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Fri. 02/23/18
DPSST Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/23/18 3:12 PM
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2018
Contact: Theresa Janda
503-373-1553

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 11:00 a.m. on February 28, 2018. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Board Room (Room A145) DPSST, 4190 Aumsville Hwy. SE., Salem, OR 97317. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial in: (877) 873-8017 Access Code: 8191185

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes of Executive Committee meeting held June 23, 2017

2. Review of Applications for Public Representation on Policy Committees

3. Proposed rule Change to Amend OAR Chapter 259 Divison 1 Rules and Repeal OAR Chapter 259 Divisions 7, 30 and 50: Eliminate Outdated Processes and Redundant Statutory Language.

4. Proposed Temporary Rule change to Clarify Board's Authorities.

5. Next Meeting -- None currently scheduled


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

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting | March 2, 2018, 9:00am-1:00pm
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/23/18 2:17 PM
LOCATION:
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301
Conference room: 124 A/B
Dial in: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order / Roll Call
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Single Family Section
- RFA Update
- Annual Lender Awards
9:40 Housing Finance updates
- 30 Year Affordability Period on 4% LIHTC/LIFT Projects
- Rent Regulation Policy Discussion
- Updates on the Land Acquisition & Preservation programs
11:20 BREAK
11:30 Housing Stabilization update
- Department of Energy State Plan
- Update on Executive Order 1720
12:30 Report of the Director
12:45 Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: February 27, 2018
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 02/23/18 1:13 PM
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session: February 27, 2018

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

Thu. 02/22/18
OHA distributes public health modernization funds to regional partnerships
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/18 10:28 AM
February 22, 2018

$3.9 million going to projects focused on communicable disease prevention and health equity

The Oregon Health Authority's distribution of $3.9 million from the state Legislature's public health modernization investment is supporting communicable disease prevention and health equity projects in eight regions around the state.

The funds, from the Legislature's $5 million allocation for public health modernization in 2017, support the demonstration of new models of public health programs considered among the foundation of essential services for every community to protect and promote health.

The $3.9 million for the eight regional partnerships, which cover 34 of 36 Oregon counties, will help local public health authorities develop new systems for communicable disease control, emphasizing strategies to eliminate communicable disease-related health disparities. This investment will support progress toward reducing sexually transmitted infections, preventing the spread of tuberculosis, improving vaccination rates, and protecting vulnerable communities from diseases like norovirus.

Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division, said distribution of the public health modernization funds represents a major first step toward realizing the modernization initiative's goals of providing core public health functions and maintaining flexibility to meet new health challenges in every area of the state.

"These new projects will give us our first taste of a truly modernized public health system in Oregon with its focus on innovative approaches for controlling communicable diseases," Shirley said.

The regional projects being funded through June 2019 are:

-- Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties--Identify sexually transmitted disease risks in the region and develop plans to reduce transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

-- Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties; St. Charles Health System; Central Oregon Health Council--Prevent the spread of communicable diseases in long-term care facilities and improve immunization rates among 2-year-old children.

-- Douglas, Coos and Curry counties; Coquille and Cow Creek tribes; Western Oregon Advanced Health Coordinated Care Organization (CCO)--Improve immunization rates among 2-year-old children.

-- Jackson and Klamath counties; Southern Oregon Regional Health Equity Coalition; Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition--Reduce sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis C, and improve vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV).

-- Lane, Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties; Oregon State University--Improve hepatitis A, HPV, and pneumococcal vaccination rates.

-- Marion and Polk counties; Willamette Valley Community Health CCO--Decrease the spread of gonorrhea and chlamydia and increase HPV immunization rates.

-- North Central Public Health District; Baker, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties; Eastern Oregon CCO; Mid-Columbia Health Advocates--Decrease the spread of gonorrhea.

-- Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties; Oregon Health Equity Alliance--Create culturally appropriate communicable disease control strategies to control the spread of hepatitis and tuberculosis.

The full list of the partnerships and their projects can be found on the project's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/TASKFORCE/Documents/regionalpartnershipgranteeproject.pdf.

Cara Biddlecom, director of policy and partnerships at the OHA Public Health Division, said the remainder of the modernization funds will support state-level work with the regional partnerships. It also will enhance collection and reporting of population health data and enhance functionality of an important public health data system, the ALERT Immunization Information System.

For more information, visit the OHA Public Health Modernization website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/About/TaskForce/pages/index.aspx.

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State Forests Advisory Committee seeks members
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/22/18 8:17 AM
Salem, Ore. -- A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations, projects and activities is currently seeking applications to fill two vacancies.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides input on the implementation of forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry interests and serves as a forum to discuss agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals in these areas.

The committee specifically covers issues related to ODF district Annual Operations Plans, best practices for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, and other technical forest management topics.

The two new members will serve three-year terms beginning in April 2018. There is one vacancy for a position representing the environmental community and a vacancy in a non-affiliated position.

"This is an opportunity for Oregonians to get involved in today's forestry conversation and provide insight and perspectives on how we are implementing the forest management plans. We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months," said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To apply, complete a questionnaire (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Documents/SFACApplicationQuestionnaire2018.pdf) by March 19 and submit to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry by email to april.r.davis@oregon.gov or mail to 801 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove, OR 97116.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7496 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found here (http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx).

MEDIA ALERT - River View High School Hosts Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 02/22/18 7:00 AM
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Kennewick, WA - Twelve area FFA Chapters will compete in various Career Development Events (CDE) or Leadership Development Events (LDE) at the Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree tomorrow, February 23. Finley School District is proud to host the Jamboree at River View High School from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. Participating FFA Chapters for 2018 include Finley, Columbia Burbank, Pasco, Kiona-Benton, Connell, Touchet, New Horizons, Chiawana, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Kahlotus, and Richland. The combined chapters will bring over 150 FFA members to the competition in Finley.

The annual Jamboree helps members prepare for the Washington State FFA Convention scheduled to take place in May at Pullman. At the state convention, members participate against other chapters from our state to bid for the top team or individual in that CDE/LDE and a chance to travel back to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CDE/LDE events that FFA Members are competing in include: Tractor Driving, Horse Evaluation (judging), Food Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Best Informed Greenhands, Creed Speaking, Agricultural Sales, Public Speaking, Veterinary Science & Technology, Employment Skills, Milk & Quality Products, Floriculture, Horse Judging, Conduct of Chapter, Tractor Driving, and Extemporaneous public speaking. Career Development Events help members develop skills and abilities in certain areas that could lead to possible careers throughout the agricultural industry. Over 40 volunteers from the local area will show up to help the FFA members with their CDE/LDEs. Local community support for the members include: Pepsi, Franklin County Farm Bureau, RDO, and Bleyhl's.

The 2018 LCB Jamboree begins at 8:30 AM at River View High School, located at 36509 S Lemon Dr in Kennewick, WA. For more information, contact Finley FFA Advisor Jennifer Yochum at 509-586-7279.

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Attached Media Files: FFA logo , Finley FFA member

Wed. 02/21/18
OSP-The Dalles is Seeking Public Assistance on a Motor Vehicle Collision - Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 5:55 PM
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On February 21, 2018 at approximately 9:30am, the Oregon State Police responded to a multiple motor vehicle collision on I-84 near milepost 88, just west of The Dalles Dam.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup truck lost control on the icy roadway, struck the guardrail and came to rest in the right lane of travel. As the operator of a red unknown make pickup truck with canopy approached the crash location, the operator of the red pickup truck applied their brakes, but they were unable to avoid the colliding with the Dodge Ram truck. After impacting the Dodge Ram truck, the operator of the red pickup pulled to the side of the highway briefly before fleeing the scene without exchanging information. The red pick should have damage to the passenger side taillight.

OSP-The Dalles Area Command is seeking assistance with identifying the red pickup and its occupants. If you witnessed the crash or have any information pertaining to this crash, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at (503)731-3020 or OSP and refer to case number SP18-066123.



Attached Media Files: Red Pickup , Red Pickup , Victim Vehicle

Public notice and request for comment on 1915 (c) #0117 waiver renewal, 1915 (c) #0375 waiver amendment, 1915 (k) state plan amendment
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/21/18 2:29 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services' Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is seeking public comment regarding the 1915 (c) #0117 Child Home and Community Based Supports (HCBS) Waiver renewal, 1915 (c) Adult HCBS Waiver amendment, and the 1915 (k) state plan amendment.

For the past couple of years ODDS has been working to reorient the I/DD system to focus on person-centered planning. As part of this effort, and in response to steps required under the Legislatively Adopted Budget for 2017--2019, ODDS has been engaged in multiple efforts that are now called the "Compass Project". Collectively, these efforts include:

Validating and implementing the new functional needs assessment: Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA)
Reorienting its focus from the functional needs assessment and hours of service to person-centered planning and "whole life" in the community
Various rate setting efforts
Policy work needed to operationalize these changes
Updates to the eXPRS system

Many of these efforts require aligning existing Medicaid authorities to implement these initiatives.

This CMS submission includes reorganization of 1915 (c) Waiver authorities into Child and Adult Waivers. This new structure will simplify and streamline the federal authorities under which I/DD services are provided in Oregon and will allow ODDS to tailor services to children and adults in the future.

Additionally, the following changes are being made to the Adult and Child Waivers and the K-Plan.

#0117 Child HCBS Waiver:
Include state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level of care determination;
Align level-of-care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;
Add Benefits Planning as an activity to Employment Path service;
Remove Financial Management Service as a waiver service and reflect it as an administrative service to align with current practice;
Remove Direct Nursing as this waiver will only serve children and Private Duty Nursing is available under EPSDT.
Update Appendix D to reflect the current Individual Support Plan (ISP) process;
Update Appendix G to allow for the use of restraints and restrictive interventions to align with Medicaid requirements and to ensure health and safety of individuals in employment settings; and
Update quality assurance performance measures based on CMS feedback.

#0375 Adult HCBS waiver:
Include state-trained assessors as the person completing the functional needs assessment and level-of-care determination;
Align level-of-care requirements with federal standard by consolidating 12 areas of functional deficit to six;
Add Benefits Planning as an activity to Employment Path service;
Remove Financial Management Service as a waiver service and reflect it as an administrative service to align with current practice;
Remove Special Diets service due to lack of use;
Update Appendix D to reflect the current ISP process;
Update Appendix G to allow for the use of restraints and restrictive interventions to align with Medicaid requirements and to ensure health and safety of individuals in employment settings; and
Update quality assurance performance measures based on CMS feedback.

1915 (K) State Plan Amendment:
Add Assessment as a discrete service;
Include state-trained assessors as persons completing the functional needs assessment;
Expand case management contacts from just face-to-face or phone to face-to-face or other interactive methods to match the currently approved waiver language;
Update natural supports language to reflect CMS guidance; and
Technical updates.

ODDS will limit state-trained assessors who provide Assessments as a discrete service to the population it serves to employees of entities designated by ODDS under a 1915(b)(4) Waiver Fee-for-Service Selective Contracting Program.

The proposed 1915 (c) waivers and 1915 (k) state plan amendment are online at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/compass-project.aspx
Print versions of the waivers and 1915 (k) state plan amendment are posted in local Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/county-programs.aspx) and Support Services Brokerages (http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/DD/Pages/Support-Services-Brokerages.aspx). Print versions may also be obtained from Joli Schroader, Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 503-507-2083, joli.r.schroader@.state.or.us.

Interested parties are asked to submit comments via one of two methods: Send an email to odds.info@state.or.us or send written comments addressed to ODDS Medicaid Waiver/State Plan Analyst, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.
Deadline for comments is March 21, 2018. Mail responses must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Man Found in River Identified - Josephine County- Rogue River (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 11:48 AM
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On January 12, 2018 the Josephine County Sheriff's office began the investigation into a missing Josephine County man, 27 year old, Ryne NACE. On January 23rd, 2018, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation division was asked to assume the investigation.

On February 16, 2018, investigators learned of a male that was found in the Rogue River near the Graves Creek area by a rafter. Josephine County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police detectives responded to the area and were able to retrieve the body from the river. The body was found approximately ?1/4 of a mile down river from the Graves Creek boat ramp. NACE was last known to be camping near the Argo boat ramp, which is about four miles upriver from where the man was located.

On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the male by the state medical examiner.

Per the medical examiner, the male was positively identified as 27 year old Ryne NACE, from Josephine County. The cause and manner of his death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.



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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 199 near Milepost 24.5 -- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/21/18 9:17 AM
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On Tuesday, February 20th, at approximately 6:59pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a head on fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 199 near milepost 24.5 in Selma, Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white GMC Safari, operated by Robert A. JAKOVIC, age 20 of Ridgeville, Ohio was traveling northbound on Highway 199 and a red Toyota Prius, operated by Deborah J. NEWELL, age 69 of Cave Junction was traveling southbound on Highway 199 just north of the intersection of Reeves Creek Road. While negotiating a curve, the vehicles collided head on near the center line.

NEWELL sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. JAKOVIC was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries. JAKOVIC and NEWELL were wearing safety belts at the time of the collision and it is not believed that intoxicants are a contributing factor.

Next of kin notification has been made.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire and ODOT.



Attached Media Files: Photo 1 , Phto 2

Lebanon Strawberry Festival Designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/21/18 8:33 AM
The Lebanon Strawberry Festival, a volunteer-powered community-wide event, marks its upcoming 109th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Todd Kepple, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates local heritage in Oregon."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival started in 1909 as a way to showcase Lebanon and promote the berry industry. Today, the county-wide celebration has grown from a parade and shows on the dirt streets of downtown Lebanon to a 4-day festival at Cheadle Lake Park that includes multiple parades, a royalty court, a carnival, a race, and the world's largest strawberry shortcake.

Jami Cate, Chair of the Strawberry Festival Board, acknowledges how the tradition has grown along with the town. "The City of Lebanon is growing and changing, and it's fun to see the contrast between the traditional ways of life for the area--the tractors and log trucks driving through the parade, the generations-old insurance companies and banks still sponsoring the Festival--and the new aspects of Lebanon--the medical college volunteering at the 5k Race, the new breweries and restaurants sponsoring our events, the new city park being named "Strawberry Plaza."

The Lebanon Strawberry Festival wouldn't be possible without countless hours of volunteer work. A 30 member board plans and runs the festival each year along with over 100 additional volunteers. Over 10,000 participants attend from across the county and the state.

"We're really pleased to learn that the Strawberry Festival has earned this honor," Jami said. "We invite all Oregonians to share our tradition and a piece of shortcake by attending the festival." The festival will be held May 31- June 3, 2018.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###

20 Years and 228 Educators: Crystal Apple Awards Scheduled for March 15th (Photo)
ESD 123 - 02/21/18 7:30 AM
20th Annual Crystal Apple
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PASCO, WA -- On Thursday, March 15, the Crystal Apple Awards will celebrate its 20th anniversary recognizing excellence in education. Nine outstanding educators from local public school districts will join the ranks of the prestigious Crystal Apple winners during the ceremony, taking place from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Professional Development Center at Educational Service District 123 in Pasco.

The Crystal Apple award program began in 1999 with the goal to honor just a few of the many wonderful classroom teachers across our public schools. The nine 2018 Crystal Apple winners now brings the total number of awarded teachers to 228 since the program's inception. This annual recognition of outstanding educators in our communities is only possible through generous contributions from community organizations, businesses, and service groups who sponsor the ceremony both monetarily and through gifts to the recipients. Thanks to these charitable organizations, each Crystal Apple winner is presented with a beautiful glass "crystal apple," gift certificates to local sporting events and dining, and a $1,000 check. (The teachers have already been informed of their awards. See the attached list of 2018 Crystal Apple winners.)

Superintendents from the nine represented districts (Columbia-Burbank, Finley, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, North Franklin, Othello, Pasco, Prosser, and Richland) will present the gifts to each winner at the March 15 ceremony. At the close of the presentation, a "Special Achievement Award" will be presented as a surprise to one winner for his or her outstanding and sustained contributions to education across the region. (This person does not know of the award beforehand but will be present in the audience.)

The public is encouraged to attend the celebratory event on Thursday, March 15, beginning promptly at 4:30 PM in the ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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The Crystal Apple Award is co-sponsored by numerous community organizations and businesses all wishing to honor the many educators who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students. This year's Platinum Level Sponsors include: Bechtel National Inc., Evergreen Associates, Gesa Credit Union, Johnson Controls, Pasco Kennewick Rotary, Stevens Clay, Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary Club, and Washington River Protection Solutions.



Attached Media Files: 2018 Crystal Apple Winners , 20th Annual Crystal Apple

Tue. 02/20/18
Executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee to meet February 21 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 02/20/18 1:25 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The executive committee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Room 160 of the Department of Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Salem.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public comment, old business, new business, secretary position, executive committee composition, office tour, and future agenda items.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may access the meeting by calling (503) 934-1400 and using Conference ID # 23678239 to join in.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Chad A. Ludwig Chad.A.Ludwig@state.or.us

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

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Committee for Family Forestlands and State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee meet Feb. 27
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/20/18 1:15 PM
News Release

Date: Feb. 20, 2018

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands and the State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27; the CFF from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the SFCC via conference call from 2 -- 3:30 p.m. The meetings will be in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street.

The Committee for Family Forestlands will discuss these topics:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, Legislative session, agency strategic initiatives, and landowner assistance
Land use planning
Food plot rulemaking
Good Neighbor Authority

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will receive updates about:
The department and the Private Forests Division
Federal funding
Forest Stewardship Program
Forest Legacy Program, including the 2020 call for applications and timelines.

These are public meetings, everyone is welcome. The meeting agendas include time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meetings. For more information about attending these meetings please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The CFF is a 13-member committee that researches policies that affect family forests, natural resource and forestry benefits. The committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester based on its findings. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx.

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Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/20/18 12:05 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL030 on Friday February 23, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL030 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Lt. Jamie Russell, Jail Commander of the Lincoln County Jail, will be the guest speaker.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Members of Graduating Class BCL030:

Deputy Sheriff Francis Adzima
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Audisio
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Beau Blackburn
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kaitlyn Briles
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Chad Brown
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Byron Buckelew
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kirsten Cardwell
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Chavez
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Shaunna Clark
Washington County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Mariah Colmenero
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua DeLawyer
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ashlee Dietz
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff India Gant
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ross Good
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hampson
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Karlie Hansen
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Hearn
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Aubri Hickey
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Holguin
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jacqueline Jones
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Kissee
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zachary Lafoca
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Lanning
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Moore
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Corey Nealeigh
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Papenfuhs
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff David Perlow
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Charles Peterson
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Steven Quesada
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Krista Richey
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Zane Schnetzky
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jorge Serrano
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jason Shain
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Sheriff Tanner Sparks
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Jeremiah Steiner
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Aaron VanHoute
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Adam Whitehead
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Wolfe
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Colton Wright
Union County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Oregon Farm Bureau welcomes new staffer (Photo)
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February 20, 2018, SALEM, OREGON: Oregon Farm Bureau is proud to announce a new addition to the OFB Government Affairs team: Jonathan Sandau.

Sandau joins OFB after serving as a field representative for Congressman Kurt Schrader for the last three years, and experience in state-level politics before that.

Sandau is also the fifth generation of his family to farm in Marion County. Since graduating from the University of Portland, he has helped manage the family grass seed, blueberry, and field crop operation near Pratum.

"Jonathan's personal experience on the farm coupled with his extensive public policy experience make him a great advocate for our members. Jonathan brings knowledge, background, and a passion for agriculture that are hard to match. We are excited to have him working for farm and ranch families as part of the Farm Bureau team," said OFB Executive Vice President Dave Dillon.

"Being part of a fifth-generation farming family, I understand very well the hardships and the challenges of making a living in agriculture, and also the opportunities and successes," said Sandau.

"Working for the Farm Bureau is giving a voice to Oregonians who tend to be overlooked and under-appreciated in terms of the hard work they do and contributions they make to the state's economy and to both urban and rural communities," said Sandau.

Farm Bureau works alongside its grassroots membership, comprised of nearly 7,000 farm and ranch families, in the state capitol -- but oftentimes those members are too busy raising crops or tending to animals to make a trip to Salem during the legislative session. They rely on Farm Bureau to give them professional, informed representation with lawmakers and state agencies.

"We're happy Johnathon has joined OFB to help further our century-old mission of giving Oregon's farm and ranch families an effective, strong, and united voice in the legislature," said Dillon.

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Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has nearly 7,000 farm and ranch family members.

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



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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with Robust Passwords (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 02/20/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense with strong passwords.

If you are like most of the rest of us -- remembering the 50,000 passwords you are required to use each day can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that many people just use the same password -- or a variation of one -- over and over again. Regardless of how many special characters, numbers and capital letters that you put into it -- it is still the same password over and over again.

The people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce -- say that's not good enough. According to NIST researchers, more than 80% of hacking-related breaches used stolen or weak passwords.

Using the same few passwords over multiple platforms, apps, websites and the like is dangerous. Even when you are required to change the password every 90 or 120 days, that's usually not much help because most people just change a single character or add a number at the end of the old password.

So -- what does NIST recommend now? According to those government researchers:

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters, but generally the longer the better. They suggest using passphrases, not single words. For instance -- think of a crazy picture in your head such as "purple cows swim with bananas". You now have a 25-character password that is much stronger than a 6-character password with special symbols, numbers and capitals. And, as a bonus, you are more likely to remember it. Easier for you -- harder for hackers.

Focus on your most important accounts -- such as your email and bank accounts. Give each of these a unique passphrase.

Don't rely on passwords alone. Two-factor authentication is your friend. This requires something you know -- like a password PLUS something you get -- like a randomly generated PIN or code sent to your phone or hard token. If you can set one up on any particular account -- do so.

Don't want to deal with any of this? Consider using a reputable password manager. That's software or an app that generates unique passwords for every one of your accounts.

In the end, remember that there is no perfect system, but there are simple things you can do to make it more difficult for hackers to enter your virtual home.

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



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Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/20/18 9:30 AM
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KINGSLEY FIELD, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls demonstrated an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- the longest lease in the U.S. Air Force.

In a ceremony at Kingsley Field, Jan. 19, 2018, city officials expressed their appreciation for the unique mission of the wing and expressed the desire for its continued success into the next century.

"The partnership is one that works well and we believe it will make our community one of the best places to live and work and be part of," said Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden added that the lease benefits both the community and the Oregon Air National Guard.

"The signing of this lease extension exemplifies how our community in the basin has embraced the Guard's mission, supports our men and women in uniform, and benefits from the base's investment back into the community," Walden said.

This lease extension adds a capstone to recent improvements including a new airspace expansion which brings the total area to 11,300 square miles, making it among the largest test and training ranges in the U.S. Air Force.

This airspace expansion allows the opportunity for a fairly new concept in training -- use of a contracted adversary air (ADAIR) squadron which will serve to increase the number of sorties directly related to student training. This new ADAIR squadron of about six aircraft would simulate enemy aircraft during training sorties rather than requiring some of the F-15C's to fill the adversary role. This will free up more of the F-15C's for student training and allow the unit to graduate a larger number of new F-15C pilots for the Combat Air Forces.

The extended lease also helps solidify over $80M in planned construction projects in response to growth requirements such as the addition of nearly 100 active duty troops in an Active Association and the proposed addition of contract aircraft on the ramp. A new fire station is currently under construction and planned projects include a new fuel off-loading and on-loading station, a new corrosion control facility, ramp improvement construction, and many others.

During the ceremony speakers noted the litany of recent accomplishments have paved the way for both this unprecedented lease extension, and positioned Kingsley Field for the future.

"With its over 50,000 square-yards of ramp space, unrivaled support from the community, and four decades of fighter training culture, Kingsley Field is clearly a perfect home for the F-35, or any future training missions for that matter," added Walden.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C formal training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, presents framed F-15 photos to Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall and Klamath Falls City Councilmen, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The wing hosted community members and leaders to celebrate the 173rd FW's unprecedented 50-year lease extension that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Carol Westfall, Mayor of Klamath Falls, addresses community members and leaders during a celebratory gathering, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Westfall and leaders in the City of Klamath Falls secured an unprecedented 50-year lease extension with the 173rd Fighter Wing that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeff Smith, the 173rd Fighter Wing commander, visits with members of the community including Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber and Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, during a ceremony, Feb. 19, 2018, commemorating the extension of Kingsley Field's lease to the year 2095 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The extension makes this lease the longest in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny
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Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
Pacific Power - 02/20/18 9:04 AM
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Pacific Power selects projects for major wind power expansion
1,300 MW of new wind part of Energy Vision 2020 plan

PORTLAND, Ore,--Feb. 20, 2018 -- Pacific Power has selected four new wind projects to fulfill plans to significantly expand the amount of wind energy serving customers by 2020.

The four projects will expand the company's owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 percent and add enough new wind energy to power approximately 450,000 average homes.

The new wind development is part of the company's Energy Vision 2020 initiative, which also will upgrade the company's existing owned wind fleet in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon with longer blades and newer technology, and build a new high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming to connect the new wind energy to PacifiCorp's grid.

"We are committed to expanding the amount of renewable energy serving our customers, and these new wind projects will help us cost-effectively further that goal," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power, the unit of PacifiCorp that serves customers in Oregon, Washington, and California.

The bids were selected following a request for proposal (RFP) issued in September 2017. The RFP establishes a competitive bidding process for the company to select the most cost-effective new wind projects. The four selected projects are:

A 400 MW wind project in Converse County, Wyoming, which will be built by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, with half of the project owned and operated by PacifiCorp, and half of the project owned and delivered by NextEra under a Power Purchase Agreement.
A 161 MW wind project in Uinta County, Wyoming, which will be built by Invenergy, LLC, and owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 500 MW wind project in Carbon and Albany Counties, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
A 250 MW wind project in Carbon County, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
The additional wind generation and associated transmission line were identified in the company's 2017 Integrated Resource Plan as part of a broader approach to most cost-effectively meet customers' energy needs over the next 20 years. Completing the wind projects by 2020 will allow the company to use federal production tax credits to provide net cost savings to customers over the life of the projects.

The cost of the four new wind projects is estimated at approximately $1.5 billion, which is significantly less on a per-megawatt basis than when the new wind and transmission plan was first announced last April. The per-megawatt reduction in project costs helps make the Energy Vision 2020 initiative lower cost compared to other resource alternatives, such as market purchases, to meet forecasted customer energy needs.

Pending approval from state regulatory commissions, acquisition of rights of way, and receipt of permits, construction of the new wind and transmission projects is expected to begin in 2019.

Visit the following link for a video and more information about EV 2020. http://www.pacificorp.com/ev2020

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Consumer Groups issue warning - Don't Be Fooled by Fake Patient Groups
AARP Oregon - 02/19/18 4:16 PM
AARP Oregon and OSPIRG, the leading senior and consumer advocacy groups in Oregon, are warning voters to watch out for telemarketing scams designed to trick voters into supporting policies that could hurt them.

The Voter Alert comes a week after a Eugene Register-Guard investigation into the shady practices of a group called "Caregiver Voices United." The Register-Guard revealed that the group funded by drug manufacturers pretended to be a patient advocacy group and called Oregonians to convince them to join an effort to stop the prescription drug price transparency bill, HB 4005. One of the independent contractors hired by Caregiver Voices United blew the whistle after looking up the bill and realizing that it was one he and other people would support.

Calling it a "subversive campaign," the Eugene Register-Guard published the documents from the whistleblower. The documents showed:

1. Caregiver Voices United -- the front group -- is actually funded by the pharmaceutical industry, including Allergen, Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline.
2. The script Caregiver Voices United gave its telemarketers is riddled with false information about HB 4005.
3. Telemarketers are paid on a bounty system, earning more money for each voter they convince to send a letter and participate in the campaign.

Oregon seniors have great concern over prescription drug prices and are likely to be targeted in scams like this says Jon Bartholomew, Government Relations Director of AARP Oregon.

"It's shameful that prescription drug companies would spend their money trying to trick seniors into opposing a bill that would finally shine the light on why drug prices keep going up year after year," says Bartholomew. "We are alerting our members: if you get a call from Caregiver Voices United, don't be fooled. This is not a real patient advocacy organization."

Jesse O'Brien, Policy Director at OSPIRG, said "It's clear from the Register-Guard investigation that the powerful pharmaceutical industry will do whatever it takes to keep us from knowing the truth behind their skyrocketing prices."

HB 4005 would require drug companies to report to the state the justification for any price increase 10% or higher. The report must include the company profits from the bill, the cost for research and development, the cost to market the drug, whether there are generic alternatives available and what the drug costs in other countries.

AARP Oregon and OSPIRG have joined with nurses, doctors, health plans, labor and other advocacy groups in support of drug price transparency. They see the actions by the pharmaceutical industry as a way to trick voters into opposing something that would help bring prescription prices down. They urge voters to be alert for the calls.

Top three things to do if you get a call:
1. Ask to speak to a manager. A true patient advocacy group will have one you can speak to. Groups like Caregiver Voices United pay individual contractors who work alone, usually from home.
2. Ask how the group is funded. A true patient advocacy group will be able to provide you with an answer.
3. Do not give the telemarketer your personal information or agree to have a letter sent to your representative on your behalf.

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AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members nationwide and 510,000 members in Oregon, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.



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