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03/28/15
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/28/15
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***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****

According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.

Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.

Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.


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03/27/15
Oregon's Tree Cities recognized as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/27/15
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
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Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon State legislature - is the first full week of April.

This year, some 56 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities.

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

> Congratulations to these cities
A new city has been added to Oregon's Tree City list this year, that of Stanfield, located in central Oregon. In addition, a grand total of fifty-five Oregon "Tree Cities" earned recertification this year.

They are:

Albany Creswell Klamath Falls Redmond Ashland Dallas La Grande Rogue River
Independence Baker City Eagle Point Lake Oswego Salem Bandon Eugene Lebanon Sandy
Banks Forest Grove Lincoln City Seaside Beaverton Echo Madras Sherwood
Gervais McMinnville Sisters Toledo Brownsville Grants Pass Medford Sunriver Troutdale Coburg Gresham Sweet Home Tualatin Coos Bay Happy Valley Monmouth Talent Veneta Corvallis Philomath Tigard West Linn Central Point Newport Oregon City Cottage Grove Irrigon Portland Tillamook Wilsonville

Tree City USA: requirements and milestones
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are roughly 3,400 communities in the U.S. currently certified.

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are:
Each city must have a tree board or department, as well as a
Tree ordinance
Spend $2 per capita on their tree program
Host a proclamation and celebration for Arbor Day

Some milestones this year: Oregon's Ashland and Baker City are each celebrating 30 years as Tree Cities, and Sunriver, Oregon celebrates 35 years.

Tree campus USA
Your college campus can receive annual Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting five standards, and two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities meeting these standards will receive recognition materials to showcase their dedication to the campus environment.

This year, two Oregon college campuses were certified as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Ashland's Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Oregon State University in Corvallis recertified as well.

"Congratulations to all of three of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," says Ries.

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards.
These include:
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance
5) Have a Service Learning Project

General tree care reminders
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free.

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting.

More information:
More information about trees can be found online, at www.treesaregood.com
To learn more about Arbor Week, visit http://www.arborday.org//oregon/
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Attached Media Files: Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/27/15
AGENDA

Date: April 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: OHCS 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

4. Individual Development Account (IDA) Awards

5. Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Program Update

6. Legislative Update

7. Housing Stability Council Subcommittee- Charter and Membership

8. Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair




Next meeting:
May 1, 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
Walla Walla School District Special School Board Meeting: March 30, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
Walla Walla School District Special School Board Meeting: March 30, 2015
As per the attached agenda ~


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/1288/82999/03.30.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

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


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Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt April 4
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 56th Annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt on April 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year's Easter Egg hunt features 26 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, 1-3 years old, 4-6 years, 7-10 years and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a long standing community event that was started by the Walla Walla Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was change to Pioneer Park. There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighting in at about 480 Lbs. that make up the hunt. The prize collection takes up approximately five shopping carts.

Special thanks to sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer Master of Ceremonies Jim Bock. Also thanks to The men of Beta Theta Pi from Whitman College, the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart, Poplar Donuts and the Walla Walla Fire Department.

About the Exchange Club:
The Walla Walla Exchange Club started on Saturday, March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The club sponsors a variety of activities that support and draw attention to our central mission, which is the prevention of child abuse here in the Walla Walla Valley. Our main fundraiser to help the children in our community is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 16, 2015.

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03/26/15
Urban Forestry Awards Announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/26/15
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Recipients of the 2015 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards were announced today by Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.).

"This year's award recipients are great examples of inspirational individuals and organizations promoting tree planting and quality tree care, while raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon's trees and urban and community forests," said Oregon Community Trees President Ruth Williams. "We're proud to honor them."

Now in their 22nd year, the O.C.T. awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant accomplishments and leadership advancing urban and community forestry projects and activities in the state of Oregon.

Individual Award: Todd Prager

Todd Prager's professional career has blended planning and urban forestry. As a planner and arborist for the City of Tigard, Prager helped develop the city's first Urban Forest section of its Comprehensive Plan, its Urban Forestry Master Plan, and a major overhaul of its urban forestry codes which included innovative "canopy based" requirements. Prager also served as project manager for Tigard's Tree Canopy Replacement program and was responsible for large scale tree plantings at sites including schools, freeways and parks.

As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Prager is now a consultant with Teragan and Associates where he advises cities and developers on urban forest planning issues.

Individual Award: Erik Burke

Erik Burke facilitated the transition from Eugene Tree Foundation to the new Friends of Trees Eugene, and in the past has worked with the City of Eugene in planting and caring for thousands of trees. Except for Friends of Trees Portland, under Burke's leadership the Eugene Friends of Trees has planted and taken care of more urban trees than any other place in the state.

Friends of Trees brings people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.

Partnership Award: Mark Azevedo, Ed Hodney, Gary Rogowski

Recipients of this year's Partnership Award have initiated and coordinated several interconnected projects.

The "Sawing for Schools" project is coordinated by Mark Azevedo (Albany Tree Commission) and the staff of the Albany Parks and Recreation Department, headed by director Ed Hodney. For the past six years, donated fallen urban trees have been brought to Albany area high schools during Arbor Week; high school students then learn how to turn these logs into lumber. The wood is provided to high school shop classes free of charge.

Azevedo and Hodney also coordinated the Lumber to Legacy project, in which high school woodshop students milled the wood from 8 historic Oregon white oak trees that were removed from a new development site in 2013 in Albany. The resulting high-quality wood was given to wood artisans who created unique wood products for auction, benefitting the Oregon White Oak Restoration Program and local high school woodshop programs. Gary Rogowski with Northwest Woodworking Studio participated in the Lumber to Legacy program as an artisan, also mentoring high school students in the process.

As a result of the Lumber to Legacy partnership, Rogowski created the Northwest Woodworking Studio / Woodworking Intensive program - a fine woodworking internship program. In addition to hands-on learning about all aspects of woodworking, Rogowski notes that this program provides "a place where students of all abilities can learn to think critically while using their heads, their hearts, and their hands to build beautiful and lasting things."

Tree City USA Award: City of Beaverton

The City of Beaverton turned an empty and unused lot on SW Allen Blvd and Alice Lane into an arboretum complete with informative signs. This beautiful, educational native tree and plant retreat will be enjoyed for generations to come. With the help of the Mayor, Friends of Trees and about 100 volunteers, the City has planted more than 100 native trees and plants, each species accompanied with a plaque identifying features and facts.

Additional City of Beaverton accomplishments include:

* The transformation of an unused lot on SW Barrows and 157th into an attractive and welcoming entrance into SW Beaverton

* Each planting season, the City teams up with Friends of Trees for at least 3 neighborhood tree plantings that positively impacted hundreds of Beaverton residents.

* The City's approved Street Tree List received a drastic makeover to emphasize natives of the Pacific Northwest. With the new and improved Approved Street Tree List, residents can learn all about why natives are a more sustainable choice, as well as which natives work best for each home based on size.

* Starting in 2013, the City's Landscape and Urban Forestry department made a tremendous breakthrough in connecting Beaverton residents with plants and trees native to the Pacific Northwest by creating Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month. A different native tree or shrub is highlighted on the City's website each month and has become so popular that the monthly article has been picked up and is also featured by the Beaverton Resource Guide as well as the Beaverton Facebook and Twitter pages.

"We look forward to next year's contestants and once again, congratulations to this year's recipients," said Mike Williams, chair of the urban forestry awards committee.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Aging and Disabilities Waiver (0185)
OR Department of Human Services - 03/26/15
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of an amendment to the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver (0185).

42 CFR ß441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input
process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals
served. The following is a summary of changes to being proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities waiver.

* Increase estimates of number of individuals served in 2015-2016
* Addition of Home and Community-Based Settings transition plan in accordance with 42 CFR 441.301 (6)(ii)(A)

You can review the proposed waiver application at http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/Home%20and%20Community%20Based%20Services%20Waiver%20draft.pdf

Comments can be sent to Trevor.j.waskin@state.or.us and should be received no later than April 30, 2015.
$89,375 awarded for three new 'World of Work' projects (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/15
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Training as sound technicians at professional concerts; Designing, creating and installing public art; Learning the art of transmedia storytelling - telling a single story via multiple media - at Warm Springs Academy. Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new "Connecting Students to the World of Work" projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The three new awards bring the total number of "World of Work" projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program's funding cycle.

Designed to expose underserved students in grades six through 12 to arts-related industries, the two-year "World of Work" program was funded by the Oregon Legislature (HB3232).

The new grants were awarded to:
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $29,375 + $2,393 (extension)
To support 20 students in WyEast Middle School's AVID program in working with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.

Caldera, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support year-round instruction in transmedia arts (storytelling across different mediums) for 15 youth at Warm Springs Academy.

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support implementation of a three part Live Sound Engineering for Teens (LiveSET) program in partnership with Portland Public Schools, providing hands on experience at professional concerts.

Extensions ranging from $1,792 to $4,073 also were awarded to 2014 "World of Work" grant recipients for: a Lane Arts Council (Eugene) mentorship program for low-income middle school students; the Center for Advanced Learning's (Gresham) development of an ad campaign and promotional website for the Historic Columbia Highway anniversary; a Pacific Northwest College of Art project to design and create functional public objects that support sustainability; a PDX Pop Now project to train Native American students in audio production; a multicultural project targeting students with disabilities at the The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene); the Techstart Education Foundation's proposal to train Portland at-risk students in video game design round; Oregon Shakespeare Festival's project training students to be sound technicians for the Green Show; and My Voice Music's expansion of its Artists Mentorship program.

"This program has been a powerful opportunity to make strategic investments in some of Oregon's most underserved youth populations," says Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "Participating students are telling us it is changing how they feel about the relevance of their education to things beyond just grades. They have called the projects 'a true work experience' and 'a first job,' showing positive growth towards career readiness."

The new "World of Work" projects begin now and run through the end of 2016.

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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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Deadline approaching for property tax deferrals
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/26/15
SALEM, Oregon--New applicants and those who need to recertify their eligibility for the disabled or senior citizen property tax deferral programs have three weeks left to file their paperwork.

For their taxes to be paid in November, taxpayers need to meet the April 15 deadline, explained Bronson Rueda, deferral program manager at the Department of Revenue. This applies to participants who received recertification forms by mail in February and new applicants for deferral.

"If we don't get their forms by the deadline, they'll be responsible for paying their property taxes this year," Rueda said.

The deferral program allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed. Oregon's deferral programs have approximately 6,300 active participants.

Program participants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Be either at least 62 years old or a disabled citizen receiving or eligible to receive federal Social Security disability benefits.
* Own or be in the process of buying the property, have a recorded deed or sales contract in their name, or have a revocable trust, and have lived on the property for at least five years.
* May not have a life estate interest, which enables a person to reside on the property, but automatically transfers ownership upon death.
* Carry homeowners insurance.
* Have a household income of less than $43,000. This includes all taxable and non-taxable income for the applicant(s) and spouse(s).
* Have a net worth of $500,000 or less, not including the value of the home in the program or personal property.
* Either have no reverse mortgage, or, if they have a reverse mortgage, they need to have been in the deferral program prior to 2011.

Recertification forms need to be returned to the department. New applications should be sent to the assessor's office for the county in which the property is located. Applications are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

Questions about deferrals can be emailed to deferral.unit@oregon.gov. Taxpayers can also call 503-945-8348 for more information.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
03/25/15
Washington industrial companies make exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/25/15
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
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Olympia, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia.

"Energy efficiency means an improved bottom line for industries, and I am proud of the commitment these industry leaders have demonstrated to apply innovative solutions to achieve energy savings," said Gov. Inslee. "A thriving industrial sector helps create and keep jobs in our state, support a strong economy and provide a cleaner environment for future generations."

This year's program awarded six Governor's Awards and three Sponsor's Awards.

* The Boeing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership by Example, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.
* The City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.
* Quincy Foods LLC received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Lineage Logistics received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
* Shields Bag and Printing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Innovation, with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* North Pacific Paper Corp. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* King & Prince Seafood Corp. and UniSea, which share a facility, received a joint Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.

"Industry leaders face increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and find a more sustainable way to do business," said Jake Fey, director of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. "The most innovative industry leaders realize that they can accomplish both of these goals by enhancing energy efficiency."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program was designed to recognize companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Bonneville Power Administration, the program's founding sponsor.

"BPA is very proud of the energy achievements of this year's award winners," said Richard Genece, BPA's vice president of Energy Efficiency. "Their commitment to efficiency and innovative approaches are examples of why the Northwest is a national leader in energy efficiency."

A total of 20 award applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, WSU Energy Program industrial services manager. "The selection committee members agreed that each application highlighted impressive accomplishments for the nominating businesses," Love said."Each company that submitted an application can be proud of its efforts. Tonight's award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this inspiring group."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony included Gov. Inslee, executives from industry and their serving utilities, state leaders, and representatives from energy efficiency organizations.


Attached Media Files: Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Many More Job Vacancies Around the State in 2014
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/25/15
During 2014, Oregon's private employers were looking to fill about 45,000 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market job seekers face.

The number of job vacancies in 2014 increased by 40 percent compared with 2013.

The average starting wage offered by employers also improved over the year, increasing by 4 percent to $15.67. The largest increase in vacancies was among jobs offering starting wages between $10 and $15 per hour. There were 15,200 vacancies in this range, up 72 percent from 2013. Vacancies offering more $15 per hour increased 29 percent to 11,900. There were slightly fewer vacancies offering less than $10 per hour in 2014. That's partly because the increase in Oregon's minimum wage from $8.95 in 2013 to $9.10 in 2014 narrowed that wage range.

One key to finding a job that pays higher than average wages is to have at least some post secondary training or other work related qualification. The average wage offered for vacancies requiring education beyond high school was more than $17 per hour. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college degrees. The average hourly wage was $20 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree, $31 per hour for a bachelor's degree, and $38 for a graduate degree. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered hourly wages of $12 per hour.

Employers also offered higher wages when their vacancies required more than a year of previous experience. Vacancies with no experience requirement paid an average of $11 per hour. Those requiring less than one year of experience paid $12 per hour. For vacancies that required one to five years of previous work experience, the average wage offered was $18 per hour, while those that required five or more years of experience averaged $32 per hour.

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for almost one-fifth of vacancies, more than any other industry sector. Four additional industries each accounted for more than 10 percent of Oregon job vacancies: management, administrative, and waste services (which includes company headquarters and temporary staffing agencies, among other businesses); retail trade; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.

Characteristics of job vacancies can vary significantly by industry. For example, nine out of 10 health care vacancies were for permanent positions, and 39 percent required education beyond high school. In natural resources and mining, however, just 18 percent of vacancies in 2014 were for permanent jobs, and only 3 percent required education beyond high school. The specific occupations being recruited make a big difference in how industry-level details play out - almost two-thirds of the natural resources and mining vacancies were for farmworkers, of which only 11 percent were permanent positions and most were seasonal. Health care recruitment was focused on registered nurses, nursing assistants, and medical assistants, which were almost always permanent positions.


Every region of the state had more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. Eastern Oregon saw the greatest percentage growth in vacancies over the year, up 73 percent from 2013, and the Portland area followed, with 44 percent more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. The Portland Tri-County area had just over 23,000 vacancies in 2014, 51 percent of the statewide total.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2014 estimates are based on responses from 10,400 Oregon employers. Vacancy survey results for the first quarter of 2015 are scheduled for release in April 2015. A special report on Oregon's difficult-to-fill vacancies will be available later this spring.

For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Job Vacancy Survey."


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/930/82913/Job_Vacancy_Survey_2014_News_Release.pdf
03/24/15
Oregon Insurance Division announces investigation into LifeWise data breach
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/15
Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division will participate in a multistate investigation of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon and its parent company Premera Blue Cross. The investigation follows LifeWise's disclosure last week that a cyber attack exposed the personal identifying information of 250,000 Oregonians to unauthorized access. The information exposed includes:
* Name
* Date of birth
* Social Security number
* Mailing address
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Member identification number
* Bank account information
* Claims information, including clinical information

"Oregon takes the protection of personal identifying information very seriously and this investigation will closely scrutinize the data security practices of LifeWise," said Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Oregon will be looking at how LifeWise learned about the breach, what process they used to identify affected consumers, and the adequacy of the consumer protections offered to those affected."

Washington will supervise the investigation, with Oregon and Alaska taking lead roles. The exact scope of the investigation is still under discussion, but will likely include:
* All cybersecurity aspects of the breach, including understanding the process LifeWise used to discern which members were affected and what information was compromised
* LifeWise's response to the breach and any corrective actions it has taken
* The financial impact of the breach on consumers, providers, and LifeWise

The participating states will likely contract with a cybersecurity firm to help investigate:
* When and how the data was breached
* Whether the breach stopped and if so, when
* What data was compromised
* How the attack was able to succeed
* Whether the company has taken effective steps to prevent a future attack.

Consumers who believe they may be affected by the LifeWise security breach can find information about protecting their identities at www.lifewiseupdate.com.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
March 25th is Scotts Mills Quake anniversary (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/24/15
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On March 25th, 1993, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Scotts Mills, Ore., causing approximately $30 million in damage that included Molalla High School, a Mount Angel church, and the Capitol rotunda in Salem. It remains the most destructive quake in terms of property loss in Oregon's history.

Oregon is susceptible to earthquakes being seismically active with both crustal faults and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

"The Scotts Mills earthquake was really a wake-up call about our state's vulnerability to earthquakes," says Interim State Geologist Ian Madin. "Earthquakes can and do happen everywhere in Oregon, and we need to be prepared throughout the state."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) recommend preparing in advance for earthquakes and other hazards.

"Oregonians should plan to be self-sufficient for at least two-weeks after a major earthquake," said Dr. Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Some of the recommended preparation activities include developing and practicing an emergency plan, getting a kit, and practicing earthquake drills.

OEM will be conducting a social media campaign until March 26 for people to share where they were, at 5:34 a.m., on March 25, 1993. Join the conversation on twitter @OregonOEM #ScottsMillsEQ, or on facebook at http://goo.gl/M6Qeak to participate. The top three stories will win an emergency preparedness kit.


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03/23/15
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Public invited to SEA-TECH Open House
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/23/15
WALLA WALLA - Members of the community are invited to the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) for a public open house Monday, April 20 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This is a drop-in event so people are welcome to attend whenever it is convenient during the six hour block designated for the open house.

High school students taking classes at SEA-TECH located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College are immersed in the latest technology and trends in the world of Digital Media, Manufacturing and Welding, Sustainable Energy Technology specializing in Electrical Systems, and Health Sciences.

SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center. Students from Walla Walla and the partner districts consisting of Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place attend a three hour morning or afternoon block schedule at SEA-TECH.

SEA-TECH Public Open House
- Monday, April 20
- 12 noon to 6 p.m. (drop-in when convenient)
- 525 Campus Loop (on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Information: Erin Roach, (509) 526-2000 / eroach@wwps.org
- SEA-TECH video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hr3xVtHxqE

SEA-TECH - Your Pathway to a Career

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Portland to host regional safety leaders - 'Black Hawk Down' survivor featured speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/23/15
(Salem) - Improving safety culture and performance is the focus of the Northwest Safety and Health Summit Conference, scheduled for May 12-14, 2015, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) is hosting the regional conference and is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health, and environmental management systems through partnerships with employees, management, and government. The VPPPA is a member-based association, providing a network of more than 1,900 companies and worksites that are involved in or are in the process of applying to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Department of Energy.

Conference keynote speaker Keni Thomas and his fellow U.S. Army rangers distinguished themselves in 1993 in an 18-hour firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Black Hawk Down. Thomas will share the story of how he, and other extraordinary individuals, fought to bring each other home. He will stress the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself.

"All of us want to make a difference," Thomas said. "We all want to know at the end of the day that we counted for something. My presentation will focus on how well you prepare yourself
in advance to rise above and do what others can not do for you. The story I get to tell is a story of extraordinary people, just like you, who did just that."

Other topics featured at the conference include:

* VPP basics - fundamentals, application process
* Management leadership, safety culture
* Influencing behavior and dynamic learning

Registration for the event is $300, with price breaks for VPP membership and one-day attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit
www.regonline.com/regionx_vpppa15.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org or follow us on www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.
2015 'Conversations with Funders' scheduled; $4.7 million in grants offered (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/23/15
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the centerís annual Womenís Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the centerís annual Womenís Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, Ore.-Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for "Conversations with Funders," a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2016 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted for an application deadline of May 15 (see details below).

Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,400 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support their activities."

"Conversations with Funders" begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay, Bend and Oregon City. The schedule, with participants, locations and registration links, are:

Wednesday, April 1
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Richard E. Wildish Theatre, Springfield
2-4 p.m.: Cedar Room, Coos Public Library, Coos Bay
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office.

Thursday April 2
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Art Station, Bend
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Tuesday April 7
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City
3 pm- 5 p.m.: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust with Oregon Humanities, State Historic Preservation Office, and Oregon Arts Commission

Registration is encouraged but not required. Register at
http://bit.ly/1CRvOxi.
Information on all grant programs will be available at all events.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants:
The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. New guidelines posted for 2016 also encourage applicants to consider how their projects might help broaden awareness of the value of culture.

As 2014 was a record fundraising year for the Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $600,000. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners - to support their projects and respective grant programs - and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2016 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2015 and July 30, 2016.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Guidelines are posted here: http://bit.ly/1G8KAwx.

Note: Schreiner will lead a webinar for prospective Cultural Development Grant applicants from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
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PNWU Students to Host Mass Casualty Drill
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 03/23/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

March 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PNWU Students to Host Mass Casualty Drill

The Emergency Medicine Club at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) will hold a mass casualty drill on the PNWU campus on April 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

"Nobody wants to experience this type of mass casualty incident, but as student doctors it's important we have the skills to respond," said PNWU Emergency Medicine Club president, Evgeny Bistrika.

The drill is part of a collaboration between the PNWU Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine Clubs, Yakima County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the East Valley and Yakima Fire Departments, Yakima County Search and Rescue, the U.S. Army Yakima Training Center and MedStar Northwest.

The exercise will begin with a training on mass casualty response by Yakima County EMS. Afterwards, a mock bus accident will test student emergency response skills on a vehicle provided by the East Valley School District. Students and community members will play the role of victims presenting various levels of injury ranging from minor to life-threatening.

At the conclusion of the exercise a crew from Northwest MedStar will land a critical care helicopter transport. Staff from Northwest MedStar will then conduct a "difficult airway" class for students. Additionally, medics from the U.S. Army's Yakima Training Center will land their emergency helicopter and conduct an emergency hoist demonstration.

Community members are welcome to view the helicopter landings and interact with the aircraft and crew from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be a booth for children with information about emergency preparedness. For more information about viewing the landings call PNWU at (509) 452-5100.

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03/22/15
Milton-Freewater single family fire, Red Cross assists one
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/15
Earlier this morning, Red Cross assisted a Milton-Freewater adult after a single family fire in the 300 block of Raspberry Loop. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, disaster health services and referral to disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
03/20/15
VINE(R) service experiences technical difficulties
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/20/15
Oregon's VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system experienced a major technical glitch Friday evening. Routine system maintenance appears to have triggered numerous notifications to victims in error. The contractor for the service, Appriss, is working on the repair, and will issue an "alert express" this evening, which will alert everyone who received an erroneous notification.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf. DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are committed to remedying the issue as soon as possible.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Governor Kate Brown attends Oregon Army National Guard UAS launch (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/20/15
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Pendleton, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. General Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, visited Pendleton Airport to view a demonstration of the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), March 20. Governor Brown is hopeful that with the Oregon Army National Guard's UAS unit operating out of the Pendleton area, it will pave the way for more unmanned aerial vehicle companies to set up operations in Pendleton, Oregon.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
150320Z-YP317-001: PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Sean Robbins (second from left), director of the Oregon Business Department; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk (center); and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, give remarks during an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration of the Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Marcus Kellogg, crew chief with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, how to launch the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - The Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is launched during a demonstration at Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Terry Murray, with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown how to fly the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, await the launch of an Oregon Army National Guard RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Wapato High School NASA HUNCH Project
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/20/15
Happy first day of Spring!

Attached is a release regarding a fundraiser for the Wapato High School NASA HUNCH Project.

Anything you can do to get the word out would help immensely.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato HS NASA HUNCH Fundraiser
Berri Leslie named administrator of health insurance marketplace
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
(Salem) - Berri Leslie will be administrator of Oregon's health insurance marketplace, Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen announced today.

The marketplace will be housed at DCBS beginning June 30, 2015, and will help Oregonians access affordable, high-quality health insurance. Leslie's position is effective April 1, so she can hire staff and lead the transition of the marketplace functions from Cover Oregon to DCBS as set out in Senate Bill 1.

Leslie has been deputy administrator of the DCBS Insurance Division since July 2011, leading day-to-day operations of the division and working with stakeholders on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Other leadership roles include managing the regulation of mortgage lending in Oregon during the 2008 financial crisis and, more recently, leading a restructuring of the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

"Berri has the experience, skills, and commitment we need to not only seamlessly transfer the marketplace duties to DCBS but to reach even more Oregonians with the tools and resources they need to get health coverage," Allen said. "She is a proven leader with a track record of successfully tackling challenging issues."

Leslie graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Portland State University with a master's degree in public administration.

"I am excited to take on this new challenge to help Oregonians get the health coverage they need and, ultimately, improve their lives," Leslie said.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information on the marketplace, visit http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/health-marketplace/Pages/default.aspx.
Oregon Seeks Help Shaping Health Plans for 2017
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is seeking applicants to the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will play an important role in the selection of Oregon's essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by DCBS that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

Oregon standard health plans are designed by DCBS for the bronze, silver, and gold metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

"We are seeking thoughtful people with relevant experience and a variety of perspectives to serve on the committee," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Whether they are consumers of health care, medical providers, health insurance agents, small business owners, or insurance industry professionals, all with a desire to make a difference in Oregon are urged to apply."

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held every other week beginning in the second week of April and ending in the third week of June. Meetings will be held in person at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem and will be open to the public as well as streamed online.

The deadline for applications to the committee is 5 p.m. on March 30. Information on how to apply can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Committee appointments will be announced by April 3.

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 or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
State agencies to meet March 30 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/20/15
ALBANY, Ore. - The Technical Review Team for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County will meet by teleconference on March 30 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST, followed by a teleconference meeting of the Water Resources Subcommittee from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST.

Meeting details and agenda are available here: http://bit.ly/calicomeetings.

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

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role. The Water Resources Subcommittee focuses on water quality and water quantity issues related to the proposed project.
Oregon's FEMA-approved natural hazards mitigation plan regains "Enhanced Status" (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/20/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management recently became eligible for increased mitigation funds that will help better prepare Oregon for future disasters. As of March 2, 2015, 12 states have FEMA approved Enhanced State Mitigation Plans.

States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated a comprehensive mitigation program, and are eligible for an increased amount of mitigation funding following a disaster declaration.

"An enhanced State Mitigation Plan signifies that a state has been proactive and comprehensive in hazard mitigation program implementation," Hazard Mitigation Officer Dennis Sigrist explained. "We are proud of this recognition because not only is it a goal we wanted to achieve, but we also know increased mitigation funds will ultimately reduce the amount of damage from disasters, making Oregon safer and more resilient."

Sigrist said a recent study by FEMA's Multi-hazard Mitigation Council shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of four dollars.

For more information about Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Status go to: https://www.fema.gov/multi-hazard-mitigation-plan-status.


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Grants Pass Man Sentenced to Prison for Serious Assault of a Child
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
A Grants Pass man was sentenced on Wednesday in Josephine County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a 2013 investigation by Oregon State Police detectives.

PAUL ANDREW REYES, age 30, from Grants Pass was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday by Honorable Judge Pat Wolke for the 2013 assault on his girlfriend's 2-year-old child whom he was supervising at the time. The child, who was subsequently transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for life threatening injuries, survived the incident but was left with significant permanent injuries as a result of the assault.

REYES pled guilty on January 14th, 2015, to charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Mistreatment after changing his plea two days into his trial.

Wednesday's sentencing was the culmination of an extensive investigation conducted by OSP Central Point detectives with the assistance of OSP detectives from the Portland Area Command and an OSP detective from the Roseburg Area Command.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
*** Update - Names/Photos Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 MP 277 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle, fatal, roll-over traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 277 - Ladd Canyon.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 7:00 p.m., a Blue, 2000 Ford Excursion pulling a toy-hauler type travel trailer, being operated by TODD M. SCHROEDER, 54, of Milton-Freewater, was traveling eastbound on I-84 and descending Ladd Canyon when the vehicle lost control and rolled over into the center median. The vehicle was occupied by two adult and three juvenile passengers. The front seat adult passenger, JERRY W. SCHROEDER, 73, of Milton-Freewater, was transported via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. The center seat passenger, FISHER SCHROEDER, age 14, of Milton-Freewater, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and two other juvenile passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Information about safety belt use is still being investigated.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Union County Sheriff's Office, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande and North Powder ambulance. The cause of the crash is under investigation and any further questions can be referred to Trooper Robert Routt at the Oregon State Police office in La Grande.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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03/19/15
ODOT and OSP make Spring Break Traffic Safety Partnership
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to keep Spring Break travelers safe on Oregon's roads this year; together, we want to help you make this a safe and memorable travel time. Travel safety involves taking responsibility for your own behaviors as well as watching out for one another. It also means:

* Observing the rules of the road.
* Seeing and being seen.
* Focusing on the task at hand so you can make smart choices while being aware of what others on the road are doing.

First: Obey the Rules of the Road.
So how do we keep our roads safe? For starters, we focus our efforts on the things that contribute most to serious injury or fatal crashes. Last year during Spring Break (March 23-29), OSP troopers made over 2700 stops for violations of our Fatal-5 traffic enforcement priorities.

The Fatal-5 includes Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving, or S.O.L.I.D. OSP Superintendent Rich Evans puts it this way, "This kind of driving behavior creates the biggest risk to people's safety on our roadways. Focusing on them makes the biggest impact on traffic safety."

So, you might think, "I get it - those are serious." But then you might also think, "How about cell phones? Are you serious about them now?" And the answer is "Yes." If you get stopped for talking/texting while driving, you will get a ticket. Phone In One Hand. Ticket in the Other.

Second - "See and Be Seen."
Whether you are driving, riding, walking, motorcycling, skateboarding - whatever your mode - be on the lookout for others, and make it easier for everyone else to see you, too. Yes, you may be following the rules, but in most interactions between a car and a pedestrian, the pedestrian loses. Same with a bicyclist. Be alert, be considerate - see and be seen.

Then - Being Travel Smart:
The state of Oregon is a fantastic place to spend spring break, with our natural beauty, fun cities and towns, and everything in between. Here are some smart tips to keep those experiences enjoyable:

* www.tripcheck.com - Always start with a quick check of road conditions/hazards/delays.
* Equipment - double check tire pressure, oil levels and fluids before you venture out so you don't end up a hazard yourself.
* Make time for pit stops - a safety rest area can educate/refresh and inspire a great vacation.
* Don't forget the common sense - OSP Sergeant Dave Aydelotte of the Gold Beach Office reminds us car clouting thieves will always take advantage of an easy opportunity - conceal the valuables.

Over past five years, Oregon has averaged seven fatalities and 25 major injuries during the week of spring break (includes two weekends), and the most common kinds of crashes where "fixed/other object" (where a vehicle goes off the road and hits something) and "head on." Four of the 36 total fatalities that occurred over the past five spring breaks were pedestrians.

Be Safe and Travel Smart.
From the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Police.

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Remembering the Oso landslide
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/19/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - March 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Oso, Wash. landslide.

Awareness of the Pacific Northwest's landslide hazard has greatly increased over the past year. The Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is now the most viewed of all Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) interactive web maps, with SLIDO page views increasing more than sevenfold.

"Landslides are a common and incredibly destructive natural hazard," says Ian Madin, interim State Geologist. "More Oregonians are seeking information about landslide hazards near their homes, and steps they can take to assess and prevent potential landslides."

Scientists, policy makers, emergency managers, planners and many others are also coming together to address landslide hazards. A recent Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists three-day forum focused on how to better protect people and places from landslide hazards. Landslide-related legislation is currently being considered at state and national levels. Scientists are also continuing to study the Oso landslide to learn more about how the unusually fast-moving, large and complex landslide occurred.

Landslides occur in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and cause more than 25 fatalities and damages of $1-2 billion on average each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. DOGAMI's landslide hazard program maps where landslides have occurred in the past to better understand where they may occur in the future, and to analyze landslide risks.

Recent DOGAMI landslide projects include a study of coastal Curry County's landslide hazards, a landslide hazard and risk study for Clackamas County, and a landslide hazard and risk study for the city of Astoria.

"We can't predict when and where the next landslide events will occur, but communities can become more resilient to the hazard by understanding and considering landslide hazards," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist.

LEARN MORE
Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon: http://bit.ly/oregonslido
Debris flow and landslide warning information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 03/19/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 19, 2015
503-813-7291
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What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. --Spring is just around the corner and warm weather is already drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of Spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of the season, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Finalists named in high school safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/19/15
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(Salem) - High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, humor, and interesting characters to increase awareness about workplace safety with the message, "Speak up. Work safe." The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top 11 finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing (click on 2015 video submissions):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhw4U8dnwg5OKrKsxo0rvrLa

The finalists are:
*"Gone Mobile" - South Salem High School
*"Horrible Bosses" - St. Helens High School
*"Lorenzo's Blog" - South Salem High School
*"Shop Safety of Horror" - Benson Polytechnic High School
*"The Cutting Edge" - Sunset High School
*"Think Safely - It Couldn't Hurt" - Benson Polytechnic High School
*"This is My Scar" - South Salem High School
*"This is You"- Benson Polytechnic High School
*"Training Day" - St. Helens High School
*"Work Safety for Teens" - La Pine High School
*"Workplace Safety" - South Wasco County High School

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] hosts the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, also features the tagline "Work shouldn't cost you your future." Students were tasked with creating a 90-second video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, youth appeal, production quality, and message.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem on May 2.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest. On social media, follow the contest conversation with the tag #Oyesvideo.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DCBSOregon. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


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State confirms sixth University of Oregon meningococcal disease case
Oregon Health Authority - 03/19/15
EDITORS: Public health officials will answer questions about the UO meningococcal outbreak during a media availability TODAY from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 425 (fourth floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

March 19, 2015

State confirms sixth University of Oregon meningococcal disease case

It's critical that students get vaccinated over spring break, health officials say

Oregon Health Authority officials say a sixth confirmed meningococcal disease case in a University of Oregon student underscores the critical importance of getting vaccinated against the illness before or during spring break.

The target audience for this vaccination plea: Parents of UO students returning home or planning a trip abroad during the break that starts March 23.

"We need parents to help us get the word out to students about this dangerous, potentially deadly disease, and why it's crucial for students to get the meningitis B shot right now," said Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director of infectious disease and immunization programs at the OHA Public Health Division. "No one should be complacent about this disease. University of Oregon undergraduates who have not been vaccinated are at risk of infection, serious illness and death."

The latest case is a 20-year-old male UO sophomore who lives off campus. The five previous cases all have fallen ill since mid-January. The fourth case, an 18-year-old female freshman at UO, died from the disease February 17.

Oregon Public Health is working closely with UO and Lane County Public Health to investigate the latest case, including tracking and contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the student. They also are encouraging people who meet the following criteria to get vaccinated as soon as possible: All UO undergraduate students at the Eugene campus or undergraduate students who attend classes at least weekly at the Eugene campus; UO graduate students who live in campus residence halls (dormitories) or fraternity and sorority houses; and UO students with high-risk medical conditions, including absent spleen or abnormal spleen function, such as that caused by sickle cell disease, or complement deficiency.

UO students can get vaccinated against meningococcal disease at the University Health Center as well as any Safeway, Albertsons or Walgreens pharmacy in Oregon. Their insurance will be billed directly, and the vaccine will be provided at no cost to them.

So far, more than 9,000 UO students have received the meningitis B vaccine. The goal is to vaccinate 22,000 undergraduate students.

Cieslak says he is pleading with UO parents to encourage students to get vaccinated when they return home for spring vacation, or in Eugene if they choose to stay in town during the break. They also should make sure students who are planning trips abroad get vaccinated before they leave.

"This meningococcal outbreak is not over. We won't be at all surprised if we see more cases," Cieslak said. "That's why undergrads and those with high-risk medical conditions should get vaccinated right away. It's the best way to reduce your risk of being infected."

Students can further reduce the spread of the disease by completing the series of doses for the meningitis vaccine, which is offered in two- and three-dose courses. They also can help prevent its spread by covering their cough and washing their hands frequently, and avoiding sharing items such as cups, eating utensils and smoking devices.

Additional information:

-- Public Health Division meningococcal facts: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/MeningococcalDisease/Pages/facts.aspx

-- UO meningitis B vaccine information: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/getthevax.aspx

-- University Health Center information: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/meningitis.aspx?q=meningitis

-- CDC meningococcal disease information: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/index.html

-- CDC meningitis B vaccine information: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/vaccine-serogroupb.html

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03/18/15
OSP Troopers in The Dalles Continuing Custodial Interference Investigation - Wasco County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in The Dalles are continuing the investigation into a reported custodial interference from this afternoon.

Early information from troopers indicates that shortly before 3:00 p.m, a woman came to the Oregon State Police patrol office in The Dalles to report her four (4) children, ranging in ages from 4-9, had failed to show up at school as planned. The mother stated she had allowed the children to stay with her uncle for the past several days. The uncle was to have taken the children to school this morning, but failed to do so. After being unable to reach the uncle, the mother contacted police to report the incident.

Troopers began working with the Northern Command Center (NCC) who was able to locate the suspect, identified as DONALD D. CLARK, age 61, of The Dalles, Oregon, in Goldendale via cell-phone ping. OSP contacted the Goldendale Police Department and requested they attempt to locate CLARK and the children.

At approximately 5:03 p.m., Goldendale PD advised OSP they had located CLARK and the four children unharmed. CLARK was taken into custody on an Oregon warrant for Custodial Interference. He was lodged at the Klickitat county jail. The children were reunited with their mother shortly thereafter.

OSP was assisted in this investigation by the Goldendale Washington Police Department and The Dalles Police Department. No photo's are available for release with this incident.

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OSP Troopers in Springfield Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-5 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal pedestrian crash on I-5 near milepost 174.5 (southbound) in Lane County near Cottage Grove.

On March 17, at approximately 9:00 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian walking on the shoulder and also in the right lane of travel on I-5 southbound near milepost 174.5, nearly being struck by passing vehicles. As troopers responded to the scene additional callers reported what appeared to be a person lying on the shoulder.

Upon arrival troopers discovered ERIC A. BOLDT, 42, of Eugene and with ties to Idaho, deceased on the highway shoulder. BOLDT was wearing a multicolored pullover and carrying a large digital camouflage backpack. One caller reported he may have had a mid-sized dog walking with him as well which has not been confirmed.

Troopers believe BOLDT may have been struck by a large or commercial type vehicle which may not have been aware of the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information pertaining to this crash is asked to contact Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionist Sr. Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk at 541-726-2536 or by calling the Northern Command Center (NCC) at 800-243-7865.

No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Prospect Point Principal named Executive Director of Human Resources (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/18/15
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WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS - School Board members unanimously approved the appointment of Prospect Point Elementary Principal Chris Gardea as the district's new Executive Director of Human Resources. Gardea replaces Assistant Superintendent Laure Quaresma who now heads the district's Teaching and Learning Department. Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan is developing a transition plan for Gardea to assume his new duties. He also said the district will soon post the position announcement for a new Prospect Point principal. The new Prospect Point principal will assume the duties July 1.

"Chris Gardea has the skills, experience and professionalism to lead our Human Resources Department," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "He has demonstrated in all his assignments a profound care for people, a vision for the future and the ability to establish systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

This fall, Gardea was named Distinguished Elementary Principal for the Lake Wallula Region for 2014. He has been Principal at Prospect Point since 2008. During his time as principal of Prospect Point Elementary the school has earned the Center of Educational Effectiveness School of Distinction award two times, as well as being a Washington Achievement Award Winner in the area of Science. Gardea served as Assistant Principal at Prospect Point from 2004-2007. He was Walla Walla Public Schools Director of Mathematics during the 2003-2004 school year. Gardea is technology savvy and is an expert with Google for Education computer applications.

Gardea spent three years as a classroom mathematics teacher at Pioneer Middle School. He served as an Administrative Intern at Pioneer Middle School from 2001 to 2002. Gardea held classroom teaching positions in Waitsburg School District from 1998 to 2000 and College Place School District from 1997 to 1998.

He holds a Continuing Principal Certificate. He earned his Master's in Educational Leadership from Eastern Washington University (EWU) and also completed his undergraduate studies at EWU. Gardea is a member of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

"I want to thank the staff, students and parents at Prospect Point for all their support over the past seven years," Gardea said. "I'm excited for this opportunity to support students and their learning across an entire school system."

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Corrected: As spring arrives, avoid buying chicks, ducklings
Oregon Health Authority - 03/17/15
Resending to fix quote to say " ...these birds often are picked up by children ..."

March 17, 2015

Baby poultry may carry dangerous salmonella bacteria

Spring is the season when people purchase "baby chicks" for their backyard poultry flocks or to give as Easter gifts, but one public health expert advises caution around these cute, fuzzy birds.

The problem: Baby poultry carry salmonella bacteria that can cause serious illness.

"Salmonella bacteria often contaminate adult chickens, ducks and other live poultry, so it goes without saying that their offspring often carry it, too," says Emilio DeBess, D.V.M., Oregon Public Health veterinarian.

"What's worse is that because of their size and cuteness, these birds often are picked up by children, who will put them close to their faces and kiss them," DeBess says. "In most cases, children may not wash their hands after handling them."

Since 2010, nine outbreaks of illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria from chicks have occurred, affecting at least 37 confirmed salmonellosis cases and many more suspected cases. A third or more of the cases were children, DeBess said. The last major salmonellosis outbreak, in 2013, occurred after people handled, kissed and kept poultry inside the home.

Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever symptoms lasting three to seven days, DeBess said. Anyone with compromised immune systems, the very young and elderly people could become very ill and die of the infection.

"We don't think they are appropriate Easter gifts," DeBess says, "especially for young children - those younger than 5 - who are particularly vulnerable to serious illness from salmonella contamination because of their underdeveloped immunity."

Many people purchasing baby poultry also don't realize the responsibility involved with raising chicks and ducklings as the animals grow up. "These birds require space to roam and food to eat, and these factors can be expensive," DeBess says. "As a result, they often are abandoned after they become adult chickens and ducks."

Tips for preventing salmonella infection from baby poultry:

-- Don't give live baby birds to children. Instead, give stuffed animals.

-- Always wash hands with soap and water, and thoroughly clean surfaces after handling any animal or coming in contact with animal waste.

-- Keep chicks in an appropriate outdoor area.

-- If chicks are handled, never nuzzle or kiss them.

-- Never allow poultry inside the home.

For more information about baby birds and salmonella, visit the Oregon Public Health baby birds and salmonella website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/Pages/FS-Baby-birds-and-Salmonella.aspx.

Additional information:

-- Biosecurity for birds (USDA): http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov/

-- Keeping backyard poultry (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/

-- Risk of human salmonella infections from live baby poultry (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaBabyBirds/

-- Gastrointestinal (enteric) diseases from animals (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zoonotic/gi/

-- CDC publications and materials: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/publications/index.html

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Employment in Oregon February 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/17/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent in February

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February from 6.3 percent in January. This was the second consecutive large drop in the rate, putting February's rate at the lowest since May 2008. Oregon's unemployment rate is now within three tenths of the U.S. rate, the smallest gap since October 2013.

Several other labor market indicators are reflecting strength:

-The number of long-term unemployed continued to drop. Roughly 35,000 Oregonians have been unemployed for six months or more, compared with more than 100,000 in that situation at the worst of the recession.

-The number of involuntary part-time workers dropped to 105,000 in February, 20,000 fewer than one year ago.

-The number of Oregonians unemployed because they lost their job dropped below 40,000 for the first time since 2007. In February, more Oregonians were unemployed because they chose to leave their prior job or joined the labor market than because they'd lost their job.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,400 in February--the smallest monthly increase in six months. Restaurants, health care, and construction were among the big gainers. Leisure and hospitality--an industry comprised largely of restaurants--added 2,100 jobs in February. Nationally, consumer spending at restaurants rose rapidly since last year, perhaps partially due to people having more money to spend since gasoline prices plunged. Health care and social assistance added 1,100 jobs in February, bolstered by rapid hiring among firms providing services for the elderly. Construction activity, benefiting from Oregon's warm and dry winter, added 900 jobs.

Despite these improvements, wage gains remain modest with average private-sector payroll earnings in Oregon rising only 18 cents per hour, or 0.8 percent, during the past 12 months.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 24th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 14th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

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

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

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


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Hospital Association Announces New Community Benefit, Charity Care Policies
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/17/15
Applaud Success of Medicaid Expansion and Increased Health Care Access

Lake Oswego, Ore. -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced a new community benefit policy package today. The two-part voluntary policy package demonstrates hospitals' commitment to the communities they serve at a time when the Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape in Oregon.

The first initiative will provide free care for families who are not Medicaid eligible and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. This program will help ensure that even as Medicaid expands, those who do not qualify and are unable to attain insurance will receive the hospital care they need. It is estimated that 87,000 Oregonians fall into this category, and providing them with free hospital care builds on the success of Medicaid expansion, which covers people below 139% of the federal poverty level.

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

"Oregon's hospitals are leading the way by enacting a set of initiatives voluntarily that seek to close the coverage gap for the shrinking percentage of uninsured and underinsured, while maintaining their significant investments in their communities and in the people they serve 24/7/365," said Andy Davidson, President and CEO of OAHHS. "Hospital and health system leaders in Oregon are proud to play such a vital role at this pivotal time our state's health care transformation."

In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined in statute as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation. These services include (but are not limited to):

--Health services to vulnerable or underserved people
--Financial or in-kind support for public health programs
--Health education, health screenings, and prevention services
--Medical research and health professions education
--Community-building activities such as neighborhood revitalization projects, or workforce development programs

In 2013, as tallied by the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.9 billion in community benefit contributions to their communities, while providing care for 336,153 inpatients, more than 9.9 million outpatients, and more than 1.2 million emergency room visits. More information about Oregon's community benefit reporting program can be found online at www.MyOregonHospital.org.

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About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.
Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/15
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 193951

The complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2016.

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

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03/16/15
St. Patricks Day Safety Message - 2015
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
St. Patrick's Day Release - Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is partnering with local police and sheriff's departments throughout Oregon by targeting drunk and impaired drivers during tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

For too many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on St. Patrick's Day from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.

OSP wants to remind drivers that being buzzed behind the wheel constitutes being drunk behind the wheel and may have dangerous or deadly consequences. "Buzzed means you are feeling the effects of the alcohol. But to a Trooper - it means you have already lost your ability to mitigate risk," said OSP Drug Recognition Expert Sergeant Evan Sether. "When a person feels drunk, he or she knows they are vulnerable and in no shape to make critical driving decisions. Buzzed however, means you have already lost your ability to identify and mitigate the risk and hazards behind the wheel but you may not be aware it's even happened."

This St. Patrick's Day - Avoid the hassle and use a designated driver.

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Gypsy Prince of Springfield named Oregon's Poetry Out Loud champion (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/16/15
Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville
Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville
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Gypsy Prince, a three-time school champion from Springfield's Academy of Arts and Academics, is the 2015 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Prince, a 17-year-old senior, was one of nine regional finalists who competed in Saturday's state Poetry Out Loud contest at Willamette University. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

"Gypsy's performances were not only moving and nuanced but thoroughly crowd-pleasing as well," said Mike Chaser, an event host and associate professor of English at Willamette University. "I'm thrilled that she will be representing Oregon in the national finals this year."

Marty Hughley, a freelance arts journalist who served as a judge for the state competitions, said Prince's performance made it clear that she understood the poems at a depth that was exciting. "She presented with such nuance, ease and comfort," he said. "She really owned the poems."

Prince's winning performance was a recitation of "Mrs. Caldera's House of Things" by Gregory Djanikian.

Riley Knowles, a sophomore from West Linn High School was named Oregon's runner up; if for any reason Prince is unable to participate in the national competition, Knowles will represent Oregon.

The other seven students who placed in regional competitions and competed at the state contest Saturday are: Sarah Dombrowsky, Cascade Christian High School, Medford; Mitchell Lenneville, a resident of Tualatin who attends Baker Early College Web Academy in Baker City; Serena Morgan, Paisley Charter High School, Paisley; Anna Smiley, Lincoln High School, Portland; Allegra Thatcher, a resident of Keizer who attends Veritas School in Newberg; and Atya-Sha Van Ness, Logos Public Charter School, Paisley.

"All nine state contestants gave outstanding performances," says Deb Vaughn, Arts Commission arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator. "The scoring was extremely close, but Gypsy and Riley were clearly the top two finishers. They each demonstrated great poise and confidence."

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

In 2014 more than 365,000 students, 2,300 schools and 8,800 teachers participated in Poetry Out Loud nationwide.

Editor's note: View a clip of Gypsy's winning performance of "Mrs. Caldera's House of Things" by Gregory Djanikian: http://youtu.be/beOjYBFYpdQ. Photo credit Greg Wahl-Stephens
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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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Attached Media Files: Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville , Gypsy Prince and runner up Riley Knowles , Gypsy Prince in performance
*** Final Update *** OSP assisting Wasco County SO with an Armed/Barricaded Subject - The Dalles
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
*** FINAL UPDATE ***
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police Arson Unit are investigating a fire which has been confirmed to involve a single fatality stemming from this mornings barricaded subject call in The Dalles.

According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, shortly after 1:00 p.m., as members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team approached the smoldering residence a large fire started spontaneously and members were forced to back away from the approach. Fire crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue battled the fire and were able to extinguish it. As fire crews worked throughout the structure a single fatality was discovered. The name of the deceased person is being withheld pending identification and next of kin notification.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency on this incident and is being assisted by Arson Detectives from the Oregon State Police Arson Unit. Media questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Lane Magill at the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580.

No photographs are available for release on this incident at this time.

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*** UPDATE ***
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, at approximately 8:25 a.m., Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at 1100 Mt. Hood St., in The Dalles, to serve civil papers on the resident living there. As deputies knocked on the door gunshots were heard from within and deputies fell back and requested additional police to respond. Officers arriving at the scene created a perimeter and attempted negotiations with the occupant. Shortly thereafter, smoke began to come from inside the residence.

Lieutenant Shortt said deputies/officers do not have any information/evidence to indicate that more than a single person is present in the residence however, officers have not been able to speak with the occupant at any point during this incident.

The Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Section has arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. The Fire Department is standing by to assist with Fire Suppression when it is safe to do so.

Media updates will be provided as soon as practicable.

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

The Oregon State Police (OSP), Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department are asking residents in The Dalles to avoid streets in/around the 1100 Block of Mt. Hood Street for police activity there.

OSP troopers responded to assist the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department with a barricaded subject. Officers on-scene have reported gunshots from inside the residence and a fire is reported inside as well. Command personnel are advising streets in the area of 1100 Mt. Hood Street have been blocked, including W. 10th Street, and are asking the public to avoid the area and use alternate routes when traveling nearby.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Department is the lead investigative agency in this incident. No photographs are available for this release.

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Wapato Middle School Cultural Unity Fair
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
Happy Monday everyone!

Attached is a release regarding our upcoming Cultural Unity Fair. Advance ticket sales for this annual event go on sale today. (March 16th)

Let me know if you have any questions, want to do a preview story or want to come cover the event on the 26th.

Thanks for helping spread the word about this long running and extremely popular event!


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato Middle School Cultural Unity Fair
Regional school leaders visit Walla Walla to see AVID in action
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/16/15
WALLA WALLA - Educators from around the region will converge in Walla Walla to learn more about how AVID (Advancement Via Individual Achievement) works for teachers and students to improve school culture and performance.

District and school administrators, AVID site team members, and other educators who are considering implementing AVID in their school or district, or are a current AVID school and want to gain insight from another AVID implementation, plan to attend the AVID Showcase.

These events are hosted by AVID schools across the country and provide an opportunity for educators to see an AVID implementation, share best practices, and learn more about AVID hands-on. The Showcase experience includes AVID Elective and content class observations and a chance to speak with experienced AVID site team members and students.

Participants will see and learn about the key components of an AVID implementation. They will hear about AVID as a schoolwide catalyst for improvement, observe an AVID Elective class and discuss implementing AVID with school administrators and teachers. They will also hear from AVID students and review data and results from AVID students from the hosting school.

Walla Walla AVID Showcase school events:

Pioneer Middle School (450 Bridge St.)
Thursday, March 19
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary School (410 Howard St.)
Friday, March 20
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About AVID
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID professionally develops educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

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Winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers numbers to be released March 17
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/15
All 1,801 winning numbers for the Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Raffle, including the $1 million top prize, will be released at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

A complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers will be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org at approximately 5 a.m. on March 17. Players will also be able to check their St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

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

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22nd Annual Farm Fair for 5th Graders (Photo)
ESD 123 - 03/16/15
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KENNEWICK, WA - More than 1,200 fifth grade students representing 14 public and private schools are planning to attend the 22nd Annual Farm Fair on March 24 and 25. This year's Farm Fair will take place at the Benton County Fair Grounds in Kennewick from 9 AM to 2:30 PM on March 24, and from 9 to 11:30 AM on March 25.

Farm Fair is an opportunity for local agricultural businesses and organizations to teach youth about the value of Ag education. The event reaches beyond what students learn in the classroom by providing hands-on, experiential learning about agricultural products, careers and commodities.

During the fair, students rotate through exhibits, playing games and listening to brief presentations made by a variety of agriculture commodity groups. The 2015 Farm Fair is sponsored by local businesses and organizations that value Ag Education.

Save the date for the 22nd Annual Farm Fair, taking place March 24 and 25 at the Benton County Fair Grounds in Kennewick. For more information, contact Ramona Rommereim at 509.531.7857 or franklin.farmbureau@gmail.com

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Thank you to our 2015 sponsors: Benton Franklin Fair Association, Benson & Ransom Farms, Benton Rural Electric Association, Columbia Basin College, Columbia Basin Paper & Supply, EL Ray Farms, Gourmet Trading Company, J & S Moon Farm, Holtzinger Fruit, Manterola Hay, Louis Meissner, Perkins & Zlatich CPA, Pioneer DuPont, RC Farms, Second Harvest, The McGregor Company, T & R Farms, Inc., Tree Top Inc., Simplot, Valmont NW, WA State Hay Growers, Washington State Potato Commission, Washington Trust Bank.


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03/15/15
*** Update *** Missing Lake County Man Found Deceased in Lake County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/15/15
*** Second Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a report of a man found deceased south of Highway 140 near Lofton Reservoir in rural Lake County this afternoon.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, at approximately 12:30 p.m., deputies and troopers were dispatched to an area approximately 2.4 miles south of the location where missing Lake County Man SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, is believed to have left his motorhome after he was last seen on Friday, February 13. Investigators contacted a couple driving in the area who spotted GIESEA's dog, Angel, as they passed by. When the couple returned a few hours later the dog was still in the area and as they stopped to investigate they discovered GIESEA deceased.

While the investigation is still on-going, investigators do not believe the death to be suspicious at this time, however, further review by the medical examiner's office is pending.

No photographs are available for release at this time.

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*** First Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing the search for a missing Klamath County man who was last seen on Friday, February 13, near Quartz Mountain Snow Park.

SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, was traveling with his two Yellow Labrador dogs in the area where his burned RV was located on Forest Service Road 3660 about 30 miles west of Lakeview. Yesterday, one of the dogs (Bella) was located about 1.5 miles north of where the RV was located, near the Gearhart Wilderness area.

OSP and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking anyone who may be in the area or was in the area and may have seen GIESEA or his dogs are asked to contact the Lake County Dispatch Center at 541-947-2504.

Photo of GIESEA and his two dogs (Bella and Angel) attached.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Original Release:
Oregon State Police and Lake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating SPENCER KLING GIESEA, age 44, of Klamath County.

GIESEA was last seen Friday, February 13, 2015, in western Lake County north of the Quartz Mountain Snow Park. This area is approximately 30 miles west of the city of Lakeview. GIESEA's motor home became stuck on Forest Service Road 3660, north of Highway 140.

GIESEA's motor home was found in the same location on Saturday, February 14, 2015; however, the motor home was completely burned. GIESEA and his two dogs (yellow labs) were not around the motor home.

Lake County Search and Rescue responded and conducted a search for GIESEA. Since that time, additional resources have been brought in to assist in the search for GIESEA from Klamath County Search and Rescue, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Siskiyou County Search and Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Civil Air Patrol and the Army Guard.

One of GIESEA's yellow labs has been located in the area; however, GIESEA and his other yellow lab are still missing.

GIESEA is 5'9" tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a jean jacket and snow pants. He was also wearing prescription glasses.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of GIESEA is encouraged to call Lake County dispatch at 541-947-2504.
03/13/15
Walla Walla School District Executive Session/Public Work Session/Regular Board Meeting - March 17, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/13/15
Walla Walla School District Executive Session/Public Work Session/Regular Board Meeting - March 17, 2015

As per the attached agenda.

Supporting documents available at:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015/2015-03-17+BOARD+MEETING


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/1288/82605/03.17.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Fish & Wildlife Troopers in Newport Seek Public's Help with Bull Elk Poaching/Waste Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/13/15
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Newport is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of two bull elk in Lincoln County.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Newport OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers received a complaint of two dead bull elk floating in the Siletz River about three quarters of a mile upriver from Strome Park. The following morning, both of the bull elk were located. One bull was identified as a 5x6 and the other was as a 5x5. Both were shot and left to waste with no meat removed from the carcasses. The elk were not salvageable, and it appeared the elk had only been dead for a few days.

A total reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation. A $1,000 reward is being offered by The Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program. An additional $5,000 reward is being offered by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sr. Trooper Ryan Kehr or Sergeant Todd Thompson through the Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

Contact Officer:
Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr
Oregon State Police Newport
541-270-0097

Secondary Contact:
Sgt. Todd Thompson
Oregon State Police Newport
541-265-5354 ext. 224

Media with additional questions should contact Sgt. Thompson at the above listed number or email OSPPIO@state.or.us

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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03/12/15
Hiring an unlicensed tax preparer can be risky
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/12/15
SALEM--April 15 is quickly approaching and many may be looking for someone to prepare their taxes. Making sure that person is licensed in Oregon is one way to help ensure the accuracy of your return and avoid errors that could end up costing you money.
JoAnn Martin, administrator of Oregon's Personal Tax and Compliance Division, recommends checking the credentials of the person you hire to do your taxes. In Oregon, anyone you pay to prepare your tax returns must be licensed.
"If you hire an unlicensed preparer, there's a real risk that they'll make potentially costly mistakes on your return," Martin said.
No matter who does your taxes--a licensed tax professional, an unlicensed tax preparer, you, a relative, or a friend--Martin also recommends checking your return thoroughly before it's submitted.
"Ultimately, you're responsible for the accuracy of your return. It's up to you to check what's on it before it's sent."
Visit these websites to find out if the person you want to hire is licensed in Oregon:
* Tax preparers: www.oregon.gov/OTPB
* Certified public accountants: www.oregon.gov/BOA
Report unlicensed tax preparers to the Board of Tax Practitioners.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov; call 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or call, toll-free, 800-356-4222. The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
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Attached Media Files: 2015-03/861/82569/20150312_Tax_preparation.pdf
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet March 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 03/12/15
March 12, 2015

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, March 20. The primary focus of the meeting will to review the 2014 Health System Transformation Mid-Year Report; revisit a potential tobacco prevalence measure; and review the committee work plan for 2015. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

When: Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211

29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Introduction to OHA Director Lynne Saxton;

Public testimony;

Updates;

2014 Mid-Year Report: presentation and discussion;

Tobacco prevalence panel and discussion;

Review work plan for 2015.

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

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

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BPA seeks research partners to advance technology solutions; up to $5 million offered for new R&D (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/12/15
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for partners to explore and advance technologies that could increase efficiencies, avoid costs and improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system. BPA's office of Technology Innovation is accepting proposals for its 2016 research and development portfolio through March 27. BPA expects to fund about $5 million of new research next fiscal year.

BPA collaborates with electric utilities, nonprofits, corporations, national labs, technology developers and universities across North America and even internationally in research that addresses capability gaps identified in its technology roadmaps. For fiscal year 2016, BPA is seeking proposals that advance transmission technologies, data intelligence, generation asset management, and next-generation energy efficiency and demand response technologies. A copy of each roadmap is available on BPA's Technology Innovation homepage.

BPA develops its direction with industry partners, researchers and others as a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments.

"Our roadmaps keep us focused on research with the potential to deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders," said Terry Oliver, BPA's chief technology officer.

BPA's current portfolio includes 60 research projects in six main topic areas: hydropower, transmission assets, transmission operations, transmission planning, demand response and energy efficiency. Partners include the City of Port Angeles, Wash.; Snohomish County Public Utility District, Deltares, Hitachi, Primus Power, V&R Energy Systems Research, the Lighting Research Center, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

BPA uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities. For consideration, applicants and their partners must be able to provide 50 percent cost share. Concept papers are due by March 27. Applications will only be accepted through the BPA Exchange website. Those who qualify will be invited to develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1. Awardees will be notified in July.

If you have questions about the submission process, see the Q&A section on the website or contact Matt DeLong at mldelong@bpa.gov or 503-230-7549. To learn more about the research topic areas, contact Sheila Adel at SAAdel@Bpa.gov or 503-230-3152.

Since 2005, BPA's office of Technology Innovation has implemented a disciplined research management approach that has led to an unprecedented level of success, including the build-out of the largest synchrophasor network in North America; the helical connector shunt innovation, a BPA-engineered technology that can up-rate and extend the life of aging transmission lines; the support of a pilot program that boosted the adoption of ductless heat pumps in the region; and an industry-leading seismic mitigation program.


Attached Media Files: BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
This isn't your typical spring for burning - Be mindful of wildfire danger
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/12/15
The current warm, dry weather across central Oregon comes on the heels of an abnormally dry winter. As a result, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) advises landowners to follow safe burning practices as they dispose of woody material, whether it is an industrial forest burn or backyard burn.

"Forest fuels are uncharacteristically dry for this time of year," said Protection Unit Forester Kristin Dodd. "They are well ahead of this time during most years and as a result, a burn that escapes control can spread rapidly. We are still allowing burning but we need the public's help to accomplish their burning goals successfully, without escape."

It is a good time to perform spring cleaning around the home and reduce the excess vegetation that could pose a wildfire threat later on in the summer - just follow these fire safety tips to prevent that burn from becoming a wildfire:

- Seek alternatives to burning yard debris, such as chipping or hauling to a landfill.
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- If burning is your best option, call your local fire department or Oregon Department of Forestry office to see if a burning permit is required. Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with the weather and fuel conditions. Follow all conditions of the burn permit.
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- Have the appropriate equipment and water supply at the burn site based on what you are burning.
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- Avoid burning during windy conditions.

- Scrape down to mineral soil around incinerators or debris piles.

- Divide large piles into smaller piles. Smaller piles burn quickly and efficiently and are easier to control.
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- Stay with the fire until it is completely out. Remember, unattended piles can spread quickly out of control. If your debris burn escapes control, call 911 immediately.

She encouraged homeowners to check with the local fire department or ODF office right before burning, as conditions can change quickly during the seasonal transition.

"If conditions continue ahead of schedule, we may shut burning down sooner than normal," she noted.
03/11/15
MEDIA ALERT - Ten Local Teachers to be Honored at Crystal Apple Awards
ESD 123 - 03/11/15
PASCO, WA - Tomorrow afternoon, March 12, marks the 17th Annual Crystal Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, where ten outstanding teachers from seven local school districts will be recognized. The award program takes place at 4:30 PM in the Gjerde Center at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Superintendents from the seven represented districts (Columbia-Burbank, Finley, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, North Franklin, Pasco and Richland) will present gifts and $1,000 checks to each of the ten Crystal Apple winners. (See the attached list of 2015 Crystal Apple winners.) This annual recognition is only possible through generous contributions from community organizations, businesses, and service groups who sponsor the ceremony both monetarily and through gifts to the recipients.

At the close of the presentation, a "Special Achievement Award" will be presented as a surprise to one winner for his or her outstanding and sustained contributions to education across the Mid-Columbia region.

The public is encouraged to attend the celebratory event on Thursday, March 12, beginning promptly at 4:30 PM in the CBC Gjerde Center in Pasco. A free reception will follow the awards ceremony. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Crystal Apple Winners
03/10/15
DOGAMI announces new agency leadership
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/10/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today announced new agency leadership.

The DOGAMI Governing Board has named Ian Madin as the interim State Geologist. Madin joined DOGAMI in 1987 as the Agency's seismic hazard geologist, and in 1998 he became the geologic mapping team leader. He has since 2004 been the Agency's chief scientist. Madin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in Geology from Oregon State University. He is a Registered Professional Geologist and a member of the Seismological Society of America, the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Association of American State Geologists and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Richard Riggs has been named the Assistant Director responsible for leading DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) Program. Riggs comes to DOGAMI from Oregon State University, where he oversaw the operations of OSU's colleges of Science and Liberal Arts. Previously he was an attorney and administrative law judge practicing in Salem, served five years as an elected board member for Chemeketa Community College, and served 20 years in the U.S. Navy's nuclear power field as a technician and engineering officer. Riggs earned a degree in law from Willamette University and a degree in mathematics from OSU.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries provides earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous. Learn more at www.OregonGeology.org
Woman Missing from Klamath Falls Area since January (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/10/15
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The following news release is being forwarded at the request of the Klamath Falls Police Department: (Media inquires should be directed to KFPD Detective Brandon Dougherty)

MISSING:
Alicia Christine Scott
AKA: Alicia Jensen or Alicia Maris

Alicia went missing from the Klamath Falls, Oregon area on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. Alicia is 35 years old, 5'03" 140 pounds. Alicia has medium length blonde hair. Alicia has family in the Bend, Oregon, area but has not contacted her family since January 22nd. Alicia does not have a lot of ties to the Klamath Falls area but is believed to have been in town for a few weeks before she went missing. Alicia is currently listed as a missing person. If you have any information about Alicia's whereabouts or had recent contact with her:

Please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the
Klamath Falls Police Department
541-883-5336
Anonymous information can be left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334

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Oregon announces 2014 workplace deaths
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/10/15
(Salem) - Thirty-one people covered by the Oregon workers' compensation system died on the job during 2014, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. It's up slightly from 2013's figure of 30 deaths but continues to be consistent with fatality counts in recent years.

The year 2010 marked the state's all-time low of 17 deaths. That figure was likely tied, in part, to the economic downturn. In 2012, there were 30 deaths and, in 2011, 28 people died on the job.

State and local government saw the largest concentration of deaths in 2014, with five workers killed in that industry. The agriculture sector, which includes logging operations, had four deaths - the same as transportation and warehousing.

"Although Oregon workplaces are safer today than in previous decades, there are still far too many preventable tragedies each year," said Patrick Allen, director of DCBS. "We must continue our commitment to eliminating hazards in the workplace so that all Oregon workers can come home safely at the end of the day."

Workplace fatalities are down significantly compared to previous decades. In the 1990s, there was an average of 55 workplace deaths per year. In the 1980s, the average was 81 deaths. The statewide rate of reported workplace injuries and illnesses has also decreased more than 50 percent since the late 1980s. Oregon started tracking workplace deaths in 1943.

"When we discuss the fatalities each year, it is a sobering reminder our past success can become, in some measure, a challenge to our future achievements," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "We have pushed the numbers down over the past decades. But we will not push them still lower unless we can persuade each other - and ourselves - that they can and must continue to go lower."

Oregon OSHA offers educational workshops, consultation services, training videos, and website information to help Oregon employers create or improve their safety and health programs.

DCBS compiles fatality statistics from records of death claim benefits paid by Oregon workers' compensation insurers during the calendar year. The data excludes workplace deaths involving self-employed individuals, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to individuals with out-of-state employers. These workers are either not subject to Oregon workers' compensation coverage requirements or are covered by other compensation systems.

Deaths that occur during a prior calendar year may appear in the compensable fatality count for a later year because of the time required to process a claim. The fatality count for 2013 changed from 29 to 30 due to a change in status discovered after the reference year had closed.

Complete data on all deaths caused by injuries in Oregon workplaces, regardless of whether they are covered by workers' compensation insurance, are computed separately and reported in the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) administered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2014 CFOI count is not expected for release until fall 2015.

The link to the full DCBS fatality report can be found here:
http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/imd/rasums/ra_pdf/wc/fatal/annual_rpt_14.pdf

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, 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, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
03/09/15
Oregon Hospitals Launch New Price Transparency Initiative
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/09/15
Initiative includes SB 900, legislation for patient-friendly website

Lake Oswego OR - March 9, 2015 - The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), which represents all of Oregon's community hospitals, today announced that it has developed a new price transparency initiative.

This initiative has three key elements, all of which focus on giving consumers pricing details in advance of a visit to a hospital for a procedure. These include legislation (SB 900) calling for a new state-run website displaying median prices paid for procedures at hospitals; tools for hospitals to provide good-faith estimates to self-pay and out-of-network patients; and a pledge to work with insurers to help insured patients understand their out-of-pocket expenses for care.

"Our transparency initiative aims to assist Oregonians in understanding hospital prices in advance of procedures," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "We want to make sure that hospitals' pricing data is accessible and easy to find. We know that our patients want more health care pricing information and with this initiative, Oregonians will be able to find the data on hospital prices that will help their decision making."

The first element of the initiative entails legislation (SB 900), calling for a website, run by the Oregon Health Authority, that would use state-collected data from the state's existing All Payer All Claims database to display median prices paid for common hospital inpatient and outpatient procedures. This website would give patients the ability to understand what the typical cost of a particular procedure would be, as paid by insurers. It would allow them the ability to compare the prices paid for the most common procedures across hospitals. It would not, however, show a consumer what his or her specific insurer would cover or not cover; or what their out of pocket costs would be based on the design of their health plan. For that information, they would have to check with their insurer.

The second element entails working hand-in-hand with insurers via the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC) to help patients who have insurance to understand what their out-of-pocket expenses will be. This information would be based on their insurer's contract with a particular hospital or provider, along with information from the patient's insurer as it pertains to their particular insurance coverage. It is clear that patients want to know what portion of charges they will be responsible for in advance, and Oregon hospitals and the OHLC will work to ensure that is achievable.

"The Oregon Health Leadership Council is committed to helping patients understand health care pricing, and is eager to work with our members to achieve that goal," said Greg Van Pelt, president of the OHLC. "We know that people want health care providers and insurers to work together to ensure a patient-friendly experience. This is precisely what we intend to do."

The last element of the OAHHS initiative is a commitment by Oregon's hospitals to assist Oregonians who are paying for their own care (or for out-of-network services not covered by their health plan) in getting a good-faith estimate from any hospital for the cost of a scheduled procedure upon request.

"Oregon hospitals put the health care needs of their patients first every day. Oregonians know they can count on their community hospital for quality care, 24/7/365, and now they can count on us to be even better partners in informed decision making," added Davidson.

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About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.

About the Oregon Health Leadership Council

Founded in 2008, the Oregon Health Leadership Council works to develop practical solutions to reduce the rate of increase in health care costs and premiums so health care and insurance is more affordable for people and employers. The council brings together health plans, hospitals and physicians to identify and act on cost-saving solutions that maximize efficiencies while delivering high quality patient care. By working collaboratively on payment and reimbursement reform, evidence-based best practices, value-based benefits and administrative simplification, the Council aims to deliver both short- and long-term cost relief.


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Nine students named Oregon Poetry Out Loud finalists (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/09/15
Southern winners (left to right) Morgan, Van Ness, Dombrowsky.
Southern winners (left to right) Morgan, Van Ness, Dombrowsky.
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Regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held in Beaverton, Medford and Salem Saturday identified the nine Oregon high school students who will compete for the state title at Willamette University on Saturday, March 14. Three finalists were selected from each regional competition; a record 38 schools throughout the state participated.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

The three top finishers from the Northern Regional Contest, held at Powells Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, were: Mitchell Lenneville, Baker Early College Web Academy (Baker City); Jessica Nguyen, Gresham's Center for Advanced Learning; and Riley Knowles, West Linn High School.

Finalists selected at the Central Regional Contest at Salem's Book Bin-East are: Gypsy Prince, Springfield's Academy of Arts and Academics - a state finalist for the second year in a row; Anna Smiley, Portland's Lincoln High School; and Allegra Thatcher of Keizer, who attends Veritas School in Newberg. Erika Lauren Aguillar, an exchange student from the Philippines attending Oregon School for the Deaf, also finished as a finalist. While she is not eligible to advance in the contest due to her citizenship status, Aguillar will perform at the state contest as a special guest.

The winners of the Southern Regional Contest, hosted at the Medford Public Library, are: Serena Morgan, Paisley Charter School; Atya-Sha Van Ness, Logos Public Charter School (Medford); and Sarah Dombrowsky, Cascade Christian High School (Medford).

"Once again the caliber of performances was impressive and made selecting only three finalists from each competition a challenge," said Deb Vaughn, the Arts Commission's arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator.

The State Contest is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Willamette University Library. The winner will advance to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

Editor's note: Individual photos and bio information are available upon request.
Photo captions: Northern winners (left to right) Lenneville, Nguyen, Knowles.

Central winners (left to right) Prince, Smiley, Thatcher. (photo courtesy of Salem Statesman Journal).

Southern winners (left to right) Morgan, Van Ness, Dombrowsky.


Attached Media Files: Southern winners (left to right) Morgan, Van Ness, Dombrowsky. , Central winners (left to right) Prince, Smiley, Thatcher. (photo courtesy of Salem Statesman Journal). , Northern winners (left to right) Lenneville, Nguyen, Knowles
Op-Ed: Washington State Needs Third Medical School
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 03/09/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

March 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington State Needs Third Medical School

By Dr. Keith Watson

The State of Washington needs another publicly funded medical school. The current law that provides for only one publicly funded medical school should be changed.

There are already two medical schools in the state - Seattle's University of Washington Medicine (publicly funded) and Yakima's Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine (privately funded). These two institutions alone simply cannot produce enough primary care physicians to both alleviate the existing shortages and replace those physicians retiring from practice in the coming years.

Pacific Northwest University's College of Osteopathic Medicine is routinely overlooked in the discussion about the need for more medical schools in Washington State. The college was established in 2005 and graduated its first class in 2012. It has a present class size of 140 students. Almost fifty percent of these students are from Washington with the remaining predominately from surrounding Northwest states. From the first class, thirty-five graduates are establishing primary care practices in Washington this summer. The College of Osteopathic Medicine will graduate its fourth class on May 9, for a total of 285 alumni. All of this production is from a young, privately funded medical school.

The state should recognize that the UW and WWAMI model cannot supply the numbers of physicians needed to address the shortage. Our present supply of practicing physicians are predominately west of the Cascades and are a mixture of fifteen percent UW graduates and eighty-five percent imported from other medical schools. Only seventeen percent of UW graduates select family medicine for residency training. The WWAMI program has been in existence over forty years, but this training model has been unable to either alleviate the physician shortage or keep sufficient graduates in state to practice.

Funding for medical student education is critical to address this shortfall. Many state funded medical schools have large costs associated with running and maintaining an academic medical center. It is often confusing to separate the actual costs of student education from those required to maintain the trappings of a large research institution and its hospital services. On the other hand, community based education models, like Pacific Northwest University, tend to use existing hospitals and clinic structures to deliver real-world practice experiences for medical students. Most osteopathic (DO degree) and many of the newer allopathic schools (MD degree) are based on this model and consequentially have lower costs of operation.

Washington State University has proposed a medical school with this community-based model. The current statute should be changed to allow that to occur. To simply expand UW and WWAMI with its costly budgets is to add state dollars to a system whose outcomes are good but clearly insufficient. Furthermore, to deny WSU funding based on fears that another medical school will require the large budgets that UW Medicine demands is to act illogically.

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About the Author: Dr. Keith Watson is President of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington. Prior to his service as President of PNWU, Dr. Watson served at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in the role of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and was the Chief Academic Officer for the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education - an entity overseeing 90 Graduate Medical Education programs in 26 training institutions. He has served as residency inspector for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and as an inspector for the AOA Council on Osteopathic College of Accreditation. Dr. Watson received his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1975. From 1981-1982, Dr. Watson completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He has been member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons since 1980.

About PNWU: In 2004, physicians and community leaders raised the awareness and resources to build a health sciences university where the next generation of osteopathic physicians would train. Located in Yakima, Washington, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences welcomed its first class of 70 medical school students into the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and graduated them in 2012. Today the University houses 300 medical students who are training under the careful instruction of highly-qualified faculty. In addition to the Yakima campus, PNWU has established 18 core rotation sites in communities around the Pacific Northwest. Hospitals and clinics around the region have welcomed PNWU students, training them in the clinical settings where they will eventually practice.
Safety leaders to be honored at Oregon GOSH Conference (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/09/15
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(Salem) - Fifteen leaders in safety and health will be honored with awards at the 2015 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, at a Wednesday, March 11, ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A panel of industry professionals judges the awards, which honor extraordinary contributions to the field of workplace safety and health. The categories include outstanding employers, individuals, and associations.

The winners this year are as follows:

Association Awards
Central Oregon Safety & Health Association
SafeBuild Alliance

Employer Awards
City of Hillsboro
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Purdy Brush
R&H Construction

Safety Committee Awards
Fortis Construction, Inc.
Qorvo, formerly TriQuint

Safety and Health Advocate (Team)
TriMet Bus Operators Continuous Improvement Team
Huntair Target Zero Team

Safety and Health Advocate (Individual)
Cathy Erickson, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Dan Johnson, Skanska
Judy West, Clean Water Services

Safety and Health Professional Awards
Corinna Kupelwieser, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Peter Kimbrel, Orenco Systems, Inc.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

More information about the conference is on the GOSH website, www.oregongosh.com.

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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.


Attached Media Files: GOSH logo
Curry County Major Crimes Team Investigating Pursuit / Officer Involved Shooting - Brookings
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/09/15
Brookings, Ore. The Curry County Major Crimes Team is investigating a pursuit which included an officer involved shooting last night on House Rock Viewpoint Road, north of Brookings in Curry County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that shortly after 11:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 8, a Brookings Police Department officer attempted to stop a silver, 1982 Honda Civic, for a traffic violation in the city of Brookings. The vehicle fled north on Highway 101 from Brookings until about milepost 351 when it turned west on House Rock View Point Road, which dead ends. As two officers from the Brookings Police Department pulled in behind the vehicle near the roads end, the suspect, identified as MARSHALL B. RANDALL, age 29 of Crescent City, CA, turned around and sped toward them.

Both officers fired as the vehicle approached and one was injured when the Honda struck him. RANDALL continued after the impact and fled the area. The second officer was not injured during the incident.

RANDALL was taken into custody at approximately 5:01 a.m., this morning after a homeowner in the area of Eggers Road, north of Brookings, called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious person attempting to break into a car. As troopers, deputies and officers responded to the area they located RANDALL and took him into custody without further incident. He was not injured during the Rock View Point Road shooting or subsequent arrest.

RANDALL is in custody on the following charges:
* Attempted Aggravated Murder (x2)
* Assault II
* Attempted Assault II
* Attempt to Elude Police with a vehicle - Felony
* Reckless Driving
* Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle
* Burglary I
* Criminal Mischief I (x2)

Additional charges may be added following a review by the Curry County District Attorney's Office.

The Curry County Major Crimes Team is investigating this incident and OSP is the lead investigative agency. OSP is being assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, Brookings Police Department, and the Curry County District Attorney's Office.

Further media inquiries should be directed to the Oregon State Police and will be coordinated with the Curry County District Attorney. No photographs are available for release at this time.

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03/07/15
2015 ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/07/15
Good day everyone,

I know that you all received an embargoed press release Friday afternoon from ESD 105 about the selection of this year's ESD 105 Regional Classified Employee of the Year. Her name is Pam Gamache and she works at Adams Elementary School here in the Wapato School District. I know that the ESD 105 release informed you that ESD Superintendent Steve Meyers will be presenting the award to her at our school board meeting on Monday (3/9/15) which starts at 6:30pm. I also know that may be a very inconvenient time for you to get to Wapato to cover this event. If you can make it for the board meeting we would certainly appreciate it. If you cannot there is a alternative opportunity for you to cover this story on Monday morning.

We are obviously very excited Pam has been selected for this very prestigious recognition. It is certainly well deserved. In addition the recognition she will receive at the board meeting, we here at the District are planning a recognition ceremony for her during an all school assembly Monday morning at 10:00am. Pam has already been informed she has been chosen for this award however her and the Adams Elementary School Principal are the only ones at the school that know about it, so the Monday morning recognition will be a surprise to the rest of the staff and students, not to mention the rest of the District. Despite the embargo on the ESD 105 release you are more than welcome to come cover her recognition on Monday morning at Adams Elementary School.

I apologize for the short notice but we would very much appreciate it if you could make it to either the Monday morning event or to the board meeting Monday evening. I'll be in my office by 8am Monday morning if you have any questions or if you get this email prior to Monday and have questions I can be reached on my cell phone at the number below.

Thanks for your consideration.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"
03/06/15
Search Warrant Service at a Mt. Vernon Residence Leads to Arrest/Seizure
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/06/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into suspected drug trafficking in Grant County near Mt. Vernon.

Investigators from the Oregon State Police and Grant County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a residence on N. Mountain Blvd. in Mt. Vernon. Investigators arrested and lodged in jail 56-year-old BUFORD W. BRELAND, of Mt. Vernon, on multiple charges of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and 5 counts of delivery of methamphetamine to a minor.

Also arrested and lodged in jail was LISA MOSS, 22, of Mt. Vernon, on the charges of possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a drug house. TAHNEE HELMS, 19, and ALICIA M. JUAREZ, 20, of Mt. Vernon, were cited and released for frequenting a drug house.

Approximately 1 ounce of methamphetamine, several hundred hydrocodone tablets and cash was seized as evidence during the course of the search. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police John Day work site at (541) 575-1363.

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Walla Walla High School hosting final Jr. ROTC meet of year
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/06/15
(TOMORROW March 7, 2015 -- 8 a.m.)

Credit to: Blue Devil Cadet Battalion Public Affairs

The Junior ROTC cadets from Walla Walla High School are hosting the last region-wide drill and marksmanship meet of the school year tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Events kick off in the Wa-Hi gymnasium complex at 8 a.m., according to Cadet Lt. Col. Mattie Bialozor, the Blue Devils battalion commander, with a very busy competitive day in store for all.

"Our Wa-Hi teams that will be competing include the Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams, two Color Guards, the Physical Training team, and the precision rifle team," Bialozor said.

Teams from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs around the Pacific Northwest will be competing in their service dress uniforms. Events are evaluated for precision, bearing, accuracy, timing and collective excellence. Marksmanship program competitors on hand at this event will include precision team shooters who have participated in various meets, including one Wa-Hi cadet who set two new Army JROTC records and recently won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, where he will compete on the West Point rifle team.

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St. Patrick's Day Raffle Tickets Sold Out
Oregon Lottery - 03/06/15
All 250,000 St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets have been sold.

As a result of the sellout, the ongoing Friday-only promotion from 5-7 p.m. that offered players a free Megabucks ticket with the purchase of a St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket has ended.

The St. Patrick's Day Raffle offers 1,801 cash prizes including:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patrick's Day - Tues., Mar. 17. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

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

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03/05/15
It's that time - state fire marshal urges you to test your smoke alarms when setting your clock
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 03/05/15
Sunday, March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow the OSFM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal and Twitter @OSFM.


Attached Media Files: Smoke Alarm Tip Sheet
Tri-City Crystal Apple Awards Celebrates 17 Years: Ten Local Teachers to be Honored
ESD 123 - 03/05/15
PASCO, WA - On Thursday, March 12, ten outstanding teachers from seven local school districts will be recognized at the Tri-City Crystal Apple Awards for Excellence in Education. The award program, which began in 1999, will celebrate its 17th year at a ceremony taking place at 4:30 PM on March 12 in the Gjerde Center at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The ten 2015 Crystal Apple winners now bring the total number of awarded teachers to 201 since the program began in 1999. This annual recognition of outstanding educators in our communities is only possible through generous contributions from community organizations, businesses, and service groups who sponsor the ceremony both monetarily and through gifts to the recipients. Thanks to these charitable organizations, each Crystal Apple winner is presented with a beautiful glass "crystal apple," gift certificates, and a $1,000 check. (The teachers have already been informed of their awards. See the attached list of 2015 Crystal Apple winners.)

Superintendents from the seven represented districts (Columbia-Burbank, Finley, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, North Franklin, Pasco and Richland) will present the gifts to each winner at the March 12 ceremony. At the close of the presentation, a "Special Achievement Award" will be presented as a surprise to one winner for his or her outstanding and sustained contributions to education across the Mid-Columbia region. (This person does not know of the award beforehand but will be present in the audience.)

The public is encouraged to attend the celebratory event on Thursday, March 12, beginning promptly at 4:30 PM in the CBC Gjerde Center in Pasco. A free reception will follow the awards ceremony. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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The Tri-City Crystal Apple Award is co-sponsored by numerous community organizations and businesses all wishing to honor the many educators who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students. This year's Platinum Level Sponsors include: Bechtel National, Inc., Children's Reading Foundation, Design West Architects, Evergreen Associates, Gesa Credit Union, Johnson Controls, Inc., and Washington River Protection Solutions. Gold Level Sponsors include: Columbia Valley Daybreak Rotary, Lampson International, Lourdes Health Network, and Real Centric Solutions, LLC.


Attached Media Files: 2015 Crystal Apple Winners
03/04/15
DOC announces superintendent changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/04/15
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced two changes to the Operations Division management team, effective March 15.

Named were Rob Persson as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, and Guy Hall as Superintendent of Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem.

Persson started with DOC in 1995 as a Correctional Officer and worked his way up through the ranks. In 2003, he accepted a position with the Offender Information and Sentence Computation (OISC) Unit as the Prison Term Analyst Manager. In 2006, he became the Administrator of that unit. In 2010, Persson became Assistant Superintendent of Security at CCCF. He has served as OSCI Superintendent since 2011. Persson holds a bachelor's degree in corrections from Western Oregon University and a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University.

Hall has 39 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1976 as a Correctional Counselor in Hawaii and serving in various roles there. He came to DOC in 1998 as Superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) in Salem and promoted to Superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla in 2003. In 2008, he returned to Salem as the Administrator for the Office of Population Management, and then Administrator of Education, Programs, and Treatment in the Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division in 2012. Hall has been SCI's Superintendent since May 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Willamette University and a master's degree in social work from University of Hawaii.

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 14,500 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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Public Health Advisory Board meets March 6 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/04/15
March 4, 2015

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting.

Agenda: Announcements; appoint executive committee members; Public Health Division update; legislative update; Future of Public Health Task Force update; PHAB 2015 and board business; accreditation update; communicable disease update.

When: Friday, March 6, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. All comments are limited to three minutes.

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

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

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Forestry educators honored by Board of Forestry March 4
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
The Oregon Board of Forestry today recognized four individuals for excellence in forestry education - three received the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, and one the State Forester's Education Award.

The 2014 Mary Rellergert Award winners are:

Clair Thomas - Tillamook School District
Lindsay Reaves - Forests Today & Forever, and Bauman Tree Farm
Amy Busch - Wallowa Resources

Amy Busch - As the youth education coordinator for Enterprise-based Wallowa Resources, Amy Busch has developed the program into a respected environmental education organization. It is developing concepts and curriculum for kindergarten-12th grade students, coursework for the college level, and community education.

Lindsay Reaves - A passionate educator and tree farm owner committed to forestry education, Lindsay Reaves is skilled in creating and presenting programs that engage and delight audiences.

Clair Thomas - Clair Thomas's contribution to the community is inspiring as he works to link students with partners in education, outreach, monitoring and on-the-ground projects as part of the Tillamook School District's innovative forestry program.

"I am in awe of the quality and range of work that is being done across the state to engage students in learning about Oregon forests," said Norie Dimeo-Ediger, K-12 program manager with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award is a collaborative project of the Oregon State University's Oregon Natural Resource Education Program, Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, outstanding forest educators are recognized for their contributions to forestry education in Oregon. Rellergert served as the Oregon Department of Forestry's Education Coordinator in the Tillamook State Forest. She died in 2004.

State Forester's Award
As part of the awards ceremony, State Forester Doug Decker also presented the annual State Forester's Award to environmental educator Susan Sahnow for her exceptional contributions to the cause of forestry education. Sahnow works in the Oregon Forestry Education Program at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, promoting environmental education curricula for teachers across the state to help incorporate information about Oregon's forests, wildlife and water into the classes they teach.

"The individuals and organizations recognized here today have contributed in a big way to the cause of forestry education in our state," Decker said of the four award winners.
Food Trucks Are in Gear at First Food Truck Friday (Photo)
Pasco Specialty Kitchen - 03/04/15
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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Marilou Shea, Director
509-545-1172, 509-430-8956
mshea@downtownpasco.com
Wednesday, March 5, 2015


FOOD TRUCKS ARE IN GEAR AT FIRST FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Local Mobile Vendors to Offer $4.95 Lunch Specials

PASCO, WA--With less than three days until the first ever Food Truck Friday, the excitement is building. Mobile vendors Backyard Grub, King of Dogs, Swampy's BBQ, Uncle Bros Fish Fry and WEice will hit the streets this Friday, March 6th, from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. in Downtown Pasco at the Pasco Farmer's Market, to serve up all kinds of handmade, homemade and down-home eats for grab n go lunch.

The variety and value at Food Truck Friday is tough to beat. Each vendor will offer a Lunch Special for $4.95. Hotdog vendor, King of Dogs will offer up a classic hotdog featuring the select Hebrew brand and a soda or bottled water. Personalize it with a wide selection of trimmings at no extra cost. WEice, the gourmet ice treat business that takes the ordinary shaved iced concept to a whole new level will feature decadent dishes such as Caramel Apple with swirls of homemade caramel and loaded with chunks of apples. An eight ounce size sells for $3.00 and a 16 ounce size for $5.00.

Pasco Specialty Kitchen (PSK), a project of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA), developed the formal program to create an off-season business opportunity for its Mobile Vendor Unit (MVU) clients and build new revenue channels to help sustain PSK, a non-profit, certified commercial kitchen. "We created a formal program that provides a 360 solution to the mobile vending niche in the Tri-Cities. A consistent and convenient business location, a low cost of entry and ongoing marketing support," said Marilou Shea, Pasco Specialty Kitchen Director. A mobile vending educational series targeting would-be and existing mobile vendors is also in the works. It will be held in the near future at Pasco Specialty Kitchen for a nominal fee and feature successful mobile vendors who will share best practices on everything from operations to social media marketing.

That integrated program approach has already garnered interest from another community organization. The Port of Pasco reached out Pasco Specialty Kitchen to develop a similar program for its riverfront development at Osprey Pointe. "Osprey Pointe is a great location but it's just starting to grow. We need food service to attract the businesses we want and mobile vendors offer an opportunity to serve the growing worker population at Osprey Pointe and Big Pasco. It would be great if we could build off of the anticipated success of Food Truck Friday to continue growing Osprey Pointe," stated Gary Ballew, Director of Economic Development and Marketing at Port of Pasco. "Pasco Specialty Kitchen's program offers a turn-key solution that meets our needs--they know food and have an existing mobile vending clientele. We see it as a win-win for the port and our tenants, PSK and small food businesses in the Tri-Cities."

The Tri-Cities community and surrounding area is well represented with the five initial Food Truck vendors coming from a combination of Pasco, Kennewick and Burbank. Three new vendors are slated to open on or before April 1 including one from Benton City.


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About Downtown Pasco
The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization based in Pasco, Washington. The DPDA was formed by a Pasco City Council ordinance in 2010 and oversees two projects: Pasco Farmer's Market and Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Its mission is to strengthen and develop Downtown Pasco as a center for culture, business and community spirit. Follow Pasco Specialty Kitchen on Facebook pascospecialtyktichen or online www.downtownpasco.com/PSK.

For the latest updates on Food Truck Friday, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pascospecialtykitchen. For more information about the Food Truck Friday program, contact Marilou Shea, 509-545-1172 (office), 509-430-8956 (mobile) mshea@downtownpasco.com.


Attached Media Files: FTF Backgrounder , Food Truck Friday Logo
State forestry advisory group seeks members
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations and projects is seeking applications to fill four vacancies.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides oversight for implementing forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry stakeholders and serves as a forum for discussing agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals.

The committee specifically covers issues related to Oregon Department of Forestry district annual operation plans, best operations for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, among other technical topics.

Four new members will serve three-year terms beginning in April 2015. To best represent a cross-section of the forestry community, there is one vacancy apiece for members from the environmental community and recreation communities, and two for non-affiliated members.

"This is an opportunity for Oregonians to proactively join the forestry conversation, and provide input on how we implement forest management plans," said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director at ODF. "We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months."

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To apply, complete a questionnaire http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/SFAC_Application_Questionnaire_2015.pdf by March 25th and submit by e-mail or mail to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry at april.r.davis@oregon.gov or call 503-359-7426. The mailing address is listed on the application.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7426 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/SFAC_Background.aspx
Tillamook Forest Center reopens today (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF
Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF
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The Tillamook Forest Center reopens its doors today after an annual winter closure.

Located an hour west from downtown Portland, near milepost 22 on Wilson River Highway 6, the center provides visitors a unique opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the Tillamook State Forest and Oregon forestry through artifacts, personal stories, photos, film, exhibits, games, computer simulations, and interpreter-led events.

The facility also showcases salmon watching viewpoints, a suspension bridge spanning the Wilson River, a fire lookout tower, and a network of interpretive trails that encourage exploration through the eyes of early Oregonians.

"If you're heading to the coast, or just driving along the Wilson River, take a moment to stop in. It's always free," said Fran McReynolds, director of the center. "I always love seeing the expressions of those visiting our facility for the first time. Oregon forests have many stories, and we're telling them daily."

Please join Tillamook Forest Center staff for opening weekend activities including the "Forest Springs to Life Hike" on Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. Follow the center's website (www.tillamookforestcenter.org) for more information on forest hikes and program offerings during the spring.

Admission to the Tillamook Forest Center is free. During spring (March-Labor Day), center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday & Tuesday. During the summer months (June through September) the center opens all week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. For more information visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org.

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Attached Media Files: Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF , The Tillamook Forest Center from the fire lookout tower in the Tillamook State Forest. Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF
MEDIA ALERT - Regional High School Art Awards Ceremony Tonight (Photo)
ESD 123 - 03/04/15
"Sing of Me: I'm Dying of Thirst" by Cristian Romero
"Sing of Me: I'm Dying of Thirst" by Cristian Romero
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PASCO, WA - The 42nd Annual Regional High School Art Show awards ceremony begins tonight, March 4, at 6 PM in the Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center. During the ceremony, talented young artists from 16 regional high schools will be recognized with Superintendent's Choice, Judge's Choice, and Honorable Mention awards. New to the 2015 award ceremony, four of the student artists will also receive scholarships totaling $5,000 from Central Washington University (CWU).

Each year, Columbia Basin College and Educational Service District (ESD) 123 partner to host the regional art show. Faculty from the CWU Department of Art will award three $1,000 scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship to students at tonight's ceremony.

Judge's Choice winners approved for sale will advance on to the state competition in Olympia next month. The award ceremony begins at 6 PM tonight and 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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Attached Media Files: "Sing of Me: I'm Dying of Thirst" by Cristian Romero , "Ballistic Therapy" by Jehan Soderquist
Oregon OSHA cites Portland bakery for willful safety violations (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/04/15
A worker??1/2s hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine at Portland Specialty Baking.
A worker??1/2s hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine at Portland Specialty Baking.
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(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Portland Specialty Baking LLC $28,125 for a grouped willful violation after a worker's hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine. Although treated as a single violation for penalty purposes, a grouped violation indicates that the employer conduct being cited violates more than one code. The citation was the result of an inspection on Oct. 7, 2014, at the Portland commercial bakery.

The worker was operating a machine that cuts dough into smaller pieces when the accident occurred. When dough became jammed in the machine, the worker placed a piece of dough over the sensor, lifted the machine guard, and reached into the running machine.

The Oregon OSHA investigation found the bakery had a history of similar injuries. On July 3, 2014, a worker received a serious laceration to his middle finger (and lost a fingernail) when he reached into the bagel dough divider to remove dough trimmings. On July 16, 2014, another employee suffered lacerations and a fractured hand after reaching into the same machine to remove trimmings. In 2008, an employee also suffered a crushed hand when reaching into the dough chunker machine.

"Despite the pattern of injuries, this employer continued to ignore the rules that could prevent them, with what certainly was a careless disregard for worker safety," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "It might even be described as reckless."

Oregon OSHA cited the bakery for not providing adequate training to workers, many of whom were not native English speakers. Employee interviews revealed workers did not understand how to safely operate the machinery and were bypassing machine guarding. A willful violation exists when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

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 , A worker??1/2s hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine at Portland Specialty Baking. , The dough chunker machine with guarding.
Superintendent Jordan reorganizes district leadership team (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/04/15
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WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS- After serving five years as Walla Walla Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, Laure Quaresma is transferring to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in a reorganization move directed by Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. Quaresma will direct the district's Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project, new teacher induction programs and principal support functions. Quaresma will also be responsible for researching, developing and implementing innovative programs to support academic achievement. No decisions have been made regarding a replacement for Quaresma in the Personnel Department.

In another district office leadership move, Dr. Jordan announced Dr. Tracy Williams will assume the permanent position of Director of Curriculum. Williams will replace Dr. Linda Boggs who resigned her position in February. Williams has been serving as Interim Director of Special Education following the resignation of Special Education Director Dr. Karen Lehman earlier this school year. Williams, who will report to Quaresma, will also direct the district's Bilingual, Title One and Learning Assisted Programs (LAP) and other grant programs. Williams has been in education for 32 years, including 20 years in various teaching and leadership positions. She spent six years as Director of Special Programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Spokane Public School District, two years as Director of Curriculum for ESD 123 and four years as Assistant Professor and Department Chair for Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University.

The district will begin a search for a new director to lead the Special Education Department. The Special Education Director will also report to Quaresma.

Jordan has appointed Business Office Administrative Assistant Susie Golden to assume the Superintendent's Administrative Assistant position which is open June 1 following the retirement of longtime assistant Elizabeth "Betsy" Adkins. Golden has served as Adkins' backup for several years. No decisions have been made regarding a replacement for Golden in the Business Office.

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03/03/15
Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/03/15
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The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special meeting at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem at 1 pm on March 12. The meeting is being called to review and discuss draft language for cautionary buoy placement procedures, waterway markers and slow-no wake rules. These items were originally going to be discussed during the January 7, 2015, Board work session but were postponed.

In addition, the Board will initiate a discussion on its need to engage and solicit information from agency partners on dredging projects and funding options.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, March 9.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/03/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.3 Percent--Lowest Since July 2008

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, down from 6.7 percent in December. January's rate was the lowest since July 2008. This continues the trend of decline we've seen since May 2009, when Oregon's rate peaked at 11.9 percent. The number of unemployed also declined to 124,000, from 138,000 a year ago.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 7,600--the fourth time in five months we've added more than 6,000 jobs. In addition to Oregon's continued economic growth, January weather was unusually mild, which allowed many outdoor industries, particularly construction, to keep more workers on the job than they might usually at this time of year.

Employment set another record level in January and rose 55,600 above a year ago, a 3.3 percent increase. Oregon's private sector grew by 49,100 jobs or 3.5 percent. Meanwhile, government expanded by 6,500 jobs or 2.2 percent.

The fastest growing of the major private-sector industries each grew by at least 4 percent over the year: retail trade (+8,000 jobs or 4.1%); manufacturing (+7,000 jobs or 4.0%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2,600 jobs or 4.6%); and professional and business services (+13,100 jobs or 6.1%). Several component industries within professional and business services expanded at very rapid rates of near 6 percent or more, including computer systems design, management of companies, administrative services, and employment services.

Putting Oregon's employment growth into perspective, the rate of growth has steadily accelerated over the past few years: jobs grew 1.4 percent in 2012, 2.4 percent in 2013, and 3.3 percent in the past 12 months. This most recent over the-year growth of 3.3 percent is the fastest pace since June 2006. Other than brief periods during 2004 through 2006, the last time Oregon jobs grew faster was the four-year period ending in July 1997 when Oregon averaged 4.0 percent growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the January county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 10th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for February on Tuesday, March 17th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources. This press release incorporates, for the first time, the annual revisions to the data for 2014 and prior years.

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Sublimity Middle School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 03/03/15
Kaitlin Sandall, a seventh-grader at Sublimity Middle School (North Santiam School District), 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. Kaitlin is the second of three students statewide whose stories will be featured in videos on the campaign website, promiseoregon.org

In the video, Kaitlin describes how for the past year she has faced a new diagnosis that she is diabetic. Kaitlin hopes to use her education to move into a career allowing her to help other diabetics or search for a cure for the disease. She also shares how she expresses herself through writing and dance.

"Education means a lot to me because it just helps me think, 'I can do this. I'm not going to fail. I've got this,'" she said.

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
03/02/15
City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
New hydroelectric turbine cuts power costs; made possible by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and Energy Trust of Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. -- March 2, 2015 -- Today the City of Astoria unveiled a new hydroelectric turbine in its municipal water system. Located at the city's Bear Creek Reservoir water storage facility, the hydropower system will save the city an estimated $9,000 in annual energy costs. With expected annual generation of approximately 150,000 kilowatt hours, the equivalent to powering 16 homes, the turbine will offset the power usage of the city's water treatment plant, with excess generation sold to Pacific Power. The turbine began operating in March.

"I am thrilled that so many agencies and groups were able to come together to help get the city's first alternative energy project off the ground," said Arline LaMear, mayor, City of Astoria. "This project not only helps power the city with renewable energy, its construction supported the local economy by providing at least 25 jobs for 12 weeks. Hopefully there will be other projects in Astoria and in other communities."

The 30-kilowatt hydroelectric turbine project was made possible by a $169,000 funding award from customers of Pacific Power's Blue SkySM renewable energy program, $143,000 cash incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon, $88,000 from the Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority and $50,000 from the City of Astoria. The project's total cost is estimated to be $450,000.

"Astoria residents may never see this turbine at work, but it will be generating power and saving them money every day," said Sheila Holden, regional community manager, Pacific Power. "Our Blue Sky customers helped fund the feasibility study in 2007 and made the investment along with Energy Trust, the city and other partners. This is the kind of innovative project Blue Sky customers love to help make possible." The project is one of over 75 renewable energy projects made possible with funding support from Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers in the Northwest.

"This is a great example of the opportunity municipalities have to generate electricity within their drinking water systems," said Peter West, director of energy programs, Energy Trust. The nonprofit has supported this project for over seven years. In addition to the cash incentive, Energy Trust provided $15,000 in project development assistance. Energy Trust is dedicated to supporting pressure reduction hydropower projects that conserve energy and provide revenue streams for small municipalities.

Legislation sponsored by Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson in 2013, SB 837, made it possible for small hydropower projects like Astoria's to comply with fish and wildlife permitting processes by paying into a fund supporting fish passage restoration efforts in Oregon.

"I am very pleased that Astoria's commitment brought this project to fruition," said Sen. Betsy Johnson. "I'm proud that collaboration with the legislature and Governor's office changed the law to accommodate in-conduit hydroelectric turbines throughout the state. I'm sure it will reap great benefits."

"The Bear Creek Dam project is a real reason to celebrate, because it demonstrates what can be accomplished with public/private partnerships," said Oregon State Rep. Deborah Boone. "As a longtime member of the Oregon House Energy Committee, I have a keen appreciation for the value of distributed generation, and this project is harnessing an untapped energy source that will provide dividends for years to come."

BLUE SKY: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified. About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

PACIFIC POWER: Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

ENERGY TRUST: Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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MEDIA NOTE: Photos and potential video clips showing the hydropower system and March 2 dedication event are available for media use. Access the files here https://www.flickr.com/photos/53788443@N08/sets/72157650636998149/ or contact Sue Fletcher at 503-546-3618 or sue.fletcher@energytrust.org.
Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Visual Distress Signals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
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The Oregon State Marine Board has opened rulemaking to require boats operating in coastal waters to carry U.S. Coast Guard -approved visual distress signals, including those waters directly connected to the ocean, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide (mouth of the Columbia River).

Adoption of this rule, OAR 250-010-0164, would establish the state requirement for visual distress signals in coast waters consistent with Federal equipment requirements, and is required through the U. S. Coast Guard grant agreement with Oregon.

Written comments may be submitted by March 31, 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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MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 03/02/15
MS KILLS CONNECTION > < CONNECTION KILLS MS
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015

Every Connection Counts towards the National MS Society's vision for a World Free of MS at MSconnection.org

Portland, OR -- This year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual awareness campaign kicks off March 2-8 and will provide opportunities for people across the country to unite, raise awareness, and find new ways to help people with MS live their best lives. MS Awareness Week is a special week to recognize progress made and to inspire others to join the Society's vision of a world free of MS.

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. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Since its inception, the Society has invested $870 million in MS research and has recruited more than 800 new researchers to the field. Each year, through its comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society also helps more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

This MS Awareness Week and beyond, find the power of connection and visit www.MSconnection.org. Just some of the opportunities you will find are:

* Share Why You Connect. Share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org. You can learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS or Bike MS or another event near you. Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate, or support-every connection you create moves us closer to a world free of MS and shows your commitment to the MS movement.

* MS Connection. Join the Society's online community for making meaningful connections-when, where and how you want. Visitors and members will learn about topics that are important to them, connect with others in the MS movement, find expert MS information and opinions at their fingertips, and join or start groups and discussions of their own. Visit www.MSconnection.org.

* Other Opportunities to Connect. You can build connections, view and share images, videos, and stories about your connections on the Society's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/nationalMSsociety. You can also spread the word using the hash tag #MSconnection.

* Live Webcast: Finding Answers for Progressive MS. On Wednesday, March 4, you can join a panel of experts for a live webcast on "Finding Answers for Progressive MS." Topics will include updates on research, treatments, symptom management and rehabilitation. The webcast will culminate a research summit organized by the International Progressive MS Alliance which has invited some 100 scientists from around the world to move forward a global initiative to end progressive MS. The Alliance is cumulatively investing nearly $30 million over the next six years, initiating last year 22 research projects across 9 countries with additional projects to be announced later in 2015. To register for the webcast visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/About-the-Society/News/Live-Webcast-Finding-Answers-for-Progressive-MS

Supporting this MS Awareness building effort is a year-round MS Awareness Public Service education campaign:

* Public Awareness Campaign--A multi-channel Public Service Awareness Campaign: MS Kills Connection > < Connection Kills MS features real people living with the effects of MS. Included in the campaign are Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen as well as Noah "40" Shebib, the charismatic music producer and song writer who is a major contributing force to the rapper Drake's meteoric rise to fame. The unique and powerful campaign was developed pro-bono in partnership with the renowned advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. It was shot by the award-winning portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. The Connections Public Service Announcements will be spotlighted on mega-electronic billboards in New York City's Times Square that have been donated by Clear Channel and Times Square 2 for millions of people to see during the month of March.

"People impacted by MS are connecting across the nation starting this week to combine their efforts, knowledge and hope in order to move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis," said Lisa Roth, Oregon Chapter President.

Media support for building awareness and understanding about MS throughout the month of March is generating coverage by the Meredith Vieira Show, Working Mother magazine, Parents magazine, EveryDay Health, Healthline, Healthguru, and Lifescript among other platforms.

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 being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

About the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter's support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.

* We offer many programs -- including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.

* Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 8,000 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
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Unique Oregon Program Helping Seniors with Financial Security
OR Department of Human Services - 03/02/15
Financial security is more than just having money to live on, it's also being able to pay bills, do taxes and other financial tasks on time, and for many Oregon seniors, that's a problem. A unique program that helps with those tasks is expanding in Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services and is offered statewide through regional sponsors. The Regional Sponsor for Umatilla and Morrow Counties is the Community Action Program of Central Oregon (CAPECO). Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, the OMMP is offered free of charge to low-income seniors. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each senior.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to help low-income older adults manage their personal finances in your own community. In just 2-4 hours each month, you can help protect vulnerable adults for financial abuse, eviction, utility cut off, and loss of independence. If you are open-minded, compassionate, patient, organized and good at managing your own personal finances we would love to hear from you and to share more about this project and how you can get involved.

To learn more about volunteering or getting assistance for someone in need contact Easter Seals Oregon at 800-556-6020 or email: mmp@or.easterseals.com.
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oregon State Hospital's newly completed campus in Junction City

When: Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.

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

Details: Oregon State Hospital is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the soon-to-open campus in Junction City on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. The hospital has invited state legislators, local elected officials and other community leaders. Speakers include Representative Val Hoyle, Oregon Health Authority Acting Director Lynne Saxton and hospital superintendent Greg Roberts. Those attending the ceremony will have the opportunity to tour the new facility.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, FOOD for Lane County volunteers will be planting 200 Liberty apple trees along the hospital's main driveway entrance Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This partnership between the state hospital and the nonprofit will provide landscaping for the new campus as well as a healthy and sustainable food source for Lane County's efforts to eliminate hunger and create access to food.

The first patients are scheduled to move into three living units March 11. When fully operational, the campus will be able to serve up to 174 people with six 25-bed living units and three eight-bed cottages.

The Junction City campus will primarily serve people from the southern Oregon counties - Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, and Lane. It will treat people who have been civilly committed or who have successfully pled guilty except for insanity. When people are well enough, they will return to life in the community.

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Marine Board to Hold Non-Motorized External Advisory Committee Meeting in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
The Oregon State Marine Board's external non-motorized boating advisory committee will be meeting on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The advisory committee is comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders, from organized clubs to private citizens from around the state. The non-motorized boating external advisory committee will be discussing recommendations to the Marine Board on how to best engage and incorporate non-motorized boaters into the future mission of the agency and meet the ever-evolving needs of all boating user groups.

The public is invited to attend, however, comments will not be accepted at this meeting. The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability should contact Ashley Massey at
503-378-2623 by Friday, March 6, 2015.

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Unique Collaboration Helps Oregon Lottery Bring Responsible Gambling Messages to Latino Players
Oregon Lottery - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015 - Salem, OR - A collaborative effort among the Oregon Health Authority, the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, and the Oregon Lottery is helping reach Latino lottery-game players.

Over the past year, the Lottery worked closely with the Oregon Health Authority and the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to develop responsible and problem gambling messages specifically for the growing Latino population in Oregon. One goal was to promote the statewide problem gambling helpline that is staffed with Spanish speakers and make the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website accessible the Latino community.

Currently the Oregon's problem gambling help line phone number is 1-877-MYLIMIT, an easy-to-remember number relevant to the caller...if the caller is an English speaker. Realizing this, the Lottery teamed up with the Latino Advisory Committee to recreate the helpline number as 1-844- TU VALES (1-844-888-2537) to make it both relevant and easy to remember. This translates to 1-844-You're worth it.

In addition, the Lottery, the Latino Advisory Committee and problem gambling treatment provider community just completed a Spanish version of the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website - OPRG.com.

The Oregon Lottery recently adopted a Responsible Gambling Code of Practice to provide a structure for the Lottery and Lottery retailers to help encourage responsible gambling. "An essential part of the Lottery's statutorily-defined mission is the Lottery's commitment to encouraging responsible gambling and helping identify and provide treatment for problem gambling," said Oregon Lottery Commission Chair Elisa Dozono.

"The Oregon Lottery has started to include Latino radio and multicultural print publications as part of its advertising media mix," said Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "By adding Spanish language materials to our media mix, we are better able to communicate our product launches, our campaigns that talk about where Lottery dollars go, and most importantly the responsible and problem gambling outreach programs that are available to the Latino community."

"Currently, Latinos make up about 6.6 percent of people who receive problem gambling treatment in Oregon," said Nicole Corbin, Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health. "The good news is that problem gambling in the Latino community is disproportionately low compared to the total Latino population in Oregon. That said, we hope that these new marketing materials will help us reach more Latinos to educate them about the risks associated with gambling and the services available for problem gamblers and their families."

It was important to not simply translate the English messages word for word into Spanish, but to recreate them in order to be certain that the message is culturally appropriate for a Latino audience.

"Much meaning is indeed lost in the translation," said Janese Olalde, of the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. "The process of working with the Lottery and the Latino Advisory Committee was successful because the Lottery understood the importance of creating relationships and rapport with people in the Latino community."

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since the statute dedicating those funds for that purpose was enacted in 1992, over $70 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.

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Renewing community with green projects
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 2, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
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Renewing community with green projects
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For more than a decade, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy. This includes helping put nearly 80 new community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California-- projects that add more than 6.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Blaine Andreasen vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, low impact hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- promote innovation and increase the visibility of renewable energy generation technologies through education and community outreach."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $7 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. PST
May 29, 2015.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.

Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.



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