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Mon. 02/27/17
DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/27/17 3:16 PM
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2017

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on March 6, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

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

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of November 2, 2016
Approve Minutes of November 2, 2016 Meeting

3. Basic Curriculum Update
Presented by Tami Atkinson

4. OAR 259-008-0064-Proposed Rule Change; The Telecommunications/EMD Maintenance Training Workgroup Recommendations for Maintenance Training Requirements
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. OAR 259-008-0020 -- Proposed Rule Change; Review Public Comment
Amends language to require the signature of a department head or a currently certified public safety professional authorized by the department head on the F4 Personnel Action Report Form.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. OAR 259-008-0060-Proposed Rule Change; Review of Public Comment
Amends language regarding supervisory certification; removes old language regarding the now expired "All Disciplines" chart (referred to as the old chart) for Intermediate/Advanced certifications; and include minor housekeeping.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

7. Alecia Zefakay DPSST #18241-Bureau of Emergency Communications; Basic Telecommunicator Certifications and Basic EMD Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

8. Department Update

Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting May 3, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
44 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/27/17 2:37 PM
Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah.
Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah.
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Salem, Oregon -- In the first two of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $111,146 to 44 artists for career development projects. The awards include $52,496 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $40,300 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $18,350 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $535 to $9,000.

Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers. The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work. The Ford Family Foundation grants are awarded to artists in the fields of contemporary fine art and craft; The Oregon Community Foundation grants are awarded only to established Oregon artists in the literary and performing arts fields. Most of the grants from both foundations support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.

"This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists," said Julie Vigeland, the arts commissioner who chaired the review panel. "We also are so proud to support artists in representing Oregon outside of the region and internationally."

"We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers," said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages."

"These artists make our communities so much richer. It's an honor to be able to support them in their work as they continue their creative journeys," said Max Williams, president and CEO of The Oregon Community Foundation.

This fiscal year a total of $200,000 is available for three rounds of funding.

FY17 Round One Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Christine Carpenter (Ashland), Fiber, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,300
To support a residency in the studios of Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor in Glasgow, Scotland, to increase Carpenter's knowledge and capacity to prepare silk screens and the use of MX fiber reactive dyes, as well as skills related to supporting her practice.

Nicholas Chase (Eugene), Music, Arts Commission $1,500
To support travel expenses for the West Coast World Premiere Tour of Chase's work "Bhajan." Chase and violinist Robin Lorentz will premiere "Bhajan" on Feb. 21 at Monk Space in Los Angeles with an encore at San Francisco's Center for New Music on Feb. 23.

Taiga Christie (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,300
To support Christie's two-month internship to develop creative outreach and education strategies for marginalized communities at Rwenzori Rural Health Services in Kasese, Uganda.

Ethan Gans-Morse (Phoenix), Opera/Musical Theatre, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Gans-Morse's travel expenses for the composition and production of an original, full-length opera with a focus on self-development by Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene.

Damien Geter (Portland), Opera/Musical Theatre, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $700
To support Geter's travel expenses to play the role of Colline in Tacoma Opera's production of "La Boheme."

Alex Hirsch (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support the cost of fabricated glass materials, presentation hardware, framing works on paper and photography for Hirsch's first solo exhibition at the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland.

Tahni Holt (Portland), Dance, Arts Commission $1,425
To support Holt's one-week dance residency at The Lucky Penny's Work Room program in Atlanta, Georgia, where she will increase her artistic exchange with Atlanta's diverse art community and further deepen her research/practice.

Laura Hughes (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Hughes' development of "Almost Perfect," a site-specific mixed-media installation that investigates how individual perceptions of light, form and space interact, for a solo exhibition at Linfield Gallery in February.

Linda K. Johnson (Portland), Dance: Modern, Arts Commission, $700
To support Johnson's collaborative presentation at the 2016 Congress on Research in
Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars' annual convening at Pomona College (California) titled 'Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission."

Ann Kresge (Salem), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Kresge's one-month visual art residency at Vermont Studio Center to complete the prototype of a handmade, limited edition, sculptural artist book, "Sacred Sites."

Isaac Lamb (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Lamb's co-presentation of the world premiere of renowned playwright Tommy Smith's "db" at Coho Productions at the Fertile Ground Festival. The production will include a developmental workshop and rehearsal with the playwright.

Jessica Mehta (Hillsboro), Literature, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Mehta's travel to New York City to read her poetry and lead her first workshop at Berl's Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. She also will meet with the publisher of her upcoming, third collection of poetry, "The Operating System."

Tabitha Nikolai (Portland), Visual Arts: Experimental, Arts Commission $625
To support Nikolai's participation in a group exhibition at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, exploring how queer and transgender bodies move through worlds, real and imagined, and how fashion can augment this movement.

Jack Ryan (Eugene), Visual Arts: Sculpture, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $7,500
To support Ryan's solo exhibition of new sculptural works at the Marylhurst University Art Gym in April.

Lisa Ward (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $2,500
To support Ward's first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah. The project aims to pull visitors away from highway rest-stops and into the heart of Green River's commercial core as an economic development strategy for the community.

Gary Wiseman (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,000, The Ford Family Foundation $1,900
To support Wiseman's five-month residency in the Digital Design Department at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he will create a new media experience that will blend experimental animation and sound with sight specific installation and virtual reality for an exhibition at Pah Homestead in Auckland in May.

Ryan Woodring (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $715
To support Woodring's travel to speak at the International Sculpture Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of a panel discussion with artists who create work based on recent political events.

FY17 Round Two Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Anthony Arnista (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Arnista's travel to serve as a theatrical technician for the 2017 Adeliade Fringe Festival at The Tuxedo Cat in Australia Feb. 17-March 19.

Amy Bernstein (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Bernstein's two-month residency as part of the Silence Awareness Existence Program from February to March at Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hameenkyro, Finland.

Julia Calabrese (Portland), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,400
To support the creation of an online archive for Calabrese's video, movement, performance and installation pieces.

Kelly Campbell (Portland), Theater: Puppet, Arts Commission $1,000
To support Campbell's travel for a two-week National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, June 7-18.

Laura Dunn (Portland), Literature: Poetry, Arts Commission $1,210
To support Dunn's expenses for the week-long Port Townsend Writer's Workshop with mentorship by poet Mark Doty at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington.

Wynde Dyer (Portland), Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation $2,000
To support Dyer's completion of the #CampHereTonight tarp quilt tents for direct action, fundraising and site-specific installations focused on the housing justice issues in Portland in the first three months of 2017.

Ken Eklund (Corvallis), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,015
To support Eklund's one-month arts and science residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, to collaboratively work on a game to make climate change and The Anthropocene visible and touchable.

Joe Futschik (Portland), Design Arts: Graphic, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Futschik's exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 21-24 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Brian Haimbach (Eugene), Theater, The Oregon Community Foundation $4,000
To support the presentation of Haimbach's one-man show "How to be a Sissy with Percy Q. Shun" Aug. 4-28 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Sam Hamilton (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,487
To support travel for a West Coast screening tour of Hamilton's feature film "Apple Pie."

Stephen Hayes (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting, Arts Commission $1,500
To support the production of 50 paintings, prints and drawings for Hayes' exhibition at the Artists Congress Converge 45 in Portland from August through September.

Elisabeth Horan (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,120
To support Horan's site-specific, interactive, collage installation "Un/conscious Un/coupling" at the Spring/Break 2017 Art Show at the Armory in New York City Feb. 28 - March 6.

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (Portland), Music, Arts Commission $1,425
To support Hunter-Ishikawa's travel for a one-week intensive at the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center in Brooklyn, New York, to study advanced playing of the shinobue (a horizontal Japanese bamboo flute) with Kaoru Watanabe, North America's foremost practitioner.

Ellen Lesperance (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,600
To support Lesperance's interdisciplinary exhibition of visual art and written narratives based on her research in Manchester, England, from August through October at the Portland Art Museum's Crumpacker Family Library, in conjunction with Converge 45.

Charlene Liu (Eugene), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Liu's multimedia installation, composed of projected animation, prints, sculptures and augmented reality, during a three-week artist residency at Carrizozo Colony AIR Program in New Mexico.

Kayla Mattes (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $535
To support Mattes' opening exhibition of "Interpersonal Circumplex" with collaborative partner Justin Seibert at Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lamiae Naki (Portland), Music: Ethnic, Arts Commission $1,481, The Oregon Community Foundation $2,150
To support Naki's travel to the Babel Med world music booking conference March 16-18 in Marseille, France, to promote her group's new CD "De Fez a Jerez."

Blair Saxon-Hill (Portland), Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation $4,000
To support Saxon-Hill's three-week visual art residency at the Sagehen Creek Field Station in California as well as research at the Center for Art + Environment in Reno, Nevada. She will create and exhibit a new body of work that responds to the environment of the Tahoe Basin at Sierra Nevada College's Tahoe Gallery.

Justin Seibert (Portland), Media Arts: Technology/Experimental, Arts Commission $823
To support Seibert's participation in an interactive exhibition with collaborative partner Kayla Mattes at Front/Space Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rick Silva (Eugene), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Silva's travel to the Resonate 2017 Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, April 19-22 for a three-week exhibition of new work at Raiffeisen Art Museum.

Kaj-anne Pepper (Portland), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $4,300
To support a residency tour for Pepper's "D.I.V.A. PRACTICE" at The Lucky Penny (Atlanta, Georgia), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Reed College (Portland).

Katherine Spinella (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Spinella's four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center where she will create work for a two-person exhibition at Umpqua Valley Community College in the spring of 2019.

Terry Thompson (Portland), Photography, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Thompson's catalogue and retrospective exhibition of 45 years of photography at Augen Gallery and Lightbox Photographic Gallery in 2017.

Sharita Towne (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $7,200
To support Towne's exhibition and public programming of "United Re:Public of the African Diaspora Television" in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio.

Lou Watson (Portland), Visual Arts: Experimental, Arts Commission $1,200
To support Watson as an Artist-in-Residence at the O2F Fest, celebrating International Women's Day 2017 on March 8 at the Arcata Playhouse in Humboldt, California.

Ezra Weiss (Portland), Music: Jazz, Arts Commission $1,035
To support travel expenses for the presentation of Weiss' new composition "We Limit Not the Truth of God/Fanfare for a Newborn" at the 2017 International Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, Florida, May 18-20.

Vicki Wilson (Portland), Crafts: Clay, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Wilson's three-month ceramics residency at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia, where she will explore working with its highly unusual vein of clay and learn new firing techniques.
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Attached Media Files: Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah. , Laura Hughes investigates how individual perceptions of light, form and shape interact with one another in her mixed-media installation, “Almost Perfect,” up now at Linfield Gallery
Public hearing scheduled for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 02/27/17 1:09 PM
February 27, 2017

What: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division will hold a hearing to take public comments on its proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Agenda: Review of Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant proposal for October 2017 through September 2018. Public comment will be taken. The draft proposal will be posted on the division's website at http://bit.ly/2lYUEYx on Thursday, March 2.

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2-2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-C, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Program contact: Danna Drum, 503-957-8869, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant site: http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/

Oregon Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant: http://bit.ly/2lYUEYx
Fri. 02/24/17
Housing Stability Council - Monthly Meeting: March 3, 2017
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/24/17 4:19 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE Salem OR, conference room 124 A/B
AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes
November 4, 2016
January 6, 2017
February 3, 2017
9:30 Single Family Residential Loan Consent Calendar
9:35 Multifamily Bond Approvals
9:50 Manufactured Housing -- Challenges and Opportunities
10:50 Oregon's Affordable Housing: Analysis of Performance and Trends
11:50 BREAK
12:00 U.S. Department of Energy State Plan Overview
12:30 Report of the Director
12:45 Report of the Chair
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting & Regular Board Meeting: February 28, 2017
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/24/17 2:44 PM
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting & Regular Board Meeting: February 28, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2017/2017-02-28+BOARD+MEETING
Marine Board Meeting February 27 for Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 02/24/17 1:45 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet on Monday, February 27, at 9 am via tele-video conference to discuss Round 3 boating facility grant requests. The meeting will be facilitated at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

Grant requests will be considered for the following applicants:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested

City of Coos Bay Empire and Eastside parking repairs $29,600.00
City of Roseburg Templin Beach parking overlay $41,536.41
Coos County Rooke Higgins vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Coos County Rocky Point vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Jackson County Willow Lake, Klum Landing, Takelma, Dodge Bridge parking repairs $38,250.00
Klamath County Wocus Bay, Henzel and Petric parking repairs $10,000.00
Metro Chinook Landing parking repairs $30,957.21
Port of Arlington Port parking repairs $49,230.00
Port of Astoria East Basin parking repairs $15,000.00
Port of Bandon Port parking repairs $14,035.00
Port of Coos Bay Charleston parking repairs $34,075.00
Port of Garibaldi Port parking improvements $70,000.00
Port of Port Orford Port parking repairs $22,722.00
Port of The Dalles Port parking repairs and restroom door replacement $18,447.00
South Wasco Park & Rec. District South Ramp parking repairs $7,500.00
Total Requested $419,352.62

Additionally, two facility grant requests will be addressed separately for conditional approval:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested Staff Recommendation

City of Reedsport Rainbow Plaza boating facility replacement $1,089,950.00 $589,950.00
ODFW Williamson River cultural survey $23,000.00 $23,000.00
Total Requested $1,112,950.00 $612,950.00

The meetings are accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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The Downtown Pasco Development Authority Names New Pasco Farmer's Market Manager-- Davis Brings 14 Years of Food Industry Experience (Photo)
Downtown Pasco Development Authority - 02/24/17 1:32 PM
Damien Davis photo
Damien Davis photo
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PASCO, WA--The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) is delighted to announce and welcome Damien Davis as the new Pasco Farmer's Market Manager. In his role, Davis is charged with revitalizing the Tri-Cities' original farmer's market, enhancing access to fresh foods, expanding vendor diversity and collaborating with Downtown Pasco restaurants and organizations including the Pasco Specialty Kitchen.

"He's passionate about sourcing great food," noted Luke Hallowell, executive director of the DPDA. "As the market manager, he brings a unique perspective in helping our customers understand where their food is sourced and how fresh foods can easily be integrated into their diet and lifestyle." Davis shares the DPDA's vision of making Downtown Pasco an economically vibrant, culturally diverse destination for family-friendly experiences.

A self-proclaimed foodie, Davis brings over 14 years of experience working in the food industry. From running a university dining facility, managing several restaurants in the Portland area, and working with nationally recognized companies Nike and Intel in their food service programs.

The Pasco Farmer's Market will hold its 2017 pre-season meeting on Saturday, March 18th, 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Port of Pasco's office, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd, Pasco WA. New and existing vendors are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Pasco Farmer's Market, contact Damien Davis, (971) 563-9463, ddavis@downtownpasco.com.


Downtown Pasco Development Authority
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 Downtown Pasco on Facebook www.facebook.com/DowntownPasco
or online www.downtownpasco.com.


Attached Media Files: Damien Davis photo , DPDA logo
Kiona-Benton City School Board Workshop 2/27/2017
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 02/24/17 10:56 AM
The Kiona - Benton City School Board will meet for a workshop on 2/27/2017 from 6-7 P.M. in the Board room.
Thu. 02/23/17
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention A Success (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:48 PM
Steve Gilliland
Steve Gilliland
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Off to a Rousing Start
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
There was learning and laughter aplenty Monday at the opening session of the 2017 Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention in downtown Salem.
Dairy farmers from across the state descended on the Salem Convention Center to renew acquaintances, browse industry displays and exhibits, and attend two waves of afternoon workshops on topics of high interest.
More than 350 delegates were registered for the convention, and spirits were high after keynote speaker Steve Gilliland addressed attendees to the luncheon. Gilliland, a comedian and author, regaled the audience with stories about his Bible-thumping mother, academically challenged (but athletically gift) son, and the hand signal he uses to order a cold one while mowing the lawn.
Marion County Commission Kevin Cameron welcomed the visitors to the state capitol and the county. "You are the hardest-working people I know of," he said, noting that there is no relief from the daily rituals of sustaining a dairy farm. "Cows don't take a vacation, and they certainly don't celebrate President's Day.
Out-of-state visitors were treated to a rare February "Oregon sun break" Monday afternoon, as the rain clouds parted for a brief period. Daylight steamed through the glassed-in upper floor of the convention, where representatives from 40 entities were showing their wares and telling their stories.
Among the highlights of the breakout sessions was a panel of working farm wives who talked about the role women play in the dairy industry. The panelists touched on the challenges of dealing with intergenerational struggles, in-laws and having a spouse as a business partner.
The first day concluded with a wine and cheese reception, dinner, an ice cream social and a performance by the Foggy Bottom Boys.
The schedule for Day Two of the convention included a 9 a.m. general session of transparency within the agriculture and food system.
As it was on Monday, there was a milk break scheduled to allow attendees to sample an array of frozen and chilled treats donated by processors around the State featuring the milk produced by the 228 dairy farms here in Oregon.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
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Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland , Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Focuses on the Contribution of Dairy Wives (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:46 PM
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Focus on Issues Including Dairy Wives who bring so much to their Dairy Farm Operations
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21.
A panel of well-informed women spoke candidly about the joys and struggles of dairy farming during a convention workshop Monday afternoon.
Attendees heard four farm wives share their experiences of working in the dairy industry.
It can be trying when frictions in the barns hit home, they said.
"It's super hard to see my son get yelled at by his dad," said Susan Pierson, a fourth-generation farmer. As both mother and wife, she is often a sounding board when things get overheated. "I have to do a lot of listening and not a lot of talking. But later I might say something to my husband like, 'You know, you were a little hard on him..."
"I feel like I'm in the middle a lot," said Julie Lourenzo, who shares the workload with her husband and other family members. When conflict arises, "I talk to both sides and try to work it out."
"I brought a husband into the job," said panel moderator Bobbi Frost, who is familiar with that uncomfortable space between the spouse you love and the parents who raised you.
The audience responded to a frank discussion about whether the panelists encouraged their children to pursue farming.
Sarah Rocha, mother of four boys, said she chose to allow her children to find their path. "The more you push, the more they push back," she said.
Rocha runs the calf operation on a farm with 600-650 cows and 150 goats.
"I pushed my sons away from the dairy," said Pierson, an organic farmer for 12 years. But as it was with other panelists, some children decide to join the family business after a time. Of one son she said, "All of a sudden he came to us and said he wanted to come back."
In response to a question about when how to draw the line between work and family time, Lourenzo said she knows she has reached her limit when she begins to voice complaints. "If you are going to complain, it's a sign you are doing too much," she said.
A highlight of the breakout session was when moderator Frost, who brought along her 11-month-old daughter, Max, to the convention, said she "felt like Superman" on a day when she completed her work while toting an infant around the farm.
Then she provided the quote of the afternoon with an observation about childbirth.
"One day my husband said to me that getting hit in the nuts is worse than having a baby. "
How so, she wondered?
"You want another baby, right?" he said. "But you don't hear me saying I want someone to hit me in the nuts again."
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Offers Relevant Educational Sessions and Honors Senator Betsy Johnson (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:39 PM
Cody Nicholson Stratton
Cody Nicholson Stratton
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention CONFRONTS ONLINE TROLLS, CONSUMER SKEPTICISM and HONORS SENATOR BETSY JOHNSON
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the second day:
Day Two of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association annual convention confronted some of the contemporary challenges of 21st Century business life.
Keynote speaker J. J. Jones of The Center for Food Integrity urged attendees at Tuesday's opening session to gain the trust of dairy consumers with see-through practices and policies. "Transparency is no longer optional," he said. "It's a basic consumer expectation."
Jones, a skilled communicator who spoke fluidly and without notes, provided plentiful takeaway suggestions on how Oregon's dairy farmers can provide more answers and access to their businesses. He encouraged a culture that would "embrace consumer skepticism" by responding to questions openly, clearly and accurately. Doing so can enhance the credibility of a dairy business, he said.
At a filled-to-capacity breakout session, social media savant and "agvocator" Cody Nicholson Stratton provided lists of practical do's and don'ts for dairy farmers who wish to reach their online followers and customers via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. "The best story is always the true one," he said. "Be clear about what you want to achieve, be genuine and set goals."
Stratton urged audience members not to "fly off the handle" and "act like spider monkeys" when online trolls try to provoke with incendiary posts. Instead, he said, "hug your hater" and shrug off the unwelcome messages with a benign response or no response at all.
State Sen. Betsy Johnson, a Democrat from Scappoose, received the ODFA's Distinguished Service Award during lunch-hour ceremonies. In accepting the award, she vowed to "fight the bad stuff and support the good stuff" during the 2017 legislative session and beyond.
The ODFA also honored activist farmer Bobbi Frost for her service to the organization in helping to defeat Measure 97 in the November, 2016 election. The measure would have imposed a corporate minimum tax on businesses whose sales exceed $25 million.
The noontime crowd had time to bid on a colorful array of cow-themed silent auction items.
Following the ODFA annual meeting and second round of breakout sessions, convention participants enjoyed a beer and cheese reception and the annual Oregon Dairy Women Dinner and Scholarship Auction.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.


Attached Media Files: Cody Nicholson Stratton
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Features Seriously Funny Speaker (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:35 PM
Steve Gilliland
Steve Gilliland
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Features SERIOUSLY FUNNY SPEAKER'S ADVICE:
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR PASSION AND PURPOSE
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
Years after a painful divorce, Steve Gilliland began seeing a flight attendant.
For their second date, which included tickets directly behind the glass at a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, she opened the door wearing jeans and a sweatshirt.
Gilliland said she looked great, but it was what was written on the sweatshirt that got his attention: "Marry me. Fly free."
Gilliland has gotten a lot of mileage out of that story through the years. The well-traveled comedian and professional speaker shared the tale Monday afternoon during the annual Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention. He was the day's keynote speaker.
The North Carolina-based comic is the author of a small library of inspirational books that grew out of his confessional storytelling and practiced stagecraft.
Gilliland does not suffer fools easily. When a lethargic employee at a Taco Bell told him he was "burnt out," the comedian said that was impossible. "I don't think you've ever been lit."
Wherever he goes, Gilliland poses the same question to the audience: Who were the five most influential people in your life?
Gilliland's "King James version" of a mother, a self-styled attack evangelist, made his influential list, as did his one-time secretary, an outrageous character who once said, "A closed mouth gathers no feet."
Gilliland, a one-time baseball broadcaster and former scholarship athlete at Florida State University, posits that your legacy can be determined by the number of individuals who would place you on their list of five.
When things go south in life, Gilliland's mother said there are only two sets of outcomes. "You can be bitter or better, stronger or weaker."
He offered that advice to his audience of dairy farmers and exhibitors, exhorting the attendees to keep the passion burning about their chosen profession and to be mindful of purpose.
The hour-plus talk ended with an admission from Gilliland that he married that flight attendant.
And they've been flying ever since.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

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Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland
Boy Scouts Honor Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce for Lifetime of Philanthropy - Feb 28 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/23/17 12:31 PM
Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
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SALEM, OR (Feb. 23, 2017) - Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host a breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 a.m. at the Salem Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the breakfast. While the breakfast is free, a donation will be requested. Registration is required. Call 503-581-6601 to register.

At the breakfast, the Scoutmaster of Philanthropy Award will be given to Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce in recognition of their philanthropic contributions in Oregon, and in the Willamette Valley in particular. Dick Withnell will be the keynote speaker. The event will also feature the posting of the colors by a local Boy Scout troop, presentation by B.S.A. executives, and a video of scouting programs and accomplishments.

The Cascade Pacific Council of BSA is honored to recognize the Pierce's extraordinary contributions this year. Their example as philanthropic leaders is inspiring. Last year the family of the late Larry Epping received the award.

Locally the BSA serves over 21,000 youth aged 6 to 21 in their various programs. Scouting teaches youth life and leadership skills using the outdoors as the classroom.


Attached Media Files: Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
Nine Educators to Receive $1,000 Check and Prizes at Crystal Apple Awards
ESD 123 - 02/23/17 11:13 AM
PASCO, WA -- Unlike any teacher recognition program in the State, the Crystal Apple Awards is preparing to celebrate nearly two decades of excellence in education. The 19th Annual Crystal Apple Awards is set for Thursday, March 9 in Pasco, with big changes in store for this year's event.

The 2017 Crystal Apple Awards will kick off at 4:30 PM on March 9 at the Educational Service District (ESD) 123 Professional Development Center in Pasco, Washington. This is a new location for the awards, which began in 1999 in an effort to recognize some of the extraordinary local educators responsible for shaping our students' future. This year, Othello and Prosser School Districts both joined the award program.

One educator from each of the following nine school districts will be honored with the 2017 Crystal Apple Award: Columbia Burbank, Finley, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, North Franklin, Othello, Pasco, Prosser, and Richland. (The winners have already been informed of their awards. See the attached list of 2017 Crystal Apple winners.)

With changes to the ceremony location, number of winners, and the application process, what remains the same is the purpose of the awards: to recognize public school educators who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students. These awards are sponsored by businesses, community service groups, and other organizations wishing to show their appreciation and support for outstanding teachers across our region. This year's winners bring the total number of Crystal Apple recipients to 219 since the program began in 1999.

The public is invited to attend the 2017 Crystal Apple Award ceremony from 4:30 to 6 PM on March 9 at ESD 123, located at 3924 W. Court St. in Pasco. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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The Crystal Apple Award is co-sponsored by numerous organizations, including catering provided by Sodexo. This year's Platinum Level Sponsors include: Bechtel National, Inc., Evergreen Associates, Gesa Credit Union, Johnson Controls, Inc., McDonald's Adam's Enterprises, and Washington River Protection Solutions. Gold Level Sponsors include: Fluor, Kiwanis of Pasco, Lampson International, Pasco Kennewick Rotary Charitable Trust, Roaster's Coffee, and Stevens Clay.


Attached Media Files: 2017 Crystal Apple Winners
SAIF's rescheduled farm safety seminars returning to Hermiston
SAIF - 02/23/17 9:10 AM
Summary: The seminars, which are free to anyone interested in agricultural safety, were canceled in January due to safety concerns with snow and ice. They now will be on Monday, March 6 (in English) and Tuesday, March 7 (in Spanish) at the Hermiston Conference Center's Great Room. The seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch is included. Photos from recent presentations are available by request.
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As one of Oregon's largest industries, agriculture also tends to suffer its share of injuries and illnesses.

To reduce the number and severity of injuries in the industry, SAIF has presented free, half-day agricultural safety seminars across the state for more than 20 years. Each year the not-for-profit company reaches more supervisors, managers, and other workers and, hopefully, prevents more injuries.

Designed primarily for people working in agriculture, anyone with an interest in ag safety and health is welcome to attend. (They don't have to be insured by SAIF.) The seminars run from November to March.

For the past 12 years, several of the sessions also have been presented in Spanish.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

This year, seminars will be held in 16 Oregon cities: Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Woodburn, and Wilsonville.

The seminars -- which begin November 1 in Ontario -- are held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and include lunch.

Topics for the 2016-17 series:
Learning to S.I.T. | A simple, three-step approach to help make training more effective. The session focuses on effective teaching strategies while demonstrating applicable safety tips share within your operation.

Clearing the air on pesticide safety | We'll cover Worker Protection Standard rule changes for 2017 and 2018, proper storage and handling of the typical crop protection materials, and some real-world hazards to avoid when spraying.

Farm shop safety: improving your odds | Tips to avoid injury, stay in compliance, and use the farm shop to set higher standards for other work areas--featuring SAIF's new farm shop safety video.

Welding safety and other hot topics | Safety tips to reduce burns, eye injuries, and help manage toxic fumes while describing several unique fire hazards; plus skin cancer health facts, prevention, and detection guidelines.

This seminar series will not offer private applicator pesticide "core" credits.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. You may register online at saif.com/agseminar or call 800.285.8525. We'll confirm by email as soon as we receive your registration. About one week before the seminar, we'll send you an email reminder with the location address. If you have any questions, please call 800.285.8525.

Get more information, or view the schedule of seminars, at http://www.saif.com/agseminar.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Wed. 02/22/17
Public Health Advisory Board ad-hoc subcommittee to meet March 6 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/17 4:52 PM
February 22, 2017

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

What: A special ad-hoc subcommittee meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about guiding principles for legislation

When: Monday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8266406974935496706. The public also can listen via conference call at 1-877-848-7030, access code 2030826.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information, see the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/22/17 9:10 AM
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival started in 1968 as a celebration of the summer solstice and all things Scandinavian on Oregon's North Coast. Operated by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, this three day festival is held annually during the third weekend in June at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds east of Astoria.

The festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who are interested in exploring the rich culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries. From its popular Finnish pancake breakfast to the Running of the Trolls, the festival abounds with educational opportunities in areas of customs, language, and the arts. In addition to traditional handicraft and food booths, entertainment is provided by Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups.

Loran Mathews, Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President, and Leila Collier, 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Chair, remarked in a joint statement: "We thank the Oregon Historical Commission for this prestigious honor and invite all Oregonians and visitors to share our traditions and heritage by attending our festival."

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx.

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###


Attached Media Files: Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Oregon Heritage Tradition designation