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Columbia (Tri-Cities/Yakima/Pendleton) News Releases for Sun. Mar. 26 - 9:35 pm
Sat. 03/25/17
Red Cross Assists Two in Pendleton after Multi-family fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/25/17 9:23 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster this evening, March 25, 2017, at approximately 6:15 pm in the 4000 block Riverside (County 986 Road) in Pendleton, OR in Umatilla County. The multi-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fri. 03/24/17
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Invites the Public to the Capitol for Dairy Day (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 03/24/17 5:16 PM
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Tuesday, March 28, will be a day of celebration for Oregonians of all ages as we mark the 20th Anniversary of Milk as Oregon's Official Beverage. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt being served in the Galleria. During the Floor Session of both the House and Senate, the 2017 Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kiara Single and the First Alternate, Kortni Ragsdale, will be introduced by their Senator, Betsy Johnson and Representative Brad Witt.

An Official "Toast to Milk - Oregon's Official Beverage" will take place at 2:15 pm in the Galleria led by the House and Senate Leadership. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Ice Cream will be served beginning at 2:30 pm.

Oregon is home to 228 Dairy Farms. Our farms range in size from small to large, organic to conventional. You can be assured that every dairy farm is a family operation and they take the health of their cows and their land very seriously. Every dairy farmer is heavily regulated by State and Federal officials.

The leadership of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association looks forward to welcoming you to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Attached Media Files: Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Middle school electives, enrichment, and support classes greatly expanded beginning next school year
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/24/17 3:25 PM
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools is focused on expanding learning opportunities at both middle schools by adding new class and program enhancements beginning next school year, including World Language Spanish and competitive boys and girls soccer. Students in grades 6 to 8 will have twice the number of elective opportunities currently offered, according to Superintendent Wade Smith.

"These new class and program enhancements will help ensure a more engaging, challenging, and stimulating middle school experience," said Smith. "Our students are counting on us to provide them opportunities for growth and success as we work collaboratively to realize a vision of Developing Washington's most sought-after graduates."

The following list is a brief review of new and exciting programs that are under consideration at both Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools for the 2017-18 school year:

All 6-8th grade students will have twice the number of elective opportunities as before. This will permit students to explore their passions with increased access to fine arts, challenge their learning and critical thinking with additional rigorous exploratory classes, and discover new fields of interest in disciplines such as coding and technical education.
Spanish world language will be offered for the first time, allowing all students interested in mastering a foreign language a head start in middle school. This early start, with the possibility of earning high school credit, will provide students an opportunity to earn the "Seal of Biliteracy" when graduating from WaHi.
For those students who participated in dual programming during their elementary years, an opportunity to continue their comprehensive dual language programming at both middle schools through Spanish literacy.
For students identified as highly capable, additional opportunities and unique learning experiences to support their skills and competencies.
The current array of advanced and honors classes will continue to be offered students to ensure stimulating curriculum is available to challenge student learners.
Additional targeted courses will be developed to offer strategic support for students who may need additional time and instruction to ensure they are prepared for the rigorous work of high school.
Competitive middle school soccer and other enhancements to our athletic programs to expose more students to co-curricular programming.

Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
Oregon Health Authority - 03/24/17 1:35 PM
Resending to clarify lead level measurements and add information on blood lead testing.

March 24, 2017

Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
State finds levels of the metal were significantly above federal standards, prompting building owner to voluntarily close for air sampling, clean-up

PORTLAND, OR--A multi-use commercial building in Salem that once stored and finished batteries has closed for testing, inspection and clean-up after state regulators confirmed that lead dust levels on several interior surfaces were significantly above national health protection standards.

The owner of the building at 576 Patterson St. NW in Salem, which contains at least six businesses, agreed Thursday to voluntarily shutter the structure at the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, effective immediately. The agencies had reviewed results of tests on dust wipe samples taken from more than 20 spots around the interior of the building and determined the lead dust levels that were found posed a public health threat to those visiting and working in the building.

The building owner moved immediately to fence the entire facility and personally contact all business owners in the building to inform them of the closure. Among the businesses in the building are a CrossFit gym with a small childcare facility; a home renovation firm; a baseball training facility with indoor batting cages; a catering business; a roller skating rink; and storage and office space. A microbrewery also is under construction in the building.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for lead levels at child care facilities are 40 micrograms per square foot on floors, 250 micrograms per square foot for windowsills and 400 micrograms per square foot for window troughs. Many of the samples collected in the 576 Patterson building had lead levels of many thousands of micrograms per square foot--one sample taken from the brewery floor was measured at 2,115.45 micrograms per square foot. A windowsill in the brewery was measured at 6,127.44 micrograms per square foot.

The highest sample in the building was taken from an electrical panel in a batting cage, found at 188,636 micrograms per square foot; and another on a girder above a roller skating rink was at 179,654 micrograms per square foot. Only one sample--on the CrossFit facility floor--was measured at less than 5 micrograms per square foot.

"Chronic, long-term exposure to lead is a serious concern. When we see levels of dangerous contaminants such as lead at extremely high levels that potentially endanger public health, our goal is to stop the source of the exposure," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, state health officer at the OHA Public Health Division. "This is why we encouraged the building's owner to close immediately, and fortunately, the owner acted without delay."

DEQ recommended the owners of the facility test for lead inside the old building on site, which the owners voluntarily agreed to in late February. The owners wanted to see what actions they would need to take for DEQ to lift deed restrictions in place on the site since the 1990s following cleanups to remove concrete flooring and soil contaminated with lead beneath it. In 2016 the owners entered the site into DEQ's Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides oversight to property owners who want to clean up hazardous-substance sites in a voluntary, cooperative manner.

While the extent of the public's exposure to areas of the building with the highest lead dust levels and the precise degree of the health risks are not known, children are most at risk of long-term health effects because their bodies absorb more lead than adults' and their brains are still developing, according to EPA. Infants and young children are often exposed to more lead than adults because they put their hands and other objects contaminated with lead from dust or soil into their mouths. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, such as lower IQ and hyperactivity.

Hedberg says there is no evidence of human illness related to exposures at the facility.

DEQ plans to inspect the 576 Patterson building in the coming days, and Oregon OSHA will work with the building owner to conduct air monitoring during and after clean-up of the interior. OHA also is encouraging anyone who is concerned about past lead exposure to see their health care providers and get screened for elevated blood lead levels.

Polk County Public Health is offering free blood lead testing for children ages 1-18 and pregnant or breastfeeding women who may have been exposed to lead while inside the building. Testing will be offered March 28, 4-7 p.m., at Polk County's West Salem location, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Salem. Those interested can call 503-623-8175 for more information.

Other adults and parents of children younger than 1 should seek testing through their primary care provider or pediatrician. The testing, though important, is not considered an emergency and does not need to happen immediately.

For more information on lead exposure and health, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/lead.

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/24/17 12:57 PM
Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Oregon winery funds experimental fermentation program

Eola Hills, first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future will be the first donor to the experimental vineyard to Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.

Pinot Noir and Chocolate will be hosted in the "Barrel Room" of Eola Hills Wine Cellars from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets are $85. The event will feature six pairings of Pinot Noir with chocolates prepared by Fleur Chocolate and select appetizers. A colorful presentation on Clark College at Boschma Farms will be presented at 6 p.m. Total donations from this event are expected to raise between $10,000 and $20,000.

Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized. To do so takes more than education, it requires land combined with resources for curriculum development, equipment and laboratories.

Huggins also believes this event will initiate an on-going coalition of support that includes funding from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy, and other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington. His dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States.

Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Washington, along with Eola Hill's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be pouring at the event and will explain to guests how they may contribute to the future of this experimental winery. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com.

Seating is limited, for tickets http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency year after year. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.

Attached Media Files: Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Thu. 03/23/17
Members of Media Invited to Observe Transformer Installation
City of Richland - 03/23/17 5:00 PM
The City of Richland Energy Services will meet a critical milestone on March 24, 2017, when it installs the City's sixteenth transformer in its Synder Substation Bank 2. The 15/25 MVA transformer is part of the $4.5 million system expansion to serve the new Lamb Weston expansion and future growth in the City's Horn Rapids Industrial Park. Richland Energy Services had planned the expansion for future years and accelerated the project when Lamb Weston chose Richland as the location for its new processing plant.

The 125,000 lb transformer was specially manufactured for Richland by Virginia Transformer in Pocatello, ID, who was awarded the contract through a competitive solicitation. The transformer will step down the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission voltage of 115 KV to 12.470 kV into Richland's system. It will serve industrial and commercial customers in north Richland and will add additional reliability existing and new customers. The transformer's size makes it capable of serving 2500 residential customers.

The Snyder Substation, one of eight Richland Energy Services substations, will have five distribution circuits when it's second bank it is energized in June.

"We're happy that Lamb Weston chose to site its new plant in Richland. Lamb Weston is significant employer that benefits the City and its citizens," said Bob Hammond, Richland Energy Services Director. "We'll be energized and ready to go when Lamb Weston goes online in August."

Richland Energy Services' construction contractor Prater Electric of Richland, WA, will use a crane and rigging to lift the transformer from the trailer and set it on the concrete pad in the substation.

Members of the media are invited to observe the installation of the transformer at the Snyder Substation located on Robertson Dr. in Richland between 8 and 9 am. Richland Energy Services staff will be onsite to assist.
Scappoose Post Office listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/23/17 2:55 PM
US Post Office - Scappoose
US Post Office - Scappoose
The Scappoose Post Office opened in February 1966. In contrast to the monumental downtown post office buildings constructed before World War II, the "Thousands Series" post offices, like the Scappoose building, were relatively small, modern in appearance, and featured a 24-hour lobby including postal boxes, will call counter, and a retail space. Typically, these buildings were located outside downtown to accommodate plenty of customer parking and allow mail trucks to maneuver. The Scappoose Post Office embodies all of these design principals and is an excellent, intact example of the type. Thousand Series post offices were designed to be part of an efficient mail-processing network that relied on automation and truck transportation to efficiently process mail locally and then deliver it to destinations across the nation.

More than 148 historic properties are now listed in the National Register in Columbia County, including the 1902 James Watts House in Scappoose. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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

Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , US Post Office - Scappoose
State Search and Rescue Coordinator Reminds Oregonians to stay safe this Spring Break (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/23/17 2:16 PM
Spring Break is coming up and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas would like to remind Oregonians to stay safe while enjoying spring break activities. Lucas says the search and rescue community in Oregon stands ready to respond when needed, but that being safe and prepared should always be a priority when getting out to enjoy all Oregon has to offer.

Lucas says a lot of accidents can be avoided by being prepared and knowing where you're going, the weather conditions, what you need, and by bringing extra supplies like water and high protein or other snacks.

"If you are going out, away from the city, you should plan accordingly. Plan for safety and the unexpected," says Lucas. "When you go hiking, dress accordingly. Bring food, a cell phone and other supplies you may need."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations in Oregon. That mission includes coordinating activities of state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue, liaising with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and other organizations, and providing on-scene search and rescue coordination when requested.

"Search and Rescue is a needed asset, especially in Oregon. We live in a large state with so many recreation opportunities," Lucas added. "No one goes out with the intent to get lost or injured so preparing in advance can keep you safe."

He said even though it is spring break, weather conditions still may be harsh, making it even more important to be prepared when heading outdoors. Here are some wilderness safety tips: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/upload/Safety%20Tips%20for%20Hiking-2.pdf

To learn more about the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Program go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/Search-and-Rescue.aspx

Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas (center) stands with U.S. Coast Guard Pilots, March 2017, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters prior to a capabilities demonstration of the MH-65 Short Range Recovery Helicopter. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters)

A scene at the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Summer Exercise in 2016 shows search and rescue personnel standing near Brim aviation search and rescue helicopters in Ashland, Ore.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

Corvallis and Eugene Mountain Rescue teams are tested on their basic ground search and rescue rope rescue skills in June 2016 during Oregon Mountain Rescue Council re-certification at Mary's Peak outside of Corvallis Oregon.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/3986/102916/20170313_112125.jpg , 2017-03/3986/102916/20160604_104420_001.jpg , 2017-03/3986/102916/20160521_160802_(002).jpg
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: March 24-25, 2017
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/23/17 1:28 PM
Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: March 24-25, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
Wapato Student Athletes Signing Letters of Intent
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/23/17 11:55 AM
Hi all,

Sorry for the short notice....but this is happening this afternoon. See attached release.

If you can make it please let me know.

Thanks and remember "Be Kind"

Attached Media Files: Wapato Student Athletes Letters of Intent
State grant funds International Sources of Strength program to promote the power of connection and hope
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/23/17 8:44 AM
WALLA WALLA - W2 for Drug Free Youth secured a $20,000 state grant to fund high school student and staff training, follow-on support and awareness campaigns through the internationally acclaimed Sources of Strength program. Sources of Strength features 450 school teams in five countries, 26 U.S. states, three Canadian Provinces and 12 First Nation communities.

The mission of Sources of Strength is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. W2 for Drug Free Youth coordinator and long-time community activist Peggy Needham wrote and secured the grant with support from Walla Walla Public Schools and Education Service District 123.

Students and Staff Training Schedule:
- Monday, March 27 -- Lincoln HS staff and partners (Health Center and Afterschool programs) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lincoln Terrace)
- Tuesday, March 28 -- Lincoln HS student peer leaders and adult advisors - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Lincoln Terrace)
- Wednesday, March 29 -- Wa-Hi HS staff and partners -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursday, March 30 -- Wa-Hi HS student peer leaders and adult advisors

"We want this experience to be one of hope, help and strength," said Needham. "Our community has suffered many tragic losses in the past few years. The Sources of Strength program provides a platform to bring our community together to focus on increasing communication and breaking the codes of silence. It promotes communication both peer to peer and adult to peer."

Free Sources of Strength Public Event
Thursday, March 30
6:30 p.m. (doors open)
7 p.m. (program begins)
Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)
Lincoln and Walla Walla High School students will discuss the awareness campaigns they plan to implement, including:
· Sources of Strength Awareness
· I Am Stronger Campaign
· Trusted Adult Display
· What Helps Me Campaign
· Sources of Strength Week
· A Strength a Month
· Passive messaging: posters, videos, PSA's, social media
· Active messaging: one-to-one, presentation to class, staff, and community

"Sources of Strength is an ongoing peer driven, adult guided process to promote hope, help and strength on our campuses and communities through youth and adult connectedness," said Needham. Come to Cordiner Hall on March 30th to learn more about this program and support our local youth as they introduce this program to our community.
Wed. 03/22/17
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility adds butterfly program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/22/17 3:56 PM
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.

This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.


Attached Media Files: Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Oregon's Public Safety Career Fair Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/22/17 2:00 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

We ask that you please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in a career in public safety.

Attached Media Files: Career Day Flyer
Union County Farm Bureau president talks respect for water, opposition to bills
Oregon Farm Bureau - 03/22/17 1:32 PM
[On March 22, the House Energy & Environment Committee will hold hearings on two costly water-related bills: HB 2705, which would require farmers outside irrigation districts to install expensive measuring devices on all water diversions, and HB 2706, which would impose a $100 tax on water rights.]

In the heart of the scenic Grand Ronde River Valley in far eastern Oregon, along Catherine Creek, Jed Hassinger, president of Union County Farm Bureau, raises an interesting mix of crops: peppermint, sunflowers, wheat, and grass seed.

He and his brother Seth are the fifth generation to run the family farm and keep a proud agricultural heritage thriving.

"Over the years we've learned to manage this land well. We take pride in it and really value that," said Hassinger. "It's important that we're good environmental stewards so future generations can enjoy the same farming productivity and wildlife and all the aesthetic values we enjoy now."

But when he hears about bills that would substantially increase his farm's costs -- and specifically a $100-per-water-right fee with HB 2706 -- it frustrates him.

"They call it a 'management fee,' but you pay money when you apply for a water right. It seems like another tax, which is not insignificant if it's for the maximum $1,000 a year," he said. "It's especially tough now when commodity prices are so low and margins are so slim, to have that kind of a tax added on to our farm's expenses when we could be putting that toward more efficient irrigation infrastructure or upgrading equipment."

Oregon's farmers already pay a significant amount to maintain the infrastructure needed to deliver water to their crops, including increasing electricity costs. The value of a water right is already part of the property values they pay taxes on every year.

This new fee would not go to providing any direct benefit to family farms. Instead, it would go to the Department of Water Resources (OWRD) for administrative costs and studies.

Meanwhile, HB 2705 would require measurement and reporting for all water rights outside of irrigation districts and cities. The proposal would require installation of costly measurement devices and authorizes OWRD to impose a punitive penalty of up to $500 per day with no exceptions for equipment failure.

HB 2705 also is impractical for many farm and ranch families. Technologically advanced measurement devices are expensive, and would be particularly so for farms with multiple diversion points. HB 2705 is an unnecessary cost burden on rural households.

Most of Oregon's farmers are already exemplary environmental stewards, committed to doing more with less without state-mandated measurement systems. These families care about maintaining a healthy environment -- they depend on it for their livelihood -- and are constantly striving to conserve water, improve soil health, increase energy efficiency, and, of course, raise the highest-quality crops possible.

For example, a few years ago, Hassinger received an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grant to experiment with soil moisture sensors.

"It's been a monumental change in the way we manage irrigation," he said. "We have about 75 sensors so we can keep tabs on the exact soil moisture in different fields. We're able to know when to water and how much is needed."

The precise, targeted technology prevents inadvertent over-watering of crops, thereby limiting water runoff, reducing overall water use, and keeping the soil's nutrients intact for the plants.

While it's difficult to know for sure, Hassinger estimates the sensors are to thank for a 15% improvement in water conservation.

The farm is also transitioning to a more-efficient pivot irrigation systems from wheel lines, and uses variable-frequency motors on pumps to save both water and energy.


Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/17 1:25 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

Attached Media Files: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team will meet Wednesday, March 29 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/22/17 12:15 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- Executive Team meets Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 280, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, new member election, OPA 2 position updates, ASL interpretive services, RFP updates, Deaf Culture training discussion, review of bylaws, review of budget, and comments or concerns.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Districts work together to help students in need
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 03/22/17 10:49 AM
School communities from two different sides of the pass are coming together this Friday to better the lives of students in the Grandview School District.

On Friday morning, March 24, students and parents from Cougar Ridge Elementary School in Issaquaah and Tahoma Middle School in Maple Valley will arrive in Grandview with truck loads of donations for the students in the Grandview School District.

Last year, the schools in Issaquaah and Maple Valley adopted the Grandview School District. The adoption came after a student teacher came to Grandview to do classroom work in a district with a different demographic. While here she saw a need and went back to her district to rally support and start collecting donations. Last year, her efforts helped bring clothing to families in the Grandview area who were having a tough time.

The donations will be brought to Gemstones Leisure Hall at 801 Grandridge Rd. in Grandview between 10 and 10:30 a.m. There they will be sorted by volunteers and students from each of the schools in Grandview. When everything is sorted, administrators from each school will have a chance to go through and select items they feel their students can use. Then each school will decide how to best ensure the clothing ends up in the hands of those who need it the most.

You're invited to come out and and see the massive effort that goes into a project like this. Volunteers should be onsite for most of the day. Throughout the day representatives from various Grandview schools will rotate through the sorting site, and representatives from Cougar Ridge Elementary School and Tahoma Middle School should be on site for most of the day.

Time, date, place:

Donations will arrive between 10-10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 24
Gemstones Leisure Hall, 801 Grandridge Rd. in Grandview
Tue. 03/21/17
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Notice
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/21/17 4:20 PM
For Immediate Release

March 21, 2017

Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427
Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

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 as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for December 2, 2016
Approve minutes

2. FINN, Melissa -- M-1 Application for Benefits
Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting -- April 27, 2017

## 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.
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/21/17 1:33 PM
David Lewis Purcell
David Lewis Purcell
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.

Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21, 2025.

Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. 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.


Attached Media Files: David Lewis Purcell
Kiona - Benton City School Board Meeting canceled for March 27, 2017.
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 03/21/17 12:29 PM
Kiona - Benton City School Board Meeting for March 27, 2017 is canceled. The next scheduled School Board meeting will be April 10, 2017.
Learn Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes During American Diabetes Association Alert Day
American Diabetes Association - 03/21/17 10:39 AM
Tuesday, March 28, marks the American Diabetes Association's annual Alert Day, an opportunity to sound the alarm about the prevalence and risks of type 2 diabetes by asking Americans to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. The free, anonymous risk test is available online at diabetes.org/alertday or via a printable questionnaire in English and in Spanish, and it only takes one minute to complete. By answering questions such as "Do you have a family history of diabetes?" and "Are you physically active?" participants can learn if they're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Alert Day is sponsored locally by Northwest Kidney Centers.

The risk test reports results as a numerical score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those at a higher risk are encouraged to speak with their health care providers to learn more about how to reduce their risk or delay the onset of the disease.

"You can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes with healthy food choices, weight loss, exercise and medication, but knowing your risk is the first step," said Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo, MPH, Manager of Community Health Strategies for the American Diabetes Association in Washington. "Today we're asking Americans to take the one-minute test to find out if they're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and we hope participants will share the test with friends and family."

An estimated 8 million Americans with diabetes are currently undiagnosed, with 173,000 undiagnosed in Washington specifically. In addition, 86 million American adults have prediabetes--a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Nine out of 10 people with the condition don't know they have it, and prediabetes almost always precedes a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations. However, you can prevent or delay your risk for developing type 2 diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes.

Anyone can participate in Alert Day by taking the free Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test (in English or Spanish) at diabetes.org/alertday.

Alert Day is sponsored nationally by Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness.

About the American Diabetes Association
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

Attached Media Files: It only takes one minute to take the Diabetes Risk Test
Public hearing on revised forest fire prevention rules will be held April 17 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/21/17 10:15 AM
News Release

Release date: March 17, 2017

Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator, Salem, 503-945-7440, tom.fields@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to fire prevention rules for industrial (logging and other commercial) operations on forestlands. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at ODF headquarters in Salem at the following address:
Tillamook Room, Building C
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed revisions clarify existing language and include changes to water supply and delivery, firewatch services and fire tools and extinguishers. Proposed updates will increase fire prevention and preparedness requirements in some areas while reducing requirements in others to account for changes in technology and logging practices. The updates come after a two year examination of the rules by a committee comprised of forest landowners and operators, affiliated organizations and ODF staff.

The public is welcome to attend. The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the hearing. ODF invites public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business. For more information about attending the hearing or to submit written comments, please contact Sabrina Perez at Sabrina.perez@Oregon.gov. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 19.
They can also be mailed to:
Sabrina Perez, Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed administrative rulemaking package is available for review at the State Forester's office, 2600 State Street in Salem or on the ODF website at

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 4.0 Percent in February
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/21/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February.

In February, the number of unemployed Oregonians dropped to about 82,000, which was the lowest number since August 1995 when about 82,000 were unemployed. By contrast, the labor force has grown from just under 1.7 million in 1995 to over 2.0 million today.

In February, nonfarm payroll employment surged ahead by 8,200 following a revised gain of 700 in January. Government grew the most of the major sectors, as it added 4,400 jobs, rebounding from a loss of 3,400 jobs in January. Similarly, health care and social assistance shot up by 2,400 jobs in February following a loss of 1,700 the prior month. Manufacturing added 1,300 after a loss of 200 in January. Construction continued to grow rapidly by adding 900 jobs in February, following a strong gain of 2,500 in January. Only one major industry cut more than 600 jobs in February as transportation, warehousing and utilities shed 1,400.

Over the past 12 months, payroll employment added 39,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, which was a slight deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.6 percent.

Since February 2016, Oregon's growth was very fast in construction, which added 8,900 jobs, or 10.0 percent. Other industries that grew rapidly were health care and social assistance (+8,700 jobs, or 3.8%); financial activities (+3,600 jobs, or 3.8%); and information (+1,100 jobs, or 3.3%). Meanwhile only three industries cut jobs over the year: manufacturing (-400 jobs, or -0.2%); mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%); and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 28th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 18th.

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.

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/930/102840/CLFIE_3-21-2017.xlsx , 2017-03/930/102840/employment_in_Oregon_--_February_2017_--_press_release.pdf
Mon. 03/20/17
Corps warns mariners about underwater pile dikes on Columbia River
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 03/20/17 4:36 PM
PORTLAND, ORE. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises recreational boaters and commercial mariners that recent high water levels may be concealing some pile dikes on the Columbia River. Pile dikes are frequently just below the surface during high water events and can cause serious damage to vessels attempting to transit over them.

Pile dikes, also called wing dams, are wooden structures that extend from the shore into the river. The structures have a variety of uses ranging from protecting the shore to managing the flow of the navigation channel. More information and photos of pile dikes can be found on the Corps' website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Pile-dikes/.

Commercial and recreational mariners should review the Corps' channel conditions maps regularly for the locations of pile dikes and other obstacles. The maps are located at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/surveys.aspx.
$210,400 awarded in 36 Arts Build Communities grants
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/20/17 3:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Thirty-six recently awarded Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, totaling $210,400, engage the arts as a means of addressing and alleviating community needs.

Among the projects funded by 2017 Arts Build Communities grants are: new public art to revamp the streetscape of Vale while celebrating and reinforcing community collaboration; Slam Across Oregon, bringing together Oregon's young slam poets from diverse rural, urban and suburban backgrounds for a Slamboo competition in Portland; and a public performance and exhibit designed to facilitate a community discussion about homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge.

Now in its 21st year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2017 awards go to communities outside of the Portland Metro region.

"This program provides access to arts and culture activity in underserved populations of the state," says Arts Commissioner Michael Dalton, who led the review panel. "Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution. These modest grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic impact."

Arts Build Communities grants frequently serve as seed money to spur additional local support. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in leveraged funding, much of it used to pay artists as well as to purchase products and services in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through partnership funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Note: Photos available on request.

The 2017 recipients, listed by region, are:

Central Oregon
Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support A Novel Idea, a community reading program that encourages residents to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. The project broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will support the purchase of books and the author's honorarium.

The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support Kids Curate, a year-long, hands-on arts program for students in schools that lack art instruction. The program integrates art, science, history and writing into classroom curriculum and gives students an opportunity to learn about arts and cultural career possibilities. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and student transportation.

The Museum At Warm Springs, Warm Springs, $5,000
To support the annual Warm Springs Tribal Youth Art Exhibit and its associated programs. The project will encourage students to learn about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that will travel over Warm Springs, and express what they've learned through art. Grant funds will be used to purchase art supplies, pay art instructors and print notecards and coloring books featuring the art created. The coloring books and notecards will reflect the theme of Sun and Shadow and will be sold in the museum's gift shop to support the 2018 Youth Art Exhibit (the museum's 25th Anniversary).

Bandon School District, Bandon, $5,400
To support the creation of a community mural to promote local youth awareness of pollinator science, led by a muralist in collaboration with school students and the public. Grant funds will support artist fees and mural materials.

City of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, $5,440
To support a comprehensive plan to assist in the selection of public art installations that will align with the city's brand, celebrate its way of life and boost civic pride. Grant funds will support hiring a public art and planning consultant.

Miracle Theatre Group, Astoria, $6,000
To support Milagro's UNIDAD, a bilingual arts and science residency program, in Astoria with workshops and a public performance of the play "El Payaso," an ecodrama that follows the journey of a young Latino with an environmental studies degree. The residency will involve local students in discussing environmental issues facing the Latino population. Grant funds will support teaching artists and related travel expenses.

Eastern Oregon
Cornucopia Arts Council, Halfway, $3,600
To support the 2017 Clear Creek Music Festival, which provides two weeks of musical instruction and performance opportunities for the residents of rural communities in eastern Baker County. University faculty and students will teach and perform up to four public concerts during the festival. Grant funds will support concert fees, instrument rental for local students and instructors for the community chorus, Kids Camp and Brass Camp.

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale, $5,950
To support expenses for the 2017 Teen Art Builds Community public art project, during which local students will create murals and other public art enhancing the local streetscape. A collaboration between city government, schools and the Drexel Foundation, the project is designed to strengthen community pride.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support The Big Read in Wallowa County. Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" will inform and inspire discussion about war, veteran's issues and PTSD. The novel offers Fishtrap the opportunity to collaborate with veteran's organizations for the first time. Grant funds will support the purchase and distribution of books to schools and community groups, program staff salaries and program promotion.

Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River, $4,500
To support Stories of Home and Homelessness, a multi-disciplinary exploration of homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge. Arts in Education of the Gorge teaching artists will conduct storytelling, creative writing and visual art workshops for local youth and adults who have suffered from home insecurity. The goal is to raise community awareness, ignite meaningful dialogue and change public perception and policy regarding homelessness. The project will culminate in a public performance and exhibit of participants' stories and art, followed by a facilitated community discussion focused on developing new ideas to address home insecurity in the Gorge. Grant funds will support artists' fees and workshop materials.

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hood River, $6,690
To support a Music in Healing program for patients, visitors and families served by
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The program goal is to decrease pain and anxiety through lobby concerts, unit concerts and bedside individual performances. Grant funds will support musician fees and will be matched by hospital foundation funds and in-kind donations.

Portland Metro
Alberta Main Street, Portland, $5,600
To support the Equitable Placemaking Historical Markers Project. The design of place-markers will be informed by stories from community members. The project will be collaboratively led by a storyteller and artist to document the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. Grant funds will support artist fees as well as the fabrication and installation of the markers.

Boom Arts, Inc., Portland, $5,600
To support the presentation of Dahlak Brathwaite's "Spiritrials," a work of Hip Hop theatre that addresses race, identity and criminal justice through rap, song and storytelling, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Grant funds will support production expenses and technical fees, as well as staff time and the engagement of a Youth and Community Engagement Liaison.

Circus Project, Portland, $6,300
To support a community-based Social Circus, a global movement that uses the thrill, artistry and wonder of circus arts to inspire social transformation. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools and will serve more than 300 youth participants. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, the purchase and maintenance of circus-specific equipment and staff expenses for planning and evaluation.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City, $7,000
To support Youth Arts for Change, a project giving teens an opportunity to share their story via theatre, writing and visual art. Through a series of workshops, participating teens collaborate with professional teaching artists to create an original play or art exhibit for a public presentation and celebration. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and collaboration with existing and new partners.

Free Arts NW, Portland, $3,200
To support the painting of a handicapped-accessible city bus and provide arts programming for underserved youth. Free Arts NW facilitators will invite local youth to develop the design that will become a vehicle wrap. The mobile art studio will reduce barriers, offering a safe place for artistic self-expression. Grant funds will fund art supplies and production of the vehicle wrap.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland, $4,400
To support five public performances of "Rush Hour" between May and September. The production will include free public rehearsals and offer low-income communities access to professional caliber, thought-provoking art. The performances are scheduled to take place in partnership with Portland community centers, private arts organizations and developers' properties in five diverse Portland neighborhoods. Grants funds will support performers' fees.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support the annual celebration of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Grant funds will support artist fees, the purchase of arts and crafts materials, publicity, an interactive guide for visitors and audio equipment rental.

Literary Arts, Portland, $7,000
To support the 2017 Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The tour brings award winners and finalists to eight to 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at community gatherings. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will support author travel and expenses, promotion and program staff time.

Living Stages, Portland, $5,950
To support a collaborative Theatre Empowerment Initiative, consisting of a series of workshops, trainings and performances. These activities are intended to train and support low-income and houseless community members for personal growth, empowerment and community action through theatre. Grant funds will pay coordination and artist fees, and provide support for participants in the form of food, stipends and transportation assistance.

My Voice Music, Portland, $7,000
To support My Voice Music Camps, giving youth living in foster care or referred by mental health treatment partners the opportunity to write, record and release music to help them cope, heal and thrive in the midst of crisis. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees and student leaders.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $5,600
To support a theatre production at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Grant funds will support the costs associated with guest artist visits, costumes and props, program facilitation, production rights, music rental, books/scripts, and performance recordings.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland, $6,000
To support free performances in rural communities and underserved neighborhoods of the play "Tomás and the Library Lady," the story of a migrant family's son who discovers the imaginative world of reading. Grant funds will support artistic and community engagement expenses, including preparation of Spanish-language materials in support of the production.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland, $5,600
To support musicNOW, a music therapy program for retirement community residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The project is in partnership with Earthtones Music Therapy Services. Performance locations will include a Portland-metro public venue in order to reach those living with memory impairment in private residences.

Oregon Writing Project, Portland, $7,000
To support Slam Across Oregon's poetry event Slamboo. The competition brings together young slam poets from rural, urban and suburban Oregon to collaborate and compete through the art of poetry, enabling them to develop relationships built on empathy and understanding. Grant funds will support slam events, guest coaches and a printed anthology.

Portland Opera, Portland, $4,000
To support Opera a la Cart, a mobile music venue that will be used for more than 40 free live opera performances for underserved communities. Grant funds will support performer and accompanist fees.

Vanport Mosaic, Portland, $7,000
To support the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a four-day event to honor the legacy of the Vanport community and the 1948 flood. The festival will unite Portlanders through screenings of oral histories, performances, educational and community dialogues and a reunion for former Vanport residents. The grant will support artist fees.

Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support the expansion of creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Nine 10-week creative writing workshops will culminate in the publication of participants' work and public readings. Grant funds will support staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in East Multnomah and Washington Counties, to train volunteer facilitators and to purchase workshop materials.

Southern Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $6,300
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz, a partnership with the Native American Studies Program at Southern Oregon University. Grant funds will support a gathering prior to the Oregon Indian Education Association Conference on the Southern Oregon University campus in April, with opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and learning among artists, educators and tribal representatives.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford, $4,000
To support Spring Sing, a series of choral music concerts for Rogue Valley children. Grant funds will be used to hire buses to transport children from Central Point, Medford and Phoenix-Talent school districts, and will cover printing costs for project-related materials.

Willamette Valley
The Arts Center, Corvallis, $6,000
To support Theater of the World, a professional theater experience for fifth grade students attending a low-income, dual-immersion elementary school. The project integrates Spanish speaking children with children learning Spanish to build community among families, friends and community partners. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, materials and marketing for production of three performances followed by community celebrations.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene, $6,000
To support Fiesta Cultural, a two-month, county-wide celebration of Latino art and culture. Through participatory arts, Fiesta Cultural will increase the platforms for Latino artists to showcase work and further understanding of Latino culture and culturally-relevant community events. Grant funds will support marketing the event to low-income and Latino immigrants.

Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene, $7,000
To support Symphony Connect, a partnership with local human service agencies to bring specially designed interactive chamber music performances and other music opportunities to individuals who experience barriers to cultural participation. Grant funds will support musician fees, consulting specialists and a program evaluation.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene, $5,700
To support the String Academy program, a youth music education program that provides a full year of beginning string instruction to underserved children in public schools at little or no-cost. Grant funds will support three of eight classes taking place during the 2016-17 school year. It is a partnership with the Eugene 4J School District's BEST Afterschool Program, which serves the district's most disadvantaged students through afterschool homework support and enrichment activities.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $6,970
To support the Club de Arte para Mamás' (Latina Mothers' Club) Monday and Saturday workshops, allowing the club to continue an expanded schedule of 18 sessions with increased attendance. Grant funds will support artist fees, marketing, translations and art supplies.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, $5,600
To support the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic building that houses the Umpqua Valley Arts Association's galleries, classrooms and offices. The year-long celebration, From Soldiers' Hospital to Arts Center, will bring the community together through an exhibit of veterans' ceramics, photography and painting; regular tours emphasizing the buildings history and architectural features; and a victory garden that will feature heirloom plants as a reminder of the hospital's self-sufficient nature. Grant funds will support marketing the performances, exhibits and historic tours.

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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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Forestry department invites public comment on forest management activities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:35 PM
News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs), outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on May 4, public comments are invited for ODF's district activities for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. Two districts have also noted Forest Land Management Classification changes within their draft AOPs that are open to public comment from March 20 to May 4, 2017.
Public comment details:

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx. After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the district forester to review and approve.

An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFHH8TK
To comment on the Forest Land Management Classification changes for Tillamook and/or Forest Grove: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNDVZDN
Online comments are also received through ODF's comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may also be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

2017 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 25-31
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/20/17 2:29 PM
Depoe Bay OR -- Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, "whale size" windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.
Western Lane Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes open for comment
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:21 PM
NOTE: This news release has been revised to include the actual web page addresses within the body of the text

News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on proposed revisions to its Western Lane District Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes. The public comment period is open for 30 days from March 20 to April 18.

The district's Implementation Plan describes management activities, such as timber harvesting, roads and reforestation that will occur over a 10-year period. The plan provides the objectives for the district's annual operations plans, while aligning with the goals and strategies found in the long-term Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

The Western Lane Implementation Plan revision includes Forest Land Management Classification changes, which describe the management emphasis for parcels of land. The classifications vary from general stewardship to focused stewardship, special use and high-value conservation areas.

Public comment details:

Draft of the Western Lane District Implementation Plan revision: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/2017DraftIPWesternLaneDistrict.pdf
Western Lane District Implementation Plan public comment survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFNDRTY
Comments may also be sent via http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

The Dalles Dam's navigation lock reopens to river traffic; other locks still on track with previously announced schedules (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 03/20/17 2:02 PM
The Dalles navigation lock
The Dalles navigation lock
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The navigation lock at The Dalles Dam reopened to river traffic Monday afternoon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in the Portland District announced.

The Corps of Engineers is nearing the scheduled end of an extended navigation lock maintenance outage, which began Dec. 12, 2016. The coordinated 14-week-long closure has affected all eight Corps navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake rivers, during which time critical, non-routine repairs and maintenance, plus routine maintenance and scheduled improvements are being completed.

Bonneville Lock and Dam reopened on Feb. 9, as scheduled, McNary reopened Friday and John Day reopened Saturday. Lower Monumental and Lower Granite locks and dams remain scheduled to return to service at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 20.

As previously announced in Corps news releases, Little Goose and Ice Harbor dam's navigation locks, on Washington's Snake River, cannot be returned to service by March 20 because of on-site work complications. Ice Harbor is tentatively scheduled to return their lock to service at 11:59 p.m. on March 23. Little Goose is currently estimated to reopen their lock at 11:59 p.m. on April 2.

The Corps continues to communicate and coordinate with Columbia-Snake River Navigation System users and stakeholders.

For more information about the 2016-2017 Columbia-Snake Rivers Extended Navigation Lock Outage, visit the Corps' webpage at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/FY17LockOutage.aspx.

Attached Media Files: The Dalles navigation lock
Health insurance basics to be covered in a free workshop next month
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/17 1:40 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free one-hour workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Pendleton.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at St. Anthony Hospital, Conference Room 2, 2801 St. Anthony Way.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
Summary of Benefits documents
Explanation of Benefits letters
Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.


The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Health insurance basics to be covered in a free workshop next month
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/17 1:35 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will sponsor "Building Blocks of Health Insurance," a free 90-minute workshop on understanding health insurance, next month in Milton-Freewater.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 S.W. 8th Ave.

Attendees will receive information to help them be confident health coverage consumers. An experienced health-insurance educator from the Marketplace will present on:
Types of health insurance, including Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan, and individual and family plans
Summary of Benefits documents
Explanation of Benefits letters
Eligibility for financial assistance

To attend, register in advance by calling 855-268-3767 or emailing info.marketplace@oregon.gov.


The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Pacific Power is using more renewable generation to save money and make grid cleaner
Pacific Power - 03/20/17 10:00 AM
Efforts to make the grid 'smarter' lead to fewer emissions and improved reliability

Portland, Ore, March 20, 2017 -- Operating Pacific Power's electricity generation system more efficiently is providing cleaner energy, and reducing costs for its 750,000 customers.

Through more innovative integration of its existing power plants with the growing amount of renewable generation on the grid, Pacific Power's 'smarter grid' reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent for 2016 versus the previous 5-year average. That comes out to 6 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 1.1 million passenger cars off the road for a year. Making the grid more flexible in using available renewable generation also reduced energy costs for Pacific Power customers, by nearly $50 million for the year.

"Our efforts to make our power system 'smarter' means making it cleaner, more efficient and more reliable," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power. "By leveraging technology to improve the way that traditional generation can follow the rise and fall of renewable energy availability, we can take full advantage of the diversity of resources, both traditional and renewables, available to serve customers. That means we can make maximum use of renewable generation when it's available, while also improving our grid operators' visibility and tools to maintain the reliability and dependability that customers count on."

The amount of renewable energy capacity connected to the PacifiCorp grid increased 41 percent last year. The 2,960 megawatts of solar and wind energy generation capacity now serving customers represents 29 percent of customers' peak energy demand and represents an important milestone towards more zero-emission generation. In 2016, nearly one-third of all PacifiCorp's electric generation capacity was from zero-emitting plants.

"We know our customers want cleaner, dependable energy, and to keep rates low," added Bird. "We will continue to build on this success by looking for more innovative, responsible ways we can invest in the energy future we all want."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Sandy logging firm is named Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 9:14 AM
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of

Release date: March 17, 2017

Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Wayne Stone Logging of Sandy as the Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances. Wayne Stone Logging was honored for its work to protect water quality during a difficult downhill harvest south of Brightwood and extra efforts it took to prevent fires. Video of the harvest can be seen at https://youtu.be/81WgwqJ8fSA.

Tracy Brostrom, a wildlands fire supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated Wayne Stone for the award. Brostrom, who has more than 30 years of experience in logging, says the area to be logged was steep, making it too expensive to build access roads. Because of the relatively small volume of timber, helicopter logging was also uneconomical.

"Wayne Stone met the challenge by putting up a 100-foot tall tower and hauling the logs aerially up and over a ridge along more than 3,000 feet of cable," says Brostrom. "This was an awesome feat. It made building a road unnecessary and minimized impacts to forest soil, as well as saving the landowner money."

Andrew White, director for the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northwest Oregon Area, says, "The ingenuity and extra effort of Wayne Stone Logging provided a unique example of how to achieve objectives for both resource protection and financial returns on a very difficult operation."

Wayne Stone Logging is widely respected in the industry, having been recognized as Operator of the Year by Associated Oregon Loggers at their 2015 convention. The firm participates in the Oregon Professional Logger program, which trains its crews to fully meet or even exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

The Forest Practices Act has governed logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the northwest, southwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Attached Media Files: Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/20/17 8:39 AM
Oregon winery supports planned experimental fermentation program in the Pacific Northwest
Eola Hills, is possibly the first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future as an initial supporter of the proposed experimental vineyard at Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.
Pinot Noir and Chocolate is of one of the winery's most popular events. Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins is giving a portion of the proceeds from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22, event hosted in the Barrel Room of Eola Hills Winery to the college. The $84 ticket features appetizers, six pairings of Eola Hills pinot noir with the noted confections of local chocolatier Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Wash. A colorful presentation on the Boshma Farms project will be presented at 6 p.m. Renderings and Platt maps will also be in the Eola Hills Barrel Room.  The event is expected to raise significant awareness dollars for the future of fermentation education.
Huggins' dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States. He also believes this event will spark on-going support of fermentation education that will be funded from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy as well as other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington.
Mike Sherlock with Eola's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be volunteering and pouring at the event and will be on-hand to answer questions about wine, food pairing and the contribution vintners make to the local economy. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com
Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized.
This support of Boschma Farms of Clark College will contribute building a future working and educational vineyard.

SPECIAL NOTE: Eola Hills Wine Cellars still has room reservations and events at the for the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE August 21, 2017, and is presenting an Eclipse Wine Festival, from Aug. 18 to 21 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars. Reservations are required and tickets for rooms, free campsites and details of entertainment packages are at: www.eolahillswinery.com

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/6030/102788/unspecified-1.jpeg
Opening This Week: High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/2lLYBR7

Media Preview: Please join us for an exclusive exhibit preview and tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk on Thursday, March 23 at 11am. Email rachel.randles@ohs.org if you plan to attend.

Portland, OR -- One hundred years after his birth, and more than a half-century after his shocking death, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. The youngest president ever elected, Kennedy's 1,037 day administration was marked by great hope as well as great tension. How he reached the White House is a story of both privilege and determination. The second-born son of a rich and influential father, Kennedy's rise to power may be seen as inevitable, but his ascension was hard fought as he persevered through severe health problems and religious discrimination.

On March 25, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil an original 6,000 square foot exhibition on the life of this iconic president. While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy's achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting history today. High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy will be on view March 25 - November 12, 2017.

This exhibition explores Kennedy's early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, John F. Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better, and in his legacy he continues to live on. This exhibition, the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, features more than 150 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection. A bold, unique design draws visitors through the life of this enigmatic figure and mixes state of the art interactive elements with iconic moving image footage.

Exhibition highlights include the following:

President Kennedy's Rocking Chair
Suffering from a debilitating back injury after his service in World War II, John F. Kennedy found relief from sitting in a high-backed rocking chair. He ordered several of this style, the North Carolina Rocker, from P and P Chairs for the White House, Air Force One, and his homes in Palm Beach and Hyannis Port and gave additional versions to friends. The chair was upholstered by Lawrence Arata, who Jackie Kennedy recruited to help with restoration of the White House. Kennedy gave this particular chair to Averell Harriman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Letters from John F. Kennedy to Rose Kennedy
The exhibition features a selection of letters JFK wrote to his mother Rose. One featured letter was written while Kennedy was a fifteen-year-old student at Choate Hall, a private college preparatory boarding school he attended from 1931 to 1935. Another is a letter he wrote to her as a young officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II after receiving a "round-robin" letter being circulated among her nine children. Gently teasing her, JFK commented, "I enjoy your round-robin letters. I'm saving them to publish, that style of yours will net us millions." JFK was close with his mother throughout his life and corresponded with her frequently as a young man. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Dress Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy
This brown and tan checked wool suit was designed by Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan-born designer who created many ensembles for Jackie. Jackie's personal secretary, Mary Gallagher, was given many of Jackie's items of clothing, including this suit. During her life, Jackie Kennedy became known for her impeccable sense of style and is now seen as a modern style icon. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

CBS News Camera, KRLD-TV, Dallas
This news camera filmed the transfer of accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

White House "Hotline" Phone
This phone served as a hotline to the White House from 1961-63 when JFK was traveling, particularly while staying at his family's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

John F. Kennedy's Mahogany Oval Office Coffee Table
John and Jacqueline Kennedy refurbished the White House during their residency with period paintings, fabrics, and furniture. The president's oval office included two sofas, a rocker, and this low, American Empire style coffee table. It has bold carving in high relief, scroll feet, a heavy pedestal base, and handsome, matching veneers for its top. World leaders, military officers, and politicians gathered around this table for conversations with the president. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Watercolor Painting by John F. Kennedy
In order to keep himself occupied after back surgery, John F. Kennedy took up painting as a hobby and painted this watercolor of the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. He had given the painting to the Tubridy family, some Irish friends, and was reminded of the gift years later when Aine Tubridy sent him a photo of the painting. Courtesy of the Shapell Manuscript Collection

About the Oregon Historical Society

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

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.

Attached Media Files: President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120 , President Kennedy's Rocking Chair, Courtesy Mark Family Collection , 2017-03/2861/102378/bb008209.jpg , President John F. Kennedy, half-length portrait, seated in rocking chair, facing slightly left. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133121