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Wed. 11/22/17
For Immediate Release
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 11/22/17 7:08 PM
Student Misconduct Referred To Law Enforcement

Kiona-Benton City School District staff were made aware that certain District students may have discussed a plan to harm another student. The matter was immediately looked into, the sheriff's department contacted and students were emergency expelled. Once the incident had been investigated and evidence gathered the matter was then referred to the District's School Resource Officer [SRO], a Benton County Sheriff's Deputy. After conducting a preliminary investigation, the SRO referred the matter to Sheriff's Department Detectives, who are conducting a thorough inquiry.
The District is concerned, at all times, and above all else, with the safety and physical well-being of its students. District staff reacted accordingly and promptly upon receiving information suggesting that a student may have been at risk.
Because of Federal Privacy Laws, the District is referring all further comment to the appropriate law enforcement officials.

State Health Assessment Steering Committee meets November 30 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/17 4:32 PM
November 22, 2017

What: The third and final meeting of the State Health Assessment Steering Committee

Agenda: Reports from Themes & Strengths Assessment Subcommittee, and Health Status Assessment Subcommittee; develop key findings; provide recommendation on outline and layout of the State Health Assessment.

When: Thursday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A 10-minute public comment period will be held at 1:40 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 918, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. You may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/137894534904412675

Background: Oregon's revised State Health Assessment is one of three prerequisites for public health accreditation. The assessment describes the health of the population, identifies areas for improvement, contributing factors that affect health outcomes, and assets and resources that can be mobilized to improve population health.

-- Health departments are required to participate in or lead an assessment process at least once every five years. This assessment will inform the next version of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). Read more about the SHIP at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/HealthImprovement.aspx.

-- The Public Health Division will use the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, widely used by CCOs and local health departments. The MAPP framework uses six phases. The SHA is developed over the first three phases, while the SHIP is implemented over the second three phases. Get more details on the SHA Overview (pdf) at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Documents/sha/State-Health-Assessment-overview.pdf.

-- The last State Health Assessment was completed in 2012 and consisted of the Public Health Division System Assessment (pdf) which is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Documents/ph-system-assessment-report.pdf, and the State Health Profile (pdf), at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/ABOUT/Documents/oregon-state-health-profile.pdf. 

-- The State Health Assessment is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/state-health-assessment.aspx

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-673-2284, christy.j.hudson@state.or.us.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact: Christy Hudson at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or christy.j.hudson@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting | December 1, 2017
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/22/17 1:10 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR | Conference room 124 A/B
Phone in: 1-877-273-4202 | Pass code: 4978330

AGENDA:
Meeting Called to Order / Roll Call
Public Comment
November 3, 2017 Meeting Minute Approval
Residential Loan Consent Calendar
Multifamily Funding Decisions
Multifamily Energy Program Recommendations for Approval
BREAK
Veteran Program Updates
- Vets RFA Awardee Summary
- Veterans Homeless Framework Discussion
Housing Finance Updates
- 4% LIHTC/Gap Funding Parameters Discussion
- Potential Impacts of Anticipated Federal Tax Reform Bills
Multifamily & Asset Management Modernization and Consolidation Update
Housing Stabilization Updates
- Rent Guarantee Program
- IDA Program
Report of the Director
Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/17 11:03 AM
November 22, 2017

What: The monthly public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board

When: Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave, third floor Room 4. Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: OHA Director's report; OHPB committee updates; Healthcare Workforce Committee updates and promising strategies; Public Health Advisory Board updates; High Cost Drugs Committee development; CCO Maturity Assessment discussion.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Jeff Scroggin at 541-999-6983, 711 TTY, or jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHCS Releases $40 Million to Assist Homeless and At-Risk Oregonians
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/22/17 10:22 AM
SALEM, OR -- Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is pleased to announce the release of $40 million in funding to provide homeless prevention and assistance to Oregonians statewide. These resources will be implemented by Community Action Agency partners across the state and delivered through the Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) program and State Homeless Assistance Program (SHAP) administered by OHCS. Both of these resources are used to immediately get Oregonians off the street and into shelter and help them eventually find long-term, stable housing.

"OHCS and the Community Action Agencies have an important opportunity to use this historic investment to make significant progress toward our goals of reducing homelessness, reaching the hardest to serve, and ensuring that Oregonians have a safe and stable place to call home," said Governor Brown.

In recognition of the homeless crisis facing communities across the state, the 2017 Oregon Legislature invested a historic $40 million (a fourfold increase) in funding to prevent and end homelessness. The Legislature also approved $1.5 million to further help homeless veterans in Oregon. The most recent homeless Point-in-Time count found 13,953 people in Oregon are without a permanent place to call home. This number represents a 6% increase, or an additional 777 people, compared to the last count in 2015.

"OHCS and our partners take the stewardship of this investment very seriously," said Margaret Salazar, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. "We recognize the potential for dramatic impact with these funds and are excited to partner with the Community Action Agencies. With these funds we can prevent more Oregonians from falling into homelessness, rapidly rehouse people living on the streets, expand community shelters, and plan ahead for cold weather."

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Need a good holiday meal discussion topic? Try family health history
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/17 9:38 AM
November 22, 2017

Oregonians encouraged to talk about chronic diseases that can run in families

For some people, preparing for the Thanksgiving meal means getting ready to debate politics, endure a relative's relationship advice or defend your pick for the best "Game of Thrones" episode.

The Oregon Health Authority suggests another dinner table discussion topic this holiday season: family health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving "Family Health History Day" to help focus attention on the importance of family health history and the role genetics plays in overall health. Common diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as rare diseases like hemophilia and cystic fibrosis, tend to run in families, and Thanksgiving is a good time to raise the subject when everyone--including many people you don't see but once a year--is in the room.

"Family health history is often called the first genetic test. It can help people, their families and clinicians see potential risks and take action to reduce those risks or catch a disease early," said Summer Cox, genetics coordinator in the OHA ScreenWise program.

OHA offers the following tips for discussing family health history:
--Start with your parents: Close relatives such as parents and siblings are the most telling when it comes to your health history. Start with them and branch out from there.
--Use free online tools and resources:
----My Family Health Portrait at https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/FHH/html/index.html
----Does It Run In the Family? at http://www.geneticalliance.org/publications/fhhtoolkit
----The Talk Health History Campaign at http://www.talkhealthhistory.org/
--Talk to a doctor or genetic counselor: Make your family health history a topic of conversation at your next doctor's appointments. If you have concerns, asked to be referred to a genetic counselor.

OHA also offers genetic information and counseling through the ScreenWise program at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HealthyPeopleFamilies/Women/HealthScreening/Pages/Index.aspx. The program supports a statewide network of providers in offering breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular and genetic screening for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Information on patient eligibility for the ScreenWise program is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/WOMEN/HEALTHSCREENING/Documents/ELIG_SW_Checklist_FY17.pdf.

For further guidance and screening, contact 211 at http://211info.org/.

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Tue. 11/21/17
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct combat readiness exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/21/17 8:42 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct a 24 hour combat readiness exercise November 21-22, 2017.

This exercise tests the wing's ability to generate air power within roughly 24 hours after being notified. This allows the wing commander to evaluate the wing's ability to respond with minimal notice and meet or exceed the tasking timelines. The exercise will end after 12 F-15's take off on the morning of November 22nd.

B-roll will be available to download after 3:00 p.m. at https://www.dvidshub.net/search/?filter%5Bunit%5D=142FW&filter%5Btype%5D=video&sort=date



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DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/21/17 3:41 PM
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:00 on December 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room A235 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

Mini Basic Facilitator Development
Instructional Materials
Instructors
Next Steps / To Do's

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## 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.

Committee looking at how to balance air quality and controlled burning will meet in Roseburg on Dec. 6
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/21/17 1:29 PM
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- On Wednesday, Dec. 6, a broad-based committee will meet in Roseburg to discuss forestland smoke. The Smoke Management Program Review Committee will continue its task of recommending improvements for how the state can use controlled burns to improve forest health and protect nearby residents from wildfire while minimizing smoke impacts on communities to protect public health.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Frear St. in Roseburg. It will last from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an opportunity for public comment during the noon hour. The meeting space 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 meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The 20-person committee was appointed by the Oregon Department of Forestry working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The committee is made up of forest landowners, public health representatives, the American Lung Association, forest collaboratives and environmentalist groups, county and city elected officials, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and a tribal representative.

The committee is seeking to produce a set of recommendations for the departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality to consider. The committee's work will be presented to the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission in 2018. Committee recommendations will also inform potential updates to the state's Smoke Management Plan. That plan is administered by ODF and approved by the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission. The Smoke Management Plan is part of the state's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act.

According to ODF records, last year controlled fires were set on 181,800 forested acres in Oregon, above the 10-year annual average of 165,999 acres. Those fires burned an estimated 1.3 million tons of woody debris. Peak burning is in the spring and fall.

The committee is expected to hold one more meeting -- on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in Salem.
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OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Week
Oregon State Police - 11/21/17 11:57 AM
OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Week. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Eugene.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend - This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time (more traveling tips at the bottom of this release). Know the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripchceck.com

Winter travel - Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roadways.

For those traveling Oregon's mountain passes, expect snowfall and winter driving conditions. Know when traction tires are required by visiting tripcheck.com. Too often these mountain pass crashes are caused by those not using traction tires. These crashes cause delays that last hours at times. If chains are the traction device, know how to install or use them. Too often we find motorists struggling in deep snow and below freezing conditions attempting to put them on for the first time.

November 24th and 25 - Black Friday Shopping at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has been historically major traffic issues on Interstate 5 in Woodburn on Thanksgiving evening and the following Friday due to the high volume of shoppers frequenting the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has traditionally been backed up traffic prior to the Woodburn exit. Motorists are asked to consider taking alternate routes to Woodburn.

OSP will be focusing enforcement efforts on motorists driving on the shoulder of I-5, parking on the shoulder of I-5 and any other hazardous behavior. Another particular issue has been motorists driving past the backed up traffic and then trying to squeeze in prior to the Woodburn exit. OSP will be in the area actively enforcing traffic laws.

November 25 - Oregon State University versus University of Oregon Football Game in Eugene at 4PM. OSP is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 5 to expect high volumes of traffic in the mid-Willamette Valley before and after the game. OSP is urging those attending the game to take your time, plan ahead and have a designated driver.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

DPSST Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/21/17 11:50 AM
COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
November 21, 2017

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-808-6929- and Participant code: 8917117

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

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes -- August 15, 2017
Approve the minutes of the August 15, 2017 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

3. Proposed Rule Change for OARs 259-060-0010, 259-060-0120, 259-060-0135 and 259-060-0300 - SB 39 and suspension of armed professionals and firearms instructors for failure to complete annual refresher training/marksmanship
Presented by Jennifer Howald

4. Review of Public Comment and Rulemaking Hearing Summary for the Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-060-0300 Establishes Emotional Standards for Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. Department Update

6. Subcommittee Reports

7. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- February 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting

## 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.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against the Dangers of Using Social Media While Traveling
FBI - Oregon - 11/21/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against the dangers of using social media while traveling.

You know you've been there. You are scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, and your friends are posting annoying photos of themselves at some beautifully exotic beach... or mountain climbing in some gorgeous remote location. Some day... you think... you will be the one to show off your family photo from the happiest place on earth. Or, maybe, a shot of yourself lounging on a sailboat in the Caribbean.

Social media is often the fastest and easiest way to communicate -- that is make your friends jealous -- when you are away. But hitting "submit" on that post it is not always the safest way to go.

By telling people where you are -- and are not -- you are giving criminals a huge advantage. Here are just some of the ways you are making yourself, and your family, vulnerable:

Burglars now know that your home is an easier target.

Family members may become more susceptible to virtual kidnapping scams. The bad guy knows you are traveling in whatever country. He calls your mom, convinces her you have been taken hostage and demands money. She can't get ahold of you because you are busy parasailing, and she ends up paying the ransom while fearing for your life.

Fraudsters can use your flight info or other details to launch a "phishing" attack on you. You receive an email or text from your supposed airline about your flight... only to find out later that you have now downloaded malware or given out more personal info that can be used for identity theft.

So what to do?

Check your social media account privacy settings to make sure you are using the most secure options available. Only let chosen friends view your account.

Resist the urge for more followers, and only accept those people you know face-to-face as friends.

Don't post pictures on your feeds until you return home.

Don't post information about your flights, hotel reservations or specific activities that you are doing. Likewise, do not "check in" from any of these locations.

Finally, take this time to just unplug and enjoy. There will be plenty of opportunities to make your friends jealous after you return.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.



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Lori Froehlich named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County (Photo)
Pacific Power - 11/21/17 9:05 AM
Lori Froehlich is the new regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County.
Lori Froehlich is the new regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County.
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Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 21, 2017

Lori Froehlich named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County

YAKIMA--Klickitat County native Lori Froehlich has been named regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County

Pacific Power serves more than 100,000 customers in the county. Froehlich will work with community leaders in government, business and the nonprofit sector on energy issues, but also help improve the communities in general. She will support customers throughout the county including the communities of Grandview, Granger, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Zillah, Union Gap, Yakima, Selah, Naches and Tieton.

"I grew up in Klickitat County and am very familiar with the area," said Froehlich. "I have many friends and family that reside in this area and am looking forward to becoming part of all the different communities here."
Froehlich has worked in the power industry since 2004 with the Klickitat Public Utility where she developed strong skills in customer care, billing issues and storm and outage management. She has a degree in operations management from DeVry University.

She has recently moved from Goldendale to Naches. Froehlich loves exploring the outdoors with her dog Foxy, a rescue mutt. She enjoys backpacking in the nearby wilderness areas, hunting and fishing the fall, and snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.

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Attached Media Files: Lori Froehlich is the new regional business manager for Pacific Power in Yakima County.

Educational Programs & Operation Levy Coming to Finley Voters (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 11/21/17 7:00 AM
Finley Levy 2018
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FINLEY, WA -- Finley voters will be asked to approve a $1 million Educational Programs & Operation Levy on February 13, 2018. During last night's regular meeting, the school board approved the Levy Resolution and corresponding tax rate, which is $2.65 less than the District's current levy rate. If approved by the voters, these levy funds will be used to maintain staff, operating expenses, and essential programs that are still under-funded (or not funded at all) despite 2017 legislation regarding the State's order to amply fund K-12 education.

Finley Superintendent, Lance Hahn, says that school funding has remained ambiguous for public schools, even after the 2017 Legislature passed the "McCleary Solution" bill, dramatically altering how the State funds basic education.

"We're like many school districts across the States," Hahn says. "Finley needs to run an operations levy to sustain our existing programs." These programs include special education, transportation, technology, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and teacher training.

The proposed 2018 levy will replace the current levy Finley voters approved in February 2014. Finley's two-year levy rate is set at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value (down from $4.15 in 2014), and the levy will be collected in 2019 and 2020.

Detailed information, materials, and resources on Finley's proposed levy can be found on the District's website at www.finleysd.org. Those with questions regarding the levy are encouraged to contact the Superintendent's Office at 509.586.3217.

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Attached Media Files: Finley Levy 2018

Oregon to continue health coverage for kids despite Congress' failure to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program
Oregon Health Authority - 11/21/17 6:00 AM
November 21, 2017

In response to a letter from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority will continue health coverage for 80,000 children and 1,700 pregnant women who rely on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for vital health services such as prescriptions, doctor's visits, preventive care and emergency care.

Congress failed to renew funding for the program in September, but Oregon secured $51 million in one-time left over CHIP funds to last through December. After that the state runs out of money to cover children on CHIP.

OHA notified the Governor's office that because Congress hadn't acted, many Oregon children could lose their health benefits at the end of the year.

In her letter, the Governor asked OHA to work with its coordinated care organization partners to extend coverage through the end of April even if that means creating a shortfall in the state's budget to fund the program.

"These kids are from vulnerable families and they rely on CHIP to pay for vital medical care," said Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "It would be a tragedy for them to lose coverage or have an interruption in coverage because Congress has failed to act."

CHIP covers children from low- and middle-income families whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid but who may struggle to afford to buy coverage in the marketplace.

Currently 120,000 Oregon children and 1,700 pregnant women rely on the federally funded program.

Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Oregon must continue to cover 40,000 children in the program whose families meet the federal Medicaid income guidelines. Eighty-thousand children whose family income exceeds those guidelines are in danger of losing coverage if Congress does not act.

OHA has asked the coordinated care organizations to continue coverage for these kids through April.

CHIP funding has been an integral part of Oregon's health transformation effort, which includes providing coverage for all Oregon kids. Ninety-eight percent of children in the state have health insurance.

Watch a video featuring a family that was helped by the CHIP program.

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Links:

Governor Kate Brown's letter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cO4Oy2eB8Bq9KaueY49Kap4QnQIXuU6H/view?usp=sharing

Video of a family that was helped by CHIP: http://www.95percentoregon.com/feature-stories.html

Mon. 11/20/17
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Reports Inmate Death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/20/17 3:56 PM
Matthew Tracy
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died this morning of natural causes at an area hospital. His death was expected.

Matthew Tracy, 65, was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017. He had been housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Intake Center in Wilsonville.

Tracy entered DOC custody on September 21, 2017 on three counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Jackson County. His earliest release date was May 31, 2026.

Next of kin has been notified.

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




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Holidays are Here; If You See Something, Say Something(TM) (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 11/20/17 2:02 PM
OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.
OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.
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Salem, OR -- November 20, 2017 -- If You See Something, Say Something. This is the hallmark slogan of a nationwide campaign launched by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. Oregon's Office of Emergency Management recently partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" public awareness initiative.

OEM encourages everyone this holiday season be watchful in any event or gathering with crowds, at airports and at shopping malls. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1. Suspicious activity might be a vehicle parked in an odd location, an unattended backpack or unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest.

"Informed and alert Individuals play an important role in keeping our communities safe," says OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "We want to remind people to pay attention to their surroundings -- during the holiday season and throughout the year -- and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1."

The "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" campaign--originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign--is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper law enforcement authorities.

The Department launched the "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" campaign in conjunction with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative--an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation and fusion centers for analysis.

OEM is promoting the initiative with other state agency partners including the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fusion Center and Oregon Military Department.

Print and broadcast PSAs are available for media use in a variety of lengths and sizes. To obtain copies, contact public.info@state.or.us.

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Oregon Employers Will See Lower Unemployment Tax Rates in 2018
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/20/17 8:27 AM
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will be lower in 2018. Tax rates will drop to schedule three for employers that pay into the unemployment insurance system.

Tax schedule three includes an average rate of 1.97% for the first $39,300 paid to each employee. In 2017 Oregon operated on schedule four which had an average rate of 2.26%. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.

Oregon annually adjusts employer tax rates using eight tax schedules based on the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates represents part of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund law. Each September a formula contained in state law determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous Unemployment Insurance experience.

The last time Oregon was on tax schedule three was in 2009. A healthy economy and strong job growth helped to contribute to the reduction.

As a result of this approach, Oregon has one of the strongest trust funds in the nation. The trust fund provides support for temporarily unemployed workers, their families, and communities while minimizing the impact on employers. This approach allows this support without having to reduce benefits to workers, increase employer taxes, or borrow from the federal government as most other states had to do for the Great Recession.

The Oregon Employment Department mailed notifications to businesses last week regarding their individual tax rates and encourages employers to wait until they receive their individual notice before attempting to contact the department with questions. Any employer who has not received their notice within the next couple of weeks should contact the Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Insurance Tax Section. Contact information may be found online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov.