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04/17/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: April 21, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/17/15
Walla Walla School District Work Session & Board Meeting: April 21, 2015

As per the attached agenda ~

Supporting documents are available via the following link:
http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1288/83639/04.21.15_SB_00_Board_Meeting_AGENDA.pdf
Know what's below before you hoe
Pacific Power - 04/17/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 17, 2015
503-813-7291

Know what's below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

"Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. "Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It's that simple."

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don't know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood--and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn't be easier. It's a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent - nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department at 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. 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.
04/16/15
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/16/15
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The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is partnering with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force for a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Mall, 900 Court St. NE.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to continue the process of eliminating sexual assault and to ensure all service members are treated with dignity and respect. The purpose is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is a vital institution within the state. Citizen Soldiers and Airmen possess a crucial tie between military and civilian society. As a fundamental institution the military as a whole and the Oregon National Guard in particular, are fully committed to a cultural shift in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

"Preventing Sexual Assault in our military requires a personal commitment from all service members, at every level, to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding standards of behavior and military core values," said Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense.

This year's theme is Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part."

Eliminate Sexual Assault: Every service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.

Know your Part: Means that each military member has a unique role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. We must recognize our part in stopping this crime starting with knowing when and where to intervene.

Do Your Part: We have to act. If we see a crime or inappropriate behavior unfolding, we need to step in to prevent it, adding our voice to the call to end sexual assault.

Education and awareness are the key in reaching our objective. Through this event we not only hope to bring the local community together, but to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to the transformation of sexual assault prevention and response.


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MEDIA ALERT - Finley Plant Sale Opens Tomorrow
Finley Sch. Dist. - 04/16/15
Finley, WA - The 24th Annual Plant Sale, led by the Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School, begins tomorrow, April 17. This year's plant sale takes place April 17-18, at the high school's greenhouses from 9 AM to 5 PM both days.

At the plant sale, customers interact with FFA students in the process of purchasing a wide selection of bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and more. The Finley FFA Chapter has over 55 members, and the Annual Plant Sale is the chapter's primary fundraiser.

For more information, contact FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum in the RVHS agricultural department at 509.586.7279.

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SEA-TECH Open House Monday
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/16/15
WALLA WALLA - Members of the community are invited to the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) for a public open house Monday, April 20 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This is a drop-in event so people are welcome to attend whenever it is convenient during the six hour block designated for the open house.

High school students taking classes at SEA-TECH located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College are immersed in the latest technology and trends in the world of Digital Media, Manufacturing and Welding, Sustainable Energy Technology specializing in Electrical Systems, and Health Sciences. SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center. Students from Walla Walla and the partner districts consisting of Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place attend a three hour morning or afternoon block schedule at SEA-TECH.

SEA-TECH Public Open House
- Monday, April 20
- 12 noon to 6 p.m. (drop-in when convenient)
- 525 Campus Loop (on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Information: Erin Roach, (509) 526-2000 / eroach@wwps.org
- SEA-TECH video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hr3xVtHxqE
- SEA-TECH - Your Pathway to a Career
Oregon Perinatal Collaborative Commits to Safely Reduce First-Time C-Sections
March of Dimes - 04/16/15
The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of health care leaders in Oregon, is making an effort to safely reduce the rate of C-sections, particularly for women who haven't had one before. In order to affect this change, the collaborative leaders are implementing strategies for successful birth in labor and delivery departments throughout Oregon. OPC recommends all Oregon providers delivering babies review and adopt these best practice strategies that will support safe deliveries in all labor units throughout Oregon. OPC endorsed strategies for successful birth can be found here http://www.oahhs.org/quality/quality-resources.

"Cesarean section is an essential part of our armamentarium in Obstetrics; however, it is associated with rare but serious complications particularly in future pregnancies. The best way to minimize these complications is to prevent the first Cesarean section whenever this can be safely accomplished," said Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetric Services, Providence Health and Services.

In the US one in three women in 2013 gave birth by Cesarean section delivery. Oregon rates increased from 19.8% in 2000 to 28 % in 2013. Although Cesarean birth can be lifesaving, it also carries risk for both the mother and fetus.

Several factors have influenced increasing rates over the past twenty years, including women delaying childbearing, increasing rates of diabetes and consumer request. Of particular concern is the rise in "primary" or "first" Cesarean sections which lead to subsequent Cesarean births greater that 90% of the time. Variation of labor management can also drive Cesarean section births. "It is important to standardize best practices to provide consistent outcomes that ultimately result in better health, better healthcare and better patient satisfaction," said Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), convened by March of Dimes in 2011 to eliminate early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks, is a group of health care leaders in Oregon focused on improving perinatal outcomes through collaboration and evidence-based practices. "This collaborative brings a power to understand and improve processes of perinatal care that is unprecedented in our state and will be instrumental in optimizing our outcomes and the safety of Oregon mothers and babies," said Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's and Surgical Services, Legacy Health.

In an effort to support safe deliveries, the collaborative has broadened their focus to review and endorse strategies related to labor management that support safe, successful birth--all births, not exclusive to early elective deliveries. This focus in in alignment with the work of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) as well as nationally sponsored initiatives by the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) aiming to safely decrease primary Cesarean sections. "I believe that through this collaborative work, we can make Oregon the best place to have a baby in the U.S.," said Aaron B. Caughey, MD, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University.


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--MEDIA MEMBERS ONLY--

For interview opportunities contact:

Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetrics, Providence Health and Services
mtomlinson@whallc.com and mark.tomlinson@providence.org
503 416-7565

Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN,CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
diane.waldo@oahhs.org
503-479-6016

Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's Services and Surgical Services at Legacy Health
dneilson@lhs.org
503-413-3622

Aaron B. Caughey, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University
caughey@ohsu.edu
503-494-2999
04/15/15
Deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers return home to Central Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/15/15
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REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed home approximately 175 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they arrived in Redmond, Oregon, April 15, following their overseas deployment.

The Soldiers of 1-82 Cavalry Squadron spent nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The squadron is headquartered in Bend, Oregon, with companies also located in Klamath Falls, Lebanon and Redmond. The Soldiers will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the formal demobilization ceremony scheduled to be held in their honor, May 16, at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend.

More deployed Oregon Army National Guard units are expected to arrive this spring and summer.

The 234th Engineer Company, based in Warrenton, Oregon, is scheduled to welcome home approximately 160 Soldiers from Kuwait in late April. The Soldiers conducted carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction on military facilities throughout Kuwait and the surrounding region during their deployment. A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled for May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will welcome home two more battalion-sized elements that also provided security and support missions in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, headquartered in Springfield (with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham and Hillsboro) will welcome home approximately 320 Soldiers in May. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for June 13 at the Linn County Fairgrounds.

The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, headquartered in Ashland (with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg and St. Helens), will welcome approximately 290 Soldiers from Afghanistan. One company of Soldiers is scheduled to be home in late April or early May. The rest of the battalion is scheduled to return in late June. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for August 8; location and details will be published when finalized.

PHOTOS:
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Redmond, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr., commander of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, stands in front of the squadron formation upon returning to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier from 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, embraces his wife as he returns home to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (left of center), greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, as they take their first steps onto Oregon soil after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/15/15
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Tuesday 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 11:25 p.m., Monday, April 13, inmate John McKinley's cellmate alerted staff that McKinley, 53, needed medical attention. McKinley was found unresponsive, at which time staff began CPR. He was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. McKinley entered DOC custody on November 19, 2008, on one count of sodomy in the first degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date was March 3, 2038.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

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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Forestry Board to tour Oregon's newest state forest, discuss stream protections, April 22-23 in Central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/15/15
The state Board of Forestry travels to Central Oregon on April 22 and 23 for its regular meeting and a tour showcasing the conservation and restoration of state and national forests. Accompanied by state and local leaders, the Board will celebrate partnerships leading to acquiring the Gilchrist State Forest and improving national forest health, and will discuss visions for supporting rural communities and healthy forests.

The Board meeting on April 22 includes discussion of stream protection rules, a new plan for managing the state-owned forests of northwest Oregon, and national forest restoration. For those who can't attend, a telephone listening and comment site will be available in Salem (details below).

At a community gathering that evening, the Board will continue its tradition of honoring a longtime local champion of sound forest management and healthy communities.

All events are open to the public.

APRIL 22 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Streamside regulations. Department of Forestry staff will present methods for evaluating the effectiveness of measures to keep streams shaded and cool after timber harvest, and how regulations might function at specific locations.

National forest restoration. Jim Pe?^a, Regional Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will share his vision for federal forests in the Pacific Northwest and opportunities for partnership and collaboration. University of Oregon professors will provide context for how state investment has already produced early forest restoration results in Oregon.

Eastern Oregon state forest management. Staff will share how state forest management in eastern Oregon provides social, environmental and economic contributions to adjacent communities and statewide.

Updates. The board will receive updates on key projects and initiatives, including the work of a board subcommittee to create a new plan for managing state-owned forests in northwest Oregon.

EVENT DETAILS

* The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 22 in the Great Hall, at 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver.
* A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the Board takes them up. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.
* The Salem listening site, scheduled to operate for the duration of the meeting, will be in the Santiam Room, in Building D at the Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State Street. The site will provide opportunities to follow the proceedings and participate during public comment periods. For questions about coordination and logistics, please contact Sabrina Perez at 503-945-7210. RSVPs are appreciated.
* The community social will begin at 6 p.m. in Sunriver's Great Hall.
* The field tour will start at the same location on April 23. Join for a meet-and-greet at 7:30 a.m., and tour kick-off at approximately 8 a.m. Plans may be modified in the event of inclement weather.
* Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

Join the forestry conversation on ODF social media: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx

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Oregon announces participation in multi-state action against New Day Financial LLC
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/15/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities announced today its participation in a multi-state settlement agreement and consent order between 43 state mortgage regulators and New Day Financial LLC.

The settlement is a result of investigations conducted by Delaware and Maryland into institutionalized cheating on testing and continuing education requirements for licensed mortgage professionals. Practices at the company included sharing test information and taking continuing education courses on behalf of others.

In order to protect Oregonians, the division holds mortgage loan originators to high standards of ethics and education.

"Oregonians have a right to trust that the licensed mortgage loan originator they are working with is a trustworthy, financially responsible, and competent professional," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Any efforts by companies or individuals to cheat on testing or continuing education requirements will be held accountable."

The order includes the following main points:
* A $5.28 million administrative penalty to be divided equally among the 43 participating states
* The removal and replacement of New Day's chief operating officer
* The hiring of an independent auditor to evaluate New Day's policies and procedures and review New Day's training and education program to determine if additional remedial action is necessary to supplement the changes already implemented
* A report from New Day within 270 days identifying the manner in which the company proposes improving its corporate management and governance structures

Along with Oregon, Delaware, and Maryland, mortgage regulators from the following states participated in the agreement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the Settlement Agreement and Consent Order is available at cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/enf_orders/M-15-0059.pdf.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

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.
04/14/15
Congressman Dan Newhouse to be Grand Marshall at Cinco de Mayo Parade in Downtown Pasco
Downtown Pasco Development Authority - 04/14/15
PASCO, WA--The Downtown Pasco Development Authority (DPDA) invites the Tri-Cities community to its annual, multi-cultural parade and festival in Downtown Pasco on Saturday, May 2, 2015, with newly elected Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) as its grand marshall.
The one day event will bring together the American and Mexican-American communities as they commemorate Mexico's hard-won victory over the French in the Battle of La Puebla in 1862. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the festival will follow with activities concluding at 5:00 p.m. The parade route begins at 2nd Avenue and Clark Street, will head west on Clark to 7th Avenue then loop around and head east on Lewis Street to 3rd Avenue. The festival will take place as in years past at the intersection of South 4th Avenue and Lewis Street.
"We're honored that Representative Newhouse will be on hand to greet thousands of community members celebrating the heritage of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in this exciting event," said Michael Goins, executive director, Downtown Pasco Development Authority. "Cinco de Mayo is one example of how Downtown Pasco is becoming a vibrant neighborhood that's family friendly and welcoming to all cultures."

Festival activities include:
8:00 a.m. 2015 Opening of Pasco Farmer's Market
11:00 a.m. Parade--Representative Dan Newhouse, Grand Marshall
12:30 p.m. Cultural entertainment includes a variety of bands that will bring the rich sounds of accordion and guitar to life along with dynamic folkloric dancing that honors the Mexican heritage. Bring your own lawn chair and dancing shoes.
Festival food fare such as hamburgers, BBQ, and shaved ice will be offered along with culinary delights featuring Mexican and Mexican-American cultures including
tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

5:00 p.m. Festival end.
For more information on the bands and performance times at Cinco de Mayo, check out our web site, www.downtownpasco.com or follow us on Facebook/downtownpasco. Musical acts and performers are subject to change.


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. Follow Downtown Pasco on Facebook www.facebook.com/DowntownPasco, online www.downtownpasco.com, and on Twitter #cincodowntownpasco.

For more information, contact Marilou Shea, 509-545-1172 (office), 509-430-8956 (mobile) mshea@downtownpasco.com.


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An American Red Cross Thank You to Volunteers (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/14/15
Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families.
Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families.
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During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Red Cross extends heartfelt thanks and offers recognition to the incredible people who help drive our mission forward

PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2015 - Few businesses run on the power of volunteers. People with professional skills, big hearts and warm smiles. People who give up their personal time with friends and families to do work that sometimes no one else wants to do. In the American Red Cross, volunteers constitute 90 percent of the total workforce.

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 and the American Red Cross honors all of its dedicated volunteers who give their time to help people in need. The American Red Cross Cascades Region, which serves Oregon and Southwest Washington, is currently supported by about 1,700 amazing volunteers.

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are part of the Red Cross. They help people get back on their feet after a home fire, teach lifesaving first aid and CPR skills, visit veterans hospitals, staff blood drives, install smoke alarms, reunite family members after a disaster and fill a variety of other crucial roles. There are even volunteers in the volunteer office, helping to find new volunteers and orient them to the organization.

"Our volunteers take time away from their families and friends to help people they don't even know," said Laurie Conroy, director of volunteer services for the American Red Cross Cascades Region, "We are taking time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their dedication and service. We are truly grateful for these people, who come from all age groups, and all walks of life and who bring a wide range of skills to the Red Cross."

The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There is a position for everyone, there is no minimum number of hours required to be a volunteer, and the only requirement is a heart for helping others. To read Red Cross volunteer profiles in Oregon and Southwest Washington, go to http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org.


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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/cascades. Or, read about Red Cross volunteers at http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/.


Attached Media Files: Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families. , American Red Cross Services to Armed Forces Program provides resources for veterans and their families. , Local volunteers fulfill a wide variety of roles with the American Red Cross
Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/15
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 14, 2015

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, Cell 503-931-2590

Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast

Newport OR -- A portion of a derelict boat towed into Newport, Oregon on April 9, 2015 was disposed of on Monday, April 13. Please refer to previous releases (http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat1 and http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat2) for details on the original sighting and recovery.

+ After being towed to the South Beach Marina in Newport on April 9, the boat was re-towed to Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River upstream from the harbor April 10.

+ While still moored at the South Beach Marina, a group of yellowtail jacks and banded knifejaw fishes were removed from the boat's holding tanks and are in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Preliminary examination indicates they are a variety of yellowtail jack from the western Pacific. A final determination about the origin of the yellowtail jacks will come through genetic testing. The knifejaw is also a species found in the waters around Japan, but not in the eastern Pacific near Oregon. After the quarantine period is over, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will move the fish to the Open Sea exhibit in Passages of the Deep for public display.

+ The debris was examined by Radiation Protection Services, part of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Health. The survey did not find any signs of radiation above the normal, background level.

+ After emptying the holding tanks of water, the wreck was hoisted out of the river and most of the attached plants and animals were scraped off. Researchers with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center collected additional samples of wood, plants, and animals for study.

+ This is the bow (front) section of a larger boat.

+ The entire object was taken in one piece to a landfill on Monday, April 13, and weighed 8,550 pounds.


Contact information for the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
Erin Paxton
Public Relations Coordinator
Oregon Coast Aquarium
a Non-Profit Organization
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd / Newport, OR 97365
541.867.3474 x 5224 / 541.867.6846 (fax)
www.aquarium.org | oceanscape.aquarium.org

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Attached Media Files: 20 Yellowtail jack and one knifejaw, in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, recovered from the hold of the derelict ship before disposal. , The knifejaw in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon. , Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific. , Water and most organisms removed, the debris sits at Riverbend Marine Services before being taken to a landfill April 13. , Water and most organisms removed, the debris sits at Riverbend Marine Services before being taken to a landfill April 13. , Andrea Burton with the Hatfield Marine Science Center sorting samples of organisms taken from the debris. , Jim Burke, Oregon Coast Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry (left) helps Professor John Chapman of Oregon State University collect samples from the debris after it was towed to port. , Sea-level view of debris at sea, off the Oregon coast in Lincoln County , Aerial of debris at sea, off the Oregon coast in Lincoln County
Inmate walks away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/14/15
Jason M. Touch
Jason M. Touch
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate walked away this morning from Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew near Philomath. Oregon State Police are investigating.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jason M. Touch missing at approximately 9:30 a.m., April 14. Touch is a 36-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Touch was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Touch entered DOC custody on October 22, 1998, on one count of robbery in the first degree out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is January 13, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.

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Attached Media Files: Jason M. Touch
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 21, 22
Oregon Marine Board - 04/14/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly work session on April 21 beginning at 1 pm. The Board will also re-convene the same evening, following the close of a rule hearing on slow -no wake and waterway markers beginning at 6 pm. The Board may make a motion to adopt, amend, not adopt, or take some other action with regard to the proposed rules. The regular Board meeting will be held on April 22, beginning at 9 am. The meetings will be held at Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The work session on April 21, will include a demonstration of the new, online registration system, a discussion on boating facilities grants, and an overview about dredging.

On April 22, the general Board meeting agenda includes:

* Consider approval of a grant request for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
* Consider adoption of a concurrent rule for visual distress signals with the US Coast Guard requirements (OAR 250-010-0164)
* Consider initiating rulemaking on concurrent rules for navigation lights with the US Coast Guard (OAR 250-012-0020)
* Agency 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, April 20. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on April 22.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate

In March, Oregon's unemployment rate fell below the U.S. rate for the first time since 1996, dropping to 5.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March. While the difference between the Oregon and the U.S. March unemployment rates was not statistically significant, the fact that Oregon's rate is below the nation's shows how much the state's economy has improved over the last year.

Reflecting an improving economy, Oregon's unemployment rate dropped substantially over the past 12 months; in March 2014, Oregon's rate was 7.1 percent.

This winter, two factors benefitted Oregon's economy relative to many states. First, Oregon's weather was unusually mild during much of the first three months of the year, while many economies in the northeastern U.S. were hit hard by severe winter weather. In the short term, the weather boosted Oregon's employment in weather-dependent industries above normal levels. And second, the plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 led to lower gasoline and other fuel prices which benefited Oregon consumers and likely led to greater demand for certain goods and services.

A primary reason for Oregon's declining unemployment rate is rapid job growth. Employment growth accelerated over the past two years, reflecting a strengthening economy and contributing to a tightening labor market. Total nonfarm payrolls grew by 56,100 jobs, or 3.3 percent, in the 12 months ending in March. Since March 2014, two major industries each added over 10,000 jobs: professional and business services (+11,500 jobs or +5.3%) and health care and social assistance (+10,300 jobs or +4.9%). Job gains were also above 3 percent in the following major industries: manufacturing; transportation, warehousing and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.

In March, payrolls grew by 4,300 jobs, about the average growth rate of the prior 12 months. Most major industries performed close to seasonal expectations, but health care and social assistance (+1,700 jobs) vigorously expanded.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, April 21st, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 19th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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 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 March 2015 News Release
FBI Launches National Request to Find Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/14/15
John Doe 29 picture d
John Doe 29 picture d
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 29, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 29, shown with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January of 2008. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 29 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, additional images relevant to the investigation include those depicting the individual wearing a silver ring on his left ring finger, the victim wearing blue and white Velcro Nike brand tennis shoes, and the background where the images were taken. Additionally, the individual is seen wearing a white, black, and red shirt with what appears to be a design and/or writing on the sleeves.

There are no specific details linking the man to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.

John Doe 29 is described as a male with a tan complexion, likely between the ages of 30 and 45, with dark hair. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: Endangered Child Alert Program fact sheet , John Doe 29 poster , John Doe 29 picture d , John Doe 29 picture c , John Doe 29 picture b , John Doe 29 picture a
04/13/15
Walla Walla High School recipient of 2014 Washington Achievement Award for reading and math gains
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/13/15
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School is a recipient of the 2014 Washington Achievement Award. Washington Achievement Award winners are selected using the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The award is given in six categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate and English Language Acquisition. Walla Walla High School is being recognized for "High Progress." This award represents the fifth consecutive year Walla Walla High School has received a Washington Achievement Award.

High Progress Definition
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 10% of schools making the most progress in the performance of the all students group over three years. The Progress Score (PS) is computed by adding an Achievement Score (A) and an Improvement Score (I). Therefore, PS=A+I. Reading and math achievement are combined.
Progress is determined in two ways:
1. Achievement Score - The Achievement Score is an average of proficiency rates in both reading and math for the past three years. Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each year. Reading and math are weighted equally.
2. Improvement Score - The Improvement Score is an average of improvement trends from year to year for the past three years (2010 to 2011; 2011 to 2012; and 2012 to 2013). Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each year. Reading and math are weighted equally.
Schools with significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing and schools identified as Priority, Focus or Emerging are not eligible for High Progress.

"This award reflects the dedication that our staff puts forth every day to improve our students education and their futures," said Principal Pete Peterson. "This simply reinforces that we will continue to make improvements in our instruction and do everything we need to make sure every student graduates from Wa-Hi college and career ready."
OSP Sexual Abuse Investigation in Klamath Falls Results in Conviction, Sentencing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/13/15
On April 13, 2015, Kevin Earl Bristow, age 35, of Klamath Falls, was sentenced to 198 months in prison by Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Dan Bunch. Mr. Bristow was sentenced to two 75 month prison terms, to be served consecutively, for his convictions on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1. He had been convicted on Friday, April 10, 2015, of two counts of Sexual Abuse 1 after a three day trial prosecuted by the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. In addition to the 150 months for the Sexual Abuse convictions, Mr. Bristow was sentenced to 48 months for a probation violation. The 48 months is to be served consecutive to the 150 months.

The investigation began in early February of 2015 when the allegations were brought to the attention of the Oregon State Police by the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare Division. The investigation revealed Mr. Bristow sexually abused two female victims under the age of 12. Both victims were known to Mr. Bristow.

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OHCS seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/13/15
April 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alison McIntosh, Government Relations and Communications Liaison
503-510-1678, alison.mcintosh@oregon.gov

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is developing our federally required Consolidated Plan, a five year look at how to address housing needs in Oregon. The Consolidated Plan is the strategic look at how to address the housing needs and invest in services that support persons experiencing homelessness. The agency needs community input and advice to determine how we can do better in serving Oregonians with the lowest incomes.

"OHCS is committed to the idea that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty," said Margaret Van Vliet, OHCS Director, "We are eager to hear from people across Oregon to learn more about the local housing conditions, and gathering input about our priorities for the next five years."

People throughout the state are struggling to pay rent, and home ownership is out of reach for many. In most communities in Oregon, a minimum wage earner must work over 70 hours a week to pay for a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for food and other basic necessities.

To hear about the challenges facing the residents of Oregon, OHCS is hosting several public events in communities across the state.

Screenings of American Winter followed by a community discussion will be at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 21st
Tillamook - 6:00 PM
Tillamook Bay Community College Room, 214 4301 3rd St.

Monday, April 27th
The Dalles - 6:00 PM
Mid Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.

Wednesday, April 29th
Klamath Falls - 6:00 PM
Location to be announced


Panel discussions with community leaders will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 14th
Medford - 5:00 PM
Access Olsrud Nutrition Center, 2020 Cardinal Ave
Scott Foster, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jackson County;
Linda Reid, City of Ashland;
Rita Sullivan, Executive Director, On Track

Thursday, April 16th
North Bend/ Coos Bay - 5:30 PM
North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
Panel discussion on affordable housing,
moderated by Michael Lehman, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Community Action

Wednesday, April, 22nd
McMinnville - 6:00 PM
McMinnville Civic Hall 200 NE 2nd St.
Marilyn Miller, OHCS;
Lee Means, Yamhill Community Action Partnership;
Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner;
Elise Hui, Housing Authority of Yamhill County;
Rick Middleton, Yamhill County Gospel Mission;
Moderated by McMinnville City Manager, Martha Meeker


Another way to provide input in the planning effort is to participate in the on line community surveys in
English at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSR7G9, and in Spanish at: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2XFYPFS.

For more information about these events and the consolidated plan please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/consolidated-plan-five-year-plan.aspx.

American Winter is an award winning documentary following the lives of 8 Oregonian families who called into the 211 social services hotline in search of help during the winter of 2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream.
Pendleton to host Blue Mountain safety conference
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/13/15
(Salem) - Employers and workers are invited to attend the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton. The event is scheduled for June 2, 2015, at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employees and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture contributes to reduced injuries and accidents, and decreased workers' compensation costs.

Keynote speaker Keith Bardney, senior director of safety at ConAgra Foods, has spent most of his career in various businesses sharing coaching techniques with front-line supervisors and other strategies that bring about real change. His leadership skills have produced world-class cultures with safety as a value, not a priority.

"As a manufacturing leader himself, Keith knows how to change the game of 'safety first' to safely producing a quality product efficiently and injury free," said Tony Campbell, director of safety for ConAgra Foods. "Help your front line leaders begin to guide all employees toward working safely for themselves instead of for you."

Other conference topics include:
* Safety committee effectiveness
* Electrical hazards
* Safety leadership
* Accident investigation

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Conference registration is $65, which includes lunch and session handouts. For more information about the conference or to register, go to www.regonline.com/blue_mountain15 or call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section at 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free).

The conference is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
04/12/15
Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - I-84 at MP 274 - Union County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/12/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 274 - 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon.

* Update *
According to OSP Sergeant Jason Stone, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the white, 2002 Chevrolet Express van, drove over some ice on I-84 near milepost 274 when the operator lost control, rolling over multiple times and ejecting two passengers.

One of the ejected passengers, identified as RUBEN V. GARCIA, 24, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other ejected passenger, identified as JULIO CESAR GONZALES, 18, of Salem, was taken via air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise where he is listed as having critical but stable injuries. GARCIA and GONZALES are believed to not have been wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.

While this crash is still under investigation, troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor. No photographs are available for release.

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Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 3:00 a.m., a white, 2002 Chevrolet Express Van, with seven occupants rolled over at milepost 274. One passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, one was transported by air ambulance and the five remaining were taken by ground ambulance. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting with this incident and the roadway continues to be closed. Additional information will be added in subsequent releases. For updated road information go to www.tripcheck.com for details.

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04/10/15
Many Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/10/15
SALEM--The Department of Revenue is reminding Oregonians that the personal income tax return-filing deadline is less than one week away--April 15.

"Another 500,000 returns in the next few days would not be at all surprising," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That could be one quarter of all the returns we'll see this year."

Revenue says more than 1.2 million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. So far this year, 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically and requesting direct deposit of any refund, Revenue encourages anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all required forms are sent with your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent small errors that slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from April 15, the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.
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State grants awarded to jumpstart new biomass-based businesses
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
Four eastern Oregon businesses - and local forests - stand to benefit from grants totaling $110,000 for biomass use, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today. The U.S. Forest Service-provided grant funding has been awarded by ODF to these businesses:

- Ochoco Lumber of John Day - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. of Enterprise - $30,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Heritage Sustainable Resources of North Powder - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- North Slope Resources Co. of North Powder - $30,000 East Face Restoration Project grant

"The grant funding provided by our federal partners is aimed at forging solutions to forest health and community vitality," said Marcus Kauffman, ODF's biomass resource specialist. "The grants are designed to provide business the resources to jump-start new ventures that will utilize the low-value material resulting from forest health treatments."

Overgrown conditions in many eastside forests pose a severe wildfire threat to adjacent communities and privately owned forests. Thinning can restore health and fire resiliency to the forests, but treatment costs are high--there's little value in the small trees and brush removed from forest restoration. Ongoing investments into business that convert forest biomass into high-value products helps offset the expense of fuels reduction and enables treatment of larger areas. "By creating demand for the by-products of restoration, we can accelerate the pace and scale of restoration while putting more people to work," says Kauffman.

The grant recipients have earmarked the dollars for a diverse array of projects:

- Ochoco Lumber intends to use its grant to explore the commercial viability of a torrefied wood facility in Grant County. Torrefaction is a thermal process used to produce high-grade solid biofuels from woody biomass. If proven to be viable, Ochoco would sell torrefied wood to coal-fired power plants to reduce their carbon emissions.

- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. plans to use the funds to design and engineer the conversion of three public buildings in downtown Enterprise from expensive heating oil to regionally produced woody biomass.

- Heritage Sustainable Resources, a new start up, will use their award to design and engineer a kiln-dried commercial firewood operation in North Powder.
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- North Slope Resources Co., a local agricultural operation, aims to spend its grant award on a project to use local low-value biomass to add value to and diversify its agricultural operation in North Powder.

The Cohesive Wildfire Strategy is a national initiative to make meaningful progress toward the goals of creating resilient landscapes, promoting fire-adapted communities, and developing a safe and effective wildfire response.

The East Face Restoration Project aims to restore forest health to the East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains, an area that encompasses federal, state and private forestlands in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

Kauffman said six project proposals were received and four chosen to receive grants.

"The selected projects show that the spirit of entrepreneurism and innovation is alive and kicking in northeast Oregon," he said.
Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize the 116th Air Control Squadron
Oregon Military Department - 04/10/15
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

The unit is scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia for approximately six months. It will provide surveillance and air space management for air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. The common mission sets that the 116th will be supporting are air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, air-to-air refueling, humanitarian support, and Patriot missile defense.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control; deploying to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Monday, April 20th
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, April 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in the Santiam Room, Building D at 2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310.

Agenda
Members will receive updates on:
* The current status of the Oregon legislative session
* The Riparian Rule Analysis process
* The ODF Industrial Fire Protection Rules
* The results of the 2013 Compliance Audit Report
* The ODF Monitoring Strategy

The Committee will also review and discuss the Committee for Family Forestlands annual report.

The Committee provides opportunity for and welcomes public comment on these and all issues related to its work.

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 family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative.

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

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 at ODF headquarters located at 2600 State Street, Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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

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

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Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards to be given to eight
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards April 23 in North Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Whilamut Passage Bridge Project, Eugene and Springfield, for the Oregon Department of Transportation's community heritage approach to design and naming.

-- Balch Gulch Bridge Project, in recognition of the dedication and work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation to restore this historic 1905 bridge.

-- Morrow County, for the creative and important restoration of its historic courthouse tower and clock in Heppner.

-- Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty, Doug Doty and others for their vision, dedication and success in rehabilitating the Roth-McGilchrist Building in Salem.

-- Pop Up Museum Poster Project, for the creative and cooperative approach to making history publicly available by the Lane County Historical Society and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House in Eugene.

-- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives, for its outstanding work to digitize and place online its audiovisual collections.

-- Shirley and Milt Nelson, in recognition of their 20 years of developing heritage resources on the South Coast.

-- Rosemary Johnson, for more than 25 years of outstanding work in preserving and developing heritage resources in Astoria and Clatsop County.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


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Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 10, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast

Newport OR - A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The fragment is moored at a marina in Newport Bay. Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the debris while it was still at sea and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined it posed a low threat of carrying invasive species.

Several live yellowtail jack fish, native to the west Pacific, will be removed later today and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The debris will be dewatered, inspected further by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill.

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Note to assignment editors: The debris will be available for a video opportunity from 9-Noon today, April 10, at the South Beach Marina, near J Dock, next to the public launch. A map of the facility is online at http://www.portofnewport.com/rv-parks/map.pdf.pdf . Your contacts at the site are J.R. Collier, Operations Support Manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (cell 541-270-8235), and Caren Braby, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (cell 541-961-5352), and Erin Paxton, Public Relations Coordinator Oregon Coast Aquarium (desk 541-867-3474, ext. 5224, cell 541-283-3111, media@aquarium.org).
Buy Your Spring Plants In Finley
Finley Sch. Dist. - 04/10/15
Finley, WA - For the 24th year, the Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School is preparing for their Annual Plant Sale. This year, the plant sale takes place Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at the high school's greenhouses. Doors open each day at 9 AM, with the sale closing at 5 PM. Come pick from a wide selection of bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and much more!

This annual event is one that Finley's agricultural students and FFA members prepare for all year. At the beginning of the school year, greenhouses are set up and students in the horticulture class spend the rest of the year planting, propagating, pinching, fertilizing, arranging, and transplanting until the big sale. Numerous students are involved and help perform these various tasks.

At the sale, students interact with customers in real life situations, learning valuable customer relations and selling skills. Customers receive personal attention and assistance by the students, and students are able to walk away with knowledge that can be applied to their future careers.

The Finley FFA Chapter has over 55 members, and the Annual Plant Sale is the chapter's primary fundraiser. Proceeds go toward student FFA activities and expansion of the agriculture program at the school. (Check or cash only transactions please.)

For more information, contact FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum in the RVHS agricultural department at 509.586.7279.

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04/09/15
Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/15
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 9, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock

Waldport OR - A chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30' long was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach in Lincoln County around 9:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. The debris appears to be half to two-thirds of a larger vessel, possibly damaged and set adrift during the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in 2011. As of 5 p.m. April 9, the debris was a few miles offshore. A team of Oregon state agencies are coordinating to retrieve the object in the next 24 hours before it reaches land.

Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the low-floating object and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined the organisms still attached posed a low threat to the Oregon coast ecosystem. They did find several live specimens of a variety of yellowtail jack fish found in the coastal waters of Japan.

Using funds set aside for responding to tsunami debris, Riverbend Marine Services of Newport will attempt to retrieve the debris today and tow it to the Port of Newport, where port officials immediately offered their cooperation to temporarily store it. The debris will eventually be removed from water, studied by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill. The surviving fish will be removed and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided mapping to predict the location of the object based on sightings. The U.S. Coast Guard broadcast a notice to boaters, and marked it with a life ring, and placed a data-transmitting buoy to help track the debris.

Agencies coordinating on this response include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, Office of the Governor, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA.

Beach visitors and marine boaters are reminded to be on the lookout for any debris floating at sea. In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent reports, call 211 from any coastal county.

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Attached Media Files: Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present , The derelict boat is about 25-30' long
Public meetings set to design 2017 health plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/15
Salem - Oregonians who want to participate in the process of setting the essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017 health insurance plans can attend the first meeting of the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. The first meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets that are subject to the Affordable Care Act's market reforms must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by the Department of Consumer and Business Services that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

All of the committee's meetings are open to the public and also available via online streaming. Time will be set aside at each meeting for public comment, and comments can also be submitted in writing to essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

The committee is made up of members of the public, including consumer representatives, health insurance company representatives, health care provider representatives, and insurance agent representatives. Staff from the department and the Oregon Health Authority will also participate on the committee.

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

"The recommendations of this committee will have a lasting impact on the design of health plans purchased by Oregonians in the individual and small business markets in 2017 and beyond," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "I encourage anyone with an interest to participate in the process and let us know what is important to them when it comes to essential health benefits and standard plan designs."

Oregon standard health plans are designed by the department for the bronze and silver metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same benefits, deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

Meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem on the following days:
* Friday, April 10
* Tuesday, April 21
* Wednesday, May 6
* Monday, May 18
* Tuesday, June 2
* Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentatively scheduled)

Meeting materials, updates, and video recordings of the meetings will be posted online at www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Sign up for meeting updates and notices, or submit public comment by emailing essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

Committee appointments will be announced soon on the committee webpage listed above.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
04/08/15
Traffic Stop in Eugene Leads to Arrest of (2) Men Wanted for Homicide in California
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield arrested two California men wanted in connection with a Contra-Costa County California Homicide earlier this evening.

According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, OSP Troopers in Springfield were notified that two suspects in a Contra-Costa County California Homicide were traveling through Oregon at about 3:15 p.m. today.

At about 5:00 p.m., OSP troopers located the vehicle, a black 2014 Kia Soul, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 201 southbound. Due to the risk involved in the stop both directions of I-5 were shut down for approximately 20 minutes as troopers and officers from the Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff's Office took the men into custody. The two men were identified as ZAKARI A. WILSON, 20, and ARTIE I. ADANANDUS, 24, both of California. Both men complied with police and were taken into custody without incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County Sheriff's Office. No photo's are available for this release.

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Oregon Historical Society & First Congregational United Church of Christ to Join National Commemoration of Appomattox April 9 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/08/15
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Portland, OR - April 8, 2015 - The First Congregational United Church of Christ will join organizations nationwide in "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" by ringing its bells at 12:15 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The Oregon Historical Society, located next door to the church, will assist in this commemoration by displaying a rare signed autograph letter written by Abraham Lincoln on August 4 in the midst of the 1860 presidential campaign. His correspondent was Simeon Francis, a long-time Lincoln friend and political ally who had served as the editor of the Sangamo Journal in Springfield, Illinois, and who moved to Oregon in 1859, where he edited the Oregonian and the Oregon Farmer.

Many years earlier, in 1849, Lincoln had declined the governorship of the Oregon Territory. In his place he recommended Simeon Francis for the post, although Francis was not chosen. In the letter Lincoln discusses the Oregon delegation to the upcoming Republican convention in Chicago, and outlines the prospects for his election in November. "I hesitate to say it," he writes, "but it really appears now, as if the success of the Republican ticket is inevitable..."

For the past four years, the National Parks Service and many other community organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

The bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at Noon PST to coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country.





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


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Oregon's Unemployment Trust Fund Sixth Most Solvent in the Country
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/08/15
A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Labor ranks Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund among the top tier of states when it comes to solvency. Oregon employers pay into the trust fund which is used to pay unemployment benefits to qualifying individuals. Having a solid trust fund ensures benefits are available when needed while keeping employer taxes in check.

According to the report, State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency 2015, Oregon is one of only 17 states whose trust fund meets or exceeds Department of Labor standards. Oregon's fund ranks sixth, one of the healthiest in the nation.

The report also noted that Oregon's reserve ratio, the ratio of money in the trust fund to payroll for Oregon employers, is the strongest in the country. This provides a more robust safety net for workers and communities in the event of an economic downturn.

Currently, Oregon's trust fund sits at $2.3 billion. Last year, Oregon's trust fund earned $49 million in interest, reducing the amount employer's need to pay.

Due to the solvency of the trust fund, the Oregon Employment Department was able to reduce taxes for most employers at the beginning of the year. On January 1, 2015 Employers that pay into the system moved from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually. This was the second year in a row Oregon was able to move to lower unemployment insurance tax schedules because of the health of the trust fund.

The report showed that during the 2007-09 recession, 36 states depleted their unemployment insurance funds completely. Those states were forced to apply for Federal advances, or borrow money from other sources, in order to pay unemployment insurance benefits. As of January of this year, 18 of those states still owe a combined $13 billion to the Federal Government and another estimated $9 billion in private loans.

In states that still owe money, employers are facing increased taxes, and, in some states, workers' unemployment benefits are being reduced.

In the 1970s Oregon established sliding scale tax schedules. These schedules are updated as needed with law changes. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each autumn a formula contained in statute determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous unemployment insurance experience.


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Western Snowy Plovers Nesting on Nehalem Spit (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/08/15
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A surprise sighting of a pair of western snowy plovers nesting on the spit south of Nehalem Bay State Park has Oregon State Parks staff on "bird alert." It also means some changes for beachgoers on the two-mile stretch of beach south of the park's day-use area.

"This is early in the year for snowy plovers to be nesting," said Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Wildlife Biologist Vanessa Blackstone, who discovered the nest April 3. "It's exciting news. This is the first time in 30 years that we have a confirmed nest here, and supports all the hard work Oregonians have done to help this species survive." Other adult male and female plovers have been seen along the spit in recent days as well.

The western snowy plover is a species protected by both federal and state statute. They nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes that are very well camouflaged. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but the bird will abandon its eggs if disturbed too frequently.

Sightings of nests prompt special precautions in designated snowy plover management areas such as the southern portion of the Nehalem spit. Visitors will see signs on the dry sand in these shorebird conservation areas. This also means that all activities on the dry sand will be curtailed until the end of the nesting season September 15. People and horseback riders are welcome to walk along the wet sand on the entire spit, but dogs, even on leash, must use the three miles of beach north of the park's day-use area. Driving is already prohibited on the spit. As with dogs, bicycles--a kind of non-motorized vehicle under Oregon law-- are only allowed north of the area during the nesting season.

OPRD spokesperson Chris Havel said, "We're asking the public to respect any directions they may get from rangers, or from signs and designated areas." He emphasized that public recreation restrictions happen only in those areas targeted as special plover habitat, and only in nesting season. "If a plover pair nests outside the targeted beaches, we protect the nest, but public use of the beach doesn't change." On the north coast, approximately 5?1/2 miles of riverside or ocean beach divided among three areas are part of a snowy plover management area. The Nehalem Spit management area is approximately 2 miles long. The other two areas are portions of the Necanicum and Clatsop spits. More details can be found at bit.ly/wsplover. Videos, photos, and other updates of the new nest will be posted online. The park will present interpretive programs about plovers through the summer.

OPRD is legally responsible for managing recreation on Oregon's ocean shore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees the Endangered Species Act, and thus the status of the western snowy plover. OPRD's legal agreement with the USFWS, the Habitat Conservation Plan, spells out how to help the plover population recover.

In 2014, 338 adult plovers called Oregon home, an increase of approximately 10 percent over 2013's estimate of 304 adults. 2014 was also a promising year for fledglings, with 272 chicks surviving to learn to fly.


Attached Media Files: Well-camouflaged eggs in plover nest on the Nehalem Spit , Adult western snowy plover on the Nehalem Spit
Nancy Hirsch new Oregon Deputy State Forester
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/08/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that Nancy Hirsch has been promoted to Deputy State Forester, taking over for Paul Bell who is retiring April 30. Hirsch is currently chief of the Fire Protection division. She has been with ODF for 26 years, serving in a variety of field and staff positions.

The Deputy State Forester is in charge of all department field operations, which entails supervision of the chiefs of the State Forests, Private Forests and Fire Protection divisions; the three field area directors; and the chief of the Partnership Development program.

Hirsch was appointed Chief of the State Forests division in 2008, where she headed up management of Oregon's 821,000 acres of state-owned forestlands. Under her leadership, ODF initiated a major effort to revise the long-range management plans for the state forests.

She became Chief of the Fire Protection Division in 2011 and guided ODF's firefighting efforts during the 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, the most severe seasons in more than 60 years.

Her earlier work for ODF included field positions in northwestern and eastern Oregon. She served as assistant to the Area Director for the Northwest Oregon Area, prior to selection as District Forester for the North Cascade District.

Throughout her career, she has been active on the agency's incident management teams that manage suppression operations on major wildfires, most recently serving as Incident Commander on Team 3. She and Bell are making a transition in the Deputy State Forester position this month.

Bell will retire after 37 years of public service. He began his career with the department in 1977 as a firefighter in eastern Oregon. He holds a degree in forest management from Oregon State University. Bell has served as the Deputy State Forester, Associate State Forester, Chief of the Fire Protection Division, and Director of the Private Forests program. In ODF's field organization, he was District Forester for the Cascade District, which later became the current North and South Cascade districts.
OSBA thanks Saxton for service at Oregon Department of Education
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/08/15
Rob Saxton, Oregon's deputy superintendent of public instruction, announced Wednesday that he would leave the post effective June 30 to become superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

In heading the Oregon Department of Education, Saxton has often collaborated with Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones on leading education issues. She said he would be greatly missed.

"Rob Saxton has continued his lifelong advocacy for students over the past three years as deputy superintendent of public instruction," Miller-Jones said. "He has tirelessly traveled the state and spoken to thousands of parents and educators about the importance of Oregon's schools.

"In particular, Rob has been a plain-spoken champion about the need for higher standards to ensure that our young people can compete in college and the workplace. He will be missed, and we at OSBA wish him the very best and look forward to working with him in his new role with the Northwest Regional Education Service District."
Oregon Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award
Oregon Lottery - 04/08/15
April 8, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - For the seventh consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award is presented each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Oregon Lottery received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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.

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04/07/15
Red Cross Assists at LaGrande Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/07/15
American Red Cross disaster response team volunteers this morning provided assistance at a single-family fire in the 1600 block of 7th Street in La Grande OR. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided help with lodging, food, clothing, shoes, seasonal clothing, comfort kits and blankets.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. 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.
Jordan Valley High School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/07/15
Nick Eiguren, a senior at Jordan Valley High School (Jordan Valley School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbLC3Lj5LHo) that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Nick is the third student statewide whose story is being featured in videos on the campaign website, www.promiseoregon.org

In the video, Nick talks about the advantages of growing up in a small, rural town. An outstanding student and competitive rodeo roper, he hopes one day to run the family ranch. But first comes college, where he intends to study sports medicine.

"I think that it's going to be scary and hard at first to move from eastern Oregon," he says. "But school has really pointed me in the right direction."

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: www.promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Land Board to consider land transactions, new administrative rules, Common School Fund investments at April 14 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/07/15
Note: this meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Commission Room, 4034 Fairview Industrial Way SE, Salem. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

Salem - At their public meeting on April 14, the State Land Board will be asked to finalize a land exchange with Tree Top Ranches LP in southeast Oregon, and to approve the sale of the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond.

In the Tree Top land exchange, the Board will receive "in-holdings" (land not owned by the state) within the state-owned Stockade Block parcel in Harney and Malheur counties. The proposed land exchange is consistent with the Stockade Block Area Management Plan and will result in improved management of the block.

DSL is recommending the Land Board accept an offer to buy the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond as a result of a Request for Proposals distributed in fall 2014, which sought bids on the Forked Horn property.

The Land Board will consider adopting permanent rules to impose certain restrictions on public recreational use of three state-owned parcels in Deschutes and Crook counties because of excessive littering, damage to natural resources, and illegal activities. DSL conducted a public rulemaking process in early 2015 that provided an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the proposed closures and restrictions.

The Board also will discuss the investment performance of the Common School Fund (CSF), and the Board's CSF distribution policy, which currently is 4 percent of the average fund balance of the preceding three years.

In addition, the meeting includes nine Consent Agenda items, a report on DSL's Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the greater sage grouse, and a legislative update.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2015_slb_meeting_schedule.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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04/06/15
Oregon State Police Troopers in Jackson County Make (2) Large Drug Seizures (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/06/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper on I-5 near milepost 35 stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, netting approximately 28 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

According to OSP Sergeant Jim Johnson, an OSP trooper working traffic on I-5 in the Jackson County area stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further investigation, a consent search was made and a narcotic canine responded to the scene to assist. The canine alerted on the vehicle and the methamphetamine was located in a cardboard box in the trunk.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as RAYMUNDO COTA SAUCEDA,, age 40, of Washington, was arrested after the narcotics were located. SAUCEDA was traveling to Seattle, Washington, from the southern California area. SAUCEDA was subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing. See attached photograph.

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On Friday, April 3, 2015, an OSP Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on I-5, northbound near MP 13 which resulted in a consent search and the seizure of approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine located under the front seat of the vehicle.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as MARTINEZ MIGUEL NAVARRO, age 44 , of Tacoma Washington, was arrested after the methamphetamine was located. Navarro was transporting the methamphetamine from southern California to Tacoma, Washington. Martinez was lodged at the Jackson County jail under charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members from the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing.
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www.oregon.gov/OSP
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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BPA offering grants in science and energy education
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/06/15
PR 08 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or
503-230-5131

BPA offering grants in science and energy education

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering grants in science and energy education to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students' understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

BPA anticipates making four to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, now in its fourth year, is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA. It was designed to extend the reach of BPA's education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working to advance energy education.

Recipients of the 2014-2015 BPA Science and Energy Education Grants included:

Dufur School, Dufur, Ore. - $2,000 to fund the "Dufur Ranger Energy Generation Challenge." Funds enabled students at this small rural school to conduct a four-month study of different sources of renewable energy, as well as construct, test and modify models of hydroelectric, wind turbine and solar fuel cells.

Ukiah School District, Ukiah, Ore. - $1,891 for "Energy and Engineering STEM Program." Funds assisted in the purchase of equipment and supplies for use in a new Energy and Engineering STEM class at this K-12 school of 50 students.

Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman, Mont. - $5,000 to fund "Sustainable Energy." Funds were used for a six-week unit for middle school students in western Montana. Students developed their research and science skills as they tested and optimized solar cells, designed and tested hydroelectric turbines and generators, and compared and contrasted current energy sources and usage.

Olympia School District, Olympia, Wash. - $3,500 to support "Pathways to a Clean Energy Future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." Funds were used with this program that targets sixth graders in the accelerated math and science program, teaching them about the technological, social and environmental realities of energy demand and generation in the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla, Wash. - $4,362 to support "Energy Explorers Make a Splash!" The funds were used on a project that transformed fifth graders in the Walla Walla Public Schools Highly Capable Learners program into energy instructors. The students received a series of eight weekly lessons outside of regular classroom time on hydroelectricity, wind, solar, gas and nuclear energy, the future of energy generation, and challenges with energy production in our region.

White Salmon Valley (Wash.) Education Foundation - $3,300 to fund "Climate Change and Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest." The funds were leveraged with this program to help students master science education standards by exploring the relationship between climate change and hydropower in the Northwest. The curriculum, designed for high school students, included 10 in-class lessons, three field trips and training for those students to teach core concepts of the curriculum to students in fourth and seventh grade.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 8, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2015-2016 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA's education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with more than 480 customers. It funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy. BPA also pursues breakthroughs that can increase efficiencies, solve operational challenges and reduce costs -- all of which help maintain affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest and lessen impacts to the environment. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Forestry department invites comments on annual operation plans
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/06/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on plans that guide management activities in state-owned forests.

Starting today through May 20, 2015 at 5 p.m., the public can weigh in on ODF district activities for 2016, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs). AOPs describe specific activities during a fiscal year, such as timber sales and reforestation, road building, and stream enhancement and recreation projects in state forests for nine ODF districts. The draft annual operations plans are available for review at district offices and posted online at: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx.

Each year, the ODF State Forests Division also takes inventory of AOP-related accomplishments through an annual report. Learn more here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/management/annual_reports/2014_CFTLC_Annual_Report.pdf

After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the District Forester to review and approve.

>Public Comment Details

Comments on AOP activities are most helpful when focusing on enhancing consistency among plans, improving efficiency, and providing new information. All state-owned public forests are actively managed as working forests under long-term forest management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental - including conservation areas - and social benefits to Oregonians.

Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to: Public Affairs Office - Attn: Tony Andersen, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Phone: 503-975-7427, or email: AOP.STATE.FORESTS@oregon.gov.

>For additional questions, or to contact your local district office, please visit the ODF contact page: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/contact_us.aspx

>To access and review FY 2016 AOPs online, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx

>For past AOPs online, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/annual_operations_plans.aspx

>To access the High Value Conservation Area webpage, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/High-Value-Conservation-Areas-%28HVCA%29.aspx

>For more information on state forest management plans:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/forest_management_plans.aspx

To join the ongoing conversation and stay current on state forests-related news, join the State Forests Online Community here: http://bit.ly/1cwZnnD

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04/05/15
*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located *** Public's Help Sought in Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash -- Albany
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/05/15
*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located ***
Investigators into yesterday's fatal pedestrian involved crash on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany have located the vehicle they believe may have been involved in the incident.

The pedestrian who was struck and died as a result of the incident has been identified as 29-year-old JERRELL RIDLEY STEVENS TRUE, of Albany. TRUE'S family has been notified.

According to OSP Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, yesterday around 4:00 p.m., an adult female arrived at the Albany Police Department and told investigators she was involved in an incident in that area and is cooperating with investigators.

As an active investigation no additional information about this incident is available at this time. Any additional updates will be provided in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

OSP is continuing the investigation into this incident and appreciates the public's assistance with this matter. No photographs are available for release.

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

*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and members of the Linn County Major Crash Team are requesting the public's assistance in locating a vehicle involved in last night's fatal hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian on Century Drive near Kizer Avenue in Albany.

According to OSP Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, investigators believe that sometime between 11:00 p.m., last night and 7:15 a.m. this morning, a Silver, compact or mid-sized sedan was traveling northbound on Century Drive when it struck and killed a male pedestrian near Kizer Avenue. The vehicle of interest is believed to have damage to its passenger side headlight, passenger side bumper and will be missing its passenger side mirror. The make and model of the car has not been determined at this time but will be submitted to the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for further analysis.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center (NCC) at 541-967-2021 or by calling 800-452-7888.

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

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, members of the Linn County Major Crash Team and OSP detectives are responding to a fatal, hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany. Century Drive is blocked in both directions as investigators process the crime scene.

Additional updates will be provided later and in consultation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
04/03/15
*** Update Names/Photo *** Double Fatality Traffic Crash on HWY 34 near Columbus St. - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
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*** Update ***
Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons double-fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near milepost 9.5 at Columbus Street in Linn County.

Preliminary information suggests that shortly before 3:00 p.m., a white, 2007 Scion T/C (passenger car) driven by JOSEPH ATTERBURY, 24, of Roseburg, was eastbound on Highway 34 when for yet undetermined reasons it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane of travel; colliding head-on with a white, 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by MARY A. WELCH, 70, of Lebanon. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. A 15-month-old infant riding in the back seat of the Scion was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis then to OHSU for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still underinvestigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department and Tangent Fire Department.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


Original Release:
State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two-vehicle, head-on, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near Columbus Street in Linn County. The Oregon Department of Transportation is on-scene assisting and has established a detour for traffic from Highway 34 onto Columbus Street for westbound traffic. Traffic on I-5 southbound waiting to take the Highway 34 exit is reportedly backing up as well.

More information about the crash will be provided in a later update. For now, go to www.tripcheck.com for updates on traffic around the scene.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1002/83229/20150403_172749_(1).jpg
Walla Walla School District Special School Board Meeting: April 6, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/03/15
Walla Walla School District Special School Board Meeting: April 6, 2015
~ as per the attached agenda.
Supporting documents available at: http://www.wwps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2705&Itemid=1028&jsmallfib=1&dir=JSROOT/2015/2015-04-06+BOARD+MEETING


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1288/83217/04.06.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
Oregon State Police Now Hiring Recruit Troopers - Oregon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
The Oregon State Police is now hiring Recruit Troopers!

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications are now being accepted. The process will be until May 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

Entry Level Testing dates and locations will be provided to each applicant via email.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police values the perspective of all of Oregon's citizens and is an equal opportunity employer. OSP strongly encourages women and candidates of color to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.

Contact Info:
Lieutenant Craig Flierl
Training Section Commander
Oregon State Police
Contact info: 503-378-4175
04/02/15
Board of Forestry Subcommittee to discuss agreement areas for new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
The Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet on April 8 to discuss stakeholder input and areas where agreement can drive next steps in creating a new forest management plan.

The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or emphasis area - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November 2014, working to ensure that the State Forests Division at ODF has a sustainable flow of revenue to continue providing services that benefit communities and the environment, while improving conservation activities over time. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work. During the meeting, subcommittee members will review public input, and identify areas where stakeholder groups agree on different forest management strategies. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11 a.m.

>Meeting details
When: April 8; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Santiam Room, Building D, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.
More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

>About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department debuts 2015 Oregon State Parks Guide
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/02/15
Salem, OR - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Oregon State Parks Guide, a free, full-color, magazine-style brochure featuring detailed information about more than 200 of Oregon's most popular state campgrounds, day-use areas, trails, bikeways and heritage sites.

"This is a beautiful overview, but it's just a place to start," said Chris Havel, spokesperson for the Department. "Most parks, and many campgrounds, are open all year. The real adventure begins when you get up, go out and explore."

The guide has been thoroughly updated for 2015, with revised or expanded listings for each property, an enlarged statewide map and up-to-date reservation information. Special icons denote parks with pet-friendly yurts or cabins, day-use parking fees, scenic views and other features, as well as facilities that are accessible to people with disabilities. Feature stories highlight lighthouses, tidepools, hiker/biker camps and winter recreation opportunities.

The guide is available in print from OPRD's offices in Salem and Portland, at state parks, by mail order at 800-551-6949 and online at www.oregonstateparks.org.

Detailed information about any park is available by calling the State Parks info line at 800-551-6949. Camping reservations can be made up to nine months in advance by calling 800-452-5687 or by visiting the website. The Oregon State Park system is funded by visitors, recreational vehicle registrations, and a share of the Oregon Lottery dedicated to parks by voters in 1998 and 2010.
County advisory group for state forestry to meet April 7 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, April 7 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include a forest management plan update, including discussion on recent stakeholder outreach; state forest-related topics for the 2015 Oregon legislative session; and conversation on eastern Oregon forest management.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Government Center, 1201 Court Street, Room 113 in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 1:45 p.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Special considerations for military personnel filing in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/02/15
As the personal income tax return filing deadline approaches, there are a few things military personnel stationed in Oregon or those stationed outside of Oregon who claim Oregon as their home of record should keep in mind.
"Oregon residents stationed outside the state and nonresidents stationed here in Oregon may not need to file an Oregon tax return," said Megan Denison, policy and systems manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.
Nonresident military personnel only need to file in Oregon if they received non-military Oregon-source income, or if Oregon taxes were withheld from their military pay, Denison explained. Oregon-source income includes wages from other employment in Oregon, or earnings from a rental property or sale of real estate in Oregon. If Oregon taxes were withheld from military pay, nonresident military personnel can claim a refund of those withholdings.
Wages earned by military spouses or registered domestic partners (RDP) who only moved to Oregon because of a military assignment are exempt from taxation when both spouses are Oregon nonresidents, Denison said. This doesn't apply to spouses who are also in the military. As with military personnel, spouses or RDPs can file an Oregon return to claim a refund if Oregon taxes were withheld from their exempt wages, she added.
Additionally, out-of-state wages and income earned by military members and spouses or RDPs who are Oregon residents, but live outside the state because of a military assignment, might be exempt from Oregon tax.
Oregon residents stationed outside of Oregon are considered nonresidents. Their military pay isn't taxed by Oregon if they've maintained Oregon as their home of record and they meet all of the following criteria:
* Did not have a permanent residence in Oregon for themselves or their family during any part of the tax year.
* Maintained a permanent residence outside of Oregon.
* Spent less than 31 days in Oregon during the tax year.
Military personnel may also qualify for military pay subtractions on their Oregon personal income tax return. Subtractions are available for:
* Pay earned while stationed outside of Oregon.
* Guard members and reservists stationed away from home for 21 days or more.
* Other taxable military pay after removing other subtractions, up to $6,000.
For more filing considerations for military personnel, see the Personal income tax overview section at www.oregon.gov/dor/personal.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
Public Health Advisory Board to hold special meeting April 6
Oregon Health Authority - 04/02/15
April 2, 2015

What: The Public Health Advisory Board is holding a special meeting via webinar to provide an overview of HB 3100, Modernization of Public Health, discuss the board's role, and answer any questions board members may have. The meeting is open to the public.

HB 3100 can be viewed online at: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3100/Introduced

When: Monday, April 6, 9 a.m.

How: Members of the public are invited to listen in on the webinar. Please contact Brittany Sande at brittany.a.sande@state.or.us or 971-673-1291 to receive the webinar log-in information. The number of logins is limited.

ORS 431.195 establishes Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board to serve as an advisory body to the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Statewide Rules for Slow-No Wake, Waterway Markers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/02/15
Hazard Buoy/Waterway Marker
Hazard Buoy/Waterway Marker
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The Oregon State Marine Board is accepting written public comment beginning April 1, through April 21, on proposed rulemaking for Slow-No Wake and Waterway Markers. Staff will host a public hearing on April 21, 2015, at 6:00 pm, at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. Following the close of the hearing, the Marine Board will convene a Board meeting to discuss the proposed rules. The Board may make a motion to adopt, amend, not adopt, or take some other action with regard to the proposed rules.

The proposed rulemaking to OAR Chapter 250 will add a definition of "slow-no wake," amend the basic rule to comply with the definition, and amend the local and special area rules to standardize the rule language and remove the reference to "maximum" and "5 mph" in relation to slow-no wake speed.

The proposed rulemaking for waterway markers will describe the characteristics and standards for regulatory and informational markers (buoys and signs) used on the waters of this state that convey official messages to boat operators. Additionally, the rules will establish procedures for public bodies and individuals to apply for a permit to place approved waterway markers of their own (those markers not placed by the U.S. Coast Guard or the Oregon State Marine Board). These existing rules and definitions have been carefully considered and vetted by two external advisory committees and law enforcement marine patrol over the last two years.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments on the proposed rule language. The comment period closes April 21, 2015 at the Close of Hearing. Written comments are submitted by email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments will not be accepted by telephone.

To review the hearing notice and proposed rule language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Hazard Buoy/Waterway Marker
04/01/15
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 7 in Astoria
Oregon Health Authority - 04/01/15
April 1, 2015

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting April 7 in Astoria at the Astoria City Hall. The board will receive a brief legislative update. The board will have an opportunity to hear from the local community through a series of focused panels on health system transformation, public health, and behavioral health. Public testimony will be heard beginning at 11:50 a.m.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Astoria City Hall, 1095 Duane Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or may attend via the listen-only telephone line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 604851#.

A link to a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Legislative update;
-- Health system transformation panel;
-- Public health panel;
-- Behavioral health panel;
-- OHPB debrief;
-- Public testimony.

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

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

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PNWU Students Host 5th Annual Run For Your Life 5K Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 04/01/15
Student Contact: Stacey Rittmueller
Email: runforyourlife5k@pnwu.edu

University Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

April 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Pacific Northwest University Students Host 5th Annual PNWU Students' Run For Your Life 5K Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair

YAKIMA, WA - The students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences will be hosting the 5th annual PNWU Students' Run For Your Life 5K Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, April 11th at 8:30 am.

Race registration and Health Fair begin at 7:30 am at North Town Coffeehouse at 32 North Front Street and Pendleton Way. The 5K course will start and end at the Front Street location. A course map can be found at www.rfyl5k.org.

The course will be open long enough to allow all participants, both walkers and runners, to complete the event in a comfortable amount of time. All ages are invited to attend and participate in any of the day's activities. At the start/finish line and along the race route, music will be provided by Hot 99.7 FM, KXDD 104.1 FM, The Hawk 105.7 FM and 100.9 Cherry FM. Following the event, there will be awards, an inflatable playhouse, face painting, a raffle and other kid-friendly activities.

The purpose of the event is to promote physical fitness and wellness within the community. Health Fair booths will address topics including heart health, diabetes prevention, back pain and economical healthy eating.

Registration is $25/person for individuals, or $22/person for teams of 4 or more people. All event proceeds will be donated to Rod's House, a center supporting homeless youth in Yakima. The event Gold Level sponsors are Sundown M Ranch and Community Health of Central Washington. Registration information is available at: www.rfyl5k.org or via email at: runforyourlife5k@pnwu.edu

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 14-15 in Keizer
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/01/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 31, 2015

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

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 14-15 in Keizer

Keizer OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 14-15 in Keizer, Oregon.

On April 14, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. to tour parks and sites along the Willamette River Greenway before attending workshops starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Keizer City Hall, McNary Room, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, Oregon.

On April 15, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Keizer City Hall in the Chemawa and McNary Rooms to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes items that request approval of contracts, grants, and other items.

The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/april2015agenda, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx by 3 p.m. Friday, April 3. 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 contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements 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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03/31/15
Tickets on sale now for 18th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby - May 16
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/31/15
Baker Boyer Ducky Derby
Presented by the Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundation

WALLA WALLA - The 18th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 16. Tickets are on sale now! Below are the event details.

Ducks on a Mission:
For the 18th consecutive year the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby has given the Exchange Club Foundation an opportunity to act on its mission to make our community a safe and secure place for all our children. Your support of this event along with efforts of the nearly 100 business men and women of the Exchange Club, will help us achieve that mission. We really ARE "Ducks on a Mission." And the children of our community thank you!

Did you know? One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will stay in this community, funding Exchange Club efforts to enhance the lives of children and young people. At least 50 percent of the net proceeds from this event go directly to child abuse prevention efforts. This event is sponsored, coordinated and presented by local merchants and individuals in conjunction with the Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundation. This is truly a hometown event. Come enjoy free duck activities and purchase your tickets on race day beginning at 11:30 a.m. then, cheer for your duck when the race begins at 2:00 p.m.

Event details:
- Saturday, May 16, 2015
- Walla Walla Community College on Mill Creek

Schedule of Events:
Columbia REA Family Fun Festival - 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Duck Race Begins - 2 p.m.

2015 Prizes

1. McCurley Integrity Toyota &
WW Exchange Club
Foundation
$10,000 Cash or a
2015 Toyota Corolla
2. Stone Hut/Red Monkey
$555 Breakfast at the Stone Hut &
$555 Dinner at the Red Monkey
3. YMCA
$1,030 1-Year Family Membership
+ Training
4. 9th Street Zip Zone
$1,000 in Gasoline
5. Olive Marketplace & Cafť
$1,000 in Catering Event
6. Jumpin' Jellybeanz
$600 1-Year Family Membership &
Birthday Party
7. Allegro Cyclery
$599 Electra Cruiser Bike Package
8. Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
$560 2015 Half-Season Package
9. Wildhorse Resort & Casino
$514 Golf, Lodging &
Dining Package
10. Hot Poop
$500 In-Store Credit
11. Pepsi
$400 Trip to Whistlin' Jack Lodge
12. Jumpin' Jellybeanz
$400 Lazer Tag Package
13. Falkenberg's Jewelers
$395 Men's Seiko Solar Alarm
Chronograph
14. Cost Less Carpet
$300 Gift Certificate
15. Les Schwab Tire
$250 Gift Certificate
16. Valley Vision
$250 Maui Jim Sunglasses
17. Wenzel Nursery
$250 Gift Certificate

Race Time: Approximately 2:00 p.m.
- Don't miss the dramatic dumping of 16,000 ducks into Mill Creek. Cheer them on as they make their chilly swim to victory.

Ticket Outlets
* McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla
* Baker Boyer Bank
- Eastgate
- Plaza
- Main
* Children's Home Society
* Haggen
* L & G Ranch Supply
* Super 1 Foods
* Zip Zone
* Any Exchange Club member
* Wherever you can find Matt Mahan!

Cost Per Chance:
One = $5
Five = $20


2015 Sponsors

Title Sponsor Baker Boyer Bank

Diamond Duck McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla
Diamond Duck Reiff Manufacturing
Diamond Duck Isaacs & Associates
Diamond Duck Walmart
Diamond Duck Andy's Market
Diamond Duck Charter Communications
Diamond Duck Alexandra Communications/KUJ AM
Diamond Duck 103.5 KWHEAT
Diamond Duck Radio Tri-Cities
Diamond Duck Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Diamond Duck ColorPress
Diamond Duck 9th Street Zip Zone
Diamond Duck Olive Marketplace and Cafe'
Diamond Duck YMCA
Diamond Duck Red Monkey/Stone Hut
Diamond Duck Home Depot
Diamond Duck Columbia Rural Electric Association
Diamond Duck Jumpin' Jellybeanz
Diamond Duck Haggen
Diamond Duck Super 1 Foods

Golden Duck Dairy Queen
Golden Duck McDonald Zaring Insurance
Golden Duck Scott Adams CPS, LLC
Golden Duck State Farm Insurance-Liz Conover
Golden Duck Walla Walla General Hospital
Golden Duck Binder Signs
Golden Duck Wilson Design
Golden Duck Hot Poop
Golden Duck Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Golden Duck Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
Golden Duck Allegro Cyclery
Golden Duck Walla Walla Chiropractic
Golden Duck Les Schwab
Golden Duck Walla Walla Transmission
Golden Duck Pepsi Bottling Group

Silver Duck Falkenbergs Jewelers
Silver Duck Anderson Perry & Associates
Silver Duck Lloyd's Insurance
Silver Duck Schindler Elevators
Silver Duck Valley Vision
Silver Duck Wenzel Nursery
Silver Duck Opp & Seibold General Construction
Silver Duck Cost Less Carpet
Silver Duck Walla Walla Electric
Oregon State Hospital patients settle into Junction City and Salem campuses; Portland campus closes
Oregon Health Authority - 03/31/15
March 31, 2015

Today was a historic day for Oregon State Hospital, with the last 57 patients of its Portland campus transferring to the facility in Salem. The patients are moving into units recently vacated when the new Oregon State Hospital campus in Junction City opened March 11.

Oregon State Hospital provides intensive psychiatric treatment for adults with severe mental illness. Patients from throughout the state receive 24-hour on-site services that help them stabilize and successfully transition back to their lives in the community.

Today's move was the last in a series that began in January 2011 when the first patients moved to the new building in Salem. In 2007, the Oregon Legislature authorized construction of two new psychiatric facilities, one in Salem and one in Junction City. The successful completion of both locations culminates 10 years of planning and development.

The new facilities were designed to provide a therapeutic environment and support the active treatment necessary for people to recover from mental illness. The new building in Salem has the capacity to serve up to 620 people, and the new building in Junction City can serve up to 174.

The closure of the Oregon State Hospital site in Portland will not affect the ability of people in the Portland metro area to receive hospital-level psychiatric care. The state hospital will continue to admit patients from throughout Oregon.

The Oregon State Hospital campus in Salem will take possession of the archived medical records of patients who received services at the Portland campus. Former patients who wish to obtain copies of their medical records should mail or fax their request to:

Oregon State Hospital
Health Information Department
Room B01-252
2600 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Fax: 503-945-9855

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Congressman Newhouse Plans Visit to Wapato High School
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/31/15
Good morning everyone,

Attached is a release regarding Congressman Dan Newhouse's planned visit to Wapato High School on Monday, April 6th. The Congressman is interested in seeing the NASA HUNCH Project which many of you have featured stories on in the past couple of months.

See the release for details.

If you have any questions please contact me. We are on Spring Break this week but I'm in the District today. I will be gone the rest of the week but can be reached by email or my cell phone.

Please let me know if you are planning on coming to cover the Congressman's visit.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Congressman Newhouse Plans Visit To Wapato High School
03/30/15
Fish & Wildlife Trooper in Baker City Detects Blaze, Rescues Elderly Woman - Sumpter OR. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/30/15
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On March 29, 2015, shortly after noon, Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish & Wildlife Division in Baker City, was patrolling in the town of Sumpter, southwest of Baker City, when he saw what appeared to be a vehicle on fire with three people standing nearby. One person was attempting to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but was not having any success. Senior Trooper Duncan told the people to get away from the now fully engulfed vehicle for their own safety. As he did so he noticed a large propane tank between the residence and the vehicle which he feared may explode.

Senior Trooper Duncan learned the residence was owned by an 81-year-old woman who was believed to still be inside the home. As the fire spread to the residence, Sr. Trooper Duncan and Firefighter David Stellman of the Sumpter Valley Fire Department went to the door to inquire and Senior Trooper Duncan went inside to look for the woman.

Shortly after entering the home, Senior Trooper Duncan located the woman and her son still inside the residence. The woman was seated in a chair and her son told Senior Trooper Duncan she was unable to stand or walk on her own. As smoke poured into the residence through the door and the house began to burn, Senior Trooper Duncan carried the woman out of the house and to his patrol vehicle. Later on, Sumpter Valley Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.

During the investigation it was determined the fire was started while an occupant of the residence was working on the fuel system of a vehicle. Red Cross arrived to assist the occupants.

OSP was assisted by the Sumpter Valley Fire Department and the Red Cross. Firefighter Stellman was contacted and approved the use of his name for this release.

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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet April 3
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/30/15
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet via teleconference on Friday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m.

A full meeting agenda is available here: bit.ly/1IghEUj

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

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel (Photo) (updated with corrected quote)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/30/15
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PR 07 15

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131

BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel

Portland, Ore. - Mary Jensen, who has worked in the Bonneville Power Administration General Counsel's office since 2002, has been named its general counsel. She takes over after managing the office for a year as acting general counsel.

"Mary stepped in and helped BPA work through a number of complex legal matters while acting as general counsel for the past year," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "She is the first BPA general counsel who reports directly to the administrator. I look forward to continuing to work with her to further enhance BPA's legal risk management and compliance."

While serving as acting general counsel, Jensen guided BPA's Office of General Counsel through a major reorganization, instituted a new office policy on legal advice, and collaborated with the Department of Energy general counsel in creating national guidelines for power marketing administrations in states where marijuana sales are lawful under state statutes. She also instituted new processes that enable faster response times to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

"The Bonneville Power Administration serves an incredibly important purpose in the Northwest," Jensen said. "I am honored to serve as its general counsel and lead the legal staff that supports our efforts to keep our assets delivering value to the region."

Jensen has specialized in legal issues involving the provision of transmission service at Bonneville and was promoted to manage that legal section in 2008. Before joining BPA in 2002, she worked at the U.S. Office of the Solicitor in Phoenix, Ariz., advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding operations of its federally-owned electric utilities that provide service in Arizona.

Preceding her federal service, she worked as a prosecutor in Tucson, Ariz., handling felony cases including vehicular offenses, elder abuse and homicide. Jensen is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Her son is a third-generation journeyman lineman, who lives in Missouri with his wife and their five children.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal expertise that supports BPA programs through legal advice and representation, including but not limited to the general areas of transmission, natural resources, power, lands, federal resources and treaties, generation and finance, personnel, and ratemaking.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Helps to Improve Independence and Choice for Those Served
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 03/30/15
In their fourth annual consumer satisfaction survey, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon has once again ranked favorably among its consumers. Though the survey was meant to measure consumer satisfaction, it has also shown that ADRC consumers experience an improved quality of life and increase of independence and choice because of the options counseling they received through the ADRC.

* 82% of consumers report living in the place they most desire as a result of ADRC information;
* 80% of consumers report they are safer in their homes;
* 62% of consumers report making the most of their personal money as a result of ADRC services;
* 73% of consumers report greater independence as a result of ADRC services; and
* 72% of consumers who report having enough support to meet their needs and preferences because of the ADRC.

The ADRC is a state wide resource for everyone, regardless of income level. They assist individuals who are looking for information about services to address aging or disability needs and can help individuals to learn about local public and privately paid service options that can help them maintain, or increase their level of independence.

The survey was conducted by Portland State University's Institute on Aging. The survey measures the ADRC's capacity in regards to consumer-based standards. The results from the survey will be used to improve the ADRC's outreach and service delivery.

In 2014, the ADRC of Oregon received a total of 76,213 phone calls to their local ADRC's including 1-855-ORE-ADRC and 735,022 web hits. Of consumers who were surveyed, 89% stated that they would recommend the ADRC, and 87% stated that it would be easy to contact the ADRC again.

The ADRC of Oregon is also being nationally-recognized by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as a promising practice for their Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts. ACL's upcoming article states that "Oregon embarked on the development of a robust and comprehensive CQI effort to better understand the impact of its NWD/ADRCs-not only on system outcomes, but consumer level outcomes as well."

To access the ADRC of Oregon, please visit http://www.ADRCofOregon.org or 1-855-ORE-ADRC (673-2373. For more questions regarding the ADRC of Oregon consumer satisfaction survey, please contact Elizabeth O'Neill at Elizabeth.a.oneill@state.or.us or 971-673-1373.
03/28/15
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/28/15
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***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****

According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.

Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.

Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.


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03/27/15
Oregon's Tree Cities recognized as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/27/15
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
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Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon State legislature - is the first full week of April.

This year, some 56 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities.

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

> Congratulations to these cities
A new city has been added to Oregon's Tree City list this year, that of Stanfield, located in central Oregon. In addition, a grand total of fifty-five Oregon "Tree Cities" earned recertification this year.

They are:

Albany Creswell Klamath Falls Redmond Ashland Dallas La Grande Rogue River
Independence Baker City Eagle Point Lake Oswego Salem Bandon Eugene Lebanon Sandy
Banks Forest Grove Lincoln City Seaside Beaverton Echo Madras Sherwood
Gervais McMinnville Sisters Toledo Brownsville Grants Pass Medford Sunriver Troutdale Coburg Gresham Sweet Home Tualatin Coos Bay Happy Valley Monmouth Talent Veneta Corvallis Philomath Tigard West Linn Central Point Newport Oregon City Cottage Grove Irrigon Portland Tillamook Wilsonville

Tree City USA: requirements and milestones
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are roughly 3,400 communities in the U.S. currently certified.

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are:
Each city must have a tree board or department, as well as a
Tree ordinance
Spend $2 per capita on their tree program
Host a proclamation and celebration for Arbor Day

Some milestones this year: Oregon's Ashland and Baker City are each celebrating 30 years as Tree Cities, and Sunriver, Oregon celebrates 35 years.

Tree campus USA
Your college campus can receive annual Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting five standards, and two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities meeting these standards will receive recognition materials to showcase their dedication to the campus environment.

This year, two Oregon college campuses were certified as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Ashland's Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Oregon State University in Corvallis recertified as well.

"Congratulations to all of three of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," says Ries.

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards.
These include:
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance
5) Have a Service Learning Project

General tree care reminders
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free.

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting.

More information:
More information about trees can be found online, at www.treesaregood.com
To learn more about Arbor Week, visit http://www.arborday.org//oregon/
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State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/27/15
AGENDA

Date: April 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: OHCS 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

4. Individual Development Account (IDA) Awards

5. Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Program Update

6. Legislative Update

7. Housing Stability Council Subcommittee- Charter and Membership

8. Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair




Next meeting:
May 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b
(725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301).
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330
Walla Walla School District Special School Board Meeting: March 30, 2015
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
Walla Walla School District Special School Board Meeting: March 30, 2015
As per the attached agenda ~


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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

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


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Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt April 4
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 56th Annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt on April 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year's Easter Egg hunt features 26 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, 1-3 years old, 4-6 years, 7-10 years and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a long standing community event that was started by the Walla Walla Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was change to Pioneer Park. There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighting in at about 480 Lbs. that make up the hunt. The prize collection takes up approximately five shopping carts.

Special thanks to sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer Master of Ceremonies Jim Bock. Also thanks to The men of Beta Theta Pi from Whitman College, the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart, Poplar Donuts and the Walla Walla Fire Department.

About the Exchange Club:
The Walla Walla Exchange Club started on Saturday, March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The club sponsors a variety of activities that support and draw attention to our central mission, which is the prevention of child abuse here in the Walla Walla Valley. Our main fundraiser to help the children in our community is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 16, 2015.

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03/26/15
Urban Forestry Awards Announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/26/15
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Recipients of the 2015 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards were announced today by Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.).

"This year's award recipients are great examples of inspirational individuals and organizations promoting tree planting and quality tree care, while raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon's trees and urban and community forests," said Oregon Community Trees President Ruth Williams. "We're proud to honor them."

Now in their 22nd year, the O.C.T. awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant accomplishments and leadership advancing urban and community forestry projects and activities in the state of Oregon.

Individual Award: Todd Prager

Todd Prager's professional career has blended planning and urban forestry. As a planner and arborist for the City of Tigard, Prager helped develop the city's first Urban Forest section of its Comprehensive Plan, its Urban Forestry Master Plan, and a major overhaul of its urban forestry codes which included innovative "canopy based" requirements. Prager also served as project manager for Tigard's Tree Canopy Replacement program and was responsible for large scale tree plantings at sites including schools, freeways and parks.

As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Prager is now a consultant with Teragan and Associates where he advises cities and developers on urban forest planning issues.

Individual Award: Erik Burke

Erik Burke facilitated the transition from Eugene Tree Foundation to the new Friends of Trees Eugene, and in the past has worked with the City of Eugene in planting and caring for thousands of trees. Except for Friends of Trees Portland, under Burke's leadership the Eugene Friends of Trees has planted and taken care of more urban trees than any other place in the state.

Friends of Trees brings people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.

Partnership Award: Mark Azevedo, Ed Hodney, Gary Rogowski

Recipients of this year's Partnership Award have initiated and coordinated several interconnected projects.

The "Sawing for Schools" project is coordinated by Mark Azevedo (Albany Tree Commission) and the staff of the Albany Parks and Recreation Department, headed by director Ed Hodney. For the past six years, donated fallen urban trees have been brought to Albany area high schools during Arbor Week; high school students then learn how to turn these logs into lumber. The wood is provided to high school shop classes free of charge.

Azevedo and Hodney also coordinated the Lumber to Legacy project, in which high school woodshop students milled the wood from 8 historic Oregon white oak trees that were removed from a new development site in 2013 in Albany. The resulting high-quality wood was given to wood artisans who created unique wood products for auction, benefitting the Oregon White Oak Restoration Program and local high school woodshop programs. Gary Rogowski with Northwest Woodworking Studio participated in the Lumber to Legacy program as an artisan, also mentoring high school students in the process.

As a result of the Lumber to Legacy partnership, Rogowski created the Northwest Woodworking Studio / Woodworking Intensive program - a fine woodworking internship program. In addition to hands-on learning about all aspects of woodworking, Rogowski notes that this program provides "a place where students of all abilities can learn to think critically while using their heads, their hearts, and their hands to build beautiful and lasting things."

Tree City USA Award: City of Beaverton

The City of Beaverton turned an empty and unused lot on SW Allen Blvd and Alice Lane into an arboretum complete with informative signs. This beautiful, educational native tree and plant retreat will be enjoyed for generations to come. With the help of the Mayor, Friends of Trees and about 100 volunteers, the City has planted more than 100 native trees and plants, each species accompanied with a plaque identifying features and facts.

Additional City of Beaverton accomplishments include:

* The transformation of an unused lot on SW Barrows and 157th into an attractive and welcoming entrance into SW Beaverton

* Each planting season, the City teams up with Friends of Trees for at least 3 neighborhood tree plantings that positively impacted hundreds of Beaverton residents.

* The City's approved Street Tree List received a drastic makeover to emphasize natives of the Pacific Northwest. With the new and improved Approved Street Tree List, residents can learn all about why natives are a more sustainable choice, as well as which natives work best for each home based on size.

* Starting in 2013, the City's Landscape and Urban Forestry department made a tremendous breakthrough in connecting Beaverton residents with plants and trees native to the Pacific Northwest by creating Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month. A different native tree or shrub is highlighted on the City's website each month and has become so popular that the monthly article has been picked up and is also featured by the Beaverton Resource Guide as well as the Beaverton Facebook and Twitter pages.

"We look forward to next year's contestants and once again, congratulations to this year's recipients," said Mike Williams, chair of the urban forestry awards committee.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Aging and Disabilities Waiver (0185)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 03/26/15
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of an amendment to the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver (0185).

42 CFR ß441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input
process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals
served. The following is a summary of changes to being proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities waiver.

* Increase estimates of number of individuals served in 2015-2016
* Addition of Home and Community-Based Settings transition plan in accordance with 42 CFR 441.301 (6)(ii)(A)

You can review the proposed waiver application at http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/Home%20and%20Community%20Based%20Services%20Waiver%20draft.pdf

Comments can be sent to Trevor.j.waskin@state.or.us and should be received no later than April 30, 2015.
$89,375 awarded for three new 'World of Work' projects (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/15
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Training as sound technicians at professional concerts; Designing, creating and installing public art; Learning the art of transmedia storytelling - telling a single story via multiple media - at Warm Springs Academy. Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new "Connecting Students to the World of Work" projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The three new awards bring the total number of "World of Work" projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program's funding cycle.

Designed to expose underserved students in grades six through 12 to arts-related industries, the two-year "World of Work" program was funded by the Oregon Legislature (HB3232).

The new grants were awarded to:
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $29,375 + $2,393 (extension)
To support 20 students in WyEast Middle School's AVID program in working with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.

Caldera, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support year-round instruction in transmedia arts (storytelling across different mediums) for 15 youth at Warm Springs Academy.

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support implementation of a three part Live Sound Engineering for Teens (LiveSET) program in partnership with Portland Public Schools, providing hands on experience at professional concerts.

Extensions ranging from $1,792 to $4,073 also were awarded to 2014 "World of Work" grant recipients for: a Lane Arts Council (Eugene) mentorship program for low-income middle school students; the Center for Advanced Learning's (Gresham) development of an ad campaign and promotional website for the Historic Columbia Highway anniversary; a Pacific Northwest College of Art project to design and create functional public objects that support sustainability; a PDX Pop Now project to train Native American students in audio production; a multicultural project targeting students with disabilities at the The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene); the Techstart Education Foundation's proposal to train Portland at-risk students in video game design round; Oregon Shakespeare Festival's project training students to be sound technicians for the Green Show; and My Voice Music's expansion of its Artists Mentorship program.

"This program has been a powerful opportunity to make strategic investments in some of Oregon's most underserved youth populations," says Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "Participating students are telling us it is changing how they feel about the relevance of their education to things beyond just grades. They have called the projects 'a true work experience' and 'a first job,' showing positive growth towards career readiness."

The new "World of Work" projects begin now and run through the end of 2016.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Deadline approaching for property tax deferrals
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/26/15
SALEM, Oregon--New applicants and those who need to recertify their eligibility for the disabled or senior citizen property tax deferral programs have three weeks left to file their paperwork.

For their taxes to be paid in November, taxpayers need to meet the April 15 deadline, explained Bronson Rueda, deferral program manager at the Department of Revenue. This applies to participants who received recertification forms by mail in February and new applicants for deferral.

"If we don't get their forms by the deadline, they'll be responsible for paying their property taxes this year," Rueda said.

The deferral program allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed. Oregon's deferral programs have approximately 6,300 active participants.

Program participants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Be either at least 62 years old or a disabled citizen receiving or eligible to receive federal Social Security disability benefits.
* Own or be in the process of buying the property, have a recorded deed or sales contract in their name, or have a revocable trust, and have lived on the property for at least five years.
* May not have a life estate interest, which enables a person to reside on the property, but automatically transfers ownership upon death.
* Carry homeowners insurance.
* Have a household income of less than $43,000. This includes all taxable and non-taxable income for the applicant(s) and spouse(s).
* Have a net worth of $500,000 or less, not including the value of the home in the program or personal property.
* Either have no reverse mortgage, or, if they have a reverse mortgage, they need to have been in the deferral program prior to 2011.

Recertification forms need to be returned to the department. New applications should be sent to the assessor's office for the county in which the property is located. Applications are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

Questions about deferrals can be emailed to deferral.unit@oregon.gov. Taxpayers can also call 503-945-8348 for more information.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
03/25/15
Washington industrial companies make exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/25/15
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
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Olympia, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia.

"Energy efficiency means an improved bottom line for industries, and I am proud of the commitment these industry leaders have demonstrated to apply innovative solutions to achieve energy savings," said Gov. Inslee. "A thriving industrial sector helps create and keep jobs in our state, support a strong economy and provide a cleaner environment for future generations."

This year's program awarded six Governor's Awards and three Sponsor's Awards.

* The Boeing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership by Example, with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish PUD as the serving utilities.
* The City of Tacoma Central Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Tacoma Power as the serving utility.
* Quincy Foods LLC received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Grant County PUD and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Lineage Logistics received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.
* Shields Bag and Printing Co. received the Governor's Award for Leadership in Innovation, with Pacific Power and Cascade Natural Gas as the serving utilities.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Governor's Award honorable mention for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* North Pacific Paper Corp. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Energy Performance, with Cowlitz PUD as the serving utility.
* Inland Empire Paper Co. received the Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Avista Utilities as the serving utility.
* King & Prince Seafood Corp. and UniSea, which share a facility, received a joint Sponsor's award for Leadership in Innovation, with Puget Sound Energy as the serving utility.

"Industry leaders face increasing pressure to reduce operating costs and find a more sustainable way to do business," said Jake Fey, director of the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. "The most innovative industry leaders realize that they can accomplish both of these goals by enhancing energy efficiency."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders program was designed to recognize companies that are making exceptional progress toward improved energy efficiency. The program is sponsored by the WSU Energy Program, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Bonneville Power Administration, the program's founding sponsor.

"BPA is very proud of the energy achievements of this year's award winners," said Richard Genece, BPA's vice president of Energy Efficiency. "Their commitment to efficiency and innovative approaches are examples of why the Northwest is a national leader in energy efficiency."

A total of 20 award applications were submitted, according to Christine Love, WSU Energy Program industrial services manager. "The selection committee members agreed that each application highlighted impressive accomplishments for the nominating businesses," Love said."Each company that submitted an application can be proud of its efforts. Tonight's award winners represent the companies that ranked highest among this inspiring group."

The Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony included Gov. Inslee, executives from industry and their serving utilities, state leaders, and representatives from energy efficiency organizations.


Attached Media Files: Gov. Jay Inslee honored nine Washington industrial companies for their outstanding leadership in improving energy performance.
Many More Job Vacancies Around the State in 2014
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/25/15
During 2014, Oregon's private employers were looking to fill about 45,000 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market job seekers face.

The number of job vacancies in 2014 increased by 40 percent compared with 2013.

The average starting wage offered by employers also improved over the year, increasing by 4 percent to $15.67. The largest increase in vacancies was among jobs offering starting wages between $10 and $15 per hour. There were 15,200 vacancies in this range, up 72 percent from 2013. Vacancies offering more $15 per hour increased 29 percent to 11,900. There were slightly fewer vacancies offering less than $10 per hour in 2014. That's partly because the increase in Oregon's minimum wage from $8.95 in 2013 to $9.10 in 2014 narrowed that wage range.

One key to finding a job that pays higher than average wages is to have at least some post secondary training or other work related qualification. The average wage offered for vacancies requiring education beyond high school was more than $17 per hour. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college degrees. The average hourly wage was $20 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree, $31 per hour for a bachelor's degree, and $38 for a graduate degree. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered hourly wages of $12 per hour.

Employers also offered higher wages when their vacancies required more than a year of previous experience. Vacancies with no experience requirement paid an average of $11 per hour. Those requiring less than one year of experience paid $12 per hour. For vacancies that required one to five years of previous work experience, the average wage offered was $18 per hour, while those that required five or more years of experience averaged $32 per hour.

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for almost one-fifth of vacancies, more than any other industry sector. Four additional industries each accounted for more than 10 percent of Oregon job vacancies: management, administrative, and waste services (which includes company headquarters and temporary staffing agencies, among other businesses); retail trade; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.

Characteristics of job vacancies can vary significantly by industry. For example, nine out of 10 health care vacancies were for permanent positions, and 39 percent required education beyond high school. In natural resources and mining, however, just 18 percent of vacancies in 2014 were for permanent jobs, and only 3 percent required education beyond high school. The specific occupations being recruited make a big difference in how industry-level details play out - almost two-thirds of the natural resources and mining vacancies were for farmworkers, of which only 11 percent were permanent positions and most were seasonal. Health care recruitment was focused on registered nurses, nursing assistants, and medical assistants, which were almost always permanent positions.


Every region of the state had more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. Eastern Oregon saw the greatest percentage growth in vacancies over the year, up 73 percent from 2013, and the Portland area followed, with 44 percent more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. The Portland Tri-County area had just over 23,000 vacancies in 2014, 51 percent of the statewide total.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2014 estimates are based on responses from 10,400 Oregon employers. Vacancy survey results for the first quarter of 2015 are scheduled for release in April 2015. A special report on Oregon's difficult-to-fill vacancies will be available later this spring.

For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Job Vacancy Survey."


Attached Media Files: 2015-03/930/82913/Job_Vacancy_Survey_2014_News_Release.pdf
03/24/15
Oregon Insurance Division announces investigation into LifeWise data breach
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/15
Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division will participate in a multistate investigation of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon and its parent company Premera Blue Cross. The investigation follows LifeWise's disclosure last week that a cyber attack exposed the personal identifying information of 250,000 Oregonians to unauthorized access. The information exposed includes:
* Name
* Date of birth
* Social Security number
* Mailing address
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Member identification number
* Bank account information
* Claims information, including clinical information

"Oregon takes the protection of personal identifying information very seriously and this investigation will closely scrutinize the data security practices of LifeWise," said Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Oregon will be looking at how LifeWise learned about the breach, what process they used to identify affected consumers, and the adequacy of the consumer protections offered to those affected."

Washington will supervise the investigation, with Oregon and Alaska taking lead roles. The exact scope of the investigation is still under discussion, but will likely include:
* All cybersecurity aspects of the breach, including understanding the process LifeWise used to discern which members were affected and what information was compromised
* LifeWise's response to the breach and any corrective actions it has taken
* The financial impact of the breach on consumers, providers, and LifeWise

The participating states will likely contract with a cybersecurity firm to help investigate:
* When and how the data was breached
* Whether the breach stopped and if so, when
* What data was compromised
* How the attack was able to succeed
* Whether the company has taken effective steps to prevent a future attack.

Consumers who believe they may be affected by the LifeWise security breach can find information about protecting their identities at www.lifewiseupdate.com.

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.
March 25th is Scotts Mills Quake anniversary (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/24/15
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On March 25th, 1993, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Scotts Mills, Ore., causing approximately $30 million in damage that included Molalla High School, a Mount Angel church, and the Capitol rotunda in Salem. It remains the most destructive quake in terms of property loss in Oregon's history.

Oregon is susceptible to earthquakes being seismically active with both crustal faults and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

"The Scotts Mills earthquake was really a wake-up call about our state's vulnerability to earthquakes," says Interim State Geologist Ian Madin. "Earthquakes can and do happen everywhere in Oregon, and we need to be prepared throughout the state."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) recommend preparing in advance for earthquakes and other hazards.

"Oregonians should plan to be self-sufficient for at least two-weeks after a major earthquake," said Dr. Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Some of the recommended preparation activities include developing and practicing an emergency plan, getting a kit, and practicing earthquake drills.

OEM will be conducting a social media campaign until March 26 for people to share where they were, at 5:34 a.m., on March 25, 1993. Join the conversation on twitter @OregonOEM #ScottsMillsEQ, or on facebook at http://goo.gl/M6Qeak to participate. The top three stories will win an emergency preparedness kit.


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03/23/15
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Public invited to SEA-TECH Open House
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 03/23/15
WALLA WALLA - Members of the community are invited to the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) for a public open house Monday, April 20 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This is a drop-in event so people are welcome to attend whenever it is convenient during the six hour block designated for the open house.

High school students taking classes at SEA-TECH located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College are immersed in the latest technology and trends in the world of Digital Media, Manufacturing and Welding, Sustainable Energy Technology specializing in Electrical Systems, and Health Sciences.

SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center. Students from Walla Walla and the partner districts consisting of Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place attend a three hour morning or afternoon block schedule at SEA-TECH.

SEA-TECH Public Open House
- Monday, April 20
- 12 noon to 6 p.m. (drop-in when convenient)
- 525 Campus Loop (on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Information: Erin Roach, (509) 526-2000 / eroach@wwps.org
- SEA-TECH video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hr3xVtHxqE

SEA-TECH - Your Pathway to a Career

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Portland to host regional safety leaders - 'Black Hawk Down' survivor featured speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/23/15
(Salem) - Improving safety culture and performance is the focus of the Northwest Safety and Health Summit Conference, scheduled for May 12-14, 2015, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) is hosting the regional conference and is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health, and environmental management systems through partnerships with employees, management, and government. The VPPPA is a member-based association, providing a network of more than 1,900 companies and worksites that are involved in or are in the process of applying to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Department of Energy.

Conference keynote speaker Keni Thomas and his fellow U.S. Army rangers distinguished themselves in 1993 in an 18-hour firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Black Hawk Down. Thomas will share the story of how he, and other extraordinary individuals, fought to bring each other home. He will stress the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself.

"All of us want to make a difference," Thomas said. "We all want to know at the end of the day that we counted for something. My presentation will focus on how well you prepare yourself
in advance to rise above and do what others can not do for you. The story I get to tell is a story of extraordinary people, just like you, who did just that."

Other topics featured at the conference include:

* VPP basics - fundamentals, application process
* Management leadership, safety culture
* Influencing behavior and dynamic learning

Registration for the event is $300, with price breaks for VPP membership and one-day attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit
www.regonline.com/regionx_vpppa15.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org or follow us on www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.
2015 'Conversations with Funders' scheduled; $4.7 million in grants offered (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/23/15
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the centerís annual Womenís Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the centerís annual Womenís Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, Ore.-Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for "Conversations with Funders," a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2016 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted for an application deadline of May 15 (see details below).

Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,400 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support their activities."

"Conversations with Funders" begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay, Bend and Oregon City. The schedule, with participants, locations and registration links, are:

Wednesday, April 1
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Richard E. Wildish Theatre, Springfield
2-4 p.m.: Cedar Room, Coos Public Library, Coos Bay
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office.

Thursday April 2
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Art Station, Bend
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Tuesday April 7
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City
3 pm- 5 p.m.: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust with Oregon Humanities, State Historic Preservation Office, and Oregon Arts Commission

Registration is encouraged but not required. Register at
http://bit.ly/1CRvOxi.
Information on all grant programs will be available at all events.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants:
The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. New guidelines posted for 2016 also encourage applicants to consider how their projects might help broaden awareness of the value of culture.

As 2014 was a record fundraising year for the Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $600,000. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners - to support their projects and respective grant programs - and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2016 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2015 and July 30, 2016.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Guidelines are posted here: http://bit.ly/1G8KAwx.

Note: Schreiner will lead a webinar for prospective Cultural Development Grant applicants from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
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Attached Media Files: A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the centerís annual Womenís Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
PNWU Students to Host Mass Casualty Drill
Pacific NW Univ. of Health Sciences - 03/23/15
Contact: Ryan Rodruck
Tel: 509-249-7861
Email: rrodruck@pnwu.edu

March 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PNWU Students to Host Mass Casualty Drill

The Emergency Medicine Club at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) will hold a mass casualty drill on the PNWU campus on April 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

"Nobody wants to experience this type of mass casualty incident, but as student doctors it's important we have the skills to respond," said PNWU Emergency Medicine Club president, Evgeny Bistrika.

The drill is part of a collaboration between the PNWU Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine Clubs, Yakima County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the East Valley and Yakima Fire Departments, Yakima County Search and Rescue, the U.S. Army Yakima Training Center and MedStar Northwest.

The exercise will begin with a training on mass casualty response by Yakima County EMS. Afterwards, a mock bus accident will test student emergency response skills on a vehicle provided by the East Valley School District. Students and community members will play the role of victims presenting various levels of injury ranging from minor to life-threatening.

At the conclusion of the exercise a crew from Northwest MedStar will land a critical care helicopter transport. Staff from Northwest MedStar will then conduct a "difficult airway" class for students. Additionally, medics from the U.S. Army's Yakima Training Center will land their emergency helicopter and conduct an emergency hoist demonstration.

Community members are welcome to view the helicopter landings and interact with the aircraft and crew from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be a booth for children with information about emergency preparedness. For more information about viewing the landings call PNWU at (509) 452-5100.

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03/22/15
Milton-Freewater single family fire, Red Cross assists one
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/15
Earlier this morning, Red Cross assisted a Milton-Freewater adult after a single family fire in the 300 block of Raspberry Loop. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, disaster health services and referral to disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. 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
03/20/15
VINE(R) service experiences technical difficulties
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/20/15
Oregon's VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system experienced a major technical glitch Friday evening. Routine system maintenance appears to have triggered numerous notifications to victims in error. The contractor for the service, Appriss, is working on the repair, and will issue an "alert express" this evening, which will alert everyone who received an erroneous notification.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf. DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are committed to remedying the issue as soon as possible.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Governor Kate Brown attends Oregon Army National Guard UAS launch (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/20/15
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Pendleton, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. General Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, visited Pendleton Airport to view a demonstration of the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), March 20. Governor Brown is hopeful that with the Oregon Army National Guard's UAS unit operating out of the Pendleton area, it will pave the way for more unmanned aerial vehicle companies to set up operations in Pendleton, Oregon.

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150320Z-YP317-001: PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Sean Robbins (second from left), director of the Oregon Business Department; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk (center); and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, give remarks during an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration of the Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Marcus Kellogg, crew chief with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, how to launch the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - The Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is launched during a demonstration at Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Terry Murray, with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown how to fly the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, await the launch of an Oregon Army National Guard RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Wapato High School NASA HUNCH Project
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/20/15
Happy first day of Spring!

Attached is a release regarding a fundraiser for the Wapato High School NASA HUNCH Project.

Anything you can do to get the word out would help immensely.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Wapato HS NASA HUNCH Fundraiser
Berri Leslie named administrator of health insurance marketplace
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
(Salem) - Berri Leslie will be administrator of Oregon's health insurance marketplace, Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen announced today.

The marketplace will be housed at DCBS beginning June 30, 2015, and will help Oregonians access affordable, high-quality health insurance. Leslie's position is effective April 1, so she can hire staff and lead the transition of the marketplace functions from Cover Oregon to DCBS as set out in Senate Bill 1.

Leslie has been deputy administrator of the DCBS Insurance Division since July 2011, leading day-to-day operations of the division and working with stakeholders on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Other leadership roles include managing the regulation of mortgage lending in Oregon during the 2008 financial crisis and, more recently, leading a restructuring of the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

"Berri has the experience, skills, and commitment we need to not only seamlessly transfer the marketplace duties to DCBS but to reach even more Oregonians with the tools and resources they need to get health coverage," Allen said. "She is a proven leader with a track record of successfully tackling challenging issues."

Leslie graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Portland State University with a master's degree in public administration.

"I am excited to take on this new challenge to help Oregonians get the health coverage they need and, ultimately, improve their lives," Leslie said.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information on the marketplace, visit http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/health-marketplace/Pages/default.aspx.
Oregon Seeks Help Shaping Health Plans for 2017
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is seeking applicants to the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will play an important role in the selection of Oregon's essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by DCBS that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

Oregon standard health plans are designed by DCBS for the bronze, silver, and gold metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

"We are seeking thoughtful people with relevant experience and a variety of perspectives to serve on the committee," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Whether they are consumers of health care, medical providers, health insurance agents, small business owners, or insurance industry professionals, all with a desire to make a difference in Oregon are urged to apply."

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held every other week beginning in the second week of April and ending in the third week of June. Meetings will be held in person at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem and will be open to the public as well as streamed online.

The deadline for applications to the committee is 5 p.m. on March 30. Information on how to apply can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Committee appointments will be announced by April 3.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
State agencies to meet March 30 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/20/15
ALBANY, Ore. - The Technical Review Team for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County will meet by teleconference on March 30 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST, followed by a teleconference meeting of the Water Resources Subcommittee from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST.

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

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

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role. The Water Resources Subcommittee focuses on water quality and water quantity issues related to the proposed project.
Oregon's FEMA-approved natural hazards mitigation plan regains "Enhanced Status" (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/20/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management recently became eligible for increased mitigation funds that will help better prepare Oregon for future disasters. As of March 2, 2015, 12 states have FEMA approved Enhanced State Mitigation Plans.

States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated a comprehensive mitigation program, and are eligible for an increased amount of mitigation funding following a disaster declaration.

"An enhanced State Mitigation Plan signifies that a state has been proactive and comprehensive in hazard mitigation program implementation," Hazard Mitigation Officer Dennis Sigrist explained. "We are proud of this recognition because not only is it a goal we wanted to achieve, but we also know increased mitigation funds will ultimately reduce the amount of damage from disasters, making Oregon safer and more resilient."

Sigrist said a recent study by FEMA's Multi-hazard Mitigation Council shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of four dollars.

For more information about Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Status go to: https://www.fema.gov/multi-hazard-mitigation-plan-status.


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Grants Pass Man Sentenced to Prison for Serious Assault of a Child
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
A Grants Pass man was sentenced on Wednesday in Josephine County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a 2013 investigation by Oregon State Police detectives.

PAUL ANDREW REYES, age 30, from Grants Pass was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday by Honorable Judge Pat Wolke for the 2013 assault on his girlfriend's 2-year-old child whom he was supervising at the time. The child, who was subsequently transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for life threatening injuries, survived the incident but was left with significant permanent injuries as a result of the assault.

REYES pled guilty on January 14th, 2015, to charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Mistreatment after changing his plea two days into his trial.

Wednesday's sentencing was the culmination of an extensive investigation conducted by OSP Central Point detectives with the assistance of OSP detectives from the Portland Area Command and an OSP detective from the Roseburg Area Command.

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*** Update - Names/Photos Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 MP 277 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle, fatal, roll-over traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 277 - Ladd Canyon.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 7:00 p.m., a Blue, 2000 Ford Excursion pulling a toy-hauler type travel trailer, being operated by TODD M. SCHROEDER, 54, of Milton-Freewater, was traveling eastbound on I-84 and descending Ladd Canyon when the vehicle lost control and rolled over into the center median. The vehicle was occupied by two adult and three juvenile passengers. The front seat adult passenger, JERRY W. SCHROEDER, 73, of Milton-Freewater, was transported via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. The center seat passenger, FISHER SCHROEDER, age 14, of Milton-Freewater, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and two other juvenile passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Information about safety belt use is still being investigated.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Union County Sheriff's Office, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande and North Powder ambulance. The cause of the crash is under investigation and any further questions can be referred to Trooper Robert Routt at the Oregon State Police office in La Grande.

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