamber of Commerce offices in LaPine, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras or Bend. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

Attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, and a great horned owl. Children are invited to build a bluebird house (on Saturday) or a bird feeder (on Sunday). Wild Birds Unlimited and Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge and enjoy bird watching year-round.

Guided eagle viewing tours will take place each day; tour shuttles depart from Round Butte Overlook Park. Tour participants will be able to glimpse eagles from two overlooks. Wildlife biologists have recorded 11 bald eagle pairs and nine golden eagle pairs living in the area year round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. PGE will also offer a daily tour of PGE's Salmon Hatchery Facilities; sign up at the entrance tables.

To cap off the event, the Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. An Oregon State Parks day-use permit is required to park vehicles at The Cove Palisades State Park or Smith Rock State Park.

For information, call Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on the Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com.
01/31/15
OSP Traffic Stop Turns into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/31/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) has requested the Marion County Sheriff's Office lead the investigation into an OSP officer involved shooting that occurred near Aumsville just off Mill Creek Road. No one was injured as a pursuit, which started on I-5 near the Linn/Marion County line, ended after shots were fired. Additional details will be released when they become available but the suspect in this incident has been arrested and no risk to the public is present.

Any further releases will be coordinated with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County District Attorney.

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01/30/15
Driver from December 19 Pursuit in Klamath County Found Deceased
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/30/15
On December 19, 2014, at approximately 7:11 pm, Troopers from the Klamath Falls Patrol office attempted to stop an orange Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on Highway 66 in Klamath. The driver who was later identified as Christopher Sellars, age 32, of Klamath Falls, attempted to elude troopers while traveling westbound on Highway 66 towards Ashland.

During the pursuit a large gas can was lit on fire and thrown towards an OSP patrol vehicle. Sellars continued to elude troopers for approximately 39 miles before the vehicle came to a stop and two of the three occupants fled on foot, near milepost 18, on Highway 66. The right rear passenger, Levi Cortez, age 25, did not flee and was taken into custody. The following day, the right front passenger, William Anthony Noble, age 25, was taken into custody near where the vehicle came to a stop.

On January 30, 2015, a Southern Oregon University professor and students on a field trip found a deceased male approximately 1 mile south of Highway 66, in a forested area. A Jackson County Deputy Medical Examiner and an OSP detective responded to the scene and identified the deceased male as Christopher Sellars. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy from the State Medical Examiners office.
State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/30/15
Phone Conference Meeting
AGENDA
Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
January 14, 2015

4. GHAP Grant Award for Approval--Heather Pate and Casey Baumann
Bethlehem Inn-Housing the Homeless, 3705 N. Highway 97
Bend, OR

5. 2015 LIHTC NOFA Update- Julie Cody

6. Legislative Update

7. Report of the Director

8. Report of the Chair



**Note schedule change:
July meeting has been moved from July 11th, 2015 to July 17th, 2015 to align with the NOFA timeline for Council consideration of award recommendations.


Next meeting:
March 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b (725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301). Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330
ESD 123 Announces Poetry Out Loud Regional Final Competition
ESD 123 - 01/30/15
PASCO, WA - ESD123 announces the regional final for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with ArtsWA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

On February 4, students from local high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud school contest at the Richland Public Library. The winner of this competition will advance to the Washington State Poetry Out Loud contest. The Washington State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The regional contest on February 4 takes place from 6-7:30 PM at the Richland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: February 3, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/30/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: February 3, 2015
As per the attached meeting agenda.


Attached Media Files: 2015-01/1288/81496/02.03.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Office (Branch 3411) in Hillsboro has Moved
OR Department of Human Services - 01/30/15
(Hillsboro, Oregon)--In an effort to continue providing excellent customer service to the people of Washington County, on January 20, 2015, the Hillsboro APD Office (133 SE Second) has relocated their staff to 5240 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite 200, Hillsboro 97124. The main telephone number: 971-673-5100. The main fax number: 503-693-6815.

This office serves both seniors and younger people with disabilities. The office also houses Adult Foster Home licensors, Adult Protective Services, and Transition/Diversion staff, who provide services to all of Washington County.

We are making every effort to make this a seamless transition, and believe this will be a more accessible location for service delivery. This new location will also offer customers better access to public transportation options, and more accessible parking.

Benefits will NOT be affected by this move. We are deeply committed to the clients we serve in Washington County and are asking them to note these changes and call their DHS worker if they have any questions.
Join Us at the Finley Family Learning Fair (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 01/30/15
Finley students learn from scientists
Finley students learn from scientists
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FINLEY, WA - Parents and students of Finley Elementary School are invited to attend the school's Family Learning Fair on Thursday, February 5 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the elementary gymnasium. This fun and free evening will include booths and activities presented by multiple vendors, along with a silent auction to support the elementary Parent Teacher Group (PTG).

Finley's Family Learning Fair is a continuation of the all-day learning fair in which elementary students will be participating during the February 5 school day. A major contributor to the Fair, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists will engage students in various hands-on activities that bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning to life. Finley students are particularly eager to see a demonstration from PNNL scientist, Rebecca Erickson, who is the inventor of the iPhone microscope.

In addition to PNNL, participating organizations at the Fair will include LIGO, Simplot, Army Corp of Engineers, Burlington Northern, Mid-Columbia Libraries, Agrium, McNary Wildlife, Benton PUD, Gesa, the Health Department, and the Boy Scouts. Finley Elementary teachers will also have booths available, and all activities are geared to engage elementary students and their families. At the silent auction, donated items will include dinner coupons from Old Country Buffet, gift baskets, and more. Pam Kinne, Finley Elementary Principal, is proud to carry on this annual tradition at her school.

"The Family Learning Fair is such a fun opportunity for our kids and their parents," Kinne states. "Having the Fair here at the elementary school is a major advantage for many of our kids who don't always have the opportunity to travel into town for other similar events."

The February 5 Family Learning Fair is thanks to collaborative efforts between the Finley PTG, elementary staff, and participating PNNL scientists. Following the school day activities for students, the Family Learning Fair will begin at 6 PM at Finley Elementary School, located at 213504 E. Cougar Road in Finley. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Finley students learn from scientists