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07/05/15
Niagara Fire update - July 5, 2015 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/05/15
Oregon Department of Forestry North Cascades District, Santiam Unit
Russ Lane, Incident Commander
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 70 acres
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Personnel: 100
Aircraft: 5 helicopters, 3 Type 1, 2 Type 2
Weather: hot dry conditions expected to continue
The Niagara Fire was reported on July 4, 2015 burning above Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. The fire grew rapidly with some spotting burning through heavy timber to a size now estimated at 70 acres. Helicopters and air tankers were used to slow its growth, and little additional growth was observed overnight.

Today, July 5, 2015, the goal explained by Russ Lane, Incident Commander "is to knock the fire down by air and get a containment line around it on the ground." Weather in the fire area continues to be hot and dry, with historically dry fuels. About 100 personnel are assigned to the fire. Five helicopters, three heavy lift and two medium lift, are available to provide support for fire line construction.

There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time. Visitors to the Detroit Lake Recreation Area should be aware that boating on the west end of the lake and recreational activities on Detroit dam may be limited due to fire activity. For those traveling Highway 22, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check site http://tripcheck.com for the most current information. Fire traffic is heavy in the vicinity of the Big Cliff Dam and the public is advised to use caution when traveling in this area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.

Cooperators include: Willamette National Forest, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, Detroit-Idahna Fire District, Gates Fire Department, and Lyons Fire Department
07/04/15
Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update 07-04-15 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/04/15
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

Firefighters continue the hard work and dedication to contain the Corner Creek Fire, burning 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire is estimated at 22,000 acres in size and five percent contained. The fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, and conditions remain extremely challenging. Hot and dry weather conditions, with wind gusts up to 20 mph, are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland. "We're in a tough fight," says Operations Chief, John Flannigan. "We have knocked the fire down a couple of times, but it continues to get back up. We hope to deliver the final blow soon."

Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and continue mop up on the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Private land allotments to the south and west of the fire are threatened. The team is preparing for future expected growth and is working hard to protect structures near the fire.

Ochoco National Forest roads are closed on the north, from the forest boundary at the North Fork of Birch Creek, south along the 5820 Road to the Ochoco Forest boundary at the Rager Airstrip. All roads, trails, and forest lands east of the Ochoco Forest boundary are also closed. Travel on the South Fork John Day Road (County Rd 42) is limited to residents and fire personnel only.

The Sugarloaf Fire is now 90 percent contained with a total size of 4,470 acres. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue on the northeast edge of the fire. The majority of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. A total of 941 resources are assigned to the Sugarloaf and Corner Creek Fires.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. today due to temperatures near 100 degrees and very low humidity. The hot weather conditions are expected to continue through the weekend. Please use caution with fireworks and campfires over the 4th of July weekend. Be sure to check regulated closures at www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx to avoid additional wildfire threats.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire and road closures is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com
Fatal Crash In Baker County Takes Life Of Idaho Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/04/15
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On July 4, 2015 at about 1:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a rollover crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 327 (Durkee).

According to Trooper Andrew McClay, a 2002 Hyundai Accent operated by Enrique JIMINEZ, age 64, of Boise, ID, was traveling westbound on I-84 when it began to pass a 2010 Ford Ranger pickup operated by Taylor D GROVE, age 24, of Phoenix, AZ.

For unknown reasons, JIMINEZ's vehicle swerved into GROVE's vehicle which caused both vehicles to lose control and exit the interstate. JIMINEZ was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled over several times.

Emergency crews arrived on scene and declared JIMINEZ deceased. GROVE was not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates JIMINEZ was not wearing his safety belt. Alcohol consumption by JIMINEZ is suspected as the contributing factor of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.


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07/03/15
Corner Creek Fire-Sugarloaf Fire update July 3 evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/15
Corner Creek Fire
Sugarloaf Fire
July 3, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander

The Corner Creek Fire continues to grow to the south and west along the South Fork John Day River. Extremely hot and dry weather conditions are causing the fire to run, spot, and torch into timber and rangeland, burning actively about 11 miles south of Dayville. Firefighters continue to work to protect structures near the fire and prevent the fire from crossing to the east side of the river. The fire is anticipated to burn actively into the night. Night shift firefighters will concentrate on structure protection, preventing the fire from crossing the river and checking the spread of the fire to the south.

The South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 is closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. A forest closure has also been issued for part of the Ochoco National Forest near the Corner Creek Fire, including the Black Canyon Wilderness and Frazier and Mud Springs campgrounds.

The Sugarloaf Fire continues to burn on its northeast edge in areas with heavy fuels. Mop up and hazardous tree felling continue in this area. The rest of the Sugarloaf Fire and all of the Blue Basin Fire have little heat and are being patrolled, with emphasis on the areas around the structures. Fire personnel and equipment not needed on these fires are being reassigned to the Corner Creek Fire.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect until Saturday at 8:00 p.m., indicating an increased chance of fire development and spread. The hot, dry weather with periods of gusty winds are expected to continue into the weekend.

Information about the Sugarloaf/Corner Creek Fire is posted online at www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update July 3 - Correction
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/15
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new large fires reported on the 16 million acres protected by ODF during the past day.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Sugarloaf, Corner Creek and Blue Basin Fires - ODF's Team 1 is managing the suppression operations on these three fires. The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 5,057 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 65 percent contained. The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire grew by 7,000 acres since yesterday to a current size of 19,232 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire conditions are extremely challenging with very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and mop up the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Efforts continue to protect structures, extinguish spot fires, and establish control lines for the fire.

The private lands in the Sugarloaf and Corner Fire areas are protected by the BLM through an offset agreement with ODF, which has jurisdictional responsibility. The lightning-caused 317-acre Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville on BLM-protected lands is 95 percent contained. [Go to the ODF wildfire blog, http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/corner-creek-fire-sugarloaf-fire-update.html for more details.]

The lightning-caused, 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah is approx. 40 percent contained. BLM lands within the Jones Canyon Fire are protected by ODF through an agreement between the protection agencies. A local, Type 3 team is managing the fire. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 388-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 75 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 8,688-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on BLM lands is 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on BLM lands eight miles north of Drewsy is fully contained. The fire was managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 0312 RN Fire is 700 acres and uncontained. Reported July 2, it is burning on BLM lands five miles south of Clarno. Cause is under investigation. The fire is being managed by the BLM.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for July 3, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update for July 3, 2015.



FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new large fires reported on ODF protection in the past day.



FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

Sugarloaf, Corner Creek and Blue Basin Fires - ODF's Team 1 is managing the suppression operations on these three fires. The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 5,057 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 65 percent contained. The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, about 11 miles south of Dayville. The fire grew by 7,000 acres since yesterday to a current size of 19,232 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire conditions are extremely challenging with very high temperatures and low relative humidity coupled with northwest winds, gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Firefighters are working to stop fire progression to the south, hold and mop up the east, and begin burn out and hold the west. Efforts continue to protect structures, extinguish spot fires, and establish control lines for the fire. The lightning-caused 317-acre Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville on BLM-protected lands is 95 percent contained. [Go to the ODF wildfire blog, http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/2015/07/corner-creek-fire-sugarloaf-fire-update.html for more details.]

The lightning-caused, 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah on Bureau of Land Management lands is approx. 40 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/


The lightning-caused, 388-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 75 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The lightning-caused, 8,688-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on BLM lands is 90 percent contained. The fire is being managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on BLM lands eight miles north of Drewsy is fully contained. The fire was managed by the BLM. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx


The 0312 RN Fire is 700 acres and uncontained. Reported July 2, it is burning on BLM lands five miles south of Clarno. Cause is under investigation. The fire is being managed by the BLM.




FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through July 2, 2015:
Lightning-caused fires: 98 fires burned 1,002 acres
Human-caused fires: 273 fires burned 591 acres


Total: 371 fires burned 1,593 acres

10-year average (January 1 through July 2):
Lightning-caused fires: 35 fires burned 40 acres


Human-caused fires: 173 fires burned 1,360 acres


Total: 208 fires burned 1,400 acres


Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.


When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.



NEWS MEDIA


News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office, 503-508-0574 mobile, any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.




OTHER FIRE INFORMATION


For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:


the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or


the national Incident Information System site.





For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:


the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.


the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.




ABOUT THIS UPDATE


This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.


The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
Motorcycle Crash In Morrow County Kills Boardman Man
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/03/15
On July 3, 2015, at about 11:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcyclist down at the I-84/HWY 730 interchange.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, a 2002 Harley Davidson, operated by William R BROOKS, age 58, of Boardman had been traveling westbound on HWY 730 when he attempted to take the westbound on-ramp onto Interstate 84.

Preliminary investigation indicates BROOKS passed the on-ramp entrance and attempted to navigate through the median in an attempt to re-enter the on-ramp. BROOKS was ejected when his motorcycle struck a culvert and discovered by a passing motorist who called 911.

Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, BROOKS was pronounced deceased. Alcohol consumption is being considered as a contributing factor. OSP was assisted by Boardman Fire and Ambulance, Morrow County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
07/02/15
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
On July 1, 2015, OSP Troopers, OSP Detectives and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents were in the Sunny Valley area of Josephine County attempting to locate a homicide suspect from Siskiyou County, California. The suspect had been identified as Kaleb LANDON, age 32, of Yreka.

At about 6:00PM, the suspect was seen in a moving vehicle and troopers attempted to stop it. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect fled northbound on I-5 from the 71 Interchange. The suspect made it approximately a mile before crashing into another vehicle.

After a brief standoff with LANDON, who was armed with a firearm, an officer involved shooting occurred. LANDON was declared deceased on scene. None of the law enforcement officers on scene were injured. It is believed two ATF agents and four OSP troopers discharged their weapons during the incident.

The OSP employees have been identified as:

Sergeant Brandon Boice, Patrol Division, assigned to the Grants Pass Worksite, joined OSP in 2001.

Sergeant First Class Jeff Fitzgerald, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 1999.

Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander, Patrol Division, assigned to the Central Point Area Command, joined OSP in 2008.

Detective Brent Sitowski, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 2007.

As a matter of their policy, ATF does not release the names of agents involved in an ongoing investigation.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Medford Police Department, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.

This is a sensitive investigation and release of further information could compromise it. Information will be released when it is available. Any questions should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Fourth of July holiday (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/02/15
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The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

9:45 a.m., Central Point, Oregon - Central Point Freedom Festival
10:00 a.m., Lake of the Woods, Oregon - Lake of the Woods Fourth of July Celebration
10:10 a.m., Ashland, Oregon - Main Street Fourth of July Celebration
10:30 a.m., Burns, Oregon - Harney County 4th of July Parade
10:30 a.m., Manzanita, Oregon - Manzanita Fourth of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Eagle Point, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Rockaway Beach, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:15 a.m., Neskowin, Oregon - Neskowin Fourth of July Celebration
11:30 a.m., Creswell, Oregon - Creswell 4th of July Celebration

All flyovers will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility in the United States.


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Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/02/15
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Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into Wednesday's commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84.

According to Sergeant Ty Duby, on July 1, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on I-84 near MP 340. Additionally reported was a semi-truck and trailer that had exited the highway and rolled over.

Troopers arrived to find a 2007 Volvo truck pulling a box trailer had failed to negotiate a curve. The truck damaged about 300 feet of guardrail before breaking through and exiting the roadway. The truck rolled down a 50 foot embankment.

The driver, Jose A GUZMAN, age 53, of Auburn, WA, was transported by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for his injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department Of Transportation Huntington Rural Fire and Rescue.

Contributing factors have not yet been determined. No further information available at the time of this release.


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Department of Forestry reminds public to use caution over holiday weekend
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/02/15
Today NWCC (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center) announced there are 14 uncontained large wildfires in Oregon and Washington. Many of these fires were caused by lightning from last weekend's thunderstorms, but several can be attributed to human activity. Year to date human-caused fires in Oregon are up 60 percent compared to the 10-year average. More than half the fires in the Central Oregon District in 2015 are human-caused.

Heading into the holiday weekend the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to remind the public that a Regulated Closure for lands protected by the Central Oregon District is being implemented. The intent of the closure is to limit human-caused fires. The closure prohibits smoking outside of vehicles, use of fireworks, and blasting. Open fires, including campfires, are prohibited except in designated areas. Additional restrictions and details can be found at the following website: tinyurl.com/COD-Regulated-Closure. Also restricted during fire season is the use of exploding targets and tracer ammunition within 1/8 mile of the district, and the release of sky lanterns.

The forecast is for hot and dry weather through the weekend and continuing into next week. High temperatures combined with already extreme fuel conditions could result in rapid fire growth, leading to dangerous and costly fires. A single spark from a careless human could result in a catastrophic fire damaging wildlife habitat, our homes and communities, our forests and watersheds.

As you head out to enjoy your holiday weekend please remember to use caution and follow Regulated Closure and fire season restrictions for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Contact your local National Forest or Bureau of Land Management office for public use restrictions on public lands.

Please call 911 to report a wildfire.
Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/02/15
The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased slightly. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase to $567, while the minimum amount will be $133.

The change affects new unemployment insurance claims effective on or after June 28, 2015. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount.

Higher wage growth in 2014 resulted in a 3.9% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 3.3% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago. Over the past 12 months the maximum payment has been $549, while the minimum was $128.

Under Oregon law, each year the Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive each week. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law.


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Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be near Tumalo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/02/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 18 near Tumalo. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery, about 1.8 miles north of Tumalo on the Cline Falls Highway. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

In conjunction with the workshop, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also conduct a public meeting in Bend from 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave.

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 about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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07/01/15
Oregon State Police Announces New Forensics Services Director
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 07/01/15
Superintendent Rich Evans is welcoming current Lane County District Attorney, Alex Gardner, as the new Director of the Forensic Services Division of the Oregon State Police. Mr. Gardner will begin his career with OSP on August 1st by attending the Basic Recruit Pre-Academy and continue through the training process at the Oregon Public Safety Academy- including the agency field training program. Once Mr. Gardner is finished with his field training, he will report to the agency General Headquarters in Salem, assuming the duties of the Director of the Forensics Division.

According to Superintendent Evans, "Mr. Gardner has a vast educational background, including a BA in psychology, a MS in biology, and a Juris Doctorate in law. Along with his educational background, Mr. Gardner brings his experience as a Deputy District Attorney and the experience of being the District Attorney of Lane County. Mr. Gardner is well known in the public safety sector of Oregon and will bring his vast experience here to OSP".

The OSP Forensic Services Division provides Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet July 9
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:
-- Review new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association acute stroke systems of care guidelines.
-- Review and discuss draft map of acute stroke care networks.
-- Review and discuss draft hospital survey.
-- Review and discuss draft EMS survey.

When: Thursday, July 9, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, East Wing, Conference Room 1003, 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Portland.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was established by ORS 431.673 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made up of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code: 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

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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Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet July 10
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 971-673-3392 (meeting information and accommodations)

What: Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee will meet Friday, July 10. The primary focus of the meeting will be to begin discussions of the metrics to be included in the third year of the program. Public testimony will be taken.

When: Friday, July 10, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, 421 Southwest Oak Street in Portland, on the first floor in the Oak conference room. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-336-1828, participant code 9657836#.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.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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Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet July 7 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/01/15
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. This public meeting will be held at 785 North 42nd Street, Springfield.

The Committees will receive an update about the Board of Forestry's ongoing discussion and possible July decision about creating streamside shade buffers to meet the Department of Environmental Quality protecting cold water standards. Most of the morning will include discussion about the rulemaking status, whether the Committees want to weigh-in at the July Board meeting, and the Board's rulemaking timeline.

The balance of the meeting will include updates and discussion about:
Bald eagles' recovery, and a technical report about their current population and threatened and endangered species listing status.
Strategies for monitoring the Forest Practices Act successes and opportunities.
Compliance audit of the Forest Practices Act rules and how to use it in the future.
Legislative activity, particularly the agency's budget and bills about buffers for aerial spray applications and wildlife food plots.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are citizen panels created to 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. 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 503-945-7427.

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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Final health insurance rate decisions for 2016 released
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/01/15
Note: The above downloadable file contains final rate decision tables and decision summaries.

Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division today released final decisions for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance rates. The rates, which apply to about 10 percent of Oregonians, are for plans for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. The division, part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These final decisions are the result of a rigorous and public review process by the division. This process included public conference calls, public hearings, and public comment. For the first time this year, the division published preliminary decisions before the public hearings. These hearings provided an opportunity for the public, health insurance companies, and the division to further review and analyze the preliminary decisions.

Health insurance rates are an estimate of future expenses, including medical and prescription drug claims costs and administrative expenses. These estimates are based on historical data and forecasts of future trends. The division must approve rates that are "actuarially sound," meaning they adequately cover costs without being too high, too low, or unfairly discriminatory. After reviewing claims and cost information from 2014, division actuaries determined that the cost of providing coverage for individual plans in Oregon was $830 million, while premiums were only $703 million. This means costs exceeded rates by $127 million, or an average of $624 per person. This newly available data drove the division's decisions for 2016 rates.

"Our ultimate responsibility to Oregon consumers is to ensure that rates cover the cost of health care," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Our final rate decisions reflect our commitment to ensuring that Oregonians can count on the coverage they purchase."

In the individual market, the division's final rate decisions range from an average rate increase of 8.3 percent to an average rate increase of 37.8 percent, depending on the insurance company. The final Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland will range from $271 to $389 a month.

In the small group market, the division's final rate decisions range from an average rate decrease of 7.6 percent to an average rate increase of 15 percent. Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $275 to $356 a month.

"We share the concerns expressed through public comment about the affordability of health insurance in Oregon, and these final rates were approved in order to protect consumers from extreme rate increases in the future. Inadequate rates could also result in companies going out of business in the middle of the plan year, or being unable to pay claims," said Commissioner Cali. "It's important to remember that most Oregonians who purchase their insurance through the marketplace will be eligible for premium tax credits to help offset the cost of insurance."

In plan year 2015, 78 percent of Oregonians enrolled through healthcare.gov received an average premium tax credit of $199 per member per month. Of those enrolled through the marketplace, 47 percent also received additional assistance through cost-sharing reductions, which reduces deductibles and co-pays when seeking medical care.

Final rates, a summary of the state of the individual and small group markets, and the final decision information for each carrier can be found at www.oregonhealthrates.org. Statewide premium comparison tables for ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in late July.

DCBS Director Patrick Allen and Commissioner Cali will be presenting an update on the 2016 Health Insurance Rate Review process this afternoon, July 1, to the House and Senate Health Care committees.

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


Attached Media Files: 2016 Final Rates and Decision Summaries
Oregon Department of Forestry daily fire update for July 1, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/01/15
FIRES ON Oregon Dept. of Forestry-PROTECTED LANDS
The lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire is 500 to 600 acres, burning in the Fossil Subunit of the Central Oregon District, 12 miles NE of Monument. The fire is active and uncontained.

Harper Creek Complex - The complex includes three fires: The largest is the Harper Creek Fire at 321 acres, located four miles south of Mt. Vernon. It is 50-75% contained and in mop-up. The Hog Creek Fire is 96 acres, located six miles east of Long Creek. The Luce Creek Fire is 25 acres, located three miles SW of John Day. These two smaller fires are fully contained. All are lightning caused and located in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire is 4,802 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 40 percent contained. ODF's Incident Management Team 1 is in command of the suppression operation.

The 14,049-acre Jaca Reservoir Fire burning 87 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is 70 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused 317-acre 0301 PR Blue Basin Fire burning nine miles north of Dayville is 50 percent contained. The Bureau of Land Management is the lead agency. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 840-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah is 22 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 639-acre Little Basin Fire burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Wallowa-Whitman Nat'l Forest, is 97 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 362-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 50 percent contained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 9,000-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands eight miles north of Drewsy is 30 percent contained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused Corner Creek Fire burning 11 miles south of Dayville on National Forest lands is 6,000 acres and uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 300-acre OR-OCH-000297 Fire burning 11 miles south of Dayville on National Forest lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

FIRE STATISTICS
These statistics are for the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Jan. 1, 2015 to present
Lightning-caused fires: 98 fires burned 1,002 acres
Human-caused fires: 270 fires burned 584 acres
Total: 368 fires burned 1,586 acres

Ten-year average for this period of the year
Lightning-caused fires: 33 fires burned 38 acres
Human-caused fires: 168 fires burned 1,353 acres
Total: 201 fires burned 1,391 acres
Health advisory lifted July 1 for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued June 25 for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir, located 26 miles southwest of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are well below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets, because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms on bodies of water in Oregon, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water.

For local information for Perry South Campground, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-549-7700.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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06/30/15
Two Washington Residents Arrested Following Pursuit In Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/30/15
On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at approximately 12:40pm an OSP Trooper from the Pendleton Area Command observed a speeding 1989 Nissan 240Z on I-84 westbound near milepost 232 traveling 91 mph in a 65mph zone. As the trooper attempted to overtake the speeding vehicle it increased it's speed in excess of 120 miles per hour.

Upon the trooper activating their vehicle overhead lights, the speeding vehicle pulled into the westbound truck scales near milepost 228, turned around, and began to travel the wrong way on the Interstate in an attempt to elude the trooper. The trooper discontinued pursuit of the vehicle. Minutes later, the trooper located the vehicle again near the westbound Deadman's Pass Rest Area and the vehicle again began to flee traveling north on Kanine Ridge Road and into the Umatilla Tribal Reservation.

The fleeing vehicle traveled north on Kanine Ridge Road at slower speeds due to the rough terrain and eventually became disabled after about 8 miles. Both the male driver and a female passenger fled on foot into the hillside and down a ravine.

State Troopers from Pendleton, Hermiston, Lagrande, an OSP Aircraft from Baker City, as well as the Umatilla Tribal Police responded to the area and established a perimeter then began an air and ground search for the suspects. At approximately 2:02pm the male suspect identified as Jacob ROSS, age 25, of Des Moines, WA was taken into custody after he was located hiding and partially covered by brush. A short time later the female identified as Whitney JOHNS, age 22, of Tacoma, WA, was located and taken into custody.

ROSS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charges of Felony Attempt to Elude, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Trespass II.

JOHNS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charge of Criminal Trespass II.
State announces workshops to help Oregon businesses reach global markets
Business Oregon - 06/30/15
Business Oregon and its partners will host six workshops as part of a statewide initiative to help small- and medium-sized businesses continue reaching international customers and suppliers.

The summer trade workshops are one part of an initiative approved by Governor Kate Brown in April to identify reliable, low-cost shipping options for businesses affected by the loss of Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd container service at the Port of Portland's Terminal 6.

The workshops with exporters and importers will help to identify the challenges and opportunities they face and will lead to specific recommendations to the 2016 Legislature for freight transportation projects.

The initiative is co-sponsored by the Port of Portland, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The first of a series of workshops will be held in Portland on Friday, July 24. Other meetings are planned for Redmond, Hermiston, Ontario, Albany and Medford. Visit the Keep Oregon Trade Moving Web site for more details.

Why global trade matters to Oregonians: Global trade supports farms, forests and manufacturers from Brookings to Baker City and Astoria to Boardman. Trade supports nearly 500,000 jobs in Oregon. Nearly 90 percent of the state's exporters are small- or medium-sized companies, and imports into Oregon deliver supplies to our manufacturing plants and goods to our corner stores. For more, check out our trade fact sheet.

About container service at the Port of Portland: The Port of Portland continues to work to build container service to Terminal 6. For more information, visit the Port of Portland's Terminal 6 overview.

Export promotion: Business Oregon's global trade team continues to help small businesses break into new global markets. With $381,000 in export grants in fiscal year 2014, we helped 108 businesses produce $6 million in immediate sales. Learn more.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - June 30, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/15
This is an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) daily fire update for Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The lightning-caused Jones Canyon Fire is 500 to 600 acres, burning in the Fossil Subunit of the Central Oregon District, 12 miles NE of Monument. The fire is active and uncontained.

Harper Creek Complex - The complex includes three fires: The largest is the Harper Creek Fire at 320 acres, located four miles south of Mt. Vernon. The Hog Creek Fire is 96 acres, located six miles east of Long Creek. The Luce Creek Fire is 25 acres, located three miles SW of John Day. All are lightning caused and burning in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District. Firefighters expect to fully contain the two smaller fires by the end of shift today. The largest fire is 50 percent contained. ODF is gradually releasing firefighting resources from the Harper Creek Complex and reassigning them to the Jones Canyon Fire.

The lightning-caused, 15-acre Happy Ridge Fire reported June 29 burning in the Central Oregon District has been contained and is in mop-up. Air support played a key role in catching the fire at relatively small size.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Sugarloaf Fire experienced some growth yesterday and is approximately 5,000 acres. It is burning in the Prineville BLM District north of Dayville and is 20 percent contained. ODF's Incident Management Team 1 is in command of the suppression operation.

The 14,600-acre Jaca Reservoir Fire burning 87 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is 40 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 248-acre Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles SW of Ukiah on is uncontained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The 639-acre Little Basin Fire burning in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Wallowa-Whitman Nat'l Forest, is 97 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

The lightning-caused, 5,345-acre Buckskin Fire burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 60 percent contained. More info: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused, 320-acre Bunker Hill Complex burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge on the Willamette National Forest is 30 percent contained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 4,000-acre Leslie Gulch Fire burning 45 miles south of Vale on Bureau of Land Management lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 300-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands eight miles north of Drewsy is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx

The lightning-caused, 300-acre OR-OCH-000297 Fire burning 11 miles south of Dayville on National Forest lands is uncontained. More info: http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/fire_info.aspx
DEL Seeks Applicants for Early Learning Advisory Council
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/30/15
Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) and is accepting applications from qualified and interested individuals. The open seats will represent the following:
1. A Family Home Child Care provider
2. A Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant/Seasonal Head Start or Tribal Head Start Program representative.

These governor-appointed seats are two-year positions and will be effective upon appointment.

ABOUT ELAC: ELAC is an advisory body to the Department of Early Learning and was created by the Legislature in 2007. The Council plays a pivotal role in the early learning system as an advisory body to DEL and serves as a connector among the state, local communities and constituencies across Washington.

ELAC's membership reflects Washington's regional, racial, and cultural diversity and includes parents, child care providers, health/safety experts and legislators, as well as representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, the K-12 and higher education systems, and others interested in creating a statewide early learning system that helps all children realize their full potential.

ELAC representatives from around the state meet regularly to advise and work with DEL to implement the Washington State Early Learning Plan, so that partners can collectively ensure that all children succeed in school and life.

ELAC MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Members serve two-year terms that expire on June 30th of the second year. ELAC meets at least six times per year; generally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ELAC members are expected to attend the majority of meetings and be prepared to actively participate. Participants in subcommittees or work groups should expect to meet outside of the regular meeting dates.

The open membership seat is an unpaid position, although non-governmental members may be eligible for compensation and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while carrying out ELAC duties.

APPLICATION:
Interested individuals who can commit to the membership requirements can apply for the open ELAC seats online on the Governor's website by July 15, 2015. Along with your resume, please attach a brief statement that addresses the following:
-Why would you like to serve as a representative on ELAC?
-How did you hear about ELAC and/or who referred you?
-What is your perspective on or approach to providing equitable early learning
opportunities?
-What impact do you hope to see ELAC have on early learning in Washington, and how
do you want to contribute to that effort?

Please contact elac@del.wa.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our state's progress toward building an earlylearning system that meets the needs of all Washington children and families!
Workplace safety training grants available
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/30/15
(Salem) - Starting July 1, Oregon OSHA will accept applications for the development of innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages unique projects such as mobile apps, videos, or online educational games to engage workers.

The training grants will focus on programs that target a high hazard Oregon industry (construction, agriculture, young workers, etc.) or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any labor consortium, employer consortium, association, educational institution affiliated with a labor group, or other nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 per grant project without a requirement for any matching dollars or in-kind contributions. Grant applications are due Oct. 9, 2015.

Some examples of past grant projects include:
A bilingual training program for hazard identification
A video on Christmas tree harvest safety
An online training program to help workers comply with electrical standards
An educational program for prevention of ergonomic-related injuries for nurses

The Oregon State Legislature established the grant program in 1990. Employers cannot use the program to fund training projects for their employees.

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. They are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available to the public for checkout from the library. Some programs are also available online.

Grant application information is available at http://www.orosha.org/grant-programs.html. Contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or teri.a.watson@oregon.gov for more information.

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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.

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 at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Take a break and win $78,000 playing Keno (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 06/30/15
Patricia Roe of Culver
Patricia Roe of Culver
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June 29, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - During a Sunday afternoon lull in the action at work, Patricia Roe, a waitress at the Round Butte Inn, won more than $78,000 playing the Keno 8-Spot.

"It got pretty slow, so I took a break and played Keno 8-Spot. Who knew it would lead to this!" Roe said when she claimed her prize in Salem.

There is a new Keno game every four minutes and players have 322 opportunities to play a Keno game each day. Roe played Keno 8-Spot, a game where the jackpot builds until someone picks the winning numbers. When Roe hit it, it had grown to $78,505.10.

"This is my first big win," Roe said. "The family and I are going shopping."

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. 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


Attached Media Files: Patricia Roe of Culver
06/29/15
Red Cross Responds to Home Fires in Umatilla County and Coos County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/29/15
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers covered two corners of the state today, responding to home fires in Pendleton in northeast Oregon, and in Charlston on the southern Oregon coast.

The single-family fire in Pendleton took place in the 600 block of SE 6th Street, and affected two adults and two children. Red Cross provided food and clothing.

The home fire in Charlston, in Coos County, occurred yesterday in teh 90000 block of Wayfarer Lane. Red Cross volunteers met today with the affected family which included three adults and a child. Red Cross provided clothing, shoes and lodging. Two pets were lost in this fire.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Weekend lightning keeps firefighters busy
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/29/15
Powerful thunderstorms swept across Oregon over the weekend, bringing strong winds and lightning. Thirteen fires were reported in the John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District, nine of these fires were contained at initial attack with minimal acreage burned. Firefighters continue to battle fires the Harper Creek Complex and the Jones Canyon Fire.

The Harper Creek Complex is comprise of three fires; the Harpers Creek Fire (321 acres), the Hog Fire (96 acres), and the Laycock Creek Fire (25 acres), burning near Mt. Vernon. The complex is being managed by a Type 3 Team comprised of local resources. The fires are 80 percent contained with forward spread stopped. Firefighters are continuing to strengthen containment lines and extinguish hotspots.

The Jones Canyon Fire is burning in rim rocks north west of Monument near the Grant County line. The fire is approximately 50 percent contained, estimated at 248 acres, and is being managed by a Type 3 organization of local firefighters. The fire continues to burn actively and is challenging firefighters in rugged terrain. Incident Command for Jones Canyon is located in Long Creek.

Unseasonably dry fuel conditions and extreme temperatures have pushed firefighters over the last several days as they have responded to these lightning fires. These high temperatures are anticipated to continue through the week, increasing fire danger through the Fourth of July weekend. The public is reminded to use caution when recreating in the woods.

All lands protected by the Central Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry are currently in Regulated-Use Closure. This closure prohibits campfires and fireworks on protected lands. Additional restrictions within the closure can be found at the following website: www.oregon.gov/odf/centraloregon/pages/index.aspx.
Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Monday, June 29, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/29/15
Due to exceptionally dry landscape and drought conditions, hot weather and forecasted lightning, the risk of extreme fire activity remained high through the weekend and into this coming week. The Oregon Department of Forestry, forestland owners and agency partners are managing fire conditions usually experienced in late July or early August.

A high pressure system is forecast for the southern Oregon area, with high temps, dry weather and slight chance of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service is calling for a hot and dry air mass to settle back into the Willamette Valley and Portland areas through the end of the work week; a Red Flag warning for thunderstorms is in effect for NE Oregon.

>FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The 700-acre lightning-caused Harper Complex Fire is burning in timber, brush and grass approximately 8 miles southwest of John Day. Approximately 10 residents are threatened. This complex includes the lightning-caused Hog Creek Fire, 30 acres, and the 25-acre Luce Creek Fire. A local Type 3 Team has been assigned to the Harper Complex.

The Jones Canyon Fire is approximately 500 acres and burning approximately 12 miles NE of Monument in grass, brush and juniper in the old Monument Complex. Resources assigned: 4 engines, 1 crew, 1 dozer and 1 helo have been assigned to this fire.

The Sugar Loaf Fire was reported Saturday burning in grass and timber in central Oregon on BLM land 9 miles north of Dayville. One outbuilding has been destroyed and 12 residences threatened. Fire size is estimated at 4,095 acres. ODF Team 1 (Buckman) is assigned to this fire. Evacuations are being coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the Sugarloaf fire, firefighters have been working on the 250-acre Buck Creek Fire located 18 miles northeast of Hampton, Oregon, which is now at 90 percent containment, and the 30-acre Bear Creek Fire located 7 miles south of Prineville Reservoir, which is now 100 percent contained.

The Smith Hollow Fire is burning in grass and brush near Fossil; this 21-acre fire is 100 percent lined. Cause is under investigation.

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, fire officials also want to remind everyone that possession or use of fireworks on private, state, Forest Service and BLM land is illegal.


>FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Jaca Reservoir Fire (USDI / BLM) is located 87 miles south of Vale, Oregon, is estimated at 1,500 acres and is burning in brush and grass.
The Leslie Gulch Fire (USDI / BLM) is a lightning-caused fire burning in grass and brush approximately 45 miles south of Vale.

The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Fire (USFS) reported June 26 burning in timber 30 miles SE of Oakridge, OR., is 167 acres and 10 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/

The lightning-caused Buckskin Fire (USFS) reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 114 acres
Human-caused fires: 233 fires burned 531 acres
Total: 313 fires burned 645 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 25 fires burned 25 acres
Human-caused fires: 148 fires burned 1,306 acres
Total: 172 fires burned 1,331 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.
Recent fires over the weekend are not yet included in these figures.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website /http://www.nwccweb.us/ or
The national Incident Information System site / http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ .

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
06/28/15
Kidnapped Woman Is Saved By 911 Call in Northeastern Oregon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/28/15
On June 27, 2015 at about 6:12AM, the Morrow County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a female who advised she had been kidnapped and was trapped in a car traveling on I-84.

Members from the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded and located the vehicle on I-84 traveling westbound near milepost 143 (east of Arlington).

Law enforcement stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as William T COOTER II, age 42, of Greeneville, TN. The female was located inside the vehicle and identified as the person who called 911.

A roadside investigation revealed COOTER had assaulted and held his female passenger against her will. Further learned was COOTER and the victim did not know each other prior to the incident.

COOTER was arrested and was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles on the following charges: Kidnapping 1st Degree, Rape 1st Degree, Sex Abuse 1st Degree, Sodomy 1st Degree, Assault IV, Coercion, Menacing, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, False Information to a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Interfering with Making a Report.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
Red Cross Responds To Heppner Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/28/15
On June 28, 2015 at approximately 11:00 disaster responders met with clients affected by a residential fire in the 100 block of Pioneer Dr. in Heppner, OR.

This multi-family fire affected 7 adults and 3 pets. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, health services, and information about recovery services.
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) daily fire update for Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/28/15
Due to exceptionally dry landscape and drought conditions, hot weather and forecasted lightning, the risk of extreme fire activity has remained high through the weekend and into this coming week. The Oregon Department of Forestry, forestland owners and agency partners are prepared to manage conditions usually experienced in late July or early August.

Saturday, an excessive heat warning was in effect for the Willamette Valley including the greater Portland and Vancouver area, the lower Columbia and the western and central Columbia River gorge. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland advises that "A surge of moisture and instability will continue moving northward across Oregon and Washington today and tonight. Lightning strikes are expected to ignite new fires despite showers with the thunderstorms. The combination of fire danger, instability, and numerous lightning strikes is creating nearly optimum conditions for ignition and growth of large, costly fires across much of the geographic area through Monday before conditions moderate during the new week."

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
The Sugar Loaf Fire was reported burning Saturday burning in grass and timber in central Oregon on BLM land 9 miles north of Dayville. Extreme Fire behavior with residences evacuated and one outbuilding destroyed. Fire size is estimated at 5,500 acres. A State Type I Team is being assigned to this fire. Evacuations are being coordinated by the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to the Sugarloaf fire, firefighters are working on The Buck Creek Fire (#250) located 18 miles northeast of Hampton, Oregon, which held at 250 acres overnight; and the Bear Creek Fire (#251) located 7 miles south of Prineville Reservoir near Bear Creek Butte. This fire held at 30 acres overnight. Crews will continue to hold and improve containment lines on these fires today. No estimate of containment is currently available.

>Red Flag Warnings remain in effect through 9 p.m. tonight for lightning, primarily in areas east of Prineville. As the 4th of July holiday approaches, fire officials also want to remind everyone that possession or use of fireworks on Forest Service or BLM land is illegal.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The lightning-caused Buckskin Fire (USFS) reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The lightning-caused Bunker Hill Fire (USFS) reported June 26 burning 30 miles SE of Oakridge, OR., is 150 acres and 0 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4328/

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.
06/26/15
Oregon's Hospitals and Legislators Applaud Passage of Update to Nurse Staffing Law
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 06/26/15
June 26, 2015 - Today the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) joined Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson in applauding the passage of Senate Bill 469 in the Oregon Legislature. The bill, which passed the legislature yesterday, will update and clarify Oregon's nurse staffing law. Oregon hospitals and the legislators involved in this work focused on the goal of ensuring patient safety and appropriate staffing levels in Oregon's community hospitals while preserving the flexibility that the modern health care delivery environment demands.

"Today we have taken a very important step towards establishing a foundation of trust and open communication around nurse staffing and its support of patient safety," said Carol Bradley, Chief Nursing Officer of Legacy Health, who was a lead negotiator on behalf of OAHHS. "While the negotiations were challenging at times, it was clear that both sides shared a desire to best serve patients and to ensure that our hospitals can meet the ever-growing demands of health care delivery during a time of great transition. We appreciated the partnership of all those involved, and look forward to working to implement this law as we collaboratively envisioned it. In the end, Oregon will see better health outcomes and better run hospitals as a result of the work we did together."

"I applaud OAHHS and the ONA for working together to find common ground and deliver a compromise bill that addresses the concerns of both hospitals and nurses," said Senator Monnes Anderson, RN, Chair of the Senate Health Committee. "Working together on behalf of Oregonians is the keystone of our state's way of doing business. I am proud to support this legislation, and to work towards providing the best possible care to Oregonians."

Key updates and clarifications in the bill include:

Staffing plans approved by the hospital-based nurse staffing committees must be implemented by hospital (with certain exceptions i.e. emergencies)
Maintains balanced nurse staffing committees and defines the process to select members
Creates a statewide Nurse Staffing Advisory Board, which may make recommendations to OHA on nursing issues. The Advisory Board reflects the make-up of hospital staffing committees
Requires posting at each nursing unit a summary of the staffing law, plus how to report violations
Limits on mandatory overtime
Increases the frequency and predictability of state compliance audits at hospitals and aligns them with hospitals' licensure renewal process
Implements a timeline for complaint investigations to ensure that deficiencies are addressed in a timely manner
Sets out a mediation process for times when staffing plans cannot be agreed upon
Implementation:
o Staffing committees established by or before Jan. 1, 2016
o Committee to develop hospital-wide staffing plan by Jan. 1, 2017

Oregon's nurse staffing law was passed in 2001 and updated in 2007 with agreement from hospitals and nurses. It set forth certain processes and requirements relating to nurse staffing at hospitals. SB 469 is an update to the prior legislation.

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry wildfire summary - week ending June 26, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/26/15
Wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) was relatively light this past week. Fire managers are currently focused on fire weather conditions predicted to set up today and continue into the weekend.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland advises that "Lightning and atmospheric instability are expected to begin over sections of southern Oregon today and spread northward over the weekend. Fire danger indices have climbed high enough to warrant elevated risk of large fires due to the number of lightning strikes expected over the weekend. A number of sections of Oregon and Washington will be affected, so pay attention to local weather forecasts. Thunderstorms will become wet but the atmospheric instability plus the sheer number of new starts from lightning will challenge initial attack over the weekend. A number of new large fires are likely to result."

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires 10 acres or larger were reported on ODF-protected lands this week.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
The Buckskin Fire reported June 11 burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is 5,345 acres and 60 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

The Little Basin Fire reported June 15 burning 10 Miles North of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is 630 acres and 97 percent contained. More info available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 114 acres
Human-caused fires: 239 fires burned 532 acres
Total: 313 fires burned 646 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 25 fires burned 25 acres
Human-caused fires: 150 fires burned 1,308 acres
Total: 175 fires burned 1,333 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.
Oregon OSHA reminds employers to prevent heat illness during heat wave
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/26/15
(Salem) - Landscaping, construction, and agriculture are all labor-intensive activities that can raise the body temperature of workers in hot weather. This could lead to heat illness or even death, if precautions are not taken.

"Employers should provide drinking water, offer a shaded place for workers to take breaks, and watch for signs of trouble," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, Portland health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention. Exposure to heat can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and even seizures or death.

"Heat illness can be deadly, but it's preventable," Wolf-McCormick said.

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas - allow your body to cool down.
Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

Oregon OSHA also has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with tips for working in the heat: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4926.pdf (English version).

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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.

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 at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
06/25/15
MEDIA ALERT - ESD Superintendent Announces Retirement
ESD 123 - 06/25/15
PASCO, WA - At their regular meeting on Thursday, June 25, the board of directors for the Educational Service District (ESD) 123 in Pasco, WA, accepted the resignation and subsequent retirement of Superintendent Bruce Hawkins, effective June 30, 2016.

Hawkins, 64, has led the regional agency for the past twelve years, with more than 42 years in public education. Throughout his career, Superintendent Hawkins has served in numerous positions, including middle and high school teacher, senior district executive, school district superintendent, board member for United Way, Junior Achievement, and numerous other educational and community boards.

Under Superintendent Hawkins' visionary leadership, ESD 123 has expanded its staffing and program offerings exponentially. Since June 2014, the ESD 123 operating budget has increased from $10.39 million to $12.81 million, adding 25 more employees. Program offerings and services have shifted over the years to include greater focus on direct student services, including after-school programming, services to students formerly labeled as drop-outs, and the creation of the agency's first Early Learning Department. Students, teachers, and families in twenty-three school districts across seven counties in Southeast Washington receive services through ESD 123's partnership with school systems.

"ESD 123 has flourished under Superintendent Hawkins' leadership in serving the school districts within our region," states ESD Board Chair, Lee Ann Dudney. "His successor will inherit an enviable position from which to further build the organization. The board is appreciative of the generous advance notice from Superintendent Hawkins, which provides us the opportunity to conduct a thoughtful process in selecting our next Superintendent."

In planning for Superintendent Hawkins' departure, ESD 123 board members will begin the formal process of conducting a superintendent search this summer. The Board anticipates the announcement of Hawkins' successor in January 2016.

Superintendent Hawkins has served as ESD 123 Superintendent since 2003. For more information, contact Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, 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 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.
Health advisory issued June 25 for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 06/25/15
June 25, 2015

High toxin levels found in reservoir in Jefferson County

A health advisory is being issued today for Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir, located 26 miles southwest of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the reservoir.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-549-7700. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Remember to water trees deeply as mercury climbs
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/25/15
The weather forecast is calling for high temperatures around most of the state through the weekend and even into the middle of next week. It's a time to keep fire prevention uppermost in our minds, and also, to remember to protect the health of trees in yards and landscapes by deeply watering them.

"Summer temperatures can be hard on trees, especially landscape trees in our urban areas," says Kristin Ramstad, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "If they aren't well-watered, warm weather and prolonged drought eventually make trees more susceptible to insect and disease problems," adds Ramstad.

Seems like a good time to remember that when temperatures in Oregon get warm and stay warm, it can take a toll on trees as well as people. The Oregon Department of Forestry suggests a few tips for keeping your trees healthy during times of heat stress.

Symptoms of drought
One of the first signs that a deciduous tree (i.e., trees like birches or maples that drop leaves in the winter) needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull, and sometimes, limp.

More advanced symptoms of needing water are browning of leaves, wilting, and curling at the edges. Leaves may also develop a scorched or burned look, turning yellow or brown on outside edges, or between leaf veins. Leaves may even appear smaller than usual, drop prematurely, or turn brown but remain on the tree.

When drought-stressed, the needles of conifers (evergreen trees such as Ponderosa Pine or Douglas-fir) may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.

Watering tips

Given their benefits, longevity, and contributions to the environment, give your trees higher watering priority than lawns. Keep in mind that if trees are only provided with shallow water every so often, they're probably only getting a fraction of what they need. Watering trees for short periods of time encourages shallow rooting, which can lead to future health problems for the tree.

To make sure your tree gets the water it needs, saturate the soil within the drip line - that's the circle that could be drawn on the soil around the tree directly under the tips of its outermost branches. Using a regular hose or a soaker hose, water deeply and slowly - slowly is important, so the water doesn't run-off. To make sure it gets enough water, keep moving the hose around different areas under the tree.

For conifers, water 3 to 5 feet beyond the drip line on all sides of the tree. Also, if you have a choice, water trees during the cooler part of the day. Another way to water trees slowly is to put a nail hole in the bottom (near the edge) of a five gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and leave the slowly leaking bucket under the canopy of the tree. Do this twice or three times per tree, moving the bucket each time.

Other tips: Use mulch
Using mulch is an excellent way to care for trees in warm weather, as it helps the soil below trees retain moisture and stay cool. Mulch can be made of bark, wood chips, leaves and evergreen needles.

Apply mulch within the drip line, at a depth of four inches, leaving a six-inch space between the mulch and tree trunk. Mulch will also help discourage weeds.

Lastly, don't plant annual flowers or other ground covers under the canopy of your tree, as they'll compete with the tree's roots for moisture and nutrients.

Good tree care = a good investment

Trees and forests enhance quality of life in many ways, providing shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, wood and other products, raising property values, and providing clean, healthy streams. What's more, on hot days, we all rely on the shade of the trees in our yards and communities. Therefore, it is a really good idea to keep our trees healthy and watered.

For more information about trees and tree care:
www.isa-arbor.com/
www.treesaregood.com/treecare/treecareinfo.aspx
Single Vehicle Crash On HWY 138E Kills Two Roseburg Residents - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/25/15
On June 24, 2015 at approximately 11:19PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel respond to the report of a single vehicle fatal motor vehicle on Hwy 138E at Milepost 5.5 (just east of Roseburg).

According to Sergeant Ken Terry, initial investigation revealed that a 1999 Volkswagen Bug operated by Danica SCHNAIBLE, age 18, of Roseburg, was westbound on Hwy 138E and when for unknown reasons left highway and impacted an embankment on the south side of Hwy 138E.

The vehicle traveled a short distance before coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes of travel. SCHNAIBLE was pronounced deceased on the scene by medical personnel. The male passenger, Kiona SIEWELL, age 21, of Roseburg was pronounced deceased by medical personnel after being treated for injuries.

The investigation was conducted by the Oregon State Police with assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Fire District No. 2 personnel. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours in both directions during the investigation,

More information will be released when it is available.
Five ways to beat the heat
Pacific Power - 06/25/15
Pacific Power media hotline: June 25, 2015
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five ways to beat the heat
Tips from Pacific Power to stay cool, use less energy and save money

PORTLAND, Ore. --With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the next week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Be air conditioner smart
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn't shut down altogether.
Use an air conditioner timer or programmable thermostat; set it to start bringing your home's temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
Replace air conditioner now before hot spell sets in, then once a month. The dirtier your filter, the less efficient it is.
Lamps, televisions or any other appliance that creates heat needs to be kept away from the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
Don't block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

Don't let the sun shine in
On warm days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Think for the long term
Plant deciduous trees to shade the south side of your house. Well-placed trees can reduce cooling needs as much as 20 percent, and an air conditioner operating in the shade can use as much as 10 percent less electricity.
Insulate floors, walls and attics to keep cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Seal and insulate air conditioning ducts that run through unconditioned spaces.
Get your air conditioner tuned up annually.
Consider a new air conditioner, heat pump and other appliances -- new models are more efficient and may lower your electric bill. Look for ENERGY STAR appliances.

For more information and tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

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.
DCBS issues statement on King v. Burwell opinion
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/25/15
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, upholding tax credits for customers buying health insurance through both state and federal marketplaces.

"Oregon operates - and had always operated - a state-based marketplace, and we are pleased that the Court recognized that status in its opinion today," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

Oregon's health insurance marketplace moves from Cover Oregon to DCBS July 1, 2015. The department will continue to use the HealthCare.gov website but will perform all other marketplace responsibilities, such as most plan management responsibilities, in-person assisters/navigators program, consumer outreach and education, operations, and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace.

The opinion has no impact on Oregon's health reform efforts.

"We look forward to helping connect even more Oregonians with health coverage when open enrollment begins this fall, and continuing work with our state partners on efforts to reduce costs and improve quality of care," Allen said.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.Oregon.gov.
Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing scheduled to mobilize Airmen to Romania
Oregon Military Department - 06/25/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - More than 200 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing are scheduled to take part in a mobilization ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Friday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m., in Building 255.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are: Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Oregon Senator Alan Olson (District-20); Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Mr. Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, among others.

Members from the 142nd Operations Group, 142nd Maintenance Group, and 142nd Mission Support Group are deploying to Romania from July to October 2015 as part of the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, will serve as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander while deployed. The squadron will provide F-15 fighter jets, support equipment and personnel as a Theater Security Package (TSP) to augment the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's (USAFE) existing efforts.

The squadron will train alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. This will be the 142nd Fighter Wing's largest deployment to Eastern Europe.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional Guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.

Media is invited to attend. For more information, contact 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs at 503-335-4347.


About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.
06/24/15
Photo Release: Oregon woman first in National Guard history to enlist into combat engineer career field (Photo)
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Mackenzie Clarke (left), of Damascus, Oregon, takes the oath of enlistment into the Oregon Army National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, Oregon, June 24. Eighteen-year old Clarke, who is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School, made national history by becoming the first Army National Guard member to enter into theU.S. Army's 12B (combat engineer) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). "I wanted to do something worthwhile and interesting," Clarke said of her new career path. According to Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion, Clarke is scheduled to attend the Recruit Sustainment Program at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, until her tentative report date at Basic Combat Training in October. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.



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Mackenzie Clarke (second from left), of Damascus, Oregon, poses with members of the Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion following her oath of enlistment ceremony at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, Oregon, June 24. From left to right are; Sgt. Dimitri Fenrick, Mackenzie Clarke, Staff Sgt. Erin Meyers and Master Sgt. Mark Browning. Eighteen-year old Clarke, who is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School, made national history by becoming the first Army National Guard member to enter into the U.S. Army's 12B (combat engineer) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). "I wanted to do something worthwhile and interesting," Clarke said of her new career path. According to Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion, Clarke is scheduled to attend the Recruit Sustainment Program at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, until her tentative report date at Basic Combat Training in October. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Marine Board Denies Petition for Rulemaking to Create a Navigation Safety Zone at Cape Kiwanda
Oregon Marine Board - 06/24/15
On June 24, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the Marine Board voted not to initiate rulemaking to consider adoption of a new rule in Chapter 250 Division 020. A petition received April 10, 2015, requested rulemaking to establish a navigation safety zone at Cape Kiwanda, prescribe the marking of the safety zone with lighted markers, and make the operation of a surfboard within the safety zone whenever dory rigs and trailers are parked on the beach a violation of ORS 830.365(1).

Marine Board staff reviewed the Board's rulemaking authorities and the propositions of law asserted by the petitioner and concluded that the Marine Board can only make regulations for specific areas relating to the operation of boats, that as used in ORS 830.365, the term "surfboarding," is referring to a towed watersport and the term "surfboard" is a towed device, and therefore, a surfboard is not a "boat" as defined in ORS 830.005.

Based on this analysis, staff determined that the Marine Board does not have authority to regulate surfboards, as requested in the petition, except when those surfboards are used as a towed device and involving the operation of a boat. Staff recommended that the Marine Board deny the petition. Marine Board staff have participated in, and will continue to participate in, Cape Kiwanda Master Plan Meetings.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers return to Southern Oregon from Afghanistan deployment (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/24/15
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MEDFORD, Oregon - Nearly 200 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, returned to Oregon, June 24, following an overseas deployment to Afghanistan.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Ashland with companies based in Medford, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay and St. Helens.

The Soldiers are arriving in Medford via chartered flights from Fort Hood, Texas, where they completed administrative and medical demobilization processing. The first flight arrived this morning with nearly 125 Soldiers that were bused to their local armories (50 Soldiers returned to Grants Pass, 60 Soldiers returned to Roseburg, and about 15 Soldiers returned to Coos Bay) where their families waited to greet them. Another flight will arrive later this evening with approximately 70 more Soldiers who will greet their families at the Medford Armory.

One group of about 70 Soldiers from the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returned early to Oregon last month, May 5.

A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled to recognize the battalion for their overseas service, Aug. 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Medford High School stadium.

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150624-Z-PL933-002: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, returned to Medford, Oregon, June 24, following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team greeted the Soldiers as they disembarked the plane. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-037: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, march toward the armory where families wait to greet them upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24, following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion are returning to Southern Oregon and another 70 Soldiers returned last month. The battalion is scheduled to be recognized for their overseas service in a formal demobilization ceremony, Aug. 8, in Medford, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-082: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Long, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, meets his five-month-old son, Easton, for the first time upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Long was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Easton was born while Long was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-141: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Long, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his five-month-old son, Easton, and fiancé, Ally Brissett, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Long was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Ally dressed the baby in a shirt that read, 'I waited my whole life to meet you' because Easton was born while Long was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-147: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Forrest Disney, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his children, 8-year-old Hannah (right), and 3-year-old Hank, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Disney was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-163: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Dustin Roberts, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his wife, Candace, and daughter, Sophia, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Roberts was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Sophia suffers from brittle bone disease and underwent surgery to stabilize her legs while Roberts was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Fire danger on the rise
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/24/15
High Temperatures and Threat of Lightning Forecasted

Fire managers throughout Oregon are feeling the heat. Continued hot, dry weather is plaguing the region that could lead to a significant fire from a single spark.

"I'm sure everyone is aware of the heat wave that is predicted over the next several days," says Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. "While we're all looking for ways to stay cool, now is not the time to be careless with activities that could lead to a wildfire."

Fire season is now in effect throughout Oregon and much of the state is experiencing fire danger conditions normally seen in late July and August. ODF Meteorologists are predicting record warm weather across Oregon later this week, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the 95-105° F range by Friday and continuing through the weekend. In addition, southerly flow aloft will bring an increasing risk of dry thunderstorms, on both sides of the Cascades, beginning in southern Oregon on Friday and spreading north across the state this weekend. With forests already at mid-August dryness levels, the impending hot spell and dry lightning poses a significant fire weather threat. While wildland fire agencies gear up for natural-caused wildfires, the last thing anyone wants is careless human-caused fires.

"The conditions are driving the story. So far, we're seeing above normal numbers of human-caused fires." Fields says even activities not normally linked to fire starts are causing concern. "We have had three fires related to target shooting just in the last week. One of those fires burned 67 acres and cost over $80,000 to put out. These fires, and the fact that we have already had 80-plus human-caused fires above the average for this time of year is an indication that we need everyone to think twice before conducting any spark emitting activity."

So far in 2015 the Oregon Department of Forestry has suppressed 301 fires in 2015, 227 of which were started by people. The two leading causes are debris burning and campfires. Many parts of the state have imposed public fire restrictions on outdoor debris burning, campfires, off road driving, fireworks, the use of tracer ammunition and exploding targets to name a few. Log on to www.oregon.gov/odf for fire restrictions in your area or call your local Oregon Department of Forestry office or fire department.
Extreme heat conditions by weekend prompt Oregon Public Health warning
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/15
June 24, 2015

Oregonians should stay hydrated, limit sun exposure as temps top 100

As the state's temperatures break into the triple digits by this weekend, health officials are recommending Oregonians take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Summers in Oregon are great and people want to be outdoors, but temperatures at or above 100 degrees can be dangerous," says Bruce Gutelius, M.D., M.P.H., deputy state epidemiologist at the Public Health Division. "Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real problems that can lead to death, so people need to take precautions to protect their health."

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest weather of the year throughout Oregon so far is expected to arrive at the end of this week, and continue through the weekend and into next week. The hottest day in the Willamette Valley will be Saturday, when temperatures will reach 100 degrees in lower elevations and get above 90 in higher-elevation areas. Eastern Oregon temperatures will be between 100 and 110 degrees into next week.

The Oregon Public Health Division offers the following tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

1. Stay cool
-- Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible.

-- Limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening.

-- Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, especially during morning and evening hours, and close shades on west-facing windows during the afternoon hours.


-- Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
-- Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun.

-- Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.

-- Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add heat to the body.

-- Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars - they, too, can suffer heat-related illness.

-- Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

-- Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.

2. Stay hydrated
-- Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.

-- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.

People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should be closely monitored to make sure they're drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.

Those who exercise or work outdoors in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness and should pay particular attention to staying as cool and hydrated as possible.

For more information, visit the Oregon Public Health Division Extreme Heat page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx or the CDC Heat Stress page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress.

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***Update*** Double Murder Investigation Continuing In Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/24/15
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The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance for information regarding a Toyota Celica that is believed to be associated with a double homicide that occurred on June 15, 2015, in Josephine County. The vehicle was known to be in the Colonial Valley area on that date and may have been involved in other crimes. The vehicle is a 1994 Toyota Celica, two door, black in color with an Oregon License of 966EXX.

The suspect in the double homicide, Brian Scott KILLIAN, may have been driving this vehicle on an around the time of the homicide. Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or anyone who has had recent contact with KILLIAN is encouraged to contact Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957.

All media inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Josephine County Major Crimes Team is investigating a double homicide which occurred north of Grants Pass on Monday.

According to Detective Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on June 15th, 2015, at approximately 3:25 PM, Josephine County 911 received a report of a possible deceased person at a residence in the Colonial Valley area just north of Grants Pass. OSP troopers and detectives, along with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to the address where they located the bodies of Jerry JACKSON, age 75 and Joann JACKSON, age 73 who both appeared to be the victim of homicidal violence.

The Josephine County Major Crimes Team, consisting of members from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office was activated to investigate, with the Oregon State Police designated as the lead investigating agency.

A suspect, identified as Brian Scott KILLIAN, age 28, of Grants Pass was taken into custody at a separate location in Josephine County. Killian was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on 8 counts of Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2 counts of Animal Abuse in the 1st Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the 3rd Degree, 2 counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.

The investigation into this incident is still continuing and no further information will be released at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.


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Heat wave coming in much of Oregon, learn how to beat the heat (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/24/15
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The National Weather Service in Portland and others have issued an excessive heat watch for the inland areas of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon from the coast range to the Cascades. The NWS Portland watch is in affect from Friday afternoon through Sunday, June 26-28.

With temperatures likely to reach 100 degrees and potential for muggy conditions, it is important to be cautious during this abnormally early heat wave.

"While enjoying the weekend, we need to make sure we take heat warnings seriously," said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. "It is important to keep an eye on those who are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat like infants and young children, our elderly family members and neighbors, and those with chronic medical conditions."

Here are some tips from our partners at the National Weather Service for how to beat the heat:
Avoid exertion during the heat of the day
Stay hydrated with clear, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated liquids
Do not leave pets and children in automobiles
Use caution near rivers or lakes and be sure to wear a life jacket
Reschedule strenuous activity to early morning or evening
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible
Keep blinds or shades closed during the day
Wait until cooler times of day to run dishwashers and clothes dryers
Instead of using a stove consider a microwave or outdoor grill

Furthermore, to reduce risk during outdoor work, The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments, and anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded location.

"Heat stroke and other heat-related illness is an emergency," added Phelps. "Call 911 or seek medical attention immediately if you think someone is experiencing health issues due to the heat."


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Health advisory for water contact at Tolovana State Park Beach lifted June 24
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/15
June 24, 2015

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Tolovana State Park Beach, located in Clatsop County. The health authority issued the advisory June 23 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program's website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Pacific Power Blue Sky customers fund $121,500 worth of habitat restoration
Pacific Power - 06/24/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, June 24, 2015
503-813-7291

Haley Walker, The Freshwater Trust
503-222-9091, ext 30


Pacific Power Blue Sky customers fund $121,500 worth of habitat restoration
Voluntary program provides channel for customers to support renewable energy and the restoration of native fish habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. - In 2015, Pacific Power and The Freshwater Trust, a river restoration nonprofit, will award more than $120,000 to four on-the-ground restoration projects across Oregon, thanks to customers choosing Pacific Power's Blue Sky Habitat Fund.

Through an automatic $2.50 monthly donation, more than 4,300 Pacific Power customers have had a direct hand in the restoration and protection of native fish habitat. This year, projects financed by the fund will benefit tributaries of the Willamette, the Sandy, the Rogue and the Applegate rivers.

"For more than 13 years, Pacific Power has offered its customers an easy way to make a real difference for Oregon's freshwater ecosystems and species," said Valerie Smith, Pacific Power's director of customer services. "While the program is completely voluntary, we've seen that many individuals and families want to make an impact on the environment and their communities."

Since 2011, more than 42 miles of restored stream can be attributed to the Blue Sky Habitat program.

Once a year, watershed councils and nonprofits apply for a portion of the funding. The Freshwater Trust, a nonprofit with more than 30 years of experience restoring freshwater ecosystems in Oregon, reviews the applications and evaluates them based on a key set of criteria.

"Priority is given to on the ground habitat restoration projects that provide a direct benefit to native anadromous fish, many of which are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act," said Jessa Irzyk, habitat restoration coordinator and project manager with The Freshwater Trust. "We also want to see a strong technical and scientific approach with quantifiable outcomes to the proposed restoration projects that is carried out by a qualified restoration team. This is in order to make sure that the actions being taken will indeed have a significant beneficial impacts on the waterway as a whole."

This year, the largest award of $32,000 was granted to the Geos Institute to aid in the removal of the Fielder and Wimer Dams on Evans Creek in Oregon's Rogue River Basin. Both dams are abandoned irrigation projects and have fish ladders, but neither meets Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) fish passage criteria. Due to a narrow range of flow conditions and lack of debris maintenance, fall Chinook, threatened Coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead and cutthroat trout do not easily migrate around the dams. In fact, some fish leap out of the Fielder Dam ladder and perish on the rocks nearby.

"Our freshwater resources in the West are precious," said Irzyk. "The more innovate ways we can come together to make a positive impact for them and the wildlife that call them home, the better."

About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 12th 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. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

About The Freshwater Trust
The Freshwater Trust is an action-oriented 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that restores rivers and streams throughout Oregon. The Freshwater Trust uses cooperative, market-based solutions that benefit rivers, working lands and local communities - from working with landowners to keep more water in streams to streamlining restoration processes to achieve greater pace and scale to improving aquatic habitat using a localized approach. For more information, visit thefreshwatertrust.org.

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More on the projects funded in 2015:
Project name: Fielder and Wimer Dam Removal
County: Jackson
Watershed: Rogue River
Amount: $32,000 of $726,456 total project cost
Description: Geos Institute is partnering with American Rivers and WaterWatch Oregon to remove Fielder and Wimer Dams on Evans Creek, a tributary to the Rogue River. Successfully removing these structures will restore unimpeded fish passage for migrating and resident aquatic species. Both dams are among the top 10 on the statewide inventory of fish passage barriers priority list. While both dams have fish ladders, neither meets Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) fish passage criteria.

Native fish benefited: Coho salmon, fall Chinook, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, Pacific lamprey and Klamath small scale sucker


Project name: Main Stem Ash Creek Riparian Revegetation - Luckiamute Watershed Council

County: Polk

Watershed: Willamette River

Amount: $29,562 of $219,644 total project cost

Description: The Luckiamute Watershed Council will remove non-native and invasive species and restore streamside vegetation along nearly three miles of Ash Creek, a tributary to the Willamette River. Flowing through the Cities of Monmouth and Independence, the creek and its floodplain provide important ecological functions, including flood storage and habitat for upper Willamette winter steelhead and spring Chinook. However, historic clearing of streamside vegetation, encroaching development, and channel dredging has damaged parts of the creek. Through community partnerships, the Watershed Council will restore and protect the streamside corridor along Ash Creek's main stem, a highly visible and accessible waterway for two cities with a combined population of more than 18,500 people.

Native fish benefited: Spring Chinook and winter steelhead



Project name: Thompson Creek Habitat Restoration Project - Phase 2 - Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council

County: Jackson

Watershed: Applegate River

Amount: $29,563 of $456,082 total project cost
Description: The Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council will take on the restoration of another 2.63 stream miles of Thompson Creek, a tributary of the Applegate River. This would be the second phase in the "Thompson Creek Habitat Restoration Project," expanding the project's total stream miles restored to 4.4 stream miles. Thompson Creek has potential to be prime habitat for Coho salmon, yet it struggles with high water temperatures, which can be deadly to native fish populations. Through the restoration of streamside vegetation and the strategic replacement of large wood, Thompson Creek will take another step forward toward becoming a more hospitable habitat for fish to thrive.
Native fish benefited: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead

Project name: Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Project - The Freshwater Trust

County: Clackamas

Watershed: Sandy River

Amount: $30,375 of $977,808 total project cost

Description: The Freshwater Trust, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will lead the Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration Project on behalf of the Sandy River Basin Partners. The project's goal is to benefit federally-listed spring Chinook, Coho and winter steelhead in the Sandy River basin by accelerating the recovery of naturally functioning conditions within the stream channels and floodplain areas of Salmon River and Still Creek. Funding will support the reactivation of flow to historic side channels, construction of large wood habitat structures, restoration of alcoves, enhancement of secondary channel habitat, boulder placements, and placement of additional large wood in side channels. This work is part of a multi-year, basin-scale restoration effort previously funded by Pacific Power.

Native fish benefited: Spring Chinook salmon, coho, winter steelhead and Pacific lamprey
Exclusive Media Preview TODAY at 2pm - Major World War II Exhibition Opens June 26 at Oregon Historical Society in Portland; Features Enigma Machine
Oregon Historical Society - 06/24/15
Media Preview Event

Media are invited to a private tour and preview of the exhibition on Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm at the Oregon Historical Society. Please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org) if you plan to attend or to set up an interview.

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On exhibit June 26 - December 7, 2015

Portland, OR - World War II, considered the most momentous event of the twentieth century, will be the focus of World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, a major exhibition opening at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) on Friday, June 26, 2015. The exhibition will feature rare documents and artifacts from world and military leaders including Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and will also share stories of the impacts of the war on Oregonians.

"World War II forever changed history in Oregon and across the globe," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a fitting subject for the largest exhibition and program series ever hosted at the Oregon Historical Society."

A special preview and opening will be held Thursday, June 25 for OHS members, where historian David Eisenhower, the grandson of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower, will join the official ribbon cutting of this 6,000 square foot exhibit. Following the reception, all are welcome to attend a lecture with Eisenhower at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) at 7pm. Tickets are on sale for $20 ($10 for OHS members) and can be purchased online through BoxOfficeTickets.com or at the door the night of the lecture.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, OHS will be hosting programs and lectures focusing on World War II. A complete list of these programs is available at www.ohs.org.

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

From North Africa, to Europe, to the Pacific: A World at War

This original Oregon Historical Society exhibition presents the worldwide conflict through artifacts and manuscripts on loan from the Portland-based Mark Family Collection, including a very rare Nazi Enigma machine, the military uniforms of Gen. George Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the only copy of the Atlantic Charter personally signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, and a life preserver from the U.S.S. West Virginia, which was damaged at Pearl Harbor.

Letters and manuscripts provide a lens onto the many events of World War II, from prominent battles to critical political decisions. Notable documents include handwritten letters from General Eisenhower to his wife Mamie and letters from Senator Mark Hatfield, a Naval Lieutenant during the war, to his parents.

Oregon: A State Transformed

The exhibit also focuses on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives and from collections across the state tell of events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the social impact of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the only World War II casualties to occur in the continental U.S.--the result of a Japanese balloon bomb.

An Unparalleled Interactive Experience

Digital and hands-on components within the exhibit provide visitors with unique interactive experiences. Touch screens will feature an original code breaking game inspired by the Enigma machine. To get into the mindset of America's best military leaders, visitors can plot the movement of troops on a "war table." Multi-media experiences include screenings of WWII newsreels and military field phones playing radio newscasts from the era. Plus, visitors can take a "selfie" with Winston Churchill's wax doppelganger, originally on display at Madame Tussaud's in London.

Propaganda Posters, Canteens & Captain America

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II
Continuing in the museum's North Wing Gallery is a visually stunning exhibition of propaganda posters, which opened this past February. Also on loan from the Mark Family Collection, these posters provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.

The Final Chapter: Peace and Reconciliation
The Oregon Historical Society is proud to also host a special display of Yosegaki Hinomaru flags. These World War II era Japanese national flags were customarily given to Japanese soldiers before they departed for battle and included signatures and words of encouragement from friends and family. These flags often became "treasures of war," and were taken as souvenirs back to the United States and other Allied nations. Pacific Northwest historian and author Rex Ziak and his wife Keiko Ziak have undertaken a project to reunite these flags with the families of the original owners. So far, the Ziaks have collected nearly 100 flags, of which 30 have been claimed by Japanese families. This special display at OHS will share the emotional story of this reunion effort.

Kilroy's Canteen
Named after the iconic WWII cartoon figure, Kilroy's pays tribute to USO clubs iconic of the era and features a variety of unique items ranging from a poker table used by Harry Truman during his presidency to a tribute to the 41st Infantry Division (also known as the "Sunset Division"). Composed of National Guard Units from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho, the 41st Division battled Japanese forces in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1943-45, where they became known as the "Jungleers." The war's enduring presence in popular culture is also highlighted with the shields used by actor Chris Evans in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Oregon Historical Society is open seven days a week, Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 5pm and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day. Thanks to a generous donation from Columbia Sportswear, all United States military veterans will receive free admission throughout the run of the exhibit.



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.
2014 Health System Transformation report: Coordinated care model shows continued progress for second calendar year
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/15
June 24, 2015

Oregon's health system transformation continued to show positive trends in health care quality and financial measures for the second year in a row. That is the overall message of the 2014 Health System Transformation report released today by the Oregon Health Authority.

The 2014 Health System Transformation report lays out the progress of Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) on key quality and financial measures. The report includes expanded information on the new Oregon Health Plan members who have joined since Jan. 1, 2014, when more Oregonians became eligible for Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

This report, which covers calendar year 2014, continues to show improvements in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, and continued decreases in both emergency department visits and hospital admissions due to chronic diseases.

The report also says that all of Oregon's CCOs showed improvement in a number of quality incentive measures and 13 of the 16 CCOs earned the full amount of their quality pool payments in 2014.

"We have added more than 434,000 Oregonians to the Oregon Health Plan since January 1, 2014, and the coordinated care model continues to show improvements to Oregonians' care for the second straight year," said Lynne Saxton, Oregon Health Authority director. "These improvements are a great example of how CCOs are implementing positive changes through better care coordination and integration of services."

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

-- Decreased emergency department (ED) visits. Emergency department visits for people served by CCOs decreased 22 percent since 2011 baseline data. Many CCOs have implemented a number of best practices to reach this result, including the use of emergency department navigators. For example, one such program includes referrals to a patient-centered primary care home for patients who do not have a primary care provider, as well as intensive management for patients who visited the ED three or more times within six months.

-- Decreased hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes. The rate of adult patients (ages 18 and older) with diabetes who had a hospital stay due to a short-term problem from their diabetes dropped by 26.9 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased rate of hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The rate of adult patients (ages 40 and older) who had a hospital stay due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma decreased by 60 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Increase in patient-centered primary care home (PCPCH) enrollment. PCPCH enrollment has increased 56 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 report also shows areas of challenge. In 2014, CCOs saw a reduction in cervical cancer and chlamydia screenings for women, which may be due to changes in national guidelines, which recommend women wait three to five years between Pap tests and to wait until age 21 to have their first Pap test. In addition, members initiating alcohol and drug treatment increased; however, ongoing treatment after an initial visit or service for alcohol and drug use remained unchanged, showing room for improvement.

Finally, financial data indicate that 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 2 percentage points per member, per year.

"The CCOs are clearly hitting their marks as they work toward the triple aim of better health, better care and lower costs," said Saxton. "These metrics offer positive proof that Oregon's health system is continuing to improve care for the nearly 1.1 million Oregonians who need it most."

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

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Operation Dry Water -It's all about Impairment (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/24/15
Boater consuming beer on the water.
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The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 26-28, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

So far this year, Oregon has experienced five recreational boating fatalities. Of the five, three are being investigated for potential drug and alcohol impairment.

"Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person's ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board.

And this doesn't just apply to motorboats. Of the three fatalities involving marijuana, other drugs and alcohol, two involved paddlecraft and one, a motorboat. Oars and paddles that are used in kayaks, canoes, drift boats and stand up paddleboards are not easy to control, especially when coming upon a rapid, obstruction, or in a fast moving current if the person is inexperienced. Of the five fatalities, four occurred on rivers and one in the pacific ocean. "Rivers and the surf zone are the most dangerous areas for people to recreate, and require skill, quick thinking, good balance and vision, and fast reactions because the weather and water levels continually change," says Massey. Drugs and alcohol's effects are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. The Marine Board urges boaters to boat safe, and boat sober -from any type of intoxicants.

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit www.operationdrywater.org or the Marine Board's Boating Safety Program at www.boatoregon.com.
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06/23/15
Mobile Vending University Registration Opens--Business Series Targets Food Truck Wannabes (Photo)
Pasco Specialty Kitchen - 06/23/15
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PASCO, WA--Pasco Specialty Kitchen, a project of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) announces open registration for Mobile Vending University (MVU), a new, 5-part business education series targeted to food truck wannabes. The series will feature subject matter experts in five important business areas: operations, financing, sourcing a vehicle, licensing/permits and marketing.
Beginning Saturday, July 11th, MVU will be held each week at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The program will help aspiring food entrepreneurs explore whether mobile vending is the right fit for them and determine if and when they're ready to take the plunge. Subject matter experts in their chosen fields add value to attendees because of their breadth of knowledge and depth of experience. Featured guest speakers include: Ken Knutson, Washington State Department of Labor & Industry, Susan Shelton, Benton Franklin Health Department, Troy Hendren and Debra Scott, City of Pasco Inspection Services; respective food business owners Kai Phengsavanh of Kindra's Wok N Roll and Ron Swanby of Swampy's BBQ,; Michael Goins, DPDA; Skyler Kenoyer, Broadmoor R.V.; Associate Professor Carol Wysocki, CBC, CBC Sally Mohr and Katie Fast, Benton Franklin Council of Governments and Marilou Shea, Pasco Specialty Kitchen. "As a mobile vendor we had a pretty steep learning curve. I think Mobile Vending University is a much needed and clever concept. It will help offset that learning curve for other entrepreneurs because the program covers relevant topics and will provide a realistic perspective not only on what it takes to get started but thrive as a small business owner," observed Kai Phengsavanh, owner of popular food truck Kindra's Wok N Roll.
There are not enough food trucks in the Tri-Cities to meet the high demand for them at public and private events, including conferences, weddings, graduations and family reunions. The Pasco Specialty Kitchen, creator of the popular Food Truck Friday program, receives 3-4 inquiries each week from organizations or individuals looking for assistance to jump on the growing trend of mobile vending. Because the current demand is high and the supply is low, often opportunities go unfulfilled because current vendors are already booked and there aren't additional options. Pasco Specialty Kitchen's strategy, as a small business incubator organization, is to help grow the niche from the ground up. The current data is proof positive that mobile vending is a fast-growing trend here to stay: IBIS reports that the industry generates revenue of $857 million each year with annual growth of over 9%. "Food trucks are a hot category locally and nationally. This program is like a primer in a hyper-niche of the food industry and can help ensure the success of these start-up businesses," said Sally Mohr, Community and Economic Development Manager, Benton-Franklin Council of Governments and one of the program's guest speakers. "We're excited to play a role in it."
Mobile Vending University
WHO: Foodies, food entrepreneurs, food truck wannabes, restaurants looking to expand
WHAT/WHY: A business education series designed to build the mobile vending niche by enlightening entrepreneurs on the processes, procedures and strategies for success
WHERE: Pasco Specialty Kitchen, 110 S. 4th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301
WHEN: Saturdays (5), July 11-August 8, 2015; 10:00 a.m.-noon
REGISTRATION: Download an application form from Pasco Specialty Kitchen web site in either English or Spanish: http://downtownpasco.com/psk-gets-set-to-offer-mobile-vendor-university/
FEE: $225 per initial person from a single business; $50 each additional person; space is limited to 20 individuals

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


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Fireworks - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/23/15
The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2015 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Monday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, July 5. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds."

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation."

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

There were 165 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2014, resulting in 33 injuries and more than $178,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2010 through 2014, there were 839 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 159 civilian injuries, and more than $3.9 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $1,000 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks."

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use:
Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.

Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.

More fireworks information is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Licensing_Fireworks_Home.shtml


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Wrong Way Driver Killed On I-84 When He Collides Head-On With Commercial Vehicle - Gilliam County (Photo)
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On June 22, 2015 at about 11:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to reports of a head-on crash on I-84 near milepost 114 in Gilliam County.

According to Sergeant John Katzenstein, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Tyler D BROWN, age 25, of Hermiston, for an unknown reason was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel on I-84.

OSP began receiving complaints of this wrong way driver and troopers began to respond, but a short time later BROWN's vehicle struck a 1999 Peterbilt truck head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the travel lanes and caught fire. The driver of the Peterbilt, Michael MCCRIGHT, age 61, of Redmond, managed to escape the fire as both vehicles became fully engulfed. MCCRIGHT was not injured. BROWN was declared deceased on scene.

The truck had was loaded with recently harvested salmon which took hours for fire crews to fully extinguish. Both directions of I-84 were closed for almost four hours until one lane in each direction could be opened. Crews are still on scene cleaning the highway.

OSP was assisted by Sherman County Fire, Rufus Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

No further information is available at this time.


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OSP Conducts Death Investigation At Deadman Pass Rest Area - Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/23/15
On June 19, 2015, at about 9:48AM, the Oregon State Police Southern Dispatch Center received notification that a commercial truck had been located at the eastbound Deadman's Pass rest area (I84 exit 228) for about five hours. Another driver stopped and checked the commercial truck, located a suicide note, and called police.

Oregon State Police Troopers from Pendleton responded to the rest area. They were contacted by a subject who was geocaching in the area and located the deceased truck driver approximately 100 yards from his truck in a wooded area. Evidence at the scene and evidence discovered during the death investigation were consistent with suicide as the cause of death.

The deceased was identified as Guy S KRAVITZ, age 51, of Twin Falls, ID. The investigation is still continuing by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Health advisory issued June 23 for water contact at Tolovana State Park Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 06/23/15
June 23, 2015

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Tolovana State Park Beach, located in Clatsop County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Tolovana State Park Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk, even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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06/22/15
Applications Open for Organizations Seeking Help with Downtown Revitalization Efforts
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/22/15
State Main Street (R) Program Provides Development, Training, Networking Opportunities
Salem, Oregon, June 23, 2015 -- Oregon Main Street is now accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance at its Main Street(R) and Transforming Downtown designation levels. Organizations at this level receive access to the highest level of services and support available through the program's "Tier System Network." The network also includes Affiliate and Exploring Downtown levels of participation.
Successful applicants receive assistance to help revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their traditional business district. Services vary from community to community, but generally include work plan and committee development along with specialized training and networking opportunities.
Visit www.oregon.heritage.org for more information on the Tier System, including eligibility and designation criteria for all levels of assistance. Main Street and Transforming Downtown level applications are available on the website or by calling 503.986.0679 or by email at sheri.stuart@oregon.gov. Completed applications must be received by August 11, 2015.
The Oregon Main Street Program is modeled on the National Main Street Approach(R), which has been used in more than 2,000 cities nationwide. It emphasizes four critical areas of downtown revitalization: organization helps everyone work toward the same goals and maximizes involvement of public and private leaders within the community; promotion brings people back downtown by helping to attract visitors, shoppers, and investors; design enhances a district's appearance and pedestrian amenities while preserving its historic features; and economic vitality stimulates business development and helps strengthen the district's economic base.
Participating Performing Main Street(R) designation level communities currently include Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, McMinnville, Oregon City, and Roseburg. Transforming Downtown level communities include Baker City, Bandon, Canby, Carlton, Coos Bay, Cottage Grove, Dayton, Estacada, Hillsboro, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Milton-Freewater, Newberg, Oakridge, Port Orford, Sherwood, Springfield, The Dalles, and Tillamook.
Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.
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Smoke Management Committee to meet June 25, Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
Smoke Management Committee to meet June 25, Salem
A five-member committee tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) on the state's Smoke Management Plan will meet Thursday, June 25 in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- Spring burning report
- Polyethylene on piles study update
- Data system program update
- Program fund balance and financial review

The meeting agenda can be viewed online at: www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/SMP/SMAC%20AgendaFINAL%20Jun2015.pdf

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Santiam Room - Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comments will be received at 10:30 a.m. and 2:10 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.
Interagency Wildland Firefighting School begins today in Sweet Home (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/22/15
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(Sweet Home, OR) For the 19th consecutive year, forestry officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Bureau of Land Management are hosting an interagency fire school to prepare new firefighters for the rigors of fighting fire - both in Oregon's forests and in rural-urban interface areas.

Classes begin Monday, June 22, and continue for 5 days.
 
This intensive training - so essential to the safety and effectiveness of fire crews as they battle blazes during fire season - is an opportunity for members of the media to observe and take video or photos of firefighting, initial attack, fire safety protocol and various tasks involved in fire suppression.
 
Co-Incident Commanders ("IC's") Ryan Sullivan, Assistant Fire Management Officer, U.S. Forest Service, McKenzie River Ranger District, and Craig Pettinger, Unit Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry, Sweet Home, see fire school as an opportunity to train firefighters in both tactical skills and safety. Students are employees of the agencies and many are seasonal.

Safety principles of fire training include wearing protective gear, safe use of tools, being on the lookout for hazards and maintaining proper spacing amongst workers.
 
"Fire School provides essential training in wildland fire to new firefighters and gives career firefighters a chance to refresh their skills and explore leadership opportunities," said Sullivan. "A nearby forest landowner, Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc., provides a new field site each year and we are very grateful," he added. "Field exercises greatly enhance the students' training experience - working in smoke, hiking through uneven terrain and working closely with crew members to dig fireline are all things they'll experience this season as wildland firefighters."
 
More than 200 trainees from a variety of agencies across the state - including the Willamette and Siuslaw National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Forestry - will be in attendance. The interagency school takes place June 22 through Friday June 26 at Sweet Home High School, 1920 Long Street in Sweet Home.
 
Classes, then a field exercise
Trainees spend the first part of the week in a classroom setting. This year's classes include basic fire behavior, map and compass use, teamwork, safety, use of engines, tools and hose lays, fighting fire in the rural-urban interface and fire investigation. Students sleep in tents at the school and eat their meals communally, giving them a taste of a real fire camp.

"Safety is paramount in every aspect of wildland firefighting, and it begins with our training exercises," said Pettinger.  "Working together in a training setting improves communications and builds effective relationships for the agencies to draw on during fire season."

The five-day course culminates in a live fire exercise Friday. The June 26 exercise provides trainees with the final challenge: applying their newly acquired skills to suppress and mop-up a real fire.
 
For more information, please contact Public Information Officers Stefanie Gatchell, (541)367-3962, or Cynthia Orlando, (503)945-7421.

Note to Media:
This opportunity offers access to both trainee and experienced firefighters as they prepare for the 2015 fire season. However, we require 24 hour notice of your intent to participate, as all media must be accompanied by an agency escort and have personal protective equipment.
 
Personal protective equipment includes Nomex pants, long sleeve Nomex shirt, gloves, hard hat, and boots with vibram soles. Protective equipment (excluding leather boots) may be available for media to borrow. Please contact Stefanie Gatchell to make arrangements.


Attached Media Files: Enrollees learn the basics of fire behavior and a live fire exercise takes place Friday.
06/19/15
Creswell Man Is Killed When He Drives His Pickup Into Path Of Log Truck (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/19/15
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A Creswell man was killed Friday morning when he drove his pickup the wrong way on Interstate 5 and collided with a loaded log truck in Lane County.

According to Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, On June 19, 2015 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 182 (just north of Creswell).

Preliminary information indicates a 1999 Dodge Pickup, operated by Keith E HENNINGSEN, age 36, of Creswell began driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the Creswell interchange.

HENNINGSEN's vehicle made it a short distance before striking a 2001 Kenworth truck loaded with logs, head-on. HENNINGSEN was pronounced deceased on scene. The operator of the Kenworth, Robert A FRANKLIN, age 62, of Vader, WA, was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, FRANKLIN tried to swerve to avoid HENNINGSEN's vehicle but it appeared HENNINGSEN intentionally steered into the path of the truck. Further investigation revealed HENNINGSEN had made suicidal comments to family members and was specific about driving into the path of a log truck.

Both southbound lanes were blocked for about an hour. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, South Lane Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry Wildfire Summary, week ending 06-19-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/19/15
Though forest conditions are extremely dry across the state, wildfire activity on the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry has been relatively moderate. Considerable credit goes to the Oregon public for exercising fire safety awareness in the forest. Nature has contributed, too, with only limited lightning occurring during the week.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Sunset Grade Fire - The 67-acre fire, reported June 13, burned on the Tillamook State Forest. ODF, assisted by the Forest Grove and Banks Fire departments, contained the fire the next morning. Cause is under investigation.

Powder House Canyon Fire - The 33-acre fire was reported June 15 burning in the Central Oregon District - John Day Unit. ODF resources currently at the fire include: two fire engines, two hand crews, one water tender, and one bulldozer on standby. The fire is 90 percent contained and in mop-up. Cause is under investigation.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
Buckskin Fire - This 2,635-acre fire reported June 11 is burning 10 miles SW of Cave Junction in southwestern Oregon on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, in an area previously burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire. The fire is currently six percent contained. The cause is lightning. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4286/

Little Basin Fire - This 630-acre fire reported June 15 is burning 10 miles north of Imnaha in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. The fire is currently 85 percent contained. Cause is under investigation. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4290/

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 74 fires burned 114 acres
Human-caused fires: 185 fires burned 516 acres
Total: 259 fires burned 630 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 128 fires burned 1,271 acres
Total: 150 fires burned 1,291 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website, www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Stats,_Info_&_Updates_

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.
06/18/15
Motorcycle Crash Takes Life Of California Man In Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/18/15
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According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on June 18, 2015, at about 3:43PM, a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Steven A GALE, age 71, of Montara, CA, rear-ended another motorcycle on HWY 20 at milepost 114 (near Sage Hen Rest Area). The other motorcycle, a 2008 Harley Davidson, operated by Robert RESCH, age 65, of Half Moon Bay, CA, lost control and crashed on the highway. RESCH and his passenger, Janet KLUZIK, age 54, of Half Moon Bay, CA, were both ejected.

After striking RESCH's motorcycle, GALE's motorcycle veered into the path of a 2011 Ford F250 head-on. GALE was deceased upon arrival of emergency crews. The occupants of the F250, Richard CHERNABAEFF and Kristine CHERNABAEFF (both of Kerman, CA) were not injured.

RESCH was taken to Harney District Hospital for minor injuries. His passenger, KLUZIK, was taken to Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend by air ambulance for serious injuries.

Preliminary information indicates GALE and RESCH had been traveling together when they became separated. It appears GALE was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with RESCH who had just pulled out from Sage Hen Rest Area.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is still continuing and information will be released when it is available.


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8 Years Later, Fugitive Responsible For Death Of Marion County Sheriff Deputy Still Wanted (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/18/15
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This week marks the eighth anniversary of the death of Marion County Sheriff Deputy Kelly Fredinburg who was killed in a late night traffic crash involving another vehicle on Highway 99E north of Gervais. The driver of the other involved vehicle, Alfredo De JESUS ASCENCIO, is still a fugitive wanted for two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide for causing the death his 19-year old passenger and Deputy Fredinburg. A reward of up to $21,000 is still available for information that leads to the arrest of De JESUS ASCENCIO.

The Fredinburg family worked closely with law enforcement officials to establish the "Oregon Officer Reward Fund" (OORF), available to help law enforcement arrest persons wanted in connection with line-of-duty police injury and death criminal investigations in Oregon. The family's relentless commitment, along with a $20,000 reward, supports and helps investigators to find the fugitive responsible for Deputy Fredinburg's death. This reward is in addition to $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers (#07-28) for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

ALFREDO De JESUS ASCENCIO, who turned 28 years of age in January 2015, has been sought by the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police (OSP) and Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) since he was indicted August 3, 2007 by a Marion County Grand Jury on two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide.

On June 16, 2007 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Deputy Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call southbound on Highway 99E north of Gervais when his patrol car was struck head-on by a northbound vehicle driven by De JESUS ASCENCIO. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputy Fredinburg joined MCSO in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died.

Nineteen-year old passenger, Oscar Ascencio-Amaya, died from his injuries the following day at a Portland-area hospital. A second passenger received minor injuries.

De JESUS ASCENCIO, who was 20 years of age at the time of the crash, was treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital. Investigators learned later he fled the U.S. to Mexico around the time he was indicted August 3, 2007 and an arrest warrant was signed by a judge. Investigators believe De JESUS ASCENCIO is currently at an unknown location in Mexico. He was last believed to be in the area of Puacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.

Anyone with information related to this investigation to help locate De JESUS ASCENCIO can report tips by phone at:

In Oregon, call 800-452-7888.
From anywhere in the United States for English and Spanish speakers to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers), call 1-503-823-HELP (4357).
Residents within Mexico can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers) at +011-503-823-4357.

Email tips can be sent to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us.

Tips should have as much detail as possible including specific details about the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.

Note: De Jesus Ascencio photograph is only photo available and was taken before June 2007.


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Oregon National Guard hosts active duty Air Assault and Pathfinder specialty courses (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/18/15
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WARRENTON, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard hosted U.S. Army Air Assault and Pathfinder courses at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, May 30 - June 14.

Hundreds of service members from across active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserves and National Guard components, converged on the Oregon Coast to test their mettle and earn the coveted Air Assault and Pathfinder qualification badges. The courses were instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, based out of Fort Benning, Georgia.

More than 220 service members participated in the 12-day Air Assault course. The course prepares service members for air mobile operations, including combat assault, rappelling, physical fitness, and various other critical skills. Students were tested with an obstacle course and two-mile run before being allowed to continue with the rest of the training. Throughout the course duration, students were evaluated with written and hands-on examinations, conducted tower and aircraft rappelling, and were tested on sling-load operations. A sling-load operation involves slinging an item under an airborne helicopter to fly it to another location. Prior to graduation, the students had to complete a 12-mile foot march with full combat-load in less than three hours.

Approximately 25 service members attended the 14-day Pathfinder course. The course trains and evaluates service members in establishing helicopter landing zones, pick-up zones, and drop zones. Students learned air traffic control techniques to guide and communicate with aircraft, as well as planning and conducting air assault and sling-load operations.

Video is available for high definition download through Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System:
Air Assault Rappel Tower B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/410468/air-assault-rappel-tower-broll-camp-rilea-ore-2015#.VYNEUU3JC70

Air Assault Orientation Flight B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/408004/air-assault-flight-familiarization#.VYNEwE3JC70

Air Assault Obstacle Course B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/407789/air-assault-school-2015-o-course-broll#.VYNFAE3JC70

Pathfinder Sling-Load B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/408862/pathfinder-course-sling-load#.VYNFrU3JC70

Pathfinder Air Drop B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/408865/pathfinder-course-virs-b-roll#.VYNF003JC70

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150610-Z-YI240-004: A Soldier practices rappelling from a tower during a two-week Air Assault course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 10. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course, instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserve and National Guard components tested their mettle during the course to earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Germundson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150610-Z-YI240-006: Soldiers practice rappelling from a tower during a two-week Air Assault course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 10. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course, instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserve and National Guard components tested their mettle during the course to earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Germundson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-NO327-Z-002: Soldiers and Airman watch as their classmates rappel from HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters during a two-week Air Assault course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course, instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserves and National Guard components tested their mettle during the course to earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. (Photo by Spc. Tyler Meister, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-NO327-Z-003: Instructors from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia, demonstrate how to perform a proper sling-load with a HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during a two-week Air Assault course at the Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserves and National Guard components gathered at Camp Rilea to attend the course and earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course. (Photo by Spc. Tyler Meister, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-Z-VA638-004: Staff Sgt. Robert Higley, of the U.S. Army's Charlie Company, 423rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, uses hand signals to direct an HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter where to drop a utility trailer during a field exercise for the Pathfinder Course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. A class of 23 Soldiers and Airman took part in the 14-day course, learning about air traffic control, selection and preparation of drop and landing zones, and verbally initiated air drops. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-Z-VA638-002: Staff Sgt. Glenn Breivogel (left), of the Oregon Army National Guard's Headquarters, 249th Regional Training Institute, and Staff Sgt. Jesus Carlos (right) from the U.S. Army's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take cover in the grass shortly after a landing zone insertion from a HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. A team of 13 Soldiers and Airmen were deployed to rig a Humvee for sling-load during a 14-day Pathfinder Course instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet June 26
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/15
June 18, 2015

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 971-673-3392 (meeting information and accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee will meet Friday, June 26. The primary focus of the meeting will be to begin discussions of the metrics to be included in the third year of the program. Public testimony will be taken.

When: Friday, June 26, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-336-1828, participant code 9657836#.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.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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Preliminary health insurance rate decisions for 2016 released
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/18/15
Note: The above downloadable file contains preliminary rate decision tables and decision summaries.

Salem - Beginning today, Oregon consumers can see the Oregon Insurance Division's preliminary decisions for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance rates. The division, part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These preliminary decisions will undergo continued review and discussion through public hearings being held and streamed online June 23-25. This is the first year that preliminary decisions are available before rate hearings are held. This provides the public greater opportunity to review and comment on the division's preliminary decisions.

The public comment period will remain open through Thursday, June 25. There will be a dedicated public comment period during each public rate hearing. For a schedule of hearings and to submit comment online, visit www.oregonhealthrates.org.

Health insurance rates are an estimate of future expenses, including medical and prescription drug claims costs and administrative expenses. These estimates are based on historical data and forecasts of future trends. When developing 2014 and 2015 rates, there was no claims data available for plans sold since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This data was available for the first time when setting 2016 rates.

With 2014 claims and cost information in hand, Insurance Division actuaries determined that the cost of providing coverage for individual plans in Oregon was $830 million, while premiums were only $703 million. This means costs exceeded rates by $127 million, or an average of $624 per person.

"As regulators, our mission is to protect Oregon's insurance consumers. That means consumers are not overcharged for health insurance, but it also means that rates must cover the cost of patients' medical bills when they go to the doctor, hospital, or pharmacy," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "We have proposed increased rates in order for consumers to continue counting on the coverage they have purchased."

In the individual market, the division's preliminary rate decisions range from an average rate increase of 8.3 percent to an average rate increase of 38.5 percent, depending on the insurance company. Under the preliminary decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $271 to $389 a month.

In the small group market, the division's preliminary rate decisions range from an average rate decrease of 7.6 percent to an average rate increase of 15 percent. Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $275 to $356 a month.

Preliminary rate tables, a summary of the state of the individual and small group markets and the preliminary decision information for each carrier can be found at www.oregonhealthrates.org.

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


Attached Media Files: Download preliminary rate tables and decision summaries.
Washington State Seeks Parent Advisory Members
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/18/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON STATE SEEKS PARENT ADVISORY MEMBERS

OLYMPIA, WA -- At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), it is the view that parents are children's first and most important teachers. The DEL Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DEL. Parental involvement in decision-making is the key to having policies and programs that support families' strengths and needs.

DEL is seeking up to fifteen parents and family caregivers of children, from birth through nine years old, to participate as members of the Parent Advisory Group. The PAG will meet by phone and in person. The group's first conference call will be held on August 12, 2015 and first in-person meeting will be held October 7, 2015. The location is yet to be determined.

PAG members will represent the unique experiences and perspectives of their families, including but not limited to:
Rural, remote, urban and military communities;
Access a variety of early learning services for their children or not currently connected to services;
Have diverse family structures (for example, headed by both or single parents, grandparents, kinship care, foster parents, or are blended families);
Experience with immigration and being new to a community;
Impacted by incarceration;
Cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity;
Have children with varying developmental and special needs.
To access the PAG recruitment flyer in Spanish and English visit DEL's website at del.wa.gov and search PAG. To apply, DEL asks that parents fill out the application (located on the PAG page of the website) and return it to DEL by July 15. If you have questions, you can contact DEL via email at pag@del.wa.gov.

The Department of Early Learning was created in 2006 to help all Washington children reach their full potential. DEL oversees the state-funded preschool program, child care licensing and subsidies, early intervention services, and other initiatives and programs to support parents as children's first and most important teachers. For more information, go to www.del.wa.gov.
New Prospect Point Elementary Principal named (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 06/18/15
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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of Dana Chandler as principal of Prospect Point Elementary. Chandler will succeed current Prospect Point Principal Chris Gardea who has accepted the position of Executive Director of Human Resources. Chandler was selected from a pool of qualified principal candidates through a rigorous interview and selection process. She begins July 1.

Chandler has been an elementary school principal for the past 12 years. She is currently the principal of The Sullivans School in Japan as part of the Department of Defense school system. Chandler has also been principal of Sollars Elementary (Japan School District, Dept. of Defense), Camelot Elementary School (Lewiston, ID) and Ocosta Elementary School (Westport, WA). Chandler recently received the peer selected 2014-2015 Yokosuka Complex Administrator of the Year award. Prior of her work as an administrator, she was a special education and second grade teacher at Jennings Elementary in Colfax, WA and a special education teacher at John Francis Adams High School in Clarkston, WA.

Chandler received a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Washington State University and her Masters of Arts in Administration and Curriculum from Gonzaga University. She earned her Principal Certificates from Idaho State University, Washington State University and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

"Throughout my 20 year career in education I have established myself as a leader of integrity, collaboration, relationship building and self-reflection for continuous learning and improvement," said Chandler. "I have a proven track record for an open and collaborative leadership style with excellent organization, communication and facilitation skills."

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06/17/15
Media Advisory - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe - Media Avisory
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/17/15
EVENT FOR MEDIA ONLY

Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Live fireworks safety demonstration - safer use of legal fireworks in legal places

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center
12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, Oregon

WHO: The Office of State Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Oregon State Parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clackamas Fire District #1, Portland Fire & Rescue, Salem Police Department, Legacy Oregon Burn Center, Multnomah county animal services, the Oregon Humane Society, and Oregon fireworks wholesalers will provide information on legal fireworks in Oregon, where fireworks may be used, education, and safety and enforcement efforts. Live fireworks demonstrations are scheduled.

WHAT: Keep it legal, keep it safe
Legal fireworks in legal places
Live demonstration - Safer use of fireworks

June 23 opens the season for fireworks sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. The Office of State Fire Marshal has issued more than 740 retail fireworks permits, and 131 display permits. Oregon law forbids possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.

Illegal fireworks can be expensive. Under Oregon law, officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
Veteran Benefits Expo slated on June 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 06/17/15
SALEM - In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), the agency is hosting the state's first-ever Veteran Benefit Expo, a free event for veterans and their families, on Wed., June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Salem Convention Center.

More than 90 state, federal and community resource organizations have partnered with ODVA and are registered to exhibit benefits across a variety of veteran resource areas including health care, compensation, education, business, employment, long-term care, recreation and more.

"Never have all these resources been in one location," said Cameron Smith, ODVA's director. "We are sincerely proud to partner with Oregon's veteran resource community and agencies to host this unique opportunity for veterans."

Smith said among other things, veterans and families will have direct access to experts who can answer questions about everything from business certifications to education, military records to medals, recreational passes to veteran ID cards.

For more information and a list of exhibitors visit www.expo.oregondva.com.

On June 16, 1945 legislation became effective that created the Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs.

Currently, ODVA has nearly 80 employees in Salem and Portland who assist and advocate for four generations of veterans who have served in five wars and in peacetime. Oregon is home to more than 322,000 veterans.

The Salem Convention Center is located downtown at 200 Commercial St. S.E. Contact ODVA at 503-373-2390.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Friday, June 26
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/17/15
Family forestland owners wanting to learn about a developing strategic initiative to help them can join the committee and Private Forests Division Chief Peter Daugherty Friday afternoon as they discuss the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats family forest owners face. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday, June 26 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Santiam Room Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Daugherty will provide legislative and streamside shade buffer, also known as riparian rulemaking analysis, updates. Jennifer Weikel, an agency biologist, will present information about the bald eagles' comeback and how it may impact forested lands.

Before noon the committee will hear about taxes and large woody debris, which helps create healthy fish habitat. Tammy Cushing, Oregon State University's Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry, will discuss taxes and forestry information affecting family forest owners.

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings.

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

The thirteen member committee includes seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include a representative from each the family forest owner, environmental, forest products industry, and the general public communities. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. 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. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet June 22
Oregon Health Authority - 06/17/15
June 17, 2015

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

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee will meet Monday, June 22, in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to review the 2014 Kindergarten Assessment data and the progress on coordination of developmental screening. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Monday, June 22, 9-11 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland

Agenda:
April minutes;
Data focus: 2014 Kindergarten Assessment results;
Developmental screening update and care coordination;
Joint ELC/OHPB priorities - reflect and next steps.

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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ODF increases fire prevention restrictions in Central Ore. June 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/17/15
Increasing wildfire danger has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry to tighten public fire prevention restrictions in its Central Oregon District. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 19, these restrictions will be in force on private and non-federal public forestlands in 12 counties including Harney, Morrow, Grant, Wheeler, Gilliam, Hood River, Wasco, Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson, along with small portions of Umatilla and Lake counties.

District Forester George Ponte said very dry vegetation due to the ongoing drought and warm weather is resulting in quickly rising fire danger levels.

"We are at a point where new wildfires are growing quickly and becoming more difficult and expensive to control," he said. "These restrictions are intended to eliminate human-caused fires as we will soon be busy enough with lightning-caused fires."

The following activities are restricted or prohibited:

Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. Open fires are allowed if conducted in compliance with a valid Burning Permit issued pursuant to ORS 477.515.

Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one ax, one shovel, and one 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required for at least one hour following the use of each saw.

Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation and the following fire equipment is required: one ax, one shovel, and one 2-?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.

Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner on their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.

Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2-?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.

Mowing of dried grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited between the hours of 10a.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

Use of fireworks is prohibited.

The release of sky lanterns is prohibited.

The discharging of exploding targets or tracer ammunition is prohibited.

Blasting is prohibited.

Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory or certified by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services; and 2) operated in compliance with manufacturer's instructions.

"Landowners and forest operators, and the general public need to be extremely cautious," Ponte said. "Under the right conditions a spark, campfire or carelessly tossed cigarette could result in a large, destructive and costly wildfire that puts firefighters and the public at risk. People should also know that all new fires starts are thoroughly investigated to determine the cause of the fire. If investigators determine who is responsible, that person or persons could be held liable for the firefighting costs which can be in the millions of dollars."
06/16/15
Expect delays June 17-19 on OR Hwy. 203, La Grande to Union, for chip seal project (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 06/16/15
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Beginning June 17th the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be chip sealing a section of the La Grande-Baker Highway (OR 203) between Union and the Interstate 84 Exit 265 interchange in Union County. The project is expected to take about three days to complete, however, some loose rock on the roadway may be present for a few days after the work is done. ODOT crews will return June 22nd to apply a fog seal to the chip sealed section in Union. The fog seal will create an even, uniform surface and help minimize loose rock on the highway (Main Street) through town.

Travelers can expect up to 20-minute delays, reduced speeds, loose rock on the roadway, day and nighttime flaggers, and pilot cars directing single lane traffic through the work zones. Please slow down, watch for construction activities in the area and plan extra travel time during this highway preservation project. All dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions.

See attached for additional informational, including work dates and parking restrictions in Union.


Attached Media Files: chip seal flyer , chip seal image
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon May 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 06/16/15
Oregon's Labor Market Largely Unchanged in May

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.3 percent in May compared with 5.2 percent in April. This kept the state's rate close to the national level, as the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 in May and 5.4 percent in April.

An unemployment rate close to 5 percent is near the lowest Oregon's rate has been over the past 40 years. The rate did reach similar levels during four prior periods of economic expansion since the 1980s, but Oregon's rate never dropped substantially below 5 percent. The record low in the series, which dates back to 1976, occurred in January and February 1995, when the rate dropped to 4.7 percent.

Payroll employment growth paused in May, posting a seasonally adjusted decline of 1,400, the first monthly drop since September 2012. But this one-month decline is not an indicator of continued job losses. Despite the one-month decline in jobs, payroll employment was still up substantially over the year, having added 50,500 jobs, or 2.9 percent, since May 2014.

Taking a breather from rapid growth in recent months, most industries hired close to their normal, seasonal numbers of jobs in May. Retail trade was the biggest exception as it added only 700 jobs in May, when an increase of 2,100 is its seasonal norm.

The slight dip in the May jobs figures could be payback from strong gains in recent months. Oregon's mild and dry winter helped keep people employed in industries affected by winter weather. For example, construction employment didn't drop as much as normal during January and February. This allowed many in construction to get back to work sooner than usual. Following these unusual fluctuations, construction employment stood at its highest May total in seven years at 81,300 jobs, a gain of 1,100, or 1.4 percent, since May 2014.

Real wages are growing. With Oregon's unemployment rate dropping close to historic lows, wage gains reflected a tightening labor market. Average hourly earnings increased 2.2 percent over the year for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees. These wage gains were above the rate of consumer price inflation.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, June 23rd, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for June on Tuesday, July 14th.??NLG


Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industry employment components.

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

The 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 October, November and December 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon May 2015 Press Release
06/15/15
Boardman benefits in big $5.5 million Megabucks win
Oregon Lottery - 06/15/15
June 15, 2015 - Salem, Ore. - Boardman had a windfall this month, not only being the site where the winning $5.5 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket was sold, but also claimed.

Steve Myren of Boardman claimed the $5.5 million prize Friday, June 12, becoming the 246th Megabucks millionaire. Myren purchased his ticket at the Boardman Chevron station Sunday, June 7 for the Monday, June 8 draw. He opted to take the 25 year annuity.

The Boardman Chevron will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $55,000 to the gas station and convenience store located off Interstate 84 in Boardman.

The last Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot winner was John and Patricia Cason from Beaverton who won $12.6 million. This year more players have won more than $18 million in prizes playing Oregon's Game Megabucks.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned 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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Reward Announced in 2014 South Dakota Murder Case; Digital Billboards in Oregon and 11 Other States Profile the Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/15/15
Dashewich - FBI billboard
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Update: Lamar Advertising is also running the FBI Seeking Information poster on its digital billbaord located at 2973 12th Street SE, Salem, OR.



The following is being sent to local media at the request of the FBI's Office of Public Affairs as part of a national publicity campaign:


The FBI is announcing a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Theresa Dashewich, a 47-year-old woman who disappeared from a Montana truck stop a year ago and whose body was found several days later and 375 miles away in a culvert off a South Dakota interstate highway.

The Bureau's reward is in addition to the $5,000 reward being offered by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the lead investigating agency. South Dakota officials requested the FBI's operational assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for Dashewich's death because of the interstate nature of the case. The case was also added to our Highway Serial Killings Initiative, through which we assist on investigations involving violent crime victims with some nexus to our nation's highways.

Dashewich, an Ohio native who led a transient lifestyle and often frequented truck stops, was last seen in the early morning hours of June 14, 2014, talking to truck drivers outside a Flying J truck stop in Billings, Montana. She was wearing a gray t-shirt, navy sweatpants, and white tennis shoes, and she carried a duffel bag. At approximately 8 a.m. on June 14, 2014, a person resembling Dashewich was observed walking away from the Flying J toward the eastbound on-ramp of Interstate 90. Her body was discovered on June 17 along I-90 by a passing motorist--she had been beaten to death, and investigators believe she had been held against her will, possibly in a large vehicle.

In Oregon, Clear Channel Outdoor is running the "Seeking Information" poster on its digital billboard at the intersection of Highway 8 and SE 73rd Avenue in Hillsboro.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324), or contact the nearest FBI field office or American Embassy or Consulate. Help bring closure to the victim's family and the responsible perpetrator(s) to justice.

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Note to media: The primary press release in this case, issued by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, is attached along with an image that is being used in the digital billboards.

The FBI is also profiling this case across various social media platforms and web resources. Please refer to the following links for more photos, videos and other material:


"Seeking Information" poster on FBI.gov: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/theresa-dashewich/view

FBI.gov News Blog story: https://www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog/reward-announced-in-2014-murder-case

Podcast: https://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/wanted/seeking-information-on-unsolved-homicide.mp3/view

"Vodcast": https://www.fbi.gov/news/videos/seeking-information-in-murder-of-theresa-dashewich

"Case of the Week": https://www.fbi.gov/wanted

Shared on the FBI's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FBI

Tweeted on the FBI's "Most Wanted" account: https://twitter.com/FBIMostWanted/status/610471508608176128


Attached Media Files: South Dakota AG Press Release , Dashewich - FBI billboard
New State Report Highlights Non-Motorized Boating (photo) (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/15/15
Non-motorized boaters
Non-motorized boaters
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In 2014, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the State Marine Board partnered in a first-of-its-kind survey to Oregonians who participate in non-motorized recreational boating on pubic waterways. The goal was to better understand current boating patterns and future needs from this rapidly growing sector in boating. Non-motorized boats include various watercraft that rely on paddles or oars for propulsion, including drift and row boating, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, and stand-up paddle boarding.

The survey included questions about use characteristics, boating locations, sought after experiences, and preferences, priorities, as well as cost drivers such as fees and how those fees are spent. Oregon State University was contracted to conduct the survey and analyzed the results, in conjunction with analyzing the data gathered from a 2011 survey for the 2013-2017 Oregon Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) as it related to non-motorized boating. Survey respondents were also asked questions about Oregon's Scenic Waterways, existing water trails and future development.

Highlights from the report include:
Most survey respondents indicated strong support for the Oregon Scenic Waterways program with the three most popular suggestions for scenic waterway additions being the Crooked River, McKenzie River, and Willamette River.
With respect to facilities and services, public access and online information were rated most important.
Across potential management actions, support was greatest for restricting development along shores (apparently due to concern that development would reduce access), followed by "pack in, pack out" requirements, more public access points, and more water-accessible campsites.
Across various boating issues, car safety and increased access were rated as most important.
The majority of boaters were supportive or neutral with respect to an increased annual fee, but a significant minority opposed such a program.
The SCORP 2011 survey data, adjusted for removal of tubing and floating, indicate 4.4 million annual boater user days, which generated $114 million in expenditures across the state. In turn, this expenditure supported 1,084 jobs, $34 million in labor income, and was associated with another $54 million in value added spending. When out-of-state visitors are included, the estimated amounts increase to 1,258 jobs, $39 million in labor income, and $63 million in value added spending.
Survey results will help land and facility access managers better understand the needs of non-motorized boaters and will be used to help guide both state agencies in distributing grants to federal, state, and local government agencies who maintain and develop recreational boating opportunities.

To view the entire report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/paddlecraft/NMStudies/OSU_Boater_Survey_Rpt27May2015.pdf.

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Attached Media Files: Non-motorized boaters
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet June 19 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 06/15/15
June 15, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 739-5267 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville on Friday, June 19. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss measure selection framework and on-deck measures; and to select 2016 incentive measures. Public testimony will be heard at 9:40 a.m.

When: Friday, June 19, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room #211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Welcome and consent agenda;
Updates;
Measure selection framework and retirement criteria checklist;
Public testimony;
On-deck measure discussion;
2016 measure selection.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.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 Joins in Recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 06/15/15
June 15th is designated by the United Nations as International Elder and Vulnerable Abuse Awareness Day.

Governor Kate Brown has also proclaimed today Oregon Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Awareness Day with a statewide proclamation (attached). Communities around the world and throughout Oregon are using this opportunity to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

"Last year, there were over 35,000 reports of adult abuse made in Oregon," said Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations. "However, national research suggests that under-reporting of abuse is a very serious issue. According to a Cornell University study, only one in twenty three cases of adult abuse actually gets reported to authorities."

"Abuse reporting takes the collective efforts of everyone and understanding the issue is critical in order to reduce the problem," she said. "If you suspect a vulnerable person is being abused, we urge you to call your local Adult Protective Services screening line, law enforcement or Oregon's central number to report abuse: 1-855-503-SAFE."

"Education is the answer to curbing the problem of elder abuse," she added. "We can all help to prevent and reduce the abuse and mistreatment of our most vulnerable neighbors by becoming more involved and aware of what abuse looks like, taking thoughtful steps to prevent it, and reporting suspected abuse to law enforcement or Adult Protective Services (APS)."

Financial abuse and exploitation continues to be the largest segment of abuse investigated, while neglect is the second most investigated type of abuse in Oregon. Verbal and physical abuse also continue to be among the top reported forms of abuse.

Facts about Oregon Adult Abuse:

Last year, DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians;

3,273 people were determined to have been abused, some with multiple abuses or multiple incidents;

14,250 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for those over the age of 65 or who have a physical disability. Of those allegations, a total of 2,025 adults were determined to have been abused.

1,480 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 510 adults were determined to have been abused.

557 allegations of possible abuse for adults with mental illness were investigated. 150 adults were determined to have been abused.

212 allegations of possible abuse for children in licensed children's settings were investigated; 45 children were determined to have been abused.

2,609 assessments for possible self -neglect were investigated. Of those, 546 adults were determined to be self?neglecting.

Family members, intimate partners and/or trusted caregivers were the most common perpetrators across all settings in 2013.

DHS offers many resources on its website, including signs of abuse and where to call for help: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Pages/index.aspx

In addition, there are also many great resources through the National Center on Elder Abuse, including tips to prevent elder abuse, 12 things anyone can do to prevent elder abuse, the red flags of abuse and why should I care about elder abuse? All these resources and more can be found here: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Get_Involved/Awareness/Materials/index.aspx

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Attached Media Files: 2015-06/973/85391/PROCLAMATION_2015.pdf
06/14/15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Sunday, June 14, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/14/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Sunday, June 14, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Sunset Grade Fire
The Sunset Grade Fire, on primarily the Tillamook State Forest, started just before noon yesterday. Before firefighters finished building a trail around the fire, it grew to 30 acres. Alongside the ODF fire crews the Banks and Forest Grove rural fire departments pitched in fighting this fire. Crews will strengthen the trails creating a containment buffer. Unless warranted, this will be the only update.

For more information visit: http://www.fgdfire.com/?m=1

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.
Buckskin Fire
The Buckskin Fire near Cave Junction consumed 1,200 acres. More information is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4286/25077/.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 70 fires burned 166 acres
Human-caused fires: 156 fires burned 339 acres
Total: 226 fires burned 505 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 113 fires burned 1,107 acres
Total: 135 fires burned 1,127 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office) or 503-910-4311 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

Keep Oregon Green


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06/13/15
Oregon Army National Guard welcomes home infantry unit from Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/13/15
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is welcomed home approximately 400 Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, June 13.

In attendance were U.S. Senator Ron Wyden; Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins, representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; along with many other dignitaries.

The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion deployed as "Task Force Volunteer" to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom's Sentinel from August 14, 2014 through May 1, 2015. The battalion was divided into four separate missions in Afghanistan during the deployment.

The battalion's main mission was to provide force protection and mission command for bases and movements in support of the Train Advise Assist Command-Capital (TAAC-C) in Kabul and a quick reaction force (QRF) to reinforce the Afghan National Security Forces.

The battalion's second mission was the Base Operating Support Integrator (BOS-I) mission, which consisted of standardizing processes for base defense, QRF response, and security for movements throughout the area of operations.

The third mission assigned to the battalion was to provide a Police Advisory Detachment (PAD), supporting 30 Police Districts throughout the Kabul area. The PAD assisted with upgrading the capabilities, standards, and professionalism of the Afghan National Police.

The fourth mission assigned to the battalion, known as Guardian Angel support, was to provide security and protection for dignitaries as they moved throughout the area of operations.

The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Springfield, Oregon, with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham, and Hillsboro.

Photo Captions:
150613-Z-YP317-001: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, stand in formation during a demobilization ceremony for their recent return from Afghanistan in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-025: Lt. Col. Michael Burghardt, commander of 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Peter Heidt uncase the battalion colors, signifying the end of the unit's deployment and return home to Oregon during a demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-053: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, welcomes home Citizen-Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, during a demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-013: Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson sings the National Anthem during a demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13, for 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, to welcome the unit home from Afghanistan. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-015: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, render a salute during the National Anthem at their demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Saturday, June 13, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/13/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Saturday, June 13, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Powder House Canyon
This 25 acre fire started last night near Fossil. The cause remains under investigation. Overnight firefighters built a trail around 75 percent of the fire and will continue their work today. Unless warranted, this will be the only update.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS

Buckskin Fire
The Buckskin Fire near Cave Junction consumed 1,200 acres. This blaze is clearly visible from Cave Junction.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 70 fires burned 166 acres
Human-caused fires: 154 fires burned 338 acres
Total: 224 fires burned 504 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 113 fires burned 1,107 acres
Total: 135 fires burned 1,127 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office) or 503-910-4311 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
Fire weather

Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

Keep Oregon Green


Follow us on Twitter & Facebook

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06/12/15
Walla Walla School District Public Work Session & Board Meeting: June 16, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 06/12/15
Walla Walla School District Public Work Session & Board Meeting: June 16, 2015

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
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Dean Lodmell receives prestigious community leadership award (Photo)
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 06/12/15
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WALLA WALLA - Longtime engineer, construction manager and community volunteer Dean Lodmell received the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership award June 11 at the organization's annual banquet in Richland.

"Dean's career in engineering and construction management has benefited the staff and students of Walla Walla Public Schools and the Walla Walla community for decades," said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. "

Lodmell grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1952. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla before moving on to Columbia University to continue his education in civil and structural engineering. As a young man and recent college graduate, he was hired to help manage construction of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. He worked on several dam projects in the 1960s and eventually landed in Pakistan to construct highways and bridges. He also worked for seven years in New York City during the 1970s building tunnels. Lodmell's influence on local construction is also vast. He was the construction manager for the Walla Walla Regional Airport Terminal, Key Tech Facility, Penrose Library at Whitman, and Walla Walla College Administration Building.

For years, Lodmell has served on the Walla Walla Public Schools Community Facilities Task Force. This group assists in the development of long-range facility improvement plans, provides recommendations to the district for facility improvements and serves as a key communicator during bond campaigns to inform the public about projects on the ballot.

In the early 2000s, Lodmell served as the district's construction project manager for the Sharpstein Elementary modernization. He would conduct onsite reviews, study plans, meet with the contractor and sub-contractors and provide progress reports to the superintendent on all aspects of the project. Modernizing a 100-year-old community treasure was no easy task and Lodmell's insight and expertise was critical to ensuring a quality project for the staff, students and community. The building remains one of the more popular architectural attractions in Walla Walla.

In recent years, Lodmell has assisted with the review of building designs for Walla Walla High School as part of the district bond preparation process. For the past year, he has assisted with the development of a new all-weather track for Walla Walla High School. The project is expected to break ground this summer and be completed in the fall.

Lodmell has been married to Betty since 1986. Betty owns and operates Betty's Preschool. She has been in business in Walla Walla since 1962 and has helped more than 3200 students get ready for kindergarten.

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Brian Ballou receives Bronze Smokey Award for fire prevention work
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/12/15
For southwestern Oregon residents, there are two reliable indicators that wildfire season has arrived: smoke in the air, and Brian Ballou on the evening news. Since 2004 the Oregon Department of Forestry fire prevention educator has taught homeowners, recreationists and forest operators common-sense ways to avoid accidentally starting fires while working or playing in the woods. In recognition of his efforts, Ballou recently received the coveted Bronze Smokey Award.

"This is the highest honor given to organizations or individuals for outstanding wildfire prevention service that is national in scope," Said Dan Thorpe, ODF district forester for SW Oregon. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Smokey Awards recognize individuals and organizations for "outstanding wildfire prevention service or projects rendered."

Ballou's innovative approach to educating the public about fire safety incorporates an array of tools, from mass media, to home visits, to social media. A wildfire blog he originated has become the go-to source for area residents seeking current fire information. During the record 2013 and 2014 seasons the blog exceeded 25,000 hits per day.

His brochures, "Wildfire! Are you prepared?" and "Will your home survive a wildfire?" have fostered awareness of the fire risk among thousands of rural homeowners and instructed them in how to make their houses and properties defensible in the event of an encroaching wildfire.

Hundreds of broadcast news media appearances each summer have cemented his reputation as the face of wildfire prevention in SW Oregon.

The fire educator's behind-the-scenes work has had no less of an impact on the public's awareness of wildfire risk. He was a key player in the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans in two counties and five communities.

Willing to reach out even to non-traditional partners to promulgate the wildfire prevention message, Ballou worked with plant specialists, Oregon State University Extension, nurseries, landscapers and others to produce a local list of fire-resistant plants for rural homeowners. Some plants commonly used in landscaping, such as ornamental juniper, can actually carry a ground fire to structures, while the plants on his list resist the flames and also require less water to maintain.

Measuring the success of any type of prevention work can be challenging. But during his tenure in ODF's Southwest Oregon District, the trend in human-caused wildfires has declined from 200 a year to 165 annually - a significant impact in a fire-prone area with a population of 300,000.

In 1997, the Oregon Legislature passed landmark legislation that addressed the burgeoning threat to forests, life and property posed by developments near and in the forest. The Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act, which came to be known as "Senate Bill 360," broke new ground by encouraging rural residents to turn their fire-vulnerable urban and suburban properties into less-volatile zones where firefighters could better defend homes from wildfires. Ballou implemented the Act throughout Jackson and Josephine counties and statewide with passion and creativity, developing an entire suite of SB-360 aids, including a guidance manual for rural residents, certification training materials, and a property self-evaluation form.

His nomination for the Bronze Smokey Award received broad support from the community, with 31 letters of support submitted by organizations including the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Fire Marshal, The Nature Conservancy, Congressman Greg Walden, Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association and others.

Gwen Beavans, National Fire Prevention Coordinator with the U.S. Forest Service, described the high regard in which Ballou is held for his work:

"Brian is a longstanding stalwart representative in fire prevention and a household name in southern Oregon, just like Smokey Bear," she said.

Ballou works out of ODF's Southwest Oregon District office in Central Point, and he resides with his family in the area.
06/11/15
Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee meets June 25
Oregon Health Authority - 06/11/15
June 11, 2015

What: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda: Review purpose and agenda; review final charter; review and approve June 22 draft meeting minutes; discuss effects of marijuana use on developing fetus and breastfeeding infants; review relevant scientific literature; future topics; next steps; public comment.

When: Thursday, June 25, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us.

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

Details: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based at the Public Health Division, provides scientific input to inform public health recommendations related to retail marijuana in Oregon. The committee is examining adverse health effects of retail marijuana use; and impacts of time, place, and manner of retail sale of potentially addictive substances.

For more information about the committee, visit the committee's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/Retail-Marijuana-Scientific-Advisory-Committee.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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It's Official: Food Truck Friday Extends Through Summer--New Vendors Keep Program Fresh
Pasco Specialty Kitchen - 06/11/15
PASCO, WA--Good news for food truck aficionados: Pasco Specialty Kitchen's Food Truck Friday (FTF) program will be extended through the summer with an end date of August 28. Pretty much everything customers have come to know and love will remain the same: operating hours from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the location in Downtown Pasco at the Pasco Farmer's Market and of course, weekly on Fridays except for July 24th when the Tri-Cities Water Follies will lay claim to a big chunk of the local population.

The Pasco Specialty Kitchen (PSK), a project of the Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) and the program's creator gathered feedback from the public through its weekly guest surveys, DPDA board members and the program's vendors. While some were hoping to see the program extend into a Friday dinner program or an additional day of the week, the demand for food trucks is at an all-time high and the current supply is low. "Thanks to the overwhelming response from the community, we've created a beautiful and hungry monster," observed Marilou Shea, director at Pasco Specialty Kitchen. "For a number of reasons not the least of which is that there are not enough food trucks available to expand the program beyond what we offer today, we made the decision to keep doing what we're doing well. We'll see what the market bears for FTF next year and if an extension of lunch into dinner or another day is feasible, we'll do it."

In addition to extending the popular 'grab n go' lunch program, new vendors will be joining FTF and vying for customer lunch dollars with veteran food trucks. New vendors include Latte Lovin'--an artisan coffee truck that offers up a long list of cool, refreshing iced café drinks, smoothies too; Stick and Stone Pizza--the upbeat, Neapolitan wood-fire pizzeria based in Richland will dish out slices of their Italian pies; D&Bs Pig Out Shack--a brand, new hot dog purveyor. They deliver a short menu long on flavor: two and only two types of hot dogs, the Hound Dog and the Mad Dog. Frost Me Sweet, the amazing cupcake wizards from Richland will also be making an appearance. Veteran food trucks reappearing for the second act: Ann's Best Creole, Backyard Grub, Fresh Out the Box and Uncle Brothers Fish Fry. "No doubt about it. FTF kick-started our business and we love that we've had at least five new business opportunities because of it," noted Jenny Nguyen, owner of Fresh Out the Box. "The way the program was created with marketing and business support has created a loyal following for Fresh Out the Box in three months--the momentum just keeps building."

The format of FTF has changed somewhat in that any mobile vendor of any food category is welcome to participate if they commit to a consistent summer presence whereas during the pilot program there was no competition across food categories to allow new micro-enterprises to grow and flourish. Vendor fees are $25 per week to participate in FTF. That includes incremental business opportunities and strategic marketing efforts like this cool FTF video (attached for download). The promotional video is a special collaboration between PSK and the video production students at Tri-Tech under the creative direction of instructor Mike Greif.


The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization based in Pasco, Washington. The DPDA was formed by a Pasco City Council ordinance in 2010 and oversees two projects: Pasco Farmer's Market and Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Its mission is to strengthen and develop Downtown Pasco as a center for culture, business and community spirit. For the latest updates on Food Truck Friday, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pascospecialtykitchen.


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Attached Media Files: FTF video: What you need
Oregon State Hospital Memorial Honored by Public Art Network Year in Review (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/11/15
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WASHINGTON, DC --Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honors 31 outstanding public arts projects created in 2014, including the Oregon State Hospital Memorial, through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries across the country and recognized today at Americans for the Arts' 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago.

The Oregon State Hospital Memorial, honoring more than 3,000 individuals whose unclaimed remains are now a part of the memorial, was unveiled early summer 2014. Created by Annie Han, a University of Oregon alum, and Daniel Mihaylo, the memorial was also honored with an American Institute of Architecture Seattle 2014 Honor Award for public art. The project was funded by the Percent for Art in Public Places Program, administered by the Oregon Arts Commission.

"The best of public art can challenge, delight, educate and illuminate. Most of all, public art creates a sense of civic vitality in the cities, towns, and communities we inhabit and visit," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "As these Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate, public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can. I congratulate the artists and commissioning groups for these community treasures, and I look forward to honoring more great works in the years to come."

"This is a well-deserved honor for Han and Mihaylo," said Meagan Atiyeh, public art coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "The Oregon State Hospital Memorial is the result of their exhaustive research and unending commitment to the prime goals of the people and events it represents. Artists document our cultural ethos and aspirations, and this story is a part of our state's historic and moral fiber."

The 2015 PAN Year in Review jurors were Peggy Kendellen, Public Art Manager, Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon; Laurie Jo Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Public Arts, Social Justice and Culture at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Ernest C. Wong, Principal, site design group, ltd in Chicago.

The 31 public art works selected for the PAN Year in Review can be seen on this page. The presentation, which includes photos and descriptions of these works, are available through Americans for the Arts' store.

The Public Art Network (PAN), a program of Americans for the Arts, is designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art. The network's constituents are public art professionals, visual artists, design professionals, and communities and organizations planning public art projects and programs.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

See the full list of honorees, including three other Oregon projects: http://bit.ly/1IKvnXZ

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Thursday, June 11, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/11/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Thursday, June 11, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on ODF-protected lands.
Galls Creek Complex
These lightning caused fires around Medford were reported Tuesday afternoon and burned roughly 90 acres. The complex, multiple fires, consists of over a dozen fires. The largest fire consumed about 45 acres. Firefighters and equipment operators built trails around the fires and continued improving the buffers yesterday. Unless warranted, this is the last update for this fire.

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 36 fires burned 13 acres
Human-caused fires: 138 fires burned 327 acres
Total: 174 fires burned 341 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 113 fires burned 1,107 acres
Total: 135 fires burned 1,127 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office) or 503-910-4311 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

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Have you checked out your trampoline lately?
Pacific Power - 06/11/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, June 11, 2015
503-813-7291

Have you checked out your trampoline lately?
Schools are out, but it is always a good time for lessons on staying safe around electricity

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Summer weather has arrived; and with warmer weather and longer days children are spending more time outdoors flying kites, climbing trees, playing ball and heading for playgrounds, open fields and parks.

And jumping on trampolines if they get a chance.

"Throwing things in the air, even yourself, is a natural part of youthful exuberance, but kids need to think about how close they are to power lines whether they are doing somersaults on a trampoline, tossing a ball around or remodeling a tree house," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Keep an eye out for equipment on the ground as well. It may seem like a good place for hide and seek, but everyone needs to give this equipment a wide berth."

Pacific Power offers the following tips to enjoy a safe summer:

Ensure trampolines are never placed under power lines.
Check trees for overhead wires running near or through limbs and branches before climbing or building tree houses. Walk a full circle around the tree; if lines are present, do not climb the tree.
Never climb an electrical substation fence or wall, or attempt to enter a substation, even if a ball made it over the fence. High-voltage electrical equipment located in substations can be very dangerous, and only trained and authorized Pacific Power personnel are allowed inside.
Never poke, pry or climb on tan or green ground transformer boxes. They're safe while sealed, but pose a threat if tampered with.
Fly kites away from overhead power lines. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

For additional electrical safety tips or to request a free "Power Lines - Stay Away to Stay Safe" brochure, call toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. 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 providers 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.
06/10/15
Red Cross Responds to Biggs Junction Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/10/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist 2 adults and 5 dogs displaced by a fire in the 91000 block of the Biggs Rufus Highway. The Red Cross provided food, lodging, clothing, shoes and recovery information.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers Investigating Poaching Case Outside LaGrande (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/10/15
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help in locating the person(s) responsible for unlawful wounding a buck deer outside of LaGrande in the Starkey Unit located in Union County.

According to Sergeant Chris Hawkins, a concerned citizen reported the mortally wounded buck only a couple miles off I-84, a short distance up Ladd Creek Road. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and determined the buck was shot with a .17 caliber rifle twice in the head, on or before June 3rd. There are no legal deer hunting seasons occurring during this time of year.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contacted Senior Trooper Kris Davis at the Oregon State Police office in LaGrande at 541-805-4757.


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Marine Board Meeting in Salem June 23, 24
Oregon Marine Board - 06/10/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold its quarterly Board meeting on June 23 and June 24, in Salem. The June 23 Board meeting will be held at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street NE, beginning at 9 am. The June 24 Board meeting will be held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial Street NE, beginning at 9 am.
The June 23rd meeting will consider Round One Grants as listed on the agenda, and the June 24th meeting agenda items are as follows:
Director's report
Consideration of Chapter 250 Division 011, 012 and 013 -US Coast Guard requirements and conformity to the Inland Navigation Rules
Consideration of a petition request to open rulemaking for Cape Kiwanda
Consideration of rulemaking for Chapter 250 Divison 021 -removal of the 5 mph reference to slow-no wake and PWC readability
Consideration to establish a Non-Motorized Boating Program
Consideration of rulemaking for Chapter 250 Divison 016 for the Outfitter and Guide Program
Election of Board officers
Staff reports

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

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


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Snake River Correctional Institution Reports Inmate Death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/10/15
An inmate died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, a Correctional Officer found James Papineau, 66, unresponsive in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 7:15 a.m. No other details are available at this time.

Attempts to locate next of kin have not been successful. The department asks that anyone familiar with the deceased contact one of the numbers listed above.

Papineau originally entered DOC custody on August 20, 1988, on multiple charges, including robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, and coercion. He paroled on May 3, 2004, later violated his parole, and returned to DOC custody on February 1, 2006, with multiple new charges. His earliest release date was June 4, 2030.

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

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Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/10/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Galls Creek Complex
Yesterday evening three fires caused by lightning were reported burning in remote wilderness areas around Medford. The complex, multiple fires under one command, grew to 90 acres. By this morning the firefighters had built trails around the fires. They will continue widening the trails and eliminating the hot spots along the fires' edges to strengthen the buffers today.

Corn Creek Fire
Started on June 8 and consumed 98 acres about 14 miles east of Canyonville. Yesterday crews completed the trail around the fire and began strengthening a buffer around it. Today crews will continue improve that buffer. Unless warranted, this is the last update for this fire.

Pictures and video from the fire are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/douglasfpa/sets/72157654275603061

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 29 fires burned 9 acres
Human-caused fires: 130 fires burned 327 acres
Total: 159 fires burned 335 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 113 fires burned 1,107 acres
Total: 135 fires burned 1,127 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office) or 503-910-4311 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.
the Douglas Forest Protective Association Twitter feed.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

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Wildfire smoke forecasts

Wildfire smoke and air quality

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet June 23-24 in Joseph
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 10, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590


Joseph OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year June 23-24 in Joseph, Oregon.

On June 23, Commissioners will gather at 8:30 a.m. to tour parks and sites in the Wallowa Lake area before attending workshops starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hurricane Creek Grange #608, 63081 Hurricane Creek Road, Joseph, Oregon.

On June 24, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the same location to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes an informational presentation from the Wallowa Lake Moraines Partnership, and several action items requested by staff:

+ Award $4.1 million in Lottery-funded local government recreation grants.
+ Designate two new state scenic bikeways in southwestern Oregon.
+ Make technical changes to an agreement related to a proposed Bandon State Natural Area exchange, updating the expiration date and changing contact names to reflect staffing shifts.
+ Approve a plan to complete $13.5 million worth of state park repair and improvement projects for the July 2015-June 2017 budget.

The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/june2015agenda, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Friday, June 12. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

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06/09/15
OSP Investigates Rollover Crash -Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/09/15
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According to Lieutenant Sean Belding, on June 8, 2015 at about 5:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to Hughes Lane and 10th Street in Baker City for the report of a crash (in front of the OSP Baker City Office).

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Honda Accord driven by Rachelle GEORGE, 31, of Baker City, was traveling north on 10th Street near Hughes Lane. A 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 16 year old juvenile from North Powder, was south on 10th when it turned into the path of GEORGE's vehicle. The juvenile's vehicle rolled over and struck a passing 2013 Ford F150, operated by Lance DIXON, age 49, of North Powder.

Three of the occupants in GEORGE's vehicle were transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. The fourth occupant in GEORGE's vehicle, a five year old, who was in the back seat of the flown by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for serious injuries. The passengers in the other vehicles did not require medical attention.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Baker City Police Department, Baker County Sheriff's Office , and Baker City Fire. The investigation is continuing and enforcement action is pending.


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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet June 12
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/09/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet via teleconference from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 12.

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

The meeting agenda is available here: bit.ly/1MmkKYX

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 at least 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.
Update - Murder/Suicide Investigation in Ranier
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/09/15
The Oregon State Police, in conjunction with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, the Columbia County DA's Office, The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Rainier Police Department wish to provide the following update on the investigation into the triple homicide in Rainier that was discovered late Sunday evening at 75379 Fern Hill Loop in Rainier, Oregon.

Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner has concluded, through post-mortem examinations of the three cutting and stabbing victims in Rainier Oregon, that two were victims of a homicide, and one of a suicide.

Danny ABBOTT Sr, age 48, died of self-inflicted cutting injuries. His death was ruled a suicide.

Laury ABBOTT, age 44, and Danny ABBOTT Jr, age 8, died of multiple cutting and stabbing wounds and their deaths were ruled homicides.

The continued investigation, by members of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team, has yielded the following additional information: that Danny ABBOTT, Sr and Laury ABBOTT were married but were undergoing marital difficulties and reportedly had not been living together for several months. Family members reported that Laury had expressed concerns for safety and was planning on filing for divorce.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

(Attached is a previous release by the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.)


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Major World War II Exhibition Opens June 26 at Oregon Historical Society in Portland; Features Enigma Machine
Oregon Historical Society - 06/09/15
On exhibit June 26 - December 7, 2015

Press Images: http://bit.ly/1cJk5EM
Please include credits listed in file name when used for publication.

Portland, OR - June 9, 2015 - World War II, considered the most momentous event of the twentieth century, will be the focus of World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, a major exhibition opening at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) on Friday, June 26, 2015. The exhibition will feature rare documents and artifacts from world and military leaders including Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and will also share stories of the impacts of the war on Oregonians.

"World War II forever changed history in Oregon and across the globe," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a fitting subject for the largest exhibition and program series ever hosted at the Oregon Historical Society."

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A special preview and opening will be held Thursday, June 25 for OHS members, where historian David Eisenhower, the grandson of the late Dwight D. Eisenhower, will join the official ribbon cutting of this 6,000 square foot exhibit. Following the reception, all are welcome to attend a lecture with Eisenhower at the First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205) at 7pm. Tickets are on sale for $20 ($10 for OHS members) and can be purchased online through BoxOfficeTickets.com or at the door the night of the lecture.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, OHS will be hosting programs and lectures focusing on World War II. A complete list of these programs is available at www.ohs.org.

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

From North Africa, to Europe, to the Pacific: A World at War

This original Oregon Historical Society exhibition presents the worldwide conflict through artifacts and manuscripts on loan from the Portland-based Mark Family Collection, including a very rare Nazi Enigma machine, the military uniforms of Gen. George Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the only copy of the Atlantic Charter personally signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, and a life preserver from the U.S.S. West Virginia, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor.

Letters and manuscripts provide a lens onto the many events of World War II, from prominent battles to critical political decisions. Notable documents include handwritten letters from General Eisenhower to his wife Mamie and letters from Senator Mark Hatfield, a Naval Lieutenant during the war, to his parents.

Oregon: A State Transformed

The exhibit also focuses on Oregon, a state transformed during the mid twentieth century. Items drawn from the Oregon Historical Society's archives and from collections across the state tell of events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the social impact of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the only World War II casualties to occur in the continental U.S.--the result of a Japanese balloon bomb.

An Unparalleled Interactive Experience

Digital and hands-on components within the exhibit provide visitors with unique interactive experiences. Touch screens will feature an original code breaking game inspired by the Enigma machine. To get into the mindset of America's best military leaders, visitors can plot the movement of troops on a "war table." Multi-media experiences include screenings of WWII newsreels and military field phones playing radio newscasts from the era. Plus, visitors can take a "selfie" with Winston Churchill's wax doppelganger, originally on display at Madame Tussaud's in London.

Propaganda Posters, Canteens & Captain America

The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II
Continuing in the museum's North Wing Gallery is a visually stunning exhibition of propaganda posters, which opened this past February. Also on loan from the Mark Family Collection, these posters provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and enduringly convey important messages.

The Final Chapter: Peace and Reconciliation
The Oregon Historical Society is proud to also host a special display of Yosegaki Hinomaru flags. These World War II era Japanese national flags were customarily given to Japanese soldiers before they departed for battle and included signatures and words of encouragement from friends and family. These flags often became "treasures of war," and were taken as souvenirs back to the United States and other Allied nations. Pacific Northwest historian and author Rex Ziak and his wife Keiko Ziak have undertaken a project to reunite these flags with the families of the original owners. So far, the Ziaks have collected nearly 100 flags, of which 30 have been claimed by Japanese families. This special display at OHS will share the emotional story of this reunion effort.

Kilroy's Canteen
Named after the iconic WWII cartoon figure, Kilroy's pays tribute to USO clubs iconic of the era and features a variety of unique items ranging from a poker table used by Harry Truman during his presidency to a tribute to the 41st Infantry Division (also known as the "Sunset Division"). Composed of National Guard Units from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho, the 41st Division battled Japanese forces in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1943-45, where they became known as the "Jungleers." The war's enduring presence in popular culture is also highlighted with the shields used by actor Chris Evans in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

The Oregon Historical Society is open seven days a week, Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 5pm and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day. Thanks to a generous donation from Columbia Sportswear, all United States military veterans will receive free admission throughout the run of the exhibit.



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.
Participation in 401(k) Plans Rises as More Companies Automatically Enroll
Wells Fargo - 06/09/15
PORTLAND, June 9, 2015 - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today an uptick in the percentage of employees participating in 401(k) plans administered by the firm. The number of eligible employees participating in Wells Fargo-administered plans rose 13% between 2011 and 2015. Wells Fargo administers 401(k) plans for 3.8 million eligible participants employed by U.S. companies. The increase in participation correlates to an increase in plan sponsors opting for automatic enrollment of their participants, which now stands at 40% of Wells Fargo-administered plans versus 30% in 2011.

The data show increasing participation rates among younger employees, new hires and lower-earning workers over the past four years. Participation in the 401(k) plan among millennials has reached 55% compared to 45% in 2011. For newly hired eligible employees (meaning those who have reached the one year mark of employment), participation has increased from 36% four years ago to 48% in 2015. In addition, employees in a pay range of $20,000 to $40,000 in salary are participating at a rate of 59% versus 47% four years ago.

"This is a great set of data demonstrating some very positive behaviors from participants. I get very excited when I see the percentage of employees enrolling in plans ticking up over the last four years because it tells me people understand that participation in their workplace retirement plan is vital," said Joe Ready, head of Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. "We know that systematic, pre-tax savings and investing works. The first critical step along that journey is to get people in the plan. In addition, to see such gains among people who are historically the hardest to get saving for retirement is also quite encouraging. People are getting the message that their 401(k) is an important key to a viable retirement."

Savings rates, company match and average balances
Although participation rates are rising, the deferral rates are relatively flat in the four-year analysis, with 38% of participants saving a minimum of 10% of their salary (which may include employer match) in their 401(k) plan - a modest increase from 34% four years ago. Twenty-eight percent of millennials currently reach a total contribution of 10% of pay, compared to 35% of Gen X and 45% of boomers.

Sixty-two percent of all active participants are taking full advantage of their employer match. When analyzed by generational groups, this breaks down to 54% of millennials, 63% of Gen X, and 70% of boomers who are contributing enough to capture their full company match.

The average 401(k) balance is $93,015 - up from $69,802 four years ago, largely due to gains in the stock market.

The number of people with a loan from their 401(k) has remained flat; 19% have at least one loan.

"Participating in the plan is the first step, but what we really need to see is a more robust increase in how much people are saving," said Ready. "The reality is that people need to save their way to retirement. This is true for all generations, and especially so for the younger population that has time on its side and can take advantage of the compounding effect of time. At the very least, we like to see people reap the full benefit of their employer match because that's a nice boost for their savings that doesn't come out of their pocket."

Roth 401(k) popular among millennials
The Roth 401(k) usage is creeping up - with 12% of participants contributing to a Roth 401(k) compared to 8% four years ago. Millennials are the most significant users of Roth, with 16% contributing to a Roth 401(k), versus 11% of Gen X and 7% of boomers. The Roth 401(k) allows participants to contribute after-tax dollars, and withdraw in retirement on a tax-free basis.

"The decision to contribute after-tax money to a Roth 401(k) is an intentional one, because people typically are not automatically enrolled into Roth 401(k) plans," said Ready. "I am encouraged that the younger participant group is putting thought into what can be a tax diversification strategy when it comes time to take money out of plans in retirement."

Millennials are the most diversified in their 401(k) investment portfolio
Roth 401(k) usage is not the only category in which millennials have Gen X and boomers beat. Millennials are still the most diversified generation, and are making the biggest gains: 82% are meeting a minimum level of diversification - a minimum of two equity funds and a fixed income fund and less than 20% in employer stock - which is up from 72% four years ago. Gen X and boomers have also seen strong gains in this category, with 78% and 75% respectively meeting the minimum level of diversification (compared to 70% and 68% four years ago).

This improved diversification is most likely due to the broader use of managed investment products, which continue to gain in popularity. Overall, 76% of participants use a managed product (such as target-date funds, which is seeing specific gains from 47% to 62% of participants who have money in target-date funds), versus 65% four years ago. When comparing by generation, 83% of millennials, 75% of Gen X and 70% of boomers use some type of managed product in their 401(k) plan.

Women participate at higher rate than men
In a review of data compiled from 2,036 companies where gender is indicated, there are also some noteworthy differences. Women participate in their 401(k) plans at a slightly higher rate than men: 65% to 62%. The number of women saving at least 10% of their salary is slightly lower: 38% of women vs. 40% of men contribute at least 10% of their salary, and 64% of men are taking full advantage of their company match, compared to 61% of women. Women use managed products more than men - 77% of women compared to 74% of men - which might explain why they are better diversified. Eighty percent of women are meeting minimum diversification criteria compared to 78% of men.
EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Retirement Savings Tips

Get started saving today
If you have the option to join your employer's 401(k) plan, enroll today and contribute up to $18,000 per year; participants age 50 and older can make up to $6,000 in additional catch-up contributions each year (unless their plan has lower limits or doesn't offer catch-up contributions). Pay yourself first and save as much of your salary as you can on a tax-advantaged basis. If you do not have access to a workplace retirement plan, you can set up an automatic savings program and make systematic contributions of up to $5,500 if you are under age 50, or $6,500 if you are age 50 or older through regular contributions to a Roth IRA (with after-tax dollars) or a traditional IRA (with pre-tax dollars) if you meet eligibility requirements.

Get the company match -- if it's offered
If you are contributing to a 401(k), find out if there's a company match. If there is, consider taking full advantage of it. Remember that the money your employer contributes on your behalf can be added to the amount you're contributing, and combining the two contributions helps give your overall savings goal a boost.

Increase your rate of savings
Research shows that the #1 factor in saving for retirement is your contribution rate, and regular contribution rate increases. Find out if your employer's plan offers the option to increase your contribution amount automatically and on a regular basis. That's one less thing to remember and it's an easy way to help you gradually save more in preparation for retirement. You can always change the increase rate or limit for your automatic retirement plan contributions.

Find out what type of investor you are
Your asset allocation is the "big picture" -- the way you divide your investments among the three basic investment categories: stocks, bonds, and stable value investments. Knowing your investor type -- conservative, moderate, or aggressive -- can provide a good starting point for determining which asset allocation makes the most sense for you. Use an online tool like www.wellsfargo.com/riskquiz to help you determine your risk tolerance.

Leave your savings alone
It may be tempting to spend your savings if you change jobs or have an unexpected expense pop up, but it is important to keep these assets growing in a tax-favored retirement account. Withdrawing money from your employer-sponsored plan can erode your retirement savings to the point where you may jeopardize your financial security in retirement. Keep your money working for you!


About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.


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Oregon's Community Hospitals Economic Output: $18.9 Billion
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 06/09/15
Lake Oswego - June 9, 2015 - Oregon community hospitals accounted for $18.9 billion in economic output in Oregon in 2013, according to a new study by ECONorthwest released today by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

Nearly 60,000 Oregonians are directly employed by Oregon's community hospitals and another 52,000 jobs are directly associated with hospitals, showing that community hospitals are one of Oregon's key economic engines. Those 112,000 hospital-related jobs account for 4.9 percent of the state's total employment. On a county-by-county basis, hospital jobs and associated employment generally range between 3 and 6 percent of job totals--often trailing only government-supported jobs.

"Today's report shows the importance of Oregon's community hospitals to both the health of Oregonians and the health of Oregon's economy," said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of OAHHS. "Hospitals mean a great deal to their communities--from urban centers like Portland to rural places like Burns. They represent things like health, happiness and hope. Today's report shows they also represent jobs and economic stability."

"Hospitals are major employers across urban and rural Oregon," said John Tapogna, president of ECONorthwest. "And, importantly, they create large numbers of middle-skill, middle-wage jobs that are disappearing in other industries. Productive, well-run hospitals are a key to the state's economic future."

Other key findings from the report include:

-- Gross State Product: The direct and secondary economic activity linked to hospitals contributed approximately $8.4 billion to Oregon's Gross State Product (GSP) in 2013.

-- State and Local Taxes: Hospitals directly generated approximately $176.3 million in tax and fee revenue for state and local jurisdictions in 2013. The State and local governments collected another $276.5 million in taxes from businesses that supply goods and services to hospitals. This sums to a total tax revenue of about $452.8 million.

"Hospitals are at the center of the economic life of the communities they serve," added Van Pelt. "As some of the largest employers in the state, we know that many communities depend on their hospital. With family-wage jobs, hospitals drive much of the economic engine that fuels other parts of county economies. Hospitals do this while continuing to ensure that people have a place to go for care and treatment at any time and for any reason. Hospitals are proud to serve Oregon, and this new report quantifies another way that they are integral to our state."

The report found that rural hospitals play an outsized role in their communities. They are one of the steadiest sources of jobs and have relatively higher job totals as a percent of the total employment in those rural counties. Hospital and hospital-supported jobs did not decline during the recession and in rural counties this was a great source of economic stability.

As a function of their commitment to the health of their communities, in 2013, as tallied by the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.8 billion in community benefit contributions. In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined in statute as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation. At the same time, Oregon community hospitals provided care for 336,153 inpatients, more than 9.9 million outpatients, and more than 1.2 million emergency room visits.

"Oregon community hospitals are deeply connected with the communities they serve," said Van Pelt. "From the family-wage jobs they provide, to the economic stability they furnish, to the community benefit they contribute, Oregon's hospitals are vital to our state."

The economic impact study--commissioned by OAHHS--was conducted by ECONorthwest using state-specific data from the American Hospital Association and using the IMPLAN economic modeling tool.

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care delivery system.


Attached Media Files: Executive Summary-Economic Impact , Full Report-Economic Impact
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update | Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/09/15
This is the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

Corn Creek Fire
The Corn Creek Fire, about 14 miles east of Canyonville, started yesterday afternoon and consumed grass, brush, and trees in steep, rocky terrain covering 98 acres. The firefighters and bulldozer operators quick response and work through the night to build a trail around the fire. Today crews will continue increasing the trail width to contain the fire.

Pictures and video from the fire are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/douglasfpa/sets/72157654275603061

FIRES ON OTHER LANDS
No new fires were reported burning on other lands in Oregon.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2015, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 24 fires burned 8 acres
Human-caused fires: 129 fires burned 324 acres
Total: 153 fires burned 332 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 22 fires burned 20 acres
Human-caused fires: 113 fires burned 1,107 acres
Total: 135 fires burned 1,127 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer, who is currently Nick Hennemann, 503-945-7248 (office) or 503-910-4311 (Cell), any time for fire information. If the duty officer is unable to take your call, you can expect a prompt return call. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

OTHER FIRE INFORMATION
For information on wildfires on all jurisdictions in Oregon, view:
the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or
the national Incident Information System site.

For information on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands view:
the department's blog for news on wildfires statewide and provides current fire statistics.
the Southwest Oregon District blog with district specific wildfire info, and follow the Twitter feed covering fires as they occur.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
This update provides information primarily about fires on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger. ODF provides fire protection primarily on private and state-owned forestland. The department also provides fire protection on some other lands, including U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry works closely with neighbors and partner agencies to support the firefighting efforts on major fires outside its authority because sharing firefighting resources can help better protect all of Oregon's forests.

OTHER LINKS
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Prevent heat illness for workers in rising temperatures
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/09/15
(Salem) - Landscaping, construction, and agriculture are all labor-intensive activities that can raise the body temperature of workers in hot weather. This could lead to heat illness or even death, if precautions are not taken.

"Workers in Oregon aren't acclimated to working in this type of heat," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. "Employers should provide drinking water, offer a shaded place for workers to take breaks, and watch for signs of trouble."

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention. Exposure to heat can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and even seizures or death.

From 2010 through 2014, 28 people received benefits through Oregon's workers' compensation system for heat-related illnesses (at least three days away from work).

"Heat illness can be deadly, but it's preventable," Wolf-McCormick said.

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Certain medications, wearing personal protective equipment while on the job, and a past case of heat stress create a higher risk for heat illness.

Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas - allow your body to cool down.
Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

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Oregon OSHA also has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with tips for working in the heat: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4926.pdf (English version).

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.

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 at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
06/08/15
Grants fund new trail bridges on the Tillamook State Forest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/08/15
Julies Trail Bridge in the Tillamook State Forest
Julies Trail Bridge in the Tillamook State Forest
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Grants fund new trail bridges on the Tillamook State Forest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
June 8, 2015

Contact: Randy Peterson, 503-359-7470,
Randy.A.Peterson@Oregon.gov


Off-road enthusiasts and salmon alike will benefit from new Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) bridges in the Tillamook State Forest, thanks to a Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Grant.

ODF recently completed construction of two new off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail bridges on Julies Trail. The project was initiated to replace failing bridges and enhance stream habitat through trail and bridge relocation.

Both bridges cross Deyoe Creek, a tributary to the Devil's Lake Fork of the Wilson River, which is an important salmon stream in the mountains of Oregon's northern Coast Range.

The new 35-foot-long bridges replace two aging bridges that were failing and did not meet current bridge design specifications. As part of the project, trail- and bridge-crossing locations were also adjusted - specific additional actions focused on improving stream habitat.

The project was funded by a Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails). The GRANT was awarded as part of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.

"Bridge projects are particularly well-suited for funding from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative and the Julies Trail bridges addressed significant needs for the OHV trail system on the Tillamook State Forest," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS marketing manager. "Putting the GRANT funds to work, the Oregon Department of Forestry protected both OHV riding access and an environmentally sensitive wildlife habitat area, creating an excellent example of the possibilities of partnership between OHV riders and land stewardship efforts."

Julies Trail is 2.1 miles long and is an important connector trail for the larger OHV trail network in the Browns Camp OHV area.

"Julies Trail is one of the more popular trails in the Browns Camp OHV area," said Jahmaal Rebb, OHV Program Specialist for the Tillamook State Forest. "This grant made it possible for us to maintain long-term trail access, as well as enhance critical stream habitat in the Wilson River watershed."

For more information about Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative, visit:
www.yamahamotorsports.com/oaigrants

ODF manages the 364,000-acre Tillamook State Forest for a wide variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits. Additional information about the Tillamook State Forest Recreation Program and forest management in Oregon is available on the agency's website at www.oregon.gov/ODF


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Attached Media Files: Julies Trail Bridge in the Tillamook State Forest , Julies Trail Bridge in the Tillamook State Forest
PacifiCorp long range energy plan calls for less coal, more energy efficiency
Pacific Power - 06/08/15
PacifiCorp long range energy plan calls for less coal, more energy efficiency
The company's Integrated Resource Plan, now filed in six western states, forms a blueprint for how 1.8 million customers will get their electricity over next 20 years
PORTLAND, Ore. - PacifiCorp envisions an energy future with the bulk of new electricity usage met by energy efficiency savings, a more responsive transmission system that maximizes intermittent renewable resources and a significantly reduced reliance on coal-fired power plants.
The details that make up this vision are contained in PacifiCorp's Integrated Resource Plans, filed recently in the six states the company serves. The 500-page document, now before regulators in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, outlines a "preferred portfolio" of how the company plans to meet the energy needs of its 1.8 million customers in the western U.S. The company updates the plan every year and files a formal update every two years.
"Customers depend on us to provide safe, reliable, affordable power every day," said Stefan Bird, CEO and president of Pacific Power, which serves 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. "The IRP represents our plan of how, going forward, we will keep meeting those essential needs while factoring in market realities, regulatory uncertainties and changing technology. Getting to this point has involved a great deal of public involvement and we welcome more discussions on this important issue."
Highlights of the preferred portfolio include:
Less reliance on coal. The IRP anticipates ending coal generation at 10 units, totaling 2,800 MW of generating capacity, by 2029. This is already happening. The company closed two units at the Carbon Plant on April 15. PacifiCorp plans to convert unit 3 at the Naughton plant to natural gas by 2018 and close or convert Cholla 4 by 2024. Dave Johnston units 1 through 4 will reach the end of their depreciable life in 2027, and Naughton units 1 through 3 will do the same in 2029.
More energy efficiency. The expansion of energy efficiency programs is projected to meet 86 percent of projected increase in usage over the next decade. In 2014 alone, working with customers, PacifiCorp saved more than 553,200 megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power nearly 59,000 homes for a year. That is about the number of homes in the Bend, Ore. area. Because of these savings, the company doesn't envision building another major thermal power plant until 2028.
Renewable resources. PacifiCorp has invested heavily in expanding its portfolio of renewable resources, both directly and through power purchase agreements with renewable developers. PacifiCorp is the second largest owner of wind generation assets among rate regulated utilities in the United States. Renewable and non-carbon resources currently make up 25 percent of PacifiCorp's owned and contract generation capacity. Within the next two years, PacifiCorp plans to add even more new wind and solar capacity via purchase power agreements with independent power producers.

"PacifiCorp is also taking a leadership role in the creation of a more responsive and efficient way of operating the west's transmission system," said Bird. "In partnership with the California Integrated System Operator, we are leading the way to a lower-cost, lower-emissions future by using advanced technology to change the way that we generate, manage and dispatch power on the grid. Working with the ISO and other utilities that are joining us in this transformation, we are able to maximize the use of intermittent renewables, enhance reliability and lower costs to our customers."

For a full version of the Integrated Resource Plan, go to: http://www.pacificorp.com/es/irp.html
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About PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, serving 1.8 million customers in the West. PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. With a generating capability of more than 11,136 megawatts from thermal, hydro, and renewable wind, solar and geothermal power, the company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment.
Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Crook County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/08/15
According to OSP Sergeant Roberto Robles, on June 7, 2015, at about 8:00PM, the Crook County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a shooting at a residence north of Prineville. An adult male was transported to St Charles Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound.

The Tri-County Major Crime Team was activated to assist with the investigation which went through the night. All involved parties in the incident have been contacted and there is no threat to the community.

The Tri-County Major Crime Team consists of members from the Crook County Sheriff's Office, the Crook County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Bend Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, and the Warm Springs Police Department.

The investigation is continuing. The names of those involved and location of the incident will be released when doing so does not interfere with the investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
Wapato High School Graduation 2015
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 06/08/15
Hi all!

Wapato Public Schools is in its final week of the 2014-2015 school year. The last day of school is Friday, June 12.

Wapato High School graduation is also this week. It is tomorrow, June 9th. (see the attached release for details) I can tell you it is one of the largest graduating classes in recent history.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato High School Graduation 2015
06/07/15
OSP Investigating Crash Involving Jackson County Deputy Sheriff and Pedestrian
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 06/07/15
According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on June 6, 2015 at about 10:11PM, a Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputy was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 40 when something struck the right side of his patrol car. Thinking that he struck a deer, the Deputy stopped on the east shoulder of the freeway. Once stopped on the shoulder the deputy realized he had struck a person.

OSP Troopers responded and assumed the investigation. Preliminary information indicates Eliso L ARIAS, age 35, of Medford, was walking down the center of the interstate between the slow lane and fast lane when he was struck by the patrol vehicle. This section of I-5 is tree-lined and not lit. Further investigation revealed ARIAS had been camping in the area and had been in a disturbance. He left the campsite and began to walk home down the center of the interstate.

ARIAS, who was intoxicated, was transported to Providence Medical Center in Medford for serious injuries, none of which were considered life threatening. A portion of Interstate 5 was closed for about one hour during the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Rogue River Fire, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The investigation is ongoing by OSP and more information will be released when it becomes available.