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Fri. 12/09/22
Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council to hold executive session at December 14 meeting
Oregon Health Authority - 12/09/22 3:58 PM

December 9, 2022

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459, timothy.heider@oha.oregon.gov

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council to hold executive session at December 14 meeting

What: Public meetings of the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council.

Agenda: Executive Session is to be held under ORS 192.660(2)(f) and (h) to discuss attorney-client privileged legal advice and discuss documents that are confidential with the Oregon Department of Justice.

The agenda for the public portion of the meeting will be posted on the OAC website prior to the meeting.

When/Where: Wednesday, December 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Public meeting will open with roll call, then go into an Executive Session. Public meeting will resume at 3 p.m.  https://youtu.be/6e0rWru8Ug4

Executive Session (For media only): Zoom link

Meeting ID: 161 080 8672 Passcode: 459711 +16692545252,1610808672# US (Pacific Time)

Purpose: The Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council (OAC) oversees the establishment of Behavioral Health Resource Networks throughout Oregon.

Read more about the OAC. Read more about Measure 110.

Questions? Contact e110@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us

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

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If you need help or have questions, please contact Jessica Carroll at 503-580-9883, 711 TTY or roll@dhsoha.state.or.us">jessica.a.carroll@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Oregon State Hospital is back in "substantial" compliance with CMS
Oregon Health Authority - 12/09/22 3:55 PM

December 9, 2022

Media contact: Amber Shoebridge, 503-931-9586, er.Shoebridge@dhsoha.state.or.us">Amber.Shoebridge@dhsoha.state.or.us 

Oregon State Hospital is back in “substantial” compliance with CMS

SALEM, Ore. – Officials with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have determined Oregon State Hospital (OSH) is now in substantial compliance with the findings CMS cited earlier this year.

OSH provides psychiatric treatment for adults from around the state who need hospital-level mental health treatment. The hospital provides care at two campuses: a main campus in Salem and a second campus in Junction City. Like other health care facilities, OSH must remain in compliance with federal requirements – including meeting state licensing obligations – to receive federal reimbursement when applicable. OSH is back into the normal cycle of survey by The Joint Commission and CMS and is not required to submit additional plans of correction.

“I am incredibly proud of everyone who worked so hard to implement the plan of correction under tight timelines and who supported patients and each other through the changes,” said OSH Superintendent Dolly Matteucci. “We will continue to implement our Plan of Correction and build on the progress we’ve already made to ensure the improvements are sustainable.”

The initial survey stemmed from an inquiry into the supervision of a patient who went on unauthorized leave, known as “elopement," during an outing in the Lane County community late last year. The investigation's scope broadened after additional issues were discovered by the surveyors.


Oregon Department of Corrections walk away back in custody
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/22 3:27 PM

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody who walked away from a work crew is back in custody. Shelly Radan walked away from a work crew at DOC’s Commissary Building in Salem on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Radan was arrested in Denver County, Denver, CO at approximately 9:11 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2022, on local and Oregon warrants. 

 

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I-84 eastbound remains closed in eastern Oregon (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 12/09/22 12:27 PM
truck crash I-84 EB lanes near MP 335
truck crash I-84 EB lanes near MP 335
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I-84 eastbound lanes are now closed at Exit 216 (six miles east of Pendleton) due to the truck crash blocking all lanes near milepost 335, 11 miles West of Huntington. OR 245 and OR 204 (Tollgate Hwy.) are also close (open to local traffic only), as they are not safe detours for I-84 traffic. Crews are working to open one lane near the crash site. The eastbound closure moved from Baker City to La Grande, and now to Exit 216 due to limited truck parking in La Grande and Baker City. Please stay in a community with services until the interstate opens. Do not blindly follow detours provided by GPS navigation aps as they may not show road conditions. Travelers should expect and be prepared for winter conditions. Continue to check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for updates. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.




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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: December 13, 2022
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 12/09/22 11:24 AM

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule
 


Oregon celebrates the 10th open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Oregon Health Authority - 12/09/22 11:15 AM

December 9, 2022

Media contact: Amy Coven, 503-943-0164, amy.coven2@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon celebrates the 10th open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

(Salem) – The 10th annual open enrollment period under the ACA is going on now, but you must enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2023. Open enrollment is the only time when anyone who are not offered coverage from a job or a public program like the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare can enroll in health coverage through OregonHealthCare.gov, often with financial help.

Since the ACA’s inception, more than 1.2 million plans have been selected. Nearly 50,000 Oregonians have actively enrolled in coverage for 2023, with thousands more expected to be auto enrolled in mid-December. More than 80 percent of Oregonians who have applied for financial help for 2023 have been found eligible. These savings reduce the monthly premium to have health coverage. Additional financial help, called cost-sharing reductions, are available for thousands of Oregonians on out-of-pocket costs on Silver-level plans.

This year’s open enrollment period is unique because eligibility rules have changed, making health coverage more affordable for an additional estimated 40,000 Oregonians. Previously, people offered health coverage through a spouse or parent’s employer could not access financial help if the least expensive plan offered to only the employee was considered affordable. New rules allow people who previously were ineligible for financial help through the Marketplace if that coverage is considered unaffordable to the enrollee.

Sorting through health coverage options can be confusing, but Oregonians should know that there are tools to make the process easier. OregonHealthCare.gov offers a quick and easy-to-use window-shopping tool (https://orhim.info/shop) where users can preview what plans and savings are available to them. The tool also allows users to see which plans cover their prescription drugs and are networked with their preferred primary care doctor or preferred hospitals. A new tool available at OregonHealthCare.gov can help you figure out if job-based coverage is considered affordable.

Bottom line: we encourage all Oregonians who do not currently have health coverage available to start at OregonHealthCare.gov. There they can see if health coverage offered from a job is considered affordable, preview plans and savings, and find an expert to guide them through the process.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, helps people get health insurance when they do not have job-based coverage, and do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or another program. The Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov. For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov


 


Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup to meet December 16
Oregon Health Authority - 12/09/22 11:15 AM

December 9, 2022

Contact: Liz Gharst, 971.666.2476, eth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us">elizabeth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Kiari Chao, 503.931.3053, i.chao@dhsoha.state.or.us">kiari.chao@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup to meet December 16

What: The regular public meeting of the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Workgroup

When: December 16, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

Agenda: Welcome (9:00-9:10); Draft Concept: Statewide Vision for HIE (9:10-10:40); BREAK (10:40-10:50); Draft Concept Outline: Filling Gaps in Health Information Sharing (10:50-11:20); Draft Concept Outline: Patients and HIE/Additional Considerations (11:20-11:50); Public Comment (11:50-11:55); Next Steps and Adjourn (11:55-12:00)

For more information, please visit the committee's website.

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

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
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  • Large print
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If you need help or have questions, please contact OHIT.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us or call 503.373.7859 at least 48 hours before the meeting. OHA will make every effort to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting.


Guided First Day Hikes set for Jan. 1 at Oregon State Parks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/09/22 9:00 AM

SALEM, Ore—Guided First Day Hikes led by rangers and volunteers are set for 20 Oregon State Parks on New Year’s Day—Sunday, Jan. 1. 

Be ready to bundle up with family and friends and join hikes to learn about park history, geology, wildlife and plants at parks around the state from the high desert to the coast. Hikes are free and the $5 day-use parking fee is waived that day for all state parks that require a parking permit and are open.

“A guided hike is great way to kick off 2023 in the outdoors and begin a new tradition or continue a longstanding family tradition,” said Lisa Sumption, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “As our centennial year comes to a close, we’re excited to begin the next 100 years of Oregon State Parks and continue to offer year-round recreation.”

Visit the Oregon First Day Hikes web page to see the list of parks hosting hikes as well as the start times and meetup locations. Additional hike information is also available including terrain and hike distance via the park links on the web page. A few hikes require registration.

Remember to plan for winter weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and carry binoculars for viewing wildlife. 

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. 

First Day Hikes is a national initiative to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, promote exercise and encourage connecting with nature. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has participated since 2012.

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Thu. 12/08/22
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/08/22 9:13 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, David Volkman, died December 7, 2022. Volkman was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Volkman entered DOC custody on July 28, 2014, from Washington County. His earliest release date was May 12, 2026. Volkman was 93 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 adults in custody. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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Physicians join state officials in urging public to wear masks indoors
Oregon Health Authority - 12/08/22 5:44 PM

December 8, 2022

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Physicians join state officials in urging public to wear masks indoors

As surging respiratory cases are overwhelming Oregon hospitals, masks are effective in slowing disease spread, officials say

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, are surging in Oregon, forcing hospitals into crisis mode as they struggle to manage heavy demand for adult and pediatric beds, health officials said today.

The surge prompted a stark warning from Portland-area physicians who have experienced, first-hand, how patients and the state’s health care system have been affected during the hospital capacity crisis: If people don’t start wearing masks indoors more, they put themselves and those around them – especially young children and older adults – at risk of severe illness, or even death.

“Masking works,” said Wendy Hasson, M.D., medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. “Anytime you have to go to an indoor crowded area during this surge, if you and your child can wear a mask, that will help protect the (health care) resources.”

Hasson was one of three clinicians who joined Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at Oregon Health Authority, today for OHA’s monthly COVID-19 media briefing. The briefing, which focused this month on all the circulating respiratory viruses putting strain on hospitals this season, also included Ray Moreno, M.D, chief medical officer at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, who has a background as an emergency department physician; and Matthias Merkel, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate chief medical officer at OHSU Health, Oregon Health & Science University.

A recording of the briefing is available via YouTube at this link.

Sidelinger kicked off the briefing by calling the situation facing Oregon’s hospitals “extremely serious.”

Today, more hospitals are reaching a point of crisis in their adult bed capacity just as our pediatric hospitals moved to crisis care standards in the past two weeks,” he said. “The combination of surging flu, RSV and COVID-19 cases is pushing hospitals past their current ICU bed capacity, which never happened during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon.”

According to Sidelinger, Oregon saw an almost five-fold increase in RSV-associated hospitalizations in Oregon’s children between Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. Although RSV-associated hospitalizations peaked during the week ending Nov. 19, rates of hospitalization remain higher than during any previously recorded peak.

“While the worst of RSV is behind us, many sick children will continue to require specialized care during the weeks to come,” Sidelinger said.

Influenza cases doubled each week for five consecutive weeks, with test percent positivity jumping from 1% to 30% between Oct. 18 and Nov. 28. That’s led to a rapid rise in influenza hospitalizations since late October, particularly among people 65 and older, whose hospitalization rate has seen a 10-fold increase.

This year’s influenza season began earlier than normal, with high levels of the virus seen across the country, Sidelinger said.

“We do expect flu activity to maintain its upward trajectory into the winter, particularly as the holiday season and gatherings with loved ones continue,” he said.

And the COVID-19 pandemic clearly “is not over,” Sidelinger explained, as demonstrated by significant increases of cases of the virus this season. Percent positivity and COVID-19 levels in wastewater have risen, signaling increased community spread and spurring a 48% increase in the number of COVID-19-positive patients in hospitals in the past month. ICU hospitalizations have also gone up 30%, but the number of COVID-19 deaths has remained flat.

All four physicians emphasized the critical importance of using the precautions that had proven themselves throughout the pandemic as effective strategies for preventing transmission not just of COVID-19, but also other respiratory viruses. It’s especially important, they said, now that people are considering attending indoor gatherings with friends and family to celebrate the holidays.

“Now is not the time to go to crowded indoor places like indoor birthday parties, play places, restaurants, grocery stores,” Hasson said. “Anything you can do to keep your child out of a crowded indoor area will help.”

In addition to avoiding crowded indoor spaces, Moreno explained, people can help reduce the pressure on hospitals by taking care of themselves and others.

“Get immunized for influenza. Get your booster for COVID. It is not too late. Please get immunized. And don't gather if you're sick, even just a little sick. Really, that protects other people.”

Merkel advised people to assess their risk assessment – if they have a loved one at home who is “really likely to not do well with an infection right now,” they should protect that loved one and themselves from the next infection.

“Definitely wear a mask if you go in public places,” he said. “Definitely get all your vaccines to really minimize the risk that you are the next patient in one of our totally full emergency rooms, waiting for the next ICU bed to be made available for you.”

Hasson noted that she has admitted many patients over the last two weeks with the flu, but that she has “not admitted a single patient who has received a flu vaccine.”

“Flu vaccines work. They keep kids out of the hospital, and I cannot stress this enough,” she said. “If you have been on the fence about getting your flu vaccine, now is the time to get one immediately to keep your child out of the hospital.”

OHA is working closely with Gov. Kate Brown’s office to provide relief to Oregon’s strained hospitals, including bringing additional health care providers – nurses and respiratory therapists – from out of state to help ease hospital capacity issues. The agency also is pursuing up to $25 million in additional state funding for supplemental nurse staffing contracts.

He highlighted Brown’s Dec. 7 executive order, which continues and expands her Nov. 13 emergency declaration to provide additional flexibility to Oregon hospitals. This will ensure there are enough health care workers to meet current needs; hospitals can draw on a pool of medical volunteer nurses and physicians; and other critical steps can be taken to care for patients.

In addition, OHA is communicating regularly with the health care, public health, laboratory and emergency preparedness communities through the Health Alert Network, or HAN, to provide updates on the surge response; medical, treatment, vaccination and testing supplies; investigative guidelines and clinical recommendations; and prevention and health promotion messages.

“We know what works to keep our families and our neighbors safe: wear a mask when you’re in crowded indoor places this winter and stay up to date on your vaccinations,” Sidelinger said. “Masks work. During the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregonians wore masks at higher rates than people did in most other states. Oregon had one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the nation. Our hospitals were never overwhelmed. And we saved more than 5,000 lives.”


Update: Human remains located near Interstate 5-Marion County
Oregon State Police - 12/08/22 4:57 PM

Update:

There is an active forensic investigation underway and efforts are being made to identify this person. Ancestry has not been determined, nor has the length of time that elapsed prior to the discovery.  Analysis and examination is ongoing, including possible genetic testing. 

Human remains will never be released to a museum or historical society.  Once the investigation is concluded, and  based on those conclusions, this individual’s remains will be respectfully returned to the appropriate party (ies). 


On Monday, November 21, 2022 at approximately 9:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers  responded to a suspicious object found by Oregon Department of Corrections cleanup crew on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 260.

OSP Troopers with the Salem Area Command took possession of a small backpack that contained a human skull. 

The skull was transported to the  Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office who will continue to investigate the identity of the skull. The skull had no identifiable features, but was most likely that of a female in her late 30’s to 40’s. 

No further information is available at this time. 


Trespassers cut fence and damaged equipment at substation in greater Portland area
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/08/22 12:42 PM

PR 12-22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
                                                                                           CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-713-7658
                                                                                                                                            or 503-230-5131

Trespassers cut fence and damaged equipment at substation
in greater Portland area

Portland, Oregon – The Bonneville Power Administration is seeking tips about trespassing, vandalism and malicious damage of equipment at a substation in Clackamas, Oregon.  

“Someone clearly wanted to damage equipment and, possibly, cause a power outage,” said Transmission Vice President of Field Services John Lahti. “The damage and associated cleanup will cost Northwest ratepayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. We were fortunate to avoid any power supply disruption, which would have jeopardized public safety, increased financial damages and presented challenges to the community on a holiday.”

The physical attack occurred in the early morning hours Thursday, Nov. 24. BPA was able to respond quickly and minimize the damage. BPA is actively cooperating with the FBI on this incident and has encouraged other utilities throughout the region to increase their vigilance and report any suspicious or similar activity to law enforcement. 

Any vandalism or attack on electric infrastructure is a serious crime and potentially puts the safety of the public and our workers at risk. 

“We’re asking the public – if you see something, say something. Report any suspicious activity around electric facilities to law enforcement,” Lahti said.

If you have any information related to this incident or other potential attacks or threats on electric infrastructure, please contact the FBI at 503-224-4181 or BPA’s Crime Witness hotline at 800-437-2744.

BPA builds redundancy into how it operates and manages the region’s federal high-voltage electrical grid, which provides flexibility if equipment fails or suffers damage and helps ensure BPA can continue to provide wholesale power to its utility customers. BPA continues to repair equipment that was damaged from the deliberate attack of its Clackamas substation. 

If you have information about illegal or suspicious activity on BPA property, call BPA’s 24-hour toll-free, confidential Crime Witness hotline at 800-437-2744. If you see illegal or suspicious activity happening in real time, first contact local law enforcement. For more details about the program, visit the Crime Witness website.

 

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale, carbon-free hydropower from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. It also markets the output of the region’s only nuclear plant. BPA delivers this power to more than 140 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also owns and operates more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to more than 300 customers. In all, BPA provides nearly a third of the power generated in the Northwest. To mitigate the impacts of the federal dams, BPA implements a fish and wildlife program that includes working with its partners to make the federal dams safer for fish passage. It also pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain safe, affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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REMINDER: OHA's monthly COVID-19 media briefing today at noon
Oregon Health Authority - 12/08/22 9:28 AM

December 8, 2022

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

REMINDER: OHA’s monthly COVID-19 media briefing today at noon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority is hosting a Zoom media briefing at noon today (Thursday, Dec. 8) to give its monthly update on COVID-19, as well as RSV and influenza activity.

Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA, will be joined at the briefing by three clinicians who will share their experiences and recommendations for this respiratory season:

  • Wendy Hasson, M.D., medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.
  • Ray Moreno, M.D, chief medical officer, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
  • Matthias Merkel, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate chief medical officer, OHSU Health.

Interested reporters can join via Zoom at this link. A livestream for the public also is available via YouTube at this link.


PacifiCorp to build on success of real-time energy market innovation as first to sign on to new Western day-ahead market 
Pacific Power - 12/08/22 9:02 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Media Hotline: 503-813-6018 

 

 

PacifiCorp to build on success of real-time energy market innovation as first to sign on to new Western day-ahead market 
This next evolution of western energy markets will enable PacifiCorp to deliver additional customer savings, increase grid resilience in severe weather conditions and accelerate emissions reductions  

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 8, 2022) — Electricity customers in the West expect reliable, affordable and clean power on demand. To help advance that commitment to its 2 million customers in six states, PacifiCorp is announcing its plan to join two new innovative efforts that have been years in the making: the Extended Day-Ahead Market (EDAM) being developed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and the Western Power Pool’s Western Resource Adequacy Program (WRAP).  

 

PacifiCorp has been working with the CAISO and a wide range of stakeholders to develop the new day-ahead market. The EDAM builds upon the existing Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM) that has delivered over $500 million in PacifiCorp customer savings and more than $3 billion in West-wide customer benefits since its inception in 2014. In addition to enhancing grid resilience during several extreme weather events, the WEIM is contributing to reducing PacifiCorp’s CO2 emissions by 35 million metric tons (relative to pre-WEIM 5-year average emissions).  

 

Plans call for the EDAM to begin operation in 2024, subject to federal regulatory approval. The initial launch of the EDAM will join the West’s two largest grid operators, PacifiCorp and CAISO.  

 

“This next step to a day-ahead market is another game-changer to increase the triple benefit to our customers of cost reductions, increased reliability and reduced emissions,” said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, the PacifiCorp division that serves customers in Oregon, Washington and California. “A modernized western energy market is a key component of PacifiCorp’s strategy to connect and optimize the West’s abundant and diverse energy resources to deliver the lowest cost and most reliable pathway to a net-zero energy future.” 

 

The current real-time WEIM optimizes the energy imbalances throughout the West by transferring energy between participants in 15-minute and 5-minute intervals throughout the day. The proposed EDAM builds on this real-time market by extending optimization to a high volume of resource commitments that must be made a day in advance, which are then re-optimized in the real-time WEIM as conditions change.  

 

“The new day-ahead energy market strikes the right balance between bringing together the best resources the West has to offer while ensuring local independence for participants,” said Gary Hoogeveen, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power, the PacifiCorp division that serves customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. “PacifiCorp is committed to advancing innovation in markets and new energy technologies to meet its commitment to affordability and reliability while supporting its communities throughout the energy transition.” 

 

Today, PacifiCorp is also joining the Western Resource Adequacy Program, which is managed by the Western Power Pool. PacifiCorp has worked extensively with the Western Power Pool and other potential participants in the development of the WRAP, which is expected to provide regionwide reliability benefits to it participants by pairing regional diversity with common resource adequacy standards.  

 

This means WRAP participants will be held to common planning standards to serve winter and summer peak loads. The common planning standards and increased regional collaboration will create a pool of resources that can be used to serve load, if needed, thus increasing reliability for the entire region. PacifiCorp sees WRAP as a vital component of a modernized Western grid. 

 

“EDAM, WEIM and WRAP will work together to ensure the benefits and certainty needed to meet our customers’ growing demands for a reliable and clean grid,” Bird said. “We are extremely excited to work with our partners to move the region forward into greater collaboration and secure even more benefits for customers.” 

 

About PacifiCorp  

PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electrical providers in the United States, serving 2 million customers. The company operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming and as Pacific Power in California, Oregon and Washington. PacifiCorp provides safe and reliable service through a vast, integrated system of generation and transmission that serves hundreds of communities as the largest private owner/operator of transmission and the largest regulated utility owner of wind power in the West. For more information, visit www.pacificorp.com. 

 


Wed. 12/07/22
Fatal Crash - HWY 540 - Coos County
Oregon State Police - 12/07/22 5:00 PM

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022, at approximately 10:59 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on HWY 540, near mile post 12.9, in Coos County.

The preliminary investigation indicated, on an unknown date and time, a single vehicle crash occurred when an eastbound Honda Civic, operated by Wendy Haumea Smith (45), crossed the westbound lane of travel onto the earthen shoulder and plummeted down a cliff of more than 100ft before coming to an uncontrolled rest against a tree near milepost 12.9 on Hwy 540 (Cape Arago Highway)(Cape Arago State Park).  The operator, Wendy Haumea Smith, was located a short distance from the vehicle deceased.  

Smith was reported missing to the Coos County Sheriffs’ Office on Nov 6th 2022. 

Scene evidence indicates Smith survived the crash, extricated herself from the vehicle, collected some belongings and moved a short distance from the vehicle. It is currently undetermined if Smith died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash or other causes.  

State Parks closed access to the last section of park during the investigation and recovery efforts were underway.  

OSP was assisted by the Coos County Sheriffs' Office, Charleston Fire, North Bend Fire, and Oregon State Parks.


Hospitals React to Governor's Executive Order
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 12/07/22 4:15 PM

"We welcome Governor Brown's executive order, which will give hospitals the staffing flexibility and labor resources they need to address a crippling surge of patients with respiratory illness. But the reality is Oregon hospitals need the ability to adjust their staffing all of the time, not just during a surge that has intensified our capacity crisis. We have critically ill children in adult units and boarding in Emergency Departments who should be in pediatric intensive care units in Portland, but there are few available beds. We've been saying it for more than two years: our system is failing. The unfortunate position we find ourselves in today could have been prevented, and it wasn't."

Lisa Goodman, Vice President of Communications 


Omak Domestic Abuser Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Assaulting His Intimate Partner on the Colville Indian Reservation
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 12/07/22 4:05 PM

Spokane, Washington – Senior U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Shawn Vincent Best, Sr., age 62, of Omak, Washington, to 46 months in federal prison for a domestic assault that occurred in August 2021. Judge Peterson also imposed 3 years of federal supervised release. Best pled guilty earlier this year to Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury in Indian Country. 

In announcing the sentence, Judge Peterson varied upward from the United States Sentencing Guidelines range, as determined by the Court. In doing so, Judge Peterson emphasized the need to protect victims of domestic abuse from Mr. Best. The Court also described the seriousness of the offense and the traumatizing effects on the victim, who Judge Peterson commended for her strength and courage for coming forward and speaking at sentencing. The Court further acknowledged the extreme psychological impact of the offense and ruled that Best’s criminal record underrepresented his history of domestic abuse. 

According to court documents and proceedings, in August and September 2021, a female victim contacted Colville Tribal Police and reported that Best physically assaulted and threatened to kill her if the victim told law enforcement about the assaults. Specifically, on August 12, 2021, Best became upset that his victim received a ride home from another man. Best shoved the victim, causing her to fall to the floor, resulting in substantial bodily injury and extreme pain. On September 21, 2021, Best again assaulted this same victim – striking her with a belt and strangling her. As he did so, Best told the victim, “If [you] ever say anything or call the cops, there would be no way they would be able to find [your] body.”

Court documents further indicate that at the time of the offenses, Best had prior arrests and convictions for domestic violence. Despite his history of domestic violence, the sentence announced today represents Best’s first felony conviction.     

“My office is committed to prosecuting those who commit violence against their spouses or intimate partners,” U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref stated. “Domestic violence victims often struggle to access the justice system and get the protection and resources they need. I am grateful for the law enforcement agents, victim advocates, and prosecutors who handle these challenging cases. By working together and with those who are victims of violent crime, we can ensure that all men, women and children are protected not only from domestic violence, but also from retaliation when they disclose what they experienced.” 

U.S. Attorney Waldref continued, “Native Americans experience some of the highest rates of violence in the country, a situation that is all the more tragic in light of the generations of trauma already suffered by Indigenous people, especially Native American women. It took tremendous courage for Mr. Best’s victim in this case to speak on behalf of herself and for Mr. Best’s prior victims. Today, their voices were heard.” 

“Tragically, this victim endured the trauma of being attacked by a trusted partner, who should have protected her. I commend the brave survivors who report to law enforcement, the advocates who help them heal, and the investigators and prosecutors who bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field Office. “The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement and community partners to protect citizens from these types of violent crimes.”

The case was investigated by the Colville Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Richard R. Barker, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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OHA's virtual monthly COVID-19 media briefing Thursday at noon
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/22 4:02 PM

December 7, 2022

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

OHA’s virtual monthly COVID-19 media briefing Thursday at noon

Clinicians to speak during update, which also will cover RSV and flu

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority will host a Zoom media briefing at noon tomorrow – Thursday, Dec. 8 – to provide its monthly update on COVID-19, as well as RSV and influenza activity.

Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist at OHA, will give an update on COVID-19, as well as other respiratory viruses circulating in Oregon this fall, including RSV and influenza. He will be joined by three clinicians who will share their experiences and recommendations during this respiratory season:

  • Wendy Hasson, M.D., medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.
  • Ray Moreno, M.D, emergency medicine physician and chief medical officer, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
  • Matthias Merkel, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate chief medical officer, OHSU Health (Oregon Health & Science University).

Interested reporters can join via Zoom at this link. A livestream for the public also is available via YouTube at this link.

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Spokane Man Sentenced to 27 Years For Child Sex Trafficking
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 12/07/22 3:57 PM

Spokane – On December 7, 2022, U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Trever Daniel Harder, 35, of Spokane, to 27 years in prison for engaging in the sex trafficking of a six-year-old girl.  Upon his release from prison, Harder will be on federal supervision for the remainder of his life, and he will be required to register as a sex offender.  The Court also ordered Harder to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution, along with a $5,000 special assessment pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

According to court documents and proceedings, Harder met an adult woman online in early 2021 using the social media application “Plenty of Fish.”  Within days, Harder sought out sexual contact with a minor child to whom the adult woman had access.  Harder and the adult woman negotiated a series of transactions in which Harder gained sexual access to the child by providing the adult woman with a place to stay, cash, and the promise of new Nike sneakers.  Harder then engaged in illicit sexual acts with the minor victim. Earlier this year, the adult woman was convicted of conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a child, and Judge Rice imposed a multi-decade sentence on her, as well. 

“Today the Court addressed the egregious sexual abuse of a child.  Its sentence is significant, but it pales in comparison to what the child has endured,” said Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District. “No sentence can return the child’s innocence, but our community is safer and stronger with these two defendants in federal prison.  Most important, the child is now in a safe place.”  U.S. Attorney Waldref emphasized the vigilance with which law enforcement protects children from sexual harm:  “My office will continue to prioritize cases involving individuals who seek to exploit and abuse children online or in person.”

David M. Herzog, the Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted the case, thanked the agencies responsible for the investigation and the protection of the young victim.  “Incredibly dedicated FBI agents worked hand-in-hand with state, local, and tribal law enforcement to secure justice for the victim in this case and to protect this child from further sexual abuse.”

“The defendant’s conduct in this case was horrible,” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office.  “I commend the professionalism and dedication of our investigators and partners, who sought justice for a child who could not seek it on her own.”

This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Spokane Resident Office and the Spokane Police Department, with significant assistance from the Quileute Nation.  The case was prosecuted by David M. Herzog, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. 

United States v. Harder, 2:21-CR-00165-TOR-1


Oregon State Police launches new permit to purchase webpage December 8, 2022- Oregon
Oregon State Police - 12/07/22 3:56 PM

An injunction has delayed the implementation of Ballot Measure 114.  With that new information, we wanted to give you an update on what it means here at the Oregon State Police.

The OSP’s Firearms Instant Check System (FICS) unit will continue to work to process and resolve the pended/delayed FICS transactions. This delay of implementation will allow firearm sales to continue being processed under the current law.

OSP continues to work with our partners to set up the Oregon Permit to Purchase program with our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).  OSSA and OACP are still working through the training requirement portion of the application process. 

At this time, Permit Agents are not able to accept or start processing Permit to Purchase applications. On December 8, 2022, OSP will be launching a “Permit to Purchase” webpage with preliminary information such as the Permit to Purchase Application, a description of the steps for acquiring a permit, as well as other information including answers to questions that we are anticipating.  

https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/cjis/Pages/Permit-to-Purchase-Program.aspx    

The Oregon State Police recognizes the impact this measure will have and is working diligently through this very complex measure to provide everyone with the most up-to-date information.




Attached Media Files: OSP Press Release

Oregon Nurses Association Statement on Gov. Brown's Expansion of Hospital Capacity Emergency Order
Oregon Nurses Assn. - 12/07/22 3:05 PM

(Portland, OR) - Nurses represented by the Oregon Nurses Association agree that our state is in crisis. In fact, nurses in Oregon know better than anyone the true extent of this crisis.  

Today’s executive order, which expands the hospital capacity crisis beyond pediatric units to entire hospitals and health systems, is necessary. It is also embarrassingly late and lacking in strong solution-driven policy directives. It opens the state’s coffers to wealthy hospital systems which have billions of dollars in cash reserves and heaps more stress on frontline health care providers who are already buckling under the pressure of these recurring surges.  

More problematic is that this emergency order will give hospitals new ways to willfully ignore Oregon’s nurse staffing law – a law that most hospitals in Oregon already flout without consequence.  

Historic Failure Enforcing Staffing Law  

The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) own research clearly shows many hospital staffing plans don’t meet the requirements of state law, and many hospitals refuse to comply with their own staffing plans.  

In 2021, OHA surveyed 15 hospitals and, as of October 2022, have accepted plans of correction from only 9 of them. One hospital, OHSU, is on its sixth plan of correction, nearly one and a half years after OHA cited them more than a dozen times for repeated non-compliance with the law, including failing to consider how nurses get meal and rest breaks and establishing minimum staffing levels in staffing plans. Hospitals’ willful disregard for the collaborative structures in Oregon’s nurse staffing law is extensively documented in the public record over many years.

OHA has also never issued a civil monetary penalty, even though 24 of 25 hospitals which underwent revisits from OHA received citations for repeated non-compliance. This shows hospitals make little to no effort to comply with state law. This is an ongoing pattern of blatant disregard for the staffing law, and for the voice of frontline nurses, which has been enabled by OHA’s refusal to enforce the law.  

It begs the question: what good is a law if nearly 75% of Oregon’s hospitals receive a “get out of jail free” card from the Governor and OHA to ignore it, and there are no consequences for doing so?  

Unsafe Staffing Leads to Turnover – The Real Cause of Oregon’s Staffing Crisis 

ONA’s recent statewide nurse survey points to unsafe staffing levels as the major cause of nurse turnover in Oregon’s hospitals – and turnover is the reason for our state’s nurse staffing crisis. Nurses report that 99% of units in Oregon’s hospitals are sometimes or never staffed appropriately. Half of nurses who responded indicated they are caring for too many patients on a majority of their shifts. An astounding 92% of nurses report missing rest and meal breaks, with 42% of them reporting missing these legally required breaks on most of their shifts. National research supports the experience of Oregon’s nurses; those reports show that one in four nurses are likely to leave the profession this year, and more than 70% of all health care workers are experiencing anxiety and depression due to workplace burnout.  

We also know that burnout, turnover and insufficient staffing lead to devastating outcomes for patients. The research is unequivocal; increased risk of drug administration errors, missed care, delayed care, increased length of stay, increased incidents of hospital acquired infections, increased pneumonia infections, higher risk of death, and a higher risk of respiratory failure are all part of unsafe nurse staffing levels.  

Nurses are leaving the hospital bedside in record numbers, and the recurrence of capacity crises like the one we are facing now is at the heart of that exodus.  

Additional Steps Needed in Light of the Current Crisis 

The announcement of $25 million in state funding to support hiring more staff, like traveling nurses, is welcome news – although we wonder how much more effective these funds would have been if made available four weeks ago. It strikes us, as it might most Oregonians, that the Governor and OHA are relying on the same short-term solutions to crises in hospital capacity over and over again. These efforts may help to alleviate the immediate crisis, but they do absolutely nothing to prevent the crisis from recurring.

The Governor, and the Oregon Health Authority, should be ashamed that it took them so long to act – particularly given the clear indications of a surge in respiratory illnesses swamping Oregon’s hospitals for the past month or more. For weeks, ONA and others have been publicly calling for a massive increase in public health communication, like what Oregon saw during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and OHA’s response has been lackluster at best.

OHA’s hands-off/open the checkbook approach is not a long-term solution to ongoing staffing problems, but this appears to be the best OHA is willing to offer. ONA is repeating our demands that OHA, and hospital systems, do more to immediately reduce the overwhelming strain on our members, including:

  • An immediate cessation of all elective surgeries; respiratory therapists, nurses and other frontline health care workers should not be tied up in non-essential, high-profit surgeries while pediatric units are unable to provide care to ill children.
  • Hospitals and health systems must notify the public, clearly and repeatedly, if and when they are triaging or rationing services.
  • Hospitals with union represented workers must agree to bargain, as legally required, over all changes to working conditions that will result from changes in operations, including but not limited to a crisis standards of care declaration.
  • Prior to the implementation of any crisis standards of care declarations, hospitals must guarantee all frontline health care workers – from environmental and food services to phlebotomists and certified nursing assistants and everyone in between - additional PTO and incentive pay for those who agree to take extra shifts.
  • The Governor must call up the National Guard to provide support; every minute a nurse spends delivering food, emptying laundry baskets, or directing visitors in a waiting room is a minute they don’t spend at the bedside delivering patient care.
  • Hospitals must bargain with all union represented employees within 5 days to ensure any actions taken by hospital administration do not violate legally enforceable collective bargaining agreements.
  • Hospital management cannot shut out or ignore staffing committees. Oregon law provides clear direction on management’s obligations when deviating from staffing plans. Today’s emergency order does not mean that staffing committee work is irrelevant. We have seen hospitals abuse these emergency declarations in the past and nurses, and patients, are dealing with the results to this day.
  • State funds must be accessible to all hospital systems, not just those with a big lobbying staff, and the use of funds by hospital systems must be transparent so Oregonians can be assured state dollars are being used for patient care services and not executive compensation packages.
  • Major systems like Providence (which recently reported having $12 billion in unrestricted cash and investments) or OHSU (whose FY21 audit report indicates access to over $4.1 billion in assets) must be held accountable for their expenditures, while rural hospitals and facilities serving underrepresented communities must be supported.

A Plan for Real Change 

Finally, ONA reiterates our long-held belief that the cause of Oregon’s capacity crisis is one created by hospital executives who put corporate profits before patients and their caregivers. One need only look at PeaceHealth’s recent decision to close an urgent care clinic in Eugene, on the day before Thanksgiving and in the midst of the growing “tripledemic” threat, to realize that healthcare systems in Oregon put their priority on the bottom line and not on the health of our communities.  

ONA’s proposed Safe Staffing legislation, to be considered by the Oregon legislature next year, will require OHA to take enforcement of the state’s staffing law seriously, will empower OHA to levy significant financial fines on hospitals who choose to ignore the rule of law, and will put minimum safe staffing standards in place to prevent future abuses of nurses in the workplace. ONA believes that, if hospital systems are serious about making change, they would sign on to support our legislation today.  

Unsurprisingly, and tragically, here we are again: Oregon is facing yet another crisis in hospital capacity, and yet again, nurses and other front line health care workers are expected to triple-down and get on with it. Yet again, nurses are wondering if they can stand up to their latest impossible task and what the costs will be to themselves and their colleagues, and, yet again, the Governor and the Oregon Health Authority act too late, and with too little respect for the impact of these weak recommendations on nurses and their healthcare colleagues.  

To the Governor and OHA, ONA says, “Do better. Do more. Do it now.”  

Learn more about ONA’s efforts to put an end to the cycle of unsafe staffing at www.SafeStaffingSavesLives.com.

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 15,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org

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Board of Forestry hosts virtual special public meeting on Dec. 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/07/22 2:53 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a virtual special meeting starting at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. The meeting will be livestreamed on the department’s YouTube channel.

The board’s business agenda includes:

  • Private Forest Accord Proposed Draft Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan submission 

View the agenda and board meeting details.

Live testimony is available for decision item #1 - Private Forest Accord Proposed Draft Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan submission. 

Sign-up is required and instructions to provide live testimony are available online. Sign-up closes Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. Written comments can be submitted before or up to Dec. 19 to oardofforestry@odf.oregon.gov">boardofforestry@odf.oregon.gov, with the appropriate agenda item included with the submission.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200 or by email at estryinformation@odf.oregon.gov">forestryinformation@odf.oregon.gov.

The Oregon 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. Read more information about the board.


Tigard Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl, Other Illegal Narcotics
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/07/22 1:24 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Tigard, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for trafficking illegal narcotics, including fentanyl and methamphetamine, in the Portland area.

Cole Richard Killion, 35, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison and four years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in March 2021, while investigating fentanyl trafficking in the Portland area, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) learned, through various investigative tactics including financial analyses, that Killion was involved in the distribution of counterfeit oxycodone pills. Between December 2020 and February 2021, Killion’s bank account recorded 37 cash deposits and electronic funds transfers totaling approximately $56,000, which was inconsistent with his apparent employment status.

On August 4, 2021, agents executed a federal search warrant on Killion’s Tigard residence where he was living with his parents. That day, Killion left the house carrying a rectangular case containing more than 500 counterfeit oxycodone pills and various drug paraphernalia. A further search of the residence returned an additional 1,500 pills later confirmed to contain fentanyl, 187 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl, 345 grams of methamphetamine, and 501 grams of cocaine. Investigators also located two firearms, ammunition, and other materials indicating Killion’s involvement in drug trafficking. 

On August 5, 2021, Killion was charged by criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine; possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and impeding an officer authorized to conduct a search a warrant. Later, on August 17, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Killion on the drug trafficking and firearm charges. On October 12, 2022, he pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by HSI with assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Westside Interagency Narcotics Task Force (WIN). It was prosecuted by Cassady A. Adams, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

WIN includes representatives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard Police Departments.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. A 3-milligram dose of fentanyl—a few grains of the substance—is enough to kill an average adult male. The availability of illicit fentanyl in Oregon has caused a dramatic increase in overdose deaths throughout the state.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please call the Lines for Life substance abuse helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or visit www.linesforlife.org. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 between 8am and 11pm Pacific Time daily.

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Only in Oregon can taxpayers direct their taxes to fund arts and culture (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 12/07/22 11:31 AM
Burns saddle maker Steve McKay at work, one of Oregon’s many culture keepers in the Oregon Folklife Network. Funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit.
Burns saddle maker Steve McKay at work, one of Oregon’s many culture keepers in the Oregon Folklife Network. Funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit.
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Salem, Oregon – Oregonians, and only Oregonians, have the unique opportunity to direct a portion of their state taxes to fund arts, heritage and humanities work across the state by using the Cultural Tax Credit. The vast majority of Oregonians who are eligible, however, are not aware of the opportunity. 

The Oregon Cultural Trust, a charitable state agency, administers the Cultural Tax Credit. Both were created by the Oregon State Legislature in 2001 in response to the national trend of decreased government funding for arts and culture. 

Participating in the tax credit is easy. First, make a donation to a cultural nonprofit that matters to you – your local library, a performing arts organization, a museum or any of the 1,500+ organizations qualified by the Cultural Trust.  Then make a contribution of equal or lesser value to the Trust to qualify for the tax credit. The credit is equal to the amount of the contribution to the Trust, and may not exceed $500 for a single filer, $1,000 for joint filers or $2,500 for Class-C corporations.

Contributions to the Cultural Trust must be made in the same calendar year as the donation(s) to cultural nonprofits. Currently, the Cultural Trust estimates only 5 percent of cultural donors take advantage of the tax credit.

Funding through the Cultural Tax Credit empowers Oregonians such as artists, potters, rappers, acrobats and dreamers – in short, the people who make Oregon a place that celebrates the best of its community. 

In FY2022, Oregonians gave a record $5.7 million to the Cultural Trust. Sixty percent of that went straight into creative makers’ hands. The remaining 40 percent helps grow a permanent fund for Oregon arts, heritage and humanities.

“We have now surpassed 10,000 grant awards since the Cultural Trust was formed,” said Brian Rogers, executive director. “And thanks to the incredible success of the new Celebrate Oregon! license plate, which funds promotion of the Cultural Tax Credit, we are poised to engage even more Oregonians in the future. We are confident the best is yet to come for arts, heritage and humanities in Oregon.” 

Since 2003, donations to the Cultural Trust have generated more than $30 million in grants to cultural organizations across Oregon. The Cultural Trust has three cultural grant programs that enable broad and deep funding throughout the state: competitive cultural development grants, awarded directly to organizations; county and tribal coalition awards, which fund an average of 450 additional local grants each year; and cultural partner awards to the Oregon Arts CommissionOregon HeritageOregon Historical SocietyOregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office. All these grants are funded exclusively by Oregonians who participate in the Oregon Cultural Tax Credit. The list of FY2023 grants include awards to 138 organizations making a difference in Oregon. 

Another way to get involved is to purchase the “Celebrate Oregon!” Cultural Trust license plate. This vibrant license plate, designed by artist Liza Mana Burns, is a tribute to Oregon’s diverse geography, people and cultural traditions. If you look closely, you’ll find 127 symbols woven into the artwork hat encompass the art, history, heritage, people and cultural practices that make Oregon unique. Proceeds from the plate support the promotion of the Cultural Tax Credit and fund arts and culture across the state. 

For more information on the Oregon Cultural Trust, and to learn more about all the ways you can get involved, visit https://culturaltrust.org

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Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust is a testimony to how much Oregonians value culture. No other state provides a 100 percent tax credit to inspire cultural giving. As uniquely Oregonian as public beaches and the bottle bill, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established 21 years ago by the Oregon Legislature as an ongoing funding engine for arts and culture across the state. Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, potters, rappers, acrobats and dreamers who make Oregon, Oregon. In FY2022 Oregonians gave $5.7 million to the Cultural Trust, our all-time record. Sixty percent of that went straight back to the field. The remaining 40 percent helped grow our permanent fund. Our three grant programs fund our five Statewide Partners45 County and Tribal Coalitions and qualified cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants.

 




Attached Media Files: Burns saddle maker Steve McKay at work, one of Oregon’s many culture keepers in the Oregon Folklife Network. Funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit. , Gilbert House Children’s Museum Playground funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit. , A young reader at the Josephine Community Library, funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit. , Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers in Danielle Rowe’s “Dreamland,” part of OBT’s 2022 “Dreamland” program, funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert. , A young pow wow participant at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit. , A dress rehearsal shot from Enlightened Theatrics’ “Seussical the Musical,” opening Dec. 9 and funded in part by Oregonians using the Cultural Tax Credit. Photo by Chris Clarke Photography.

Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) meets for an educational Webinar December 13, via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/22 10:49 AM

December 7, 2022

Contacts: Liz Gharst, 971-666-2476, eth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us">Elizabeth.a.gharst@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) meets for an educational Webinar December 13, via Zoom

What: A public meeting of OHPB

When: December 13 (8:05 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.)

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line. To join via Zoom:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1607665723?pwd=eUJpRXVxYm04U0NpMzFJcmNkRGdidz09

Meeting ID: 160 766 5723

Passcode: 205217

One tap mobile: +16692545252,,1607665723# US (San Jose)

Purpose: This educational webinar will update the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) and members of the public about the Health Care Workforce Needs Assessment, required under HB 3261 to be submitted to the Oregon Legislature by February 1, 2023.

The webinar will provide a preview of the assessment to be provided to the OHPB at its January 10, 2023, meeting, including the primary data, findings, and recommendations.  

OHPB educational webinars are for informational purposes only. Member attendance is optional, and no official business will be conducted. All OHPB Committee members, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) staff, partners, and members of the public and community are welcome to attend.

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx

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

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation)
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Tara Chetock at 971-304-9917, 711 TTY, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Give blood or platelets with Red Cross ahead of hectic holiday weeks
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/07/22 10:06 AM

$10 Amazon.com Gift Card or T-shirt for donors this month

 

Portland, Ore (December 7, 2022) — As more people make travel plans to celebrate with family and friends this year, the American Red Cross asks donors to set aside a time to give blood or platelets for patients waiting for care over the holidays.

 

Throughout the season, several factors can disrupt the ability of the Red Cross to collect enough blood for patients across the country. 

 

  • Travel: According to a recent study, nearly half of Americans plan to travel over the holidays this year, which may negatively impact the blood supply if fewer people come out to donate. 
  • Seasonal illness: The U.S. is seeing a rise in respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV, which can decrease the availability of healthy donors. 
  • Weather: Parts of the country have already seen storms bring several feet of snow this year. Winter weather often leads to hazardous road conditions, canceling blood drives and making it dangerous for donors to venture out to give. 

 

It’s important for donors − especially type O blood donors and platelet donors − to give now to ensure hospitals have the blood they need through the end of the year. Schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

As a thank-you, all who come to give blood through Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. Those who come to give Dec. 16-Jan. 2 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 7-31

 

December 8

Grant Park Village, 1580 NE 32nd Ave., Portland, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Summit View High School, 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie, WA, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Red Robin Medford, 499 Medford Center, Medford, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

December 10

Milwaukie Community Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Salem Holiday Market State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

December 19

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland, OR, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Superior Athletic Club, 727 Cardley Ave., Medford, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Calvary Chapel Bend, 20225 Cooley Rd., Bend, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 20

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 550 N Danebo Ave., Eugene, OR, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

December 30

Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2450 NE 27th St., Bend, OR, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Visit RedCrossBlood.org and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you. 

Click here for b-roll of people giving blood.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood drives and donation sites.

 

Amplify your impact − volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 

 

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Tue. 12/06/22
State Land Board to meet December 13
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/06/22 7:06 PM

STATE LAND BOARD TO MEET DECEMBER 13
The meeting includes recognition of the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee in a ceremony featuring Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani 

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will meet in Salem on Tuesday, December 13.  

At 9 a.m., the State Land Board will present the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee with its Partnership Award.  A collection of stakeholders representing diverse perspectives, the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee has worked tirelessly over the past four years to create a framework for the Elliott to become a publicly owned research forest.

Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani will perform two poems in celebration of the Advisory Committee during the award ceremony. The public is welcome to join in person or watch the ceremony livestream on the Department of State Lands YouTube channel.

The Land Board meeting will begin immediately after the award is presented. The Land Board will consider multiple items related to establishing an Elliott State Research Forest under the provisions of Senate Bill 1546. Passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2022, SB 1546 establishes an independent public agency to oversee the Elliott State Research Forest in coordination with Oregon State University. Items before the Land Board for consideration include: 

  • Decoupling the Elliott State Forest from the Common School Fund. Decoupling the forest releases the Elliott from its obligation to generate revenue for the Fund. $221 million has been deposited in the Fund to satisfy the forest’s financial obligations to the Fund. SB 1546 requires Land Board approval of decoupling. The Land Board will also consider delineating the specific lands to be included in the research forest. 
     
  • Appointment of the initial Elliott State Research Forest Authority Board of Directors. Per SB 1546, the Land Board is responsible for appointing the new agency’s board of directors. The Land Board will consider prospectively appointing nine board members, with appointments effective on Jan. 1, 2024 – the effective date of the new agency. In the interim, appointed individuals would serve as informal advisors to DSL on matters related to the research forest. 
     
  • An update on OSU’s Forest Management Plan. SB 1546 requires a forest management plan to be developed by OSU and approved by the State Land Board before July 1, 2023, as one of the prerequisites to the Authority assuming management responsibility on Jan. 1, 2024. OSU will present an overview of the November 2022 working draft of the forest management plan.


The Land Board will also consider appointing Vicki L. Walker to serve a second four-year term as DSL Director. 

The full meeting agenda and additional information about each agenda item are available on the State Land Board meeting webpage. The meeting will also be livestreamed to the DSL YouTube channel

The public may submit written testimony or sign up to provide spoken testimony during the meeting. Advance signup is required. The deadline to sign up to testify is 10 a.m. on Monday, December 12. The signup link and testimony information are available on the State Land Board meeting webpage

If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please contact Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or in.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov">arin.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov at least two working days prior to the meeting. 


About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands and resources that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide.


About Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani: Anis Mojgani was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon's tenth poet laureate by Governor Kate Brown on April 27, 2020.  Born in New Orleans to Black and Iranian parents, Mojgani first called Oregon home in 2004. The author of five books of poetry, he has also done commissioned work for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and April 2021 will see the premiere of his first opera libretto, “Sanctuaries.” Mojgani has performed at universities, festivals and venues around the globe for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, National Public Radio, as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Platypus, Winter Tangerine, Forklift Ohio and Bat City Review.

First coming to poetry by way of visual arts, Mojgani earned a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and has been awarded artist and writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools. He now serves on the Board of Directors of Literary Arts. Mojgani currently resides in Portland.


Tillamook County Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Unlawfully Transporting Explosive Materials
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/06/22 4:32 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Tillamook County, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today after he was found driving a stolen vehicle while possessing explosive materials housed in a metal bottle.

Robert David Larsen, 36, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on April 27, 2021, officers from the Cornelius Police Department pulled Larsen over while he was driving a stolen vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and found suspected explosive materials and several catalytic converters in the trunk. The explosive material was constructed out of an 8-inch metal bottle filled with a smokeless, explosive powder. The bottle had a detonation cord inserted through a drilled hole in the bottle’s cap.

On June 1, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a three-count indictment charging Larsen with possessing an unregistered destructive device, unlawfully transporting explosive materials, and possessing explosive materials as a convicted felon.

On May 23, 2022, Larsen pleaded guilty to unlawfully transporting explosive materials.

Larsen was in state custody from April 2021 until July 2022, when he was transferred to federal custody. His 15-month federal sentence will run consecutive to the time Larsen served in state custody.

This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Cornelius Police Department. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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Funds available for transportation electrification grant matching and grant writing
Pacific Power - 12/06/22 3:51 PM

Non-residential customers have access to grant writing support and matching funds 

PORTLAND, Ore. (December 6) – Looking for funds to support grant work? Need help for infrastructure projects in your community? Pacific Power has funds available to support grant writing and grant matching to non-residential customers seeking funds for transportation electrification. 

Nonprofits, local governments and other non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are encouraged to apply for grant writing support to fund projects that benefit Pacific Power customers. Pacific Power is also pleased to make Electric Vehicle (EV) grant matching support funds available to non-residential customers in Oregon who plan to secure additional funding to support Pacific Power customers with EV-related projects.

“We’re committed to helping all Pacific Power customers and communities take advantage of the cost-saving, clean benefits of electric mobility, including in the many rural areas we serve,” said Cory Scott, vice president of community and customer solutions. “The incentives we’re offering show that Pacific Power doesn’t just envision a zero-emission future. We’re building it right now.”

Since 2020, Pacific Power has awarded more than $500,000 to support grant matching and this year has awarded $30,000 in grant writing support. Funding awards will cover up to 100% of the project cost. All non-residential Pacific Power customers in Oregon are eligible to apply with preference given to community-focused organizations, such as school and transit districts, 501(c)(3) organizations and city, county, and regional governments.

Please visit Grant opportunities (pacificpower.net) for more information. Application materials may be submitted to plugin@pacificpower.net.

Pacific Power provides customers with much more than just grant matching and grant writing assistance. Going electric has never been easier: 

  • Technical Assistance. At no cost, Pacific Power offers support to non-residential customers thinking of installing an electric vehicle charging station. We provide an expert site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for managing equipment. See  Charging Station & Fleet Planning Technical Assistance (pacificpower.net) for more information.

 

 

  • Electric Mobility Grants. Pacific Power’s $1.2 million e-mobility grant fund is currently evaluating applications for 2022 and will notify successful recipients soon. The next cycle for e-mobility grants will open in May 2023.

 

  • Transportation Electrification Planning. This work is just the beginning. Pacific Power hosted road shows across the state this fall to get customer and stakeholder input on where we can help take transportation electrification next. See Oregon Transportation Electrification Planning (pacificpower.net) to stay tuned to the next steps in the process.

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.  

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DPSST Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/06/22 3:04 PM

PRIVATE SECURITY/INVESTIGATOR POLICY COMMITTEE

MEETING CANCELLED

 

Notice of Meeting Cancellation

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training meeting scheduled for December 13th, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. has been cancelled.

The next Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for February 14th, 2023, at 1:30 p.m.

 


Conference of Local Health Officials meets Dec. 15 via Zoom.
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/22 2:35 PM

December 6, 2022

Media contact: Erica Heartquist, 503-871-8843

PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Conference of Local Health Officials meets Dec. 15 via Zoom.

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO). 

Agenda: Committee appointments; Lead testing for refugees; Infection control certification and training; Public health accountability metrics; Alcohol and drug prevention program element; Additional funding for refuge tuberculosis screening; Public health advisory board public health modernization funding planning.

Agenda is subject to change and is posted with meeting materials on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/ prior to meeting.

There is no public comment period during this meeting.

When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Where: Via Zoom meeting. 

Members of the public seeking to attend must register for the meeting at  

https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItde2trDIuHi77O3JM8PRXSEpfLh2L6YY

Background: The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help.

Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 503-957-8869 711 TTY or um@dhsoha.state.or.us">danna.k.drum@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Safety summit coming to central Oregon in January 2023, offering training opportunities to strengthen protections for workers in the construction industry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/06/22 1:17 PM
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Salem – A two-day training conference in central Oregon will put a spotlight on the safety and health of workers in residential, commercial, and industrial construction. The Jan. 30-31 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will address a variety of topics, including fall protection, silica dust hazards, electrical safety, and emerging safety technologies. 

Attendees will have access to a range of training sessions, including the OSHA 10-hour training for construction, work zone safety and flagging, fire protection, and first aid. Certifications and recertifications will be available. Also, the conference will offer opportunities to earn continuing education credits through Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board and Landscape Contractors Board.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 20th annual Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Conference Center in Bend. Oregon OSHA is one of several partners presenting the summit. Those partners include the nonprofit Central Oregon Safety and Health Association. 

The event’s keynote presentation, “Influencing Safety,” will be delivered by Garrison Wynn, CSP, bestselling author and consultant, who has been featured in Forbes and Inc. magazines and spoken at safety events on five continents. Wynn is known for blending comic timing and deep-dive research to engage and energize a variety of audiences. For 27 years, he has given keynote presentations to such clients as Amazon, Caterpillar, Kiewit, Turner, Berkshire Hathaway, Bank of America, the National Football League, and NASA.

At the safety event in Bend, Wynn’s keynote presentation will address how to develop personal influence to make positive changes happen and how to build trust and relationships that make safety a consistent reality.

“The worst leadership or influence strategy is wishing people were like you,” Wynn said. “Based on age and experience, people can view safety and their role in it very differently. We have to deal with people for who they are, not who we wish they were.”

Wynn said it’s important for him to deliver his messages at the conference in Bend because such conferences “are where I feel people are more open to change.” He added, “It’s not news that almost one-quarter of all work-related fatalities involve construction. My experience is that Oregon leaders know – as the research shows – that workers who feel valuable are more likely to follow procedures and look out for each other.” 

The Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit’s other sessions include:

  • Scaffold User Training
  • Employment Law Update and Best Practices
  • Construction A to Z
  • Electrical Safety Basics and More
  • Generations Working Better Together for Safety
  • Hoffman’s Journey in Preventing Serious Injuries and Fatalities
  • Underground Utilities: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You
  • Safety Committee? Safety Meetings? Which One is For You?
  • Construction Suicide Prevention Awareness

Registration for the event’s pre-conference workshops (Monday, Jan. 30) is $60. Conference registration (Tuesday, Jan. 31) is $90. Registration for the OSHA 10-hour training for construction is $140 for both days. The cost of attending the Firestop workshop (Monday, Jan. 30) – an overview of passive fire protection construction in commercial buildings – is $30. To register, go to safetyseries.cventevents.com/summit23.

For more information, contact the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411 or egon.conferences@dcbs.oregon.gov">oregon.conferences@dcbs.oregon.gov. More information about the safety summit in Bend, including a save-the-date flyer, is available online. For information about other upcoming safety conferences, visit Oregon OSHA’s online conferences page.

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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 osha.oregon.gov.

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

 

 



 


 




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Arizona Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Fentanyl Trafficking (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 12/06/22 12:54 PM
Counterfeit oxycodone seizure
Counterfeit oxycodone seizure
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PORTLAND, Ore.—An Arizona man was sentenced to federal prison today after he and an accomplice were stopped traveling in a vehicle with 12,000 fentanyl pills on Highway 26 near Government Camp, Oregon.

Jeray Lashawn Jessie, 32, a former Portland resident living in Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in March 2021, as part of a larger drug trafficking investigation being conducted by the FBI and Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF), law enforcement officers stopped a rental car traveling westbound on Highway 26 near Government Camp. Jessie and an accomplice were the sole occupants of the vehicle traveling from Arizona to Portland. Investigators searched the vehicle pursuant to a warrant and located 12,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl concealed in a backpack in the vehicle’s trunk. A subsequent search of Jessie’s cell phone revealed messages related to drug trafficking.

On August 17, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Jessie with possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. On August 28, 2022, he pleaded guilty.

This case was investigated by the FBI and CCITF. It was prosecuted by Peter D. Sax, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

CCITF, led by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, works to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations operating in Clackamas County, and reduce illegal drugs and related crimes throughout the community. The task force is comprised of members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Canby Police Department, Oregon State Police, HSI, and FBI.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. A 3-milligram dose of fentanyl—a few grains of the substance—is enough to kill an average adult male. The availability of illicit fentanyl in Oregon has caused a dramatic increase in overdose deaths throughout the state.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please call the Lines for Life substance abuse helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or visit www.linesforlife.org. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 between 8am and 11pm Pacific Time daily.

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OHA publishes first CCO performance metric dashboard
Oregon Health Authority - 12/06/22 11:24 AM

December 6, 2022

Media Contact: Liz Gharst, eth.a.gharst@state.or.us">elizabeth.a.gharst@state.or.us, 971-666-2476

OHA publishes first CCO performance metric dashboard

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority’s Quality Incentive Program has published a new CCO performance metric dashboard so people can quickly find their metric of interest, see individual Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) trends over time and explore demographic breakouts at the CCO level.

The dashboard is OHA’s first presentation of quality measures broken out by Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Disability- (REALD) compliant data. REALD is a set of standards that offers more detailed demographic data.

Creation of the CCO performance metric dashboard follows OHA’s publication, in August 2022, of the CCO Metrics 2021 Final Report, a summary of performance by Oregon’s CCOs in 2021, which showed the results of Oregon’s Quality Incentive Program. The program provides financial rewards to CCOs for improving the quality of care provided to Oregon Health Plan members; the report highlighted statewide performance for 14 incentivized measures.

The report showed that although the COVID-19 public health emergency continued and the Delta variant drove a surge in hospitalizations and deaths, performance on CCO incentive metrics began to rebound in 2021 after sharp declines in 2020. However, the report showed only statewide averages for all CCO members, which can disguise inequities.

The REALD data included in the CCO performance metric dashboard includes data broken out by up to 42 race and ethnicity groups that were determined by the most affected communities. The metrics data is also broken out by up to 58 languages, including sign language and other less-commonly spoken languages. OHA will continue to refine how REALD data is used and reported in this dashboard and elsewhere.

Benefits of REALD data

Identifying and addressing inequities by REALD categories is essential to OHA’s strategic goal of eliminating health inequities by 2030. For example, Oregon is one of the first states in the United States to collect and publish health data on Pacific Islanders from countries affected by the Compact of Free Association (COFA) treaty. The treaty is the result of U.S. military occupation, atomic nuclear testing and ballistic military exercises that contaminated much of the environment and impacted the health of generations. There is very little health data on COFA citizens in Oregon and the collection of REALD data will allow the agency to understand how they have been affected by health inequities and state policies, and ensure that CCOs work toward improving access and quality of services for this community. 

The CCO metric performance dashboard shows trends and disparities, but not why they are happening.

“The dashboard is a starting point, laying the groundwork to engage communities in the future direction of the CCO Quality Incentive Program. Relying on quantitative data alone can have negative impacts,” said Stacey Schubert, director of Health Analytics at OHA. “Context and community input and engagement are needed to understand the meaning of the quantitative data in the dashboard.”

To view the dashboard, visit here.


Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 12/06/22 9:32 AM

Contact:  Pacific Power media hotline                        

              503-813-6018                                               

 

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest

But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 6, 2022--It’s probably no surprise that the colder it gets outside the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

 

“Cold air sneaks in and warm air leaks out. So, the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done now and the difference will show up as temperatures continue dipping below freezing,” said Cory Scott, vice president for customer and community solutions.

 

Another step is to switch to equal pay. Under equal pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Call us any time at 1-888-221-7070 to find out how this program can help you or download the Pacific Power app and make the switch via your mobile device. 

 

“The sooner you call, the better for equal pay,” said Scott. “If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer.”

 

Here are low-cost some tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

 

  • Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
  • Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won’t get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
  • Improve your home’s heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.
  • Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500-watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
  • You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit pacificpower.net/saveenergy or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.

 

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

 

 

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Experienced school administrator accepts Facilities and Operations position (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 12/06/22 7:50 AM
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WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools announces Robert Foster has been named Director of Facilities and Operations. He will replace current director Mike Kay who is retiring. Foster is currently the Director of Support Services for the Lake Washington School District. He has held this position since 2019. Foster oversees Maintenance, Grounds, Transportation, Custodial and Warehouse Departments for the Lake Washington School District. Foster was also the Director of Support Services for the Northshore School District for six years where he also managed Capital Projects and the Maintenance, Grounds and Custodial Departments. 

"Director Kay has been a tremendous asset to our school district and community," notes Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. "We are so fortunate to be able to hire someone with Foster's experience who can continue the excellent work that Mr. Kay has helped lead over the last six years."

Foster brings a wealth of experience in budget oversight, risk management, community engagement and labor relations. In his current role at Lake Washington School District he is responsible for the maintenance and operations of 57 schools and the management of more than 300 employees in his organization.

“I value the student/teacher relationship and gauge decisions through the lens of what is best for kids,” said Foster, who has more than 30 years experience in construction and maintenance. “My mission is to provide a safe, clean and well maintained environment for optimal student learning, which I accomplish through engaged support and direction of staff with clear expectations of our mission and goals.”

Foster’s references noted his skills in building and leveraging the power of teamwork by being a good listener and problem solver.

“I work diligently to engage with staff at all levels by visiting schools whenever possible to meet with staff and parents when questions arise,” said Foster. “This personal touch allows for active listening and relationship building.”

Foster will begin his tenure with Walla Walla Public Schools January 3, 2023.

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Mon. 12/05/22
(UPDATE) Chiefs Association, Partners, Working to Create BM 114 Permit Process; Challenges Viability of Implementation Through Court Declaration
Oregon Association Chiefs of Police - 12/05/22 12:38 PM

PRESS RELEASE:

In the time since Oregon voters passed BM 114, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) has received numerous inquiries about how and when the measure will be implemented. We, and our 125 member agencies, are committed to following the rule of law and are doing everything we can to meet the requirements set forth in this measure. It is a challenge. BM 114 is scheduled to take effect on December 8th, yet the infrastructure, processes and resources necessary to make that happen do not exist.

We know legal challenges to BM 114 are underway and we affirm that the authority and responsibility for determining whether a law is constitutional is the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts. In the meantime, law enforcement agencies are responsible for fully implementing the measure unless and until a court issues a stay (suspending the measure while they deliberate) or declares part, or all, of the measure unconstitutional. 

After the passage of BM 114, OACP began working quickly and collaboratively with Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association to implement a cohesive permit system as soon as possible. Here is what we know so far:

  • BM 114 makes each police agency in Oregon a “permit agent” for their respective jurisdictions. Currently, OACP is working with OSP and OSSA to create a permit-to-purchase system that meets BM 114’s requirements. But there is currently no system in place, and therefore no permits to purchase can be issued.
  • There will be a financial burden to law enforcement agencies across the state to meet BM 114’s requirements. The revenue generated by the permits (limited to $65 for each permit) will not come close to fully funding the associated expenditures. Most law enforcement agencies don’t have the personnel or money necessary to fund this required program. This will likely result in other public safety resources being reduced to cover the costs of implementing a new permit program.
  • BM 114 also requires permit-to-purchase applicants to provide proof of very specific training requirements. Some of these requirements can be completed online, but one requires a demonstration to be completed in-person before an instructor who is certified by a law enforcement agency. We are not aware of any current training program that meets the requirements of Measure 114.  OACP believes that every person wishing to obtain a permit, including our law enforcement officers, will first have to complete training that does not yet exist.

For these reasons and many others, OACP believes there is no way an operational permit system will be in place by December 8th or in the near future. OACP supports the motion made in federal court for a preliminary enjoin of BM 114, and we have submitted a declaration to the court outlining the obstacles and challenges as we see them with implementing this measure in such a short period of time. The full text of the declaration is attached.

In response to declarations from OACP and our partners at the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, we understand that the state is agreeing to concede to a stay on the M114 permit to purchase process. We ask for patience from those across Oregon as we get further direction from the court and the details of the stay. In the meantime, we will continue to work collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies to honor Oregon voters by working toward effective implementation.

 

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Attached Media Files: OACP Declaration

'Tis the Season: Fraudsters Ready to Target Holiday Shoppers (Photo)
Umpqua Bank - 12/05/22 9:09 AM
Kathryn Albright, Head of Global Payments & Deposits, Umpqua Bank
Kathryn Albright, Head of Global Payments & Deposits, Umpqua Bank
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Tips on how to avoid popular scams

As the holiday season swings into full gear, shoppers need to maintain their vigilance in guarding against fraud. While consumers navigate the tighter budgets this year due to higher inflation, fraudsters are likely doing the same, and will be extra desperate – and motivated – to take advantage of the seasonal rush. 

Holiday fraud is a big business, and criminals stand to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit gains during the shopping season. Combined retail sales for November and December could top $960 billion, according to a forecast by the National Retail Federation (NRF), an industry trade group. Fraudsters will be tapping into this volume. 

Just for card payments alone, fraud rates in recent years have hovered around 7 cents per $100 of volume worldwide, according to the Nilson Report. By that measure, for every $100 billion in card volume during the holidays, thieves will siphon off $70 million. 

The gap between self-perception and reality

Consumer gullibility turbocharges the payday for fraudsters. Nearly half (48%) of consumers globally are confident they can recognize a scam, according to a 2022 fraud report by Visa Inc. Yet almost three in four (73%) typically respond to terms or phrases scammers commonly use in emails and text messages, such as “Win online gift card” and “Act now.”

The vulnerability of the general population is still high: 63% incorrectly believe or are unsure that online retailers such as Amazon and eBay will request login information to provide customer support, according to a November report by AARP. And 53% incorrectly believe or are unsure that payment apps such as Cash App, Zelle, or Venmo have the same consumer protections as credit cards. About 4 in 10 said they believe (incorrectly) that ads for merchandise on social media online are trustworthy. 

“Fraudsters are always working to outsmart consumers, but during the holidays, their fervor is especially acute,” says Kathryn Albright, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Payments and Deposits at Umpqua Bank. “Criminals exploit this time of year to prey on busy individuals who are pressed for time, luring them into traps and robbing them of their hard-earned money. But taking some simple precautions will help thwart these schemes.” 

Individuals need to be especially aware of common holiday tricks used by thieves, such as:

  • Gift card payment scams. Gift cards are a preferred method of choice for criminals, who convince consumers to pay a bogus financial obligation by purchasing gift cards and handing over the numbers to the fraudsters. Criminals also scam retailers by returning stolen merchandise to stores and receiving gift cards since they don’t have a receipt. They then sell those cards online at a discount. For the 12 months ended June 30, 74% of retailers reported this practice, according to the NRF. 
     
  • Charity scams. Fake charities use the holidays to lure victims to donate to bogus enterprises. They mimic real charities and often use terms such as “federal” or “national.” Criminals sometimes pose as religious leaders, preying on the generosity of others by telling a story about people in need. 
     
  • Non-delivery and non-payment crimes. In non-delivery scams, buyers pay for goods and services online, but never receive the items. For non-payment scams, it’s the merchants who are the victims, with goods and items shipped but are never paid. Losses for these two types of fraud amounted to $337 million in 2021, according to the Internet Crime and Complaint Center (IC3), a division of the FBI.

Tips to reduce the risk of fraud: 

  • Review your account activity regularly. Everyone should review personal financial accounts often for activity to make sure there aren’t any suspicious transactions. Consumers also should carry fewer cards in their wallets when they shop and store the others in a safe place at home.
     
  • Don't click on email links. Fraudsters are getting better at impersonating retailers. But even when it seems real, it’s better just to go to the website via a browser. Bad links take consumers to fake portals, which typically ask for credit card information. 
     
  • Don’t give out sensitive information. When you receive a call, email, or text from someone claiming to represent your bank, or another company, do not give them your user ID or password. No legitimate company will ever ask you for this information. 
     
  • Watch for key fraud terms. Consumers fall for a variety of phrases, according to a report by Visa, including “Win online gift card,” “Exclusive deal,” “Act now,” “Click here,” “Limited time offer,” “Urgent,” “Action needed,” and “Free/giveaway.” Be on the lookout and steer clear of any correspondence containing this messaging. 
     
  • Stay on top of deliveries. Almost 3 in 10 (27%) of consumers reported having a package stolen outside their door, according to a November fraud report by AARP. Consumers should track various items for delivery. When consumers won’t be at home, they should call the retailer or delivery service and try to delay the shipment or arrange to have it sent to an office or designated receiving location, such as Amazon Hub Locker.
     
  • Avoid clicking on ads. Malvertising is malicious advertising that often takes the form of pop-up ads. Similar to erroneous email links, these ads can lead you to sites that ask for personal information and credit card numbers. They can also infect your device with malware and make the season anything but merry.
     
  • Don't shop on public Wi-Fi networks. If you're shopping online, do it at home using your own private, secure network. Cybercriminals can easily tap into public Wi-Fi, so you don't want to input passwords and visit your bank account when browsing on these networks.
     
  • Use fraud alerts. Fraud alerts can be very helpful to consumers in staying on top of any suspicious activity regarding their accounts. Alerts can be tailored to transaction size, and are delivered via phone (voice), text, and email. Update any new contact information to keep accounts secure.
     
  • Use cards rather than payment apps. Cards offer more protections. Those using major brands offer $0 liability for unauthorized charges. Peer-to-peer apps such as Venmo, Zelle, and CashApp process payments immediately, just like cash. These transactions cannot be reversed. 
     
  • Use caution when buying gift cards. Don’t buy gift cards outside of retailers and established companies. Look to make sure the protective stickers on the card are not tampered with. Also check to see that the PIN number on the back isn’t showing. Keep your receipt, which will help identify the card in case it is stolen.

“The holidays can be a stressful time of year, but don’t let the pressures get in the way of common-sense shopping,” Albright says. “Taking the time to safeguard your shopping and payment information online and in person will go a long way toward preventing anguish, and real losses to your household budget.”

What do if you have been compromised: 

Take action immediately. Call the merchant and credit card bank to report the issue. For gift card scams, reporting to the retailer might help recoup the loss if the card hasn’t been used. 

Notify regulators and law enforcement. IC3 tracks internet crimes, and the Federal Trade Commission monitors gift card scams. It also helps your community to report an incident to the state attorney general and local law enforcement.   

 




Attached Media Files: Kathryn Albright, Head of Global Payments & Deposits, Umpqua Bank