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Tue. 11/20/18
Revised permit application received for Jordan Cove LNG project 
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 11/20/18 4:43 PM

SALEM, Ore. –  The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) has received a revised removal-fill permit application for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. 

The application covers the three main elements of the project: the liquefied natural gas (LNG) slip and access channel, the LNG terminal, and the natural gas pipeline. The application is available on the DSL website.

DSL has until Dec. 6, 2018, to review the application for completeness. The completeness review determines whether the applicant has provided the information required for DSL to evaluate the application. 

If the application is determined to be complete, a 60-day public review and comment period will begin. DSL will hold five public hearings to hear comment on the application: 

  • Monday, Jan. 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Klamath Falls Community College, 7390 S 6th St., Klamath Falls, Ore.   
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8 in Jackson County, time and location to be announced 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Seven Feathers Casino, 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln., Canyonville, Ore.  
  • Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave., North Bend, Ore. 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Department of State Lands, Land Board Room, 775 Summer St NE, Salem, Ore.

If the application is determined to be incomplete, the hearings will be canceled. 

Comments sought on proposed changes to HCBS Statewide Transition Plan
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/20/18 4:42 PM

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are seeking public comment on amendments to the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan.

DHS and OHA amended the plan by outlining how Oregon will fully comply with current federal rules in attaining Medicaid reimbursement for HCBS services by March 17, 2022.

All of Oregon’s HCBS providers have gone through an assessment to determine their compliance. Of these facilities, 19 were identified as requiring federal heightened scrutiny as they are presumed to be institutional, based on criteria set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS will decide whether these facilities comply with the federal HCBS rules. The plan details how these settings can overcome the presumption that they are institutional. 

The amended plan has been posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/HCBS/Pages/Transition-Plan.aspx. In addition, paper copies are posted at local DHS offices and requests for individual paper copies can be made at any local DHS office or at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street N.E., Salem.


 In 2014, CMS issued new rules to define HCBS settings to:

  • Require HCBS settings be more home-like and less institutional.
  • Require a better recognition and assurance of service recipients’ rights and freedoms. This includes the right to have visitors at a time they choose, have access to their own food when they wish, or lock the door to their room if they so choose.

The purpose of the HCBS rules is to ensure that HCBS recipients can seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

To be eligible for Oregon Medicaid payments, HCBS providers must comply with these rules. Oregon receives federal matching funds only if the service setting complies with these rules.

This is important to Oregon, and the residents who benefit from these services, because the federal government pays for about 70 percent of the cost of Medicaid HCBS through federal matching funds.

Initially, CMS gave states up to five years to comply, but recently extended the deadline to 2022 for states that request an extension.

Oregon is considered a national leader in creating home and community-based service options. The state wants to maintain the maximum level of independence for Oregonians who currently receive HCBS or may require them in the future.

Request for comments

Family members, advocates, stakeholder groups, providers, delivery system representatives, and members of the broader community are invited to review the amended HCBS Statewide Transition Plan and submit their comments for a submission of the plan to CMS. To make comments:

  • Send an email to hcbs.oregon@ state.or.us;
  • Send written comments to HCBS Transition Plan Comments, 500 Summer Street NE E-09, Salem, OR 97301.

OHA and DHS will consider all comments received. The final amended Statewide Transition Plan is due to CMS by Dec. 28, 2018.



Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge After Shipping Marijuana in Styrofoam Rocks Out of State
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/20/18 3:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore.—Curran Millican Manzer, 37, of Springfield, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to a single count of possession with intent to the distribute marijuana after repeatedly shipping marijuana out of state.

“Illegal export continues to plague Oregon’s under regulated and insufficiently enforced state laws governing state-licensed marijuana. The extreme overproduction of marijuana in Oregon has prompted many individuals to seek out-of-state distribution opportunities to recoup the costs of both illegal and legal in-state production. Disrupting these interstate distribution channels remains a priority of our office,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to court documents, in September 2017, the Springfield Police Department began an investigation after being contacted by United Parcel Service (UPS) regarding several packages Manzer shipped to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that had a strong marijuana odor. UPS later confirmed that, in October 2017, Manzer sent several additional packages next day air to Oklahoma City also believed to contain marijuana. During the same time period, several packages containing numerous stacks of cash bound in $1,000 increments were sent to Manzer’s home address in Springfield.

In November 2017, Springfield Police obtained a search warrant for all packages sent or received by Manzer via UPS. Shortly thereafter, an officer was conducting surveillance at a UPS store in Springfield when he saw Manzer arrive in a pickup truck with “Curran’s Taxidermy” written on the side. The officer observed Manzer bringing six packages into the store, which he dropped off for next day shipment to Oklahoma. A Springfield Police canine unit responded to the scene and the canine alerted to the packages.

The Springfield Police officer executed a search warrant on the packages and located six large Styrofoam rocks containing 143 pounds of marijuana.

Manzer faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and a three-year term of supervised release. He will be sentenced on February 26, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken.

As part of the plea agreement, Manzer agrees to forfeit any criminally-derived proceeds and property used to facilitate his crimes identified by the government prior to sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Springfield Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It is being prosecuted by Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-11/6325/119822/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Manzer-Final.pdf

Oregon Department of Forestry Strike Teams Head Home From Camp Fire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/20/18 1:49 PM

Salem, Ore. –  Strike teams from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) were released today by Cal Fire from their assignment on the Camp Fire in Butte County, Calif. Heavy rains forecasted for much of the area are expected to improve conditions and provide a much-needed reprieve for wildfire suppression throughout the region.

Reported as the deadliest wildfire in a century, the Camp Fire is estimated at 151,373 acres and 70 percent contained, with at least 79 civilian fatalities reported and over 13,000 structures destroyed. Tasks completed by ODF and DFPA resources included fire line construction and improvements, burning operations to assisting in recovery efforts in the City of Paradise and surrounding communities. The teams worked alongside Cal Fire and California Office of Emergency Management as well as numerous fellow firefighting agencies.

The 28 agency and association personnel head home to their families today just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Our crews came down readily willing to serve Cal Fire and the citizens of Butte County,” said ODF Agency Representative Matt Howard. “While the work they completed was within their scope, training and experience, the difference with the Camp Fire was the sheer magnitude of the incident. The severe loss of human life, infrastructure, and natural resources are unlike anything our folks have experienced.

“As the agency representative, I am extremely humbled to have shared this assignment with the two experienced Engine Strike Teams from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Douglas Forest Protective Association. Our homecoming is bittersweet as we head home to our loved ones,” Howard added. “Our heartfelt wishes are with our fellow firefighters, Paradise and surrounding communities, and all those impacted by this tragic fire.”


Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1072/119817/IMG_2109.JPG , 2018-11/1072/119817/IMG_1966.jpg , 2018-11/1072/119817/Strike_Team_break_.jpg

Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charge for Attempting to Bribe ICE Deportation Officer
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/20/18 12:04 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, of Portland, pleaded guilty today to one count of bribery of a public official after attempting to bribe a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officer.

“Attempting to bribe a federal law enforcement officer is a serious crime and will be met with equally-serious consequences,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “I commend the ICE officer involved in this case for responding to Burgos’ criminal proposition with the utmost level of professionalism and resolve.”

“We rely upon our officers to perform their duties with integrity,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge for HSI Seattle. “Because of the deportation officer’s actions, Burgos is being brought to justice. This case should send a strong message that those who attempt to coerce a public official will be punished.”

According to court documents, on May 24, 2018, Burgos followed an ICE deportation officer in his vehicle from the ICE office in Portland until the officer stopped in a parking lot in Vancouver, Washington. The defendant offered the officer money to deport his wife who he had met in El Salvador and was in the process of divorcing. The officer declined Burgos’ offer and reported the event to the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

On May 31, 2018, the officer made a recorded call to Burgos with the assistance of an OPR investigation team. Burgos offered to the pay the officer $3,000 to remove his wife from the U.S. On June 5, 2018, the officer and OPR team made a second recorded call on which Burgos again offered to pay the officer for his wife’s removal. Burgos and the officer proceeded to discuss logistics for an in-person meeting.

On June 6, 2018, Burgos met the officer in a pre-determined location and offered to pay $4,000 for the removal of his wife and his wife’s minor child from a previous relationship. Burgos was arrested on June 29, 2018.

Burgos faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on May 6, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

This case was jointly investigated by ICE OPR and Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Rachel K. Sowray and Claire M. Fay, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-11/6325/119813/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Burgos-Final.pdf

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Airfare Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 11/20/18 10:00 AM
Airfare Scams Graphic
Airfare Scams Graphic

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against airfare scams.

We are just two days away from Turkey day – and only a month away from Christmas – leading us into one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. 

Going home to see the family – or maybe even jetting off to an exotic locale to celebrate in style – always seems better when you save money doing it. Today, though, we are warning of a travel scam that we are seeing reported more and more often.

In this fraud, the bad guy uses stolen credit cards to buy plane tickets for flights during peak holiday travel times. Once purchased, he will then cancel the ticket and collect a credit from the airline. With just a few keystrokes, he posts that credit for sale on a popular online sales platform. He gives some excuse as to why he had to cancel his trip – the more heartbreaking the better. He may even include the confirmation number from the original ticket in an attempt to make it look authentic.

You pick up those credits, points or vouchers at a below-market cost, leading you to think you got a great deal.

Of course, by this time the airline is wise to the fraud and cancels the voucher. When you go to cash in that great deal you bought, the airline tells you that you are out of luck. Bottom line on this one – don’t buy airline tickets or vouchers when you can’t verify the origin.

Another travel scam to watch out for – the promise of free airline tickets if you click on, like or repost something on social media. No airline is going to run a promotion like that or they would end up out of business. Oftentimes, these are scam artists who are just trying to build up a fan base for a completely different product or they are hoping to catch you in a phishing scam. You click on the wrong link and you can end up with malware on your device, leading to many months of fraudulent activity on your accounts.

To avoid this scam, make sure you follow your favorite airlines on their verified social media accounts. You will be able to find any legitimate special deals they may make available on those accounts.

Finally – a warning about false bookings. Much of the time, Americans are pretty adept at making their own reservations and travel arrangements. But if you are planning a really big or complex trip – especially an expensive one – a travel agent may make sense. In some cases, though, people are finding that their plane tickets or hotel reservations don’t exist after paying disreputable agents thousands of dollars. Do your homework and confirm that your agent is legitimate with a long history of good service.

If you have been victimized by one of these scams or any other online scam, contact the FBI immediately. You can file an online report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

Attached Media Files: Airfare Scams Audio , Airfare Scams Graphic

City of Richland Holiday Closures
City of Richland - 11/20/18 9:33 AM

City of Richland facilities will close on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. In addition, the Richland Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. Emergency services will continue to be available, and the collection of refuse will not be delayed. Please have your containers to the curb by 6:00 a.m.


McKinley Elementary Turkey Trot TODAY
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 11/20/18 9:18 AM

Join us today for McKinley Elementary's annual Turkey Trot!

Parents have an opportunity to come and walk the McKinley mileage club "track" with their student. Each family will earn 1 ticket which will go into a drawing for a full Turkey Dinner basket. This is sure to be our best Turkey Trot yet!

Today at 2 PM – 3:15 PM

McKinley Elementary School, 621 S 13th Ave, Yakima, Washington, 98902

One fatality in two vehicle crash near Cave Junction - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/20/18 7:21 AM

On Monday November 19, 2018, at about 3:22PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on  Hwy 199 near milepost 30.5, south of Cave Junction, in Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1993 Chevy S10 Blazer, operated by Evelyn Parmerlee (89) of Cave Junction, was traveling south on Hwy 199. Parmerlee attempted to turn left onto Pinewood Way when her vehicle crashed head-on with a brown 1988 Ford Bronco II, operated by Michael Finley II (54) of Cave Junction.

Parmerlee suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Finley and his passenger, Rachel Lawson (44) of Cave Junction were transported by AMR ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with serious injuries.

US Hwy 199 was closed for approximately 3 hours after the crash.

OSP was assisted on scene by Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire, American Medical Response, and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1002/119804/Resized_20181119_154047_2198.jpeg

Mon. 11/19/18
OHA sets community meeting November 29 to discuss Precision Castparts public health assessment
Oregon Health Authority - 11/19/18 3:12 PM

November 19, 2018

OHA sets community meeting November 29 to discuss Precision Castparts public health assessment

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Oregon Health Authority has scheduled a community meeting to share the findings from a public health assessment at Precision Castparts Corp. in southeast Portland.

The meeting is Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-8:30 p.m., in the library at Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave., Portland. Environmental health experts from the OHA Public Health Division will provide an overview of the public health assessment’s findings, which found low health risks from contaminants detected near the facility. They also will provide an overview of the public health assessment development process and answer questions from community members.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 6-7 p.m., open house.
  • 7-8:30 p.m., presentation and Q&A session.

There are other opportunities to provide comments on the assessment and get more information:

  • Visit the OHA Precision Castparts environmental assessment webpage at http://www.healthoregon.org/pccpha for more information.
  • Provide public comment by Jan. 15, 2019, by email at ehap.info@state.or.us, or by mailing comments to OHA at 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 640, Portland, OR 97232.
  • Pick up a copy of the assessment at Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave., Portland.
  • Attend other community meetings: Dec. 4, 6 p.m., Milwaukie City Council meeting; Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association meeting.

The Precision Castparts PHA, released Oct. 29, found that measured concentrations of metals and other chemicals in air, soil and water near the metal components manufacturer’s Southeast Harney Drive facility were below levels that would be expected to harm public health.

The findings reflect conditions since 2016, since they are based on environmental samples collected in 2016 and 2017. The report found that a quantifiable evaluation of potential health effects from previous exposures to the metals and other chemicals was not possible due to a lack of historical sampling data from before 2016.

The public health assessment is available on the Public Health Division website at http://healthoregon.org/pccpha. For more information, email ehap.info@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 Julie Sifuentes at 971-673-0438, 711 TTY, julie.sifuentes@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.



Oregon State Police requesting public's assistance in the unlawful taking of a bull elk in Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 11/19/18 3:07 PM

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the person(s) responsible for shooting a bull elk on the evening of Friday, November 16, 2018 in Jackson County. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the elk was shot and partially cut up off of South Fork Little Butte Creek Road about 2 miles from Lake Creek.

A vehicle of interest is a dark colored SUV that was observed in the area around 9:15pm on that evening after rifle shots were heard.  Anyone with information about this or any other vehicles or individuals seen in the area on or about the timeframe listed is asked to call with information.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Sergeant Jim Collom at (541)841-0416 or through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677).

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

Or the TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
$300 Habitat Destruction 
$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
$100 Furbearers 

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

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


Correction: Oregon Cannabis Commission meets by conference call November 27
Oregon Health Authority - 11/19/18 12:51 PM

Correcting meeting date to Tuesday, Nov. 27

November 19, 2018

Oregon Cannabis Commission meets by conference call November 27

What: The bi-monthly public meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

Agenda: Review, discuss, and vote on barriers and recommendations of HB 2198 Report; OCC and HB 2198 next steps; public comment.

When: Tuesday, November 27, 1-4 p.m.

Where: By conference call only: 877-848-7030, access code 753428.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight-member panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. Along with this, they advise the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the statutes governing medical and retail cannabis. For more information, please visit the commission's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the 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 material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Shannon McFadden at 971-673-3181, 711 TTY or shannon.m.mcfadden@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Changing Lives by Removing Tattoos at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/19/18 12:50 PM
Tattoo after laser treatment
Tattoo after laser treatment

Tattoos can be reminders of the past and a lifestyle that is best left behind. For the women housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) they have the opportunity to start anew as they transition towards becoming members of our community.

In March of this year, the Department of Corrections (DOC) in partnership with Portland Community College (PCC) began a tattoo removal program at CCCF. Tammy Kennedy, a PCC leader who contracts with the institution, runs this potentially life-changing initiative along with the CCCF hair design program. Ms. Kennedy has a certificate in Advanced Esthetics, which she pursued in part, to bring additional treatment, skills, training and certification options to the incarcerated women.

As she operates the tattoo removal laser she says, “Many of these women come to our facilities with anti-social tattoos. Whether they are gang, drug or domestic abuse related tattoos, helping them remove that part of their past is rewarding work. Many of these tattoos were directly related to what brought them here. What they once thought was permanent can now be a thing of the past.”

One incarcerated woman wrote about her tattoo removal experience, “For 22 years, I’ve had a shackle around my ankle, the permanent brand of a past abusive relationship that I’ve had to be reminded of every day as I put on my shoes. The tattoo removal program that you brought to Coffee Creek is changing that.”

To date, 362 people have been treated and approximately 750 tattoos have been, or are in the process of, being removed. The longer term objective is to bring tattoo removal to the men incarcerated, as well.

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

Attached Media Files: Tattoo after laser treatment , Tattoo before

Don't forget this important step when holiday decorating [video]
SAIF - 11/19/18 9:12 AM

Boxes, buckets, and benches are a few of our least favorite things.

Whether you’re hanging lights, topping the tree, or adorning that 10-foot-tall snow person, this time of year is full of long reaches and tall surfaces. But now is not the time to get creative in how you reach new heights.

“It’s easy in the holiday hustle to want to use whatever is around to reach something up high,” said Leigh Manning, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “But avoiding an injury is worth taking the time to grab that ladder from the garage.”

That’s the message of a new video SAIF released today, urging Oregonians to use ladders over other, less safe options.

“We see slips and falls regularly caused by using the wrong climbing surface, and those injuries are pretty easy to avoid,” said Manning.

It’s important to secure the ladder’s feet on a firm, level surface, and avoid stepping on the top step or platform of a self-supporting ladder. And work with a buddy—elf or otherwise. 

But ladders aren’t the only hazards this time of year. Manning offered these seasonal tips for staying healthy and safe when you are over-scheduling, over-indulging, or over-the-top decorating.  

  • Be merry and eat healthy. Offer nutritious options such as veggie dips and fruit platters at office potlucks and holiday parties. Eat a light, protein-packed snack beforehand, so you don’t arrive starving. Use small plates, so you’re not tempted to overindulge. For more ways to eat well at work, visit saif.com/nutrition.
  • Let it snow and let stress go. Increased workloads, financial worries, and other distractions can raise your risk of getting hurt or sick. A brisk walk in the fresh air, a stretching break at your desk, or a few calming breaths can help clear your mind and boost your body’s defenses. Take a 60-second relaxation break at saif.com/relax.
  • Ready to spot more holiday hazards? Watch these 360-degree videos and see how many you can identify at work and at home.

“We hope everyone has a happy holiday season, and that starts with staying safe and healthy,” said Manning. 

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Fri. 11/16/18
Oregon National Guard hosts Vietnam delegation visit through State Partnership Program (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/16/18 3:56 PM

The Oregon National Guard hosted a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) this week, Nov. 13-16, 2018, as part of the ongoing State Partnership Program.

The visit included dialogues to discuss the relationship between VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard as emergency managers and to reaffirm their commitment to an enduring and constructive State Partnership. The delegation also toured Oregon National Guard, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and U.S. Coast Guard facilities related to emergency management and emergency response.

The relationship between VINASARCOM and the Oregon National Guard as state partners and the lead military agencies for emergency management in their respective country and state was established in September 2011 with a memorandum of understanding to advance bilateral defense cooperation through U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and Vietnam Bilateral Defense Dialogue (BDD). The relationship recognizes that building and maintaining capabilities as emergency managers in times of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) is for the benefit of all countries and promotes stability, prosperity and domestic resiliency in the entire region.

The partnership between the Oregon National Guard and VINASARCOM was made official in November 2012 as part of the National Guard Bureau-sanctioned program. The State Partnership program complements broader U.S. engagement with Vietnam in pursuit of shared priorities such as disaster relief, education, health, trade and the environment. The program directly supports the broad national interests and security cooperation goals of the United States by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political, and economic conduits at the local, state, and national levels.

181116-Z-IW846-0062: Vietnam Sr. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh (left), Deputy Chief of the General Staff, and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, sign the State Partnership Program Dialogue Joint Minutes, outlining initiatives and desired focus areas for the Oregon National Guard’s continued partnership with Vietnam’s National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response, and Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 16, 2018. The Oregon National Guard hosted the Vietnamese delegation to discuss disaster response initiatives as part of the State Partnership Program. The delegation toured facilities around the state of Oregon to gain insights into disaster response. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

181115-Z-CH590-079: Sr. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh (left), Deputy Chief of the General Staff, and other visiting dignitaries from Vietnam receive a briefing at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Warrenton, Oregon, Nov. 15, 2018. The Oregon National Guard hosted a delegation with Vietnam’s National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response, and Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), to discuss disaster response initiatives as part of the State Partnership Program. The delegation toured facilities around the state of Oregon to gain insights into disaster response. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181115-Z-CH590-237: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer AMT2 Stu Esham (left) gives a demonstration of rescue equipment to visiting dignitaries from Vietnam and members of the Oregon National Guard during a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Warrenton, Oregon, Nov. 15, 2018. The Oregon National Guard hosted a delegation with Vietnam’s National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response, and Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), to discuss disaster response initiatives as part of the State Partnership Program. The delegation toured facilities around the state of Oregon to gain insights into disaster response. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181114-Z-OT568-008: Sonya Pedersen (left) and Kelly Jo Craigmiles (center), both with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, brief a delegation of officers with Vietnam’s National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response, and Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) on how the Emergency Communications Center works during disaster response, Nov. 14, 2018, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard hosted the VINASARCOM delegation to discuss disaster response initiatives as part of the State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181114-Z-OT568-011: A delegation with Vietnam’s National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response, and Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), led by Sr. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh (center left), Deputy Chief of the General Staff, pose for a photo with Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (center right), Adjutant General, Oregon, and other Oregon National Guard leaders in front of a UH-72 Lakota helicopter during a tour of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Oregon, Nov. 14, 2018. The Oregon National Guard hosted the VINASARCOM delegation to discuss disaster response initiatives as part of the State Partnership Program. The delegation received an overview on how the Oregon National Guard uses helicopters to assist civil authorities during emergencies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's update on Oregon firefighters - November 16, 2018 (Photos) (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/16/18 2:19 PM
OSFM ST from Linn County rescues lost horse, provides food, and calls animal rescue to have her transported to safety
OSFM ST from Linn County rescues lost horse, provides food, and calls animal rescue to have her transported to safety

The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) strike teams (ST) continue critical work on the Camp Fire Incident burning in Butte County, California.  The OSFM currently has 75 engines and approximately 300 personnel from throughout the Oregon Fire Service currently assigned to the incident.   The Camp Fire is the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century and although cooler weather is helping firefighters to gain ground, we know that the search for people will continue.  As the number of fatalities increase, we continue to monitor the effects this has on our first responders and to provide the necessary peer support.  The safety and well-being of our firefighters is, and will remain, our number one priority.


Thirteen OSFM ST are working 24 hour shifts on the fire constructing direct lines and holding control lines to mitigate the threat of fire escaping.  They are also engaged in mop up and patrol. Two OSFM ST are assigned to the Rescue Division, working 12 hour shifts. Their assignments involve securing water lines, gas lines, and LPG storage and lines, as well as working to clear structures and assisting search and rescue recovery efforts.



Chief Deputy Ruiz-Temple states, “Oregonians can take great pride in the sacrifice of our firefighters during this time of year. We also keep their families in our thoughts who will certainly miss them during the upcoming holiday. When giving your thanks next week, please keep everyone affected by the fires in your thoughts as they face the grim task of rebuilding their property and lives”.


The Oregon strike teams are expected to remain on the fire through Friday, November 23rd; however as conditions improve their return home may change.

Attached Media Files: OSFM ST from Linn County rescues lost horse, provides food, and calls animal rescue to have her transported to safety , Oregon firefighter on the fire line , OSFM agency rep Claire McGrew and ODF agency rep Matt Howard reviewing strike team assignments , OSFM ST from Linn County rescues lost horse, provides food, calls animal rescue to have her transported to safety

Oregon DOT Carries "People's Tree" on Statewide Well-wishing Highway Enroute To D.C.
ODOT: Central Ore. - 11/16/18 11:19 AM

November 16, 2018

 For more information: Peter Murphy

ODOT Public Information Officer


Oregon DOT Carries “People’s Tree” on Statewide

Well-wishing Highway Enroute To D.C.

(Travel to Capitol Will Retrace Oregon Trail)


BEND – Oregon is sending the 2018 U S Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C. for the holidays.  The first stops on the route that will retrace the Oregon Trail were within the state and the “People’s Tree” is now on a multi-state journey that will end in the Nation’s Capitol on Monday, November 26.

Video clips produced by the Oregon Department of Transportation about the in-state sendoff are available for unlimited use at:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1til3llcod4au6y/u.s. capitol christmas tree tv.mov?dl=0


Quality Measurement Council meets Nov. 28
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/16/18 11:18 AM

(Wilsonville, Ore.) - The Quality Measurement Council will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Training Rooms 1 and 2 at the Oregon Child Development Coalition, 9140 S.W. Pioneer Court, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070.

The Quality Measurement Council was formed with the passage of House Bill 3359 in 2017. The council meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include will include a discussion on collecting and reporting metrics.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join by calling toll-free phone number, 1-888-363-4735, and using Conference ID #3439085. 

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us  Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us

About the Quality Measurement Council

The council was established to create and maintain a system through which community-based, long-term care facilities report reliable and meaningful data that will make possible a system for measuring a facility’s performance compared with other long-term care providers in the state.

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High-dose flu vaccine reducing hospitalizations in seniors, study shows
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/18 9:59 AM

EDITORS: Steve Robison, lead author of the study, is available for interviews after 11 a.m. today. To set up an interview, call 971-246-9139 or email PHD.Communications@state.or.us.

November 16, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us

High-dose flu vaccine reducing hospitalizations in seniors, study shows

Researchers examined vaccine with four times antigen level of typical vaccine

PORTLAND, Ore.—High-dose influenza vaccine reduces hospitalization for the virus among Oregon seniors, a new Oregon Health Authority study has found.

The study of more than 144,000 seniors, ages 65 and older, living in the Portland metropolitan area showed that high-dose flu vaccine was 31 percent more effective at preventing senior flu-related hospitalizations than the standard-dose flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 season, according to the study appearing in the scientific journal Vaccine.

A high-dose vaccine contains four times the antigen of a standard flu vaccine. Antigens are the molecular structures on the surfaces of viruses that trigger the body’s immune response. Seniors typically have a weaker immune response to standard influenza vaccines than younger adults, and benefit from vaccines that are high-dose or "adjuvanted" specifically for seniors.

Putting another chemical, an adjuvant, into the vaccine helps create a stronger reaction to the antigen of the vaccine. Seniors should get a vaccine that is intended to boost their immune response.

Steve Robison, epidemiologist in the Oregon Immunization Program, is the lead study author. Co-author is Anne Thomas, M.D., public health physician in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section. They say protecting vulnerable seniors during flu season each year is a constant challenge.

"Seniors are at greater risk of severe illness from flu," Thomas said. "What’s more, typical flu vaccine doses aren’t adequately protective for many seniors. We wanted to know whether a widely used high-dose flu vaccine would benefit a large population of seniors, particularly in reducing hospitalizations."

For their study, Robison and Thomas focused on seniors who reported receiving a flu vaccine by Dec. 11, 2016, which is roughly four weeks before the typical onset of substantial local flu disease activity. It also ensured that seniors who received the vaccine had enough time to achieve full "seroconversion," which is when flu antibodies develop and become detectable.

The study population consisted of 78,602 seniors who received high-dose flu vaccine and 65,705 seniors who received the standard vaccine dose.

Robison and Thomas found that senior use of high-dose flu vaccine, compared with standard-dose vaccine, was associated with a "substantial reduction in the risk of hospitalization" with laboratory-confirmed influenza.

"The message is: do not give the standard flu vaccine to seniors. Give the high-dose vaccine or adjuvanted vaccine," Robison said. He said that while the adjuvanted vaccine was not addressed in the study, it also is a good alternative to the standard-dose vaccine for seniors.

Robison explained that because adult influenza is not a reportable disease in the United States, only limited data on actual amounts of disease exist. However, due to funding from CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, the OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention program tracks influenza hospitalizations in the Portland metro area.

"We are fortunate here in Oregon to have accurate data on flu hospitalizations," Robison said. "Coupled with a strong immunization registry in our state, we have the ability to use our hospitalization and vaccination data to figure out how well vaccines are working. In this case, our study tells us at least one of these vaccines may be working better than we think."

The study is available on the Science Direct website at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X18313197?dgcid=author.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Local flu clinics can be found by using the flu vaccine finder tool at http://www.flu.oregon.gov/. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also is promoting National Influenza Vaccination Week on its website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/nivw/ to highlight the importance of flu vaccination.

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Kiona - Benton City School Board will meet for a workshop on 11/17/18 from 1-3 PM at the Ruby River Inn in Spokane, WA.
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 11/16/18 9:35 AM

The Kiona - Benton City School Board will meet to discuss strategic planning from 1-3 PM on November 17, 2018 at the Ruby River Inn, 700 N. Division Street, Spokane WA.

Unclaimed $1 million Powerball prize expires November 26 (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/18 9:31 AM

November 16, 2018 - Salem, Ore. –  Someone who purchased a Powerball ticket on November 25, 2017 has, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, one extra day to claim their $1 million prize. But time is running out!
Lottery prizes are good one year from the date of the drawing. Since the one-year anniversary of the unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket falls on Sunday, Nov. 25, Lottery rules stipulate that the prize can be claimed the next business day. In this case, Monday, Nov. 26. Since the prize is more than $50,000, it can only be claimed at the Lottery’s Salem Headquarters, at 500 Airport Road SE in Salem. The Salem office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ticket was sold in the Southeast Portland area, and the winning numbers are 08-13-27-53-54 with a Powerball of 04. The player matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number.
All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. Each year approximately $5 million in unclaimed prizes goes into the fund. In fiscal year 2016, more than $5.3 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund. In fiscal year 2017, more than $5.4 million was transferred.
The Oregon Lottery also recently released new mobile phone applications for both iPhone and Android phones. One of the features of the new app, available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, is the ability to scan Lottery tickets to let players know if they’ve won a prize.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/4939/119728/OL_LOGO_VERT.jpg , 2018-11/4939/119728/OL_LOGO_HORZ.jpg , 2018-11/4939/119728/Powerball_ticket.jpg

Thu. 11/15/18
Parking fee waived for Green Friday at Oregon State Parks (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/18 3:30 PM
South Falls at Silver Falls State Park
South Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites people to play for free Nov. 23 in celebration of “Green Friday.” The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 25 state parks the day after Thanksgiving.

"We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside and the response has been very positive," said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "We’re thrilled that many families now include a state park outing as part of their holiday tradition.”

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 25 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 23, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online.

Driving directions and more info about state parks is on oregonstateparks.org.

Attached Media Files: South Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Cottage Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges After Hash Oil Explosion
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/15/18 3:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Eric L. Scully, 35, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to endangering human life and illegally possessing and manufacturing marijuana after a November 2017 butane honey oil (BHO) explosion in Cottage Grove.

“Manufacturing hash oil is extremely dangerous and poses a grave risk of injury or death to producers and unknowing, innocent victims. Federal authorities will continue targeting BHO producers and the illicit distribution networks providing them with butane gas. Together with our local partners, we will put an end to this severe public safety threat,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

“This investigation highlights the significant dangers that these extraction operations pose,” stated Keith Weis, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Pacific Northwest Region. He further added, “This explosive event in Cottage Grove’s community was caused by highly reckless criminal activities surrounding butane honey oil (BHO) production, this time we were very lucky that lives were not lost.”

According to court documents, on November 16, 2017, the Cottage Grove Police and Fire Departments responded to an explosion at a storage facility in Cottage Grove. Officers found Scully at a local hospital where he was being treated for serious burn injuries. Investigators later learned that, at the time of the explosion, at least three other individuals were inside the facility.

Two days later, Cottage Grove Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents executed a search warrant at the storage facility. Inside, they found a large, sophisticated, and unlicensed BHO extraction lab. BHO is a concentrated form of marijuana extracted using highly flammable or combustible solvents. During the search, agents found more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana bud and shake, 728 marijuana plants and over 80 pounds of marijuana extract. Each plant was either mature or had leaves and readily observable root formation.

The investigation determined that while manufacturing BHO, one of Scully’s machines, located in a room containing combustibles, caught fire. The machine and combustibles exploded, injuring Scully and placing the other individuals present at substantial risk of harm.

Scully faces up to 40 years in prison with a five-year mandatory minimum sentence, a $5 million fine and a mandatory four-year term of supervised release. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and defense counsel are jointly recommending a non-binding, 87-month sentence for Scully who will be sentenced on February 21, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane.

As part of the plea agreement, Scully agrees to pay restitution to each victim as determined by the court, including payments for property damage, physical injuries caused by the explosion and the reimbursement of insurance companies. Scully also agreed to forfeit $25,980 in criminal proceeds and a pickup truck and trailer used to facilitate his crimes.

This case was investigated by DEA and the Cottage Grove Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-11/6325/119707/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Scully-Final.pdf

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Acuity Subcommittee meets November 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/18 2:47 PM

November 15, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us (media inquiries)

Marisha Childs, 971-673-0389, isha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us">marisha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information and accommodation)

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Acuity Subcommittee meets November 21 in Portland

What: A public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's Acuity Subcommittee.

Agenda: Overview of the acuity cross-walk, subcommittee members’ discussion and questions. The agenda is available on the OHA’s nurse staffing website.

When: November 21, 3-4:30 p.m. No public comment period is offered.

Where: Portland State Office Building Room 368, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland; or by conference call at 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's acuity subcommittee advises the Oregon Health Authority on acuity measuring and how acuity is measured on a nurse staffing survey. Board members serving on the subcommittee will review the acuity cross-walk and advise OHA for future nurse staffing surveys.

For more information, see the OHA nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

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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 Marisha Childs at 971-673-0389, 711 TTY or isha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us">marisha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Statewide Housing Plan draft released; OHCS seeks public comment
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/15/18 2:31 PM

SALEM, OR – Today Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) released the draft Breaking New Ground: the OHCS Statewide Housing Plan, a five-year look at the agency’s priorities, goals, and strategies in ensuring a stable and affordable housing landscape. Drafted after combining robust statewide outreach and partner input sessions with quantitative data analysis, the document reflects what is needed to address the housing and service needs of both rural and urban communities across Oregon. OHCS will seek feedback over the course of the next month to clarify strategies and strengthen the Plan.

Director Margaret Salazar will be releasing a video interview later this month, ahead of five public meetings to introduce the draft plan and seek feedback on the strategies. The five meeting dates and locations are listed below.

  • La Grande – November 29th 1 PM – 3 PM at Cook Memorial Library
  • Eugene – December 10th 10 AM -12 PM at a location to be determined
  • Redmond – December 11th 12 PM – 1 PM at Redmond City Hall
    • Part of the Housing For All meeting
  • Forest Grove – December 11th 1 PM – 3 PM at Forest Grove City Hall
  • Newport – December 13th 1 PM – 3 PM at Oregon Coast Community College

Additional details about the Statewide Housing Plan, including details about 2017 outreach and county profiles, are available online.

Single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles - Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/18 1:04 PM

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approximately 6:15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 89.

Initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Dodge Ram PU, operated by Zachary Rivera (32) from Mulino, OR, was westbound on Interstate 84 when the vehicle hit the guardrail, crossed both lanes, and went down an embankment on the south side of Interstate 84.  

Rivera was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.  He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Oregon State Police were assisted by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1002/119696/20181114_072615.jpg

International Voiceover Artist to Present on Audiobook Narration
City of Richland - 11/15/18 12:40 PM

Richland WA - Spend an evening with expert audiobook narrator and international voiceover star, Charles Kahlenberg, on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richland Public Library. Charles, whose voice is featured in countless television and radio commercials, is also a sought after Audiobook Actor/Narrator with considerable experience in the Audiobook marketplace.

Join Charles as he takes you behind the scenes of the audiobook industry. He will use sample chapters from a few different books to break down the details of the process. The discussion will also touch on his work in Hollywood and experience as a musical composer. Charles has years of film and television experience in many major motion pictures. He is an on-screen character actor with a long list of credits, beginning with his first film, Coal Miner's Daughter.

This program is geared for teens and adults and will be held in the Gallery of the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. It is a free public program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, contact Gavin Lightfoot at glightfoot@richland.lib.wa.us or 509-942-7680.

Oregon State Police is requesting assistance in 2017 missing person case - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/18 12:38 PM

CORRECTION -  Richard Hillmann 

On November 22, 2017, Richard Hillmann attended a day before Thanksgiving gathering at a friend’s house on Pleasant Valley Road in Josephine County.  He left the party between 8 - 9 PM in his green 1997 Toyota SR5 pickup (OR License VWT 361) and has not been seen since.

Hillmann's residence is within 5 miles of the Pleasant Valley gathering.

The Oregon State Police adopted the case in March of 2018 and has interviewed many witnesses, friends, and neighbors. Hillmann had few close associates and primarily stayed to himself.

Investigators believe that Hillmann is the victim of foul play and the person(s) involved were known to Hillman.

Oregon State Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Hillman and/or his vehicle. If anyone has seen Hillmann, the vehicle,  or have any information regarding his disappearance they are asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 or OSP and reference case number SP18-076662 / Detective John Anderson.

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1002/119692/Hillman2.jpg , 2018-11/1002/119692/Hillman1.jpg

Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/15/18 12:14 PM
Aubrey Richardson
Aubrey Richardson

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Aubrey Richardson, died today, November 14, 2018. He was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) and passed away at the institution. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,900 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state. Richardson entered DOC custody on November 22, 2016 from Linn County.  His earliest release date was September 19, 2021. He was 76 years old. Next of kin have been notified.

TRCI is a multi-custody facility in Umatilla that houses more than 1,800 men.  It delivers a range of correctional services and programs including education, work opportunities, and cognitive programming.  The minimum facility opened in 1998 and the medium facility opened in 2000.

Attached Media Files: Aubrey Richardson

Pedestrian struck on Hwy 99 - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 11/15/18 11:57 AM

On Wednesday November 14, 2018 at approximately 8:44 pm Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian on Hwy 99 milepost 4.5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2018 Ford F150 PU, operated by Jordan Abbasi (33) of Missouri City,
Texas, was traveling northbound on Hwy 99 near milepost 4.5 when he hit a pedestrian in the roadway.  The pedestrian , identified as Bonnie Weyburn (52) from Vancouver, WA.  was transported to the hospital but later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Abbasi was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by EMS, Jackson County Fire, and ODOT.


Chronic Pain Task Force meets December 5 in Lake Oswego
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/18 10:50 AM

November 15, 2018

Contacts: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Daphne Peck, 503-373-1985, c.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Chronic Pain Task Force meets December 5 in Lake Oswego


What: A public meeting of the Health Evidence Review Commission's Chronic Pain Task Force

When: December 5, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Crowne Plaza hotel, Plaza 2 & 3, 14811 Kruse Oaks Drive, Lake Oswego. The public also may attend via a listen-only conference line by calling 888-204-5984, participant code 801373.

Agenda includes: Review opioid tapering evidence evaluation by Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Evidence-based Policy; review results of CCO survey of implementation of previous back and neck pain coverage changes and implementation of other potential coverage changes related to chronic pain; review and discuss potential alternatives to task force proposal; public comment will be accepted for 30 minutes starting at about 11 a.m.

For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/DSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx. The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting.

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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 Daphne Peck at 503-373-1985, 711 TTY or c.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the event. Written comments are also welcome at C.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us.

OHA reminds public to practice safe food handling with parody 'Salmonella' Twitter account
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/18 9:32 AM

November 15, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us

OHA reminds public to practice safe food handling with parody ‘Salmonella’ Twitter account

Oregonians encouraged to keep food safety in mind this holiday season

Nothing ruins a holiday gathering quite like an unwelcome guest, particularly when that guest is a bout of food poisoning.

That’s what the Oregon Health Authority hopes to help Oregonians avoid this holiday season by sharing prevention messages through Salmonella, a parody Twitter account personifying the salmonella bacteria.

Through his tongue-in-cheek tweets, Salmonella (inadvertently) highlights ways Oregon cooks can make their kitchens less welcoming to the illness-causing contaminant.

In his messages, Salmonella enthusiastically tells people that using the same cutting board for both raw meats and vegetables is a great way to invite him to dinner; cooking stuffing inside the turkey appeals to his sense of living dangerously; and not to believe the nay-sayers—eating raw cookie dough really is a great way to get sick.

"We want people to know salmonella can have serious consequences for your health," said Emilio DeBess, DVM, state public health veterinarian and an Oregon Health Authority salmonella expert. "But you can keep it off your menu by taking simple steps as you prepare your food."

Each year 400 to 500 cases of salmonella are reported in Oregon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States each year.

OHA offers the following tips for preventing food poisoning at home:

  • Wash hands and surfaces often.
  • Don’t cross-contaminate.
  • Cook foods to the proper internal temperature.
  • Refrigerate foods promptly.

Although cases of salmonella are most common during the summer months, food is often a central part of holiday preparations, making Thanksgiving and the winter holidays a good time to raise the subject.

Children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to foodborne illnesses and should take extra precautions to practice safe food handling.

Popular social media platforms handle billions of messages each day and are effective ways for people to share information. Robb Cowie, OHA communications director, said the Salmonella social media campaign offers a new way of getting attention for an important public health issue.

"If health experts always deliver food safety messages in the same way, we run the risk that people will tune them out," Cowie said. "Social media can help spread the word, but it means we have to take a different approach. Our intent with Salmonella’s light-hearted tone is to reach more Oregonians and warn them: Don’t take Salmonella lightly. He can ruin your holiday—or worse."

Through the campaign, the Salmonella parody account will respond to Oregon-based audiences posting on social media about preparing or consuming food and deliver a timely food safety message. In its first 72 hours, Salmonella has reached nearly 50,000 Oregonians.

Using social media to deliver public health messages is an emerging health communications practice and similar campaigns have shown positive results. In its "Melanoma Likes Me" campaign, Melanoma Patients Australia created a Twitter persona for Melanoma to reach young Australians, the group most at risk for the lethal cancer. Over the summer of 2014-2015 the campaign reached 2 million people and helped generate a 1,371-percent increase in unique visits to the Skincheck mobile site, a site that helped users check their moles and marks for signs of cancer.

Oregonians can follow Salmonella at @SalmonellaOR.

For more information on safe food handling practices, visit the Oregon Health Authority website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/FOODSAFETY/Pages/tips.aspx.

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County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee meets November 19 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/18 7:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee will meet 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 510 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The bulk of the agenda will feature County Opportunity Grant Program (COGP) applicants presenting their proposed projects to the committee for review. Project presentations will run 9:40 a.m. – 2 p.m. For specific presentation times, refer to the full meeting agenda on the grant program website.

The committee will evaluate and score all applications and create a priority ranking list of projects to be funded. The priority ranking list will be forwarded to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for final review and approval.

The COGP Advisory Committee consists of seven members who represent counties, recreational vehicle owners, people with disabilities and the general public. They also represent various geographic areas of the state. 

The COGP provides grant assistance on a project basis for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and planning of county park and recreation sites that provide camping facilities. The program was established in 1983 to direct a portion of revenue from recreational vehicle registration fees to counties for park and recreation sites and programs. All Oregon counties are eligible to apply to the COGP. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). 

For more information about the COGP, visit oprdgrants.org.

Individuals who need special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Mark Cowan, OPRD grant program coordinator, 503-986-0591 or k.cowan@oregon.gov">mark.cowan@oregon.gov, at least three days in advance.

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Spread some holiday cheer by volunteering to help seniors (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 11/14/18 8:39 PM
AARP volunteers volunteer at Store to Door in Portland
AARP volunteers volunteer at Store to Door in Portland

It’s the season of giving and the holiday season is a time when many non profits make their annual request for donations. But just as important is the need for volunteers, said AARP Oregon State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts.

The founder of AARP, Ethel Percy Andrus, noted that “It is only in the giving of ourselves of others that we truly live.” She believed in community service. It’s part of the DNA of AARP. "We are proud that we have more than 150 community volunteers statewide, but we also help with other AARP family programs such as AARP Tax Aide, The AARP Smart Driver Course and Experience Corps, hosted in Portland through Metropolitan Family Services. All of these programs and many more are looking for volunteers and offer meaningful ways to give back and make a difference!" Haughton-Pitts said.

Volunteering is great for the community, but it’s valuable to volunteers as well! Psychology Today ran a story a few years ago about some of the benefits of volunteering. Did you know people who volunteer are healthier and live longer?  Health and longevity gains from volunteering come from establishing meaningful volunteer roles before you retire and continuing to volunteer once you arrive in your post-retirement years.  Another great aspect of volunteerism, is that it helps us develop and maintain social connections and make new friends. It gives us a sense of purpose.

And for people who are still in the workforce, volunteering can help develop new skills and abilities. It can be great for your career! You meet key people and can learn new skills – and open up possibilities such as leading teams.


Here are some of the great organizations serving older adults. Volunteers receive training and support from staff.


Elders in Action. As our community of older adults grows, their needs grow as well. Elders in Action is looking for volunteers to give presentations and advocate in the community to raise awareness about the problem of elder abuse and to provide direct services to low-income adults. Elders in Action provides training to new volunteers every month. Please contact Laura Berrutti to learn more about volunteer opportunities and trainings: a@eldersinaction.org">Laura@eldersinaction.org and 503-595-7533, or visit:  http://eldersinaction.org/volunteer/  


Ride Connection Volunteer Drivers help their neighbors stay active, independent, and connected with the places that mean the most to them. Whether you’d like to drive an older adult to the senior center, a neighbor with a disability to a medical appointment, or a Veteran to visit a loved one in a care facility, we’ll match you with riders in need of transportation at times that are most convenient for you.For more information on our flexible volunteer opportunities, contact Pam Monahan, Volunteer Outreach Specialist, at (503) 528-1738, pmonahan@rideconnection.org, or visit our website: https://rideconnection.org/


Store to Door is a local nonprofit that supports independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service.  Store to Door looks for dedicated volunteers to help take weekly nourishment and social connection to homebound seniors in Portland.  Currently, they have a critical need for volunteers to help as weekly Delivery Volunteers and/or Order Takers.  Email Volunteer@Storetodooroforegon.org or call 503-200-3333 ext 106 More information can be found at www.storetodooroforegon.org/volunteer


Meals on Wheels – The most common volunteer job is delivering meals and friendly greetings to homebound seniors.  The program helps stop senior hunger and social isolation. Find a local place to volunteer through https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch?sign-up=1


AARP Smart Driver Program – Driver Safety volunteers teach and organize the award-winning AARP Smart Driver™ classroom course curriculum in their local communities throughout the state. Learn more at https://www.aarp.org/auto/driver-safety/volunteer/


AARP Foundation Tax is looking for help in putting $50 million in refunds back in the pockets of Oregonians in 2019. You can help by training as a Tax-Aide volunteer. To find an opportunity near you in Oregon and apply, sign up at:  https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/


Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteers will respond to concerns of residents in nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes. https://www.oltco.org/ltco/volunteer


State Health Insurance Benefits Assistance volunteer counselors help people in their community understand their Medicare insurance choices and their rights through individual counseling, education, and referrals. Ehttps://healthcare.oregon.gov/shiba/volunteers/Pages/volunteer.aspx


AARP Oregon volunteer – We’re currently looking for individuals who would like to learn about AARP issues and become advocates. Write to aarp@aarp.org">oraarp@aarp.org to learn more.

Attached Media Files: AARP volunteers volunteer at Store to Door in Portland