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01/31/15
OSP Traffic Stop Turns into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/31/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) has requested the Marion County Sheriff's Office lead the investigation into an OSP officer involved shooting that occurred near Aumsville just off Mill Creek Road. No one was injured as a pursuit, which started on I-5 near the Linn/Marion County line, ended after shots were fired. Additional details will be released when they become available but the suspect in this incident has been arrested and no risk to the public is present.

Any further releases will be coordinated with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County District Attorney.

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01/30/15
Driver from December 19 Pursuit in Klamath County Found Deceased
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/30/15
On December 19, 2014, at approximately 7:11 pm, Troopers from the Klamath Falls Patrol office attempted to stop an orange Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on Highway 66 in Klamath. The driver who was later identified as Christopher Sellars, age 32, of Klamath Falls, attempted to elude troopers while traveling westbound on Highway 66 towards Ashland.

During the pursuit a large gas can was lit on fire and thrown towards an OSP patrol vehicle. Sellars continued to elude troopers for approximately 39 miles before the vehicle came to a stop and two of the three occupants fled on foot, near milepost 18, on Highway 66. The right rear passenger, Levi Cortez, age 25, did not flee and was taken into custody. The following day, the right front passenger, William Anthony Noble, age 25, was taken into custody near where the vehicle came to a stop.

On January 30, 2015, a Southern Oregon University professor and students on a field trip found a deceased male approximately 1 mile south of Highway 66, in a forested area. A Jackson County Deputy Medical Examiner and an OSP detective responded to the scene and identified the deceased male as Christopher Sellars. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy from the State Medical Examiners office.
State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/30/15
Phone Conference Meeting
AGENDA
Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
January 14, 2015

4. GHAP Grant Award for Approval--Heather Pate and Casey Baumann
Bethlehem Inn-Housing the Homeless, 3705 N. Highway 97
Bend, OR

5. 2015 LIHTC NOFA Update- Julie Cody

6. Legislative Update

7. Report of the Director

8. Report of the Chair



**Note schedule change:
July meeting has been moved from July 11th, 2015 to July 17th, 2015 to align with the NOFA timeline for Council consideration of award recommendations.


Next meeting:
March 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b (725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301). Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330
ESD 123 Announces Poetry Out Loud Regional Final Competition
ESD 123 - 01/30/15
PASCO, WA - ESD123 announces the regional final for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with ArtsWA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

On February 4, students from local high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud school contest at the Richland Public Library. The winner of this competition will advance to the Washington State Poetry Out Loud contest. The Washington State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The regional contest on February 4 takes place from 6-7:30 PM at the Richland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Bruce Hawkins and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: February 3, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/30/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: February 3, 2015
As per the attached meeting agenda.


Attached Media Files: 2015-01/1288/81496/02.03.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Office (Branch 3411) in Hillsboro has Moved
OR Department of Human Services - 01/30/15
(Hillsboro, Oregon)--In an effort to continue providing excellent customer service to the people of Washington County, on January 20, 2015, the Hillsboro APD Office (133 SE Second) has relocated their staff to 5240 NE Elam Young Parkway, Suite 200, Hillsboro 97124. The main telephone number: 971-673-5100. The main fax number: 503-693-6815.

This office serves both seniors and younger people with disabilities. The office also houses Adult Foster Home licensors, Adult Protective Services, and Transition/Diversion staff, who provide services to all of Washington County.

We are making every effort to make this a seamless transition, and believe this will be a more accessible location for service delivery. This new location will also offer customers better access to public transportation options, and more accessible parking.

Benefits will NOT be affected by this move. We are deeply committed to the clients we serve in Washington County and are asking them to note these changes and call their DHS worker if they have any questions.
Join Us at the Finley Family Learning Fair (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 01/30/15
Finley students learn from scientists
Finley students learn from scientists
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FINLEY, WA - Parents and students of Finley Elementary School are invited to attend the school's Family Learning Fair on Thursday, February 5 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the elementary gymnasium. This fun and free evening will include booths and activities presented by multiple vendors, along with a silent auction to support the elementary Parent Teacher Group (PTG).

Finley's Family Learning Fair is a continuation of the all-day learning fair in which elementary students will be participating during the February 5 school day. A major contributor to the Fair, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists will engage students in various hands-on activities that bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning to life. Finley students are particularly eager to see a demonstration from PNNL scientist, Rebecca Erickson, who is the inventor of the iPhone microscope.

In addition to PNNL, participating organizations at the Fair will include LIGO, Simplot, Army Corp of Engineers, Burlington Northern, Mid-Columbia Libraries, Agrium, McNary Wildlife, Benton PUD, Gesa, the Health Department, and the Boy Scouts. Finley Elementary teachers will also have booths available, and all activities are geared to engage elementary students and their families. At the silent auction, donated items will include dinner coupons from Old Country Buffet, gift baskets, and more. Pam Kinne, Finley Elementary Principal, is proud to carry on this annual tradition at her school.

"The Family Learning Fair is such a fun opportunity for our kids and their parents," Kinne states. "Having the Fair here at the elementary school is a major advantage for many of our kids who don't always have the opportunity to travel into town for other similar events."

The February 5 Family Learning Fair is thanks to collaborative efforts between the Finley PTG, elementary staff, and participating PNNL scientists. Following the school day activities for students, the Family Learning Fair will begin at 6 PM at Finley Elementary School, located at 213504 E. Cougar Road in Finley. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Finley students learn from scientists
01/29/15
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/29/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Super Bowl Sunday is Coming - OSP Urges Drivers and Hosts to Have a Plan
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/29/15
Football fans around Oregon are gearing up for this weekend's Super Bowl match-up on Sunday Feb.1, as our neighbors to the north contend for top honors in the big event.

According to NHTSA, impaired drivers contribute to Super Bowl Sunday becoming one of the most dangerous days on the road. Nationwide, approximately 48 percent of traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. OSP, local sheriffs and police departments will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and encourage everyone to place the designation of a sober driver at the top of their Super Bowl game plan.

Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. If you're attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

* Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
* Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
* Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don't drive until you are sober.
* Use your community's sober ride program.
* Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
* Always buckle up. It's still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

If you're hosting a Super Bowl party:

* Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
* Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
* If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
* Encourage guests to pace themselves.
* Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
* Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
* Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).

OSP and ODOT understand that not everyone will be in front of a TV watching the game, so those traveling are urged to "Know Before You Go", monitoring media reports for weather forecasts and keeping up-to-date on road conditions at www.TripCheck.com.

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$116,000 Keno win helps to purchase pub
Oregon Lottery - 01/29/15
January 29, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - A walk around the corner to get a bite to eat, turned into owning a pub outright for Leslie Coleman and Cassandra Johnston when they won the $116,984 Keno 8-Spot rolling jackpot.

The duo had just purchased a pub in Forest Grove called the King's Head English Pub and also plan to use their winnings to make more improvements.

"We recently purchased a pub and we plan to invest this money into it," Coleman said.

Johnston said the two were at the Little Monkey Deli, which is located around the corner from their pub, to get something to eat, when they decided to play Keno.

"We bought $5 in Keno and on the first game we hit the 8-spot," Johnston said.

Keno games are available every 4 minutes and players can decide how many numbers they are going to play. As an added bonus, when players play the 8-Spot, if no one matches all eight numbers, the prize amount rolls and is added into the next game. In the case of Coleman and Johnston, the prize had rolled to 17th largest Keno 8-spot prize since the game was introduced in 1991.

Coleman and Johnston join Donna Jensen-Mullins from Warrenton who won $200,000 playing Keno 10-spot last week. In the past week, Keno players have won more than $438,000 statewide.

Since 1985 the Oregon Lottery has transferred more than $9 billion to help fund public education, economic development, watersheds and state parks. Since the Oregon Lottery was created, players have won more than $26 billion in prizes.

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.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
*** Correction *** Double Fatal Crash HWY 99@ at Milliron Road - Junction City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/29/15
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*** Correction *** Change to name of Log Truck Driver

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's three-vehicle, double fatality crash on HWY 99W near Milliron (pronounced Mill Iron) road near Junction City in Lane County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 7:00 A.M., on January 29, a red, 1991 Ford Explorer, driven by JACOB W. HARPER LEONARD, age 29, of Junction City, was northbound on HWY 99W near Milliron Road in Lane County, when for unknown reasons he crossed over the center median and into the southbound lanes of travel. The Explorer collided head-on with a southbound maroon Honda CR-V, operated by DANIELLE M. ROBERTS, 25, of Springfield. The CR-V was then struck by a loaded 2010 Kenworth log truck driven by SCOTT L. WOOD, age 55, of Veneta.

The driver of the Explorer, HARPER LEONARD, was critically injured during the crash and transported via ambulance to River Bend Hospital in Springfield. His passenger, identified as BRANDON J. FOSTER, 25, of Junction City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the CR-V, ROBERTS, was pronounced deceased at the scene also. The driver of the log-truck, WOOD, was not injured during the crash and is cooperating with investigators.

Rodney Koffler, mentioned in a previous release was identified as the driver of the log truck - he was not the driver - WOOD was the driver. OSP regrets the error.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Rural Fire District, Lane Fire Authority and Junction City Fire Department.

Original Release
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on-scene of a three vehicle crash on HWY 99W near Milliron Road - in Lane County near Junction City.

Preliminary information indicates as many as three vehicles were involved in a crash and two people have died. The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Fire Department have coordinated a detour around the closure.

Avoid the area if possible by using an alternate route and watch for emergency crews arriving on scene.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


Attached Media Files: 2015-01/1002/81436/HWY_99W_Milliron_2.jpg , 2015-01/1002/81436/99W_Milliron_Fatal_1.jpg
Committee for Family Forestlands to meet Friday, February 6 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/29/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands is meeting from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday, February 6 in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters located at 2600 State Street in Salem.

The Committee provides information and counsel to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester in matters relating to family forestlands, including maintenance of a viable family forestland base, protection of resources and positive contributions to Oregon's vitality.

On the agenda
Environmental Policy Consultant Mary Scurlock, Scurlock & Associates, will lead a discussion about riparian (streamside) Forest Practices Act rulemaking and conservation strategies.

The committee will also hear an update about the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative - a project that helps forest landowners in the John Day / Ritter Valley area collaborate to protect landscapes and ecosystems on privately owned lands.

Committee members will also hear from Tammy Cushing, Oregon State University (OSU), about a special event held recently: a tax symposium for owners of small forested properties held at Oregon State University. In addition, Private Forests Division Chief Peter Daugherty will update committee members on legislative topics that pertain to the Department.

"The Committee for Family Forestlands performs valuable work for the state, consistently looking ahead to identify ways to protect resources and maintain a viable family forestland base," said Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief, Private Forests Division. Meetings are open to the public.

Committee composition
Thirteen positions - seven voting members and six seats in non-voting roles - form the committee. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a representative of Oregon's forest products industry, and a citizen-at-large representing the public.

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

Public invited
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The meeting takes place in Tillamook Room at ODF headquarters in Salem. ODF headquarters are located at 2600 State Street, Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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

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


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BPA and Northwest utilities have saved industries more than 647 million kWh of electricity (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/29/15
BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped 473 industrial companies save enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year.
BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped 473 industrial companies save enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration's Energy Smart Industrial program is helping companies better manage their energy use and reduce costs. Since 2009, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have partnered with 473 industrial companies on projects that have collectively saved more than 647 million kilowatt-hours of electricity -- enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year.

"Energy Smart Industrial is making Northwest industrial companies more efficient and competitive," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency at BPA. "The success of ESI is a credit to the work of our utility customers and ESI staff, as well as to industrial companies embracing energy efficiency across the region."

In the first five years of the program, 111 publicly owned electric utilities in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have helped industrial end-users complete over 735 capital projects in a variety of market segments, including food processing, pulp and paper, wood products, advanced technology, water/wastewater and mining. A recent examination revealed that the annual energy savings from completed capital projects increased by 300 percent on average.

ESI provides a suite of energy management options that BPA's utility customers can offer to the industrial companies they serve. In order to meet the broad range of needs, technologies and facility sizes, the program features five components, many of which don't require a large, up-front investment: Energy Project Manager co-funding; Track and Tune Projects; High Performance Energy Management cohorts; Refrigerator Operator Coaching; and Small Industrial High Performance Energy Management. Since every facility is unique, the BPA program provides an engineer as a technical resource and point of contact for the customer and utility to ensure each project is defined, developed and managed successfully.

"With BPA providing incentives and technical expertise, we're helping our industrial customers, big and small, achieve significant energy savings," says Larry Blaufus, industrial accounts manager with Clark Public Utilities in Vancouver, Wash.

In 2010, Clark enrolled a non-woven fabrics plant in Washougal, Wash. Through energy efficiency measures and upgrades to chillers, air compressors and lighting, Fitesa Washougal Inc. cut its energy use by about 19 percent, or 2.5 million kWh a year.

JD Hisey, the plant's continuous improvement manager, says Energy Smart Industrial did more than just cut Fitesa's energy costs. "The new equipment reduced our maintenance, repair and downtime costs," Hisey says.

For energy-efficiency help at its plywood plant in Elgin, Ore., Boise Cascade, the second-largest softwood plywood manufacturer in North America, turned to Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative, a BPA customer utility in Baker City. After ESI-upgrades to its air-compressor system, Boise Cascade is saving about $24,000 a year in its energy bills.

"With better modulation, drying and pressure control, we're so much more efficient," says Scott Noble, manufacturing management associate for Boise Cascade. "And we've seen significant savings as a result."

The BPA program is now focusing on smaller industries in rural areas and water treatment and wastewater facilities. Also, since lighting upgrades have accounted for nearly 25 percent of the program's historical savings, ESI will continue to explore new lighting technologies and controls. And soon, BPA plans to develop a "Superior Energy Performance" pilot for industrial facilities.


Attached Media Files: BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped 473 industrial companies save enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year. , Energy Smart Industrial provides a suite of energy-saving options that BPA's utility customers can offer to industrial companies they serve.
News Conference Today: Upcoming Health Insurance Deadline and What It Means for Consumers
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/29/15
Portland, Oregon - Leaders from Cover Oregon and the Oregon Insurance Division will speak and answer questions Thursday about the February 15 deadline for getting private health insurance. Find out what Oregonians need to do to make sure they are covered in 2015 and what help is available to them. The news conference will also include an update on the number of Oregonians who have enrolled.

Who: Cover Oregon Executive Director Aaron Patnode and Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali

When: Thursday, January 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland OR

Dial-in Instructions: To participate remotely register online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3595193380257568001. You must log on using this link if you want to ask questions and you are listening remotely
01/28/15
*** Update Names Released *** Fatal Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash on Three Pines Rd. in Grants Pass - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/28/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) criminal detectives are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian incident in Josephine County.

According to OSP Lieutenant Darin Lux, OSP troopers responded to 1503 Three Pines Rd, in Grants Pass (Hugo) in Josephine County to investigate a report of a woman who had been run over by a vehicle on private property.

Upon arrival, troopers discovered the woman, identified as CHERYLE A. ANDERSON, 52, of Grants Pass, deceased as a result of her injuries. The driver of the truck, identified as RICHARD R. ROHAN, 71, of Grants Pass is reportedly cooperating with investigators. Preliminary information from investigators indicates ROHAN backed over ANDERSON. Troopers believe alcohol may be a factor in the incident.

All further updates will be coordinated with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash in rural Josephine County.

At approximately 8:20 P.M., troopers responded to a report of a woman in the Grants Pass area who was run over by a vehicle on private property. The investigation is ongoing and limited details are available at this time. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available.

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*** Update - Name of Deceased *** OSP Investigating Pursuit Ending in a Fatal Crash near Mt. Angel - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/28/15
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Initial Release:
The Oregon State Police and Marion County Sheriff's Department are investigating the death of a woman this afternoon after the vehicle she was riding in crashed following a police pursuit.

While the incident is currently under investigation, preliminary information indicates that at approximately 6:06 P.M., a Mt. Angel Police Officer attempted to stop a tan, 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, at S. Main and May Streets in Mt. Angel. The driver, identified as 17 year-old DRAKE D. CARSON, of Salem, failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle fled onto Howell Prairie Road and crashed about 1 mile north of Saratoga Drive. Two passengers were in the vehicle. The front passenger, a juvenile male, was transported to a Salem area Hospital for treatment with serious injuries. The rear seat passenger, identified as RHIANNON L. STEELE, age 35, of Keizer, was pronounced deceased at the scene. CARSON fled the scene immediately following the crash.

Any further releases will be coordinated through the Marion County District Attorney's Office. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Woodburn Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Silverton Police Department, and Mt. Angel Police Department as well as the Marion County District Attorney's Office and Marion County Public Works.

Update:
The driver in yesterday's fatal crash, DRAKE D. CARSON, has been located and is in custody. OSP appreciates the assistance locating him.
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*** Update *** OSP Asking for Publics Help Locating a Semi-Truck Driver Involved in Fatal Crash - Name Released
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/28/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are asking for the publics help locating the driver of a semi-truck they believe may have been rear ended on I-5 shortly before 1:00 A.M., near milepost 253.

Preliminary information indicates that a silver Lexus passenger car was traveling southbound on I-5 near milepost 253 which was an active construction zone during this time. The driver of the Lexus, identified as VICENTE PLASCENCIA, age 40, of Salem, died at the scene.

Troopers believe the Lexus may have rear-ended a semi-truck which may not have known it was struck and not stopped. They are asking anyone with information on this incident or who may have seen the crash to contact the lead investigator, Trooper Eli Breen, at the Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555.

No photographs are available for release at this time. OSP was assisted by the Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department and Salem Fire Department.

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State Fire Marshal seeks Sparky award nominations (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 01/28/15
The Office of State Fire Marshal Silver Sparky award
The Office of State Fire Marshal Silver Sparky award
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Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is encouraging Oregonians to submit nominations for the state's 2015 Golden and Silver Sparky awards.

The Golden Sparky recognizes a fire service member for outstanding achievement in fire prevention or public fire safety education. The Silver Sparky is the civilian version, awarded to an individual, non-profit organization, or company for outstanding achievement in fire prevention or public fire safety education.

"There are many Oregonians over the past year who have made contributions in fire prevention and fire prevention education, and I encourage everyone to let us know about it," says Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "You don't have to be a member of the fire service to nominate someone. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the public as well."

Nominators just need to fill out the OSFM single-page nomination form and submit written examples of the nominee's achievements with the form.

The nomination deadline is February 15, 2015. Forms are available on the state fire marshal website.

For assistance or more information, contact Sally Cravinho at 503-934-8205 or sally.cravinho@state.or.us.


Attached Media Files: The Office of State Fire Marshal Silver Sparky award , The Oregon State Fire Marshal Golden Sparky award
Corrected: Oregon Health Policy Board to meet February 3 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/28/15
Correcting OHPB meeting page links.

January 28, 2015

Contact: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet February 3 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting February 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive a report from the newly appointed Director of the Health Authority, Lynne Saxton, as well as a legislative update. The board will review the summary and next steps from the January planning session and there will be a presentation on the 2014 Mid-Year Health System Transformation Report. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

When: Tuesday, February 3, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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

Agenda:

- Director's report;

- Legislative update;

- Review of OHPB January planning session summary and next steps;

- 2014 mid-year Health System Transformation report;

- Public testimony.

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

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

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Oregon Health Policy Board-Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet February 3 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/28/15
January 28, 2015

Contact: Leslie Carver, 971-673-2947 (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board-Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet February 3 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council Joint Subcommittee will meet Tuesday, February 3, in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to review the committee's work to date and identify priorities for 2015. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Tuesday, February 3, 1-4 p.m.

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

Agenda:

-- November minutes;

-- Progress updates;

-- Priority setting;

-- April agenda.

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

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Northwest's Cooperative, Member-Driven Credit Unions Deliver $6.8 Billion Economic Impact
Northwest Credit Union Association - 01/28/15
New Analysis Reveals Credit Unions Critical to Oregon and Washington Economies

SEATAC, WASHINGTON; TIGARD, OREGON -- A new economic analysis by the independent firm ECONorthwest discovered Northwest credit unions, as businesses, drove more than $6.8 billion dollars in economic impact, provided more than 15,000 family-wage jobs and delivered $352 million in direct benefits to their 4.9 million members in 2014.

Not-for-profit credit unions are financial cooperatives structured to put their members' interests first, and to ensure that families and small businesses have affordable access to financial services. The ECONorthwest analysis, commissioned in 2014 by the Northwest Credit Union Association, and conducted by ECONorthwest economist Michael Wilkerson, paints a clear picture of the important role credit unions serve in the region:

* Members appreciate direct benefits. Credit union members received an average direct benefit of $76 per individual member in Washington while Oregon credit union members received an average direct benefit of $63 per individual member. Collectively, credit unions put $352 million into the wallets of their members. That money went right back into the economy creating a ripple effect buying power of more than $732 million.

* Credit unions provide family-wage jobs. Credit unions employed 10,415 people in Washington and 4,908 in Oregon. Every credit union job supports another 2.02 jobs for workers in other sectors, according to ECONorthwest, resulting in a total impact of 46,296 Northwest jobs.

* Credit unions are foundational to the communities they serve. In Northwest rural communities, about 617,500 consumers are members of credit unions, representing 37% of the rural population. Credit unions are often the only financial institutions available in many Northwest communities.

There is more to the story.
The $6.8 billion in economic impact documented by the ECONorthwest study represents the effect of having credit unions as businesses in the Oregon and Washington economies. This does not include the additional economic impact created by lending activities such as auto lending, mortgage lending and business lending.

Credit unions offer a firm financial foundation for families through accessible loans. Consider the current snapshot of Northwest credit union lending, showing that nearly 3 million credit union loans totaling almost $40 billion are helping strengthen individuals, families and small businesses.

"The ECONorthwest analysis underscores the economic impact of credit unions in Oregon and Washington. In many ways, credit unions are the communities they serve," said Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. "It is the not-for-profit financial cooperative business structure that credit unions operate under that makes them unique; they deliver real, tangible value to the economy. Credit unions were created to balance the credit structure of the nation and create a stronger financial foundation for the American people," Stang continued. "This analysis proves that credit unions are fulfilling the role for which they were created."

In addition to the ECONorthwest analysis, a new "Community Impact Report" documents the variety of ways Oregon and Washington credit unions help to make their communities better. To read the full reports, please visit www.nwcua.org/credit-union-impact.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing more than 160 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions and their consumer members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


Attached Media Files: ECOnorthwest Executive Summary
Cash Incentives for Disaster Prep and Collections Care
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/28/15
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Division (OPRD), will provide cash incentives to publicly accessible archives and museum collections that demonstrate a commitment to disaster preparedness.

Reimbursement for the purchase of equipment and supplies will be provided to organizations that can demonstrate that they have completed any of the following disaster preparedness commitments between April 13, 2013 and July 31, 2015.

* Organizations that complete an MOA for Oregon Heritage's MentorCorps program will be eligible for $50
o MentorCorps offers free expert guidance to organizations that manage public collections. For more information email heritage.mentorcorps@state.or.us or call (503) 968-0671

* Organizations that complete a Pocket Response Plan (PReP) phone tree will be eligible for $50
o Follow the link for a template PReP: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/OC2C%20Prep%20Plan.doc

* Organizations that complete a full disaster preparedness plan will be eligible for $500
o For more information consult: http://www.dplan.org/

All documentation must be received by OPRD by July 31, 2015. Organizations are encouraged to apply for more than one of the incentives. This award is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. For more information, please do not hesitate to call or email Mike Gushard, Heritage Outreach Specialist at (503) 986-0671 or mike.gushard@oregon.gov
01/27/15
Driver of Vehicle in Klamath Falls Double Fatal Crash Indicted and Arrested
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/27/15
Update:
On January 26, 2015, a Klamath County Grand Jury indicted Guage Lee Gray, age 22, on charges related to the fatal crash at South Side Bypass and Washburn Way on December 28, 2014. Gray was charged with two counts of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Two counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). A warrant issued for his arrest was served when an OSP trooper located him and arrested him without incident. Gray was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the warrant.

No photographs are available at this time.

Original Release:
Correction to location: Highway 140 (not Highway 50) as previously released - OSP regrets the error.

On Saturday, December 28, 2014, at approximately 7:40 am, OSP troopers responded to the South Side Bypass (Hwy 140 East) near milepost 3, on a reported single vehicle rollover crash. A red Ford Ranger pickup was driving west bound and left the north side of the roadway, colliding with a road side lamp post and highway sign, then rolling several times into an adjacent pasture.

Two of the vehicles occupants, GARRETT ZIMMER, 22, of Hermiston, and MARRI D. YOUNG-WELLBAUM, 26, of Eagle Point, were ejected from the pickup and deceased at the scene. A third occupant, GUAGE L. GRAY,22, of Klamath Falls, was transported to Sky Lakes Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Speed, alcohol and icy road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash. None of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing safety restraints. This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Klamath County Fire District #1, and the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are just arriving on a single vehicle double fatality crash on HWY 50 (South side Bypass) at Washburn Road in Klamath Falls.

OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and traffic at the location may be affected. For up to the minute traffic details please visit www.tripcheck.com.

Additional releases will be made as information becomes available.

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Starting Off with a Bang: PNW Young Cattlemen's Conference 2015 (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 01/27/15
Participants listen to Greg Rathbun explain how his ranch operates.
Participants listen to Greg Rathbun explain how his ranch operates.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALEM,Ore., (1/27/2015) - Four tour buses, 250 people, 500 cowboy boots. This was the recipe used for a successful 2015 Pacific Northwest Young Cattlemen's Conference. The conference took place on January 23 and took its participants to El Oro Feedlot, Rathbun Angus Ranch, and concluded with dinner and speakers at Booker Auction Co.

For Thomas White, the tour marked the end of an enjoyable three year term as Oregon's Young Cattlemen's Committee Chair. White was impressed with the number of young participants that attended the conference. "It is a true testament to all of the hard work that Christina and the Washington Cattlemen's Association put into the tour," White said.

Among the participants was Eduardo Santacruz from Oregon State University. "My favorite part of the PNW tour was when we went to the Rathbun Angus ranch and learned about handling cattle, moving cattle around and loading them," Santacruz said. He also enjoyed learning about the ranches methods for bull development.

Besides showcasing the youth of the North West's interest in the cattle industry, the trip also marked the start of Keith Nantz's term as Oregon Young Cattlemen's Committee Chair. Nantz, a rancher from Maupin, Oregon, has served as chair for the National Young Cattlemen's Committee and is an avid member of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.

"2015 is starting off with a bang," Nantz said. "As we begin a new year let's keep this momentum going forward and help create an organization full of excitement and opportunity." He encouraged Young Cattlemen's Committee members to follow the OCA Young Cattlemen's Committee facebook page in order to hear about YCC news and events. "I certainly hope to see just as many if not more for next year's tour." Nantz said.

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

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Attached Media Files: Participants listen to Greg Rathbun explain how his ranch operates.
01/26/15
Board members will advocate for Oregon schools in U.S. Capitol
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 01/26/15
Salem - Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) members will visit the U.S. Capitol next week to discuss educational priorities with members of Oregon's congressional delegation. In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3, members will urge Congress to significantly improve components of the No Child Left Behind Act, reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, and increase federal funding for Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

They will also discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools, and introduce OSBA's "The Promise of Oregon" campaign (www.promiseoregon.org) to highlight the accomplishments of Oregon students and ensure that schools are adequately funded.

OSBA Board members heading to Washington, D.C., for the National School Boards Association's Advocacy Institute include: President Dave Krumbein (Pendleton School Board), President-elect Bobbie Regan (Portland Public Schools Board), Secretary-Treasurer Sam Lee (Winston-Dillard School Board), Doug Montgomery (Multnomah Education Service District Board) and Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville School Board). Also visiting will be members of OSBA's Legislative Policy Committee: Liz Hartman (Lake Oswego School Board), Nancy MacMorris-Adix (Salem-Keizer School Board) and Fred Marble (Forest Grove School Board).

Scheduled meetings include visits with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden. The OSBA group will also be attending a Feb. 2 luncheon at which Rep. Bonamici is the featured speaker.

If interested in speaking with an OSBA attendee about their planned meetings in the U.S. Capitol, contact OSBA Communications Specialist Alex Pulaski at 503-485-4812.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet in Bend on Feb. 6
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/26/15
The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Bend Park & Recreation District Office, 799 SW Columbia St. The council welcomes public comments.

Council members will hear updates on regional trails programs, according to the agenda. The following day, council members will take a field trip of trail projects in Deschutes County.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The Council meets four times annually in different locations across the state.

The agenda for this meeting is posted at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Advisory-Committees.aspx#ORTAC_Meeting_Schedule_and_Minutes. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
MEDIA ALERT - Finley Teacher Inducted as Youngest Member of the Ag Hall of Fame (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 01/26/15
Jennifer Yochum with local CTE Director, Gerry Ringwood
Jennifer Yochum with local CTE Director, Gerry Ringwood
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FINLEY, WA - Congratulations to Finley CTE Agricultural Instructor, Mrs. Jennifer Yochum, who was inducted into the Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame on January 22. Mrs. Yochum is one of four inductees who were honored at the 2015 reception presented by the Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

Taking place at the Pasco Red Lion, the 2015 Ag Hall of Fame ceremony recognized distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the agricultural community in the Greater Franklin County region and its surrounding areas. Mrs. Yochum is the youngest nominee to be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.

"It is an incredible honor to be nominated, let alone to be selected for this accolade," Yochum stated.

Raised on a farm near Basin City, agriculture and farming have been a part of Mrs. Yochum's life since birth. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, a Master's in Education, and a Career & Technical Education Administrative certificate. Mrs. Yochum's dream job opened in the Finley community at River View High School sixteen years ago, where she dedicates her time to educating the community's students about agriculture and future careers in the field. Also serving as Finley's FFA Advisor, Mrs. Yochum spends over 600 hours yearly outside the classroom with her students on numerous FFA and agricultural fairs, conventions, and other endeavors.

Finley School District is extremely proud to call Mrs. Yochum a member of its teaching staff. Mrs. Yochum's dedication, commitment, and generosity are recognized by her peers both in the teaching profession and across the agricultural community.

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Attached Media Files: Jennifer Yochum with local CTE Director, Gerry Ringwood
01/25/15
SWAT Stand-off with Suspect in Drive-by Shooting Ends in Arrest - La Pine
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/25/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County, which prompted a SWAT response to La Pine early this morning.

Preliminary information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., this morning, 9-1-1 call centers in Klamath County received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence on Collar Drive, just south of La Pine. Troopers investigating the incident learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old GARY T. DAVIS, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously. No injuries were reported during the shooting and the matter is still under investigation.

Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Department deputies, tracked DAVIS to a residence at 52905 Meadows Lane, in La Pine (Deschutes County) where he was staying with his girlfriend, identified as TASHA L. MURPHEY, age 24, also of La Pine. Troopers and deputies who arrived began negotiating with the subjects who barricaded themselves in the residence. A limited number of OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to the scene to assist with the incident.

At approximately 9:50 A.M., DAVIS was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending. MURPHEY was not injured during the incident. OSP Criminal Investigative Services Division is continuing the investigation.
01/23/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Executive Session: January 27, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/23/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Executive Session: January 27, 2015
As per the attached media memo.


Attached Media Files: 2015-01/1288/81323/01.27.15_SB_00_MEDIA_MEMO_Exec_Session__and__Work_Session.pdf
Smoke Management Committee to meet Feb. 4, Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/23/15
Prescribed foreste burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of damaging wildfires. The Oregon Smoke Management Plan regulates prescribed burning to enable forest landowners to manage their forests productively while minimizing smoke intrusions
Prescribed foreste burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of damaging wildfires. The Oregon Smoke Management Plan regulates prescribed burning to enable forest landowners to manage their forests productively while minimizing smoke intrusions
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A five-member committee tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) on the state's Smoke Management Plan will meet Feb. 4 in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- Fall prescribed burning season review - Committee members will review prescribed forest burning activity and smoke intrusions that occurred during fall 2014.
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- West Bend forest restoration - Prescribed burning has been identified as an important tool to restore an overgrown forest tract west of the community of Bend in central Oregon. An update on the pace and scale of the project will be given.

- Smoke management data system charter - The committee will receive a status report on the effort to develop a new online database system for processing prescribed burning requests.

- Air quality non-attainment in Prineville - Testing has indicated that the community of Prineville is not meeting federal and state air quality standards due to various air quality impacts. The committee will discuss what this will mean for smoke management in the event that Prineville is listed as a "non-attainment" community.

- Discussion of available funding to support burning - The committee will determine how to most effectively allocate funds to reach prescribed burning goals in the future.

The meeting agenda can be viewed online at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Smoke_Management_Information

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building (C), Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comments will be received at 10:10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.

By Oregon statute, the Smoke Management Advisory Committee includes representatives of industrial and non-industrial forest landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the general public.


Attached Media Files: Prescribed foreste burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of damaging wildfires. The Oregon Smoke Management Plan regulates prescribed burning to enable forest landowners to manage their forests productively while minimizing smoke intrusions
Business Oregon Commission: Public meeting notice
Business Oregon - 01/23/15
The Business Oregon commission will hold a regular meeting Friday, January 30, 2015. The meeting will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Mill Casino Hotel at 3201 Tremont Avenue in North Bend.

You can view the agenda and the commission roster online.

Unanticipated agenda items may or may not be included. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to: Denise Thayer at 503-229-5009.


Attached Media Files: 2015-01/1504/81280/Business_Oregon_Commission_Agenda_1.30.15.pdf
01/22/15
Oregon communities encouraged to participate in Fire Service Appreciation Day (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 01/22/15
Firefighters fly the U.S. flag over the Oregon State Capital during a past Fire Service Appreciation Day
Firefighters fly the U.S. flag over the Oregon State Capital during a past Fire Service Appreciation Day
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State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is encouraging communities across the state to honor the work of those in the fire service by organizing events or ceremonies for Fire Service Appreciation Day in Oregon, Tuesday, January 27.

"Communities have many opportunities to get involved and recognize the work and sacrifice of members of the Oregon fire service," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "From community groups hosting a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, to schools holding essay contests, this day is an opportunity for everyone to say thanks."

In 2007, the Oregon legislature passed House Joint Resolution 25, establishing January 27 each year, as Fire Service Appreciation Day in Oregon. The Legislative Assembly encourages all Oregonians to recognize and honor fire service members for their efforts to keep our citizens safe from the ravages of fire.

Local recognition in past years included city mayors presenting fire chiefs with a certificate of thanks, fire district boards presenting commemorative coins and certificates to volunteers, newspaper articles and special ads thanking members of the fire service, and citizens taking local firefighters to lunch.


Attached Media Files: Firefighters fly the U.S. flag over the Oregon State Capital during a past Fire Service Appreciation Day
Grant writing workshops offered in Salem and online
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/22/15
Two grant writing workshops will be conducted by Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The workshops are free and open to anyone. One will be from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3 at 725 Summer St. NE, Room 124A, Salem. The second will be online from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Feb. 5.

Both free workshops will cover project planning and tips for successful grant applications. The last portion of the workshop will be training on the OPRDGrantsOnline application system. This training is highly recommended if you plan to apply for one of Oregon Heritage's many grants. These grants fund historic cemetery, museum, archaeology, historic property and other heritage projects.

For information on the grant programs please visit our website or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. You will need to contact Gill to receive access information for the online workshop.


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Walla Walla High School to induct members into Blue Devil Hall of Fame
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/22/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High graduates Toby Long (Class of 1983) and Andy Thompson (Class of 1999) will be inducted into the Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Jan. 24 during halftime of the boys basketball game. Tip-off for the game is 7:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School main gym.

Long was an outstanding football and basketball player at Walla Walla High School before attending college at George Fox University where he was a 1st Team Academic All-American. Long was the Big Nine Conference rushing champion his senior year and 1st team All-Conference selection in football. He was named to the 3A All State Tournament team in basketball after the Blue Devils finished second in state.

Andy Thompson was a first team All-Conference football player as a defensive back and quarterback. He was also named the Big Nine Football Player of the Year and All State quarterback. He was a member of the state championship basketball team his senior year. He attended the University of Montana and played linebacker from 1999 to 2003. He helped the Grizzlies win five Big Sky conference championships and one National Championship.

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01/21/15
District to close Homelink Parent Partnership program next school year
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/21/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools is closing the Homelink Parent Partnership program at the end of the 2014-2015 school year due to declining enrollment and limited state funding. The Homelink Program provides supplemental curriculum and instruction in a public school setting to enhance the course work parents are providing their homeschool students.

The Homelink program currently serves 27 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) students in kindergarten through 8th grade at the Berney Elementary School campus. The program was established in 1997 and during its peak averaged nearly 160 FTE.

Changes to Alternative Learning Experience laws (WAC 392-121-182) during the 2011-13 Legislative biennium have contributed to a steady decline in enrollment which makes the program no longer sustainable, according to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs.

"New state legislation eliminated funding to homeschool parents for supplemental educational experiences which averaged $1200 per student each year," Boggs said. "The changes also require more regulatory accountability and compliance from homeschool parents and Homelink which have negatively impacted the program."

Homelink currently provides science, technology, and art instruction and curriculum. Homelink parents will be briefed on next year's educational options for their children within the existing Walla Walla Public Schools system.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon December 2014 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/21/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to Six-Year Low

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December, the lowest level since August 2008, right before the worst days of the financial crisis which led to the Great Recession.

Jobs grew rapidly again in December. During the last three months of 2014, employment grew by a total of 24,300, the largest three-month gain since comparable records began in 1990. Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 8,200 in December. This followed a revised gain of 8,700 in November, with growth not as strong as the originally estimated gain of 11,200. These monthly job totals are produced each month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gains in December were broad-based, as seven of the major industries each added at least 800 jobs. It is rare for so many industries to gain that many jobs in one month. Retail trade (+2,000 jobs), government (+2,000), health care and social assistance (+1,600), construction (+900), transportation, warehousing and utilities (+800), leisure and hospitality (+800), and other services (+800) were the industries adding the most jobs.

A large drop in the number of unemployed Oregonians coincided with December's employment growth. The labor force barely grew in December, unlike the rapid labor force growth seen in recent months. Fewer unemployed and an unchanged labor force contributed to the drop in the unemployment rate.

Note: all numbers above are seasonally adjusted.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, January 26th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 3rd.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.


For the complete pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit www.QualityInfo.org/press-release, then within the Press Release Documents list, select Oregon Monthly Employment Situation. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. If you want the press release as a Word document, please phone the contact person shown at the top of this press release.

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon December 2014 News Release
01/20/15
$200,000 awarded in 2015 Arts Build Communities - addressing local issues through the arts (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 01/20/15
Participants in Youth Arts for Change perform an original play titled IMHO (In My Humble Opinion). Youth Arts for Change, a program of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, collaborates with community partners to engage underserved youth through the arts.
Participants in Youth Arts for Change perform an original play titled IMHO (In My Humble Opinion). Youth Arts for Change, a program of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, collaborates with community partners to engage underserved youth through the arts.
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Salem, Ore. - Art as a medium to rally community around a shared need is reflected in 34 Oregon projects awarded $200,000 in 2015 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; incarcerated youth fulfill treatment requirements by sharing their stories through pictures or performance in Clackamas County; and in Enterprise, Fishtrap inspires 1,700 people to read Luis Alberto Urrea's "Into the Beautiful North" before engaging in discussions, events and activities that explore Latino issues.

Now in its 19th year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2015 awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.

"This program demonstrates the amazing power of art to bring people together around a common purpose," says Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who led the review panel. "Due to a melding of this program with our former Cultural Tourism grants, we were able to award the largest grant total in the program's history. The award amounts are relatively modest, but the impact is huge."

In many cases the awards are seed money to spur additional local funding. In 2012 alone, Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in spending, much of it representing salaries paid to artists and others as well as products and services purchased in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2015 recipients are:

The Arts Center, $8,000, Corvallis - Art in Rural Storefronts is a place-making project dedicated to strengthening connections between people and their hometowns through engagement with art. Focusing on one underserved rural town, three artists create contemporary art installations based on concepts from local cultural or natural history and community input. The installations transform vacant storefronts, signs of economic stress, into celebrations of community life through the arts.

Arts Council of Pendleton, $6,000, Pendleton - The goal of this project is promote traditional fine crafts of the region by creating self-guided tours of the artists' studios and retail outlets that display their work. Included is the creation of a database of Eastern Oregon fine crafts workers; the design, printing and distribution of a publication that lists open studio locations with maps and hours of operation; creation and marketing of four self-guided studio and outlet tours; and three workshops.

Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre, $3,500, Talent - Cultural Bridges to Friendship will bring a Latino cultural arts course to 600 children from local K-12 schools. Planned by educators from six local schools and Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre, it will teach Latino culture through Mexican folk culture and dance and provide participatory programs for Latino and non-Latino students in a community performance and class. Funding will be used to pay for busing and reduced ticket prices for the community performance.

The Circus Project, $7,000, Portland - Funding will support the expansion of outreach partnerships with four schools serving primarily youth from low-income families. The curriculum will be based on the existing eight-week model used in social service agency settings serving youth who have had little or no access to arts education. Funds will be used for artist and coach salaries and for the purchase and upkeep of program equipment.

Chehalem Cultural Center, $7,200, Newberg - Focus Culture brings the Northwest's indigenous art and traditions home through a partnership with the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center. The collaboration includes a series of free public events, performances, field trips, hosted conversations, outreach and workshops - all within the context of an evolving exhibition that will change from a historical focus to a contemporary arts focus over four months.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, $7,000, Oregon City - Youth Arts for Change gives teens in the County Juvenile Department and Parrott Creek residential facility a unique way to fulfill probation/treatment requirements. Working with artists, counselors and peers, adjudicated youth publicly share their stories via a theatre performance or drawing exhibit, building community connections and social skills. Funds will support programming, professional theatre internships, and a new prevention partnership for rural middle-school youth.

Cornucopia Arts Council, $4,500, Halfway - The Clear Creek Music Festival provides instructional and performance enrichment for Eastern Oregon rural community members through concerts; group and individual voice, piano, cello and composition instruction; and classes in music appreciation, choral performance and a two-week Kids' Camp. Support will fund the concert fees, instrument rental and a Kids' Camp instructor.

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, $6,195, Pendleton - Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts will partner with Nixya'awii Community School to offer comprehensive art programs to its students. This project will engage the student population in art making, production and display. Crow's Shadow will provide the space, technical expertise and resources to the students; the school will provide basic instruction and logistics. Funding will support space, materials, technical instruction, exhibition, display and public receptions.

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, $5,000, Bend - The Deschutes Public Library's community read program, A Novel Idea, broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Residents are encouraged to read, discuss, create and explore the selected community read book together. Grant funds will be used to purchase books and assist in paying for the selected author's honorarium.

Drexel H. Foundation, $3,500, Vale - The Drexel Foundation's rural Oregon multicultural youth and family programs build audiences and art appreciation while promoting personal growth and connecting the community through various art opportunities. The 2015 collaborative public art project is the result of planning by local high school youth, artists, community leaders, the Drexel Foundation and the mayor of the City of Vale, who all indicated a desire and need for artistic improvement to our city streetscape for economic development.

Eugene Springfield Art Project, $3,000, Eugene - ChalkFest 2015 will bring chalk artists (local and out of town), performing artists and local residents to downtown Springfield for a free festival during which large scale chalk art is created while music plays and street artists perform. The event also will feature a family fun zone with a free-for-all chalk art area and take away art activities. This second annual event is supported by NEDCO, Emerald Art Center and the City of Springfield in an effort to revitalize downtown through creative community events.

Eugene Symphony Association, $7,000, Eugene - The Eugene Symphony's Roseburg Residency is a collaboration with the Umpqua Symphony Association and the Douglas County Youth Orchestra that includes all-ages concerts and related programs for young musicians. The project will provide Roseburg residents access to symphonic performances and strengthen local cultural resources and music education. The Symphony will include eight months of artistic development activities for students, culminating in an all-ages concert.

Fishtrap, Inc., $7,000, Enterprise - Beginning Jan. 8, Fishtrap will host its ninth Big Read, a month-long, countywide celebration of a work of literature. The featured book will be Luis Alberto Urrea's "Into the Beautiful North." 1,700 people throughout Wallowa County will read the book and come together for facilitated discussions, school presentations, lectures, films, potlucks, a finale with the author, and other activities promoting reading and discussion of key issues. This project stimulates community connection during winter months when rural isolation is at its highest.

Harney County Arts in Education Foundation, $7,000, Tigard - Harney County Arts in Education Foundation's board will partner with the Harney County Chamber of Commerce to hold a two-day symposium in May 2015 to inform national, state and local leaders on the successes of communities that have used the arts as an economic development strategy in rural communities, as well as to demonstrate relevance to the proposed Performing Arts and Education Center.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon - $5,800, Eugene - Club de Arte para Mamás, a key component of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art's Latino Engagement Plan, offers free art workshops and childcare for Latina mothers. Addressing a sense of isolation among Latina mothers revealed in a survey conducted by the Museum in 2013, the project combines adult socializing with creative expression and aims to make the museum a "second home" for Latina families. Spanish-speaking artists will lead studio art sessions while participants' preschoolers enjoy separate art activities.

Lane Arts Council, $7,000, Eugene - The Lane Arts Council's Fiesta Cultural is a countywide initiative to celebrate Latino arts and culture, celebrating the many Latino artists in Lane County; and to increase opportunities for integration of Latino individuals into the broader community. The project outcomes will be accomplished through Latino focused music and art events during four Art Walks in Lane County during September 2015. Support will be used for artist fees, marketing and program coordination.

Living Stages, $6,000, Portland - Streets to Stages, a partnership with JOIN - an organization serving individuals in transitional housing - will offer three 12-week theatre and play development programs for individuals facing homelessness. The project will culminate in an interactive forum theatre presentation for communities at three transitional housing sites, and one presentation for the general public. Funding will support program coordination, artist stipends and participant support.

Literary Arts, $7,000, Portland - The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour creates community around literature by connecting small groups of people with our state's most accomplished writers. Funding from Arts Build Communities will support tour events, including free readings, writing workshops, school visits and panel discussions. The project engages librarians, bookstore owners, schools, publishers, literary organizations, and writing groups across the state and beyond to connect and inspire Oregon's readers and writers.

Miracle Theatre Group, $6,000, Portland - Milagro will bring a bilingual arts residency to Umatilla-Morrow County in collaboration with the Morrow County School District, the Desert Arts Council and the Hermiston Hispanic Advisory Committee. The three-day Journeys Residency with conclude with a public performance of Milagro's touring production, "Searching for Atzlán" at Hermiston High School.

My Voice Music, $7,000, Portland - My Voice Music's Artist Mentorship Program was designed to give youth the chance to study music year-round, led by professional musicians, in small groups outside of social service settings. This project will develop the program with more emphasis on moving students into Youth Leadership roles both with younger students and through service opportunities in the wider community, including music sessions with high-need adults.

Northwest Documentary, $5,800, Portland - Using its expertise in digital storytelling, NW Documentary will create a custom video for The Dougy Center--a nonprofit that provides support for children and their families who have recently lost a loved one. The video will enhance the Dougy Center's ability to effectively articulate its mission to the Portland community, thereby attracting new funders, volunteers, advocates and most importantly the families in need of their services. Funds will support production costs.

Obo Addy Legacy Project, $7,000, Portland - This project seeks to establish a new way of teaching through music with the intention of breaking down racism and empowering youth to look at the world with knowledge and understanding. The Obo Addy Legacy Project will bring "DRUM Language"- a replicable, integrated arts curriculum connecting African traditions to the roots of popular forms of youth expression to three Youth Correction facilities run by the Oregon Youth Authority.

One World Chorus, $5,580, Lake Oswego - One World Chorus is partnering with Portland's King School and the Oregon Trail Academy in Boring to bring a new collaborative chorus program to both schools. Third through fifth grade students at each site will be taught the same songs from a broad range of musical genres for 16 consecutive weeks. Between January and May of 2015, students will share musical ideas via Skype, email and video. The culminating performance will be in May, at Oregon Trail, where both groups will perform together for the community.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, $7,000, Ashland - The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's partnership with the Oregon Child Development Center/Migrant Head Start in Ashland provides free classes and workshops in Spanish about theatre. The programs are for parents and teachers and are taught by the festival's bilingual teaching artists. Funding will pay for bus transportation, Spanish open-captioned plays, English/Spanish tours, and pre- and post-show discussions and gatherings with actors and artistic staff.

Oregon Writing Project, $7,000, Portland - SlamBoo will unite students from rural, urban and suburban Oregon to collaborate and compete as slam poets. Teachers and aspiring high school slam poets will provide instruction at six geographically and culturally diverse middle schools. Participants from each school will gather for evening events in order to collaborate, compete and share a common meal. SlamBoo will facilitate positive interactions between students from diverse geographic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Philomath Downtown Association, $3,500, Corvallis - The Public Arts Council will construct and print a series of 15 street banners, designed by a Philomath artist, to celebrate the history and education focus of the Philomath community. Local citizens and youth will develop requests for proposals from local artists; the banners will be produced as public art.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden dba Lan Su Chinese Garden, $4,475, Portland - The project will expand arts activities during the second annual Mid-Autumn Festival and attract a larger audience for this significant Chinese holiday. Funding will be used for dance, music, storytelling and puppet performances; hands-on family art-making projects; and marketing to promote the Mid-Autumn Festival as one of Chinatown's key family cultural events.

Robert Farrell High School, $5,600, Salem - Art Workshops at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility will bring families and incarcerated youth together in monthly art workshops. The workshops in painting and mosaics will create rainforest banners and pebble mosaics. Students from Oregon State University's Inside Out sociology class and the community will participate. Funding will be used for artist fees, materials for painting, printmaking, mosaics, sculpture, concrete casting and to print a booklet of the process.

Salem Art Association, $7,000, Salem - Project Space will provide 50 local artists with a place to collaborate, present new work and engage with the community as they bring contemporary art to an unoccupied but highly visible temporary venue in Salem's City Center. Using the arts as a creative place maker, community members will engage in dialogue with artists during the art-making process and attend exhibits featuring new art. Grant funds will assist with artist payments, public events and project administration.

Sisters Folk Festival Inc., $4,050, Sisters - APAOS was started by Sisters Folk Festival in 2011 with the Sisters School District and Family Access Network to address the need for arts-related tuition for low-income youth, K-12. Program expansion will allow more at-risk youth to achieve social and academic benefits that come from long-term and specialized arts and music instruction. Grant funds will cover tuition, materials and instrument repair for programs and private instruction for up to 50 additional students.

The Skanner Foundation, $10,000, Portland - The Vanport Multimedia Project workshops in North Portland taught by professional artists will train individuals to record the oral histories of Vanport flood survivors. The recorded histories will be used to create video, audio, photo essays, theatre and poetry works disseminated electronically and presented in three venues during fall 2015 with post presentation discussion. Up to 400 community members will attend the presentation events. Funding will be applied to artistic trainer's fees.

The Tillicum Foundation, $6,500, Astoria - The 19th annual FisherPoets Gathering (Astoria, Ore.) will bring together commercial fishermen and women to perform their poetry, prose and song in Astoria venues. Rooted in traditional forms, these creative performances highlight the significance of Oregon's fisheries. The gathering demonstrates the connections between Oregon's maritime culture, restaurants and food traditions, and the regional economy.

Well Arts, $3,000, Portland - The Well Arts Voices of Military Sexual Assault Project is a partnership between Well Arts, Returning Veterans Project and Wise Counsel and Comfort. The partnership will lead two playwriting workshops (one for women, one for men) for veterans who were sexually assaulted during service in the military. The project will pair each veteran with a professional actor who will perform the stories written by the veterans for the public in six performances.

Write Around Portland, $7,000, Portland - Write Around Portland holds creative writing workshops for the most socially isolated and least financially secure Oregonians. In spring 2015, Write Around Portland will hold 15 ten-week creative writing workshops in partnership with social service agencies. 150 adults and young people will experience the power of the literary arts to connect, heal and transform. These workshops will culminate in the publication of writers' work and in readings held for the broader community.


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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: Participants in Youth Arts for Change perform an original play titled IMHO (In My Humble Opinion). Youth Arts for Change, a program of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, collaborates with community partners to engage underserved youth through the arts.
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet January 29
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 01/20/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet via teleconference on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m.

A meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1xT1JUT

The public may listen to the meeting in person at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste 965.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Special Meeting Scheduled for 1/21/15 at Kiona Benton City High School at 7:00 pm
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 01/20/15
A meeting to answer questions and provide information to the public about the upcoming Levy.
Solar in NW communities receive $1.8 million boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power - 01/20/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, Jan. 20, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Solar in NW communities receive $1.8 million boost from Pacific Power Blue Sky customers
Popular renewable energy program in ninth year of sustainable investment

PORTLAND, Ore.--Solar projects will soon help reduce energy costs for buildings in 10 communities across the Northwest, thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power customers who voluntarily participate in the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Together, the solar projects represent up to $1.8 million new renewable energy investment in 2015, bringing more than 2 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity online. One megawatt of solar serves the average annual energy needs of 200 households. Since 2006, Blue Sky customers have voluntarily funded more than 75 facilities that produce in excess of 6.5 megawatts of emission-free renewable energy, demonstrating the viability of renewable energy in their communities with nearly $8 million in investment during that time.

"Our Blue Sky customers put their dollars to work in their communities," said Pat Reiten, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "Not only will these facilities supply renewable energy, but they are helping increase the visibility and adoption of renewable technology. We are proud to be part of this important partnership with communities and our Blue Sky customers."

"The Blue Sky program which helps fund these projects, has one of the highest voluntary customer participation rates you'll find nationwide," said Blaine Andreasen, vice president of customer service, Pacific Power. "One of the reasons the Blue Sky program is so popular is that customers can choose to participate and then can see what they are getting. In addition to supporting the renewable energy industry and taking personal action, they are helping fund on-the-ground, working renewable projects in their own communities."

Projects receiving funding in 2015 range from arrays connected to Portland's glittering convention center to affordable housing in Prineville to a nursery dedicated to helping the developmentally disabled in Grants Pass.
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Ore.
Solar, 1.1 megawatt
$500,000
The Oregon Convention Center hosts an estimated 500,000 local, national, and international visitors per year. The building was retrofitted to meet Platinum LEED certification standards (the first existing building in the U.S. to do so). The planned roof-top solar array will be located on the north side of the center's large flat roof.

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Pendleton, Ore.
Solar, 200 kilowatt
$350,000
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation plan to install a solar array at its Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, a museum and event center that receives 20,000 visitors annually. The solar production information will be fed into the existing wind turbine monitoring kiosk located near the main entrance and on the center's website, providing classes and training on renewable energy to the tribal members and local schools. Together, the two Blue Sky funded projects will supply 25 percent of the center's power needs.
Central Oregon Community College - Redmond Campus
Redmond, Ore.
Solar, 504 kilowatt
$320,000
Central Oregon Community College plans to install a ground-mounted array near the new Technology Education Center that will be integrated into the curriculum. Guided tours will be available for schools and community groups wanting to learn more about solar.
Rogue Valley International Airport
Medford, Ore.
Solar, 36 kilowatt
$261,137
This project is an expansion of a previously-funded Blue Sky project, nearly doubling the existing solar capacity. The new array will be mounted on a canopy adjacent to three existing solar canopy structures located along the walkway between the parking lot and the main entrance.
Port of Columbia - Blue Mountain Station Artisan Food Center
Dayton, Wash.
Solar, 35.8 kilowatts
$81,778
In 2013, the Port of Columbia developed the Blue Mountain Station Artisan Food Center, an eco-food processing park dedicated to the recruitment and marketing of artisan food processors. The building was constructed to LEED silver certification standards and included a solar array in the design. The array will reduce operating costs for the government-owned Blue Mountain Station, saving taxpayer dollars and allowing the station to continue supporting local artisan food processors.
Perry Technical Institute - Plath Hall
Yakima, Wash.
Solar, 24.9 kilowatt
$73,977
Perry Technical Institute is a non-profit technical school that trains students for work in a rapidly evolving technological world. The solar array will be installed by the school's instructors, who are licensed and bonded electricians, together with students. The project will provide students with hands-on experience in the solar installation and will assist in building skills to directly grow the solar industry in the region.
Bend Habitat Restore
Bend, Ore.
Solar, 56.2 kilowatt
$59, 814
Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing services for low-income families, will install a solar array that will reduce operating costs and allow the organization to expand its services. Utility bill savings will be applied directly to the organization's low-income home construction and repair projects and more solar installations for these homes.
Pacific Crest Affordable Housing - Ironhorse Lodge
Prineville, Ore.
Solar, 67.2 kilowatt
$55,080
The solar project will be installed on two newly-constructed carport structures designed specifically to host the solar panels. The Lodge is located close to an elementary school and students will be able to become familiar with the facility. Energy production data will be available online for students and the general public to monitor.
Greenleaf Industries
Grants Pass, Ore.
Solar, 17 kilowatt
$45,964
Greenleaf Industries is a private non-profit organization established in 1981 that provides long-term employment for the developmentally disabled in a horticultural setting. Greenleaf has become the largest grower of bedding plants and vegetables and largest horticultural training center in the region. The project will reduce Greenleaf's operating costs and allow the organization to more cost-effectively provide employment and training opportunities for the developmentally disabled in the community.
Bend First United Methodist Church
Bend, Ore.
Solar, 13.8 kilowatt
$22,300
Bend First United Methodist Church opens up its doors to nearly 20 community groups throughout the year. The goal of their solar project is to reduce operating costs while inspiring those who visit the church to see solar energy in action, learn about installing panels at their homes and become ambassadors for renewable energy.
Most projects are on schedule to be completed in 2015. The upcoming application period for the 2015 round of Blue Sky community project awards will be announced in the spring.

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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Oregon businesses encouraged to take a 'Safety Break' May 13 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/20/15
Safety Break logo
Safety Break logo
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(Salem) -- Employers across Oregon are invited to promote workplace safety and health with training, award recognition events, or other creative activities during Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Oregon OSHA coordinates the one-day event, designed to raise awareness and promote the value of safety and health in preventing on-the-job injuries and illnesses. The event is voluntary for employers and businesses can determine what activities are beneficial to their workforce.

"Like any safety stand down, Safety Break by itself cannot promise to magically make an employer's health and safety program real or more effective," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "But as part of a genuine effort to address workplace hazards, this event provides an opportunity to sharpen the focus, and to remind both workers and their employers that it requires continued focus and diligence to create a workplace free from the hazards that can cause serious injury, illness, or even death."

Safety Break encourages employees and management to work together on identifying safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.

Companies planning to participate will be entered to win one of three $100 pizza luncheons when they sign up online by Friday, May 8. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, go the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://www.orosha.org/subjects/safetybreak.html.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


Attached Media Files: Safety Break logo
New Marine Board Registration System, New Capabilities (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 01/20/15
RegLine Registration Decal Graphic
RegLine Registration Decal Graphic
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This past summer, after 25 years of service, the Marine Board's titling and registration system reached the end of its useful life and was retired. The Marine Board made the transition to a web based titling and registration system that has more functionality, more security and brings more online options for boaters. The new registration system combines the old mainframe data with boater education, AIS permits and the Outfitter/Guide/Charter databases into one, integrated system. The customer interface, "RegLine," allows boaters to login and manage their contact information, as well as apply for boat title and registration and renew or order replacement documents, 24/7. The new system allows boaters to order replacement boater education cards, purchase AIS permit(s) for paddlecraft, and coming next year, Outfitters, Guides and charters will be able to apply online.

The transition to the new system last summer created backlogs for boaters who were transferring titles and registering during the already busy summer months. As a result of extensive transactions sent through the mail, particularly boats that have not been registered recently or those coming from out-of-state, staff are entering the data into the new system manually. Staff and boaters have also had to work through the technical difficulties of a new system. This led to an increased backlog of boat transactions, which most boaters are not accustomed to experiencing from the agency, which has the reputation of having a fast turn-around time. The patience and understanding of boaters has been very much appreciated.

For quick turn-around on boat registration renewals, boaters are encouraged to renew online. Online boat registration renewals are immediately processed when payment is approved and printed the same or next day for mailing. Boaters should be aware that the new online interface has additional safety measures built in that can be confusing, so it is important to read and follow the directions closely.

"The new system is up and running, but we are still working with our contractor to improve functionality while our staff are becoming more proficient with the user interfaces," says Janess Eilers, Title and Registration Manager for the Marine Board. "Over the past few months we have brought on temporary staff and had registration specialists work overtime to catch up the on the backlog, so while we are happy with the progress, we will continue to have some inconvenience for those who are accustomed to faster service," Eilers adds.

The Marine Board, working with marine law enforcement, will honor any temporary permits that expired until the agency is caught up with transaction backlog.
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Attached Media Files: RegLine Registration Decal Graphic
Oregon Black Pioneers debut third exhibition in Portland; explores how WWII shipyards, Vanport flood, and urban renewal programs impacted Black families & businesses in 1940s & 50s (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 01/20/15
Vanport Floating Housing, courtesy Thomas Robinson
Vanport Floating Housing, courtesy Thomas Robinson
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Portland, OR - The Oregon Black Pioneers have partnered with the Oregon Historical Society to present A Community on the Move, a new exhibition opening Saturday, February 1 at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (1200 SW Park Avenue, 97205).

This groundbreaking exhibition explains how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland's black families and businesses. Interactive displays, associated public programs, and educational tours have been designed to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds and reveal the courage and persistence of black families who lived during this tumultuous era.

Designed in partnership with Alchemy of Design, this original exhibition draws on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands on experiences to illuminate Portland's vibrant black community, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement. As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities.

Throughout the exhibition's run, community members will be invited to participate in special conversations with leaders and elders from Portland's African American community. These community conversations will take place throughout Portland, and a full list of these programs as well as other associated events can be found at www.oregonblackpioneers.org and www.ohs.org.

A Community on the Move will be on display from February 1 through June 28, 2015. Oregon Historical Society museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free every day to residents of Multnomah County and members of the Oregon Historical Society.

This exhibition made possible by the generous support of numerous local grantors, sponsors, and friends.


Attached Media Files: Vanport Floating Housing, courtesy Thomas Robinson , 10th Annual Les Femmes Debutante Ball, courtesy The Oregonian , Ninie Mae Locke, courtesy City of Portland Archives , 1949 Bethel AME Easter Sunday, courtesy Portland State University
01/17/15
*** Update 2 *** Multi vehicle traffic crash - Interstate 84 near Baker City in Baker County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/17/15
Crash Photo 1
Crash Photo 1
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Update 2:

Oregon State Troopers are continuing their investigation into Saturday's early morning crash. Further consolidation of information among Troopers reveals that approximately 26 vehicles or vehicle combinations were directly involved in a crash. The estimate of total vehicles at the scene either involved in a crash or blocked between crashes is between 50 to 70 vehicles.

12 patients were treated for injuries at the St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City - 6 arrived by ambulance and 6 arrived by third party.

After their arrival to St. Alphonsus in Baker city, 1 patient was transferred to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries, 1 patient was transferred to St. Alphonsus in Boise, ID with serious injuries and 2 patients were transferred to the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande for treatment.

Update 1:

The Hazmat Team declared no leaks in loads and ODOT and OSP continue to clear scene. The Interstate 84 eastbound road closures are still in effect until the remaining vehicles are removed and westbound lanes are currently open.

The highway surface was covered with ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick. OSP is reminding all drivers that winter driving conditions can be very treacherous and drivers should slow down and use extreme caution when traveling on the highways.


PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a multi vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near Baker City. All eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 are blocked with several crashed vehicles. ODOT and emergency responders are on scene.

Early information indicates that on January 17, at approximately 4:54 A.M., estimated 20 vehicles, traveling eastbound onto black ice, collided and resulted in blocking all eastbound traffic with approximately 50 vehicles blocked within the crash scene. Two vehicles were transporting hazardous materials and an assessment is being conducted at this time. 4 occupants were transported with minor to serious injuries.

Traffic updates are on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo 1 , Crash Photo 4 , Crash Photo 3 , Crash Photo 2
I-84 Closure in Eastern Oregon - update info, new photos (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 01/17/15
I84 truck crash, MP 318, eastbound, 1/17/2015
I84 truck crash, MP 318, eastbound, 1/17/2015
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2:45 p.m. Update - New photos attached to this release. Message is same one sent at 2:13 p.m.
I-84 remains closed Westbound in Ontario at Exit 371 and Eastbound at Exit 304 in Baker City, Exit 265 in La Grande, and Exit 216 east of Pendleton due to multi-vehicle crash on Eastbound Freeway near MP 318, east of Baker City that occurred early this morning. Hazmat response crews have now given the OK to begin moving backed up Westbound traffic past the area. Once backed up Westbound traffic is cleared, the Westbound freeway will remain closed for 1-2 hours to facilitate clearing non-disabled trucks from the Eastbound freeway. Once all non-disabled vehicles are cleared from Eastbound lanes, the Westbound freeway will be open for through traffic. Clearing disabled trucks from Eastbound freeway is expected to continue for several hours. The Eastbound freeway is not expected to open to through traffic until later tonight. Safety is the primary concern and ODOT, OSP and emergency response crews are working to open the freeway as soon as possible. Watch for fog, spots of ice and winter conditions on eastern Oregon highways. For up to minute road conditions, always check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside of Oregon, call 503-588-2941.


Attached Media Files: I84 truck crash, MP 318, eastbound, 1/17/2015 , I84 truck crash, MP 318 Eastbound,1/17/2015 , 2015-01/1204/81150/I84_MP_318_EB_Truck_crash_05__011715.jpg , 2015-01/1204/81150/I84_MP_318_EB_Truck_crash_04__011715.jpg , 2015-01/1204/81150/I84_MP_318_EB_Truck_crash_03__OSP_011715.jpg
01/16/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: January 20, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/16/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: January 20, 2015, as per the attached agenda.

Supporting documents are available on the WWSD website at the link below:

http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015


Attached Media Files: 2015-01/1288/81142/01.20.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Oregon Department of Corrections dedicates conference room to former Director Michael Francke (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/16/15
Memorabilia hanging inside the Michael Francke Conference Room
Memorabilia hanging inside the Michael Francke Conference Room
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) honored past Director Michael Francke today with the dedication of a conference room at DOC headquarters - the Dome Building in Salem.

In May 1987, Francke was appointed to the position of DOC Director by Oregon's Governor. He was tasked with addressing issues within Oregon's prison system, much as he had done as Director of the New Mexico DOC before coming to Oregon.

Francke was a visionary who cared deeply about improving the system and making Oregon a better place. He did not get to finish his work, as he was murdered outside DOC headquarters on January 17, 1989.

Mr. Francke has been honored with the newly dedicated Michael Francke Conference Room, which has been renovated with fresh paint, new fixtures, and improved infrastructure. There is a shadow box frame in the northeast corner of the room encasing memorabilia related to Francke's time with Oregon DOC. A bench and memorial monument have been placed outside the entrance to the Dome Building. Oregon Corrections Enterprises - the prison industries arm of DOC - designed and manufactured the beautiful memorial pieces, including the bronze plaque recognizing Francke's end of watch. Each piece of stainless steel and copper was hand formed and heated to create the varying colors. Downtown at the state Capitol, a Japanese umbrella pine tree has been planted along with a commemorative plaque in Francke's memory.

DOC employs 4,600 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Attached Media Files: Patrick Francke Remarks , Memorabilia hanging inside the Michael Francke Conference Room , Memorial monument outside DOC's Dome Building
Danger in the Private to Public Trend
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 01/16/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALEM,Ore., (1/16/2015) - A new trend has started in Oregon. Conservation groups are buying up private lands and turning them over to the state to become public lands. Recently, Western Rivers Conservancy bought the Rattray Ranch in Gilliam County and announced its plans to sell a good portion of the land to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Keith Nantz, incoming chair of the Young Cattlemen's Committee, is concerned about the high amount of private lands turnover. He said he fears the lands won't be properly taken care of as "public agencies are already over extended and can't take care of what they already have." He believes that Western Rivers and others haven't considered all the factors. "I don't have any doubts the conservancy has good intentions, but I think there needs to be more of a team effort," Nantz said.

Others have also voiced a concern that the general Oregon population might not understand the impact of private lands turnover. Frank O'Leary, Executive Director for Oregon Rangeland Trust, said, "Unfortunately many members of our urban communities cannot delineate between the benefit provided by private ownership and how it stimulates the economy versus the land that is held in public use that can be a strain to the public entity that maintains those properties."

Nantz also voiced a concern for tax revenue, as public lands are not taxed while private lands are. Ken Brooks, an Oregon Cattlemen's Association member from Grant County, has noticed this alarming trend in his own area. In counties like Gilliam and Grant, taxes are an important source of funding for schools and public safety services. "Losing 10,000 acres doesn't change the state budget, but it raises the property tax land owners have to pay to meet that budget," Brooks said.

If this trend continues, it could be detrimental to Oregon's agricultural production. Ken Brooks said, "sooner or later if we continue with the mindset of purchasing private land and protecting it as public land, the reality of the situation is that eventually we will be relying on foreign countries for our beef."

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

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01/15/15
State agencies to meet Jan. 20 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 01/15/15
ALBANY, Ore. - The Technical Review Team Water Resources Subcommittee for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County is scheduled to meet by teleconference Jan. 20 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST.

Meeting details and agenda are available here: http://bit.ly/calicojanuary

The public and media may listen to the meeting in person at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965, or listen by phone. For call-in instructions, contact the DOGAMI offices in Albany at 541-967-2040.

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role. The Water Resources Subcommittee focuses on water quality and water quantity issues related to the proposed project.
Kristof 'Promise' video celebrates value of Oregon education
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 01/15/15
A new feature video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2tfioq5T4) featuring Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website, www.promiseoregon.org.

Kristof, an Oregon native and graduate of Yamhill Carlton High School, often refers to education as "an escalator to opportunity." He expounds on that theme in the video, discussing poverty worldwide and close to home, and how an investment in education pays dividends for everyone.

"If we care about the health of our communities, there's no better way of preserving that than by investing in our schools and in our kids," he says.

He also explores his Oregon roots. Kristof took up journalism as a teenager in the Willamette
Valley, then went on to study at Harvard and Oxford.

His studies propelled him to a career that has been nothing less than stellar. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes (one shared with his wife, Cheryl WuDunn), traveled to more than 150 countries and written best-selling books. He has advocated for the poor and forgotten around the globe, and shined a light on the slavery and abuse of women.

In a recent column (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-the-american-dream-is-leaving-america.html?_r=0) and in a similar one in 2011 (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/opinion/sunday/17kristof.html), Kristof argues that the education escalator has broken down in the United States.

Through his involvement with the "Promise" campaign, however, Kristof is helping celebrate the accomplishments of Oregon students and demonstrating the need to invest in education so that their escalator will carry them to a brighter future.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
PNWU Conference Center Project Nears Completion
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 01/15/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
E-Mail: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

January 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Conference Center Project Nears Completion

The Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) Conference Center project is nearing completion. The Center located at the corner of University Parkway and Inspiration Drive in Yakima, WA will house much needed study space, two new classrooms and conference amenities for PNWU students, faculty and the local community.

"With the recent class size increase, the addition of Heritage University's Physician Assistant Program and Washington State University's Doctor of Pharmacy program, the University Conference Center adds much needed space for study and collaboration," said University President Dr. Keith Watson.

The facility is designed to accommodate a wide range of events, classes and meetings for both the university and community groups. It is also designed to host continuing medical education classes for the larger Central Washington region.

The building is approximately 10,000 square feet with nine rooms used as group study or conference space. The divisible classroom space accommodates 100 when a divider wall is retracted. Also included in the floor plan is a large conference room, partial catering kitchen and common space.

The project was designed by BORA Architecture and is being built by Tri-Ply Construction, both of Yakima, WA. It is set to be completed in early March 2015.
01/14/15
2015 tax filing season begins January 20
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/14/15
SALEM--The 2015 tax filing season will begin in January, as scheduled, for both the Oregon Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service. Both agencies will begin accepting returns electronically and processing all returns on January 20, 2015.

Revenue encourages Oregon taxpayers to e-file their state and federal tax returns. "Taxpayers can get their refunds sooner if they e-file," explained Ken Ross, manager of the Personal Income Tax program. "You can get your refund in seven to 10 business days, instead of the six to eight weeks it takes to get your refund if you file a paper return."

Other e-filing benefits include:
* Fewer errors.
* Faster return processing.
* Quick, safe return transmission and acknowledgement of receipt from Revenue and the IRS.

There are a number of e-filing software options. Oregon has teamed up with the IRS Free File Alliance, which means some of the Oregon-approved online tax preparation sites offer free e-filing for federal and Oregon returns. For more information on e-filing, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/e-filing.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
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Attached Media Files: 2015-01/861/81061/2015_tax_filing_season.pdf
*** Correction *** Vehicle - Pedestrian Fatal Crash - Old Highway 99 in Wolf Creek - Josephine County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle - pedestrian crash on Old HWY 99E near Wolf Creek bridge and are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them.

Early information indicates that on January 13, at approximately 7:04 P.M., a 1995 Isuzu Trooper, driven by COLTON J. SHULTS, age 19, of Wolf Creek, struck 69-year-old DELORES GRANTHAM,of Grants Pass, in Wolf Creek on Old Highway 99, approximately 18 miles north of Grants Pass in Josephine County. GRANTHAM was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver was not injured.

OSP is asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them by calling the OSP Southhern Command Center at (541) 776-6111. Troopoer Quirke is the lead investigator on this incident. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, AMR ambulance and the Wolf Creek Fire Department.

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2015 Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/14/15
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(Salem) - Registration is open for the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, to be held March 9-12, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With more than 160 workshops and sessions, it is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest.

"An event such as GOSH provides the opportunity for organizations to become re-energized," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "Whether we are professionals in the field, or simply committed employers and workers, GOSH can help remind us why health and safety matter. Ultimately, it's about people - about people going home safe and whole. About people spending time with their friends and families, rather than having that time cut short by a workplace injury, illness, or even death."

Keynote speaker Jim Wiethorn, a forensic engineer at Haag Engineering, will present "Forensics: It's Elementary My Dear Watson" on Tuesday, March 10. Wiethorn, who has examined more than 800 crane accidents during his career, will talk about how to effectively conduct an accident investigation.

"The key to forensic investigations is focusing on evidence," said Wiethorn. "Evidence tells a story. Examine the details, follow the falling dominoes, and you will have the answer."

Other general topics covered at conference include:

* Safety committee training
* Safety leadership and workplace culture
* Ergonomics
* Regulatory updates

The conference will also feature session tracks on specialties such as utility work, construction, emergency preparedness and response, agriculture, and health care.

Back by popular demand is the Columbia Forklift Challenge and registration is open to participants. Trained forklift drivers will compete for cash in an obstacle course designed to test their skills and safe operation on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is partnering with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

For more information on the conference schedule, events or to register, go to www.oregongosh.com.

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About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.

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


Attached Media Files: GOSH logo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fall 2014 Oregon Job Vacancy Report
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/14/15
HOLIDAY HIRING AND BROAD JOB GROWTH BOOST VACANCIES

Oregon businesses reported 45,700 vacancies in fall 2014, an increase of 13,400 vacancies from the prior year. The growing number of vacancies reflects strong job growth across Oregon in recent months.

Three large but diverse industries reported the most job vacancies in the fall. Holiday hiring boosted retail trade vacancies, and the industry led the way with 7,200 openings. Health care, a perennial job vacancy industry leader, reported 6,700. Manufacturing, which experienced stronger job growth in 2014, registered the third-highest job vacancy total in the fall (5,200).

The variety among the top-vacancy industries offers a diverse group of opportunities for Oregonians. Retail trade businesses most commonly reported fall vacancies for retail salespersons, cashiers, and delivery services drivers. Registered nurses and nursing assistants topped the list of health care occupations with vacancies. Manufacturers sought assemblers and machine operators, drivers, and engineers, among others.


Fall 2014 also brought the highest average hourly wage in the two-year history of the quarterly Oregon Job Vacancy Survey. The overall average wage was $16.47. Average wages generally increased along with educational requirements. The average hourly wage listed for vacancies requiring postsecondary training was nearly $7.00 more than those requiring a high school diploma. Vacancies with bachelor's or advanced degree requirements paid an additional $12.00 per hour above the postsecondary average.

Oregon continued to have three unemployed persons per job vacancy in the fall. That's the same 3-to-1 unemployed-to-vacancy ratio as in the spring and summer, but well below the 8-to-1 ratio in Oregon when the quarterly survey began in winter 2013. This steady ratio in 2014 reflects, in a manner similar to Oregon's unchanging unemployment rate, that the number of unemployed Oregonians remains high due to recent growth in the state's labor force entrants. Nationwide, the ratio stabilized at two unemployed persons per vacancy in the spring, summer, and fall of 2014.

Statewide, employers reported that half of all vacancies were difficult to fill. The most-frequently cited reasons for difficulty filling positions included a lack of applicants or a lack of qualified candidates. Employers in the Portland tri-county area reported a slightly lower share of difficult-to-fill vacancies (46%), while employers in all other areas of the state reported difficulty filling vacancies a majority of the time. Difficult-to-fill vacancies were especially prominent in Central (63%) and Eastern Oregon (78%).

About the Survey

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

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

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Fall 2014 Oregon Job Vacancy Report
Wapato High School Bean Feed on Friday
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 01/14/15
Happy Wednesday everyone,

Attached is a release regarding the annual Wapato High School Bean Feed on Friday.

Let me know if you have any other questions or want to attend.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato High School Bean Feed
Mid-year Health System Transformation report shows continued progress into 2014
Oregon Health Authority - 01/14/15
January 14, 2015

Mid-year Health System Transformation report shows continued progress into 2014

First report to include data on new Oregon Health Plan members since the Affordable Care Act

Oregon's mid-year Health System Transformation report lays out the progress of Oregon's coordinated care organizations on key quality and financial measures. For the first time, the report includes a special section with data on the new Oregon Health Plan members who have joined since January 1, 2014, as more people became eligible for Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.

The report, which covers July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, shows continuing improvements in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, decreased emergency department visits, and hospital admissions from chronic diseases. Additionally, financial data indicate coordinated care organizations are continuing to hold down costs. Oregon is staying within the budget that meets its commitment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce the growth in spending by two percentage points per member, per year.

The coordinated care model continues to show improvements in the following areas for the state's Oregon Health Plan members:

-- Decreased emergency department visits. Emergency department visits by people served by CCOs have decreased 21 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes. The rate of adult patients (age 18 and older) with diabetes who had a hospital stay because of a short-term problem from their disease dropped by 9 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased rate of hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The rate of adult patients (age 40 and older) who had a hospital stay because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma decreased by 48 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Patient-centered Primary Care Home enrollment continues to increase. Coordinated care organizations continue to increase the proportion of members enrolled in patient-centered primary care homes - indicating continued momentum even with the new members added since January 1, 2014. Patient-centered Primary Care Home enrollment has increased 55 percent since 2011. Additionally, primary care costs continue to increase, which means more health care services are happening within primary care rather than other settings such as emergency departments.

This is the first report to include data on some key measures for Oregonians who have newly enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The proportion of Medicaid members ages 19-35 has increased more than other age groups between December 2013 and October 2014. Data show that newly enrolled Oregon Health Plan members use emergency rooms 33 percent less frequently than those currently enrolled. Newly enrolled Oregon Health Plan members also have fewer avoidable emergency room visits than other members.

"This report shows Oregon's continued progress in transforming the health delivery system," said Suzanne Hoffman, interim director of the Oregon Health Authority. "We will continue to measure progress, share it publicly, and learn from the successes and challenges."

The report is available online at www.Oregon.gov/oha/metrics.

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The Oregon Health Plan is now open to more adults as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. Today, approximately 990,000 Oregonians are enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan - more than 380,000 Oregonians gained coverage in 2014. Learn more at Health.Oregon.gov.
01/13/15
Department of Forestry Names 2014 Operators of the Year - Honoring work that exceeds natural resource protection requirements
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/13/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announces the 2014 Operators of the Year and Merit Award recipients for responsible, innovative, proactive forest work that protects natural resources.

Oregon's Board of Forestry established the awards program to recognize people and companies that consistently meet or exceed the Oregon Forest Practices Act requirements, which include:
* Responsible harvesting,
* Replanting after harvest,
* Protecting streamside areas,
* Building and maintaining roads to protect streams,
* Protecting and providing wildlife and fish habitat, and
* Preserving and protecting our water quality.

The three Regional Forest Practices Committees each select an Operator of the Year and may also give Merit Awards. Private Forests Division Chief Peter Daugherty said, "These are the best of the many operators in Oregon who regularly go beyond the letter of the law to protect natural resources. We're pleased to honor this exemplary work."

Todd Hueckman Contracting - Eastern Operator of the Year
Burns - Todd Hueckman earned the Eastern Oregon Operator of the year award for his work on a roughly seventy-acre harvest with the primary purpose of stopping dwarf mistletoe from infecting the property owners' remaining acres. Mr. Hueckman's techniques using equipment to decrease the impact on the land, like using the boom of his tracked equipment as a pivot rather than just skidding on the tracks to turn, show his ongoing commitment to protecting the land. Mr. Hueckman also found a way to make the harvest work, despite the nearest mill being over two hours away. (Watch video at http://youtu.be/pxqawWIutfI)

Robert Howell Logging, LLC - Northwest Operator of the Year
Cottage Grove - Robert Howell Logging, LLC earned the Northwest Operator of the Year Award for work done in the Triangle Lake area. Mr. Howell skillfully executed a small harvest on difficult terrain with neighbors close by. The Howell team's work with the neighbors and considerate planning allowed a successful harvest while protecting two domestic water sources, homes, and power lines. Their work not only protected natural resources but also satisfied neighbors.

Bewley Investments - Southwest Operator of the Year
Central Point - Bewley Investments, owned by Brian Bewley, earned the Southwest Operator of the Year for their sustained commitment to protecting natural resources. The particular harvest considered when choosing Mr. Bewley's company had three streams to protect and a neighbor whose view could have been impacted by the harvest. Mr. Bewley took extra precautions, beyond the Forest Practices Act requirements, to prevent debris and dirt from entering the streams and to retain more trees throughout the harvest area for habitat purposes and aesthetics. (Watch video at http://youtu.be/QD2QjUFRD-Q)

Merit Awards
All nominees exceeded the Forest Practices requirements and improved Oregon's forests, fish and wildlife habitat, fire safety needs, and water quality. The Committees gave Merit Awards for excellent work to:
1. WyEast Forestry Management - Hood River
(Watch video at http://youtu.be/eYibb6Ue3w8)
2. Huffman and Wright Logging Co. - Canyonville
(Watch video at http://youtu.be/RleyKnaI_d0)

The winners will be recognized during the statewide meeting of Associated Oregon Loggers in Eugene on January 15, at the Oregon Logging Conference in Eugene on February 19, to formally receive their awards at the Board's March 4 meeting in Salem, and during the Oregon Small Woodland Association meeting in June.

In 1971, Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act, the nation's model forest management laws. Many states have followed Oregon's lead. Oregon's model focuses on forest operations and protecting natural resources. The Act remains current through updates grounded in fact and science, which creates a balanced approach allowing logging and protecting natural resources.

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Wasco County Receives New Marine Patrol Boat (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 01/13/15
Wasco County's New Patrol Boat
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The Oregon State Marine Board recently delivered a 2015, 22-foot River Wild jet boat, built by Liquid Technologies in Grants Pass, to the Wasco County Sheriff's Office on October 29. This new boat replaces a 1991, 24-foot Almar that the agency has used for on-the-water patrols. The boat was on display at the recent Portland Boat Show.

The new River Wild boat has a special purpose law enforcement 6.0 motor built by KEM Equipment in Tualatin, OR. The design and construction address rough waters as well as shallow water operations. The hull construction features a double-layer transom and bottom, with special rub rails for side (starboard and port) protection.

The Wasco County Marine Patrol provides recreational boating enforcement services and emergency response on the Columbia River and Deschutes River. Wasco County has 16,873 surface acres of water and approximately 57,054 boat use days between those two waterbodies.

"The extended engine life and improved fuel efficiency should save approximately $42,000 over the 20-year life of the boat," says Mervin Hee, Waterways Coordinator for the Marine Board. "Because it's built with the most modern technology, this boat will be much more cost-effective to operate with very little maintenance and huge fuel savings. This boat will serve the boaters of Wasco County for decades."

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

For more information about the Marine Board's law enforcement partnerships with county Sheriff's Offices and the Oregon State Police, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatLaws/pages/index.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Wasco County's New Patrol Boat
*** Media Additional Photo *** Fatal Crash on HWY 99E at MP 17 near Canby - Double Fatality (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/13/15
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One additional photo (showing the white Hyundai) has been added. The photo was originally withheld to notify next of kin.

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle, head-on crash on HWY 99E near milepost 17, in Clackamas County, near Canby. Previous information that the crash involved two fatalities was amended, however, since that correction, a second person has died, making this a double fatality crash.

Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that at approximately 10:20 A.M., a Grey, 2000 Hyundai Accent sedan was southbound on highway 99E near milepost 17 when for a yet undetermined reason, it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. This section of highway has two northbound lanes. The Hyundai collided head-on with an unknown year, 'Eagle' make, semi-tractor pulling a flat bed trailer loaded with an asphalt roller, that was northbound in the right-hand lane.

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as MEGHAN A. CALLAHAN, 31, of Milwaukie, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 9-year-old (age corrected from 8) and name not released, female passenger was flown to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) where she died at approximately 12:47 P.M. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and is cooperating with investigators.

The semi-truck is reported to have spilled a small amount (under 50 gallons) of diesel fuel during the crash. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality responded to assist.

OSP is being assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Canby Fire District, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Mollala Police Department, West Linn Police Department and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Further details will be released when they become available.


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Local governments can apply for grants for parks and recreation projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/13/15
Salem OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2015 Local Government Grant Program grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects.

Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development.

The Local Government Grant Program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money.

OPRD gives more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999.

Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at oprdgrants.org.
Joint Regional Forest Practice Committee Meeting January 15 to be rescheduled
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/13/15
The joint meeting of the Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees scheduled for January 15 in Molalla has been cancelled by the chairs of both committees due to insufficient attendance from the committee members. The meeting had been scheduled to discuss forest practices rules affecting riparian (streamside) areas.

The Oregon Department of Forestry apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused, however, it will be rescheduled for a later time.
01/12/15
Open enrollment and kindergarten registration dates set for the 2015-16 school year
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 01/12/15
WALLA WALLA - There will be two open enrollment registration periods for enrollment in Walla Walla Public Schools during the 2015-16 school year.

Open enrollment for secondary (middle and high) schools will be February 2 through 27, 2015. The schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first registration day, February 2, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the month.

Secondary parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school or a release form from their current school district office during normal business hours beginning January 26; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, February 2.

Fall 2015 open enrollment for elementary schools and kindergarten registration is Monday, April 20 to Friday, May 1, 2015. Schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first registration day, April 20, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 1.

Kindergarten registration forms will be available at the schools beginning April 13. Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to an elementary school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application or release forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 13; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 20.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org. Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.

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Grants Pass Man Arrested After Assaulting His Infant Child (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/12/15
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A Grants Pass man was arrested in Portland on Friday after an investigation by the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division into the injuries of his 7-week-old child. The man was arrested by troopers and ultimately lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

On Friday, January 9, 2015, the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point was notified of an injured 7-week-old infant who had been transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland two days earlier with critical injuries. The infant was initially transported to Three Rivers Medical Center and after successful resuscitation efforts transferred to Doernbecher's in Portland where the child is still under medical care.

OSP Detectives in Central Point started an investigation into the incident and subsequently requested assistance from OSP Major Crimes Detectives in Portland to contact the child's father at the hospital. After being interviewed by OSP Detectives, the child's father, identified as KEVIN 'TONY' McCAGE, age 27, was taken into custody on charges related to the child's injuries.

McCAGE was transported by Oregon State Police troopers to Grants Pass where he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Assault in the first degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the first degree.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact:

Detective Deanna Harris Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division or Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967 541-618-7952

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Cave Junction Man Facing Felony Assault Charges after OSP Investigation
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/12/15
Cave Junction man faces felony assault charges after an investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP).

JOHN GERARD HOGAN, age 54, was arrested Wednesday, January 7th, and faces charges for First Degree Attempted Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree and Driving While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant.

On December 29, 2014, at approximately 10:55 P.M., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a rural address in Josephine County for a report of a disturbance with shots being fired. The involved male subject, later determined to be Hogan, was reported to be in his vehicle outside the residence where he was making threats toward others and creating a disturbance. The caller reported Hogan was firing shots from his truck and later rammed his truck into another vehicle that arrived on scene during the disturbance.

An ongoing criminal investigation by OSP detectives determined that Hogan struck the second (arriving) vehicle with his truck numerous times at the residence and then chased the vehicle and its occupants down the road as he continued to crash into it from behind. Hogan eventually crashed his truck shortly after leaving the scene and was later hospitalized for injuries he received as a result of the crash.

One of the victim's in the second vehicle was also transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital where she was treated and released. The investigation indicates that alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

On January 7th Hogan turned himself in to troopers at the Grants Pass office and was arrested. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on a $50.000 bail. No photographs are available for this release.
NASA Experiment Nearly Ready for Testing
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 01/12/15
Happy Monday all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!,

A couple of months ago I sent you a press release about Wapato High School's selection to participate and develop an experiment for the NASA HUNCH Program. The students working on the project are getting close to conducting some of their first tests. I've attached a release with more about the project.

If you are interested in covering this as a story please contact me!


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato Students NASA Experiment
01/11/15
Advisory committees to the Oregon Board of Forestry to meet; Northwest and Southwest Oregon RFPC's meet January 15 in Molalla
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/11/15
>Please note RSVP required for attendance, thank you.

The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet jointly January 15 in Molalla from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will discuss forest practices rules including those affecting riparian (streamside) areas.

The meeting includes a field portion with an on-site forest visit.

On the agenda:
The majority of the meeting will be spent moving discussions forward about forest practice rules that apply to streamside management. Introductions by ODF's Angie Lane, policy analyst, will be followed by discussions about best management practices for streamside management and protecting water quality.

Attendees, including staff and committee members, will visit a forested site to discuss potential prescriptions for streamside management including buffers around streams, shade requirements and recommendations to meet water temperature standards.

This public meeting will be held in the conference room of the Molalla Fire Department at 320 S. Molalla Avenue in Molalla, Oregon.

About the Regional Forest Practice Committees
Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

>Anyone may attend the meeting; please RSVP to the number below. Please bring a lunch and water as well as personal transportation and dress appropriately in field gear. Parking: There is parking behind the Fire Station or on the street. Enter conference room at rear of the station, please do not use main entrance. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations please call 503-945-7502.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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01/09/15
Marine Board Approves Grants, Opens Rulemaking
Oregon Marine Board - 01/09/15
The Oregon State Marine Board held their quarterly Board meeting at the Portland Yacht Club on January 8. The Board approved two grants and opened rulemaking for two administrative rules.

The Board approved a grant to Metro Parks and Environmental Services to replace the heavily used and aging wood boarding docks at Chinook Landing in Multnomah County with new, aluminum docks with fiberglass decking. The project will be broken into two phases: fabricate and store the docks in 2015, then deliver and install the docks during the in-water work window of November 1 through February 28, 2016. The grant also covers the cost of removing the old dock structures. The Board approved $510,900 in state boater funds, combined with $1,800 of applicant in-kind contributions and $100,000 matching funds for a project total of $612,700.

The Board also approved a grant to Tillamook County to dredge Memaloose Point Boat Launch. This facility has been dredged numerous times in the past and Tillamook County agreed to a Marine Board staff recommendation to obtain special surveys and hydrographic modeling for alternative facility designs to mitigate the need for future dredging. The Board approved $105,275 in state boater funds, combined with $3,656 of in-kind resources and $49,817 matching funds from Tillamook County for a project total of $158,748.

In other business, the Board approved opening rulemaking for Division 016, Outfitter/Guide Program to amend definitions and add references to other criminal statutes to the Outfitter/Guide Program rules. The Board authorized staff to request concurrent rulemaking with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Board also approved rulemaking to adopt OAR 250-010-0164 Visual Distress Signals to be in concurrence with federal rules.

To view the agency staff report presented to the Marine Board, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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01/08/15
A Chance to Win Two Jackpots for the Price of One
Oregon Lottery - 01/08/15
January 8, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Every Friday from 5-7 p.m. beginning Friday, Jan. 9, anyone who buys a St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket, receives a free $1 Megabucks ticket for the next day's Megabucks drawing. This two-hour window of opportunity is open every Friday until St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets are gone.

The current Megabucks jackpot for Saturday, Jan. 10 is $6.1 million.

The St. Patrick's Day Raffle offers over 1,800 cash prizes. Each St. Patrick's Day ticket costs $10. Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patrick's Day - Tuesday, Mar. 17. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

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 over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Businesses must report personal property by March 1
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/08/15
SALEM--If you own a business--even a home-based business--Oregon law requires that you file an annual personal property tax return with your county assessor by March 1, 2015, unless you have been granted an extension or file for an extension by February 15.

Completed returns must include a detailed list of all business-related personal property, along with equipment purchase and lease dates, and original costs. Personal property includes office furniture, personal computers, easily-moveable machinery--even off-road vehicles or display cases--if they are used in the business. Business owners should also include leased equipment, such as copiers or power washers, explained Rick Schack, manager of the Property Tax Division's Support, Assistance, and Oversight section.

The county assessor calculates the tax due each year based on the personal property return. The tax owed on personal property is shown on property tax statements and is due November 15, 2015.

The assessor will cancel the tax due if the total personal property value is under a calculated cancellation threshold. The threshold for 2014 was $16,000. The 2015 threshold cannot be calculated until certain statistics are available in March. All business owners must file personal property returns, even if personal property value is less than the current cancellation threshold, Schack said.

If you're a business owner, you must file a return each year even if:

· You didn't receive a tax return from the county in which your property is located.

· The assessor cancelled your tax in prior years.

· You sold or closed your business during the year.

· You sold or disposed of your personal property.

If a business owner doesn't file, penalties from 5 to 50 percent of the taxes due may be assessed, depending on how late the return is filed.

For more information, including forms and a complete list of taxable personal property, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/ptd, or contact your county assessor's office.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Governor's Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Task Force to Meet on January 14, 2015
OR Department of Human Services - 01/08/15
Governor's Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Task Force
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Oregon State Capitol
Governor's Conference Room (254)
Salem, Oregon

Call In: 888-204-5984 / Participant Code: 547086

Agenda for the January 14th Task Force meeting is attached.


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01/07/15
*** Update *** Commercial Truck Transporting Salmon Smolt Crashes on HWY 126E in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/07/15
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On January 7, Oregon State Police troopers cited LEWIS for the crimes of DUII-alcohol, and Reckless Driving into Lane County Circuit Court.

No further information is available for release at this time. Additional inquiries may be directed to Lt. Lang Hinkle at the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536 ext. 218.

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday Afternoon's crash on highway 126E near milepost 11, in Cedar Flat; just east of Springfield.

Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 2:50 p.m., a westbound Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) fish delivery tanker driving on highway 126E was loaded with 11,000 Chinook salmon smolts and water and headed to the Row River near Cottage Grove where they were to be released. The fish were being transferred as a result of low water concerns at McKenzie Hatchery caused by floodgate malfunctions at Leaburg Dam, which provides water to the hatchery.

As the driver, identified as RAY C. LEWIS, 45, of Umpqua Oregon, was negotiating a curve the vehicle went off the roadway and crashed into a power pole and some trees. The truck overturned and spilled its contents at the roadside. All of the fish being transported died as a result of the crash.

LEWIS suffered facial and scalp lacerations and was transported to the hospital for treatment of other unknown injuries. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in this incident and additional investigation is pending. OSP is being assisted by the Lane County District Attorney's Office (LCDA).

Further inquiries regarding the fish transfer should be directed to Rick Swart, Public Information Officer for ODFW, at 971-673-6038 or Rick.Swart@state.or.us.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and McKenzie Fire and Rescue.


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State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/07/15
Date: January 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Location: Oregon State Library | Conference Room 102/103
250 Winter Street NE, Salem, OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330

1.Call to Order and Roll Call
2.Public Comment
3.Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
a.November 7, 2014
b.December 17, 2014

4.Residential Loan Program, Consent Calendar, Julie Cody and Lisa Nunnelle, OHCS
600 Ridgeview Court, Hood River 97031
4800 E Evans Creek Road, Rogue River 97537

5.Tax-Exempt Bond Issuance and Re-Funding Approval, Heather Pate and Janna Graham, OHCS
Ramona Apartments

6.Update on Columbia Knoll Apartments, Ryan Miller and Kimber Sexton, OHCS

7.2015 LIHTC NOFA Update & Recommendations - Julie Cody, OHCS
a. Proposed change to the definition of Preservation with respect to the set-aside
b. Proposed amount of proceeds available by Region.
c. Recommend an increase in maximum amount of gap funds for LIHTC projects.
d. Should we limit the number of applications and/or awards to a single sponsor?

8.Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair


Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting
DOC announces Deputy Director (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/07/15
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced the appointment of Kim Brockamp as the agency's new Deputy Director, effective Jan. 19.

Ms. Brockamp is a 23-year DOC veteran. She began her career in 1991 as an Accounting Assistant and then worked in various other positions in Fiscal Services. Later, as a member of Facilities Services, she worked through the contentious prison siting process. In 2004, she became the Administrator of the Offender Information and Sentence Calculation Unit. Ms. Brockamp also served as the Operations Division Policy Manager, where she was invaluable in guiding the agency's largest division through the biennial budget process, rulemaking, and policy development and implementation. After two biennia of serving as a member of the Management Bargaining Team, Ms. Brockamp was selected as the Assistant Director for the Human Resources Division in 2007. In 2012, Ms. Brockamp was asked to lead Coffee Creek Correctional Facility as Superintendent and, in 2013, she was asked to lead the Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division as Assistant Director.

Ms. Brockamp has broad DOC experience and expertise in organizational development, budgeting, teambuilding, labor relations, and stakeholder relations which makes her uniquely suited for the Deputy Director position. She is known for caring deeply about DOC and the people in it, and she looks forward to her new role.

"Ms. Brockamp's long-standing commitments to public safety and to her colleagues are unwavering," stated Director Peters, "I am extremely pleased to have her at my side."

DOC employs 4,600 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.


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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to host Goalball Enrichment Day for in Richland, Washington
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 01/07/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
500 W. 8TH Street, Suite 50
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to host Goalball Enrichment Day for in Richland, Washington

Vancouver, Washington--January 7th, 2015--The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a Goalball Enrichment Day for children and youth with visual impairments in Richland, WA. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th from 10:00am-12:00pm at White Bluffs Elementary School in Richland (1250 Kensington Way, Richland, WA). It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across the state of Washington.

"We are very excited to announce our Goalball Enrichment Day for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to the sport, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games" said Executive Director Billy Henry.

Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Developed after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active, it has become the premiere team game for blind athletes. Played competitively by men and women, it is a very fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and exciting game.

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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01/06/15
Hatfield Documentary to air on Oregon Public Broadcasting on January 19, 2015 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 01/06/15
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Portland, OR - A feature-length documentary film highlighting the life and legacy of the late Governor and United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield will be aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The film, The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield, uses extensive interviews with former staff and Senate colleagues of Hatfield to tell the story of his public service career. The Oregon Historical Society was proud to donate footage from its extensive archives to assist in the making of the film.

"Senator Mark Hatfield's legacy as a compassionate leader is considered one of Oregon's greatest gifts to this country and the world," said Rick Dancer, an executive producer of the project and long-time TV journalist from Eugene. "The story of Mark Hatfield is about his approach to leadership, the lives he influenced, and his involvement in iconic moments in history. There are important lessons here for today's leaders and the citizens who elect them. I am thrilled that OPB has chosen to broadcast the film, thereby sharing the Senator's life and legacy with as large an audience as possible."

The film was produced by The Hatfield Project, a 501(c)(3) organization created to chronicle Senator Hatfield's career and legacy. The film has previously been shown at special events at Portland State University, Willamette University, and the Oregon Historical Society. The Hatfield Project also anticipates donating copies of the film to schools and public libraries in Oregon. The film's executive producers are Rick Dancer, Kevin Curry, and Devon Lyon.



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


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National Guard Bureau senior enlisted advisor visits Oregon National Guard (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/06/15
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SALEM, Oregon - Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, is visiting the Oregon National Guard this week, Jan. 4-7, 2015. Brush is touring both Air and Army National Guard facilities throughout the state and hosting town hall meetings with Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to address current issues facing enlisted military members and to share the National Guard Bureau's vision and way ahead for the National Guard as a whole.

Brush advises the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on all matters affecting enlisted Airmen and Soldiers throughout the National Guard in all states and U.S. territories. His biography is available for reference here: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/SEA.aspx

More high-resolution photos are available for download at the Oregon Military Department Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157649729342709/

Photo Captions:
150105-Z-CH590-071: Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush (left), Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, meets members of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron during his tour of the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, Jan. 5, 2015. Brush received a briefing about the 125th mission and some of the equipment used by Airmen in the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

150105-Z-PL933-019: Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush (right), the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, visits the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Readiness Center in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 5, 2015. During his visit, Brush held a town hall meeting with members of the Oregon National Guard to address current issues facing enlisted military members and to share the National Guard Bureau's vision and way ahead for the National Guard. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150105-Z-OT568-002: Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush (center), the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, receives a briefing on Oregon National Guard operations in the Joint Operations Center at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Jan. 5, 2015. Brush also held a town hall meeting with members of the Oregon National Guard, addressing current issues facing enlisted military members and to share the National Guard Bureau's vision and way ahead. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150105-Z-ZZ999-005: Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush (center), Senior Enlisted Advisor for National Guard Bureau, poses for a photo with members of the Oregon National Guard in front of an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter, Jan. 5, during a tour of the Larry Deibert Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Salem, Oregon. The flight facility tour was part of several visits Brush made to Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Motor Vehicle Crash into the Columbia River on I-84 near Arlington Prompts Clean-Up (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/06/15
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On January 5, at approximately 6:00 A.M., troopers from The Dalles Area Command were dispatched to I-84 approximately 10 miles east of Arlington to check on a male subject who was reported to be walking down the middle of the freeway. The area was checked, but no one was located.

Several hours later, OSP dispatch received a report of a car in the water near the same location. Responding troopers located a white, 1997 Chevrolet Blazer, submerged in the waters of Willow Creek along the westbound lanes of I-84 near milepost 148.

An check of the vehicle found no one was inside, however, oil and gas leaking from the vehicle resulted in a slick covering approximately 300 feet of the Willow Creek Waterway. An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper specializing in the investigation of environmental incidents responded to assist with the investigation. A team from NRC Environmental Services also responded and contained the fluid spill to prevent further contamination before the vehicle was removed.

Emergency and environmental cleanup crews were on scene for approximately 7 hours investigating the crash and clearing the scene. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Gilliam County Sheriffs Office.

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State data show areas of Oregon at high risk for dangerous radon levels
Oregon Health Authority - 01/06/15
EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 A.M. TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015

January 6, 2015

State data show areas of Oregon at high risk for dangerous radon levels

State program urges home testing during January's Radon Action Month

New Oregon radon data show that many regions of the state are at moderate risk of having high radon levels, with several pockets of high-risk areas around the Willamette Valley, and in eastern and southern Oregon.

But people can take steps to reduce their exposure to radon, including testing their homes for the gas and hiring a professional to reduce it to a safe level.

Oregon's areas of highest risk for radon are in Scappoose, Banks and North Plains, as well as Boring, Parkdale, Dundee, Turner and La Grande, according to the data published on the Oregon Radon Program website, www.healthoregon.org/radon. A large swath of Portland, particularly in the north, northeastern and southeastern parts of the city, also was found to be at high risk.

The Radon Program collects radon test data from test kit manufacturers in an effort to understand which areas of the state have the potential for high radon levels. It allows the program to identify areas where educational outreach efforts need to be focused. The data, initially published two years ago, was recently updated with additional radon test data from around the state.

"The take-home message is that every home needs to be tested, regardless of where it is located," says Brett Sherry, Radon Program coordinator at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "You may have the only house on the block with elevated radon levels."

Radon is odorless, tasteless and invisible. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes up from the ground and is drawn into buildings, where it can build up to dangerous levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after cigarette smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

The Radon Program is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in urging Oregonians to take action and test their homes for radon during January as part of National Radon Action Month.

Testing homes for radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores, or online from radon test kit supply companies. Many test kits are priced between $15 and $25. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs, such as painting or having a new water heater installed. The best time to test for radon is during the heating season, when the windows and doors are closed up tight. This is when you would expect to find the highest radon levels in your home.

"Radon has been detected in homes all across Oregon. The only way to know if your home has high radon levels is to test," Sherry says.

Radon levels vary throughout Oregon depending on the underlying geology. Residents can see what levels have been detected in their neighborhoods by visiting the Radon Program website at www.healthoregon.org/radon, which lists radon test data by city and Zip code.

There are many cities and Zip codes in the state for which the Radon Program has little to no data. In an effort to get a better understanding of the radon potential across the state, the Radon Program is offering a free radon test kit to residents whose homes are in Zip codes with fewer than 20 radon test results. Residents can visit the Radon Program website to see if they are eligible.

Those living in Zip codes where there are fewer than 20 test results can send an email to radon.program@state.or.us to receive instructions on how to get a free test kit, which will be provided while supplies last.

For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, radon-resistant new construction, or to order a test kit online, call the Oregon Radon Program at 971-673-0440 or go towww.healthoregon.org/radon or visit the EPA's website at www.epa.gov/radon/nram.

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01/05/15
Office of State Fire Marshal to hold public hearing in Silver Lake
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 01/05/15
Officials from the Office of State Fire Marshal's License and Permit Unit have scheduled a hearing to gather public input on a proposed conditional use fueling facility in Silver Lake. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at
5:30 p.m., at the Silver Lake Rural Fire Protection District, 53224 4th Street, Silver Lake, Oregon.

Ed Staub and Sons Petroleum has requested a permit from the Office of State Fire Marshal to open a conditional use fueling facility allowing residents who sign agreements with the company to fuel their own vehicle. The current gas station would close for retail customers, and then become an unattended 24 hour station where local residents dispense their own fuel.

Conditional use facilities are allowed in areas where the nearest retail gas station is more than seven miles from the proposed facility. The hearing allows residents to provide oral or written testimony in support or opposition of the proposed conditional use facility.

The hearing is open to all interested parties and residents. Anyone with questions about the hearing may contact the Office of State Fire Marshal at 503-934-8264 or
503-934-8287.

In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, auxiliary aids for persons with disabilities are available upon advance request. To ensure the broadest range of services to individuals with disabilities, persons requiring special arrangements should contact 503-934-8264 or 503-934-8287 at least two working days in advance.
Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. Announces Changes to some OSP Command Personnel
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/05/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. has announced the promotion or reassignment of several key agency personnel, including the next Deputy Superintendent. The following promotions/transfers were effective December 1, 2014.

Deputy Superintendent:
Patrick Ashmore has been selected to replace Deputy Superintendent Maureen Bedell following her retirement in December. Ashmore, age 53, previously held the rank of Major, overseeing the Police Services Bureau, which encompasses the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, Criminal and Forensics Divisions as well as the State Medical Examiner. Ashmore has over 28 years of experience with OSP, holding positions in the agency's Patrol and Criminal Divisions, including special assignments in the Drug Enforcement Section.

Major - Police Services Bureau:
Andy Heider, age 38, has been promoted from Northwest Region Captain to Major, Police Services Bureau, taking over from Deputy Superintendent Ashmore. Heider has worked for OSP for over 19 years and has held positions in the agency's Patrol and Fish & Wildlife Divisions, including specialty assignments in the Special Investigations Unit of the Fish & Wildlife Division.

Northwest Region Captain:
Captain Jeff Hershman, age 44, has worked for OSP for over 20 years. Hershman was reassigned from his previous role as Criminal Division Captain to replace Major Heider as the Northwest Region Captain in Salem. Hershman was promoted to Captain in 2014 and has served in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions and worked in the Office of Professional Standards (OPS).

Criminal Investigations Division Captain:
Terri Davie, age 46, was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to head the Department's Criminal Investigations Division, replacing Captain Jeff Hershman. Davie has held positions in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions and her most recent assignment was as Lieutenant, overseeing the Oregon State Athletic Commission section within OSP. Davie has served as a Crisis Negotiations Team member on the Oregon State Police SWAT team for over 5 years and was the Capitol Mall Patrol Office Station Commander.

East Region Captain:
Captain Rob Edwards, age 45, was reassigned from Southwest Region Captain to East Region Captain following the retirement of Captain Dave Macmaniman. Captain Edwards has worked for OSP for 21 years and held various assignments in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions, including the Drug Enforcement Section, and spent 13 years on the agency's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

Southwest Region Captain:
Captain Ted Phillips, age 47, is a 24-year member of the Oregon State Police and was reassigned from his previous position as Forensic Services Division Director (Captain) to the Southwest Region Captain, replacing Captain Rob Edwards. Captain Phillips has worked in the Patrol and Criminal Divisions and served on the Department's SWAT team and Mobile Response Team (MRT). Captain Phillips worked in the agency's Drug Enforcement Section prior to his promotion to Captain.
Grants available for museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/05/15
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified museums to support museum collections, education and heritage tourism. Awards typically range between $1,000 and $8,000, and occasionally higher. Qualifying museums can apply for a variety of projects including archival boxes, records documentation, exhibits, brochures, school programs and more.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support.

"Our goal is to support museums of all sizes, all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," notes Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator.

Carla Burnside of the Harney County Historical Society recently noted the importance and ease of the grant for their quilt documentation and storage project. "The process of applying for the grant was very easy, she said. "It will help us preserve important textiles in our collection."

Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance. There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on Feb. 3. A one-hour webinar will be available on Feb. 5.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic cemetery projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/05/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $4,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," notes Kuri Gill, historic cemeteries program coordinator.

Patricia McCracken with Winchester Elementary School mentioned the assistance on her grant report. "We were new to filling out grants, staff was extremely helpful when we called," she said.

There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be Feb. 3 in Salem. A one-hour webinar will be available on Feb. 5.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/05/15
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grant can fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. It can also fund significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and/or interpreting archaeological sites.

The Diamonds in the Rough grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. The grant's purpose is to return the buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national).

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects and review applications. There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on Feb. 3. A one-hour webinar will be available on Feb. 5. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
01/03/15
Red Cross Assisting Family After Fire in Baker County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/03/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting one adult and two children displaced by a Jan. 3 residential fire in the 3000 block of Campbell Street in Baker City. The Red Cross provided help with lodging, food, clothing, shoes and infant supplies, comfort kits and information about Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health Services.
01/02/15
*** Update 2 *** Two Person Fatal Crash on HWY 140 East (South Side Bypass) at Washburn Road - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/02/15
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Oregon State Police troopers are asking the motorist who picked up the injured suspect on Washburn Way near South Side Bypass on December 28, 2014 at approximately 9:40 a.m., to contact them. Please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch at 1 (541) 883-5711 if you have any information relating to the motorist who assisted the injured driver by picking them up at the crash scene on South Side Bypass.

Previous Update
On Saturday, December 28, 2014, at approximately 7:40 am, OSP troopers responded to the South Side Bypass (Hwy 140 East) near milepost 3, on a reported single vehicle rollover crash. A red Ford Ranger pickup was driving west bound and left the north side of the roadway, colliding with a road side lamp post and highway sign, then rolling several times into an adjacent pasture.

Two of the vehicles occupants, GARRETT ZIMMER, 22, of Hermiston, and MARRI D. YOUNG-WELLBAUM, 26, of Eagle Point, were ejected from the pickup and deceased at the scene. A third occupant, GUAGE L. GRAY,22, of Klamath Falls, was transported to Sky Lakes Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Speed, alcohol and icy road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash. None of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing safety restraints. This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Klamath County Fire District #1, and the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are just arriving on a single vehicle double fatality crash on HWY 50 (South side Bypass) at Washburn Road in Klamath Falls.

OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and traffic at the location may be affected. For up to the minute traffic details please visit www.tripcheck.com.

Additional releases will be made as information becomes available.

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When Wolves Run Wild (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 01/02/15
Calf confirmed to have been killed by a wolf
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALEM, ORE., (12/30/2014) - In past years Oregon has made a great effort to reintroduce wolves to its fertile lands. It is to be expected that a carnivore is going to hunt for food, but what happens when its prey become domesticated animals? For ranchers in northeast Oregon the answer is devastation.

George Rawlings, who works on a ranch in Baker County, said, "We've seen them, (wolves), in our meadows." The ranch owner had Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirm a cow was killed by a wolf in 2012, followed by 24 missing cows in 2013 and 11 missing in 2014. Rawlings said that before the wolves started coming around, typically only two to three cows went missing per year. "Everybody around here is watching cattle closer," Rawlings said. He recently found wolf tracks in the snow just 200 yards from the ranch house. "We try to make a presence so the wolves know we are there," he said. This is one of the tactics that Oregon Fish and Wildlife recommends to deter wolves.

Ron Anglin from ODFW admits that they are having some problems. "Certainly every time wolves have shown up in a new place you end up with some kind of problem," Anglin said. He does see that a good percentage of ranchers are trying to comply with ODFW's standards to deter wolves from their livestock. Anglin said those who are trying "are to be commended."

Meanwhile, ranchers like Rawlings suffer great losses. Fred Phillips from Baker Valley has also seen wolves on his property. "The wolf is very stealthy and pretty much nocturnal," he said. "They're not afraid of anything."

Rodger Julick from Baker Valley was short 16 cows this year. He said his cattle came home several months early and were scared and underweight. The losses are a heavy financial burden to Julick. In reference to how many cattle he sent out to graze this summer, Julick said, "To lose 7 or 8 cows you're pushing 10 percent."

Todd Nash, Wolf Committee Chair for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said the burden that comes with losing cows isn't just financial; it is also emotional. Nash said, "I've seen a number of grown men and women cry" after finding their cow killed by a wolf. The killings are brutal. Nash has seen a 1,400 pound pregnant heifer alive but torn apart from a wolf. "They got the calf out of the cow while she was alive," he said.

The situation is complicated to be sure. Anglin encourages ranchers to "continue to work with their district wildlife biologist" to find a solution to stop the killings. Currently, ODFW's website states, "Except in defense of human life, or in certain circumstances when a wolf is attacking livestock, it is unlawful to shoot a wolf. Doing so is a violation of Oregon state game law, with fines and penalties assessed by a court." Julick said he will, "continue to do everything ODFW requests." He isn't sure what else ranchers can do. "Until the laws change, the cow people in northeast Oregon are going to suffer."

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

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Preliminary Holiday Reporting Stats for New Years - 2015
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/02/15
Preliminary New Year's Holiday reporting numbers:

Oregon State Police troopers reported an uptick in the number of DUII arrests made over this New Year's Holiday period, December 31, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., to January 1, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

During the 2014-2015 holiday period troopers arrested 37 drivers for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, up from 2013 when troopers arrested 29 impaired drivers.

Troopers responded to 35 crashes this year, 2 of which involved one or more fatality.

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St. Patrick's Day Raffle Tickets on Sale Sunday
Oregon Lottery - 01/02/15
January 2, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Offering over 1,800 cash prizes, ticket sales for the Oregon Lottery(R)'s seventh annual St. Patrick's Day Raffle?"? begin Sun., Jan. 4 at 5 a.m. Each St. Patrick's Day ticket costs $10.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

Special Offer - Free Megabucks Ticket
Every Fri. from 5-7 p.m. beginning Fri., Jan. 9, when someone buys a St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket, they will receive a free $1 Megabucks ticket for the next day's Megabucks drawing. This offer will be available every Fri. while there are still remaining St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets.

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patrick's Day - Tues., Mar. 17. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 138.8.

Raffle History
- The 2009 St. Patrick's Day Raffle was the Lottery's first Raffle game
- Chuck Mikes of Camas, WA was the first $1 million top prize winner
- The 2015 St. Patrick's Day Raffle is the seventh St. Patrick's Day Raffle
- The 2010 Thanksgiving Raffle doubled the number of tickets and prizes offering 500,000 tickets and two $1 million top prizes
- Since 2009, the Lottery has offered 15 Raffle games: St. Patrick's Day Raffle (7), Thanksgiving Raffle (4), 4th of July Raffle (2), and Halloween Raffle (2)

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 over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.
*** Update *** Double Fatal Crash on HWY 34 at MP 12 in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 01/02/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two-vehicle, double fatality, head-on crash on highway 34 at milepost 12, in Linn County.

Early information at the scene indicates that on January 1, at around 7:00 p.m., an aqua colored, 1994 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by BRADLEY R. STORKSON, 26, of Lebanon, was traveling westbound on highway 34 at milepost 12 when for it crossed the centerline and collided with an eastbound, blue, 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The driver of the Camaro was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 7-year-old male passenger was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries and subsequently taken to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland via air ambulance for further treatment. The driver of the Impala, identified as FELICIA N. HAMILTON, 28, of Lebanon, was also transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where she were pronounced deceased.

While the investigation is not complete, speed is being considered as a potential factor in this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, (Linn County Crash Team)- Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, and Tangent Rural Fire District.


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01/01/15
Red Cross Assists After Three New Years Fires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/01/15
Disaster responders from the American Red Cross Cascades Region spent New Years Day assisting Oregon families after residential fires in Josephine, Gilliam and Crook County.

A residential fire Dec. 31 in the 1700 block of Redwood Highway in Selma, Josephine County affected one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, bedding, transportation, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services support.

A second residential fire on Dec. 31 in the 200 block of North A Street in Condon, Gilliam County affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, bedding, infant supplies, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services support.

A third residential fire on Dec. 31 in the 70000 block of SE Paulina City Road in Paulina, Crook County affected two adults and two children. The Red Cross provided assistance for linens, food, clothing, seasonal clothing, shoes and mental health services.