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Tue. 03/20/18
Small plane crashes on Wallace Island in the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Pilot Uninjured (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 3:58 PM
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a small plane that had crashed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Initial information indicated the plane was upside down in the water on a sandbar. The US Coast Guard along with an OSP boat, which was nearby responded to the scene. The USCG arrived prior to OSP's arrival and had recovered the pilot and transported him to Pearson Airfield in Vancouver. The pilot was uninjured and identified as 67 year old Douglas Paul PFLUGRADT, from Mattawa, Washington. There were no passengers in the aircraft. The location of the crash was determined to be on Wallace Island.

PFLUGRADT indicated he was attempting to land on a sandbar of Wallace Island because he was experiencing mechanical issues. The aircraft PFLUGRADT was operating is identified as a Kit Fox Super Sport. During PFLUGRADT's attempt to land, the aircraft flipped onto its top. Recovery efforts are underway to remove the aircraft prior to the rising tide. The investigation is continuing.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, Oregon Emergency Management, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112963/201803209.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112963/201803209_(3).jpg

2018 Department of Human Services Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum happening in Portland
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/20/18 1:07 PM
There has been an update to the Portland Community Forum location.

You are invited to provide input to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on Oregon's foster care system. DHS would like to hear directly from the people and communities it serves. Make plans to attend the DHS Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum in Portland on March 29th.

The community forum will include:
Pre-forum session for current or former foster youth
Caregiver networking
Updates from DHS leadership
In-depth roundtable discussions to provide solutions to child safety barriers
Opportunity to network and talk directly with DHS leadership and staff

These listening tours have proven to be valuable and have already happened in these locations:
Bend - Wednesday, January 3
Oregon City - Tuesday, January 16
Beaverton - Thursday, January 18
Roseburg - Wednesday, January 24
Klamath Falls - Thursday, January 25
La Grande - Thursday, February 1
North Bend -- Tuesday, February 27
The Dalles -- Monday, March 12
Salem - Monday, March 19

Your participation is extremely valuable to us as we move forward.

Thursday, March 29
IRCO Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line PORTLAND

For more information, contact:
Pamela Heisler, Public Engagement Project Manager, 503-910-7422 | PAMELA.L.HEISLER@state.or.us.
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Raffle winner extends Southern Oregon string of Lottery millionaires
Oregon Lottery - 03/20/18 12:43 PM
March 20, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- Southern Oregon is known for its agriculture, lumber, manufacturing, tourism and, this year, Lottery winners. This week, the Oregon Lottery Raffle top prize winner is the third million-dollar-plus winner from Southern Oregon in 2018.
Damian Shepherd from Phoenix claimed his $1 million Raffle win on Monday at the Oregon Lottery Headquarters in Salem.
"We had six Raffle tickets in a row, and I got the winning number and I was counting up with my tickets 189836, 189837, 189838 -- it was intense and I was wondering if I bought enough in a row to be the winner," Shepherd said. "Then we got to 189839, and it was the fifth out of our six tickets. We got lucky."
The winning number was 189839. Shepherd purchased the ticket at the Albertson's store on Phoenix Road in Medford.
"Our Medford Albertsons employees were so excited to hear that someone local won the $1 million jackpot," said Jill McGinnis, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Albertson's. "Our partnership with the Oregon Lottery creates a lot of fun and excitement in our stores -- for both customers and employees."
In January, two large Powerball jackpots were won by people from Southern Oregon. On Jan. 4, Ron Ceci of Grants Pass won a $2 million Powerball jackpot. On Jan. 11, Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville won $1,000,004 playing Powerball. All three wins happened within a 40-mile radius.
Southern Oregon was also where the largest Powerball win in Oregon was sold. In 2005, a $340 million Powerball prize was purchased at Ray's Food Place in Jacksonville. At the time, that jackpot was the largest ever won in the U.S.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Jackson County, where Shepherd lives more than $30 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Grandview School Board changes dates and times of school board meetings
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 03/20/18 11:20 AM
The Grandview School Board, in an effort to better accommodate its members, made a motion during its meeting on March 19, to change the date and time of future meetings.

The Grandview School Board will now meet at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month through August, with the exception of their July meeting. Their July meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on July 17. In August the board will reevaluate its schedule before adopting an official meeting schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Waste of several Snow Geese in Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 10:09 AM
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Ontario is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the wasting of several Snow Geese that were discovered on private property south of Nyssa.

A Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded to the call on Monday, March 12, 2018 and believes this happened within a few days prior. The Trooper located several snow geese that had been harvested and discarded into a drainage ditch. Some of the snow geese had been processed but several had been left to waste.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-In-Poachers (T.I.P.) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The T.I.P. program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Trooper Brian Wickert at the Oregon State Police Office in Ontario at 541-889-6469 Ext. 4771.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

How to report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

T.I.P. Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

T.I.P. E-mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112946/20180312_112950_(2).jpg , 2018-03/1002/112946/20180312_112802_001_(2).jpg

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Online Vehicle Sale Frauds (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/20/18 10:00 AM
TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - March 20, 2018
TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - March 20, 2018
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against frauds involving the online sale of vehicles and equipment.

This fraud can involve the sale of anything from cars and trucks to RV's, boats and outdoor gear. Since 2014, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has recorded about 27,000 reports of this kind of scam costing victims more than $54 million in losses.

Here's how it works. You are online -- perhaps searching for a new car. You come across an ad for something you really like, and the price listed is really good. You email or text back and forth with the supposed seller -- getting photos and information about the purchase. You question why the price is so much below market value, and the scam artist has an easy answer. Perhaps he received it in a divorce settlement or inherited it from a deceased relative. In some cases, he may say that he is moving soon or is in the military and is getting deployed quickly.

The fraudster may also appear legitimate by claiming a relationship with a reputable company, such as eBay, or a third party which provides a "buyer protection program." He will send you an email -- purportedly from this third party who is managing the transaction. This is all designed to make you feel good about this deal, when in reality this cyber thief is setting you up. The email tells you to call a toll free number, and the call taker will walk you through how you will transfer the money. In many cases, the call taker tells you to purchase prepaid gift cards, provide those card codes to the middle man and then simply wait for delivery of your item.

Of course, the car, RV or boat never shows up -- and the alleged seller is long gone, not answering phone calls, emails or texts.

Here's what you can do to protect yourself:

If the price is well below market value -- take that as a warning.

Research the item and the seller thoroughly -- including the seller's name, email address and phone numbers.

Research any third party businesses that the seller recommends and confirm that that business is legit. Remember that the fraudster will attempt to make himself and these third parties look real by spoofing names, websites and email addresses.

Always verify eBay and PayPal purchases directly through the Web sites, as many scammers send fake email invoices to falsify payment or shipment of items.

Avoid sellers who refuse to meet in person or who will not allow you to physically inspect the car or item ahead of time.

Ask for the vehicle's VIN and license plate number as well as the name of the person who is the current registered owner. Research that information through your state licensing agency or online databases if possible.

Bottom line: Always remember that if the deal appears too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to also report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

Attached Media Files: TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - Audio file , TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - March 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon February 2018
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/20/18 10:00 AM
Oregon's Economy Remains Strong--Adds 2,700 Jobs in February

Oregon's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in January and February. For 14 consecutive months, Oregon's unemployment rate has been close to 4.1 percent, its lowest level since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.1 percent in both January and February.

In February, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,700 jobs, following a revised gain of 4,900 jobs in January. Three major industries each added 1,000 jobs or more: retail trade (+1,800 jobs), construction (+1,000), and health care and social assistance (+1,000). These gains were partially offset by losses of 1,100 jobs in private educational services, 900 in professional and business services, and 700 in manufacturing.

Payroll employment grew by 43,700 jobs, or 2.3 percent, in the most recent 12 months. In that time, gains were fastest in construction (+7,400 jobs, or 7.8%), other services (+3,200 jobs, or 5.1%), and leisure and hospitality (+9,700 jobs, or 4.8%). Meanwhile, growth in professional and business services slowed dramatically, as it added only 2,000 jobs in the past 12 months. The gain of only 0.8 percent was much slower than its average annual growth rate of 4.0 percent from mid-2010 through mid-2016.

Over-the-year job growth numbers for all states were released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 12th. Most Oregon industries ranked high in growth when compared with other states. Oregon's total nonfarm employment grew 2.7 percent from January 2017 to January 2018. That was the fifth fastest job growth among the states, following Utah (3.1%), and Idaho, Nevada, and Washington (each at 2.8%). Oregon's private sector tied with Idaho for the second-fastest job growth (behind Utah). Oregon industries placing in the top three include other services (1st), private education and health services (2nd behind Nevada), leisure and hospitality (2nd behind Utah), and financial activities, which tied for third with New Mexico (behind Idaho and Arizona).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 27th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 17th.


All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon's approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

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

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

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

Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon February 2018 News Release

Lewis & Clark Bridge (SR433) along Columbia River closed for suspicious item hanging off the bridge, Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 7:37 AM
Update - Additional charges added to OWEN

On March 19, 2018, at approximately 10:20 am, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a suspicious item hanging from a rope on the Oregon side of the bridge near a bridge support above Dike Road. The items appeared to be two backpacks suspended by a rope that was tied off to the bridge railing. In the interest of public safety, the bridge was closed and remained closed for approximately four hours while the items were examined by the OSP Bomb Unit.

Additionally, the US Coast Guard restricted the Columbia River traffic during this time.
The OSP Bomb Unit deployed a remote robot, which was used to initially x-ray the bags. The contents of that examination were inconclusive. The Bomb Unit next utilized a high pressure water cannon mounted on the robot to safely reveal the contents of the bags. The bags were determined to contain non-hazardous items like clothing and miscellaneous personal property.

A suspect has been identified as 61 year old Samuel Abram OWEN, from Rainier. OWEN has been arrested for 1st Degree Disorderly Conduct, possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine, 2nd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief and Felon in possession of a restricted weapon and was lodged at the Columbia County Jail. This incident was the result of a dispute between OWEN and another individual and there is no risk to the public's safety.

OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Rainer Police Department, Columbia County Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol and the US Coast Guard.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112925/Contents.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112925/Bridge.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112925/OWEN.jpeg

Two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 in Washington County results in fatality (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 7:32 AM
On Monday, March 19, 2018 at approximately 2:15PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 west of Banks in Washington County. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1998 VW Passat was traveling westbound on Hwy 26. The VW was slowing and coming to a stop in a painted median, preparing to turn left into a local business. The VW was operated by 55 year old Mitchel BRANING, from Banks. A silver 2002 BMW 3 series was also traveling westbound on Hwy 26 when it left its lane, crossing into the painted median where it rear-ended the VW. The BMW was operated by 86 year old George Henry FLEERLAGE, from Portland. BRANING and FLEERLAGE were the only occupants in their respective vehicles.

BRANING was transported by ground ambulance to Tuality Hillsboro Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. FLEERLAGE was pronounced deceased at the scene. A medical emergency and lack of safety restraint use is being considered as factors in this fatality.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Banks Fire, Washington County SO and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Hwy 26 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately four hours as this investigation was completed.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112939/20180319_164819.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112939/20180319_164906.jpg

Mon. 03/19/18
Learn Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes During American Diabetes Association(R) Alert Day(R)
American Diabetes Association - 03/19/18 10:16 AM
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 marks the American Diabetes Association's (ADA'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 only takes a 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 in just 60 seconds.

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 Terry Pollard, Executive Director - American Diabetes Association. "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 7.2 million Americans with diabetes are currently undiagnosed, with 173,000 undiagnosed in Washington specifically. In addition, 84 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 and CVS Pharmacy.

About the American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation's leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding 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 works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA 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)

2018 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 24-31
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/19/18 10:10 AM
Gray whales are migrating north past the Oregon coast and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites visitors to share the excitement during Spring Whale Watch Week March 24-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help people spot the migrating marine mammals.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. OPRD rangers will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales. A live stream of whale activity off of Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/user/OregonParks/)

A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on whalespoken.org. Visit oregonstateparks.org for information about coast parks and campgrounds.

Public input sought on forest management activities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/19/18 7:00 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Annual Operations Plans (AOPs) -- work plans outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting March 19, through 5 p.m. on May 4, ODF invites public comment on proposed district activities for the 2019 fiscal year, which starts on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2019. Additionally, ODF invites public comment on major changes to Implementation Plans and Forest Land Management Classification, as described below.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, resource protection measures, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan (IP) objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. As part of this public comment process, ODF reviews biological assessments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assure federal Endangered Species Act compliance for any sales near Northern spotted owl or marbled murrelet sites.

Concurrent with the AOP public comment period, the Astoria and North Cascade districts are proposing major modifications to their IP landscape designs. The North Cascade District also proposes a major modification to Forest Land Management Classification. The Southwest Oregon District proposes a major modification to its IP harvest type acreage ranges. These modifications are included as appendices in the respective districts' AOP.

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page. Visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx and click on Annual Operations Plans.

An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MYFF57N

To comment on proposed Implementation Plan or Forest Land Management Classification changes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S6JFJGT

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.

Sun. 03/18/18
**Update #3 Couple No Longer Considered Endangeed ** Public Assistance Needed in Locating Missing/Endangered (possibly suicidal) Oregon State University (OSU) Student and Her Boyfriend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 8:53 PM
Update # 3 Couple No Longer Considered Endangered

On March 18, 2018 the Oregon State Police were notified by family that a Salt Lake City, Utah Greyhound employee made contact with both Wick and Eveler. They appeared to not be endangered and were on a bus to Boston.

Both families would like Wick and Eveler to know they are loved and want them to return home. They also want to thank the media for sharing the story and caring for the well-being of Wick and Eveler.

At this time, neither Wick or Eveler are considered endangered.


Update # 2

Oregon State Police continue to investigate the disappearance of Oregon State University student Kiara N. Wick, age 23, and her boyfriend, Jacob A. Eveler, 20.
OSP seeks public assistance with regard to information as to the couple's whereabouts.

On March 17, 2018, a complete review of video footage from Tebeau Hall was finished and it was determined Wick and Eveler were seen, on camera, leaving the residence hall at 9:42 a.m. on March 16, 2018.

It appeared Wick had dyed her hair black and Eveler had shaved his face (and possibly cut his hair). Both Wick and Eveler are seen with backpacks and Wick is carrying a large shopping bag and possibly a yellow folded (rectangular) tent. New photos have been attached to this update.

If anyone has any information please call (541)737-3010. Refer case# SP18-096835


Update on Tip Line
The tip line is (541)737-3010

On March 16, 2018, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Oregon State Police-University Area Command and Oregon State University's Department of Public Safety were notified of a female OSU student and her boyfriend who had been reported missing/endangered by their families. Family members reported the two individuals may be suicidal and the Oregon State Police is seeking public assistance with regard to any information as to the couple's location or their well being.

Kiara N. Wick (age 23 from Milwaukie, Oregon) and Jacob A. Eveler (age 20 from Philomath) were last seen around 2 a.m. on March 16, 2018, on OSU's Corvallis campus in Tebeau Hall (Wick's Residence). Around 3:00 p.m., a vehicle Eveler ,was believed to drive, was found at Eveler's parent's residence in Philomath.

Law enforcement officials have information the couple may be suicidal and are not suspecting foul-play in the pair's disappearance.

Wick is 5'8", 160 pounds with shoulder length (straight) brown hair and has gray/blue eyes. Wick's clothing is unknown at this time.

Eveler is 6'0", 170 pounds with shoulder length (curly) brown hair and has blue eyes. Eveler was last seen wearing a black "Rockstar" sweatshirt, grey Carhartt beanie, and unknown color of pants.

The couple has been known to a drive a second vehicle described as 4-door dark colored sedan in poor condition, but no other information is available about the vehicle. Their direction of travel is unknown but Wick has been known to like the beach and Eveler liked the Burnt Woods area.

If anyone has information regarding Wick or Eveler, please contact:
Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police -University Area Command by calling:
Refer case# SP18-096835

Photos courtesy of facebook

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112878/wick.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/2000000000012197.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112878/2000000000012193.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Tebeau_Stair_Main_2018-03-16_09_42_43_049.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Missing_persons_exiting.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Kiara_Update_(3).jpg

Fatal Crash on Highway 101 South of Yachats (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 7:26 PM
On Sunday March 18th, 2018 at about 1107 hours, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Hwy 101 at milepost 174.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2002 Ford Ranger pickup was northbound on Hwy 101 at MP 174, operated by Jeremy Hackney, age 45, from Coos Bay OR. The Ranger, for an unknown reason, went into the southbound lane while navigating a right hand curve. The Ranger impacted the driver's side of a southbound white 2013 Dodge pickup with a camper. The Ranger then impacted the driver's side of a southbound 1998 white Ford Mini Van that was behind the Dodge pickup. The Ranger continued to the west side of Hwy and rolled onto driver's side. The driver of Ranger, Jeremy Hackney suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at scene. The passenger in the Ranger, Stephanie Hackney age 43 and wife of the deceased was transported to Florence Peace Health Hospital for serious/non-life threatening injuries. No other persons suffered injuries from the crash.

Hwy 101 was closed to one lane for approximately 5 hours following the scene for investigation. OSP was assisted by Siuslaw Fire and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112899/yachats.JPG , 2018-03/1002/112899/yachat.2.jpg

Washington Man Killed in Car Crash near Bly, Oregon. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 2:30 PM
On March 17, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on State Highway 140E, mile post 53, near Bly, Oregon.

Based preliminary information, a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Timothy J. Morris (age 35 from Kennewick, Washington) was traveling eastbound on Highway 140E. Morris' vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. The Elantra came to rest approximately 40 feet north of the westbound lane. Morris was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was a 15 year-old female passenger who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Alcohol and seatbelt usage is being investigated as a possible contributing factor of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Bly Fire Department. The highway was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112896/bly.jpg

Sat. 03/17/18
Oregon Farm Bureau celebrates National Ag Week (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 03/17/18 1:25 PM
March 17, 2018, SALEM, OREGON: March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week, and March 20 is National Ag Day.

Oregon Farm Bureau, the state's largest general agriculture organization, encourages all Oregonians to take a moment to thank the hard-working farm and ranch families across the state and nation during National Ag Week.

"Agriculture benefits all Oregonians by ensuring food security, providing jobs, preserving the environment, and enhancing our quality of life. It's particularly impressive when you realize that farmers and ranchers represent less than 1 percent of the state's population," said Anne Marie Moss, communications director for Oregon Farm Bureau.

"An excellent way to support our farm and ranch families is to buy Oregon-grown products at the grocery store, farmers' markets, and restaurants," said Moss.

> To help Oregonians find local farm stands and u-pick fields, Farm Bureau offers the Oregon's Bounty website at http://oregonfb.org/oregonsbounty/ where visitors can search for local farm stands or u-pick fields.

> To recognize National Ag Week and the invaluable service provided by Oregon's Ronald McDonald Houses, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) members and elected officials will gather at the at the Ronald McDonald House on the Campus of Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m.

Farm Bureau members will donate $3,400 worth of groceries to fill the pantries of the two Ronald McDonald Houses based in Portland. Portland's Ronald McDonald Houses shelter and feed 50 families every night, offering a home-away-from-home for families who have to travel to Portland because their children are seriously ill and require hospitalization or specialized care.

State Representative Janelle Bynum, who serves on the Board of Trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson will be at the East Portland Ronald McDonald House to welcome the Farm Bureau members when the groceries are delivered.

> Oregon agriculture: Did you know?

(Note: Sources for the following stats include the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, Oregon State University, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Ag Census, Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, among others. Find specific source material here: http://oregonfb.org/about/oregon agriculture/)

Find more cool facts about Oregon agriculture on Oregon Farm Bureau's website at http://oregonfb.org/2018agweek/!

?,? 97% of Oregon's farms and ranches are family owned and operated.
?,? Less than 1% of Oregon's population are principal operators of farms and ranches.
?,? Nationally, one farmer supplies food for about 155 people in the US and abroad.
?,? About 1 of every 5 principal operators of Oregon farms and ranches are women, which is one
of the highest percentages in the nation.
?,? The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program reports that 1,200 farms and ranches have
achieved century status for remaining operational and within the same family for at least 100
years. 39 more boast Sesquicentennial status for reaching the 150-year milestone. Now that's
sustainable by any measure!
?,? Oregon farmers, ranchers, and fishers produce more than 225 crops and livestock, making
Oregon one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
?,? Oregon producers also represent a diversity of successful operations. That helps keep the
industry resilient. Big or small, organic or conventional, growing for local or export markets,
Oregon is home to all types of agriculture.
?,? Oregon is the No. 1 producer in the United States for blackberries, boysenberries, and
hazelnuts, raising nearly 100% of the U.S. supply for these commodities.
?,? Oregon is No. 1 in the U.S. for Christmas trees, rhubarb, potted azaleas, crimson clover, and a
few grass seed varieties.
?,? Oregon ranks 6th in the United States in certified organic acreage and 4th in farmgate sales
for organics.
?,? Oregon ranks 6th in the United States in fresh market vegetables.
?,? Oregon leads the way when it comes to Farm to School in the US. 100% of school districts in
Oregon participate at some level with the Farm to School program, compared to 42% of school
districts nationwide. Nationally, 40% of schools participating in farm-to-school programs
sourced milk locally, but in Oregon, that number is 58% and growing.
?,? There are 35,439 farms in Oregon, covering about 16.3 million acres.

Find more facts about Oregon agriculture on Oregon Farm Bureau's website at http://oregonfb.org/2018agweek/


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

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas.

First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising pumpkins, u-pick produce, and flowering baskets at a nearly century-old farm near Boring. He is OFB's 15th president.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/5507/112886/OFB_Logo_green.jpg , 2018-03/5507/112886/NewAgDay_Original.jpg

Arizona Couple Killed in Crash Near Kent, Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/17/18 11:57 AM
On March 16, 2018, at approximately 2:18 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle, double fatal, crash reported near milepost 45 on US-97 in Sherman County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Mercedes station wagon, operated by Pete Masiel, age 58, from Maricopa, Arizona, was traveling southbound when he lost control on a slush covered roadway. Masiel's vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes where he sideswiped a blue 2016 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle that was pulling a box trailer, operated by Cary William Pickner, age 51, from Eagle Creek, Oregon.

After sideswiping the commercial motor vehicle, Masiel was struck broadside by a northbound black 2008 Nissan pickup, operated by Anthony Guerrero De La Paz, age 25, from Moses Lake, Washington. Masiel and his right front passenger, identified as Debra Mary Grosbusch, age 50, also of Maricopa, Arizona, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Pickner, De La Paz, and De La Paz's passenger, identified as Rachel Nicole Tapparo, age 20, from LA Verne, California, were transported via ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed and road conditions are being considered as possible contributing factors of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by North Sherman Fire, South Sherman Fire, Sherman County Ambulance, and Oregon Department of Transportation.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112883/arizona.jpg

Double Fatal 35 Miles East of Seaside (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/17/18 9:08 AM
On March 16, 2018 at approximately 4:45p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a double fatal crash on US Highway 26 near milepost 32 (Tillamook County).

The preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Black Chevrolet Trailblazer, operated by Caitlyn Potter (age 18 from Portland), was eastbound on Hwy 26 and lost control, sliding sideways into the westbound lane. Initially the Trailblazer struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma (no injuries) and then struck a westbound 2017 GMC Acadia in a T-bone fashion.

The front passenger in the Trailblazer, Kendra Cornwell (age 19 from Gresham) was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front passenger in the GMC, Tom Bonneville (age 80 from Windom, Minnesota), was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator, Andrew Bonneville (age 47 from Newberg) and three additional passengers in the GMC were transported to Portland area hospitals. The additional passengers in the GMC were Julia Bonneville (age 77 from Windom, Minnesota) with serious conditions and was transported to Emmanuel via Lair ambulance. Two juvenile passengers (ages 8 and 12) with minor injuries were transported to Emmanuel Hospital. The juvenile passengers are the daughters of Andrew Bonneville. Tom and Julia are the parents of Andrew Bonneville.

Caitlyn Potter was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. Speed and seatbelt usage are being considered a possible contributing factors of the crash.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma was identified as Daniel Fultz (age 35 from Portland) and his two adult passengers were not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Tillamook County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Office. The highway was affected for five hours.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112881/seaside.1.jpg

Fri. 03/16/18
MEDIA ALERT - New Columbia School District Superintendent Named (Photo)
ESD 123 - 03/16/18 7:30 PM
Todd Hilberg
Todd Hilberg
BURBANK, WA -- The Columbia School District Board of Directors announces Todd Hilberg as the new district superintendent, effective July 1, 2018 upon retirement of current Superintendent Dr. Lou Gates.

Mr. Hilberg was one of three finalists identified by the Board of Directors on March 7. The school district, with the aid of Educational Service District 123, began its search for a successor superintendent following Dr. Gates' formal retirement announcement in November 2017. Dr. Gates is retiring after 40 years in education.

According to Brad O'Brien, Columbia School Board Chair, "Mr. Hilberg's name kept rising to the top" throughout the superintendent search process.

"We are very excited for the future of [the] Columbia schools, and we look forward to working with Mr. Hilberg," says O'Brien.

Currently a Superintendent Intern and high school principal for the Selah School District, Mr. Hilberg has 13 years of school administration experience. He is also a familiar figure to the Columbia School District and Burbank community, having worked there as an elementary school teacher and then as middle school Dean of Students until 2007.

"I am thrilled and honored to join the dedicated team of professionals in the Columbia School District," says Hilberg. "As the next superintendent, I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, parents and community to continue making educational excellence a priority. As a former CSD alum, I am excited to bring my family back to Burbank. I would like to thank the school board and community for your support."

Columbia School District has utilized the services of ESD 123 to conduct their superintendent search. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.


Attached Media Files: Todd Hilberg

BLM to Postpone National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/16/18 4:54 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. -- The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it was postponing its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The meeting was delayed when one of its members threatened to sue the BLM because it did not provide 30 days' notice of the meeting.

The dispute arose when the BLM gave 15 days' public notice, as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and -- when "urgent matters arise" - BLM regulations. For non-urgent matters, BLM regulations require 30 days' public notice. In this case, the terms of three board members are expiring on March 31, and without them, the board would not have the quorum necessary in order to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.

A meeting for the board will be set when its new members are seated.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board was established pursuant to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and is regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Act, which governs the establishment and operation of advisory committees and by BLM advisory committee regulations. The Act and the BLM regulations recognize the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our nation's citizens to the executive branch of government.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Help shape the future of coordinated care in Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 03/16/18 2:49 PM
March 16, 2018

OHA seeks public comment on CCO 2.0

The Oregon Health Authority is seeking public input on the next phase of Oregon's 5-year-old coordinated care model that has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, reduced unnecessary emergency department visits and improved preventive care for children and adults.

In the first phase of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) begun in 2012, state and federal policymakers have learned a lot about what is working and what needs more work to continue transforming the state's health care system.

"We are calling this next phase of health system transformation CCO 2.0, and we are asking for public input to help inform policy recommendations that will be included in the next CCO contract," says Zeke Smith, chairman of the Oregon Health Policy Board, which oversees OHA's work.

The current CCO contracts expire at the end of 2019. The new contracts will start in 2020, but state health care leaders need public input now to help shape the contracts.

"We have made great progress on health system transformation, but we still have work to do to integrate mental health and addiction medicine, to reform payment systems that reward providers for quality over quantity and to support the social structures that often prevent people from getting the health care they need," says OHA Director Patrick Allen.

People can provide feedback in a variety of ways:
--Take the CCO 2.0 survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCO2-0
--Attend or testify at a public meeting: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0-meetings.aspx
--Watch for updates on the CCO 2.0 web page: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0.aspx

OHA will add more public meetings to the schedule, including a series of statewide meetings the last two weeks of June.

Gov. Kate Brown has asked the CCOs for improvements in four areas: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Documents/Gov. Brown%27s Letter to the Board.pdf. OHA has developed work plans in each of these areas:
--Maintain sustainable cost growth in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP): http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Sustainable Spending.pdf
--Increase value-based payments that pay providers for quality and outcomes rather than quantity or volume: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Paying for Value.pdf
--Focus on social determinants of health and health equity: factors like poverty and housing access that affect health outside of the doctor's office and can result in health disparities: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Health Equity and Social.pdf
--Improve the behavioral health system, which addresses mental health and addictive disorders: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/CCODocuments/Work Plan - Behavioral Health.pdf

CCOs are community-governed health care organizations that coordinate health care for nearly 1 million Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). The first CCOs started doing business in Oregon in 2012 with a commitment to improve health, provide better health care, and lower health care spending.

There are now 15 CCOs in Oregon coordinating the physical, mental health, addiction medicine, and dental health care needs of their members.

For more information on CCO 2.0, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/CCO-2-0.aspx.

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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: March 20, 2018
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 2:36 PM
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: March 20, 2018

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=100183

Multi-Agency St. Patrick's Holiday Saturation Patrol in Portland Dedicated to Nick Portis
Oregon State Police - 03/16/18 12:26 PM

Contact: Cate Duke
cate.duke@madd.org, (541) 343-8115

Law Enforcement High Visibility Enforcement Saturation Patrol

WHAT: On Friday, March 16, 2018, Mothers Against Drunk Driving(R) (MADD) is partnering with state, county, and local law enforcement to hold a St. Patrick's holiday high visibility saturation patrol. This event is dedicated to Nick Portis, a 17 year old student from Milwaukie High School, who was killed in an impaired driving crash in 2013. Jeanette Robart, mother of Nick Portis, will be in attendance for a dedication ceremony to kick off the saturation patrol event.

WHEN: March 16, 2017 -- 6:00 -- 8:00 pm

WHERE: Portland City Police, SE Precinct, 4735 E. Burnside Rd., Portland, OR

WHO: Invitees to include executive law enforcement personnel from Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County, Oregon State Police, Portland City Council members, Multnomah County Commissioners, Portland City Mayor, Rep. Barker, Rep. Olson, MADD representatives/volunteers, and Jeanette Robart (mother of impaired driving victim).

WHY: To raise public awareness about the importance of planning ahead, before drinking or using impairing substances, to ensure a safe drive home.

MADD wants you to think before you drink this St. Patrick's Day. Please plan ahead and use a non-drinking sober designated driver, Uber, taxi, or other form of ride sharing service to get home safely. Specially trained officers will be out looking for impaired drivers.

For those personally impacted by drunk driving, drugged driving and underage drinking consequences, MADD Victim Services are available at no charge, serving one person every fifteen minutes through local victim advocates and MADD's 24-Hour Victim Help Line, 1-877-MADD-HELP.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112853/3-16-18_HVE_Media_Release_Iwai_(002).docx

FBI Asking for Public's Help Finding Medford Fugitive Convicted of Dealing Methamphetamine (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/16/18 11:27 AM
Alberto Hinojosa2
Alberto Hinojosa2
The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Alberto Hinojoso of Medford, Oregon. On 4/11/16, Hinojosa pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine before a federal judge. The judge set sentencing for April 12, 2017. On or about January 1, 2017, Hinojoso failed to return from a planned trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 4, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted him for failure to appear for sentencing, and a judge issued an arrest warrant.

The FBI has posted Hinojoso's wanted flyer in English and Spanish at: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cei/alberto-hinojosa

Hinojoso is described as follows:

Race: White (Hispanic)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180lbs
Other: Scars on right calf and right finger

Hinojoso's last known address is in Medford, Oregon, although he is known to have family connections in Stockton, California. He is also believed to have ties to Bakersfield, California.

Anyone with information about Hinojoso's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI in Medford at (541) 773-2942 or the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181. In California, call the FBI in Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565 or the FBI in Sacramento at (916) 746-7000.

Attached Media Files: Alberto Hinojosa2 , Alberto Hinojosa1

36 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized During Traffic Stop East of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/16/18 11:23 AM
On Monday March 12, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police stopped a Mexican Plated 2018 Nissan Versa on US Highway 20 MP 18 east of Bend, Oregon. The vehicle was stopped for a speed violation. During the course of the traffic stop an OSP K-9 alerted and a search was conducted. The search resulted in the seizure of over 36 pounds of methamphetamine.

The driver,Michel Alberto Fuentes Burgos (age 28 from Sonora, Mexico) was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of the Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of methamphetamine. Subsequent investigation shows that the vehicle was stolen in February of 2018 in Sonora Mexico and further charges will be forwarded to the DA for consideration.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112844/bend.meth.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112844/bend.meth.2.jpg

"Moving Past Perfectionism and Procrastination" March 19th 5:30 p.m.
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 11:01 AM
YSD HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM PRESENTS - Moving Past Perfectionism and Procrastination
Featuring guest speaker
Lori Comallie-Caplan

Monday, March 19th
5:30-6:30 pm
Lewis & Clark Middle School
1114 W Pierce St
Spanish translation & child enrichment available

"Children who are perfectionists have a need for achievement that does not allow room for mistakes. They have high expectations for themselves and for others. They are the children who erase the page until there is a hole in the paper or those who fail to turn in homework for fear of a mistake being revealed. To the teacher or the parent these children appear to be unmotivated when, in fact, they may be afraid of failure. The fear of failure is actually more motivating than the completion of the task. For much of the early years, schoolwork is often so easy for gifted children that they never learn what it is like to be challenged. When work comes easily and perfect scores are often achieved, they come to expect perfection from themselves. They learn to be perfect and are rewarded for perfection by good grades, parental and teacher praise, and accolades from classmates. They do not learn how to take risks, possibly fail, and then learn from their failures. When finally faced with a daunting task, gifted children may not have the tools to deal with the challenge. This presentation will assist parents with understanding their perfectionist child as well as provide strategies to help them move beyond their perfectionism." -Lori Comallie-Caplan

Lori Comallie-Caplan is a licensed counselor with 30 plus years' experience in the field of counseling, coaching, evaluation, mediation, and educational consultation for gifted individuals. In addition to her practice, Mrs. Comallie-Caplan provides professional development for school districts regarding the social-emotional needs of gifted individuals. She is a member of SENG, serving on the Executive Board as well as a SENG Model Parent Group Master Facilitator and SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator Trainer. She has presented at many gifted conferences and is joining us from New Mexico.

Wapato Schools 36th Annual Cultural Unity Fair
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 10:32 AM
Happy Friday all,

Attached is a release regarding the upcoming 36th Annual Cultural Unity Fair at Wapato Middle School. It's happening on March 29th...I know it may seem a little early for the release...but advance ticket sales start next week. (see release for details)

Anything you can do to help spread the word is incredibly appreciated!

Attached Media Files: Wapato Schools 36th Annual Cultural Unity Fair

UPDATED: Finalists named in high school safety video contest
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/16/18 10:25 AM
NOTE: The earlier release had the incorrect location for one of the high schools. Please use this updated release.

(Salem) -- High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, music, humor, and captivating characters to bolster awareness about workplace safety -- all with the central message, "Speak up. Work safe." The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top seven finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing:


The finalists are:
"Memories" -- Summit High School, Bend
"Phone Drones" -- Parkrose High School, Portland
"Regrets" -- West Albany High School, Albany
"Safety Joe" -- Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis
"The New Guy" -- Dallas High School, Dallas
"The Silent Condition" -- Sprague High School, Salem
"Welcome to Recyc Corp" -- Parkrose High School, Portland

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

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, tasked students with creating a 90-second or less video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. Participants were encouraged to get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job. The videos were judged on originality, youth appeal, overall production quality, and effective use of the "Speak up. Work safe" message.

Contest winners will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held later this spring.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest.


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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.

District expands STEM offerings at both middle schools
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/16/18 10:00 AM
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools will be expanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) electives at the middle schools next fall. The additional CTE funding will allow Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools to enhance elective offerings which may include coding, robotics, engineering, medical detectives, science of technology and green architecture.

Middle school students may also earn high school credits in algebra, geometry and Spanish to allow more flexibility in pursuing advanced and honors classes at the high school level. Middle school participation fees for afterschool activities, including all sports, have been eliminated to reduce barriers. Competitive boys and girls soccer was added at both middle schools last year and Spanish is now offered in grades 6-8. Walla Walla Public Schools is a Google school district and middle school classrooms feature Google services and Chromebook electronic devices to support today's learning. Band, orchestra, choir and highly capable programs are available at both middle schools, as well as dual language bilingual programs, college prep and 21st Century Afterschool programs.


Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/18 5:00 AM
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 189839

The complete list of all 1,801 winning 2018 St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at oregonlottery.org/raffle. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

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

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

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2019.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Thu. 03/15/18
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department opens second comment period for new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain or preserve abandoned cemeteries
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/15/18 3:43 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is opening a second comment period on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is March 30, 2018.

The department made modifications to the proposed rules since the first comment period in December 2017 and is required by law to solicit public comment again. Staff will consider responses from both comment periods in a final recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for its April 2018 business meeting.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. The amendments are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session.

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0040 to 736-054-0150 is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/pages/index.aspx. Comments can be made directly on this webpage, through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov or in writing to OPRD, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

OPRD offers a grant program for protection, restoration and education of historic cemeteries. Information about the program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Historic_Cemeteries_Grant_Program

Kindergarten registration and preschool sign ups start March 28 in Grandview
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 3:28 PM
It's time to starting thinking about kindergarten registration and preschool signups for the 2018-2019 school year.

All Grandview School District elementary schools will start registration and signups on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 & 29. Look below to see times for each school.

Arthur H. Smith Elementary School:
- March 28: 5 to 7 p.m.
- March 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- After Spring Break on Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Harriet Thompson Elementary School:
- March 28 (PreK signup only): 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- March 29 (Kinder registration only): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
- After Spring Break on Fridays in April from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

McClure Elementary School:
- March 28: 5 to 7 p.m.
- March 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- After Spring Break on Fridays until May 25 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Also bring the following documents (preschool just needs to bring proof of home address):
- Immunization records
- Birth certificate
- Proof of home address
- Parent id is required
- For kindergarten child must be 5 years old before Aug. 31, 2018.
- For preschool child must be 4 years old before Aug. 31, 2018.
- Be sure to register at your boundary school.

Kiona - Benton City School Board Scheduled a Special closed Meeting.
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 3:28 PM
The Kiona - Benton City School Board will meet on 3/16/2018 at 3:30 PM in the Board room to discuss personnel matters in executive session.

State approves 16-bed psychiatric hospital in Hermiston
Oregon Health Authority - 03/15/18 3:17 PM
March 15, 2018

The Oregon Health Authority Certificate of Need Program issued a proposed decision today to Lifeways, Inc. for development of a new, 16-bed psychiatric hospital to be located at 1212 West Linda Ave. in Hermiston.

The name of the proposed facility is Aspen Springs Hospital. The facility would be located adjacent to Good Shepherd Medical Center. If a final decision approving the facility is issued, it would serve individuals 18 and older, but not patients considered to be geriatric.

The decision issued today is a proposed decision. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed decision may request the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division to hold an informal hearing. If no informal hearing is requested by March 25, 2018, a final decision will be issued and the applicant and any affected party would have 60 days to request an administrative hearing.

For more information about this project, contact Jana Fussell, Certificate of Need coordinator, at the Public Health Division, 971-673-1108.

Under state certificate of need law, Lifeways, Inc. was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the development of a new hospital. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients.

This project will be subject to further review for any changes to the physical plant, for state licensure, and for federal certification for Medicare and Medicaid if requested.

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State to hold hearing on 'placer mining' rulemaking
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 03/15/18 3:09 PM
Rules relate to in-stream mining for precious metals

Salem -- The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold a formal hearing to seek public comments on proposed new rules that would revise the general authorization for placer mining within essential indigenous salmon habitat (ESH):

March 21, 2018
Department of State Lands -- Land Board Room
775 Summer ST NE
4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

The proposed rules were developed with input from an advisory committee composed of a diverse group of stakeholders, including miners, small businesses, environmental organizations, a tribe and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The rules pertain to a general authorization under the state's removal-fill laws authorizing in-stream placer mining within ESH. The draft rules would modify existing rules by excluding motorized activities from the authorized activities, adding new conditions and making other changes.

Members of the public who are unable to attend the hearing may send comments via mail or email during the public comment period which ends Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Email: rules@dsl.state.or.us; U.S. mail: Anne Friend, Rules Coordinator, Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301-1279.

Additional information is on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Laws/Pages/Rulemaking.aspx

The Department of State Lands protects Oregon's wetlands and waterways for their ecological functions and for the benefits they provide to the state's economy and the well-being of Oregonians. The agency does this through administering the Removal-Fill Law, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967. The Department also protects public ownership rights of Oregon's navigable and tidally influenced waterways by managing the use of state-owned land under rivers, lakes and the territorial sea.

To protect threatened shorebird, share the beach March 15 -- Sept. 15 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/15/18 3:08 PM
Photo credit: Adam Kotaich
Photo credit: Adam Kotaich
Beachgoers are urged to help recovery efforts of the threatened western snowy plover by respecting nesting areas and beach restrictions during nesting season, March 15 -- Sept. 15. Beachgoers will see signs and ropes that identify sensitive plover nesting areas and list restrictions, including dogs (even on a leash), vehicles, kites, drones, camping and fires.

"We're making great strides in reversing the downward slide of this species," said Cindy Burns, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist. "But it takes all of us, so we urge people to do their part to understand nesting season rules and to share the beach this spring and summer."

These federally protected shorebirds nest on open sand along Oregon's beaches. Nests, and especially chicks, are well-camouflaged. During nesting season, human disturbances can flush adult plovers away from their nests as they attempt to defend their young from the perceived predator. Left alone too long, eggs or chicks can die from exposure, predators or people.

Recreation restrictions occur in designated plover management areas, small stretches of beach along the entire coastline where plovers are nesting or could potentially nest. These areas collectively comprise about 40 miles of Oregon's 362 miles of shoreline. Detailed maps can be found on the Oregon State Parks website (http://bit.ly/wsplover) and on the Siuslaw National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/siuslaw/alerts-notices/?cid=fseprd518707#mgmtarea).

On these plover beaches, the dry sand and dunes are closed to all access -- except along official trails and on the wet sand -- to protect eggs and chicks. Visitors may see roped off areas within these plover management areas, which serve to protect the most sensitive habitat; however, all dry sand on both sides of the rope is closed. Wet sand areas on plover beaches remain open to foot and equestrian traffic. All other recreation is off limits, include walking your dog (even on a leash), driving a vehicle, riding a bicycle, camping, fires, and flying kites or drones.

"Visitors will have access to hundreds of miles of beaches without these seasonal restrictions," said Laurel Hillmann, Ocean Shores Specialist for Oregon State Parks. "By planning your trip, you can enjoy the coast and help keep this sensitive bird safe."

Visitors to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area can review https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/recarea/?recid=42465&actid=93 to identify unrestricted recreation areas and information on riding motor vehicles on the sand.

Several land managers oversee beach activity for plover protection, particularly the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed western snowy plovers as a threatened species in 1993. Habitat loss from invasive plants -- as well as human disturbances, including litter and discarded food scraps that attract predators -- have contributed to the birds' decline. The Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative (https://www.saveoregondunes.org/) is working with land managers to develop and implement a restoration strategy as well as raise public awareness about the need to restore the dunes ecosystem for snowy plover, rare plants and animals, and the unique recreation opportunities offered here.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1303/112815/42912_State_Plover_Map(web).pdf , Photo credit: Adam Kotaich

Jackpot win changes everything, except the cat box
Oregon Lottery - 03/15/18 2:06 PM
March 15, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- A lot of things are going to change for William Breese and his wife after winning the $8.9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot this, but some things are constant.

"This changes a lot of things; one thing it won't change is I will still have the clean the cat box," Breese's wife said when the couple claimed their prize Wednesday morning.

The couple found out about the big win Sunday when they stopped at the grocery store after picking up a relative at the airport.

"We finished shopping and I wanted to check my ticket," Breese said. "The machine said to go to Lottery Headquarters. I looked over and saw the jackpot had changed to $1 million on the sign, and that's when I knew I won."

Breese took his ticket home and checked the numbers again. The first number on his Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket was the winner. He had Quick Pick numbers of 09-20-22-25-27-48. When his wife walked into the office as he was checking the numbers, she knew something was up. That's when he told her.

"Just last week my wife gave me the saying, 'From the ocean of abundance, money always comes to me,' and told me to put it in my wallet," he said. "Then this happens."

Now Breese is thinking about tattooing the saying on his arm. He purchased the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven on NE 122nd in Portland. He has become the 283rd Oregon's Game Megabucks millionaire since the game was offered in Nov. 20, 1985. The last Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot that was won was in October and the jackpot was $9 million. Two people picked the winning numbers and split the prize.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Multnomah County, where Breese lives more than $109 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Strategic Plan provides framework for addressing Every Student Succeeds Act success indicators
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 1:56 PM
WALLA WALLA -- This week, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released the names of the schools identified for additional school accountability support as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This new Washington State and federal accountability system, ESSA, uses nine indicators to measure school success. Each indicator score is based on the three most recent years of data.

All schools in the state received an overall composite school score, as well as composite scores for student subgroups. The elementary and middle school scores include English Language Arts (ELA) and math growth and proficiency, English Language (EL) Learner progress, and school attendance. At the high school level, scores include ELA and math proficiency, EL learner progress, graduation rates, 9th grade on-track, and advanced course-taking.

Comprehensive Support Criteria
Comprehensive supports are developed with schools that fall into the lowest performing five percent for all schools across the state or have a graduation rate below 67 percent.
Schools in Comprehensive status will receive additional support, which may include enhanced state funding, coaching, site visits, and additional resources.
Schools in Comprehensive status will remain in this category for three years. Schools may exit after two years if the criteria is met early.

Targeted Support Criteria
Targeted supports are developed with schools that have three or more student groups who fall below the five percent threshold set by all schools.
Schools that have one or two student groups that fall below the five percent threshold will receive a suite of self-directed supports to help spur continuous improvement in their schools.
Schools in Targeted status will remain in this category for three years. Schools may exit after two years if the criteria is met early.

"Washington State's approach to working with identified schools is a more supportive model under ESSA, rather than punitive models in the past under No Child Left Behind," said Christy Krutulis, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. "The district's recently adopted five-year Strategic Plan is aligned with OSPI's identified success indicators which help ensure Walla Walla students have the support they need to be college and career ready. Our reading growth this year shows we are on the right trajectory."

In Walla Walla, the following schools were identified for Comprehensive support based on 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school year combined data: Alternative Education Program (managed by Walla Walla Community College), Blue Ridge Elementary, Lincoln High School and Opportunity Youth Reengagement. The following schools were identified for Targeted support: Berney Elementary, Green Park Elementary, Prospect Point Elementary, Sharpstein Elementary, Garrison Middle School and Pioneer Middle School.

"With the intentional focus we have put on high quality instruction and data review, we expect to witness student academic growth," said Krutulis. "Teachers are already working collaboratively to support student growth toward meeting the expected standards and are committed to providing their students the best education possible."


Meet the Final Candidates for Eisenhower Principal Position
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 03/15/18 12:26 PM
The community (and media) is invited to hear from the final two candidates for the Principal position at Eisenhower High School on Monday, March 19th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the IKE auditorium. Refreshments will be provided.

The final two candidates are Eric Diener, currently the Principal of Wapato High School, and Mike Closner, currently the Executive Director of Attendance and Assessment at the Grandview School District.

The newly selected principal will begin July 1, 2018.

Keizer Officer Involved Shooting After Armed Robbery at Keizer Pizza Hut (Photo) **Update #1 Names Released**
Oregon State Police - 03/15/18 11:08 AM
Updated #1 Names Released

The deceased male has been identified as Ryan Chapman, age 26, from Salem, Marion County, Oregon.

The involved Officer is Keizer Police Officer Tyler Wampler. Officer Wampler has been employed with Keizer Police Department since January of 1992 and is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Pursuant to standard procedures and Senate Bill 111, Officer Wampler has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. Names of any additional officers present at the scene will not be released at this time.

No additional information will be released at this time.


On March 14, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm, Keizer Police Department responded to an in progress, armed robbery at the Pizza Hut at 4492 River Road, N in Keizer.

The suspect fled in a vehicle which patrol officers located and a pursuit ensued. The suspect crashed into another vehicle and then fled on the foot down Springtime Court, NE in Keizer. A confrontation occurred and a Keizer police officer discharged his firearm. The suspect is deceased. No officers were injured in the incident.

The suspect's name will not be released at this time pending next of kin notification. The Oregon State Police is the lead agency with assistance from surrounding agencies. The involved officer's name will not be released at this time.

Chemawa Road, NE is currently close between Tecumseh Street, NE and Kinglet Way, NE. The road will be closed for the next several hours as the Oregon State Police investigate this incident.

No further information is available for lease at this time. Information will be released by the Oregon State Police or the Marion County District Attorney's Office as it becomes available.


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Douglas County Men Plead Guilty to Wildlife Crimes - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/15/18 11:00 AM
Cody MILLER, Dylan MILLER, and Brian PHILPOTT, all from Glide, Oregon pled guilty or no contest to criminal charges filed in Douglas County Circuit Court for Hunting in Violation of Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Take/Possession of a Trophy Bull Elk; which was poached on September 4, 2017.

The investigation conducted by Roseburg Area Fish and Wildlife Troopers determined the three men had taken a co-workers "work only" authorized key without asking permission and entered Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) property through a locked gate; which was clearly posted "No Trespassing Area Closed to all Public Use" due to level four fire restrictions. All three men and two juveniles drove in approximately three miles behind the locked gate to hunt and retrieve the elk, knowing the property was closed to all public use.

On January 29, 2018, Cody MILLER, who shot and claimed the elk, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to pay an $8100 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, $500 TIP fund restitution, $552 meat processing fees, forfeit his bow, forfeit the elk, three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.

On March 12, 2018, Dylan MILLER, who also shot the elk, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to pay a $3450 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, received a three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.
On March 9, 2018, Brian PHILPOTT, who took part in the hunt, processing, and loading of the elk, entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to pay a $3450 share of the $15,000 trophy bull elk restitution, received a three year hunting license suspension, and either 10 days in jail or work crew in lieu of jail time.

The sentences will allow the men to assist Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) with local habitat restoration projects during the completion of their 10 days of assigned work crew if they so choose.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators
Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM) or (OSP)

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Wed. 03/14/18
District names new Director of Fiscal Services (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/14/18 3:05 PM
WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools Fiscal Manager Nancy Taylor has been promoted to Director of Fiscal Services. Taylor replaces Pat Johnston who came out of retirement to serve an interim role to allow time for an extensive search process. Taylor has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools for 11 years. Prior to her fiscal manager position, Nancy most recently served as the district's fiscal coordinator. Prior to Walla Walla, Taylor was employed in the Issaquah School District for 14 years in various business and operational administrative support positions.

"Nancy has been an integral part of the Business Office for many years," said Pat Johnston, Interim Business Manager. "Her knowledge and skills have served the District well and she is the best person to take over the leadership of this important function for Walla Walla Public Schools."

Taylor will begin the transition to her new role immediately, assuming full responsibility in May.

"We are so fortunate to have someone of Nancy's caliber already on staff and who is eager to assume the awesome responsibility expected from the position," notes Superintendent Wade Smith. "Nancy's expertise, ethics, and career demonstrate a commitment towards transparency and accountability in safeguarding the public's resources."


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Lottery win turns newlyweds into house hunters (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/14/18 11:00 AM
March 14, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- Young couples starting out have dreams and plans of the life they want to create together.

Thanks to a winning Scratch-it from the Oregon Lottery, Marisa Luebs and her husband Charles are going to make those goals become reality.

"We were hanging out and decided that we wanted to get out of the house," Marisa said. "So we decided to buy some Scratch-its and see if we could win."

The couple said they never purchase Scratch-its more than $5, but they were feeling adventurous and decided to try the $10 Scratch-its. The first one they played, they won $100,000.

"We were sitting in the car and I just kept scratching it, I couldn't believe it," she said. "At some point I ran out of stuff to scratch on the ticket and we took it inside. The machine made noise and the lady at the store almost didn't know what was going on. She did tell us the sign the ticket immediately."

The newlyweds, who recently moved to Sweet Home, said they still are having a hard time believing they won. The feeling they had in the car in front of the US Mini Mart in Sweet Home hasn't gone away, they said.

"We put the money in the bank, and we want to be very smart with it because this is a great opportunity for us," Marisa, who works at a credit union, said. "We are looking to buy a house, and eventually start a family. We will use most of it for the house, but will probably get a better car. We want to make sure we save a lot of it to have a good future in front of us."

The US Mini Mart in Sweet home will receive a $1,000 selling bonus for selling the winning ticket. So far this year players who live in Sweet Home have won more than $133,000 playing Oregon Lottery games.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Linn County, where the couple live, more than $42.1 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. Projects included water treatment plant upgrades in Lebanon and the Sweet Home School District received more than $1.7 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/4939/112766/Marisa_and_Charles.JPG