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05/05/15
Oregonians trace the path to success through public schools
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/05/15
In a video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign, 10 adult Oregonians describe how their public school experiences led to professional successes.

Among them are Dan Wieden, co-founder of an internationally recognized advertising firm, Linda Tamura, a Hood River historian and author, and Greg Bell, an author and motivational speaker. Along with the other video subjects, they emphasize the need to invest in public schools.

"Public schools are our gift to our kids," Tamura says. "They're our future."

The "Promise" campaign, which launched last November, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. The newest video is among several featured on the campaign website, www.promiseoregon.org

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
MEDIA ALERT - Tri-Cities Fever Players Are Out to Lunch with Finley Students
Finley Sch. Dist. - 05/05/15
FINLEY, WA - Lunch time on Wednesday, May 6 will not be an ordinary school lunch period at Finley Middle School. From 10:30 to 11:35 AM on May 6, students at Finley Middle School will get to enjoy a meet-and-greet with the Tri-Cities Fever football players as part of an Attendance Matters competition.

Finley Middle School students won the privilege of lunching with the Fever players, thanks to the school's high attendance numbers at an April 3 Attendance Matters Fever football game. The school with the highest attendance at the April 3 game won a meet-and-greet with the Fever. Since Finley tied with another Kennewick middle school for highest number, Fever owner, Teri Carr, generously offered for the team to visit both schools.

Finley Middle School Principal, Michael Harrington, says that FMS students are eagerly awaiting the upcoming lunch with the Fever.

This is Finley's first year participating in Attendance Matters," says Principal Harrington, "so it is really exciting to see that our school had such great representation at the April football game and won this opportunity."

Fever players will have lunch with Finley students on May 6, offering words of encouragement regarding the importance of regular attendance at school. Attendance Matters is an initiative through the Benton-Franklin United Way, focusing on the significant impact attendance has on students' academic success. (See attached flyer.)

All Finley students in grades 6th through 8th will have the opportunity to participate in the meet-and-greet lunch with the Tri-Cities Fever on May 6 from 10:30-11:35 AM. Finley Middle School is located at 37208 S. Finley Road, Kennewick, WA 99337. For more information, contact Finley PIO, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Attendance Matters Info Flyer
Electricity outage in Yakima set May 6 to upgrade equipment, improve reliability
Pacific Power - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Electricity outage in Yakima set May 6 to upgrade equipment, improve reliability

YAKIMA, Wash. - Approximately 135 Pacific Power customers in Yakima will have their electricity interrupted Wednesday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so crews may upgrade equipment at a substation to improve reliability.

The outage will affect the area along Summitview Avenue from 40th Avenue to 60th Avenue and north to include addresses on Uplands Way, Snowmountain Road and Avalanche Avenue. Gilbert Elementary School will not be affected. Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"We want to thank our customers ahead of time for their patience," said Bill Clemens, regional community manager. "Upgrading the substation equipment will improve reliability and should make for fewer and shorter outages in the future."

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.



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05/04/15
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 95 near MP 39 - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/04/15
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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterdays fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 39 in Malueur County.

Preliminary information indicates that on May 3, at approximately 10:38 a.m., a black 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by DINO E. MOSCHETTI, 55, of Pleasanton CA, was southbound on highway 95 and attempted to overtake a 1990 Peterbilt water truck. As the Peterbilt, being driven by MICHAEL E. RAINE, 75, of Jordan Valley, made a left turn onto a private road the motorcycle crashed into the back of the truck.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a Boise Idaho area hospital by air ambulance where he later died. The driver and 16-year-old passenger in the Peterbilt water truck were not injured during the crash. OSP is continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Jordan Valley Ambulance.

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


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Oregon Air National Guard general appointed Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/04/15
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SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guard Brigadier General Michael E. Stencel, Air Component Commander, has been appointed as the Air National Guard's Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force.

The 11th Air Force, based at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, plans, conducts and coordinates air operations in accordance with tasks assigned by the commander of Pacific Air Forces. It serves as the force provider for Alaskan Command, the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and other unified commanders.

Stencel will assist the commander of 11th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy, who is also the senior military officer in Alaska, in his responsibilities for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area. Stencel will also assist in the activities of more than 21,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all services. Additionally, Eleventh Air Force oversees the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations, including security and civil support actions.

Stencel, who was notified of the appointment in March, will serve in the dual-hat position for a period of three years while maintaining his position as Oregon's Air Component Commander.

"Mike's appointment to 11th Air Force reflects his exceptional leadership and recognized potential for increased responsibility. His selection also highlights the critical role the Oregon Air National Guard plays in the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of the Oregon National Guard in the overall Pacific theater. This is a great day for Brigadier General Stencel and his family, and the Oregon National Guard." said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

For more information, visit the 11th Air Force website at: http://www.jber.af.mil/11af/. To see a factsheet on the 11th Air Force, go to: http://www.jber.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=13259

To review or download the official military biography for Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, go to: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2452


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/962/84101/BG_Mike_Stencel_Mar_2014.jpg
May is Wildfire Awareness Month: Create a circle of safety around your home (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/04/15
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Oregon's record-low snowpack and dry spring have fire officials concerned about drought and the potential for the driest summer wildfire conditions in 25 years.

May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month, and the Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and fire educators statewide are spreading the word on ways to help prevent human-caused wildfires, as well as how to protect a home in the event a fire encroaches.

"In a large fire event, firefighters may not have the capacity or resources to defend every home. Just as you lock the doors to keep your home and family safe, think of creating a fuel-free defensible space around your home to reduce fire danger and provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

The true culprits are a wildfire's hot embers. They can travel through the air, a mile or more ahead of a wildfire, and come to rest in the leaf debris on the roof or in flammable plants in the landscaping where they eventually smolder and ignite. "You can't control where these embers land, but you can control what happens when they do."

CLEAN
The best place to start is with the house and the first 30 feet that extends from the outermost part of the house, including detached garages and sheds. The roof is the most vulnerable part of the home. Regularly clear leaves or needles from the roof and gutters, and cut back tree limbs that overhang the roof.

CLEAR
Remove any combustible natural or human debris, such as leaves, branches, and gas or paint cans that tend to collect near the home, under stairs, decks, and porches. Also important: Relocate firewood at least 30 feet from the home or store it in an enclosed shed.

LANDSCAPE
Landscaping should contain low-growing, fire-resistant plants that are spaced carefully so as not to lead a fire to the home. Rake leaves and debris from the yard, mow grass, prune trees six to 10 feet up from the ground, and keep plants well watered to prevent a surface fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames from trees to the house. Properly placed deciduous trees can actually protect a home by blocking a wildfire's intense heat.

Fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways, and green lawns can stop the advance of a fire by starving it of flammable vegetation.

In the zone 100 to 200 feet from the home, trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in, so canopies are not touching.

Wildfire does not have to consume everything in its path. The more a homeowner can accomplish before fire season, the more it will improve a home's chances of surviving a wildfire.

"It's peace of mind knowing that if you leave your home for a stretch of time, it will still be standing when you return," Babbs said.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org and www.keeporegongreen.org

Other Wildfire Awareness Month tips coming soon:
During May also watch for fire prevention tips on backyard debris burning and campfires.

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*** Charging Correction - Media Update *** Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 42S near Bandon - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/04/15
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 42S at milepost 7.5 near Bandon.

According to OSP Sergeant Dave Aydelotte, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup stopped on Lampa Lane attempted to pull out onto Highway 42S but turned into the path of an oncoming motorcycle that was westbound. The motorcycle, a 2006 Honda CBR, swerved but was unable to avoid the pickup and impacted it behind the drivers side door near the front of the bed. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as WILLIAM LOVE, 46, of Coquille, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. The female passenger on the motorcycle, identified as 34-year-old CARRIE MURRAY, of Portland, was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

*** The driver of the Ford pickup, identified as SHELLY CORBIT, 47, of Cottage Grove, was not injured and has not been cited at this time but charges are pending. OSP is continuing the investigation into this crash. ***

The passenger in the pickup was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Bandon Fire Department and the Coos County Crash Team.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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05/02/15
South Salem High School student wins safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/02/15
Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub.
Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub.
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(Salem) - John Patterson, a student from South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled "Lorenzo's Blog," which promotes young worker safety and the importance of speaking up. The video, told from a first-person diary perspective, depicts Lorenzo's struggle with finding a job and ultimately being asked to do unsafe duties. South Salem High School also won a matching amount of prize money.

"My grandpa died from asbestos and he worked in a factory when he was really young," said Patterson. "I thought that making this video would help people who should have a voice and encourage young people to speak up."

The other winners are as follows:

Second place ($400):
"This is My Scar"
Joshua Elliot, Robert Elliot
South Salem High School

Third place ($300):
"Work Safety for Teens"
Zachary Tennant
La Pine High School

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards Saturday during a special screening at the Northern Lights Theatre in Salem. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety for young workers, with the theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Students were asked to create a video with a teen job safety and health message and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message. All of the winning videos, as well as the other finalists, are available for viewing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhw4U8dnwg5OKrKsxo0rvrLa.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Northern Lights Theatre Pub, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

Follow the contest conversation on social media with the tag #Oyesvideo.

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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a registered nonprofit that strives to prevent 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 www.youngemployeesafety.org


Attached Media Files: Finalists from South Salem, Sunset High, South Wasco County, and St. Helens attended Saturday's screening event at Northern Lights Theatre Pub. , South Salem students, pictured here with their teacher (middle), took home first and second place honors in the 2015 contest. , John Patterson, a senior at South Salem High School, won $500 for his first-place video titled “Lorenzo’s Blog.”
05/01/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session, Board Meeting, Executive Session: May 5, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 05/01/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session, Board Meeting, Executive Session: May 5, 2015

As per the attached agenda ~

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015/2015-05-05+BOARD+MEETING


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1288/84062/05.05.15_SB_00_Board_Meeting_AGENDA.pdf
FBI Director Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/01/15
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FBI Director James B. Comey has presented an Oregon immigration attorney, Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura, the Director's Community Leadership Award for her work fostering strong relationships between law enforcement and vulnerable communities. Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura received the honor during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura is President of the board of directors for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and serves as a Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.

Over a period of many years, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura has helped to create powerful partnerships between the FBI and various diverse populations in Oregon. For more than five years, she has led a group of multi-cultural community leaders who have helped to promote and support the FBI's Youth Leadership Academy in Portland. This program brings together high school students from throughout the region to learn about the FBI's role in the community; to develop leadership skills; to explore various career options; and to match at-risk teens with mentors.

"My elders have taught me that I may not have a choice about the hardships in my past but that I have the choice to make life better for myself and others in the future. They have taught me over and over again the importance of treating every human being with kindness, compassion, and love. One act that you do to improve the world for that one person may not seem like much at the moment, but if you can change the life of one person for the better with your kindness, you have changed the course of history," said Ms. Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura.

In addition to her other volunteer work, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura serves on the board of directors for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association; serves on the Oregon Attorney General's Task Force for Crime Victims' Rights Enforcement; and is the chairperson for the Oregon Department of Justice's Immigrant Crime Victim's Enforcement subcommittee.

"The energy and passion that Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura brings to each and every day is beyond compare," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "What she does goes beyond 'work.' She has a calling to serve the most vulnerable people in our community--those affected by sex trafficking, violence, and the like. She exemplifies what it means to be a humble--yet effective--leader and is, without a doubt, worthy of recognition."

Originally from Laos, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura resettled with her family as a refugee in northern California in 1980 and became the first among her relatives to pursue higher education. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a double major in English and Philosophy before earning her law degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Over time, Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura has focused her work in the areas of civil rights, international law, victims' rights, and racism in law. For many years, she has worked with at-risk children, survivors of domestic violence, and victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura is an attorney with the law firm of Marandas & McClellan, where she specializes in helping immigrants and victims of violence.

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

A high resolution image of Ms. Sinlapasai-Okamura receiving her award from FBI Director James B. Comey can be downloaded at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2014/portland


Attached Media Files: Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura
First look at 2016 proposed health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/01/15
Salem - Beginning today, Oregon consumers can see proposed rates for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division on April 30. The division must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

"Today marks the beginning of a two-month process in which the division will rigorously review each health insurance rate request to ensure that it is reasonable and justified," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali.

The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. These two plan types cover about 10 percent of Oregonians.

In the individual market, 15 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 1.9 percent decrease to a 52 percent increase. In the small group market, 15 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 10.6 percent decrease to a 22.2 percent increase.

"Oregon is known nationally for its thorough and transparent rate review process," Cali said. "We encourage Oregonians to make their voice heard and participate in the rate review process."

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which is open until June 25. The public can submit comments online and during public rate hearings.

The division has made a few changes to the rate review process that take effect this year as it reviews 2016 plans. These changes will provide more clarity to the division's analysis of proposed rates. To learn more about the rate review process and recent changes, visit www.oregon.gov/dcbs/insurance/healthrates/documents/new-2016.pdf.

To search rate filings, submit comments, and find more information about the rate review process, visit oregonhealthrates.org. Once scheduled, hearing information will also be posted to this website.

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The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1073/84043/2016_Proposed_Average_Health_Insurance_Rate_Requests_05-01-15.pdf
Schools projected to face $358 million bill from PERS ruling
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/01/15
Thursday's state Supreme Court ruling on a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) lawsuit could cost Oregon's K-12 schools as much as $358 million in the 2017-19 biennium, according to official government estimates.

The state Legislative Fiscal Office (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/lfo/Documents/2014-6_PERSReformsReversalImplications.pdf) reached that figure by estimating that PERS rates that school employers pay would rise by an average of 5.5 percent in 2017-19. Additionally, state government PERS employer rates, excluding K-12 schools and local government, would rise an estimated $319 million for 2017-19.

Unless the state Legislature takes action, those projected rate increases would continue to add significant costs to schools and other government agencies well past 2019, the fiscal office projects.

Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, said he is hopeful that legislators will act swiftly to mitigate the financial blow schools are facing for 2017 and beyond.

"Figures of this magnitude have a direct effect on the quality of education Oregon schools can offer," Green said. "Unless we can find a solution - and soon - our schools will face the very real prospect of teacher layoffs and cutting school days.

"Oregon cannot afford to shortchange its students. Our state economy depends on a thriving education system."
Pick up LED bulbs at a price that shines
Pacific Power - 05/01/15
Contact: Tom Gauntt, (503-813-7291) May 1, 2015
Email: tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pick up LED bulbs at a price that shines
Discount pricing from Pacific Power available for a limited time at select retailers.

YAKIMA, Wash.--Don't miss out on a great chance to stock up on energy-efficient LED bulbs. For a limited time, select retailers in Washington are teaming up with Pacific Power to offer discounted LED three-packs for just $5. This offer is good from through May 17 at The Home Depot in Yakima and Costco's Union Gap location. It's the perfect opportunity to make the switch to long-lasting bulbs that will save you energy and money.

Qualified LEDs may last up to 25 brilliant years and use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. That means fewer trips to the store and less time climbing the ladder to switch them out. Plus, the savings help lower your energy costs.

This special offer from Pacific Power is limited to eight $5 LED three-packs per purchase, per customer. With such reduced prices you can generate years of savings and light a good portion of your home for the price of a fast food lunch.

The positive impact doesn't end with your pocketbook either. According to ENERGY STAR, if every home in America replaced even a single bulb, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking more than 800,000 cars off the road.

For more information and details on participating retailers, please visit pacificpower.net/wa-bulbs.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available at pacificpower.net and on the company's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

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The Home Energy Savings program from Pacific Power offers cash incentives for customers who make energy-efficient home improvements or purchase high-efficiency products and services. By making simple upgrades, customers can reduce monthly energy bills while meeting the region's growing energy needs. To learn more about Home Energy Savings and other wattsmart programs, please visit wattsmart.com or call 1-888-961-6136.
Oregon's vaccine exemption rate drops 17 percent
Oregon Health Authority - 05/01/15
Decrease attributed to more stringent requirements for seeking nonmedical exceptions

Editors: Stacy de Assis Matthews of the Oregon Immunization Program will be available for interviews today between 10 a.m. and noon in Room 1-C of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

Fewer Oregon parents or guardians sought nonmedical exemptions to the state's school immunization requirements over the last year, according to new data published by the Oregon Public Health Division.

The division's Oregon Immunization Program found that 5.8 percent of all kindergarteners - 2,693 students - claimed religious, philosophical or other nonmedical exemption to one or more required vaccines. That's down from 7 percent, or 3,331 students, in 2014, and represents a 17 percent decline.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

Public health officials believe the drop in the exemption rate is due to passage of Senate Bill 132A, which was signed into law on June 26, 2013, and went into effect on March 1, 2014. The legislation changes the process for claiming a nonmedical exemption to school and child care immunization requirements.

Parents or guardians choosing a nonmedical exemption are now required to submit to the school or childcare a document showing either a signature from a health care practitioner verifying discussion of the benefits and risks of immunization, or a certificate of completion of an interactive online educational video about the benefits and risks of immunization.

Similar laws in surrounding states have led to swift and significant drops in nonmedical exemption claims: In California, the rate fell 19 percent, while Washington saw a 25 percent decline.

"What Oregon's new data tell me is that parents and guardians are making truly informed decisions about vaccinations," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator with the Oregon Immunization Program.

Matthews says it's not known how, or whether, changes implemented as a result of SB 132A affected parents' and guardians' decisions to get their children vaccinated.

"But I believe that the education provided through health care providers and the online module helped many parents realize that the benefits of immunizations far outweighed any risks," she said.

How Oregon's vaccination exemption rate compares nationally won't be known until August or September, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases its report on all states' exemption rates.

The latest exemption data were compiled after School Exclusion Day, Feb. 18, 2015. That is the date by which parents or guardians were required to provide up-to-date immunization or exemption documentation to their children's schools.

Vaccination exemption rates by individual school will be available in early June.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

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MEDIA ALERT - Close Out Plant Sale In Finley
Finley Sch. Dist. - 05/01/15
FINLEY, WA - Those who didn't get a chance to attend Finley's 24th Annual Plant Sale have a second chance on Saturday, May 2, for the Close Out Plant Sale from 9 AM to 4 PM. The Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School will host its plant sale at the high school's greenhouses, located at 36509 S. Lemon Drive in Finley.

Bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and more are still available for purchase. This annual event is one that agricultural students and FFA members prepare for all year. Proceeds earned go toward student FFA activities and expansion of the agriculture program at RVHS. (This is a check or cash transaction.) For more information, contact Finley FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum at 509.586.7279.

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04/30/15
Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/30/15
Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of forest fragmentation or new development.

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres - equivalent in size to two Delawares - are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. The voluntary program provides financial incentives -- using conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important working forest areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon, and applications for Forest legacy funding consideration are now being accepted for federal Fiscal Year 2017. Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 21, 2015. Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic importance with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated across Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted electronically or by hard copy by close of business Thursday, May 21, 2015, to:

Jim Cathcart
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
503-945-7493 / Jim.Cathcart@oregon.gov

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states. Applicants need to attend a Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) webinar training, which will be scheduled in June or July.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity.

Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills.

For more information:

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml
OSBA releases statement on PERS ruling
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/30/15
Jim Green, deputy executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, released this statement Thursday in regards to today's state Supreme Court decision on 2013 PERS legislation:

"This is a very disappointing decision. If the Legislature does not take additional action, the decision wipes out the bulk of the savings contained in the PERS legislation, which means that schools across the state are going to face significantly higher PERS costs going forward. That translates to teacher layoffs and higher class sizes. It also creates an actuarial nightmare in calculating retiree benefits for those individuals who have not yet retired.

"Our attorneys are still analyzing the decision and weighing our legal options."
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 5 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/30/15
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 5 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive a legislative update. The Board will use this meeting as an organizational work session to develop a 2015-2016 work plan. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third Floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Legislative update;
-- Work plan development;
-- Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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04/29/15
Suspicious powder received at Oregon State Penitentiary determined not hazardous
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/29/15
Emergency responders determined that a white powdery substance received Monday afternoon in an envelope at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) mail room was not hazardous.

On April 29 at 1:05 p.m., the OSP mail room reported receiving the envelope with the unknown substance. The mail room area was secured. The Oregon State Police Hazardous Materials Unit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Salem Fire and Rescue responded to evaluate the powder for any hazardous substances.

The mail room is located in a separate building on the grounds of OSP. One staff member had direct exposure and was taken to Salem Hospital. One other staff member was in the mail room at the time the substance was found, but had no direct contact. The institution is operating as normal.

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

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04/28/15
*** Media Update *** Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 219 at MP33 - French Prairie Road (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/28/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 219 and French Prairie Road near St. Paul.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates a green Ford Aerostar was northbound on Highway 219 near French Prairie Road when it failed to negotiate the turn and left the roadway striking a tree. The driver, identified as TODD A. DURRIN, 46, of Pacific City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP is continuing to investigate the crash and was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Woodburn Fire Department.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Employers Report More Job Vancancies and Offer Higher Wages
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/28/15
Oregon businesses reported 39,400 vacancies in winter 2015, an increase of 6,600 vacancies from the prior year. The growing number of vacancies reflects the strengthening labor market across Oregon in the past year.

The average hourly wage offered for job vacancies in winter 2015 was the highest in the two-year history of the quarterly Oregon Job Vacancy Survey. The overall average wage was $17.53. That's up about $1.50 from the average of $16.05 in winter 2014.

Employers report fewer low-wage job vacancies and more high-wage vacancies. This combination is raising the average offered wage. A year ago, 61 percent of the job vacancies offered a starting wage below $15 per hour. That share is now down to just 34 percent. A year ago, 4,200 job vacancies offered at least $25 per hour. Now more than 5,000 job vacancies offer at least $25 per hour.

Health care and social assistance had the largest number of job vacancies by far, reporting almost one-quarter of the total openings. Occupations in demand included personal care aides, social and human service assistants, and registered nurses. Leisure and hospitality employers also reported many job vacancies, with recruitment for maids and housekeepers, waiters and waitresses, and cooks.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has improved geographic detail, as of this quarter. From this point forward, we'll be publishing vacancy data nine areas around the state, aligning with Oregon's re-designed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act local areas. This is the first quarter we've gathered data for these new sub-state geographies; we look forward to gathering and sharing more details about the job vacancies in different areas of the state over the coming year.

In winter 2015, the number of vacancies in each of the nine geographic areas was roughly consistent with the spread of overall employment across the state. The biggest differences were in Northwest Oregon, which had 9 percent of the vacancies compared with 5 percent of the state's employment, and in the Mid-Willamette Valley, which had 7 percent of the vacancies compared with 13 percent of the overall employment in Oregon.

About the Survey

The Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey started in May 2008 and became quarterly in 2013. This survey serves as a current indicator of hiring demand and focuses specifically on characteristics of vacancies for anyone seeking a job in Oregon. In addition to developing the estimate of total vacancies in the state, the survey also provides insights on the industries hiring, wages offered, and education required. In recent years, the survey has also asked businesses whether their vacancies are difficult to fill.

The Employment Department publishes a quarterly summary of vacancy survey results, as well as annual, more detailed reports on wages, education requirements, and the reasons why businesses have difficulty filling openings.

Survey results are based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2015 will be released in July.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the "Job Vacancy Survey" section.

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: 2015-04/930/83904/Job_Vacancy_Survey_Winter_2015_News_Release_(2).pdf , Produced Story (:64) , Audio Cut 5 , Audito Cut 4 , Audio Cut 3 , Audio Cut 2 , Audio Cut 1
04/27/15
Shutter Creek Correctional Institution inmate Harlan Brown back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/27/15
Daniel Oliver Fullmer
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An inmate who escaped April 26 from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend is now in custody in the Coos County Jail. Law enforcement officials arrested Harlan Earl Brown on Monday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. near Coos Bay.

Brown is the second of two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates who escaped Sunday morning from SCCI in North Bend. Daniel Oliver Fullmer was apprehended at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning.

Brown entered DOC custody on Aug. 8, 2014, on two counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2016.

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Attached Media Files: Daniel Oliver Fullmer , Harlan Earl Brown
Nepal Quake highlights important role of Amateur Radio Operators in disasters (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/27/15
Jamie Baxter, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the Grand Ronde Police Dept., monitoring radio traffic in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise in a mobile unit at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25.
Jamie Baxter, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the Grand Ronde Police Dept., monitoring radio traffic in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise in a mobile unit at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25.
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More than 300 people in 27 counties statewide participated in a radio operator exercise centered at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service "QuakeEX I" exercise took place the same day a 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Nepal.

"Oregon is due for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that could be even larger than the one that struck Nepal," said Kim Lippert, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "An earthquake of that size will cut standard forms of communication, making amateur radio operators critical."

The amateur radio event hosted by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management tested amateur radio emergency communication capabilities. More than 2000 messages were sent during the exercise. The training provided an opportunity for county and state amateur radio emergency communication units to prepare for a worst case scenario like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a fault line that stretches from offshore British Columbia to California and is capable of producing large mega thrust earthquakes. Experts say there is a 40% chance of a large 9.0 or higher earthquake striking our state within the next 50 years.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service "Quake EX I" exercise is part of a larger effort to prepare for "Cascadia Rising", a large regional exercise designed to simulate a scenario like a large Cascadia Quake. Becoming a licensed amateur radio operator and preparing an emergency kit with items for up to two weeks are ways you can help prepare for a major earthquake.

More information on how you can become an amateur radio operator can be found at www.arrl.org.


Attached Media Files: Jamie Baxter, Emergency Operations Coordinator for the Grand Ronde Police Dept., monitoring radio traffic in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise in a mobile unit at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25. , Doug Bush, Emergency Coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services, for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management takes part in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise along with another amateur radio operator for the state of Oregon. , Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, coordinates with tribal amateur radio operators, during the Amateur Radio Radio Emergency Service “QuakeEX I” exercise at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, April 25.
May is Wildfire Awareness Month: "Wildfire knows no season"
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/27/15
May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. Oregon experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS:
When it comes to preventing wildfires, there's a lot at stake - lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon's forests and rangelands. During the 2014 season, 1.3 million acres in the Northwest were consumed by wildfire, which includes 868,399 in Oregon and 425,136 in Washington.

The total cost to date exceeds $460 million.

Closer to home, 705 human-caused fires burned around 20,000 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, nearly six times the 10-year average acres. ODF's gross large-fire costs were $75.6 million, and timber losses totaled roughly $227 million. The fires destroyed numerous homes, threatened large communities and decimated key fish and wildlife habitats.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME
Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses.

"Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact in keeping your home, family and community safe," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the yard.

To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors and reduce your community wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 2. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of wildfire.

COMING SOON: MORE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH TIPS
During May, Keep Oregon Green will promote a new wildfire prevention message via traditional and social media each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to prevent their outdoor activities from sparking the next wildfire. For more information, visit the websites for Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org, the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov/odf and the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center at www.nwccweb.us. Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreen; https://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry?fref=ts

To learn how you can help create and maintain fire-adapted communities in the Pacific Northwest, visit http://pnwfac.weebly.com/ and follow on Twitter @PNWFAC.
Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 near MP 238
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/27/15
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are continuing the investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, April 26, at approximately 2:13 a.m., troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande Offices responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 238.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003, Chevy Tahoe, was traveling eastbound near milepost 238 when the vehicle lost control and traveled through the median where it struck a guardrail then rolled over, coming to rest on its top blocking both westbound lanes of travel. The operator of the Tahoe, identified as STEVEN GARDNER, age 60, from Cove Oregon was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle occupant, BRYAN YEAGER, 53, of Elgin Oregon, was transported via air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington with critical injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and icy conditions are being investigates as a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway remained closed for approximately four hours while Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionists assisted in conducting the investigation. No photographs are available for release at this time.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Get a jump on fire season on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/27/15
Chipping the woody debris left over from pruning trees and trimming shrubs will ensure the material does not become a fire hazard.
Chipping the woody debris left over from pruning trees and trimming shrubs will ensure the material does not become a fire hazard.
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Is your home at risk of Wildfire? With the extraordinarily severe 2014 fire season still fresh in their minds, Oregonians are now focusing their efforts to protect their homes and properties against future wildfires. Get involved! Take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 2! Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions bring your community together and help reduce your wildfire risk.

A staggering 751,672 Oregonians (occupying about 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common: They are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space is a proven way to minimize wildfire risk. The National Firewise Communities USA Program has crucial tips for creating this "Defensible space," which simply means to:
?,? Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
?,? Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.

Through its Firewise Communities Program, the National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to provide cash awards of $500 each to 65 individual projects that will be undertaken during the May 2, 2015 event. In 2014, two Oregon communities - Grants Pass and La Pine - received awards to support community preparedness events. This year awards for Oregon go to Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Mission and Ruch.

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that intermingle with forested and other undeveloped lands to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

"By working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards," she said, "you can help protect homes and even entire communities from future wildfires."

It's up to you to make that happen.


Attached Media Files: Chipping the woody debris left over from pruning trees and trimming shrubs will ensure the material does not become a fire hazard.
Shutter Creek Correctional Institution inmate Daniel Fullmer back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/27/15
Harlan Earl Brown
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An inmate who escaped April 26 from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend is now in custody in the Coos County Jail. Law enforcement officials arrested Daniel Oliver Fullmer on Monday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. near Lakeside.

Fullmer was one of two Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates who escaped Sunday morning from SCCI in North Bend. He entered DOC custody on Oct. 16, 2014, on one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of possession of methamphetamine out of Jackson County. His earliest release date is March 22, 2016.

The second inmate, Harlan Earl Brown, is still at large. Brown is a 44-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time of his escape, he was wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Brown entered DOC custody on Aug. 8, 2014, on two counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date is Nov. 9, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Brown's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

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Attached Media Files: Harlan Earl Brown , Daniel Oliver Fullmer
Media Advisory: Ceremony to Honor Fallen Oregon Workers - Tuesday
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/27/15
WHAT: Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood, and Oregon AFL-CIO Tom Chamberlain will provide remarks during the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Salem. The program also includes the reading of names of Oregon workers killed on the job in 2014.

Workers Memorial Day recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job, and the more than one million people in the United States who are injured each year while at work. The observance is typically held on April 28 because on that date in 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, at noon

WHERE: Outside main entrance of the Labor and Industries Building (Capitol Mall side)
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, Ore. 97301

(Note: Audio files will be available for radio news outlets. Please contact Melanie Mesaros to request.)

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04/26/15
Red Cross Response to Earthquake in Nepal
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/15
The American Red Cross continues to coordinate with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to support ongoing response and recovery efforts in Nepal. The American Red Cross has committed financial resources towards the relief efforts and our information management and GIS teams are supporting the operation. Trained American Red Cross specialists are also on standby to provide additional assistance.

The Nepal Red Cross is responding to a 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 at midday local time, the largest to hit the country since 1934. While details of the impact continue to come in, the Red Cross is working to provide first aid, search and rescue, and support to first responders. The American Red Cross is committing an initial $300,000 to the response operation and working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support.

The Nepal Red Cross is headquartered in Kathmandu and has branches in all 75 districts, more than 1,300 sub-branches, 1.1 million members, and 100,000 active volunteers. The American Red Cross has been working with the NRCS since 1999, with its first long term project, focused on earthquake preparedness in Kathmandu, dates back to 2001.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
04/24/15
Marine Board Approves Grant, Other Rules
Oregon Marine Board - 04/24/15
The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant to help fund projects for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) and adopted rules for slow -no wake and waterway markers during their April 21-22 Board meetings, held in Salem.

The Board approved a grant to OYCC to train, hire, and assign 22 youths to enhance 23 boating facilities in four counties. Additionally, the crews will be involved in Adopt-A-River cleanup projects and receive training on boating safety-related projects. The Board approved $40,000 in state boater funds, combined with $28,692 in applicant matching funds for a project total of $70,692.

After more than a year of consultation with law enforcement partners, a Rules Review Committee and comments from boaters, the Board adopted the proposed definition of "slow-no wake," which removes the 5 MPH and "maximum" reference where it appears in conjunction with "slow-no wake" in the Basic Proximity Rule, Local and Special Rules and the Scenic Waterways.

The Board also initiated the rulemaking process to consider rules in OAR 250, Division 021, Personal Watercraft Rules, that removes the reference to 5 MPH as it occurs with "slow-no wake," and improve the general rule language for readability of the rules.

The Board adopted rules in OAR 250, Division 10, to formalize a Waterway Marker Permit Program, which will inventory existing markers on Oregon's waterways. Additionally, the rules define how the agency, its partners, and private individuals can apply and place their own regulatory and informational markers for boat operation.

The Board adopted OAR 250-010-0164, Visual Distress Signals to create consistency between state and federal law, requiring visual distress signals in the ocean or coastal waters, and on the Columbia River, west of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

Additionally, the Board initiated the rulemaking process to consider rules in OAR 250, Division 011, 012 and 013, relating to Inland Navigation Rules, and Lights and Shapes, to be consistent with recent changes in federal law.

The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.

To view the staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx


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Attached Media Files: Post April 21-22 Board Meetings Audio Release
Oregon Lottery Celebrates 30 Years of Doing Good Things (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 04/24/15
The Pot of Gold Scratch-it was the first Oregon Lottery game
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April 24, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Thirty years ago, the Oregon Lottery launched ticket sales with its first-ever game, the Pot of Gold Scratch-it. Now after offering hundreds of new games, creating thousands of winners and providing billions of dollars to state programs, the Oregon Lottery is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

"The Lottery's 30th anniversary is an occasion for looking back over three decades of incredible growth and change," said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. "As we look ahead, we must remain alert to opportunities to change and grow with consumer attitudes and preferences just as we've done the past 30 years."

Oregon voters established the Oregon Lottery in 1984 and the Lottery sold its first game April 25, 1985. Initially, 100 percent of Lottery proceeds were used to support economic development and job creation in Oregon. In 1995, voters directed that a portion of the Lottery dollars also be used to help fund Oregon public schools. Most recently, Oregon voters amended the state constitution to direct 15 percent of Lottery funds for natural resources with 7.5 percent going to state parks and 7.5 percent going to watershed conservation and salmon habitat. In 1992, the Legislature began directing 1 percent of Lottery proceeds to fund problem gambling treatment.

During the Lottery's first three decades, over $9 billion in Lottery proceeds have helped fund state programs:
- Economic development - over $2 billion (since 1985)
- Public education - over $5 billion (since 1995)
- State parks and watershed enhancements - over $500 million each (since 1999)
- Problem and responsible gambling treatment and education - over $70 million (since 1992)

Additionally, since 1985 Oregon Lottery players have won over $28 billion in prizes.

To celebrate this milestone in its history, the Oregon Lottery will be hosting an open house at the Lottery's Salem office from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, April 27.

To see how Oregon Lottery dollars are being used in each Oregon county and for more information about the Lottery and its games, visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Attached Media Files: Lottery 30th Anniversary logo , Lottery 30th anniv. tidbits , The Pot of Gold Scratch-it was the first Oregon Lottery game
Oregon State Police Troopers in Portland and John Day Recognized by DUII Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/24/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) members from the Portland Area Command and John Day Worksite were recognized on Thursday for outstanding efforts in the area of DUII enforcement by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

This award is presented to a City Police Department, Sheriff's office, or Oregon State Police Office /Worksite that initiated or accomplished an effective DUII enforcement program in their area of responsibility through education, prevention, deterrence, or community involvement. The agency or agencies selected for this award must have provided encouragement to aggressively train and enforce DUII and drug-impaired driving laws and taken a pro-active approach to deter DUII.

Members of the John Day Worksite were nominated by the Grant County District Attorney's Office for their dedication to the investigation and reduction of DUII. In 2014, troopers in John Day arrested over 45 impaired drivers in addition to other activities which included hosting/sponsoring DUII refresher training, participating in victim impact panels and health fairs and assisting with community awareness campaigns through local media.

The Portland Area Command was also recognized for their efforts in DUII enforcement boasting 345 driver arrests related to alcohol and drug impaired driving. Most of the patrol troopers in the Portland office have completed additional training in the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program and serve as law enforcement leaders in the area of impaired driving enforcement among Portland area law enforcement.

While Portland and John Day have demonstrated excellence in the area of impaired driving enforcement they represent only two of many such examples within the Oregon State Police. OSP troopers throughout the state work every day to keep our roadways safe by targeting the driving behavior which creates the greatest risk to the safety of our traveling public and communities.

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


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04/23/15
State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/23/15
AGENDA

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


1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
April 3rd, 2015

4. Residential Loan Program, Consent Calendar - Kim Freeman, Single Family Finance Manager

5. Single Family Innovation Funds NOFA - Kim Freeman, Single Family Finance Manager

6. New Business -Heather Pate, Multifamily Finance Manager
a. Holiday Gardens -Teresa Pumala, Multifamily Finance
b. Westmoreland -Casey Baumann, Multifamily Finance

7. Federal Planning Update on Community Forums-Public Affairs

8. Housing Choice Advisory Committee Report to Legislature--Alison McIntosh, Public Affairs

9. OAHTC Workgroup-Julie Cody, Assistant Director Housing Finance

10. Legislative Update-Director Van Vliet; Rem Nivens, Public Affairs

11. $100 Million-Director Van Vliet
a. Policy Parameters, HB 2198
b. Subcommittees

12. Report of the Director

13. Report of the Chair
Governor Appoints Patricia Ihnat to Oregon Real Estate Board
State of Oregon - 04/23/15
(Salem, Ore.) Governor Kate Brown appointed Patricia Ihnat as a public member of the Oregon Real Estate Board.

Pat Ihnat is an attorney who serves as Oregon counsel for Fidelity National Title, a national title insurer and escrow settlement provider. Pat has been with Fidelity for 22 years in various positions as a litigator, claims manager, and underwriter. Before her 2004 move to Portland, Pat had served as Fidelity's Arizona state counsel.

Before joining the title industry in 1990, Pat was in private practice as a litigator and appellate attorney focused on real estate and commercial matters.

She is a past president of the Oregon Land Title Association and currently serves on OLTA's legislative and education committees. She is a member of the Real Estate and Land Use Section of the Oregon State Bar and currently serves on RELU's Executive Committee and its legislative subcommittee.

She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Franklin College. She is a member of the State Bar Associations in Oregon, California, and Arizona. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and agility training with her border collie.

The Oregon Real Estate Board consists of seven industry members and two public members. Meetings are held a minimum of six times a year. The Governor appoints board members for four-year terms; however, the members serve at the pleasure of the Governor and members' terms may be extended until the Governor replaces them.

Board duties include providing advice to the Real Estate Commissioner and the Governor's office regarding real estate industry matters, reviewing proposed rulemaking, approving experience waiver requests of real estate licensing applicants, and overseeing the license examination process.
BPA and EnerNOC will test demand response for non-wires and peak load shaving
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/23/15
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 23, 2015
CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131

BPA and EnerNOC will test demand response for non-wires and peak load shaving
Project tied to I-5 Corridor Reinforcement and managing peak load during extreme cold events

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking to learn more about the potential for demand response to help it manage transmission congestion during summer heat waves and shave peak energy demand during cold snaps. This is the first non-wires measure BPA will test in association with its I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, which it is considering building.

BPA has selected EnerNOC to serve as its commercial aggregator, which means EnerNOC will be responsible for working through Northwest utilities to find commercial participants that are willing to decrease energy consumption when sent an electronic signal.

"This is another important step in our efforts to find flexible capacity from outside the hydro system to deliver value to our customers," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "This project is about using innovative technology to help BPA manage infrastructure costs and energy consumption to preserve system reliability."

The demand response activities EnerNOC will implement include a summer initiative to manage transmission congestion and flows in the same area the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project is focused, and a winter initiative to shave peak energy usage during extreme cold snaps.

Summer non-wires relief

North to south energy flows into the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area during the summer can approach system operation limits and create the potential for blackouts. In January 2011, BPA commissioned a non-wires screening study that listed demand response as one of several non-wires measures that could help manage transmission congestion in advance of constructing the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project.

BPA currently projects that it will need the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement in 2021. Under the current project schedule, BPA expects to decide whether or not to build the line in 2016. If BPA determines it could not build the line in time to meet the electrical need, non-wires measures such as this one would be necessary until the project could be built.

"We know non-wires measures cannot replace the need for the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project," said Mark Korsness, BPA Transmission Service project manager. "We also know non-wires measures are a valuable tool we may need to employ until we can complete the project if we decide to build it. It is important to test these measures well in advance of the need, and our team has done a good job pulling this demonstration together."

EnerNOC will enlist the participation of large energy consumers that could lower their energy use within 10 minutes of receiving an electronic signal initiated by BPA. The reduction would be available up to four hours during hours of peak energy use up to five consecutive days.

EnerNOC is aiming to enlist enough participants to reduce up to 20 megawatts of energy use in summer 2015 and up to 25 megawatts in summer 2016.

Winter peak relief

The Federal Columbia River Power System can be stretched to its limit during certain periods. BPA and its federal partners that own and operate the dams need flexibility for the many important purposes the dams serve, which include fish passage and variable energy integration.

"Demand response provides us a great opportunity to help ourselves and our customers," said Mark Gendron, senior vice president of BPA Power Services. "Testing tools that provide potential system flexibility and save our ratepayers money benefits us all."

EnerNOC will enlist the participation of customers that could lower their energy use within 20 minutes of receiving a signal to do so. The reduction would be available for up to two three-hour periods up to three consecutive days. EnerNOC will begin the winter demonstration in December 2015 seeking up to 13 megawatts of relief in the first year and 25 megawatts in the second year.

Going forward

BPA continues to explore various demand response tools to defer the need for transmission projects, balance variable energy resources, relieve transmission congestion and meet other needs. Demand response is one of several areas in which BPA's Technology Innovation office is funding pilot projects.

BPA's current power contracts include a "demand charge" its public utility customers incur when their aggregate energy consumption exceeds a predetermined level. The charge sends a price signal to customers and encourages the use of tools such as demand response to shave peak energy use. These types of initiatives can be useful to our customers as they search for ways to manage their loads and minimize their demand charge.

More information on demand response and other BPA energy efficiency efforts is available on the BPA website.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Sheriffs and Chiefs unite in support of HB 2002 (Photo)
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 04/23/15
The Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police support House Bill 2002.

Oregonians should be proud of their progressive policing leadership culture and the heroic work our deputy sheriffs, police officers and state troopers perform each and every day. Here in Oregon, we enjoy a public safety training academy and policing curriculum that are well regarded throughout the nation, we engage in a rigorous hiring process to insure that the right individuals are hired and trained to protect and serve our Communities.

We decertify officers when their conduct is contrary to the oath they take to serve and protect (100 public safety offers per year on average over the past decade). We are engaged in ongoing efforts thru Accreditation (Oregon Accreditation Alliance), Lexipol Policies, and Best Practices, in helping our Law Enforcement agencies build critical partnerships with educational/research institutions, and working through the Oregon Center for Policing Excellence in order to insure we are on the cutting edge of policing policy.

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs believe that Bias policing is not professional or acceptable policing and we are committed to best practice standards, in hiring and training which is designed to insure that our public safety professionals continue to have the full confidence from the diverse communities they serve. Public confidence in the legitimacy of policing and in the work our public safety professionals perform each and every day is absolutely critical to our effectiveness.

The Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police value our relationship with all community members and support House Bill 2002 as it builds upon the progressive efforts and professionalism that Oregon Law Enforcement embraces.


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Oregon Dept. of Transportation hosts Construction/Utilities Career Day today at Baker maintenance station
ODOT: East. Ore. - 04/23/15
The Oregon Department of Transportation will be hosting over 300 eastern Oregon high school students today for this year's Construction and Utilities Career Day. The event that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the ODOT Baker Maintenance Station will provide opportunities for high school students to learn about various jobs in the construction and utilities trades. Along with ODOT and the City of Baker, several contractors, vendors and learning institutions will provide hands-on demonstrations and interactive training activities.

Media can contact ODOT Public Information Officer Tom Strandberg at 541-663-6261 for more information.
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*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 207 at MP 1 - Morrow County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons fatal traffic crash on Highway 207 near milepost 1 in Morrow County.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on April 22nd at approximately 1:13pm, Troopers from the OSP Hermiston and Pendleton offices responded to a reported fatal crash on HWY 207 near milepost 1 in Morrow County which blocked both north and southbound lanes of travel.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red, 2009 Honda Fit, operated by NEAL REAU,age 35, from Richland Washington, was traveling southbound when for an unknown reasons the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the northbound lane; sideswiping a white, 2009 Chevy pickup towing a flatbed trailer. The driver of the Chevy pickup, identified as THEODORE BITHER, age 44, of Echo Oregon, was transported to the hospital in Heppner with minor injuries. REAU was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway remained closed for approximately 5 hours while Troopers investigated the crash and to allow for the removal of the vehicles.

The lead investigator is Trooper Amos of the Hermiston Worksite. An OSP collision reconstructionist responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Morrow County Rural Fire Department, and The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

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Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on the scene of a two vehicle, fatal traffic crash on Highway 207 at milepost 1, near Nichols Road in Morrow County. The crash is blocking the roadway and the Oregon Department of Transportation is blocking traffic from milepost 0 to milepost 3. For updates on traffic in the area go to www.tripcheck.com. Additional information will be released when available.

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HB3514: Giving Rancher's Hope for Wolf Compensation (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 04/22/15
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SALEM,ORE., (04/22/15)-- Over the past few years, ranchers have had little hope of being fully compensated for the impact of reintroducing wolves into Oregon. HB3514, a bill that is currently awaiting a hearing from the revenue comittee, could help change that.

HB3514 is a bill that, "expands credit to include cost of nonlethal actions undertaken by tax payer to minimize conflict between wolves and livestock or working dogs and compensation for above-normal loss to livestock attributed to wolf depredation."

Rancher George Rollins from Halfway, Oregon said the impact of wolves on his cattle is twofold. He said there is an economic impact from losing calves and seeing cows unable to reproduce due to stress, but that is not all. "There is an emotional impact when we turn out cattle and have to wonder which animals will return," Rollins said.

While the passing of HB3514 won't help prevent wolf attacks on livestock, it would help ranchers with their financial loss. Rollins said the passing of HB3514 "would show that the legislature appreciates our situation and the effort we have made to adhere to the rules."

Rancher Sharon Beck from Union County said the bill would not fix the problem, but could be of help. "The bill would provide a Band-Aid for some, but will be like trying to put a tourniquet on a sucking chest wound to others. Non-lethal actions prove to be mostly ineffective in most cases, but if and when they are effective, there certainly should be a tax credit for those who choose to apply them," said Beck.

It may be that some see rancher's problems with wolves killing livestock as a minor issue because they do not fully understand the situation. Rollins said he wishes Oregonians could see just how much ranchers care about the environment. "We are in the environment every day, not just on weekends or holidays," he said. "We are good stewards of the land and our livestock."

Beck agrees that ranchers dispute with wolves killing their livestock is not properly understood. "People want wolves saved, but they don't realize what that means. The burden we suffer from livestock lost to wolves should not be endured alone," said Beck.

As Oregon ranchers continue to abide by the Oregon Wolf Plan and all that it has laid out for the future, HB3514 could help ease the impact of losses they are experiencing. For Rollins, passing this bill would provide a glimmer of hope for the future. "We just want fair and just treatment under the law."

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Right tree in the right place
Pacific Power - 04/22/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 22, 2015
503-813-7291

Right tree in the right place
With Earth Day tree planting on agenda, take the time to make sure the trees you choose can coexist with power lines

PORTLAND, Ore. --Plant a billion trees a year. Several international environmental groups promote that goal each April with Arbor Day and Earth Day.

Pacific Power knows that customers all over the Northwest are at work this spring adding that splash of color, that panoply of shade, that whiff of freshness that trees embody. With care and good stewardship, trees provide environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits. Trees are incredibly diverse and beautiful. All sizes. All colors. And, as a drive through any neighborhood reveals, trees are familiar and often dominant elements in landscaping plans.

Environmentally, trees are engines that store carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, thereby helping offset the production of carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, automobiles and other industrial processes. They control erosion and can dampen wind or sound. And, trees can play a significant role in controlling energy use if used as part of an energy conservation strategy to keep homes cool.

Trees are of extreme interest to electric utilities like Pacific Power for a number of reasons. For all the good they do, it's not all greenery and scenery. Trees whipped by winds or weighed down by snow will often cause power interruptions that disrupt business or home life, as well as compromise critical services such as hospitals and police. They are a common cause of electric service interruptions. Furthermore, improper or careless pruning or falling of trees is a leading cause of serious and fatal accidents involving contact with power lines.

But the good far outweighs the bad. That's why we've put together important information on how to make sure trees and power lines can peacefully coexist, without compromising safety or reliability. For a handy booklet, visit: https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/tpp.html

But here is a quick rule of thumb for planting the right tree in the right place.

First, there are different types of high-voltage lines, and utilities have to manage each differently based on their importance.

Distribution lines are those commonly running through neighborhoods. An outage to a distribution line could affect hundreds or even thousands of electric customers. That's why utilities and cities across the country are asking homeowners to plant adjacent to these power lines only those species of trees that will grow to 25 feet or less at maturity. Medium-statured trees (those 25 to 35 feet tall at maturity) should be planted no closer than 25 feet away from the center line, and tall-growing trees (those that will be taller than 35 feet at maturity) ought not to be planted any closer than 50 feet from the center distribution line. The middle wire on the power pole is considered the center line. The center line is the measuring point used to determine the distance for tree-height planting zones around power lines. The zones apply to an equal distance on both sides of the center line.

Following these basic guidelines can help our beautiful trees coexist with our essential power lines.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
District names Art Regier Volunteers of the Year
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/22/15
WALLA WALLA - In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan is proud to announce Darrell and Von Gomsrud, Donna Chapin, Linda Clark, Jean Gibbs, and Linda Arms as the district's 2014-2015 Art Regier Volunteers of the Year.

The Award
The Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award was instituted in 1991 as a memorial to "Grandpa Art" Regier. Regier, a retiree who devoted years of service to elementary schools in Walla Walla, epitomized the spirit of volunteerism in education. His tireless dedication and concern for the students he served are the inspiration for this award.

Criteria for selection may include the following:
1. Exceptional service or contributions to the children of Walla Walla Public Schools
2. Unusual dedication
3. Demonstration of care, compassion and empathy

Darrell and Von Gomsrud - Green Park Elementary (for more than seven years)
Nominators - Diane Mires, Jean Tobin, Missy Johnson and Gina Yonts
* They provide meals during conferences
* Donate school supplies
* Help coordinate the Picture Lab program

Nominator Gina Yonts said: "Their willingness to take on the lion share of the Picture Lab project for Green Park has been a blessing. I am constantly amazed at the positivity with which the Gomsrud team shows up, ready to roll, with welcoming and friendly smiles and art supplies in tow.

Donna Chapin - Berney Elementary (six years)
Nominators: Tammy Baker, Annette Matlock, and Danielle Van Dyke
* Donna supports small group math instruction
* She helps coordinate the miles club program
* Donna attends field trips to provide required supervision support

Nominator Annette Matlock said: "Donna has been the most amazing classroom volunteer. Her consistent volunteer time in classrooms over the years has been an enormous blessing to teachers. Whether helping with classroom celebrations, leading small groups, attending field trips or just taking care of busy work, Donna can always be counted on.

Jean Gibbs - Sharpstein Elementary
Nominators: Matt Bona, Danae Darby, Terri Gilbert and Terry Morgan
* Jean coordinates a volunteer group of about 20 volunteers from Pioneer United Methodist Church of Walla Walla to help in classrooms at Sharpstein
* She works closely with the teachers and volunteers to ensure a special match
* She also volunteers to monitor crosswalks and bus drop-off areas on a daily basis

Nominator Terry Morgan said: "Jean is our welcome committee in the morning, along with her husband Ben. Jean's warm smile and friendly personality invite children to respond. She is kind, caring and special to our staff and students."

Linda Arms - Blue Ridge Head Start/ECEAP Program (2014-2015 school year
Nominators: Cresencia Gutierrez-Duran and Denise Fraire
* Linda volunteers in the areas of Education, Parent Involvement, Health and Family Services
* She grew up with 9 to 10 ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and has overcome many barriers
* She assists with making copies, cutting, laminating and gluing projects for different classrooms

Nominators Denise Fraire said: Knowing a person like Linda makes you see life from a different perspective as she has proven you can overcome and conquer what you set out to do. She brings a smile to our faces and we enjoy our small talks as we come in contact with her at school. She sets goals for her child, for herself and strives to reach them."

Linda Clark - Prospect Point Elementary (10 to 12 years)
Nominators: Susan Prudente, Kara Shulke, Chris Gardea, Amy Nielson and Melissa Gardner
* Linda chairs the school's Accelerated Reader program through the PTA
* She leads literature circles, assists in the classroom and prepares materials for teachers
* Linda helps with Miles Club, Picture Lab presentations, Hearing and Vision Screenings and the bike rodeo
* She also donates school supplies and coats each fall so students have what they need to be successful

Nominator Amy Nielson said: "Linda is my favorite type of volunteer. She donates countless hours of her time, energy and talent to our local schools, to youth sports programs and to other areas within our community and yet she does so quietly and without much fanfare. She is a humble volunteer, whose desire is only to be of help and enrich the community around her, not to gain the applause of others."


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Artists, supporters and those interested in the creative economy of Clatsop County invited to Mechanisms to Support Visual Artists conversation May 6 in Astoria (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 04/22/15
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The current conditions, needs and aspirations of artists, patrons and the creative economies of Clatsop County will be the focus of an in-depth community conversation hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Clatsop Community College.

Held in collaboration with The Ford Family Foundation, the Arts Council of Clatsop County and Astoria Visual Arts Mechanisms to Support Visual Artists also will identify resources, activities and local commitment required to better support artists within the county, and articulate how to engage the private, government and non-profit sectors to provide resources to individual artists.

Event Details:
A Conversation: Mechanisms to Support Visual Artists
5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Columbia Hall, Rm 219
Clatsop Community College,
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, Ore. 97103
Open to all. Space is limited please RSVP to Oregon.artscomm@oregon.gov


In partnership with The Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission is working to document Oregon's visual arts ecology in an accessible, permanent, virtual collection. The collection will gather historic and contemporary content, creating a clearinghouse of history, inspiration and aspiration. This work begins with a series of active conversations hosted by partners across the state that will help elucidate vital issues to the allied professions that make up our ecology. Each conversation will have a targeted topic of discussion, some of which may be repeated in multiple locations in Oregon. To date, conversations have been held in Bend, Newport and Portland. They will continue in Eugene, Ashland and Pendleton.

This is a conversation where all are encouraged to engage. Lead participants will help seed the discussion, including Mary Bess Gloria of the Cannon Beach Arts Association; Charlene Larsen, co-chair, Clatsop County Cultural Coalition; Kevin Leahy, Clatsop Economic Development Resources and CCC Small Business Development Center and Darren Orange, artist and Chair of A.I.R. Program-Astoria Visual Arts.


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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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OEM scheduled to support statewide emergency communications exercise (Photo)
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is scheduled to support a statewide radio operator exercise at county and city Emergency Operations Centers, as well as other locations throughout the state, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 200 people in 27 counties statewide, including 14 medical facilities, are expected to participate in this Amateur Radio Emergency Service "QuakeEX I" exercise.

Radio operators will be testing maximum amateur radio emergency communications capabilities in Oregon. The event is in preparation for "Cascadia Rising", a large regional exercise designed to simulate a scenario like the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami that will drastically impact normal communication capabilities in the state.

"We know that when a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake strikes our state many of our standard modes of communication will be down making the work of the amateur radio operators extremely important," said Andrew Phelps, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Experts say a Cascadia earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 or larger will likely cut-off all forms of communication other than amateur radio. Emergency planners have identified amateur radio as the most effective back-up method for communication.

Currently, approximately 1000 of 18,000 licensed amateur radio operators in Oregon are registered and trained to support emergency management and response efforts.

"This is the largest statewide emergency communication exercise of its kind Oregon has ever conducted," said Terry Pietras, OEM Communications Officer. "This training will provide a realistic experience that tests the capabilities of county and state amateur radio auxiliary emergency communications units to prepare for a worst case scenario like Cascadia."

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Members of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Amateur Radio unit conduct a statewide Simulated Emergency Test using High Frequency Radio in the OEM Continuity of Operations Trailer in 2014. The unit is scheduled to participate in Oregon's largest ever statewide radio operator exercise on Apr. 25.
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Area youth team with GESA Power House Theatre for international student film festival
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/22/15
SPIFFY
May 9, 2015
1 to 7 p.m.
GESA Power House Theatre
$12
Free 14 and under

WALLA WALLA - Approximately 40 films from throughout the world made by filmmakers under 21 years of age, including several from Walla Walla students, will be shown during the SPIFFY (Student Produced Independent Films For Youth) festival Saturday, May 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the GESA Power House Theatre. Cost is $12 and those 14 and under are in for free. Pioneer Middle School teacher Dan Calzaretta is the festival director.

"It is the only student film festival in Eastern Washington," said Calzaretta. "One of the most important skills they learn is how to manage a long-term project with many moving parts. These skills will follow them to high school, college and a career."

A local committee of parents and students screened the films to narrow the field from 80 selections to 40 for public viewing. Each genre will receive an award based on audience participation via electronic voting via text on their cell phones. Many of the local students collaborated with CREW SPACE at the City of Walla Walla Public Library to produce their films. Food vendors will be at the festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a variety of local foods.

"We have had a lot of support from GESA Power House Director Ron Williams and the entire Power House staff." Calzaretta said. "They have been behind SPIFFY from the first minute it was talked about."

Event Information:
- Dan Calzaretta
- dcalzaretta@wwps.org
- 509.527.3050

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Update: Oregon Air National Guard colonel appointed as Western Area Defense Sector commander (Photo) (Includes new information)
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Col. Gregor J. Leist assumes command of Western Air Defense Sector from outgoing commander Col. Peter D. Stavros who has helmed the organization since March 2011. The ceremony took place at The McChord Theater located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Washington, April 21. (Washington National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Peter G. Christian, JFHQ Public Affairs Office, WANG)

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Col. Gregor J. Leist assumes command of Western Air Defense Sector from outgoing commander Col. Peter D. Stavros who has helmed the organization since March 2011. The ceremony took place at The McChord Theater located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Washington, April 21. (Washington National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Peter G. Christian, JFHQ Public Affairs Office, WANG)

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(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Alain Pelletier, Col. Peter Stavros and Col. Gregor Leist stand at attention for the posting of the colors during the change of command ceremony of the Western Air Defense Sector. Col. Gregor J. Leist assumes command of WADS from outgoing commander Col. Peter D. Stavros who has helmed the organization since March 2011. The ceremony took place at The McChord Theater located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Washington, April 21. (Washington National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Peter G. Christian, JFHQ Public Affairs Office, WANG)

The Western Air Defense Sector, with headquarters at McChord Field, Washington State, is the largest of three sectors responsible to the Continental U.S. North American Area Defense Region - First Air Force (CONR-1AF) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for peacetime air sovereignty, strategic air defense, and airborne counterdrug operations in the continental United States.

The men and women of the Western Air Defense Sector detect, identify, track and can scramble fighters to intercept unknown or threatening airborne objects as part of their mission to guard America's skies 24 hours a day, seven days a week of nearly 73% of the United States and Canada.

For more information on the Western Area Defense Sector mission, visit: http://mil.wa.gov/western-air-defense-sector

For an updated biography on Col. Gregor Leist, go to: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwxvJq4j3PBvSXN1UlhzZXhSOF81UjZzSHZUU3dsRG9pVE5v/edit


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Join us for Walk MS Heppner on Saturday, April 25 (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/21/15
Join The Movement! 2014 MS Walkers at Heppner
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Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From the start to the finish line at All Saints Episcopal Church, Walk MS Heppner is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. Eat tasty food, drink refreshing beverages and move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race).

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,100 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Saturday, April 25
All Saints Episcopal Church
186 W Church Street
Heppner, Oregon
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142nd Fighter Wing deploys Airmen, F-15s to Europe (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/21/15
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PORTLAND, Oregon - The U.S. Air Force has called upon the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, from Portland, Oregon, and the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing, from Jacksonville, Florida, to deploy as the first Air National Guard Theater Security Package (TSP) in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The combined TSP unit is known as the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and includes a total of 12 F-15 Eagle aircraft and approximately 200 Airmen. The Airmen and aircraft arrived at bases across Europe between March 31 - April 1, including Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria.

These are the first Air National Guard units to support the TSP mission in Europe, and the 142nd Fighter Wing's first unit deployment to Europe.

"This is an historic event," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing. "Our Oregon and Florida National Guard units are creating history as being the first Air National Guard units to support the TSP."

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command and United States Air Forces in Europe's continued commitment to the collective security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region. The U.S. Air Force's forward presence in Europe gives the support infrastructure for the U.S. military to increase current force and build new and deeper partnerships across the continent.

While in Europe, the TSP will augment U.S. Air Forces in Europe's existing efforts by training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. The TSP rotations will generally last six months, depending on mission and U.S. European Command requirements.

"I couldn't be more proud of the men and women of the 142nd Fighter Wing," said Fitzgerald. "The efforts of our Airmen enhance the strength of the Air Force's 'Total Force' to the TSP mission in Europe and Operation Atlantic Resolve."

More information about Operation Atlantic Resolve can be found at http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0514_atlanticresolve/

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150401-F-RN211-407: A Theater Security Package (TSP) of F-15 Eagles assigned to the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is parked on the flight line at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, April 1, 2015. The F-15s from the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard are deployed to Europe as the first ever Air National Guard TSP. These F-15s will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe)

150401-F-RN211-415: A Theater Security Package (TSP) of F-15 Eagles assigned to the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is parked on the flight line at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, April 1, 2015. The F-15s from the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard are deployed to Europe as the first ever Air National Guard TSP. These F-15s will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe)

150403-F-RN211-163: F-15 Eagles from the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi to take off for a training flight with the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, April 3, 2015. The F-15s from the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard are deployed to Europe as the first ever Air National Guard Theater Security Package. These F-15s will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe)

150403-F-RN211-247: An F-15 Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing, currently deployed with the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, takes off for a training flight with the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, April 3, 2015. The F-15s from the Florida and Oregon Air National Guard are deployed to Europe as the first ever ANG Theater Security Package. These F-15s will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe)


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*** Update *** Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash on I-84 Eastbound near MP 38 in Multnomah County (Photo)
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The pedestrian involved in Saturday's crash, identified as JOSHUA W. EVEY,39, of Gladstone, who was transported by air ambulance to OHSU in Portland with serious injury is expected to recover from his injuries and may be released from the hospital soon.

EVEY was returning from assisting in a search and rescue operation in the Columbia Gorge on I-84 when some cargo in the bed of his pickup blew out. When he stopped to recover the item he was struck by a silver, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by LANE D. JOYNER, 40, of Portland. JOYNER was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. The investigation is ongoing.

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Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Interstate 84 near milepost 38, eastbound, in Multnomah County. The person was seriously injured and transported to a Portland Area Hospital. One lane is closed as troopers conduct the investigation. Watch for emergency crews working in the area. Check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates.

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04/20/15
Walla Walla High School freshman wins state FBLA contest (Photo)
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WALLA WALLA - Freshman Andrew Dutton placed first in Spreadsheet Applications at the FBLA State Business Leadership Conference on April 15-17 in Spokane.
Dutton is currently enrolled in the Microsoft Office Applications class, which, among other things, covers the use of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheets. Dutton also placed second in MOS Word 2013 by having a perfect 1000 score on the 2013 Word Microsoft certification exam and having the second fastest time in the state. He has now qualified for Nationals in Chicago, June 28-29, where he will be part of the Washington state delegation.

Senior Kayla Crain edged out 75 other competitors on Wednesday to advance to the final round of only nine in the Client Service event on Thursday. She placed in the top nine, but not in the final five. Crain also competed in the Job Interview event.
FBLA President Emily Atkinson represented Wa-Hi in the parade of presidents with over 120 high schools represented. She was also recognized at the Southeast Region meeting for her dedication to FBLA.
Senior Bernardo Saucedo and junior Ben Tompkins represented Wa-Hi FBLA as voting delegates during the state officer elections.
Seniors Alex Agidius and Atkinson competed in the Business Ethics event, junior Autumn Chinn competed in Public Speaking II, and junior Isaiah Schaub competed in Impromptu Speaking.
Over 2,000 Washington FBLA members attended the State Leadership Conference, including nine Wa-Hi members. Students competed in over 70 competitive events, having first placed in their respective regions at Winter Conference in February.
FBLA members visited a college and career fair and listened to keynote speakers, including former Starbucks President Howard Behar.
FBLA is advised by School of Business teacher Bernard Ma.

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Efficiency Exchange highlights energy efficiency innovations and trends (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/15
The annual Efficiency Exchange conference, co-hosted by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is the biggest energy efficiency event in the region. This year's conference is April 21-23 in Portland. (Photo by Jim Maddry/NEEA)
The annual Efficiency Exchange conference, co-hosted by BPA and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is the biggest energy efficiency event in the region. This year's conference is April 21-23 in Portland. (Photo by Jim Maddry/NEEA)
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The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and electric utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the third annual Efficiency Exchange conference in Portland, April 21-23. The region-wide event focuses on promoting innovation and new ideas in utility energy efficiency programs. BPA and NEEA are producing and sponsoring the event, with support from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

"This is the pre-eminent utility energy efficiency forum in the Northwest," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for the Bonneville Power Administration. "It's an opportunity for utilities, implementers and contractors to exchange ideas and best practices, and it continues our region's legacy of leadership in energy efficiency."

Attendees will build new relationships, better understand emerging trends in the industry, and gain knowledge from the conference for their own organizations.

"Energy efficiency is now the second-largest source of power in the Northwest, and we anticipate the importance of efficiency will continue to grow as reducing carbon emissions grows in importance as a public policy goal," said Pat Smith, a Montana member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and chair of the Council's Power Committee. "We are pleased to support this event and to work with Bonneville, NEEA and our other partners to discuss and strategize on ways to improve energy efficiency in the region."

Jeremiah Owyang is the keynote speaker at this year's conference. Owyang is the founder of Crowd Companies, which advises businesses on tapping into the collaborative economy. He will discuss the latest trends and research in this new sharing movement, as well as how utilities can thrive in a world where customers, technology and energy are intersecting in disruptive ways.

Attendees will also get an insider's look at how energy efficient technologies are tested, refined and applied to a number of local industries. The final day of the conference includes on-site tours of Widmer Brothers' energy-efficient brewery and a lunch-and-learn meeting with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Other sessions will cover energy efficiency technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things, combination water/space heating, and paths to deeper savings in commercial buildings and lighting.

"The Northwest is an established leader in energy efficiency," said NEEA's executive director, Susan E. Stratton. "Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to share new ideas and insights that benefit the whole region."

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit (www.conduitnw.org), an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at www.efficiencyexchangenw.com/program/.


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PNWU Announces Commencement Ceremonies
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 04/20/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

April 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Announces Commencement Ceremonies

YAKIMA, WA - Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine has announced their commencement exercises for the Class of 2015. The graduation ceremony will take place at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Washington on Saturday, May 9.

"These doctors have put in an extraordinary amount of work leading up to this ceremony," said Dr. Thomas Scandalis, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. "There's a huge amount of pride to be able to call yourself Doctor for the first time in front of family and friends and we know this ceremony will showcase that," Dr. Scandalis continued.

72 students admitted to the osteopathic medical program will graduate as the Class of 2015. Many have expressed a desire to return to the Northwest to practice.

"I'm very pleased with the medical education I received at PNWU and I'm looking forward to practicing in the Northwest after completing my residency," said Steve Pinther, Class of 2015 student. Pinther plans on returning to his home state of Idaho to practice as an Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastics surgeon.

The University also announced its commencement speaker. Rear Admiral Joyce Johnson, DO (retired), is a physician with senior leadership experience in the public health, military and civilian sectors.

"We are very grateful to have Rear Admiral Johnson address the commencement exercises for the class of 2015. Her depth of knowledge in public health and understanding of a broad range of health care issues make her an excellent fit to send these new doctors into their residencies," said University President Dr. Keith Watson.

Rear Admiral Johnson earned a bachelor's degree from Luther College, a master's degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa and her osteopathic medical degree from Michigan State University.

For six years, Rear Admiral Johnson served as Chief Medical Officer and Surgeon General for the United States Coast Guard. In this position, she managed the Coast Guard health care system, including 150 sickbays and clinics. She also administered the Coast Guard's safety and work-life programs. She was the first woman to hold this post and the first woman to achieve flag rank while on active duty with the Coast Guard. She also served as Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Military Commissioning. The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. All events will take place at the Capitol Theatre in Yakima and are open to the public. More information is available by calling the University at (509) 452-5100 or visiting pnwu.edu.

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About PNWU: In 2004, physicians and community leaders raised the awareness and resources to build a health sciences university where the next generation of physicians would train. Located in Yakima, Washington, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences welcomed its first class of 70 medical school students into the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and graduated them in 2012. Today the University houses 300 medical students who are training under the careful instruction of highly-qualified faculty. In addition to the Yakima campus, PNWU has established 18 core rotation sites in communities around the Pacific Northwest. Hospitals and clinics around the region have welcomed PNWU students, training them in the clinical settings where they will eventually practice.
Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to hold meeting April 23 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/15
April 20, 2015


What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council Joint Subcommittee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 23 in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to review the committee's work to date and identify the next priorities for 2015. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.


When: Thursday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Where: 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1B, Portland


Agenda:
* February Meeting Minutes
* 2015 Committee Priorities
* Child and Family Well-being Measures Workgroup
* Social Emotional Development
* 2015 Priorities - Reflect and finalize


Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for people requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Those needing accommodations: please call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.


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Fallen Oregon workers to be remembered April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/20/15
(Salem) - Not all Oregon families experience the safe return of their loved one following a day at work. Oregon workers who died on the job will be honored with a ceremony Tuesday, April 28, at noon in Salem. Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, invites all Oregonians to attend the Workers Memorial Day observance. The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall.

The memorial service, coordinated by the Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature remarks from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

"Achieving prosperity in Oregon should include all workers returning home safely at the end of their shifts," said Gov. Brown. "This is not just a safety issue, it is an economic development issue that is as important as job creation is to ensuring Oregon's families can thrive."

The ceremony will include the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2014. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the event speakers.

"The Oregon AFL-CIO is committed to advocating for the safety and well-being of every worker in the state of Oregon," said Chamberlain. "On April 28, we mourn the fallen. Through that mourning, we will reinvigorate our commitment to fight as hard as we can for the living by making sure Oregon's workers are getting the right gear, the right training, and the right precautions to do their jobs as safely as possible."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by about 75 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

"As the rate appears to level off after decreasing for decades, we need to avoid the dangerous belief that we have done all we can do," said Wood. "We have not. We can - and must - do more."

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and rebuilding the middle class. For more information, visit www.oraflcio.org
04/19/15
La Grande Troopers Arrest Driver in Fatal DUII Crash - Union County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in La Grande are continuing to investigate yesterday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of one occupant, serious injury to three others and injury to the driver who now faces criminal charges.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that on April 18, at about 5:47 p.m., a black Nissan pickup, being driven by BRANDON C. HALLECK, 27, of La Grande, crashed into a ditch and killed one person and injured 4 other occupants. According to OSP Sergeant Kyle Hove, HALLECK was driving in a reckless manner with 3 unrestrained occupants in the bed when he crashed. Two juveniles riding in the bed were injured and the third adult occupant, identified as JACOB R. YEATES, 23, of La Grande, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 5 people total were riding in the pickup, 3 in the bed, 1 in the cab and the driver, at the time of the crash.

The driver was lodged on charges of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree, Assault 1st Degree, DUII-Felony, Reckless Driving, and 3 counts of Reckless Endangering. He was lodged in the Union County Jail.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande City Police Department, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande Fire Department.

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Pursuit in Deschutes/Crook Counties Ends in Arrest of Driver - Prineville
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
On April 18, at about 10:40 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Redmond received a report of a black Dodge pickup on Highway 97 near Redmond that could not remain in its lane while driving. Troopers located the vehicle in Redmond and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled out Highway 126 into Prineville and stopped at the Highway 126/26 junction. After a brief stand-off with police the driver exited his vehicle and refused to follow commands. He was taken into custody by police after less than lethal force was used to subdue him.

According to Lieutenant Don Wagner, the driver, identified as SHANE C. SHANTIE, 33, of Redmond, was arrested and charged with Felony Attempt to Elude Police, DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering a Person, Attempt to Elude (on-foot), Resisting Arrest and Giving False Information to Police. SHANTIE was transported to a Prineville area hospital and treated for his injuries. He was later lodged at the Crook County Jail.

OSP was assisted by the Prineville Police Department. No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Detectives in Josephine County Investigating Fatal Shooting
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
On April 18, at approximately 11:16 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers received a request to assist Josephine County Sheriff's Deputies who were responding to a shooting in the O'Brien area.

Officers first arriving on scene found a deceased male with apparent gun shot wounds who was later identified as WARREN BATIE, age 43 of Utah.

Preliminary information indicated the adult man who had shot BATIE was being transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass by private vehicle. While responding to the scene of the shooting, OSP detectives located the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop and detained the subject, identified as JEFFREY HUNSAKER, age 46, of Utah, who had also been shot in the leg. HUNSAKER was subsequently transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.

Early information indicates the two men were arguing over the ownership of a truck just prior to the shooting.

OSP detectives, troopers and the State Police crime lab are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted initially by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Any further release of information will be coordinated with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No photographs are available for release at this time.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
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Fatal Traffic Crash in Josephine County Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/19/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal traffic crash at 9237 Holland Loop Road near Cave Junction in Josephine County.

According to OSP Sergeant Brandon Boice, troopers were dispatched to the location on a report of a vehicle that had slid off the road and crashed into a tree. Upon arrival troopers discovered a 1993 Acura Integra driven by ERRIC FISHER, 19, of Cave Junction, which had been northbound on Holland Loop Road, that crashed sideways into a tree shearing the vehicle in half. The front seat passenger, identified as CAMBRIA RIVER LIN COOK, 22, of Cave Junction, was transported to the hospital with injury. The rear passenger, identified as AUSTIN J. PEDRO, 35, of Cave Junction, was pronounced deceased at the scene. FISHER received only minor injuries.

After investigation, troopers arrested FISHER for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Manslaughter I, Assault III, Reckless Driving, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer and Resisting Arrest after being subdued with a electronic control device. FISHER was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

OSP was assisted by the Illinois Fire District and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is ongoing.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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04/18/15
Oregon National Guard partners with community to 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/18/15
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at the Oregon State Capitol, April 18, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

The event featured several speakers including, State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham); State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham); Cynthia Stinson, Willamette University's Director of Educational Equity Assurance and Title IX Coordinator; Sara Brennan, Victim Services Advocate with the Center for Hope and Safety; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Members of the Oregon National Guard, the Center for Hope and Safety, and Willamette University representatives walked a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, to raise public awareness.

Also participating in the walk were, State Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth); Fritz Graham from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office; State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake, Oregon National Guard; Miss Marion-Polk County Bailey Pilant; and Miss Marion-Polk Outstanding Teen Abigail Hoppe.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is fully committed to sexual assault prevention and response. Through this event, the Oregon National Guard, alongside our community partners, aimed to bring the local community together to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to sexual assault awareness and prevention.

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150418-Z-OT568-130: Mason Seto, of Puyallup, Wash., displays his "Men can make a difference" T-shirt during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, at the Oregon State Capitol Mall, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon National Guard, the Center for Hope and Safety, and Willamette University representatives walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-178: Mason Seto, of Puyallup, Wash., walks a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, in high-heel shoes during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-182: Law-makers and community members join forces with the Oregon National Guard to walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. From left: State Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth); State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham); State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham); Carey Bruton, of Men for Hope and Safety; and Mason Seto, who traveled from Puyallup, Wash., to participate in the event. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-187: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and his wife, Kelly, participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Crash on I-84 near MP 138 Westbound - Diesel Spill - Arlington (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating a traffic crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 138 - Arlington. Westbound traffic is being diverted through Arlington at this time.

Early information from OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt indicates that a westbound semi-truck and trailer, driven by CASEY A. LEPPERT, 23, of Caldwell Idaho, left its lane of travel and crashed, damaging the center barrier and spilling approximately 150 gallons of diesel fuel then catching fire. Hazardous materials crews are on-scene and have contained the fuel and none was believed to have reached the Columbia River. LEPPERT was not injured during the crash or subsequent fire.

OSP is being assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire Department Haz-Mat Team, Arlington Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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04/17/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: April 21, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/17/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: April 21, 2015

As per the attached agenda ~

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015


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Know what's below before you hoe
Pacific Power - 04/17/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 17, 2015
503-813-7291

Know what's below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

"Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. "Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It's that simple."

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don't know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood--and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn't be easier. It's a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent - nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

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

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
04/16/15
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Photo)
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The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is partnering with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force for a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Mall, 900 Court St. NE.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to continue the process of eliminating sexual assault and to ensure all service members are treated with dignity and respect. The purpose is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is a vital institution within the state. Citizen Soldiers and Airmen possess a crucial tie between military and civilian society. As a fundamental institution the military as a whole and the Oregon National Guard in particular, are fully committed to a cultural shift in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

"Preventing Sexual Assault in our military requires a personal commitment from all service members, at every level, to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding standards of behavior and military core values," said Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense.

This year's theme is Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part."

Eliminate Sexual Assault: Every service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.

Know your Part: Means that each military member has a unique role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. We must recognize our part in stopping this crime starting with knowing when and where to intervene.

Do Your Part: We have to act. If we see a crime or inappropriate behavior unfolding, we need to step in to prevent it, adding our voice to the call to end sexual assault.

Education and awareness are the key in reaching our objective. Through this event we not only hope to bring the local community together, but to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to the transformation of sexual assault prevention and response.


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MEDIA ALERT - Finley Plant Sale Opens Tomorrow
Finley Sch. Dist. - 04/16/15
Finley, WA - The 24th Annual Plant Sale, led by the Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School, begins tomorrow, April 17. This year's plant sale takes place April 17-18, at the high school's greenhouses from 9 AM to 5 PM both days.

At the plant sale, customers interact with FFA students in the process of purchasing a wide selection of bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and more. The Finley FFA Chapter has over 55 members, and the Annual Plant Sale is the chapter's primary fundraiser.

For more information, contact FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum in the RVHS agricultural department at 509.586.7279.

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SEA-TECH Open House Monday
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/16/15
WALLA WALLA - Members of the community are invited to the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) for a public open house Monday, April 20 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This is a drop-in event so people are welcome to attend whenever it is convenient during the six hour block designated for the open house.

High school students taking classes at SEA-TECH located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College are immersed in the latest technology and trends in the world of Digital Media, Manufacturing and Welding, Sustainable Energy Technology specializing in Electrical Systems, and Health Sciences. SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center. Students from Walla Walla and the partner districts consisting of Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place attend a three hour morning or afternoon block schedule at SEA-TECH.

SEA-TECH Public Open House
- Monday, April 20
- 12 noon to 6 p.m. (drop-in when convenient)
- 525 Campus Loop (on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Information: Erin Roach, (509) 526-2000 / eroach@wwps.org
- SEA-TECH video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hr3xVtHxqE
- SEA-TECH - Your Pathway to a Career
Oregon Perinatal Collaborative Commits to Safely Reduce First-Time C-Sections
March of Dimes - 04/16/15
The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of health care leaders in Oregon, is making an effort to safely reduce the rate of C-sections, particularly for women who haven't had one before. In order to affect this change, the collaborative leaders are implementing strategies for successful birth in labor and delivery departments throughout Oregon. OPC recommends all Oregon providers delivering babies review and adopt these best practice strategies that will support safe deliveries in all labor units throughout Oregon. OPC endorsed strategies for successful birth can be found here http://www.oahhs.org/quality/quality-resources.

"Cesarean section is an essential part of our armamentarium in Obstetrics; however, it is associated with rare but serious complications particularly in future pregnancies. The best way to minimize these complications is to prevent the first Cesarean section whenever this can be safely accomplished," said Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetric Services, Providence Health and Services.

In the US one in three women in 2013 gave birth by Cesarean section delivery. Oregon rates increased from 19.8% in 2000 to 28 % in 2013. Although Cesarean birth can be lifesaving, it also carries risk for both the mother and fetus.

Several factors have influenced increasing rates over the past twenty years, including women delaying childbearing, increasing rates of diabetes and consumer request. Of particular concern is the rise in "primary" or "first" Cesarean sections which lead to subsequent Cesarean births greater that 90% of the time. Variation of labor management can also drive Cesarean section births. "It is important to standardize best practices to provide consistent outcomes that ultimately result in better health, better healthcare and better patient satisfaction," said Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), convened by March of Dimes in 2011 to eliminate early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks, is a group of health care leaders in Oregon focused on improving perinatal outcomes through collaboration and evidence-based practices. "This collaborative brings a power to understand and improve processes of perinatal care that is unprecedented in our state and will be instrumental in optimizing our outcomes and the safety of Oregon mothers and babies," said Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's and Surgical Services, Legacy Health.

In an effort to support safe deliveries, the collaborative has broadened their focus to review and endorse strategies related to labor management that support safe, successful birth--all births, not exclusive to early elective deliveries. This focus in in alignment with the work of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) as well as nationally sponsored initiatives by the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) aiming to safely decrease primary Cesarean sections. "I believe that through this collaborative work, we can make Oregon the best place to have a baby in the U.S.," said Aaron B. Caughey, MD, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University.


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--MEDIA MEMBERS ONLY--

For interview opportunities contact:

Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetrics, Providence Health and Services
mtomlinson@whallc.com and mark.tomlinson@providence.org
503 416-7565

Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN,CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
diane.waldo@oahhs.org
503-479-6016

Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's Services and Surgical Services at Legacy Health
dneilson@lhs.org
503-413-3622

Aaron B. Caughey, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University
caughey@ohsu.edu
503-494-2999
04/15/15
Deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers return home to Central Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/15/15
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REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed home approximately 175 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they arrived in Redmond, Oregon, April 15, following their overseas deployment.

The Soldiers of 1-82 Cavalry Squadron spent nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The squadron is headquartered in Bend, Oregon, with companies also located in Klamath Falls, Lebanon and Redmond. The Soldiers will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the formal demobilization ceremony scheduled to be held in their honor, May 16, at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend.

More deployed Oregon Army National Guard units are expected to arrive this spring and summer.

The 234th Engineer Company, based in Warrenton, Oregon, is scheduled to welcome home approximately 160 Soldiers from Kuwait in late April. The Soldiers conducted carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction on military facilities throughout Kuwait and the surrounding region during their deployment. A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled for May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will welcome home two more battalion-sized elements that also provided security and support missions in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, headquartered in Springfield (with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham and Hillsboro) will welcome home approximately 320 Soldiers in May. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for June 13 at the Linn County Fairgrounds.

The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, headquartered in Ashland (with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg and St. Helens), will welcome approximately 290 Soldiers from Afghanistan. One company of Soldiers is scheduled to be home in late April or early May. The rest of the battalion is scheduled to return in late June. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for August 8; location and details will be published when finalized.

PHOTOS:
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Redmond, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr., commander of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, stands in front of the squadron formation upon returning to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier from 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, embraces his wife as he returns home to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (left of center), greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, as they take their first steps onto Oregon soil after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/15/15
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., Monday, April 13, inmate John McKinley's cellmate alerted staff that McKinley, 53, needed medical attention. McKinley was found unresponsive, at which time staff began CPR. He was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. McKinley entered DOC custody on November 19, 2008, on one count of sodomy in the first degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date was March 3, 2038.

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

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.


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Forestry Board to tour Oregon's newest state forest, discuss stream protections, April 22-23 in Central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/15/15
The state Board of Forestry travels to Central Oregon on April 22 and 23 for its regular meeting and a tour showcasing the conservation and restoration of state and national forests. Accompanied by state and local leaders, the Board will celebrate partnerships leading to acquiring the Gilchrist State Forest and improving national forest health, and will discuss visions for supporting rural communities and healthy forests.

The Board meeting on April 22 includes discussion of stream protection rules, a new plan for managing the state-owned forests of northwest Oregon, and national forest restoration. For those who can't attend, a telephone listening and comment site will be available in Salem (details below).

At a community gathering that evening, the Board will continue its tradition of honoring a longtime local champion of sound forest management and healthy communities.

All events are open to the public.

APRIL 22 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Streamside regulations. Department of Forestry staff will present methods for evaluating the effectiveness of measures to keep streams shaded and cool after timber harvest, and how regulations might function at specific locations.

National forest restoration. Jim Pe?^a, Regional Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will share his vision for federal forests in the Pacific Northwest and opportunities for partnership and collaboration. University of Oregon professors will provide context for how state investment has already produced early forest restoration results in Oregon.

Eastern Oregon state forest management. Staff will share how state forest management in eastern Oregon provides social, environmental and economic contributions to adjacent communities and statewide.

Updates. The board will receive updates on key projects and initiatives, including the work of a board subcommittee to create a new plan for managing state-owned forests in northwest Oregon.

EVENT DETAILS

* The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 22 in the Great Hall, at 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver.
* A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the Board takes them up. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.
* The Salem listening site, scheduled to operate for the duration of the meeting, will be in the Santiam Room, in Building D at the Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State Street. The site will provide opportunities to follow the proceedings and participate during public comment periods. For questions about coordination and logistics, please contact Sabrina Perez at 503-945-7210. RSVPs are appreciated.
* The community social will begin at 6 p.m. in Sunriver's Great Hall.
* The field tour will start at the same location on April 23. Join for a meet-and-greet at 7:30 a.m., and tour kick-off at approximately 8 a.m. Plans may be modified in the event of inclement weather.
* Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

Join the forestry conversation on ODF social media: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx

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Oregon announces participation in multi-state action against New Day Financial LLC
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/15/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities announced today its participation in a multi-state settlement agreement and consent order between 43 state mortgage regulators and New Day Financial LLC.

The settlement is a result of investigations conducted by Delaware and Maryland into institutionalized cheating on testing and continuing education requirements for licensed mortgage professionals. Practices at the company included sharing test information and taking continuing education courses on behalf of others.

In order to protect Oregonians, the division holds mortgage loan originators to high standards of ethics and education.

"Oregonians have a right to trust that the licensed mortgage loan originator they are working with is a trustworthy, financially responsible, and competent professional," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Any efforts by companies or individuals to cheat on testing or continuing education requirements will be held accountable."

The order includes the following main points:
* A $5.28 million administrative penalty to be divided equally among the 43 participating states
* The removal and replacement of New Day's chief operating officer
* The hiring of an independent auditor to evaluate New Day's policies and procedures and review New Day's training and education program to determine if additional remedial action is necessary to supplement the changes already implemented
* A report from New Day within 270 days identifying the manner in which the company proposes improving its corporate management and governance structures

Along with Oregon, Delaware, and Maryland, mortgage regulators from the following states participated in the agreement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the Settlement Agreement and Consent Order is available at cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/enf_orders/M-15-0059.pdf.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
04/14/15
Congressman Dan Newhouse to be Grand Marshall at Cinco de Mayo Parade in Downtown Pasco
Downtown Pasco Development Authority - 04/14/15
PASCO, WA--The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) invites the Tri-Cities community to its annual, multi-cultural parade and festival in Downtown Pasco on Saturday, May 2, 2015, with newly elected Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) as its grand marshall.
The one day event will bring together the American and Mexican-American communities as they commemorate Mexico's hard-won victory over the French in the Battle of La Puebla in 1862. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the festival will follow with activities concluding at 5:00 p.m. The parade route begins at 2nd Avenue and Clark Street, will head west on Clark to 7th Avenue then loop around and head east on Lewis Street to 3rd Avenue. The festival will take place as in years past at the intersection of South 4th Avenue and Lewis Street.
"We're honored that Representative Newhouse will be on hand to greet thousands of community members celebrating the heritage of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in this exciting event," said Michael Goins, executive director, Downtown Pasco Development Authority. "Cinco de Mayo is one example of how Downtown Pasco is becoming a vibrant neighborhood that's family friendly and welcoming to all cultures."

Festival activities include:
8:00 a.m. 2015 Opening of Pasco Farmer's Market
11:00 a.m. Parade--Representative Dan Newhouse, Grand Marshall
12:30 p.m. Cultural entertainment includes a variety of bands that will bring the rich sounds of accordion and guitar to life along with dynamic folkloric dancing that honors the Mexican heritage. Bring your own lawn chair and dancing shoes.
Festival food fare such as hamburgers, BBQ, and shaved ice will be offered along with culinary delights featuring Mexican and Mexican-American cultures including
tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

5:00 p.m. Festival end.
For more information on the bands and performance times at Cinco de Mayo, check out our web site, www.downtownpasco.com or follow us on Facebook/downtownpasco. Musical acts and performers are subject to change.


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

For more information, contact Marilou Shea, 509-545-1172 (office), 509-430-8956 (mobile) mshea@downtownpasco.com.


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An American Red Cross Thank You to Volunteers (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/14/15
Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families.
Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families.
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During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Red Cross extends heartfelt thanks and offers recognition to the incredible people who help drive our mission forward

PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2015 - Few businesses run on the power of volunteers. People with professional skills, big hearts and warm smiles. People who give up their personal time with friends and families to do work that sometimes no one else wants to do. In the American Red Cross, volunteers constitute 90 percent of the total workforce.

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 and the American Red Cross honors all of its dedicated volunteers who give their time to help people in need. The American Red Cross Cascades Region, which serves Oregon and Southwest Washington, is currently supported by about 1,700 amazing volunteers.

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are part of the Red Cross. They help people get back on their feet after a home fire, teach lifesaving first aid and CPR skills, visit veterans hospitals, staff blood drives, install smoke alarms, reunite family members after a disaster and fill a variety of other crucial roles. There are even volunteers in the volunteer office, helping to find new volunteers and orient them to the organization.

"Our volunteers take time away from their families and friends to help people they don't even know," said Laurie Conroy, director of volunteer services for the American Red Cross Cascades Region, "We are taking time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their dedication and service. We are truly grateful for these people, who come from all age groups, and all walks of life and who bring a wide range of skills to the Red Cross."

The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There is a position for everyone, there is no minimum number of hours required to be a volunteer, and the only requirement is a heart for helping others. To read Red Cross volunteer profiles in Oregon and Southwest Washington, go to http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org.


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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cascades. Or, read about Red Cross volunteers at http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/.


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Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/15
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 14, 2015

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, Cell 503-931-2590

Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast

Newport OR -- A portion of a derelict boat towed into Newport, Oregon on April 9, 2015 was disposed of on Monday, April 13. Please refer to previous releases (http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat1 and http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat2) for details on the original sighting and recovery.

+ After being towed to the South Beach Marina in Newport on April 9, the boat was re-towed to Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River upstream from the harbor April 10.

+ While still moored at the South Beach Marina, a group of yellowtail jacks and banded knifejaw fishes were removed from the boat's holding tanks and are in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Preliminary examination indicates they are a variety of yellowtail jack from the western Pacific. A final determination about the origin of the yellowtail jacks will come through genetic testing. The knifejaw is also a species found in the waters around Japan, but not in the eastern Pacific near Oregon. After the quarantine period is over, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will move the fish to the Open Sea exhibit in Passages of the Deep for public display.

+ The debris was examined by Radiation Protection Services, part of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Health. The survey did not find any signs of radiation above the normal, background level.

+ After emptying the holding tanks of water, the wreck was hoisted out of the river and most of the attached plants and animals were scraped off. Researchers with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center collected additional samples of wood, plants, and animals for study.

+ This is the bow (front) section of a larger boat.

+ The entire object was taken in one piece to a landfill on Monday, April 13, and weighed 8,550 pounds.


Contact information for the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
Erin Paxton
Public Relations Coordinator
Oregon Coast Aquarium
a Non-Profit Organization
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd / Newport, OR 97365
541.867.3474 x 5224 / 541.867.6846 (fax)
www.aquarium.org | oceanscape.aquarium.org

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Attached Media Files: 20 Yellowtail jack and one knifejaw, in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, recovered from the hold of the derelict ship before disposal. , The knifejaw in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon. , Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific. , Water and most organisms removed, the debris sits at Riverbend Marine Services before being taken to a landfill April 13. , Water and most organisms removed, the debris sits at Riverbend Marine Services before being taken to a landfill April 13. , Andrea Burton with the Hatfield Marine Science Center sorting samples of organisms taken from the debris. , Jim Burke, Oregon Coast Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry (left) helps Professor John Chapman of Oregon State University collect samples from the debris after it was towed to port. , Sea-level view of debris at sea, off the Oregon coast in Lincoln County , Aerial of debris at sea, off the Oregon coast in Lincoln County
Inmate walks away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/14/15
Jason M. Touch
Jason M. Touch
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate walked away this morning from Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew near Philomath. Oregon State Police are investigating.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jason M. Touch missing at approximately 9:30 a.m., April 14. Touch is a 36-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Touch was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Touch entered DOC custody on October 22, 1998, on one count of robbery in the first degree out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is January 13, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.

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Attached Media Files: Jason M. Touch
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 21, 22
Oregon Marine Board - 04/14/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly work session on April 21 beginning at 1 pm. The Board will also re-convene the same evening, following the close of a rule hearing on slow -no wake and waterway markers beginning at 6 pm. The Board may make a motion to adopt, amend, not adopt, or take some other action with regard to the proposed rules. The regular Board meeting will be held on April 22, beginning at 9 am. The meetings will be held at Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The work session on April 21, will include a demonstration of the new, online registration system, a discussion on boating facilities grants, and an overview about dredging.

On April 22, the general Board meeting agenda includes:

* Consider approval of a grant request for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
* Consider adoption of a concurrent rule for visual distress signals with the US Coast Guard requirements (OAR 250-010-0164)
* Consider initiating rulemaking on concurrent rules for navigation lights with the US Coast Guard (OAR 250-012-0020)
* Agency staff reports

The meetings are accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 20. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on April 22.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate

In March, Oregon's unemployment rate fell below the U.S. rate for the first time since 1996, dropping to 5.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March. While the difference between the Oregon and the U.S. March unemployment rates was not statistically significant, the fact that Oregon's rate is below the nation's shows how much the state's economy has improved over the last year.

Reflecting an improving economy, Oregon's unemployment rate dropped substantially over the past 12 months; in March 2014, Oregon's rate was 7.1 percent.

This winter, two factors benefitted Oregon's economy relative to many states. First, Oregon's weather was unusually mild during much of the first three months of the year, while many economies in the northeastern U.S. were hit hard by severe winter weather. In the short term, the weather boosted Oregon's employment in weather-dependent industries above normal levels. And second, the plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 led to lower gasoline and other fuel prices which benefited Oregon consumers and likely led to greater demand for certain goods and services.

A primary reason for Oregon's declining unemployment rate is rapid job growth. Employment growth accelerated over the past two years, reflecting a strengthening economy and contributing to a tightening labor market. Total nonfarm payrolls grew by 56,100 jobs, or 3.3 percent, in the 12 months ending in March. Since March 2014, two major industries each added over 10,000 jobs: professional and business services (+11,500 jobs or +5.3%) and health care and social assistance (+10,300 jobs or +4.9%). Job gains were also above 3 percent in the following major industries: manufacturing; transportation, warehousing and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.

In March, payrolls grew by 4,300 jobs, about the average growth rate of the prior 12 months. Most major industries performed close to seasonal expectations, but health care and social assistance (+1,700 jobs) vigorously expanded.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, April 21st, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 19th.

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

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

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
FBI Launches National Request to Find Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/14/15
John Doe 29 picture d
John Doe 29 picture d
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 29, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 29, shown with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January of 2008. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 29 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, additional images relevant to the investigation include those depicting the individual wearing a silver ring on his left ring finger, the victim wearing blue and white Velcro Nike brand tennis shoes, and the background where the images were taken. Additionally, the individual is seen wearing a white, black, and red shirt with what appears to be a design and/or writing on the sleeves.

There are no specific details linking the man to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.

John Doe 29 is described as a male with a tan complexion, likely between the ages of 30 and 45, with dark hair. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: Endangered Child Alert Program fact sheet , John Doe 29 poster , John Doe 29 picture d , John Doe 29 picture c , John Doe 29 picture b , John Doe 29 picture a
04/13/15
Walla Walla High School recipient of 2014 Washington Achievement Award for reading and math gains
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School is a recipient of the 2014 Washington Achievement Award. Washington Achievement Award winners are selected using the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The award is given in six categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate and English Language Acquisition. Walla Walla High School is being recognized for "High Progress." This award represents the fifth consecutive year Walla Walla High School has received a Washington Achievement Award.

High Progress Definition
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 10% of schools making the most progress in the performance of the all students group over three years. The Progress Score (PS) is computed by adding an Achievement Score (A) and an Improvement Score (I). Therefore, PS=A+I. Reading and math achievement are combined.
Progress is determined in two ways:
1. Achievement Score - The Achievement Score is an average of proficiency rates in both reading and math for the past three years. Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each year. Reading and math are weighted equally.
2. Improvement Score - The Improvement Score is an average of improvement trends from year to year for the past three years (2010 to 2011; 2011 to 2012; and 2012 to 2013). Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each year. Reading and math are weighted equally.
Schools with significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing and schools identified as Priority, Focus or Emerging are not eligible for High Progress.

"This award reflects the dedication that our staff puts forth every day to improve our students education and their futures," said Principal Pete Peterson. "This simply reinforces that we will continue to make improvements in our instruction and do everything we need to make sure every student graduates from Wa-Hi college and career ready."
OSP Sexual Abuse Investigation in Klamath Falls Results in Conviction, Sentencing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/13/15
On April 13, 2015, Kevin Earl Bristow, age 35, of Klamath Falls, was sentenced to 198 months in prison by Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Dan Bunch. Mr. Bristow was sentenced to two 75 month prison terms, to be served consecutively, for his convictions on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1. He had been convicted on Friday, April 10, 2015, of two counts of Sexual Abuse 1 after a three day trial prosecuted by the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. In addition to the 150 months for the Sexual Abuse convictions, Mr. Bristow was sentenced to 48 months for a probation violation. The 48 months is to be served consecutive to the 150 months.

The investigation began in early February of 2015 when the allegations were brought to the attention of the Oregon State Police by the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare Division. The investigation revealed Mr. Bristow sexually abused two female victims under the age of 12. Both victims were known to Mr. Bristow.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
OHCS seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/13/15
April 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alison McIntosh, Government Relations and Communications Liaison
503-510-1678, alison.mcintosh@oregon.gov

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is developing our federally required Consolidated Plan, a five year look at how to address housing needs in Oregon. The Consolidated Plan is the strategic look at how to address the housing needs and invest in services that support persons experiencing homelessness. The agency needs community input and advice to determine how we can do better in serving Oregonians with the lowest incomes.

"OHCS is committed to the idea that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty," said Margaret Van Vliet, OHCS Director, "We are eager to hear from people across Oregon to learn more about the local housing conditions, and gathering input about our priorities for the next five years."

People throughout the state are struggling to pay rent, and home ownership is out of reach for many. In most communities in Oregon, a minimum wage earner must work over 70 hours a week to pay for a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for food and other basic necessities.

To hear about the challenges facing the residents of Oregon, OHCS is hosting several public events in communities across the state.

Screenings of American Winter followed by a community discussion will be at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 21st
Tillamook - 6:00 PM
Tillamook Bay Community College Room, 214 4301 3rd St.

Monday, April 27th
The Dalles - 6:00 PM
Mid Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.

Wednesday, April 29th
Klamath Falls - 6:00 PM
Location to be announced


Panel discussions with community leaders will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 14th
Medford - 5:00 PM
Access Olsrud Nutrition Center, 2020 Cardinal Ave
Scott Foster, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jackson County;
Linda Reid, City of Ashland;
Rita Sullivan, Executive Director, On Track

Thursday, April 16th
North Bend/ Coos Bay - 5:30 PM
North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
Panel discussion on affordable housing,
moderated by Michael Lehman, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Community Action

Wednesday, April, 22nd
McMinnville - 6:00 PM
McMinnville Civic Hall 200 NE 2nd St.
Marilyn Miller, OHCS;
Lee Means, Yamhill Community Action Partnership;
Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner;
Elise Hui, Housing Authority of Yamhill County;
Rick Middleton, Yamhill County Gospel Mission;
Moderated by McMinnville City Manager, Martha Meeker


Another way to provide input in the planning effort is to participate in the on line community surveys in
English at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSR7G9, and in Spanish at: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2XFYPFS.

For more information about these events and the consolidated plan please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/consolidated-plan-five-year-plan.aspx.

American Winter is an award winning documentary following the lives of 8 Oregonian families who called into the 211 social services hotline in search of help during the winter of 2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream.
Pendleton to host Blue Mountain safety conference
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/13/15
(Salem) - Employers and workers are invited to attend the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton. The event is scheduled for June 2, 2015, at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employees and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture contributes to reduced injuries and accidents, and decreased workers' compensation costs.

Keynote speaker Keith Bardney, senior director of safety at ConAgra Foods, has spent most of his career in various businesses sharing coaching techniques with front-line supervisors and other strategies that bring about real change. His leadership skills have produced world-class cultures with safety as a value, not a priority.

"As a manufacturing leader himself, Keith knows how to change the game of 'safety first' to safely producing a quality product efficiently and injury free," said Tony Campbell, director of safety for ConAgra Foods. "Help your front line leaders begin to guide all employees toward working safely for themselves instead of for you."

Other conference topics include:
* Safety committee effectiveness
* Electrical hazards
* Safety leadership
* Accident investigation

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Conference registration is $65, which includes lunch and session handouts. For more information about the conference or to register, go to www.regonline.com/blue_mountain15 or call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section at 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free).

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
04/12/15
Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - I-84 at MP 274 - Union County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/12/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 274 - 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon.

* Update *
According to OSP Sergeant Jason Stone, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the white, 2002 Chevrolet Express van, drove over some ice on I-84 near milepost 274 when the operator lost control, rolling over multiple times and ejecting two passengers.

One of the ejected passengers, identified as RUBEN V. GARCIA, 24, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other ejected passenger, identified as JULIO CESAR GONZALES, 18, of Salem, was taken via air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise where he is listed as having critical but stable injuries. GARCIA and GONZALES are believed to not have been wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.

While this crash is still under investigation, troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor. No photographs are available for release.

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Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 3:00 a.m., a white, 2002 Chevrolet Express Van, with seven occupants rolled over at milepost 274. One passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, one was transported by air ambulance and the five remaining were taken by ground ambulance. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting with this incident and the roadway continues to be closed. Additional information will be added in subsequent releases. For updated road information go to www.tripcheck.com for details.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
04/10/15
Many Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/10/15
SALEM--The Department of Revenue is reminding Oregonians that the personal income tax return-filing deadline is less than one week away--April 15.

"Another 500,000 returns in the next few days would not be at all surprising," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That could be one quarter of all the returns we'll see this year."

Revenue says more than 1.2 million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. So far this year, 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically and requesting direct deposit of any refund, Revenue encourages anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all required forms are sent with your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent small errors that slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from April 15, the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.
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State grants awarded to jumpstart new biomass-based businesses
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
Four eastern Oregon businesses - and local forests - stand to benefit from grants totaling $110,000 for biomass use, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today. The U.S. Forest Service-provided grant funding has been awarded by ODF to these businesses:

- Ochoco Lumber of John Day - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. of Enterprise - $30,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Heritage Sustainable Resources of North Powder - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- North Slope Resources Co. of North Powder - $30,000 East Face Restoration Project grant

"The grant funding provided by our federal partners is aimed at forging solutions to forest health and community vitality," said Marcus Kauffman, ODF's biomass resource specialist. "The grants are designed to provide business the resources to jump-start new ventures that will utilize the low-value material resulting from forest health treatments."

Overgrown conditions in many eastside forests pose a severe wildfire threat to adjacent communities and privately owned forests. Thinning can restore health and fire resiliency to the forests, but treatment costs are high--there's little value in the small trees and brush removed from forest restoration. Ongoing investments into business that convert forest biomass into high-value products helps offset the expense of fuels reduction and enables treatment of larger areas. "By creating demand for the by-products of restoration, we can accelerate the pace and scale of restoration while putting more people to work," says Kauffman.

The grant recipients have earmarked the dollars for a diverse array of projects:

- Ochoco Lumber intends to use its grant to explore the commercial viability of a torrefied wood facility in Grant County. Torrefaction is a thermal process used to produce high-grade solid biofuels from woody biomass. If proven to be viable, Ochoco would sell torrefied wood to coal-fired power plants to reduce their carbon emissions.

- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. plans to use the funds to design and engineer the conversion of three public buildings in downtown Enterprise from expensive heating oil to regionally produced woody biomass.

- Heritage Sustainable Resources, a new start up, will use their award to design and engineer a kiln-dried commercial firewood operation in North Powder.
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- North Slope Resources Co., a local agricultural operation, aims to spend its grant award on a project to use local low-value biomass to add value to and diversify its agricultural operation in North Powder.

The Cohesive Wildfire Strategy is a national initiative to make meaningful progress toward the goals of creating resilient landscapes, promoting fire-adapted communities, and developing a safe and effective wildfire response.

The East Face Restoration Project aims to restore forest health to the East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains, an area that encompasses federal, state and private forestlands in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

Kauffman said six project proposals were received and four chosen to receive grants.

"The selected projects show that the spirit of entrepreneurism and innovation is alive and kicking in northeast Oregon," he said.
Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize the 116th Air Control Squadron
Oregon Military Department - 04/10/15
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

The unit is scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia for approximately six months. It will provide surveillance and air space management for air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. The common mission sets that the 116th will be supporting are air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, air-to-air refueling, humanitarian support, and Patriot missile defense.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control; deploying to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Monday, April 20th
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, April 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in the Santiam Room, Building D at 2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310.

Agenda
Members will receive updates on:
* The current status of the Oregon legislative session
* The Riparian Rule Analysis process
* The ODF Industrial Fire Protection Rules
* The results of the 2013 Compliance Audit Report
* The ODF Monitoring Strategy

The Committee will also review and discuss the Committee for Family Forestlands annual report.

The Committee provides opportunity for and welcomes public comment on these and all issues related to its work.

Committee
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative.

Non-voting ex-officio members may include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 at ODF headquarters located at 2600 State Street, Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on ODF's web site at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards to be given to eight
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards April 23 in North Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Whilamut Passage Bridge Project, Eugene and Springfield, for the Oregon Department of Transportation's community heritage approach to design and naming.

-- Balch Gulch Bridge Project, in recognition of the dedication and work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation to restore this historic 1905 bridge.

-- Morrow County, for the creative and important restoration of its historic courthouse tower and clock in Heppner.

-- Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty, Doug Doty and others for their vision, dedication and success in rehabilitating the Roth-McGilchrist Building in Salem.

-- Pop Up Museum Poster Project, for the creative and cooperative approach to making history publicly available by the Lane County Historical Society and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House in Eugene.

-- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives, for its outstanding work to digitize and place online its audiovisual collections.

-- Shirley and Milt Nelson, in recognition of their 20 years of developing heritage resources on the South Coast.

-- Rosemary Johnson, for more than 25 years of outstanding work in preserving and developing heritage resources in Astoria and Clatsop County.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: News release
Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 10, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast

Newport OR - A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The fragment is moored at a marina in Newport Bay. Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the debris while it was still at sea and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined it posed a low threat of carrying invasive species.

Several live yellowtail jack fish, native to the west Pacific, will be removed later today and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The debris will be dewatered, inspected further by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill.

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Note to assignment editors: The debris will be available for a video opportunity from 9-Noon today, April 10, at the South Beach Marina, near J Dock, next to the public launch. A map of the facility is online at http://www.portofnewport.com/rv-parks/map.pdf.pdf . Your contacts at the site are J.R. Collier, Operations Support Manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (cell 541-270-8235), and Caren Braby, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (cell 541-961-5352), and Erin Paxton, Public Relations Coordinator Oregon Coast Aquarium (desk 541-867-3474, ext. 5224, cell 541-283-3111, media@aquarium.org).
Buy Your Spring Plants In Finley
Finley Sch. Dist. - 04/10/15
Finley, WA - For the 24th year, the Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School is preparing for their Annual Plant Sale. This year, the plant sale takes place Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at the high school's greenhouses. Doors open each day at 9 AM, with the sale closing at 5 PM. Come pick from a wide selection of bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and much more!

This annual event is one that Finley's agricultural students and FFA members prepare for all year. At the beginning of the school year, greenhouses are set up and students in the horticulture class spend the rest of the year planting, propagating, pinching, fertilizing, arranging, and transplanting until the big sale. Numerous students are involved and help perform these various tasks.

At the sale, students interact with customers in real life situations, learning valuable customer relations and selling skills. Customers receive personal attention and assistance by the students, and students are able to walk away with knowledge that can be applied to their future careers.

The Finley FFA Chapter has over 55 members, and the Annual Plant Sale is the chapter's primary fundraiser. Proceeds go toward student FFA activities and expansion of the agriculture program at the school. (Check or cash only transactions please.)

For more information, contact FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum in the RVHS agricultural department at 509.586.7279.

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04/09/15
Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/15
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 9, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock

Waldport OR - A chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30' long was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach in Lincoln County around 9:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. The debris appears to be half to two-thirds of a larger vessel, possibly damaged and set adrift during the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in 2011. As of 5 p.m. April 9, the debris was a few miles offshore. A team of Oregon state agencies are coordinating to retrieve the object in the next 24 hours before it reaches land.

Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the low-floating object and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined the organisms still attached posed a low threat to the Oregon coast ecosystem. They did find several live specimens of a variety of yellowtail jack fish found in the coastal waters of Japan.

Using funds set aside for responding to tsunami debris, Riverbend Marine Services of Newport will attempt to retrieve the debris today and tow it to the Port of Newport, where port officials immediately offered their cooperation to temporarily store it. The debris will eventually be removed from water, studied by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill. The surviving fish will be removed and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided mapping to predict the location of the object based on sightings. The U.S. Coast Guard broadcast a notice to boaters, and marked it with a life ring, and placed a data-transmitting buoy to help track the debris.

Agencies coordinating on this response include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, Office of the Governor, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA.

Beach visitors and marine boaters are reminded to be on the lookout for any debris floating at sea. In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent reports, call 211 from any coastal county.

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Attached Media Files: Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present , The derelict boat is about 25-30' long
Public meetings set to design 2017 health plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/15
Salem - Oregonians who want to participate in the process of setting the essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017 health insurance plans can attend the first meeting of the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. The first meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets that are subject to the Affordable Care Act's market reforms must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by the Department of Consumer and Business Services that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

All of the committee's meetings are open to the public and also available via online streaming. Time will be set aside at each meeting for public comment, and comments can also be submitted in writing to essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

The committee is made up of members of the public, including consumer representatives, health insurance company representatives, health care provider representatives, and insurance agent representatives. Staff from the department and the Oregon Health Authority will also participate on the committee.

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

"The recommendations of this committee will have a lasting impact on the design of health plans purchased by Oregonians in the individual and small business markets in 2017 and beyond," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "I encourage anyone with an interest to participate in the process and let us know what is important to them when it comes to essential health benefits and standard plan designs."

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

Meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem on the following days:
* Friday, April 10
* Tuesday, April 21
* Wednesday, May 6
* Monday, May 18
* Tuesday, June 2
* Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentatively scheduled)

Meeting materials, updates, and video recordings of the meetings will be posted online at www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Sign up for meeting updates and notices, or submit public comment by emailing essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

Committee appointments will be announced soon on the committee webpage listed above.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
04/08/15
Traffic Stop in Eugene Leads to Arrest of (2) Men Wanted for Homicide in California
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield arrested two California men wanted in connection with a Contra-Costa County California Homicide earlier this evening.

According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, OSP Troopers in Springfield were notified that two suspects in a Contra-Costa County California Homicide were traveling through Oregon at about 3:15 p.m. today.

At about 5:00 p.m., OSP troopers located the vehicle, a black 2014 Kia Soul, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 201 southbound. Due to the risk involved in the stop both directions of I-5 were shut down for approximately 20 minutes as troopers and officers from the Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff's Office took the men into custody. The two men were identified as ZAKARI A. WILSON, 20, and ARTIE I. ADANANDUS, 24, both of California. Both men complied with police and were taken into custody without incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County Sheriff's Office. No photo's are available for this release.

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Oregon Historical Society & First Congregational United Church of Christ to Join National Commemoration of Appomattox April 9 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/08/15
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Portland, OR - April 8, 2015 - The First Congregational United Church of Christ will join organizations nationwide in "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" by ringing its bells at 12:15 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The Oregon Historical Society, located next door to the church, will assist in this commemoration by displaying a rare signed autograph letter written by Abraham Lincoln on August 4 in the midst of the 1860 presidential campaign. His correspondent was Simeon Francis, a long-time Lincoln friend and political ally who had served as the editor of the Sangamo Journal in Springfield, Illinois, and who moved to Oregon in 1859, where he edited the Oregonian and the Oregon Farmer.

Many years earlier, in 1849, Lincoln had declined the governorship of the Oregon Territory. In his place he recommended Simeon Francis for the post, although Francis was not chosen. In the letter Lincoln discusses the Oregon delegation to the upcoming Republican convention in Chicago, and outlines the prospects for his election in November. "I hesitate to say it," he writes, "but it really appears now, as if the success of the Republican ticket is inevitable..."

For the past four years, the National Parks Service and many other community organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

The bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at Noon PST to coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

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


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Oregon's Unemployment Trust Fund Sixth Most Solvent in the Country
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/08/15
A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Labor ranks Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund among the top tier of states when it comes to solvency. Oregon employers pay into the trust fund which is used to pay unemployment benefits to qualifying individuals. Having a solid trust fund ensures benefits are available when needed while keeping employer taxes in check.

According to the report, State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency 2015, Oregon is one of only 17 states whose trust fund meets or exceeds Department of Labor standards. Oregon's fund ranks sixth, one of the healthiest in the nation.

The report also noted that Oregon's reserve ratio, the ratio of money in the trust fund to payroll for Oregon employers, is the strongest in the country. This provides a more robust safety net for workers and communities in the event of an economic downturn.

Currently, Oregon's trust fund sits at $2.3 billion. Last year, Oregon's trust fund earned $49 million in interest, reducing the amount employer's need to pay.

Due to the solvency of the trust fund, the Oregon Employment Department was able to reduce taxes for most employers at the beginning of the year. On January 1, 2015 Employers that pay into the system moved from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually. This was the second year in a row Oregon was able to move to lower unemployment insurance tax schedules because of the health of the trust fund.

The report showed that during the 2007-09 recession, 36 states depleted their unemployment insurance funds completely. Those states were forced to apply for Federal advances, or borrow money from other sources, in order to pay unemployment insurance benefits. As of January of this year, 18 of those states still owe a combined $13 billion to the Federal Government and another estimated $9 billion in private loans.

In states that still owe money, employers are facing increased taxes, and, in some states, workers' unemployment benefits are being reduced.

In the 1970s Oregon established sliding scale tax schedules. These schedules are updated as needed with law changes. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each autumn a formula contained in statute 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.


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Western Snowy Plovers Nesting on Nehalem Spit (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/08/15
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A surprise sighting of a pair of western snowy plovers nesting on the spit south of Nehalem Bay State Park has Oregon State Parks staff on "bird alert." It also means some changes for beachgoers on the two-mile stretch of beach south of the park's day-use area.

"This is early in the year for snowy plovers to be nesting," said Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Wildlife Biologist Vanessa Blackstone, who discovered the nest April 3. "It's exciting news. This is the first time in 30 years that we have a confirmed nest here, and supports all the hard work Oregonians have done to help this species survive." Other adult male and female plovers have been seen along the spit in recent days as well.

The western snowy plover is a species protected by both federal and state statute. They nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes that are very well camouflaged. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but the bird will abandon its eggs if disturbed too frequently.

Sightings of nests prompt special precautions in designated snowy plover management areas such as the southern portion of the Nehalem spit. Visitors will see signs on the dry sand in these shorebird conservation areas. This also means that all activities on the dry sand will be curtailed until the end of the nesting season September 15. People and horseback riders are welcome to walk along the wet sand on the entire spit, but dogs, even on leash, must use the three miles of beach north of the park's day-use area. Driving is already prohibited on the spit. As with dogs, bicycles--a kind of non-motorized vehicle under Oregon law-- are only allowed north of the area during the nesting season.

OPRD spokesperson Chris Havel said, "We're asking the public to respect any directions they may get from rangers, or from signs and designated areas." He emphasized that public recreation restrictions happen only in those areas targeted as special plover habitat, and only in nesting season. "If a plover pair nests outside the targeted beaches, we protect the nest, but public use of the beach doesn't change." On the north coast, approximately 5?1/2 miles of riverside or ocean beach divided among three areas are part of a snowy plover management area. The Nehalem Spit management area is approximately 2 miles long. The other two areas are portions of the Necanicum and Clatsop spits. More details can be found at bit.ly/wsplover. Videos, photos, and other updates of the new nest will be posted online. The park will present interpretive programs about plovers through the summer.

OPRD is legally responsible for managing recreation on Oregon's ocean shore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees the Endangered Species Act, and thus the status of the western snowy plover. OPRD's legal agreement with the USFWS, the Habitat Conservation Plan, spells out how to help the plover population recover.

In 2014, 338 adult plovers called Oregon home, an increase of approximately 10 percent over 2013's estimate of 304 adults. 2014 was also a promising year for fledglings, with 272 chicks surviving to learn to fly.


Attached Media Files: Well-camouflaged eggs in plover nest on the Nehalem Spit , Adult western snowy plover on the Nehalem Spit
Nancy Hirsch new Oregon Deputy State Forester
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/08/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that Nancy Hirsch has been promoted to Deputy State Forester, taking over for Paul Bell who is retiring April 30. Hirsch is currently chief of the Fire Protection division. She has been with ODF for 26 years, serving in a variety of field and staff positions.

The Deputy State Forester is in charge of all department field operations, which entails supervision of the chiefs of the State Forests, Private Forests and Fire Protection divisions; the three field area directors; and the chief of the Partnership Development program.

Hirsch was appointed Chief of the State Forests division in 2008, where she headed up management of Oregon's 821,000 acres of state-owned forestlands. Under her leadership, ODF initiated a major effort to revise the long-range management plans for the state forests.

She became Chief of the Fire Protection Division in 2011 and guided ODF's firefighting efforts during the 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, the most severe seasons in more than 60 years.

Her earlier work for ODF included field positions in northwestern and eastern Oregon. She served as assistant to the Area Director for the Northwest Oregon Area, prior to selection as District Forester for the North Cascade District.

Throughout her career, she has been active on the agency's incident management teams that manage suppression operations on major wildfires, most recently serving as Incident Commander on Team 3. She and Bell are making a transition in the Deputy State Forester position this month.

Bell will retire after 37 years of public service. He began his career with the department in 1977 as a firefighter in eastern Oregon. He holds a degree in forest management from Oregon State University. Bell has served as the Deputy State Forester, Associate State Forester, Chief of the Fire Protection Division, and Director of the Private Forests program. In ODF's field organization, he was District Forester for the Cascade District, which later became the current North and South Cascade districts.
OSBA thanks Saxton for service at Oregon Department of Education
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/08/15
Rob Saxton, Oregon's deputy superintendent of public instruction, announced Wednesday that he would leave the post effective June 30 to become superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

In heading the Oregon Department of Education, Saxton has often collaborated with Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones on leading education issues. She said he would be greatly missed.

"Rob Saxton has continued his lifelong advocacy for students over the past three years as deputy superintendent of public instruction," Miller-Jones said. "He has tirelessly traveled the state and spoken to thousands of parents and educators about the importance of Oregon's schools.

"In particular, Rob has been a plain-spoken champion about the need for higher standards to ensure that our young people can compete in college and the workplace. He will be missed, and we at OSBA wish him the very best and look forward to working with him in his new role with the Northwest Regional Education Service District."
Oregon Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award
Oregon Lottery - 04/08/15
April 8, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - For the seventh consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award is presented each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Oregon Lottery received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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

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Attached Media Files: GFOA News Release
04/07/15
Red Cross Assists at LaGrande Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/07/15
American Red Cross disaster response team volunteers this morning provided assistance at a single-family fire in the 1600 block of 7th Street in La Grande OR. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided help with lodging, food, clothing, shoes, seasonal clothing, comfort kits and blankets.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Jordan Valley High School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/07/15
Nick Eiguren, a senior at Jordan Valley High School (Jordan Valley School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbLC3Lj5LHo) that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Nick is the third student statewide whose story is being featured in videos on the campaign website, www.promiseoregon.org

In the video, Nick talks about the advantages of growing up in a small, rural town. An outstanding student and competitive rodeo roper, he hopes one day to run the family ranch. But first comes college, where he intends to study sports medicine.

"I think that it's going to be scary and hard at first to move from eastern Oregon," he says. "But school has really pointed me in the right direction."

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: www.promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Land Board to consider land transactions, new administrative rules, Common School Fund investments at April 14 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/07/15
Note: this meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Commission Room, 4034 Fairview Industrial Way SE, Salem. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

Salem - At their public meeting on April 14, the State Land Board will be asked to finalize a land exchange with Tree Top Ranches LP in southeast Oregon, and to approve the sale of the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond.

In the Tree Top land exchange, the Board will receive "in-holdings" (land not owned by the state) within the state-owned Stockade Block parcel in Harney and Malheur counties. The proposed land exchange is consistent with the Stockade Block Area Management Plan and will result in improved management of the block.

DSL is recommending the Land Board accept an offer to buy the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond as a result of a Request for Proposals distributed in fall 2014, which sought bids on the Forked Horn property.

The Land Board will consider adopting permanent rules to impose certain restrictions on public recreational use of three state-owned parcels in Deschutes and Crook counties because of excessive littering, damage to natural resources, and illegal activities. DSL conducted a public rulemaking process in early 2015 that provided an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the proposed closures and restrictions.

The Board also will discuss the investment performance of the Common School Fund (CSF), and the Board's CSF distribution policy, which currently is 4 percent of the average fund balance of the preceding three years.

In addition, the meeting includes nine Consent Agenda items, a report on DSL's Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the greater sage grouse, and a legislative update.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2015_slb_meeting_schedule.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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04/06/15
Oregon State Police Troopers in Jackson County Make (2) Large Drug Seizures (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/06/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper on I-5 near milepost 35 stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, netting approximately 28 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

According to OSP Sergeant Jim Johnson, an OSP trooper working traffic on I-5 in the Jackson County area stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further investigation, a consent search was made and a narcotic canine responded to the scene to assist. The canine alerted on the vehicle and the methamphetamine was located in a cardboard box in the trunk.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as RAYMUNDO COTA SAUCEDA,, age 40, of Washington, was arrested after the narcotics were located. SAUCEDA was traveling to Seattle, Washington, from the southern California area. SAUCEDA was subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing. See attached photograph.

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On Friday, April 3, 2015, an OSP Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on I-5, northbound near MP 13 which resulted in a consent search and the seizure of approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine located under the front seat of the vehicle.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as MARTINEZ MIGUEL NAVARRO, age 44 , of Tacoma Washington, was arrested after the methamphetamine was located. Navarro was transporting the methamphetamine from southern California to Tacoma, Washington. Martinez was lodged at the Jackson County jail under charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members from the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing.
No photograph available for release.

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www.oregon.gov/OSP
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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BPA offering grants in science and energy education
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/06/15
PR 08 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or
503-230-5131

BPA offering grants in science and energy education

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering grants in science and energy education to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students' understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

BPA anticipates making four to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, now in its fourth year, is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA. It was designed to extend the reach of BPA's education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working to advance energy education.

Recipients of the 2014-2015 BPA Science and Energy Education Grants included:

Dufur School, Dufur, Ore. - $2,000 to fund the "Dufur Ranger Energy Generation Challenge." Funds enabled students at this small rural school to conduct a four-month study of different sources of renewable energy, as well as construct, test and modify models of hydroelectric, wind turbine and solar fuel cells.

Ukiah School District, Ukiah, Ore. - $1,891 for "Energy and Engineering STEM Program." Funds assisted in the purchase of equipment and supplies for use in a new Energy and Engineering STEM class at this K-12 school of 50 students.

Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman, Mont. - $5,000 to fund "Sustainable Energy." Funds were used for a six-week unit for middle school students in western Montana. Students developed their research and science skills as they tested and optimized solar cells, designed and tested hydroelectric turbines and generators, and compared and contrasted current energy sources and usage.

Olympia School District, Olympia, Wash. - $3,500 to support "Pathways to a Clean Energy Future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." Funds were used with this program that targets sixth graders in the accelerated math and science program, teaching them about the technological, social and environmental realities of energy demand and generation in the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla, Wash. - $4,362 to support "Energy Explorers Make a Splash!" The funds were used on a project that transformed fifth graders in the Walla Walla Public Schools Highly Capable Learners program into energy instructors. The students received a series of eight weekly lessons outside of regular classroom time on hydroelectricity, wind, solar, gas and nuclear energy, the future of energy generation, and challenges with energy production in our region.

White Salmon Valley (Wash.) Education Foundation - $3,300 to fund "Climate Change and Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest." The funds were leveraged with this program to help students master science education standards by exploring the relationship between climate change and hydropower in the Northwest. The curriculum, designed for high school students, included 10 in-class lessons, three field trips and training for those students to teach core concepts of the curriculum to students in fourth and seventh grade.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 8, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2015-2016 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA's education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with more than 480 customers. It funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy. BPA also pursues breakthroughs that can increase efficiencies, solve operational challenges and reduce costs -- all of which help maintain affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest and lessen impacts to the environment. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Forestry department invites comments on annual operation plans
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/06/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on plans that guide management activities in state-owned forests.

Starting today through May 20, 2015 at 5 p.m., the public can weigh in on ODF district activities for 2016, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs). AOPs describe specific activities during a fiscal year, such as timber sales and reforestation, road building, and stream enhancement and recreation projects in state forests for nine ODF districts. The draft annual operations plans are available for review at district offices and posted online at: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx.

Each year, the ODF State Forests Division also takes inventory of AOP-related accomplishments through an annual report. Learn more here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/management/annual_reports/2014_CFTLC_Annual_Report.pdf

After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the District Forester to review and approve.

>Public Comment Details

Comments on AOP activities are most helpful when focusing on enhancing consistency among plans, improving efficiency, and providing new information. All state-owned public forests are actively managed as working forests under long-term forest management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental - including conservation areas - and social benefits to Oregonians.

Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to: Public Affairs Office - Attn: Tony Andersen, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Phone: 503-975-7427, or email: AOP.STATE.FORESTS@oregon.gov.

>For additional questions, or to contact your local district office, please visit the ODF contact page: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/contact_us.aspx

>To access and review FY 2016 AOPs online, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx

>For past AOPs online, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/annual_operations_plans.aspx

>To access the High Value Conservation Area webpage, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/High-Value-Conservation-Areas-%28HVCA%29.aspx

>For more information on state forest management plans:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/forest_management_plans.aspx

To join the ongoing conversation and stay current on state forests-related news, join the State Forests Online Community here: http://bit.ly/1cwZnnD

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