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04/16/14
Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 226 / Highway 22E in Lyons (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's fatal single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult female at the intersection of Highway 226 and Highway 22E in Lyons. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Chrysler 3000 four-door driven by BARBARA ANN KING, age 54, from Lyons, was traveling northbound on Highway 226 at a high rate of speed when it traveled through a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 22E. The vehicle continued straight across the T-intersection and crashed through a guardrail. It went airborne for approximately 70 feet before crashing into an unoccupied parked flatbed truck in a meat market business parking lot.

KING was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. An OSP collision reconstructionist is assisting, and investigators are looking into if the driver had a medical emergency that may have contributed to the cause of this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Lyons Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution placed on lockdown
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/16/14
Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) was placed on lockdown Wednesday, April 16, after an inmate disturbance occurred in a housing unit. The institution is currently running under modified operations. Visitation is cancelled until further notice.

At approximately 9:06 a.m., the institution was placed on lockdown after several inmates engaged in mutual altercations in one of the institution's general population living areas. Staff responded and quickly gained control of the incident

A total of 24 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations. Two inmates required outside medical treatment for minor injuries.

Oregon State Police has been notified and an ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Wapato High School Receives State Award
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 04/16/14
Good Afternoon everyone,

Attached is a release regarding a State award Wapato High School is receiving for academic achievement.



Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: State Achievement Award
District names Art Regier Volunteers of the Year
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/16/14
WALLA WALLA - In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Superintendent Mick Miller is proud to announce Karri Bruce, Troi Coram, Bunny Aragone, Rachel McCauley, and Jim Hanson as the district's 2013-2014 Art Regier Volunteers of the Year.

The Award
The Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award was instituted in 1991 as a memorial to "Grandpa Art" Regier. Regier, a retiree who devoted years of service to elementary schools in Walla Walla, epitomized the spirit of volunteerism in education. His tireless dedication and concern for the students he served are the inspiration for this award.

Criteria for selection may include the following:
1. Exceptional service or contributions to the children of Walla Walla Public Schools
2. Unusual dedication
3. Demonstration of care, compassion and empathy



Bunny Aragone - Blue Ridge Elementary
Nominators: Liza Jacobson and Corey Hobbs
* She has chaperoned field trips, planned and organized class recognition events
* Last year she led a group of 5th grade girls through a book study and created a pen-pal club
* She is experienced with ACE's data and is a big support of the Health Centers at Blue Ridge and Lincoln
* She helped a struggling student begin enjoying school and making better choices through art
* She purchased an art kit filled with colored pencils, artist chalks and more
* He loves art and used this kit all the time to fuel his creative passion

Nominator Corey Hobbs said: "Affectionately called Miss Bunny, students lavish her with hugs and high fives. Her presence is such an inviting and welcome occurrence that students are enthusiastic about getting the chance to work one-on-one, or in a small group with her."


Karri Bruce - Sharpstein Elementary
Nominators - Terri Gilbert, Matt Bona, Jodi Weber and Ruthell Martinez, Terry Morgan
* Sharpstein PTA president and she volunteers in numerous classrooms at Sharpstein
* Coordinator of Sharpstein Fun Run Fundraiser which raised more than $7000 for Google Chromebooks for Sharpstein students
* Coordinator of Sharpstein Family Game Night and Spaghetti Dinner (more than 200 families attended)
* Co-Coordinator of Sharpstein Cares - Provides food and supplies to families in need
* Coordinator of Sharpstein book fair and co-coordinator of Sharpstein Miles Club

Nominator Terri Gilbert said:
"Karri believes all children deserve a chance and the opportunity to be provided for and to learn. Karri can be found at school early in the morning and late at night. There isn't a job I have seen her delegate to others without doing it first. She seems to have an endless supply of positive energy and always has a smile on her face."


Jim Hanson - Walla Walla High School Debate program
Nominators: Jean Tobin, Kendall Dunovant, and Malcolm Gabbard
* Jim is the former Whitman College debate coach and currently is chair of the Whitman College Rhetoric Department
* Jim has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Wa-Hi Debate team for the past five years
* This past year, he has donated three hours per week to help coach the Lincoln-Douglas debaters
* He often travels to debates around the state at his own expense
* The team has been successful; consistently 1st in the district, ranked 5th in state and two state champions in five years

Nominator Jean Tobin said: "Since our Wa-Hi Debate program began in the Fall of 2009, he has personally donated thousands of dollars and debate materials, provided free registration to the Whitman tournament, given scholarships to Whitman debate camp to Wa-Hi debaters and provided members of Whitman's Debate team to help coach, mentor and judge our team.


Troi Coram - Green Park Elementary
Nominators: Brenda Kirk, Gina Yonts, Colleen Chamberlain-Biddle
* Troi has been a reliable and positive volunteer at Green Park for the past five years.
* She has worked in classrooms and as the PTA president.
* Troi helps organize the Math-a-thon which brought in $13,000 this year
* She helps coordinate the teacher meals program during conferences
* She helped Brenda Kirk get the Accelerated Reading program up and running in her classroom

Nominator Brenda Kirk said: "Troi is unfailing patient and kind with the students, always providing encouragement. She has played an essential role in the success of our immersion first grade, new this year at Green Park. Not only did she enroll her own son in the program, but she volunteers two mornings per week during reading and math instruction."


Rachel McCauley - Berney Elementary
Nominators: Christy Krutulis, Annette Matlock, Stacy Morrison
* Rachel is co-president for the Berney PTA
* She has coordinated the Carnegie Picture Lab for the second consecutive year
* She helps coordinate Movie Nights, the book fair, carnival and annual fundraiser.
* Rachel has created a Berney PTA Facebook page to help improve communications
* She helps grade papers, organizes art projects, assists with Accelerated Reader and classroom libraries

Nominator Stacy Morrison said: "The students love her humor, creativity, patience and time. She comes in each Friday and does whatever it is that needs to be done in our classroom. She works hard to make all of our school wide events organized, fun and well attended.

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04/15/14
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Monday, April 21
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/15/14
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday, April 21 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Santiam Room Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Plans for a tax symposium about forest taxes, among other topics, will be discussed by the Committee. Members will also review and discuss multiple collaborative efforts to improve forest health and assist landowners with managing their forests and protecting natural resources.

The committee will also review and discuss:
* Prior meeting's minutes.
* Bald Eagle and leave behind tree and wood rules
* Eastside Private Forests Collaborative Project
* Review draft USFS National Forest Plan for the Blue Mountains
* Annual Report to the Board of Forestry
* Wildfire Response and Repair Fund Framework
* Paired Watershed Studies and what they can tell us
* Communicating with non-forest land owners

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

Committee
Committee Chair Craig Shinn, a Portland State University faculty member and PhD Program Director facilitates thoughtful discussion among the Committee to help inform the Department about issues affecting family forestlands. At Portland State, Shinn develops environmental and natural resource policy through his teaching, research, and professional outreach.

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.
Wanted Walla Walla Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude in Stolen Car in Milton-Freewater Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Milton-Freewater (MFPD) and Athena police departments, arrested a 27-year old Walla Walla, Washington man Tuesday afternoon following an attempt to elude in a stolen vehicle and on foot that ended in the Milton-Freewater area. The suspect left his wallet and ID in the car helping officers identify and arrest him.

On April 15, 2014 at approximately 10:51 a.m., an OSP sergeant attempted to stop a 1993 Toyota Camry four-door station wagon displaying Washington license plates northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 14 for a speed violation. The driver failed to yield and sped up in excess of 100 mph attempting to elude OSP. An Athena police officer joined OSP for a short distance as the vehicle continued recklessly northbound until OSP terminated the pursuit approaching the south end of Milton-Freewater.

Entering Milton-Freewater, the OSP sergeant spotted the Toyota abandoned at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of SE 12th Avenue and S. Main Street where it appears the driver intentionally drove into a yard behind bushes at the bottom of steps leading to a house. MFPD joined OSP searching for the driver who was identified as ANTONIO SATURNINO CONTRERAS, age 27, from Walla Walla, Washington, because he left his wallet with identification inside the car.

At approximately 12:43 p.m., a citizen reported seeing CONTRERAS in an alley about two blocks from the abandoned car. MFPD and OSP officers took CONTRERAS into custody following a brief foot chase.

Subsequent investigation determined the car was reported stolen April 14 to Walla Walla, Washington Police Department.

CONTRERAS, who was wanted on a warrant out of Walla Walla for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, was lodged in Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:

* Fugitive from Justice (warrant)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Misdemeanor Driving While Revoked

Photographs - Oregon State Police
Note: No photograph of Contreras available at time of this release.

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OYA goes above and beyond to help feed the hungry (Photo)
Oregon Youth Authority - 04/15/14
The Oregon Youth Authority??1/2s Kila Jager (center) accepts a certificate recognizing the agency??1/2s support for the 2014 Governor??1/2s State Employee Food Drive. Joining her are Marion-Polk Food Share President Rick Gaupo (left) and Shawn DeCarlo, co
The Oregon Youth Authority??1/2s Kila Jager (center) accepts a certificate recognizing the agency??1/2s support for the 2014 Governor??1/2s State Employee Food Drive. Joining her are Marion-Polk Food Share President Rick Gaupo (left) and Shawn DeCarlo, co
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The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) went above and beyond its past support for the annual Governor's State Employee Food Drive by donating nearly 55,000 pounds of food this winter to help Oregonians in need.

When the final amounts were totaled from OYA offices and facilities across the state, staff donated 2,833 pounds of food and nearly $13,000 through fundraisers and payroll deductions. At-risk youth also pitched in by preparing food and running in marathons for facility-sponsored fundraisers. When converted to pounds of food, the monetary support combined with food donations equaled 54,797 pounds. In 2013, OYA donated a combined total of 44,303 pounds.

OYA and other agencies were recognized during a ceremony today in Salem attended by Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes, where it was announced that state employees raised nearly $779,000 for the 2014 food drive. The total represents about 3.2 million pounds of food. Oregon state employees represented the largest employer donation to local food banks to help feed the hungry in the state.

"On behalf of all Oregonians, I thank you for your public service and for inspiring your fellow employees to make this food drive a success," said Governor Kitzhaber. "The food and funds you donated will contribute to strengthening our communities by helping those who need it the most."

OYA Director Fariborz Pakseresht praised OYA's response to this year's food drive as "nothing short of overwhelming. I'm so proud of staff and youth for their enthusiastic and generous support of those in need. I'm also grateful to Kila Jager of the Professional Standards Office, who once again volunteered to lead OYA's food-drive efforts with the help of local coordinators at facilities and field offices."

OYA staff organized various events to benefit the food drive, held throughout February. MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) in Woodburn hosted a 5K fun run/walk at the facility Feb. 28, and all funds collected through the $10 admission fee were donated to the food drive. Oak Creek YCF in Albany organized a salsa-making competition Feb. 14. Hillcrest YCF in Salem held a chili cook off Feb. 26, which attracted entries from throughout OYA. Chili lovers donated $5 or five cans of food for the privilege of sampling more than a dozen pots of chili.

All donations of food, money and time benefited the Oregon Food Bank Network, which serves communities throughout the state. Representatives from the Oregon Food Bank and Marion-Polk Food Share attended today's ceremony to honor agency employees for their support.

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The Oregon Youth Authority is the state's juvenile justice agency, reducing victimization and building safer communities by helping at-risk young people lead productive, crime-free lives. Learn more at www.oregon.gov/oya and follow us on Twitter @OregonYouth


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Tickets on sale now for 17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby - May 17
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/15/14
WALLA WALLA - The 17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 17. Tickets are on sale now! Below are the event details.This event is presented by the Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundation.

Ducks on a Mission:
For the 17th 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 a.m. then, cheer for your duck when the race begins at 2 p.m.

Event details:
- Saturday, May 17, 2014
- Walla Walla Community College on Mill Creek

Schedule of Events:
Relay for Hope Walk & 5K - 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Kid's Olympics - 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Columbia REA Family Fun Festival - 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Duck Race Begins - 2 p.m.

2014 Prizes
McCurley Integrity Toyota & Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundations -
2014 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Pick-up or $10,000
Martin's Jewelers - $2,000 .53 Carat Diamond Stud Earrings
Jumpin Jellybeanz - $1,600 Annual Pass and 2 Private Parties
Total Office Concepts - $1,150 Performance iForm Office Chair
Stone Hut/Red Monkey - $555 Breakfast at the Stone Hut & $555 Dinner at the Red Monkey
(Prizes continued)
YMCA - $1,030, One Year Family Membership to the YMCA + training
9th Street Zip Zone - $1,000 in Gas
Olive Marketplace & Caf - $1,000 Catering Event
Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
$750 2014 Season Package
Allegro Cyclery - $545 Electra Cruiser Bicycle w/basket or Rack
Falkenburg's - $525 Lady's Bulova Watch
Hot Poop - $500 in-store Credit
Wild Horse - $500 Golf, Lodging and Dinner Package
Wine Valley Golf Club - $420 Certificate for 4 Rounds of Gp;f
Pepsi - $400 Trip to Whistlin' Jack Lodge
Bradbury Insurance Group - $300 Golf Equipment Package
Walla Walla Les Schwab - $250 Gift Certificate
Valley Vision - $250 Maui Jim Sunglasses
Cost Less Carpet - $250 toward an Area Rug
Paragon Auto Sales - $250 Auto Detail
Wenzel Nursery - $250 Gift Certificate
YWCA - Ice Chalet - $250 Ice Skating Party for 10

Race Time: Approximately 2 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
* AMFAM-Bradbury Insurance Group
* Baker Boyer Bank
- Eastgate
- Plaza
- Main
* Children's Home Society
* Harvest Foods
* L & G Ranch Supply
* Martin's Jewelers
* Paragon Auto Group
* Rogers Bakery
* Valley Residential Services
* Zip Zone
* Any Exchange Club member
* Wherever you can find Matt Mahan!

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

2014 Sponsors
Title Sponsor Baker Boyer Bank
Diamond Duck McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla
Diamond Duck Columbia Rural Electric Association
Diamond Duck Martin's Jewlers
Diamond Duck Jumpin Jellybeanz
Diamond Duck Home Depot
Diamond Duck Total Office Concepts
Diamond Duck Red Monkey/Stone Hut
Diamond Duck YMCA
Diamond Duck Olive Marketplace and Cafe
Diamond Duck KUJ/Alexandra Communications
Diamond Duck Northwest Broadcast Group
Diamond Duck Capps Broadcast Group
Diamond Duck Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Diamond Duck Charter Communications
Diamond Duck Coffey Communications
Diamond Duck Reiff Manufacturing
Diamond Duck Color Press
Diamond Duck Isaacs & Associates
Diamond Duck Zip Zone
Diamond Duck Walmart
Diamond Duck Walla Walla Hotels
Diamond Duck Andy's Market

Golden Duck Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
Golden Duck Walla Walla Chiropractic
Golden Duck Allegro Cyclery
Golden Duck American Family Insurance-Bradbury Insurance Group
Golden Duck Hot Poop
Golden Duck Walla Walla Les Schwab
Golden Duck Binder Signs
Golden Duck Wild Horse Resort and Casino
Golden Duck Wilson Design
Golden Duck Cascade Natural Gas
Golden Duck Scott Adams CPS, LLC
Golden Duck McDonald Zaring Insurance
Golden Duck Walla Walla General Hospital
Golden Duck Pepsi Bottling Group
Golden Duck Inland Cellular
Golden Duck Paragon Auto Sales
Golden Duck State Farm Insurance - Liz Conover
Golden Duck WW Orthodonics
Golden Duck Falkenburg's
Golden Duck Dairy Queen

Silver Duck Walla Walla Electric
Silver Duck Cost Less Carpet
Silver Duck Wine Valley Golf Club
Silver Duck Valley Vision
Silver Duck Wenzel Nursery
Silver Duck Lloyd's Insurance
Silver Duck YWCA - Ice Chalet
Silver Duck Doyle Electric
Silver Duck Anderson Perry & Associates
Silver Duck Opp & Siebold General Construction
Silver Duck Schindler Elevators
Oregon National Guard dedicates new Fort Dalles Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/15/14
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THE DALLES, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a dedication ceremony for the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Ore., on April 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Media and the public are invited to attend. The address for the readiness center is 402 E Scenic Dr., The Dalles, Ore.

Among the official party scheduled to attend the ceremony are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR); U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Oregon Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day, OR-District 30); Oregon Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles, OR-District 59); The Dalles Mayor Stephen Lawrence; Dr. Frank Toda, President of Columbia Gorge Community College; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Steven Beach, commander of 82nd Brigade Troop Command.

The new readiness center replaces the Webber Street armory, built in 1951, as the home of Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard. Approximately 150 Soldiers will gather at the facility each month to train. The space is also shared with Columbia Gorge Community College.

The bottom floor of the building will be used by students and faculty of community college, including two labs, two classrooms, a computer work area, and a break area with a small kitchen.

The second floor of the building contains office space, a commercial-grade kitchen and a 10,000 square-foot assembly hall for the Oregon Guard unit. The third floor houses a fitness center, locker rooms and other spaces to accommodate training needs of the Soldiers.

The facility also includes a shared industrial shop, providing 12 student welding labs and a maintenance bay for Oregon National Guard vehicles.

The readiness center will serve the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements, as well as State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.


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School Board will meet - April 18th 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 04/15/14
The Kiona-Benton City School Board is meeting at the former Prosser Memorial Clinic for a tour of the facilities that is now being leased by the District.
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 22-23
Oregon Marine Board - 04/15/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting at the agency's office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem on April 22 from 12: 30 pm to 6 pm and April 23 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The April 22nd meeting will be a work session to review and approve boating facility grants and to have a preliminary discussion on the agency's proposed 2015-2017 budget. The April 23rd general meeting will include the following agenda items:

* Rule Consideration on Division 026 -Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program. The proposed rule action will adopt processes for reimbursement from the Salvaged Vessel Subaccount and establish a vessel turn-in grant program.
* Rule Consideration for Statewide Rules -The proposed rule action will amend local rules with reference to slow-no wake.
* Rule Consideration on Uniform Waterway Marking System and Private Buoy Placement Applications -Chapter 250, Division 010. The proposed rule action will revise buoy standards of symbol marker language and initiate new rules for the public to submit application requests for placement of private buoys in waters of the state.
* Rule Consideration on Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County OAR 250-020-0032. The Board will consider whether to open the rule, from a citizen petition, to move the boating deadline at Willamette Falls near Oregon City.

The meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 21. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda and staff report can be downloaded at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon March 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/15/14
Oregon Job Growth Hits Fastest Pace in Eight Years

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted monthly job gain of 7,500 in March was the largest since November 2005 when 9,300 jobs were added.

The rapid job growth in recent months may be pulling people back into the labor market. Nearly five years into this economic recovery, rapid gains in construction employment and an end to overall government job declines have lent support to more broad-based economic expansion.

The jobs report indicated economic growth accelerated in March, with many of the major industries adding at least 1,000 jobs.

Construction shot up by 1,800, following a gain of 1,300 in February. Leisure and hospitality bounced back from a one-month dip, adding 2,100 in March. In addition, five industries added close to 1,000 jobs: retail trade (+1,200 jobs), financial activities (+900), professional and business services (+1,200), private educational services (+800), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only industry showing a large loss in March was wholesale trade, which shed 1,000 jobs.

Over the past 12 months, Oregon's economic expansion was rapid and broad-based. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment grew by 46,300 jobs, or 2.8 percent since March 2013 as each major industry added jobs. The private sector added 43,700 jobs, or 3.2 percent, while government added 2,600 jobs, or 0.9 percent. Within the private sector, construction grew at the fastest pace, having added 7,800 jobs or 10.8 percent since March 2013.

In March, seasonally adjusted construction employment broke through 80,000 for the first time since January 2009. After plummeting to near 67,000 in 2010, the industry has once again returned to near 80,000, which was close to its level during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In March, most of construction's job gains were in building equipment contractors, which added 1,400 and was up 2,600 in the past 12 months. The industry is primarily comprised of contractors specializing in electrical; plumbing; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

These preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses and are subject to later revision.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in March, essentially unchanged from 6.8 percent, as revised, in February and significantly below the year-ago figure of 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Oregon's labor force increased for the fifth consecutive month in March, following nearly two years of monthly declines. Continued job growth, coupled with a high number of entrants to the labor force, has been driving recent labor force growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, April 21st and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 13th.

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

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

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Eric Villegas at 503-947-1794.

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


Attached Media Files: Oregon March 2014 Unemployment Rate Press Release
Be A Trooper: OSP Accepting Online Applications April 15 - June 15 to Hire Recruit Troopers in Early 2015 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper, now is the time to check us out as OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in early 2015. Using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system, OSP started accepting applications for Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper positions at 12:01 a.m., April 15, 2014. This two month long opportunity to apply runs through 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2014.

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

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29
* Session #2 - Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2

Both Entry Level Testing sessions will be held in Salem at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE.

Applicants are urged to prepare beforehand for the application process and Entry Level Testing. Those who believe this is the lateral or entry level opportunity they have been looking for can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the 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 is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. 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.

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Kiona-Benton School District Extends Contract of Superintendent Wade Haun Through 2014-15 School Year.
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 04/15/14
There is a reason our state legislature granted local school boards the authority to establish the necessary qualifications of the superintendent of the individual school district which the board is elected to govern.

Based upon our western tradition of individualism and local control of the institutions that enrich and sustain a community, the legislature recognized that local school boards, and not bureaucrats in the state capital, are in the best position to select an executive officer that meets the needs of their particular community and constituents.

The board of directors of our school district has given considerable thought to the problem of defining qualifications which would enable our superintendent to most effectively administer our operations and assist the board in achieving the school district's core mission.

We are in complete agreement that our superintendent must:

* Have strong administrative and management skills;

* Have received professional training in the fundamentals of operating a business;

* Have demonstrated a lasting commitment to our community and our kids over time;

* Be willing to make difficult, but fair, decisions as necessary to advance the welfare of our students;

* Be a good employer, but also be willing to do whatever it takes to make our staff successful in their jobs;

Since being thrust into a difficult position due to the resignation of our former superintendent, Wade Haun has exceeded the board's expectations for the position to a tremendous degree.

The climate within our school district has improved markedly, and our relationship with the three unions that represent our staff hasn't been better in years.

Superintendent Haun has totally immersed himself in the district's affairs. He is a quick study, and is proving to be an excellent manager.

Administering a school district even as small as ours (about 200 employees) is a complex task akin to running a good-size private business, but with about a million more laws and regulations to complicate the process. Superintendent Haun is up to the task. He has a baccalaureate degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University, and has worked as a manager in the private sector.

Our school board is aware that there will be some who contend that we should have searched for a professional educator to serve as our superintendent. To those individuals, we reply that the school district already has a number of professional educators on its payroll, and we trust them to continue to do their jobs and to guide us in the right direction with respect to that arena.

In selecting a superintendent, we asked ourselves what does our district really need in order to refocus the school district and the community upon our primary goal: providing quality educational opportunities to our kids.

We decided that what has been lacking in our district is leadership and management ability. When we consider the work that Superintendent Haun has done for us since his appointment, our board is united in concluding that he has earned, and deserves, more time to finish healing this school district.
04/14/14
District Names Graduates of Distinction Honorees for 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/14/14
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Public Schools names this year's honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Thomas L. Copeland - Class of 1942; Daniel J. Hess - Class of 1968; Paul H. Schneidmiller - Class of 1970; and David Wagner, Class of 1993.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 3 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

RECEPTION DETAILS
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room
Public Encouraged to attend!

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Support Services Protect Children & Help Build Strong Families
OR Department of Human Services - 04/14/14
A Guest Editorial by Lois Ann Day, Child Welfare Director, Oregon Department of Human Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Oregonians are often surprised to learn that neglect of children, failure of parents to meet children's basic needs, is the most prevalent reason families come to the attention of child welfare. In Oregon, neglect is statutorily defined as abuse and it is the largest category of founded allegations of abuse.

Specifically, neglect is defined as a failure of a child's caretaker to adequately protect a child from harm. It is the inability of parents to meet their children's basic needs. Neglect can include an ongoing pattern of serious neglect by a parent or caregiver, and the pattern can often be corrected only to repeat over the same or new concerns. When it reoccurs, it is most often a result of parents being unable to access services that would help them out of the situation that is challenging their efforts to parent. More than 60% of all incidents of child abuse in Oregon are because of neglect or threat of harm.

Neglect is most often accompanied by several risk factors: extreme poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness of parent/child. Neglect is harmful for children and families, it causes trauma that has lasting impact on children that is increasingly difficult to mitigate. And that accumulated trauma stresses the scarce resources of the state.

We must ask ourselves: isn't there a better way to engage families struggling with these issues? Can we intervene with families earlier? Can we actually engage with families in a way that empowers them to identify their needs and take steps to ensure their children's safety and continue to parent them while addressing the issues that brought them to the attention of the child welfare system? Can we implement a child welfare system that supports parents to make decisions that keep their children at home rather than placement in foster care?

We can and we are. Oregon is in the process of implementing a Differential Response model that can transform child welfare's engagement with families and in many cases (with the right support services), keep children safely at home. During the 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kitzhaber took up the challenge, too. The final budget provided an increase of $92.7 million in total funds in Child Welfare programs to further earlier assistance for families.

Part of the investment was $23.7 million in total funds for statewide implementation of Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs. These programs, created by the legislature in 2011, are statutorily designed to provide a broad array of services to support families and keep children safely at home. Concrete supports are needed to address the underlying issues that lead to neglect. These supports include services that meet families' basic needs, such as food, housing, transportation and employment. In more advanced cases, the need is for services such as drug/alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, parenting support and skill-building. Providing these services in a culturally appropriate manner enhances the family's chances at successfully addressing their challenges.

Across the state, we are working in collaboration with local communities to enhance the service array. These services are to specifically address needs of children and families who come to the attention of Child Welfare through a report of abuse or neglect. Examples of the types of services communities are putting in place are family meeting facilitation; trauma and therapeutic services; enhanced family visitation; youth transition and mentoring services; intensive in-home services; parent navigators; parenting education and classes; parent mentoring and coaching; relief nurseries; housing stability assistance; emergency and short term housing supports; and employment assistance.

In May, Child Welfare will begin providing a new route for families to connect to these services. Differential Response is a redesign of the child welfare system's initial response for families with a screened in report of abuse or neglect. With a differentiated response system, there will be two tracks of response to families. Regardless of the track of response, all families involved with child welfare will receive a comprehensive child safety assessment by child welfare staff. However, some families, where they are able to keep their children safe, will be offered services without opening a case with child welfare.

Just as every family is unique, the department's approach needs to be flexible enough to serve the family's needs. Our design includes specific screening criteria to determine the best response to assess families and increase their success in keeping parenting their children safely at home.

Families can more successfully resolve issues when they take an active role in crafting the solution and where they have the opportunity to partner with child welfare and their community in the identification of services and supports needed. Our goal, and the goal of all communities, is to keep children safe and increase the strength and resiliency of families. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to recognize the essential support families and children have received from Oregon's Legislators and Governor Kitzhaber. We are particularly grateful to have the opportunity to undertake this important work.

~Lois
Correction to Update #2: Investigation After Man Found Suffering Gunshot Wound in Vehicle Sought Following Ontario Bank Robbery (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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(Correction to lead sentence. Deceased is not an Oregon resident.)

Update: The deceased has been positively identified as a 71-year old male who is not an Oregon resident. Detectives are continuing to locate next of kin. His name and residence information are not being released at this time. The multi-agency investigation is continuing.

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An adult male sought following a reported bank robbery in Ontario early Thursday afternoon died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to a hospital. The man was found suffering a gunshot wound seated in the suspect vehicle after stopping on side of an area road south of Ontario.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 12:27 p.m., OSP troopers were notified by Ontario Police Department (OPD) to be on the lookout for a pickup that fled a reported bank robbery at the Bank of the West in Ontario. The pickup driven by an adult male armed with a handgun reportedly fled south as OSP, OPD, and Malheur County Sheriff's Office headed along area roads to locate it.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., an Ontario police officer saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle's description traveling south on Alameda Drive and attempted a traffic stop. The driver was slow to yield before stopping on the shoulder near Onion Avenue. While staying back at the patrol car waiting for cover officers to arrive, the driver shot himself.

OSP and OPD arrived shortly thereafter and approached the pickup where they found the male unconscious, slumped over with a gunshot wound to his head. The man initially wasn't breathing and had no pulse. Officers initiated emergency medical care and the man started breathing.

Medics arrived on scene and transported the man initially to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. He was then transferred to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise and was pronounced deceased. His name is withheld pending positive identification and confirmation that next of kin were notified.

A handgun was found inside the pickup.

Alameda Drive was closed at Railroad Avenue and Onion Avenue for 2.5 hours while detectives from the Major Crime Team investigated at the shooting scene. The Malheur Major Crime Team includes members from OSP, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, and Ontario Police Department.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Media Advisory: Press Conference Tomorrow for March Statewide Unemployment
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for March 2014 will be released tomorrow, April 15, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Communications manager Tom Fuller and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Job Vacancies Increased By 10,000 Over the Year
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.
Not only did employers report having more openings, they also reported more difficulty finding the workers they need, and they are offering higher average wages, possibly to attract more applicants.

All of this means additional (and perhaps better-paid) opportunities for job seekers in Oregon.
The increase of 10,000 job vacancies occurred among businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses with 100 or more employees had essentially the same level of vacancies this year as in winter 2013.

Along with more vacancies, there are fewer unemployed competing for those available jobs. In January, 146,600 Oregonians were unemployed, which means roughly 4 unemployed people for each private-sector vacancy. One year ago, the ratio was 8 unemployed for every job vacancy.

As the labor market tightens, employers are having more difficulty finding the workers they need. Employers reported that more than half of their vacancies in the winter were difficult to fill. The share has increased since winter 2013, when 39 percent of vacancies were difficult to fill.

At $16.05, the average wage offered for a vacancy in winter 2014 was $0.74 above the level from the prior year - one more sign of a job market picking up steam.

Food preparation and serving workers, and production workers topped the list of occupations with vacancies, with more than 4,000 apiece.

All regions had more vacancies this year than last. Vacancies have increased significantly in Central Oregon since winter 2014. The Portland Tri-County area had 19,000 vacancies, more than half of the statewide total.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2014 will be released in July.
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release details of the 2013 "Why are positions difficult-to-fill?" responses in May.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/930/73355/Job_Vacancy_Survey_Winter_2014_News_Release.pdf
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 04/14/14
April 14, 2014

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, April 18. The primary agenda items will be the process for selecting the 2015 metrics, and presentations on long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics; population health metrics; and early learning metrics. Public testimony will be heard at 11:45 a.m.

When: Friday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon

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

Directions and parking information: http://www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/

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

Agenda:
Welcome and consent agenda
Updates
Work plan to select measures for 2015
Presentation: long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics
Presentation: population health metrics
Presentation: early learning metrics
Public testimony

For more information, please visit the Metrics and Scoring Committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

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

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Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas to Spur Innovation and Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/14/14
SALEM - The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) will release a Request for Proposals on May 1 to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.

Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.

Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on the proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital, and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.

The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at: www.oregon4biz.com Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Interested parties may review the 2012 Request for Proposals at: www.oregon4biz.com

The current Innovation Plan, comprised of seven initiatives, is available online at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/

About Oregon InC and Business Oregon
Oregon InC is a private-public statewide advisory council created by the 2005 Oregon Legislature and charged with developing a biennial public investment plan to stimulate economic development and job growth across the state. The council works in partnership with Business Oregon, which works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
04/12/14
Update #3: Added Names - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 near Scottsburg (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/12/14
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Update: Names of the occupants in the other involved vehicle who had minor injuries. Driver TODD SIMS, age 40, from Hillsboro, and passenger CLAY CLARK, age 31, from Cave Junction.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday morning's traffic crash on Highway 38 near Scottsburg that resulted in the death of a Gold Beach man and minor injuries to two others.

On April 12, 2014 at approximately 6:07 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a report of a head-on crash on Highway 38 near milepost 18. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed one person was deceased, and two others were injured in a vehicle that went down an embankment and was stopped by several trees about 100 feet from the Umpqua River. The crash involves a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven the deceased and a 2002 Ford F550 truck with two occupants reportedly transporting helicopter fuel and drums of Atrazine, a herbicide similar to Roundup.

Preliminary investigation indicates the Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by JOSHUA DALE RAY CARTER, age 22, from Gold Beach, was westbound on Highway 38 when it crossed the double solid center lines and collided nearly head-on with the eastbound Ford truck. The truck came to rest down the embankment off the highway where some helicopter fuel leaked from a container down an embankment in the direction of the Umpqua River. Four drums containing herbicide fell out of the back of the truck into the brush.

Regional HazMat teams from Coos Bay and Roseburg responded to handle the hazardous material spill and coordinate clean up. There appears to be no danger to fish or wildlife from the spilled materials. Roseburg Forest Products, Scottsburg Fire Department, and Lower Umpqua Ambulance also assisted at the scene. The US Coast Guard, DEQ and ODFW were notified.

The Toyota pickup came to rest on the highway and CARTER was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver and passenger received minor injuries. SIMS wasn't transported to a hospital but planned on seeing a doctor later. CLARK was transported by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. The vehicle they were driving is registered to Applebee Aviation out of Banks, Oregon.

Highway 38 was blocked in both directions for three hours and then one lane was blocked with ODOT helping traffic get through the area. Mast Brothers Towing removed the vehicles. According to ODOT's website TripCheck.com, the highway is fully open now.

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04/11/14
Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 / Clear Lake Road north of Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 99 and Clear Lake Road about four miles north of Eugene. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup driven by WILLIAM ANDREW CHAPPELL IV, age 29, from Eugene, was eastbound on Clear Lake Road approaching Highway 99. Witness information indicates the driver entered the intersection against a red stop light and swerved to avoid a vehicle on Highway 99. The pickup traveled off the highway and struck a traffic light pole on the SE corner of the intersection before coming to rest next to railroad tracks near Irving Road.

The initial impact heavily damaged the pickup's left side. CHAPPELL was using safety restraints but he fell out of the damaged vehicle as it was coming to a stop. CHAPPELL was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Because of the pickup's final rest position next to the railroad tracks, the railroad company was notified and stopped railroad traffic until the scene was cleared.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Andy Youngblood is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire/Rescue, and ODOT. One northbound lane of Highway 99 and Irving Road was closed during the investigation. All lanes were opened about 1:00 p.m.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Shop at the 23rd Annual Plant Sale in Finley
Finley Sch. Dist. - 04/11/14
Finley, WA - The Finley FFA Chapter of River View High School will hold its 23rd Annual Plant Sale on April 18 and 19 at the high school's greenhouses. Doors will be open each day from 9 AM to 5 PM. All are welcome to come shop for bedding plants, vegetables, hanging baskets, color bowls, annuals, perennials, and much more!

This annual event is one that agricultural students and FFA members prepare for all year. It all starts in October when the greenhouses are set up. Horticulture students plant, propagate, pinch, fertilize, arrange, and transplant until the day of the event. Many students are involved in the class to help perform these various tasks.

At the sale, students are able to interact with customers in real-life situations learning valuable customer relations and selling skills. The knowledge and experience gained by the students during the plant sale can be applied to their lives later on as well.

This annual event is the main fundraiser for the Finley FFA Chapter, which has over 40 members. Money earned goes toward student FFA activities and expansion of the agriculture program at RVHS.

For more information, contact the RVHS agricultural department at 586-7279 from 8 AM to 3 PM weekdays.

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Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/11/14
PR 10 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328 or 503-230-5131

Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May:
New line will bring more renewable wind energy west

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration will begin construction of the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project in May. The new line is expected to carry over 800 additional megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing. BPA will hold two "Meet the Builder" open houses in late April.

The 38-mile, 500-kilovolt line in Washington will connect the new Central Ferry Substation in Garfield County to the existing Lower Monumental Substation in Walla Walla County. It is expected to be energized in December 2015.

"Building the right facilities in the right place at the right time is a key principle of our long-term transmission services planning process," said Richard Shaheen, BPA vice president for Engineering and Technical Services. "Specifically, this project will add critical transmission grid capacity, support new transmission requests from generators in the Snake River area and be a welcome boost to local and regional economies."

For more than 75 years, BPA has been the major developer of energy infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Electric utilities and electric power consumers depend on BPA to maintain reliable transmission service at low rates and meet growing demands for electricity.

Over the past several years, numerous power generation projects, including large wind projects, have requested interconnection with the BPA system in the Snake River area. After studying the transmission system and identifying where capacity is available, BPA determined that there is not enough available transmission capacity to accommodate the requests. Building the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental project will allow BPA to meet the requests for transmission and allow additional power to flow between areas east of the Cascade Mountains to heavily populated areas in the west.

In August 2011, the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project was put on hold because of uncertainties regarding the need for the new line. However, in August 2013, BPA notified customers, landowners and stakeholders that it was moving forward with construction of the line. Existing customer need coupled with an agreement for Portland General Electric to acquire Phase 2 of Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake River Wind Project, which PGE renamed the Tucannon River Wind Farm, required construction activities to begin this spring.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that supports PGE's balanced energy portfolio. Tucannon River will help PGE satisfy Oregon's renewable energy standard, which requires the utility to supply 15 percent of the electricity its customers use from renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.

In early 2011, BPA completed an environmental impact statement and preliminary engineering design for the project. BPA issued a record of decision to build the line in March 2011. Since then, BPA has conducted additional environmental review of some access road modifications and a material yard.

The contractor hired to build the new line is MYR Group, a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market throughout the United States. It has the experience and expertise to complete electrical installations of any type and size. MYR Group's power line capabilities include transmission, overhead and underground distribution and substation projects.

Two "Meet the Builder" open houses are being held so the public can learn more about the construction process and schedule, speak with representatives from the MYR Group and meet the BPA project team.

For more information, visit the project website at www.bpa.gov/go/centralferrylomo.

April 22, 2014
4-7 p.m.
Best Western Plus, 7 E. Oak St., Walla Walla, Wash.

April 23, 2014
4-7 p.m.
Best Western Plus, Dayton Hotel and Suites, 507 E. Main St., Dayton, Wash.

BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration that markets renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin, 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 our website at www.bpa.gov.
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: April 15, 2014
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/11/14
Walla Walla School District Board Meeting: April 15, 2014
- as per the attached media memo and agenda


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1288/73309/2014.04.15_SB__00_MEDIA_MEMO.pdf , 2014-04/1288/73309/2014.04.15_SB_00_AGENDA.pdf
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of Two People - Highway 97 south of Bend
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
Two people were arrested last Friday in connection with an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop on Highway 97 about four miles south of Bend after a trooper located approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 12:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2003 Hyundai Elantra displaying Oregon license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 146 for a speed violation. During the traffic stop the two occupants were identified as driver CARMEN D. ZAVALA, age 32, from Madras, and passenger DAVEY L. CULPUS, age 28, from Warm Springs.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led troopers to discover approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the car's trunk and rear passenger compartment. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $60,000.

ZAVALA and CULPUS were arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Nearly 50 Oregon Students to Compete in State Level Competition for National History Day
Oregon Historical Society - 04/11/14
Portland, OR - After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 12 from 8 AM - 3 PM at Concordia University. The event is open to the public, and media are welcome to attend; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

This year, 48 students from Jefferson, Umatilla, and Washington counties have entered websites, exhibits, papers, and documentaries into the Oregon History Day competition. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Weston Foundation, the Oregon History Day winners will receive free airfare to the National History Day competition, taking place June 15-19 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C.

Two years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to our state, and has seen the competition grow year over year. Last year, OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperoned thirteen finalists to the national competition, and two Oregon students won awards for "outstanding entries." Finalist Olivia Winter from Timber, Oregon, wrote a paper titled "Perkin's Mauve: A Turning Point in Western Textile History and Culture," and her brother, Dominick, submitted a website to the competition titled "From Quill Pens to Metal Type: Gutenberg's Press." The website can be seen at http://35410023.nhd.weebly.com/.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2014 National History Day is "Rights and Responsibilities," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary.

Over 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the finalists' work at the national competition in June. Scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
04/10/14
Oregon State Fair Council Takes Significant Step Forward
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. on behalf of the Oregon State Fair Council // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 10, 2014

Media Contact: Kerry Tymchuk, Chair, Communications Committee, Oregon State Fair Council
Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society
Office: 503-306-5203

Oregon State Fair Council Takes Significant Step Forward

Salem OR - Oregon State Fair Council President Gene Derfler and Oregon State Parks Director Lisa Van Laanen announced today the signing of an agreement to initiate the transfer of management and control of the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to the Oregon State Fair Council. The Parks Department will continue to support the Council as the transition continues.

The Oregon State Fair Council is a public corporation that was created by legislation approved by the Oregon State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber in 2013. Governor Kitzhaber then appointed eleven members to the Council, which held its first meeting in January 2014, and will meet for the fourth time on April 17.

"With the signing of this agreement, the State Fair Council can now officially move forward to fulfill our mission of creating a new sustainable business model for a vibrant and financially stable Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center," said Derfler, a former President of the Oregon State Senate, who was unanimously elected by other Council members to serve as Council President.

The Council is focused on continuing the strong tradition of the Oregon State Fair and creating a business plan for the operation of the Exposition Center. The 149th annual Oregon State Fair will be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center from August 22-September 1, 2014.

The Council will continue to work with stakeholders and the community to seek input and participation in shaping the future of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.

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Marine Board Seeks Input on Fee Options
Oregon Marine Board - 04/10/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding an open house on Monday, April 21 from 3 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm and invites recreational boaters to come to the agency's office at 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. The agency Director, Scott Brewen will give an overview of the agency's budget and business model as well as the documented trends in boating uses in Oregon.

"The intent of this first meeting is to start a two-way dialog with registered recreational boaters that will continue through this year and into the 2015 legislative session. By 2015, it will have been 12 years since a fee increase, so it's time to engage our customers and see what ideas they have to keep our existing service levels," says Director Scott Brewen. "Our goal is to share information about our funding sources and perhaps discover other solutions or options from boaters. We're at a point where we have to present the Oregon Legislature with budget concepts at a time when there are significant variables in the air. It's important for boaters to understand where the revenues come from and how they are used to provide services to boaters." Brewen adds.

Free parking is available and this meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Friday, April 18.

The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/10/14
A Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday morning. As with all unanticipated inmate deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. on April 10, 2014, inmate Dean Wayne Guiley, 53, was found unresponsive in his housing unit. He was pronounced deceased at 7:27 a.m.

Guiley entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on August 14, 2001, on three counts of Kidnapping I and one count of Assault II out of Lane County. His earliest release date was January 2043.

Next of kin has been notified. DOC will release more details when the investigation is completed.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Search reopens for Oregon Arts Commission|Oregon Cultural Trust Executive Director
Oregon Arts Commission - 04/10/14
Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search has elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews.

While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists.

"We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future," agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board of directors. "If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it."

The executive director is a full-time, executive service position located in Salem, Ore. The successful candidate will become part of the state's Executive Service team. The position requires a minimum of three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization or two (2) years of management experience in a public or private organization and 45 to 48 quarter hours (30 to 32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. The salary range is from $64,608 to $95,136 per year plus benefits.

For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement. The announcement can be found at www.Oregonjobs.org and is scheduled to close at the end of the day on Monday, April 28. Interested candidates should apply now.

Interested candidates, or those wishing to recommend a candidate, should contact Lawson at (503) 373-7677 with questions.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing 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 (Business Oregon) 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.


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Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 20 near Harper in Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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Two occupants of a commercial truck received minor injuries Wednesday evening in a traffic crash along Highway 20 near Harper in Malheur County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Kurt Marvin, on April 9, 2014 at approximately 7:18 p.m. (Mountain Time), a 2008 Volvo truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by NURLAN SADVAKASSOV, age 29, residence not available, was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 221. SADVAKASSOV said he lost control while trying to avoid an animal on the highway. As the truck traveled onto the eastbound shoulder, SADVAKASSOV over-corrected causing the truck and trailer to cross the highway where it crashed and came to rest on the westbound side of the highway and traffic lane.

Vale Ambulance responded to the scene and transported SADVADASSOV and passenger ALEXANDER MIKHAYLOV, age 26, residence not available, to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario for treatment of minor injuries. Both men were treated and released. Safety restraint use information is not available.

The highway was closed for about 20 minutes before being open to one lane with ODOT flagging traffic through using the westbound lane.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office. Trooper Brian Wickert is the lead investigator.

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Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Pacific Power - 04/10/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 10, 2014
503-813-7291
tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Technology upgrades, grid hardening and vegetation management drop outages by 40 percent
PORTLAND, Ore.--Power outages are getting fewer and farther between for Pacific Power customers as targeted long term investments to strengthen the utility's power grid are showing positive results.
Since 2007, the number of outages has dropped markedly, by 40 percent. The average duration of a customer outage has dropped 28 percent, according to year end 2013 figures.
"It is great to see that our targeted projects reducing the number of outages, vastly improving our ability to isolate outages when they do occur to minimize inconvenience to our customers," said Doug Butler, vice president of operation.
To ensure that customers receive the safest, most reliable and affordable service possible, the company is focused on continuous improvement. These improvements in service were due in part to the utility's investments in several key projects, including:
* Targeted Circuit Program: Since 2007, Pacific Power has completed 480 targeted projects on 220 circuits. The intensive investment, which includes proactive animal protection and technical upgrades, will continue in the coming years on a priority basis for the other nearly 700 circuits in Pacific Power's grid.
* More resilient lines: Pacific Power has pioneered the use of specially-constructed cable that absorbs incidental knocks by branches and animals without power being lost. In addition, the company has also developed techniques to make line splices stronger in areas especially hard hit by wind, rain and snow.
* Substation Upgrades: Technicians have upgraded substation equipment to handle an increase in demand, to improve equipment performance or to maintain or restore service when electricity needs to be rerouted.
* Vegetation Management: Crews worked to keep our electric lines free from trees and brush, helping to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of service to our customers. The company has trimmed nearly 1 million trees in the last two years. Vegetation-related outage events are down by 30 percent since 2007.
Butler concludes: "We are proud of the improvements we have made. Our program to improve reliability has been successful; of course weather and other unexpected events can always wreak havoc with this work, which disappoints us and our customers, but we still are working hard to make sure as few customers as possible are affected whenever a problem occurs on the power lines that serve our customers."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
04/09/14
Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan (Photo)
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/09/14
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SALEM - On April 14 a delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon, in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation returned from Brazil on March 22, and Business Oregon is accompanying seven Oregon companies to the world's largest trade show for advanced manufacturers this week in Hannover, Germany.

The latest delegation of officials and business leaders will travel to Tokyo and Osaka the week of April 14th for a series of meetings and to deliver two seminars with the broad goal of developing business and trade between Japan and the state of Oregon. The centerpiece is the annual Doing Business in Oregon (DBO) seminar, to take place in Tokyo and then Osaka, which has been presented in Japan by the Business Committee of the Japan Oregon Society of Oregon (JASO) since 2010.

"We have built up a strong network of relationships and a strong reputation in Japan as an ideal place for Japanese investment and trade," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have proven that using our foreign office in Tokyo and a network of Japanese-speaking resources, we are ready to help duplicate the success in Oregon already enjoyed by such firms as Panasonic, Montbell and Shimadzu Corporation."

The DBO seminars in Japan are presented by the Business Committee of JASO and Business Oregon. Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Port of Portland, Lane Powell PC, InSpec Group, the City of Salem, the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, the City of Gresham, Greater Portland Inc, Portland General Electric, CBRE, and Deloitte LLC.

Over the five consecutive years that Business Oregon has held the DBO seminars, attendance has increased steadily. In 2013, 107 Japanese company representatives participated and in 2014 Business Oregon hopes to attract 220 with the promotional help of organizations such as JETRO, the U.S. Commercial Service, Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper, SME Support, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition, Director McCabe and Business Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will travel to Taiwan April 21 and 22 to attend a series of meetings in Taipei. They will investigate ways that Taiwan and Oregon can work more closely with one another on both inbound and outbound investment opportunities in various technology industries.

Delegation members include Director Tim McCabe, JASO Chairman Doug Smith, Metro president Tom Hughes, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Joe Mollusky of the Port of Portland, Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears, and Mitsu Yamazaki of the Portland Development Commission, as well as business representatives from Lane Powell LLC, CBRE, Perkins & Co., Mackenzie, and InSpec Group.


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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.


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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves property exchange
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // News Release // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 9, 2014

Bend OR -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved an exchange proposal affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area in Coos County at its April 9, 2014 meeting in Bend. Under the exchange, 280 inland acres of the 878 acre property would be traded to Bandon Biota for a future golf course. The state park system would gain 111 acres of adjacent oceanfront property, 97 acres of wetland property on the Coquille Spit north of Bandon, $300,000 in cash to control gorse (an invasive plant) on state park property, $450,000 to satisfy match for a federal grant to acquire 11 acres at Whale Cove on the coast on Lincoln County, and $2.5 million to purchase an as-yet unidentified major new state park property.

The commission vote was 4-2 in favor. Commissioners Brad Chalfant of Bend and Robin Risley of Cannon Beach voted against the motion, citing their desire to name a specific property as the target for the $2.5 million fund. Commission Chair Jay Graves of Portland acknowledged the concern, noting that the commission as a whole would also have preferred to name a specific property.

"In the end, the timing makes it too complicated to try and name a new incoming property today," says Graves. "Properties that are important enough to pursue right now can't wait for the exchange to reach fruition."

With the commission's action, the proposal now moves to the federal Bureau of Land Management for next steps. The portion of the Bandon State Natural Area included in the exchange originated with the federal government, and was sold to the state on condition the property remain open to public outdoor recreation. This condition must be removed before the property can be transferred to Bandon Biota, a process which could take several months or longer.

"We're bringing more oceanfront property into the system, and if the federal interests are satisfied successfully, we'll also secure funding to acquire another significant property in the future," says Graves. "Taken as a whole, the Commission decided the package represents an overwhelming public benefit to the state park system."

"I would have preferred to name a property," says Commissioner Chalfant. "At this same meeting, we heard information about Beltz Farm and it would have been a perfect fit for this. In fact, Beltz was our priority from the beginning, but we want to acquire only from willing sellers, and it wasn't available at the time."

The 300-plus acre Beltz Farm property contains ocean beaches, wetlands, and forests and sits north of Pacific City and south of Sand Lake. The property is privately owned and separated from the Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island by the Sand Lake estuary. It is slated to be acquired by the nonprofit arm of EcoTrust for $1.7 million as soon as May, and the Parks and Recreation Commission expressed strong interest in acquiring it from EcoTrust with Oregon Lottery funds dedicated to state park acquisitions by the Oregon Legislative Assembly.

"The Bandon exchange isn't going to directly fund Beltz, but it's key to making Beltz and other important acquisitions happen," says Chalfant.

"This is a significant natural property," says Commissioner Risley. "It's been an important estuary to preserve for decades because of its location, beauty, and natural character."

The commission did not take an action related to the Beltz property, but information is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/Commission_packet_2014-4.aspx and after staff study the purchase, it could come back to the commission for action as soon as June.
Applications for Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship available
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/14
Would you like to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the next year? The Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Scholarships will be offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.

Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The first-round deadline is June 6, 2014.

For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx or contact Cara Kaser at cara.kaser@state.or.us or (503) 986-0670.


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Go green, get green
Pacific Power - 04/09/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 9, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Go green, get green
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For 13 years, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy in the western region. Since 2006, these customers also have helped put more than 70 new small scale community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California. These projects have added more than 4.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- many highly visible and very helpful in making green energy a part of our everyday lives in communities. We look forward to seeing this round of applications and selecting projects that demonstrate significant community and educational benefit for our customers."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $6 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m.
June 30, 2014.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that develop renewable energy generation, support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects or for geothermal heat pump systems. Other restrictions also apply. For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.


Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
OMSI Serves Up a Season of Food Science
OMSI - 04/09/14
For Immediate Release


OMSI SERVES UP A SEASON OF FOOD SCIENCE
OMSI Eatery Hosts a Tasty Lineup of Full Course Meals, Blind Tastings and More

Portland, Ore. (April 9, 2014) ¬¬-- Get a taste of science this spring at OMSI's eatery, Theory, where visitors are encouraged to explore the science of food. Echoing OMSI's emphasis on health and wellness, Theory champions sustainable practices and wholesome eating.

Here is the list of upcoming events Theory:

Cook for Life
Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking with Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Tse of Regence and nutritional information from Dr. Julie Briley of the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult. https://www.omsi.edu/events/cook-for-life/041514
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28

Food Luminary
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only.
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen
Executive Chef Scott Dolich
https://www.omsi.edu/events/food-luminary/041814

Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen
https://www.omsi.edu/events/food-luminary/050914

Low Carbon Diet Day
Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Week, OMSI and Bon Appetit Management Company will turn Theory into a fun culinary classroom offering ways that guests can minimize their carbon "foodprint" through tasty alternatives to beef and dairy. Through educational demos by OMSI and the makeover of popular dishes by Executive Chef Ryan Morgan, guests will learn that they don't have to go entirely meatless to make their diet a climate-friendlier one.

Blind-Tasting Bingo
Thursday, April 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind-Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. With their eyes covered, the players/guests will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!
https://www.omsi.edu/events/blind-tasting-bingo/042414

Mother's Day Breakfast
Sunday, May 11, 8-11 a.m.
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory.
https://www.omsi.edu/events/mothers-day-breakfast/051114


ABOUT BON APPETIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, and specialty venues in 32 states, including eBay, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Getty Center. All Bon Appétit food is cooked from scratch, from stocks to sauces and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworker welfare. It has received numerous awards for its work, from organizations including the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative, Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, The Humane Society of the United States and Food Alliance.

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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Videos offer primer on investing, seeking professional financial help
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/14
To recognize Financial Literacy Month in April, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has produced a series of videos about investment basics and how to choose a financial professional to help people get started with their retirement planning.

The 13 videos, created by the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, break down the six most common investment products, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate, and describe the characteristics, responsibilities, and compensation of a stockbroker, investment advisor, and financial planner. The division licenses and regulates some of these financial professionals.

"Many people feel they lack the knowledge it takes to invest," said David Tatman, the division's administrator. "We encourage them to take the initial steps with these easy-to-understand videos to gain more confidence and begin to take control of their financial future."

Viewers can choose to watch individual videos based on their interest or need, or watch one video that includes all the topics. Videos can be found on the division's website at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/consumer_info/BasicsInvestmentPlanning.html.

Financial Literacy Month, designated in 2004 through a resolution by the U.S. Senate, was established to help Americans to learn to make wise investments and improve financial literacy.

About us:
The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS) 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.
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 NB Off Ramp at Harvard Avenue in Roseburg
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's three-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 53-year old Grants Pass woman at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 exit ramp at milepost 125 and Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. The crash occurred directly in front of Roseburg High School but didn't involve any students. The names of all persons involved are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on April 8, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2010 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by GAIL WEAVER, age 56, from Myrtle Creek, was exiting Interstate 5, hit a curb on the west side of the off ramp and drove through brush. The Honda struck a 2005 Subaru Legacy four-door traveling eastbound on Harvard Avenue causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels. The Honda continued across the intersection hitting a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by ERIC JENKINS, age 40, from Eagle Point, and then the Honda came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot's entrance.

The Subaru's 24-year old driver, MATTHEW CORTEZ, and 23-year old male passenger, G. REINHOLD PRINCE, both from Cave Junction, were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Rear seat passenger LAURA BETH CORTEZ, age 53, from Grants Pass, was transported by ambulance to the hopsital and pronounced deceased after arrival.

WEAVER was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. There is no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor and she is cooperating with the investigation.

The Nissan's driver and 39-year old female passenger were not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, ODOT, and Douglas County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

No photographs available for release.

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Last Call: Oregon DHS Direct Care Career Fair in Salem on Friday, April 11
OR Department of Human Services - 04/09/14
Help for local job seekers: The Oregon Department of Human Services will hold a Direct Care Career Fair on Friday, April 11, 2014, highlighting jobs providing care for adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn about a variety of jobs caring for some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, for example in the Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU). Help individuals achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.

This is a great chance to meet DHS site managers, direct care staff and more. They will be available to answer your questions and help you get started with a rewarding career.

Details: DHS Direct Care Career Fair will be held on April 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the AFSCME Building, 1400 Tandem Ave. NE in Salem.


Attached Media Files: Career Fair Poster
04/08/14
Two Hour Search Finds Elderly Man Uninjured After Leaving Vehicle on Foot - Interstate 84 west of Pendleton
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
A two-hour search on ground and by air Tuesday afternoon in the Pendleton area off Interstate 84 helped find an 80-year old man who walked away from the vehicle he was traveling in with his wife, following a verbal dispute.

On April 8, 2014 at approximately 4:33 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a welfare check call westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 206. Upon arrival, troopers learned the occupants of the vehicle, a couple from Washington State, were involved in a verbal dispute. The 80-year old male driver parked on the freeway shoulder and walked away, leaving his 79-year old wife in the vehicle.

The elderly man walked off the freeway into a hilly area containing numerous draws west of Pendleton. He reportedly has a heart condition and his wife and troopers were concerned for his safety because of the terrain, his medical condition, and the light clothing he was wearing with night approaching.

After troopers searched on foot and viewed the area using binoculars without spotting the man, Umatilla County Search & Rescue was contacted to assist and a LifeFlight helicopter stationed at the Pendleton Airport provided air support.

At approximately 6:47 p.m., the LifeFlight crew spotted the man in a draw, landed near him and confirmed he was not injured. OSP troopers responded to the location on foot and walked him back to the highway.

No arrests were made.

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What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 04/08/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 8, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Warmer weather is drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of spring, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.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 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Oregon National Guard recognizes April as Month of the Military Child (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/08/14
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SALEM, Ore., - The Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program is scheduled to sponsor a number of events across the state to acknowledge the sacrifices made by military families in honor of Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child is a legacy of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and is designed to applaud military children and youth for the sacrifices they make to support America's armed forces.

To honor military kids for their sacrifices and courage, this campaign allows for community members and military personnel alike to pay tribute to these military kids for their service.

As part of this nation-wide campaign, the Oregon Guard Youth Program is sponsoring forums from Ontario to Salem to highlight the challenges military children often face when a loved one is called to serve their state and nation. The goal of these events is to celebrate the sacrifice of military families and create a safe environment to help nurture youth and children to share their experiences as military kids.

The program will sponsor sessions at the following locations and dates throughout Oregon:
Eugene: April 12, Young Leaders Conference and Youth Military Ball
Salem: April 15, AG Gilbert Discovery Center
Springfield: April 20, Putters
La Grande: April 22, Cook Memorial Library
Burns: April 26, Burns Armory

Oregon has more than 10,000 children who have a parent currently serving in the military, and hundreds more connected to military service through other relatives. Recognizing this special populations' sacrifice, dedication and their strength is a priority of Month of the Military Child, because when parents serve in the military, their kids serve too.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program visit their website at http://www.orng-smfs.org/FP/youth%20program.html
or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-National-Guard-Oregon-Military-Department/63030240817?ref=hl#!/ORNG.ChildandYouthProgram


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Consumer alert: Long-term care insurance rates on the rise, talk to your financial adviser about what is right for you
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/08/14
As long-term care insurance rates continue to rise, the Oregon Insurance Division is urging consumers to carefully examine their options and how this type of insurance fits into their overall financial strategy.

"Consumers facing rate increases may have options to reduce their premiums," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "For consumers thinking of buying this type of insurance, it's important to consider whether it complements their long-term financial goals."

In recent months, the Insurance Division has approved long-term care rate increases affecting more than 29,000 Oregonians, and several other rate increases are pending. The division has reduced the increases during the review process - companies originally requested an average 45 percent increase, but the division approved an average 26 percent increase.

"While these increases are still significant for consumers, they are much lower than what was originally requested," Cali said. "By reducing the rate increases, we hope to give policyholders the ability to maintain their coverage or to adjust their benefits so that they can still afford it and be able to access benefits should they need long-term care."

Long-term care insurance covers people who are chronically ill in a variety of settings - at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, for example. Typically, people begin paying premium before they need benefits. They become eligible for benefits if they can no longer perform certain daily activities such as eating, dressing, or bathing or if they have a mental impairment such as dementia.

Long-term care is a relatively new type of insurance and insurers nationwide have been raising rates over the past several years. That's due to the fact that policyholders kept their policies longer than expected and are living longer than projected, using more benefits. In addition, low interest rate returns are not keeping pace with increases in the costs of long-term care services.

Consumers will receive letters from their insurance companies at least 45 days before an increase takes effect. The Insurance Division has also asked companies to notify policyholders of their intentions for future rate increases.

In many cases, consumers facing rate increases can reduce their premium by reducing the benefits covered by their policy. For example, they could reduce their inflation protection, which means their policy would cover a smaller percentage of the costs of care in the future. Other options for reducing benefits range from reducing the daily benefit amount to shortening the benefit period.

Deciding how to pay for long-term care services should be part of your overall retirement planning, Cali said. As part of National Retirement Planning Week (April 7-11), the National Retirement Planning Coalition has collected the latest resources to help consumers and financial professionals focus on long-term financial goals, available at www.retireonyourterms.org.

A summary of the recent long-term care rate increases in Oregon is attached. For a complete list of all the policies affected as well as pending requests, go to http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/?pg=ltc_welcome.html. For general information about long-term care insurance, go to http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/long-term-care/Pages/ltc_overview.aspx or call the Insurance Division consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894.


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Half million Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/08/14
The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding nearly 500,000 Oregonians that they still need to file personal income tax returns by the April 15 filing deadline. That's only one week away.

"Based on last year's totals, we expect another 470,000 returns by April 15," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That's nearly one-third of all the returns we receive during tax season."

Revenue says about one million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. Oregonians are overwhelmingly filing returns electronically, with a statewide average of almost 92%. 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, Revenue encouraged anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all the required forms are included in your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent little mistakes that will 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 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, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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04/07/14
Update #2: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of Forest Grove (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Highway 47 at NW Verboort Road north of Forest Grove. The deceased individuals names are released in this update.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 9:25 a.m., OSP, WCSO, local fire and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 47 near NW Verboort Road about a mile north of Forest Grove. Upon arrival, two people in a passenger vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial scene investigation indicates at 2002 Hyundai four-door passenger car driven by a 18-year old female was stopped westbound on NW Verboort Road. The car pulled into the path of a northbound 1996 Freightliner box truck driven by CORY JORDAN, age 44, from Gaston. JORDAN had little time to react before the collision and both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The car's female driver and 19-year old female passenger, both from northwest Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The are identified as driver KIDEN ESTHER DILLA and passenger AYAN MOHAMED OSMAN.

JORDAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The 32,000 lb. truck he was driving was unloaded.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

Highway 47 was closed in both directions with ODOT personnel on scene coordinating a traffic detour for 5 hours.

OSP troopers and OSP collision reconstructionists from the North Plains, McMinnville, Portland, and St. Helens offices responded to the scene. Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. A chaplain from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with initial next of kin notification.

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Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
Applications are now being accepted for a program created to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of parcelization or new development.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. This voluntary program provides financial incentives -- via conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important "working forest" areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon. Applications for Forest Legacy funding are now being accepted for Fiscal Year 2016.

Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 16, 2014. Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives.

To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated in Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).
Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted by close of business May 16, 2014, to:

Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills. Currently, Oregon has two projects awaiting federal fiscal year 2013 appropriation, both in eastern Oregon. Gilchrist Forest is ranked 6th nationally; followed by the Blue Mountain Heritage, ranked 11th nationally.

A conservation easement is a legal restriction placed on a piece of property to protect a specific resource, or several resources, such as a working forest. By stripping off certain property rights to the property - such as development rights - conservation easements can be used to keep forestlands for forestry purposes in perpetuity for enjoyment by future generations.

For more information:
Fiscal Year (FY) Forest Legacy Program Project Application Instructions
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/FY%202015%20Oregon%20Application%20Instructions.pdf

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml

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Oregon History Museum Opens New "Lincoln's Legacy" Exhibition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/07/14
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Rare Documents and Artifacts Pay Tribute to America's 16th President
Opens Saturday, April 12

Portland, OR - Following on the heels of its successful "Windows on America" exhibit, which featured some of the nation's most treasured historical artifacts and manuscripts, the Oregon History Museum will open on Saturday, April 12 an original exhibit highlighting the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Entitled, "2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy," the exhibition focuses on the time period between January 1, 1863, when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and January 31, 1865, when Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution banning slavery.

"Seven score and nine years have passed since Abraham Lincoln's death," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, "but his remarkable life and legacy continue to fascinate Americans. This incredible exhibit offers a unique opportunity to better understand one of America's greatest leaders and what was certainly the most challenging time in our nation's history."

The exhibit features extremely rare documents and artifacts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the holdings of the Oregon Historical Society. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to see a first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln; a House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators; military uniform shoulder straps worn by General William T. Sherman, the actual pen that President Lincoln used in 1862 to sign the Act of Emancipation for the Territories , and pieces of fabric from both the coat that Lincoln was wearing and the seat in which he was sitting the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater. In addition, the exhibit includes numerous Civil War-era costumes that were worn by actors in director Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning movie, Lincoln.

The exhibit also features a touch-screen video game, "Lincoln's Challenge," which will allow visitors to test their knowledge of America's 16th President and the Civil War.

To kick off the exhibit on Saturday, distinguished actor and Lincoln portrayer Steve Holgate will give his "Town Hall" program on Saturday, April 12 at 11 AM and 2 PM. With a striking resemblance to Lincoln, Holgate captivates his audiences through this exciting living history performance.

MEDIA NOTE
Media are welcome to preview and tour the exhibit April 8-10. Please contact Rachel Randles at 503.306.5221 or rachel.randles@ohs.org to schedule a time for a tour. Media are also welcome to attend the exhibit opening reception for OHS members on Friday, April 11, at 5:30 PM - please RSVP to Rachel Randles if you are planning to attend.

AVAILABLE PRESS PHOTOS & CREDITS

1)Emancipation Proclamation | Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection

2)Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | This rare image of Lee is one of only eight known photographs featuring him in full military uniform. The photographer, Julian Vannerson, served in the Virginia Infantry's 24th Battalion and was well regarded for his photographs of Confederate leaders. Credit Mark Family Collection

3)Thirteenth Amendment | On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. This official House of Representatives copy of the Amendment from December 18, 1865, on vellum, was signed by Speaker Schuyler Colfax, Clerk Edward McPherson, thirty-four senators, and ninety representatives. Credit Mark Family Collection

4)Damask from Lincoln's chair at Ford's Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection

5)Snare drum played at Lincoln's funeral, 1865 | William Henry Brooks, a Union soldier and future Portland resident, played this drum as part of the consolidated drum corps during President Lincoln's funeral procession from Springfield to the Oak Ridge Cemetery in May 1865. Credit Oregon Historical Society.

6)Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game

About the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.


Attached Media Files: Photography of Lincoln Challenge Interactive Game in exhibit hall , Snare drum played at Lincoln’s funeral, 1865 | Credit Oregon Historical Society , Damask from Lincoln’s chair at Ford’s Theatre, 1865 | Credit Mark Family Collection , Thirteenth Amendment | Credit Mark Family Collection , 2) Photograph of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 1864 | Credit Mark Family Collection , Original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1863. Credit Shapell Manuscript Collection
Forestry Board to meet in Canyonville 4-14, tour Douglas Complex site 4-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
On April 15 the Board of Forestry will tour the site of Oregon's largest wildfire of 2013, the 48,000-acre Douglas Complex near Glendale. At its business meeting in Canyonville on April 14, the board will address agenda items on water quality, management of state forests, and other topics.

Highlights from the April 14 meeting include:

STREAM PROTECTION RULE ANALYSIS
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will report on ongoing work involving possible new forest practice rules designed to maintain cold water in streams. With the board, they will also discuss emerging policy issues pertaining to riparian (streamside) protection.

COMPLIANCE WITH LEAVE-TREE AND DOWNED-WOOD REGULATIONS
Landowners in Oregon's Coast Range are 97 percent compliant with forest practice regulations that require them to leave green trees or snags and downed logs when conducting clearcut timber harvests, according to a completed study. The Oregon Forest Practices Act calls for their retention to provide wildlife habitat and maintain healthy soil.

ALTERNATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS
ODF staff will describe progress in evaluating alternative forest management plans for the northwestern Oregon state-owned forests. Last June, the board directed ODF to explore alternative forest management plans that would be financially viable and improve conservation outcomes.

HIGH-VALUE CONSERVATION AREAS
The board will receive an update on ODF's efforts to implement an administrative rule change adopted last year that created the new "high-value conservation area" land management classification on state-owned forests.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FORESTS
A board subcommittee on federal forests will update the full board on its draft work plan. The subcommittee focuses on federal forest policy issues, with an aim to help the board interact with the governor's office, the Oregon congressional delegation, the Legislature and others on management of the 18 million acres of federally owned forestland in the state.

APRIL 14 MEETING DETAILS
The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Birch-Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, in Canyonville. 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 are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, (2014 meeting link).

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 in advance, at 503-945-7200.

APRIL 15 FIELD TOUR DETAILS
The board will meet for a field tour outside of Glendale near the site of the 2013 Douglas Complex fires. The tour will examine the complexity of forest management, wildfire management, and post-fire salvage and restoration operations in the context of multiple public and private landowner objectives. A tour briefing will be held at 8 a.m. in the Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center in Canyonville. Members of the public wishing to join the tour are asked to provide their own lunch and potentially their own transportation if additional van seating is unavailable.

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.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at www.oregon.gov/odf.
National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 7 - 11: Travel Safely Through Road Construction Work Zones (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) along with our law enforcement partners join ODOT and transportation agencies across the country in raising awareness about the importance of traveling safely through road construction work zones during "National Work Zone Awareness Week", April 7 - 11, 2014.

This year's theme, "Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake", aims to raise awareness of speeding and the effect speed and unsafe driving has on work zone safety. Traffic crashes cause serious injuries and death. Nationally, an average of 595 people is killed in work zone crashes each year. According to ODOT, during the last 3 years there were 21 fatalities in work zone crashes.

ODOT's work zone safety program is aimed primarily at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes that occur in all roadway and utility work zones in Oregon. This is achieved through a comprehensive program which includes engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services.

OSP troopers work closely with ODOT to address safety concerns in highway work zones on state highways and freeways. ODOT provides overtime grant funding to OSP to put troopers on overtime working in many work zones throughout the state. The following is a brief review of the overtime work OSP troopers have done during the last two years in work zones:

2012
* 8,080 overtime hours worked in 48 work zones
* 9,819 vehicles stopped
* Issued 4,224 citations, including 1,995 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 11,838 traffic-related violations (note: a traffic stop may result in a warning issued for more than one violation)
* Arrested 67 DUII drivers

2013
* 11,076 overtime hours worked in 51 work zones
* 14,196 vehicles stopped
* Issued 6,728 citations, including 3,698 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 12,959 traffic-related violations
* Arrested 54 DUII drivers

National studies show that driver inattention and distraction is the biggest factor in work zone crashes. Excessive speed is the next biggest problem. Some other work zone facts provided by ODOT include:

* Over 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Road construction is the most dangerous occupation in the United States.
* More drivers and their passengers than workers die each year in National and Oregon work zones.
* Work zone crashes tend to be more severe than other types of crashes.

Additional information about National Work Zone Awareness Week and work zone safety in Oregon is available on ODOT's website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx.

A new Public Service Announcement about work zone safety is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpZKhgTtCXw

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Beware paving, other home repair scams/Pretend "contractors" offer too-good-to-be-true deals
Construction Contractors Board - 04/07/14
Salem - An Estacada couple recently received an offer they couldn't refuse - a promise to pave their entire driveway for $1,500. The $1,500 was the most homeowner Fern Mathews said they could afford.

That wasn't a problem for the workers who showed up at their house. We'll work with you, one of them said. In fact, he had an extra truckload of material so he could give the Mathews a good price. Minutes later, the project was under way.

But instead of a freshly paved driveway for $1,500, the Mathews ended up with a thin coat of soft, sandy gravel. And, once the two men started putting down material, they insisted on being paid $4,700 to finish the work. In the end, Fern wrote a check for $3,200.

"They make you nervous," the 67-year-old said. "It's just a scary situation."

That didn't stop her, however, from using a contact the men gave her to track them to a motel. Once she realized she wasn't getting a real paving job or her money back, she took down their license plates and contacted law enforcement.

"Our top priority is to protect our most vulnerable citizens -- including the elderly," said Lt. Rob Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "We urge property owners throughout Oregon to exercise their good judgment when hiring a contractor, especially if the deal sounds too good to be true.

"We also encourage family members and neighbors to look out for citizens who may be especially vulnerable to financial scams."

While the CCB and law enforcement agencies are investigating the Estacada incident, Fern remained stuck with a mushy driveway as of early April. She warns others to beware of traveling construction workers who offer unrealistic discounts.

"Always use reputable contractors, check references and never pay all the money up front," added Berri Leslie, interim Construction Contractors Board administrator.

The contractors board recommends that property owners get a written contract for home improvement projects, even small ones.

Meanwhile, law enforcement and state regulators say the numbers of driveway, roof, and other home improvement scams will only increase as temperatures warm.

Here are some key ways to spot thieves:
* You don't call them - they show up at your doorstep.
* Their vehicles often show out-of-state license plates.
* They say they have leftover materials so they can give you a great price.
* They quote an initial low price, then demand more to finish the project.
* Generally, they are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB). (Call the CCB at 503-378-4621 to verify that a contractor is licensed to work in Oregon.)

If you encounter a situation like this, call your local law enforcement agencies or the Construction Contractors Board.

Wurpes said that once money changes hands, as it did in Fern's case, it becomes harder to pursue criminal charges against fraudulent contractors. Often, the cases must be resolved in civil court -- meaning additional time and expense for the victim.

"We're proud to partner with the Construction Contractors Board to combat this type of crime and make sure that perpetrators are held accountable whenever possible," Wurpes said. "Working together, we really can make a difference."

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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


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04/05/14
Oregon National Guard ceremony marks re-dedication of Milton-Freewater Readiness Center (Photo Release) (Photo)
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. - The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., April 5.

The facility is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard.

Work on the upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million. This facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements. The building also meets State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

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140405-Z-OT568-004: The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-129: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key with a rendition of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center during a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center prepare to cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-157: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. Mayor Lewis Key (center) and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, were in attendance for the celebration. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-173: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon; Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key; and Pvt. Vance Knudson (second from left), the youngest member of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, cut the cake with a saber to celebrate the re-dedication of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, while Col. Christian Rees (left), Director of Installations, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (right) look on, during a ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the military police detachment. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 near Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Saturday morning double fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. The names of the four occupants in one of the vehicles are released after confirmation of identities and next of kin notifications for the deceased persons.

Updated information indicates on April 5, 2014 at approximately 1:22 a.m., a 1996 Toyota Corolla driven by BREANNA J. LARKINS, age 19, from Portland, with three male occupants was eastbound on Highway 34 near milepost 17. For an unconfirmed reason, the Toyota traveled partially off the roadway onto the gravel shoulder and struck a mailbox. The car then slid sideways into the westbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 1996 Ford Thunderbird. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the westbound lane.

Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, OSP and ODOT responded to the scene.

LARKINS and right front male passenger JARED BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, age 21, from Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Two rear seat male passengers were injured. TYLER L. SIMS, age 21, from West Linn, was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. SKYLAR PARKER-MILLER, age 19, from Troutdale, was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital with minor injuries. The two deceased occupants and the passenger with minor injuries were using safety restraints. Safety restraint use by the seriously injured male passenger is pending further confirmation.

The Ford's driver, KENNETH E. HENLEY II, age 29, from Albany, received minor injury and was taken by an OSP trooper to Lebanon Hospital. He was using safety restraints and was treated and released.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Casey Hunter is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed over four hours during the investigation. No photographs to be released at this time.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County (Photo)
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The following news release is approved for release by Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton:

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information is released in this update.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup and a 2011 Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The Ford Ranger pickup's occupants are identified as driver CAYDEN THOMAS FITCH, age 18, and passenger/father BRYAN FITCH, age 43, from Lincoln City. BRYAN FITCH is employed as an Oregon State Police trooper out of the Newport Area Command office and was off duty traveling with his son when the crash occurred.

The Toyota RAV4 occupants are identified as driver MICHAEL JOSEPH MOYLETT, age 69, and passenger/wife ESTELLA MOYLETT, age 61, from Gresham.

Preliminary scene investigation indicates the Ford pickup was traveling eastbound when it pulled into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota RAV4. The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup came to rest across the center of the highway. The sport utility vehicle came to rest off the north side of the highway in bordering bushes and trees. All involved occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and Keizer Police Department. OSP requested Keizer Police Department provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by ODOT.

"We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted," said Superintendent Richard Evans. "Friday evening, two families and our Department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers."

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Preliminary Information: Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information will be released at a later time following approval from the District Attorney's office and confirmation of next of kin notifications.

Preliminary investigation indicates on April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup was traveling eastbound and the sport utility vehicle was westbound.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from Keizer Police Department and OSP. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway has been closed since the crash occurred with a detour in place established by ODOT. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

No photographs for released at this time.

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OMSI Celebrates National Volunteer Week April 7-13
OMSI - 04/04/14
For Immediate Release

OMSI CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK APRIL 7-13

PORTLAND, OR (April 4, 2014) -- The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will honor its more than 600 volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 7 - 13.

OMSI is hosting a number of special activities throughout the week, concluding with a volunteer appreciation celebration and awards presentation on Sunday, April 13 at the museum. This year OMSI will recognize more than 140 volunteers who have contributed at least five years or 2,000 hours of service, with 24 of those having contributed more than 20 years or 5,000 hours of service.

"Volunteers are a shining light in today's society. Their energy and spirit are contagious, and together we make OMSI a welcoming and fun place for learning," said OMSI President Nancy Stueber.

Many Portlanders say volunteers built OMSI, and in fact they quite literally did when in August 1957, more than 400 volunteer bricklayers laid 102,000 bricks in one day to raise the walls of the new building at Washington Park. Today, volunteers support every aspect of OMSI's programs, contributing over 100,000 hours of service to OMSI each year.

"This year more members of the community than ever before have offered their volunteer assistance to OMSI. We appreciate all of their support, both working with the public and behind the scenes, to help OMSI achieve its mission," said Carol Cruzan, manager of volunteer services.

OMSI has partnered with 10 Portland visitor attractions in recognizing their volunteers by offering free reciprocal admission during specified weeks in April and May. These partners include the Oregon Zoo, Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, the Portland Children's Museum, Pittock Mansion, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Architectural Heritage Center, the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Fifteen additional partners from around the region have joined the program, including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the High Desert Museum, Cascades Raptor Center, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the Science Factory Children's Museum and Planetarium, Clark County Historical Museum, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Maryhill Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, Stevens-Crawford Heritage House, Gordon House, the Oregon Garden, the University of Oregon Natural and Cultural History Museum, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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FBI Director James Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to a Portland Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program
FBI - Oregon - 04/04/14
On Friday, April 4, 2014, FBI Director James Comey presented the Director's Community Leadership Award to the Second Chance Program run by Big Brothers, Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. Tami Wallis, the Second Chance program manager, accepted the award from Director Comey during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters. Second Chance is a program that pairs adult mentors with youths ages 12 to 17 who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system.

"We know that some kids need the help and opportunities offered by programs such as Second Chance to break the cycle of bad choices that lead them into the justice system," said Gregory T. Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These mentors truly care about encouraging and supporting these youth as they work to get an education, gain life skills, and find the path to a successful and productive life as a member of our shared community. We are proud to have nominated Big Brothers, Big Sisters' Second Chance program, and we applaud the work they do."

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

Volunteers who work with the Second Chance program at Big Brothers, Big Sisters commit to meeting with their matched youth at least three to four times a month over at least an 18-month time period. Each volunteer must pass a background check and participate in training specifically designed to help them deal with the challenges of helping these youth transition back into the community. They also receive continuing guidance, training, and resources.

"I was matched last August with a 17-year-old and have experienced positive experiences together--laughing, car dancing at red lights, singing at the top of our lungs, watching movies, and just talking. After several months, she texted me asking for help. This was significant because it meant she could trust and depend on me. Now, she just calls me for fun. She definitely brings me joy, and I feel like our relationship is bringing her joy as well," said Caresse, a Big Sister.

Since Big Brothers, Big Sisters established the Second Chance program in 2010, it has supported more than 43 youth from throughout the Portland Metro area. The program is seeing big improvements in those children in terms of social confidence (up 67 percent), scholastic competence (up 100 percent), educational expectations (up 100 percent), grades (up 50 percent), and parental trust (maintained or up 83 percent).

Second Chance mentors include adults previously involved in the justice system, educators, lawyers, police officers, members of the faith-based community, and others who have a passion for working with older at-risk youth.

Media may download a high resolution image at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2013/portland

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Warning shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/04/14
At approximately 9:45 a.m., Friday, April 4, three inmates engaged in a fight on a recreation yard at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting.

A portion of the institution remains on partial/modified lockdown, but regular visiting will occur as scheduled.

EOCI is a medium security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Future of Public Health Task Force meets April 16
Oregon Health Authority - 04/04/14
April 4, 2014

What: The fifth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

* Explore approaches to delivering governmental public health services.

* Begin to develop framework for recommendations.

* Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

May 12, 2014, Bend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 18, 2014, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tentative time)

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan, policy officer, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Red Cross Expands Landslide Response Services
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/04/14
Everett, WA - American Red Cross has expanded its services based in Arlington and Darrington, as it continues to reach out to families affected by the SR530 landslide.

Mobile care teams of specially trained Red Cross workers are now meeting with affected families to provide emotional support and help create individual recovery plans. These teams include a caseworker, a health professional and a mental health professional. Caseworkers help families plan for the future, navigate paperwork, locate help from other agencies and determine what type of Red Cross help is needed. One form of help now available from the Red Cross, on a case-by-case basis, is financial assistance for transportation and lodging to bring family members to attend the funerals.

To request a visit from a Red Cross mobile care team, call 425-740-2325. The same services are available at the Joint Resource Centers in Darrington and in Arlington.

Shelters remain open in both communities. The shelter which had been open in Arlington has moved to Smokey Point Community Church, 17721 Smokey Point Blvd, in anticipation of school resuming.

Since the March 22 landslide, the Red Cross has mobilized five response vehicles and more than 350 trained workers - about half of them from Washington State. Through Wednesday (April 2), these Red Cross workers have served more than 17,000 meals and snacks in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, handed out hundreds of comfort and relief items, and provided more than 4,000 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, Red Cross shelters have provided nearly 140 overnight stays.

FAST FACTS To Date:
Shelter Overnight Stays - 140
Meals & Snacks Served - 18,637
Health Services Consultations - 1,248
Mental Health Consultations - 3,425


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In-Car Tracking Device Helps Troopers Find Stolen Car, Arrest Driver - Interstate 84 east of Baker City
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Sunnyside, Washington Police Department and a car dealership using an in-car tracking device, located a stolen vehicle and arrested a woman Thursday afternoon at an Interstate 84 rest area about 30 miles east of Baker City.

On April 3, 2014 at approximately 12:18 p.m. (Mountain Time), OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was contacted by Sunnyside Police Department regarding a stolen 2004 Chevrolet Impala believed operated by an adult female. A Sunnyside, Washington car dealership, from where the car was sold, was assisting the police in locating the stolen car by tracking it using an in-car tracking device indicating its last known location was eastbound on Interstate 84 east of Baker City.

OSP troopers from Baker City and Ontario were dispatched to be on the lookout for the stolen car. One of the troopers contacted the car dealership by phone and was told the car was stationary at the Weatherby Rest Area near milepost 335. The trooper asked that the car be remotely disabled through the tracking device to prevent he car from leaving the rest area and possibly being involved in a pursuit once it was back on the road.

At approximately 1:07 p.m. OSP troopers arrived in the rest area and saw a citizen was trying to help the woman jump start the car. The troopers detained the female driver identified as MELISSA N. ROMAN, age 29, from McAllen, Texas. She was accompanied by her three children ages 11, 9, and 4.

Subsequent to the investigation, ROMAN was arrested and lodged in the Baker County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. While in a jail holding cell, a Baker County corrections deputy saw via video surveillance ROMAN attempting to discard a glass pipe down a drain. The deputy interceded and seized the pipe that fielded tested positive for methamphetamine. She was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The three children were released to the custody of Department of Human Services. The woman was reportedly driving with the children back to Texas.

Questions regarding the stolen vehicle investigation should be directed to Sunnyside Police Department.

No photographs available for this release.

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Department of Forestry names new State Forests Division Chief
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/04/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) named Liz Dent as chief of its State Forests Division this week.

Dent, who had been the division's deputy chief since May 2012, succeeds Mike Bordelon who retired after 28 years with ODF.

Dent, of Corvallis, received a Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and a Masters degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University. After graduating from Oregon State, she worked on fish habitat and water quality projects for the U.S. Forest Service, and has been with ODF since 1995, working in a variety of nationally recognized water quality and monitoring leadership roles.

"The State Forests Division has a full plate in the coming years with challenges to address, and opportunities to build upon. I am honored to be the State Forests Division chief, with the opportunity to help lead the division towards successful outcomes," Dent said.

"We are fortunate to have a wide range of stakeholders engaged, all with diverse perspectives on state forest management," she added. "This proves an exciting time for change, and fortunately ODF is resilient and well-versed in embracing changing times. Those out in the field, and those in Salem are exceptionally good at what they do, and that makes me proud to be part of this organization."

The division is responsible for managing nearly 850,000 acres of state-owned forestland, ensuring these lands produce a broad range of benefits including timber, revenue to help support local public services, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for Oregonians. ODF-managed lands are mostly concentrated in six state forests in western and central Oregon, and account for about three percent of the state's forestland base.

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04/03/14
Oregon National Guard re-dedicates Milton-Freewater Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/03/14
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., on April 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key, Oregon Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

Media and the public are also invited to attend.

The readiness center is located at 149 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard.

The first unit assigned to the armory was Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, of the 41st Infantry Division, which was federally recognized in March 1947. After World War II, with support from the local American Legion post and the Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Army National Guard organized a unit in Freewater. The unit initially drilled in the Freewater Community Building. By 1951, the merged towns of Milton and Freewater began promoting a centrally located armory by donating six lots to the state.

The building's original construction was completed on Jan. 1, 1954. The completed armory was dedicated in March 1954. The armory served as a civil defense headquarters and Red Cross kitchen during the 1964 and 1965 floods.

The armory is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places due to its association with the post-WWII National Guard expansion program. It was the first armory to be built in Oregon using the 75-percent federal and 25-percent state funding program outlined in the Defense Facilities Act of 1950. Also, it was the first armory built to house a single unit in Oregon under the National Guard Bureau plan and therefore an example of the K-style armory.

A unique feature of the armory is the upper-story windows on the assembly hall drill floor. It is the only K-style armory with tall windows allowing for much natural lighting. All other K-style armories had smaller, and fewer upper-story windows. The Milton-Freewater Armory has retained its integrity of location, setting, design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

Work on the upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million. This facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements. The building also meets State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.


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04/02/14
Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power - 04/02/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 2, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1

Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power customers now getting special envelopes with their monthly bills

PORTLAND, Ore. - Beginning in April, just in time for Arbor Day and Earth Day, Pacific Power customers will receive their billing statements in new reusable envelopes they can also use to send their payments back to the company. This switching from the traditional two-envelope combination to a single reusable envelope will help keep operating costs low and benefit the environment.

"Last year alone, we sent more than 16 million return envelopes to customers, yet only 5 million were used to return payments," said Karen Gilmore, Pacific Power vice president of customer service. "With reusable envelopes we're eliminating the need for a separate return envelope, just one of the many, innovative ways we are saving our customers money and conserving resources. This change has the potential to conserve up to 3,200 trees, 3.7 million gallons of water and avoid nearly 1 million pounds of carbon emissions each year."

To learn more about Pacific Power's new reusable envelopes and watch a 1-minute video showing how to use them, visit pacificpower.net/reusableenvelope.

"We know this represents a change, but the savings are real," said Gilmore. "We've tested this with customer groups and they were surprised how easy it was. With the video and other outreach plans, we want to make this fundamentally beneficial change as easy as possible."

Customers with questions can also call to speak with a customer service representative anytime, toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

Pacific Power is one of the first businesses in the region to use these special envelopes. The company is informing customers about the new envelopes in a variety of ways, including its Voices newsletter, the company website, social media and outreach to senior service agencies and other community organizations.

"We're proud to be one of the first companies to take this step," said Gilmore. "The environmental benefits will expand as more companies follow. That is good for everyone."

About 179,000 of Pacific Power's 733,000 customers are using paperless billing and other secure payment options that don't require any envelopes. To learn more about these payment options, customers can visit pacificpower.net/pay.

Environmental respect is an important value Pacific Power shares with its customers. For more information about ways the company is working to conserve natural resources, develop renewable resources, reduce emissions and protect habitats, visit pacificpower.net/respect.
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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.
Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rulemaking for Waterway Markers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/02/14
A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
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The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed changes to the Uniform Waterway Markers rules that describe standards for signs and buoys used to convey regulatory or informational messaging to boaters. The proposed rules will also establish procedures for political subdivisions and private individuals to apply for a permit that would allow them to place their own waterway markers.

A public hearing on the proposed rules for Uniform Waterway Markers will be held on Thursday, April 17 at the State Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St NE, Salem beginning at 6:00 pm. Public testimony will be accepted, but no decisions will be made at this public hearing.
Written comments will be accepted until the close of the hearings on Thursday, April 17.

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to June LeTarte, Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone or social media will not be accepted into the official record.

The Marine Board may choose to adopt the draft rule language, adopt a modified version of the draft rule language, or take no action at their next Board meeting, scheduled for April 23, in Salem. Since the public comment period will be officially closed at the conclusion of the April 17 hearing, no additional comments will be accepted at the Marine Board's April 23rd meeting from the public in attendance.

For more information on the proposed changes, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: A waterway marker on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend.
Revenue department offers new ID theft-reporting tools
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/02/14
Amid a growing number of reports of federal tax returns being filed by identity thieves, the Department of Revenue has established new ID theft reporting options for Oregonians.

"ID theft and tax fraud can go hand-in-hand," said JoAnn Martin, Personal Tax and Compliance Division Administrator at Revenue. "We want it to be as easy as possible for potential victims to protect their tax accounts."

Revenue's website now features a webform for reporting ID theft quickly and easily. The ID theft page includes links to information about filing reports with other important entities like the IRS and credit reporting agencies. Taxpayers without Internet access can call 503-947-2000, a phone line dedicated to receiving ID theft reports.

As the April 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns approaches, Revenue officials anticipate additional reports of identity theft. Several recent reports have been triggered when an Oregonian tries to file their federal tax return and it's rejected by the IRS because a return was previously filed using their Social Security number. Revenue's best advice?

"File as soon as you can and if you suspect you've been a victim of identity theft, notify us immediately," Martin said.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/861/73028/20140402_ID_theft_release_final.pdf
FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/02/14
John Doe 28 photos
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public across the country and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side.

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

The suspect appears to be a white man, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses. 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 Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: ECAP Fact Sheet , Operation Rescue Me Fact Sheet , John Doe 28 poster , John Doe 28 photos
04/01/14
Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to World's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show in Hannover Germany
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
SALEM - Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to Hannover Messe, the largest advanced manufacturing trade show and conference in the world, to be held in Hannover, Germany April 7-11.

Business Oregon is providing Export Assistance grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 in matching funds to six of the companies to help defray the costs of travel and exhibiting at the show. Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded more than 200 Export Assistance grants to 157 companies. Those companies have reported actual and projected sales revenue as a result of these trade show appearances at more than $50 million.

"The return on investment of our export assistance strategy has been really impressive," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "A small amount of backing has helped many Oregon companies realize millions of dollars in new sales to new customers around the world. It's been a tremendous economic development strategy for Oregon small businesses."

The seven Oregon advanced manufacturing firms exhibiting at this show are: ClearEdge Power (fuel cells), Xzeres Wind (small wind turbine systems), EV4 Oregon (EV charging stations), Powin Energy (energy storage), Zess, Inc. (micro-channel heat exchangers), IndustrialEnet (network solutions) and Real Carbon (carbon fiber technology). In 2013, Oregon advanced manufacturers exported $4.24 billion in goods.

In addition to the companies traveling to Europe, Business Oregon will partner with the cities of Gresham and Hillsboro, as well as the Port of Portland, to promote Oregon's business climate for technology and advanced manufacturing opportunities.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation just returned from Brazil on March 22, and on April 14 another delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/01/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014


CONTACTS:
Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8322
jared@oregonvolunteers.org

Tom Unger, Wells Fargo
(503) 886-2051
ungert@wellsfargo.com


Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards

SALEM, Ore. -- Some of the most outstanding volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized for their hard work and achievements at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.

The awards will honor 22 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight will be state-level awards, and 24 will be regional awards (see winners list below). The winners serve in areas stretching from Medford to Portland and Newport to Ontario, and places in between.

"These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon," said Governor Kitzhaber. "They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service."

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by April 17 at:
www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva/2014.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization selected by each winner.

"Through their skilled labor and professional services, board service, or simply lending an ear and providing friendship, the honorees' dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis, who volunteers frequently.

The winners of this year's awards emerged from an extraordinary competition. Oregon Volunteer received a record 114 nominations this year, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Volunteer engagement leaders from across the state carefully reviewed the nominations to select the winners.

State-Level Winners

Youth Volunteer:
Grant Crim of Coquille
American Cancer Society Volunteer
Diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 22 months, Grant Crim has devoted himself to supporting the American Cancer Society, especially through his support of the Relay for Life fundraiser. A past relay participant, Crim joined his local Relay for Life of South Coos County event planning committee in August 2012 as the team development chair. He recruited new teams, mentored existing teams, prepared monthly meeting agendas, facilitated monthly team captain meetings and served as spokesman for his local event. Averaging 15-20 hours per week in Relay for Life volunteer service, Crim has put in about 1,560 hours since 2012. He shares his personal story of survivorship at local civic clubs, high school assemblies and Relay for Life events. He wrote and helped produce a song and several videos about his experiences spreading awareness about cancer and fundraising. In memory of his late friend Natalie Hill, he started a national #LLLN (Live Life Like Natalie!) fundraising and cancer awareness campaign.

Adult Volunteer:
Christy Martinez of Carlton
City of Carlton Police Department Volunteer
The Carlton Police Department is an accredited police agency because of Christy Martinez. The department has only three full-time officers and no support staff. Over the past two years, Martinez has volunteered to help with support staff duties. She created a high professional level for operating standards at the agency, allowing it to receive accreditation earlier this year. She volunteered about 125 hours per month on the accreditation project alone. In addition, she established a Child Identification Day in Carlton to coincide with a national effort to protect children, and she is instrumental in facilitating Project 365, a year-long community improvement project associated with National Night Out. Over the past 25 years, she has been involved in Relay for Life, Make A Wish Foundation, basketball coaching and many other efforts. Many people had no idea she with diagnosed with cancer five years ago because, despite how she felt physically, she rarely missed work or volunteer obligations.

Elder Volunteers:
Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean of Ontario
Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Volunteers
Brothers Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean started the nonprofit Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida in 2008. The all-volunteer organization's mission is to provide a voice for, support and honor, recognize and advocate for veterans, active-duty military and their families. The organization, with nearly 100 volunteers, provides space where people can come to find resources and assistance, as well as camaraderie. The resources include help with benefits and financial and mental health assistance. One veteran said he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Verini and Dean. The veteran was close to ending his life when these two award winners helped him see how important he was and that he had a place in society. In addition to starting and volunteering at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, Verini has served on the City Council for eight years, and Dean is a consultant for the Treasure Valley Community College BizCenter. They are both Ontario Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and serve on the Visitors and Convention Board.

Youth Volunteer Program:
Josephine County Foundation of Grants Pass
Josephine County Foundation is a high school student-led organization that serves a key role in an economically depressed community. In fall 2011, guided by teachers and community leaders, students from Hidden Valley High School formed the foundation, which now has student officers from all five high schools in Josephine County. The foundation teaches students about philanthropy, community service project planning, nonprofit management, fundraising and more. Through grant writing and other fundraising, the students have raised $160,000 for community projects and scholarships. For example, they held a free vision clinic in December 2012 that provided eye exams and glasses to 150 low-income residents. One eyeglasses recipient cried afterward, saying it was the first time she'd been able to clearly see her granddaughter. Other projects included a "Care Faire" that provided free dental cleanings, a needs assessment of all fire stations in the county and a "Business Bootcamp" for middle school students.

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program:
Josephine Community Libraries of Grants Pass
Without the volunteers at Josephine Community Libraries, 83,000 Oregonians wouldn't have access to a public library. Josephine Community Libraries formed in fall 2007, after the county closed its libraries due to funding cuts and the failure of a ballot initiative for a library district. The nonprofit today operates all the county's libraries, with volunteers filling core roles: cataloging and shelving books, providing information to library users, hosting children's story times, checking books in and out, marketing, communications, fundraising, outreach, facilities maintenance and more. The system has 360 dedicated volunteers. About 2,500 patrons check out items from the libraries each month, and 1,700 patrons use the public Internet computers. The system also has special programs for children: First Steps for toddlers, K-9 Reading Buddies for young readers, story times and the Summer Reading Program. It also has the Expanding Opportunities Program, which provides deeper access to library resources and community partners, helping people improve their prospects in education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Large Business Volunteer Program:
Willamina Lumber of Willamina
The employees have rallied to help their community in many ways. They've formed a committee that identifies community needs and projects to address them, and it sets financial goals to meet those needs. Employees have competitions for deductions from their paychecks to make donations. They've donated thousands of dollars to causes ranging from Christmas presents for low-income families in Sheridan and Willamina to a youth program called "Night Court" that provides youth sports programs in the evenings. They've built swing sets in the park, planted flowers in town and cut wood and donated it to keep people warm. They not only hold food drives and donate enough food to last the food bank for three months, but they volunteer at the food bank to put the food away. The local churches and other organizations try their best to meet the needs in the community, but not one could even come close to meeting them without the mill and its employees.

Statewide Business Volunteer Program:
Fred Meyer Volunteer Program of Portland
Fred Meyer's volunteers support many causes throughout Oregon. For example, for more than 15 years, Fred Meyer has supported SOLVE, an organization that organizes volunteers to improve the environment. In 2013, Fred Meyer employees donated more than 1,000 service hours to SOLVE's Spring Beach Cleanup, Project Oregon and Fall Beach and Riverside Cleanup. They pulled invasive weeds, planted native shrubs and trees and cleared watersheds and coastlines of trash. The company has also been a national corporate team member of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for nine years. Company volunteers field 50 teams at 32 Relay for Life events across Oregon. In addition, the employees encourage people to get screened, refer people to the 24/7 phone line, donate hair for wigs for chemotherapy patients and collect toys for kids going through cancer. Fred Meyer provides sponsorship dollars based on the level of commitment of its employees volunteering for a cause.

Lifetime Achievement:
Fred Smith of Roseburg
Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Douglas County, Special Olympics, Umpqua Gleaners Volunteer
Fred Smith has spent more than two decades volunteering at numerous organizations. For the past 20 years, he has served as an advocate for children in the foster care system through CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Douglas County. He has volunteered for 18 years for Special Olympics, serving as program assistant, area outreach chair, coach, games director, area fundraiser, public relations director and organizer of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. For the past 23 years, Smith has volunteered for Umpqua Gleaners, helping to harvest and deliver food for low-income residents. When harvest is over, Smith helps split wood for low-income and disabled households. He has also served for 20 years as a board member for Douglas County's Child Advocacy Center, Douglas CARES. Smith says the violence he saw at home and during World War II left an impact on his soul that's manifested in his volunteerism today.


Regional Winners

Youth Volunteers
Morgen Brown (Milton-Freewater) - Fill a Backpack, Make a Smith
Raven "Bree" Miotke (Salem) - Chain Reaction Club
Taylor Vaandering (Aloha) - Oregon District 4 Little League Challenger Baseball

Adult Volunteers
William Hayes (Sisters) - Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department
Gigi Lambert (Portland) - Portland Council PTA Clothing Center
Margo McAlpine (Grants Pass) - Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility
Jaymi Silbernagel (Scio) - Lourdes Public Charter School


Elder Volunteers
Rosalie Betschart (Portland) - Albertina Kerr
Chris Hull (Hermiston) - Umatilla Court-Appointed Special Advocates
JL Liddane (Dayton) - Greater Yamhill Watershed Council
Wanda Nesbit (Rogue River) - Rogue River Mural Society
Brad Smith (Corvallis) - Benton Habitat for Humanity
Judi Swift (Portland) - American Cancer Society

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program
Calvary Baptist Soup Kitchen (Newport)
Dallas Fire Extrication Team (Dallas)
Friends of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness (Bend)
Store to Door (Portland)

Large Business Volunteer Program
Consumer Cellular (Redmond)
Portland General Electric "PGE Volunteers" (Portland)


Lifetime Achievement
Doug Leash (The Dalles) - Old St. Peter's Landmark
Karen Manfrin (McMinnville) - Yamhill County Court-Appointed Special Advocates
Phillip Margolin (Portland) - Chess for Success
Cyndi Monson (Medford) - American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at Providence Medford Medical Center
Sigrid Scully (Hood River) - Start Making A Reader Today, Foster Grandparent Program, Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1810/72997/2014-GVA-Winners-Press-Release.pdf
Oregon Growth Board to Meet on April 7 in Portland
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in the Oregon Room on the Mezzanine Level at 2 World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St. in Portland.

The meeting agenda can be found here: : http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Growth-Board/2014meetings.php
Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/01/14
Board to consider legislative concept, hear reports

Salem - Two awards honoring an exceptional stream project and an exemplary partnership effort, will be presented by the State Land Board at their public meeting on April 8:

Stream Project Award: Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration, a large-scale, multi-year effort to restore habitat for federally listed spring Chinook, coho salmon and winter steelhead in the Sandy River Basin. Partners include The Freshwater Trust, Sandy River Basin Partners, local governments, conservation groups, Mt. Hood National Forest, PGE and Bureau of Land Management. The project is supported by funding from the City of Portland, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, and the Boeing Company.

Partnership Award: Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, a collaborative effort among public- and private-sector citizens in the Coos Bay Community. The partnership's goals are to develop locally-driven approaches to responsible development, and to help prepare for climate-related changes on Oregon's south coast. Past and present partners include the South Slough National Research Reserve, the Coos Watershed Council, the Coquille Indian Tribe, local economic development organizations, the International Port of Coos Bay, local businesses, and a wide variety of government agencies. Funding has been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

The stream award recognizes responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources, and the partnership award recognizes people and programs that work together to help advance the goals of the Department of State Lands. The Department is the South Slough's state administrative partner.

In other business, the board will be asked to authorize the Department of State Lands to proceed with drafting a legislative concept related to marine renewable energy.

The informational agenda includes the annual reports on Common School Fund investments and the Estates Program.

The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Agenda:

http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown 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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03/31/14
Hermiston Police & OSP Asking For Public's Help to Find Missing Hermiston Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Hermiston Police Department and Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help to find a 59-year old Hermiston-area man reported missing under suspicious circumstances after his car was found Monday morning in a parking lot to the foot bridge on the westbound side of the Interstate 82 over the Columbia River.

On Monday morning, March 31, 2014, Hermiston Police Department was contacted by a family member of ALVIN LEE PATTERSON, age 59, from Hermiston. Hermiston police subsequently took a missing person report after his vehicle was found parked at the bottom of the path to the foot bridge on the westbound side of the Interstate 82 bridge. The car contained his personal property, identification and cellphone.

PATTERSON is described as a white male, 5'5", 160 lbs, short black hair, and was last known to be wearing a navy blue shirt and tan pants. (Oregon DMV photo is provided with this release)

Hermiston Police Department and Oregon State Police are asking to speak with anyone who saw a man matching PATTERSON's description in the parking lot or walking on the footbridge Monday morning between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or anyone with related information regarding this missing person investigation to Hermiston Police Department Officer Robert Guerrero or OSP Trooper Jerrad Little through OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4660.

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Red Cross Opens Shelter following Plymouth, Washington Gas Explosion
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/31/14
Volunteers and staff members from the Cascades Region of the American Red Cross responded to the gas explosion in Plymouth, Wash today by opening a shelter at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds. The shelter is available for residents who have been displaced by Monday's disaster, and volunteers at the shelter are providing food, water, lodging, comfort kits and information to local residents about the disaster. For people seeking more information, please visit Thompson Hall at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds located at 515 W. Orchard Ave. in Hermiston or call 1-800-680-1455.
Cascade Tissue to Expand its St. Helens Operations Adding 29 Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/31/14
SALEM - Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe toured the Cascade Tissue plant in St. Helens today praising the company's decision to retool and expand its operations adding an estimated 29 jobs at the site.

Business Oregon provided the company with a $60,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help fund training of the company's expanded workforce on the plant's new equipment. The company currently employs 66 full-time employees at the plant.

"We are pleased with Cascade Tissue's decision to re-invest in Oregon and expand its operations here in St. Helens," said McCabe. "By choosing to not only remain, but expand this former mill site, Cascade has shown its commitment to the community of St. Helens and to providing high-paying jobs to Oregonians."

The $30 million expansion at the St. Helens site, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will more than double the plant's capacity while improving efficiencies. Under the terms of the forgivable loan, the company must maintain both the existing and new employees for a two-year period or else pay back a portion of the funds.

Cascade Tissue Group Oregon currently manufactures tissue paper for multiple customers on a single paper tissue machine in the former Boise Cascade Paper Mill in St. Helens. Cascade Tissue Group Oregon's operations were previously integrated and co-located with Boise Cascade's papermaking operations at the St. Helens site until December 2012, when Boise Cascade ceased its operations there.

Cascade Tissue Group is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascade produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed of mainly recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 workers at more than 100 plants in North America and Europe.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Update: Motorcyclist Facing Several Charges After Serious Injury Traffic Crash While Attempting to Elude Trooper (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a Yakima, Washington man following Sunday afternoon's motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper. The seriously injured man's name and other information is being released in this update.

On March 30, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a recklessly operated motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 68 west of Mosier after initially confirming it was traveling 110 mph in a 65 speed zone approaching the trooper from behind. The motorcyclist attempted to elude eastbound at a high rate of speed and the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle east of Mosier as troopers also began to set up in The Dalles area to assist if needed.

About ten minutes later, Klickitat County, Washington 9-1-1 received a call from an unidentified man saying he was hurt in a motorcycle crash while attempting to elude police in Oregon. The man wasn't able to provide an exact location before his cellphone call was dropped and ended.

OSP and Wasco County Sheriff's Office started checking the area between The Dalles and Mosier. An OSP sergeant traveling westbound spotted the motorcycle crash scene and injured man across the freeway about 4:03 p.m. near milepost 76 west of the Rowena interchange. The sergeant stopped, ran across the freeway and requested medical respond as he started initial emergency care. The motorcycle had left the freeway coming out of a sharp left curve and collided head-on with a tree.

The motorcyclist, KENNETH S. MARAVELIAS, age 27, from Yakima, Washington, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious, non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet. On Monday, March 31, OSP cited MARAVELIAS to appear in Wasco County Circuit Court for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, No Valid Operator License and other traffic violations.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue and ODOT. One eastbound lane was closed during the scene investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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OMSI Update: Apr.-May Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 03/31/14
OMSI EXHIBITS, EVENTS & SHOWS UPDATE
April & May 2014

OMSI HOURS
Tuesday - Sunday; 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed - specific dates listed on website: omsi.edu/hoursandprices


FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Tony Hawk | Rad Science
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View February 1 - May 4

What does it take to pull off a mid-air 900 on a skateboard? Which surface makes for the best ride? What does science have to do with any of it? Jump into the physics behind extreme sports this spring at Tony Hawk | Rad Science. Set in a realistic skate park scene, the exhibition's highly interactive elements introduce museum visitors to physics principles typically reserved for the classroom: gravity, force, velocity, acceleration, inertia and balance. It breaks down the science of tricks and turns, inspiring visitors to consider a different side of sports--how working with physics can impact technique and ultimately enhance athletic performance.

Local Supporting Sponsor of Tony Hawk | Rad Science is Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort is offering visitors a FREE Junior One Day lift pass (value $39) when they present an OMSI Youth Admission ticket. www.omsi.edu/tony-hawk for details.


NEW INFO
Dinosaurs Unearthed
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View May 23 - September 2

Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at OMSI--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history. Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages, capturing the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time in history when paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate.


Tickets:
Adult $13; Free to Members
Youth (3-13)/Senior (63+) $9.50
Prices include admission to the museum.


EVENTS

Reel Science
Second Wednesday of each month
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $5 for non-members & $4 for members.

April 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Featuring Virginia Butler, PhD, professor of anthropology at Portland State University

May 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: The Princess Bride
Featuring local fencing expert

NEW INFO
April 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Particle Fever Opening Night
In The Empirical Theater
Join us for an exciting evening talking about the Higgs Boson, how it was discovered and what it tells us about the universe. Hear from local expert, Dr. Jim Brau, Philip H. Knight Professor in the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Oregon, and watch the gripping documentary, Particle Fever.

April 27, 2:30 - 6 p.m. (Pre-tasting, 1 - 2:30 p.m.)
Eat Mobile
Tickets on sale April 2
Part food festival, part cart competition, EAT MOBILE showcases the mouth-watering cuisine from 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts. The event highlights the food that makes Portland's food scene so special while vendors compete for the coveted Carty Award.

NEW INFO
May 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Condor's Shadow: A Documentary
In The Empirical Theater
The California condor is an almost mythical sight when its 10-foot wingspan is spotted aloft, and its odyssey epitomizes man's impact on the wilderness. It's an epic tale of allowing something majestic to almost slip away, then loudly answering the mandate to recover it. The Condor's Shadow chronicles how a driven few are working against the odds to help the iconic species fly free once again.

Immediately following the movie, learn more about condor recovery efforts in a panel discussion with filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin, lead field biologist Joseph Brandt, and Oregon Zoo condor keeper Kelli Walker.


Theory Eatery

Tuesday, April 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
Cook for Life: Cooking for Kids
In partnership with OMSI, Portland Monthly presents Cook for Life, a seasonal cooking series focused on cooking for healthy solutions, presented by Regence. This month will focus on Cooking for Kids. Enjoy a small-plate, three-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Abby Tse of Regence and nutritional information from the National College of Natural Medicine. Kids are welcome with an adult.
Cost: 10 and under $18; 10+ $28

Food Luminary
OMSI and Bon Appetit have partnered with local chefs to create a delectable dinner series of science and cuisine in OMSI's restaurant, Theory. Each dinner will begin with a food science demonstration by OMSI's Food Science Educator while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. After a presentation by the featured chefs, the restaurant will serve a four-course meal created in collaboration with Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Ryan Morgan. The guest chefs will also be answering questions and mingling during the dinner. Food Luminary events are for guests 21+ years only.
Cost: $80 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)

Friday, April 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Bent Brick & Park Kitchen
Executive Chef Scott Dolich

Friday, May 9, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Remedy Wine Bar
Executive Chef Ingrid Chen

April 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI will host Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In this quarterly program, each night will feature 10 small plates prepared by Bon Appetit Executive Chef Ryan Morgan. The players/guests--eyes covered--will try to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

NEW INFO
May 11, 8-11 a.m.
Mother's Day Breakfast
In celebration of mothers, join us for a special breakfast menu, food science activities and cooking demonstrations in Theory.




OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI.edu/afterdark

OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month (except December due to holidays).
Cost: $13 regular admission; $6 for OMSI members; FREE for OMSI After Dark members.

Get a head start on the science fun: drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

April 30, 6 - 10 p.m.
Pirates
Climb aboard and try your hand at sword fighting, ship building and hostage negotiation.

NEW INFO
May 28, 6 - 10 p.m.
Guilty Pleasures
Chocolate, bacon, coffee...you just can't say no. Find out why as we explore guilty pleasures and the science behind them.


OMSI Science Pub

Science Pub Portland - Hollywood Theater
Science Pub Portland-Hollywood Theater is a monthly event open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubportland
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 7, 7 - 9 p.m.
Glacial Earthquakes: Using Seismic and GPS Observations to Map Changes in Glaciers and Ice Sheets
With Dr. Meredith Nettles, associate professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University

NEW INFO
May 5, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Mystery of Terroir in Oregon: The Relationship of Geology, Soils and Climate to Wine
With Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of geology at Portland State University

Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater
Science Pub Portland Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.
Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Note: Due to programming changes at the Mission Theater, this series of Science Pub will relocate to the Crystal Ballroom for a 4-month trial period starting in June. The last event at the Mission Theater will be on May 20.
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 15, 7 - 9 p.m.
Viruses from Hell: A Voyage of Discovery
With Ken Stedman, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and founding member of the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University

NEW INFO
May 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Green Horizon: Can Green Infrastructure Address Runoff & Climate Change Challenges?
With Jennifer Cherrier, PhD, associate professor in the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida A&M University

Science Pub Hillsboro
Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge

April 28, 7 - 9 p.m.
Stories from the Digital Rim: How Technology is Shifting the Borders of Entertainment
With Tawny Schlieski, research scientist and media expert in Intel Lab's User Experience Research Group

NEW INFO
May 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wetland Ecology
With Beth Middleton, PhD, research ecologist, GS14, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS

Science Pub Corvallis
Science Pub Corvallis is a monthly event held as a partnership between OMSI, Oregon State University (OSU) oregonstate.edu and the Downtown Corvallis Association (DCA) downtowncorvallis.org.
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubcorvallis.
Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR
Plan to arrive early to choose your seating and place your food/beverage order.

April 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
Natural Gas Vehicles
With Chris Hagen, OSU-Cascades

NEW INFO
May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Future of the Oceans
With Andrew Thurber, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Science Pub Eugene
Science Pub Eugene is held on the second Thursday of the month at Cozmic Pizza and is open to anyone and everyone; no RSVP is necessary. Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu). For more information, visit: omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge.

April 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Finding Our Way Through the Controversy over Genetic Engineering in Agriculture: The Good, the Bad, and the Righteous
With Steve Strauss, Director of Oregon State University's Outreach in Biotechnology program

NEW INFO
May 8, 7 - 9 p.m.
Native Pollinators of the Willamette Valley
With August Jackson, assistant site manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum


$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month. Support comes from local sponsor Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

April 6
May 4


THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/empirical-theater
With renovations complete, the new Empirical Theater at OMSI is now open. Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater will expand the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages.

Great White Shark
Unraveling the mystery of a creature that haunts our imaginations, Great White Shark explores this iconic predator's much maligned reputation as it takes viewers around the world to tell the true story of the great white's threatened role atop the oceanic food chain.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a thrilling immersive experience about one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to billions of people and how archaeology is revolutionizing our understanding of Jerusalem's past.


Mysteries of the Unseen World
In the National Geographic tradition of powerful natural-history images and storytelling, Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals once-invisible dimensions of nature that are filled with beauty and wonder--and hold secrets crucial to our survival.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

Gravity 3D
Now Playing
Presented on the giant screen in astonishing Dolby 3D, this Oscar-nominated space thriller returns for an encore engagement. An astronaut (George Clooney) and scientist (Sandra Bullock) on a shuttle mission find themselves stranded in space when debris strikes their ship during a space walk. With no link to Earth and no hope of rescue, their fear turns to panic as they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

NEW INFO
Particle Fever
Opens April 15
For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Follow six scientists involved in the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. Pushing the edge of human innovation, these scientists join colleagues from over 100 countries in the pursuit of a single goal: to recreate the conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.


PLANETARIUM SHOWS
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium
Starting January 1, 2014

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Space exploration--our greatest adventure--is having a big impact on our lives in many ways. Discoveries made through space exploration are helping us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty. Equally as important, it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What's happening above is coming back down to Earth! Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS
Now Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tue-Sun; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
January 1 - April 30
Laser Beatles -- Rock and Roll Music, Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, All Together Now, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends, Octopus's Garden, Get Back, The End

NEW INFO
Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tue-Sun; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
May 1 - August 31
Jazz Fantasia -- In the Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra, Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi, Mac the Knife - Louis Armstrong, Sequencer - Al Di Meola


EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)

April
8:15 p.m.
Laser Nirvana - Songs include: Come as You Are, Sliver, Lithium, Floyd the Barber, Pennyroyal Tea, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, Smells Like Teen Spirit,
Love Buzz, Heart Shaped Box, Plateau, and All Apologies,

9:30 p.m.
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall - Songs include: In The Flesh?, The Thin Ice, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2), Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, Empty Spaces, Young Lust, Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Comfortably Numb, In The Flesh

NEW INFO
May
8:15 p.m.
Laser Michael Jackson Song List - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, The Way You Make Me Feel, ABC, Black Or White, Human Nature, Thriller, Man In The Mirror, Dirty Diana, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Billie Jean


9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Vision Bell - Keep Talking, One Slip, Astronomy Domine, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Have A Cigar, Wish you Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Day of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall ( Pt. 2), Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Pigs on the Wing (Pt. 2)

OMSI CONTACT INFO
Phone: 503.797.4000 or 800.955.6674
Website: www.omsi.edu

PRICING

Museum Admission: $13.00 Adults, $9.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, FREE for members
Submarine: $5.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above)
Empirical Theater Before 6pm: $8.50 Adults, $6.50 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members
Empirical Theater 6pm and After: $7 Adults, $6 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+, $1 off for members
Planetarium: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Matinee Laser Light Shows: $5.75 Non-Members/$4.75 Members
Evening Laser Light Shows: $7.50

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Gregory T. Bretzing Named Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/31/14
FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
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Director James B. Comey has selected Gregory T. Bretzing to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI's Portland Division. Mr. Bretzing most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bretzing began his career as an FBI special agent in 1995 and reported to the Phoenix Field Office, Sierra Vista Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, corruption and violent crime matters. He was the case agent of a large, multinational organized crime and corruption case and received the Office of National Drug Control Policy National Task Force Investigation of the Year award, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator's Award.

In September 2000, Mr. Bretzing was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division's Money Laundering Unit at FBI Headquarters. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, he was instrumental in tracing funds used by the hijackers to carry out the attack.

Mr. Bretzing was promoted in August 2002 to unit chief in the Terrorist Financing Operations Section. He was recognized for his work by the CIA and received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for his contributions to the FBI's counterterrorism efforts.
In January 2004, Mr. Bretzing transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he managed the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in September 2007 and led the office's Criminal Branch. In August 2009, he was assigned as the FBI on-scene commander in Afghanistan, where he served for four months.

In December 2009, Mr. Bretzing returned to Salt Lake City as the assistant special agent in charge and assumed responsibility for Salt Lake City's National Security Branch in July 2010. Mr. Bretzing was appointed as an inspector in August 2012.

He attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor's degree in accounting.
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Attached Media Files: FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
Update #2: Correction & Added Info - Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Correction: The offending driver's correct age is 42, not 32 as originally listed. OSP investigation is continuing and no other information regarding it is being released at this time.

Note: The celebration of life for the victim, Karen Greenstein, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Ashland High School. According to a news release sent Sunday by Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, friends, family and Emergency Service workers from all agencies are invited to attend.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the early Thursday morning two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. Additional details and names are released in this update. OSP is seeking information from witnesses related to this fatal crash investigation.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality.

Preliminary investigation indicates a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by RICHARD WEBSTER SCOTT, age 42, from Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by KAREN LEE GREENSTEIN, age 58, from Ashland.

SCOTT was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.

GREENSTEIN was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned GREENSTEIN worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was enroute home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP is asking any witnesses who have not spoken to investigators to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111. Investigators are looking for witnesses to any driving prior to the fatal crash involving the silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan along Interstate 5, including information related to a report that prior to the crash a vehicle matching the van's description was seen sideways on the southbound off ramp at exit 21 about three miles south of the scene.

OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Jackson County Fire District 5 and ODOT.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor on part of the offending driver. Safety restraint use by both drivers is pending confirmation. OSP is investigating this crash as a criminal investigation.

The southbound lanes are still closed at this time. OSP troopers on scene anticipate southbound lanes will remained closed until around 12 noon. Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes nationally. Wrong way drivers usually drive in the inside lane or inside shoulder, believing they are actually on a two-lane highway. Most common types of wrong way driver-involved crashes are head-on or sideswipe crashes.

The following information and safety tips are offered related to wrong way drivers.

Who is the wrong way driver?

* Intoxicated driver
* Older drivers who easily get confused
* Intentional drivers (example - trying to avoid traffic jams / congestion caused by crashes)
* Inattentive drivers who mistake an off ramp for an on ramp

Safety Tips:

* Watch far ahead for signs of a possible wrong way driver, looking for signs similar to pending problems or developing emergency situations such as other traffic braking or swerving to avoid something, or the obvious - headlights coming in the opposite direction.
* Caution against driving long periods in the inside lane on freeways, especially on curves.

Photograph of offending driver's vehicle provided with release.

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03/30/14
Update Information: Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 84 west of The Dalles
Oregon State Police - 03/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon's motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper. This release is an update and the injured motorcycle operator's name will be released Monday.

On March 30, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a recklessly operated motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 69 at Mosier. The motorcyclist attempted to elude eastbound at a high rate of speed and the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle east of Mosier.

About 20 minutes later, OSP received a report of a serious injury motorcycle crash into a tree near milepost 76 in the vicinity of the Rowena interchange. OSP, Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue responded and found the motorcyclist was seriously injured.

The motorcyclist was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.

One eastbound lane was closed during the scene investigation.

No other information for release at this time.

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03/28/14
County groups to discuss state forestry issues April 4 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/28/14
County commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, April 4, in Salem.

Goals of the combined Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) and Council of Forestry Trust Land Counties workshop agenda include:

* Reviewing the alternative forest management planning process to date
* Developing criteria for acceptable outcomes of an alternative forest management plan
* Identifying ideas for agreement with the Board of Forestry decision in the fall of 2014
* Reviewing draft proposals being considered for county revenue distribution

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 2:15 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.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

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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Food Carts Compete, Food Lovers Win at OMSI for Eat Mobile
OMSI - 03/28/14
For Immediate Release


Food Carts Compete, Food Lovers Win at OMSI for Eat Mobile
Willamette Week's Seventh Annual Eat Mobile Takes Place April 27

Portland, Ore. (March 28, 2014) - Known for its extensive and creative food cart scene, Portland is an international hotspot for mobile eats. On April 27 from 2:30-6 p.m. (pre-tasting from 1-2:30 p.m.), visitors can feast on cuisine from more than 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts stationed in OMSI's north parking lot. Willamette Week's Eat Mobile 2014 is part food festival, part food competition, presented in partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

While the event highlights the food and people that make Portland's food cart scene so special, vendors will compete for the coveted Carty and People's Choice Awards. The Carty Award, one of the highest accolades a Portland food cart can receive, is an honor created by Willamette Week and Eat Mobile to recognize outstanding achievement in mobile nourishment. The equally coveted People's Choice Award is chosen by Eat Mobile's visitors--all are encouraged to cast a vote! Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

In an effort to achieve 100% sustainability, Eat Mobile is powered with solar, wind and bio-diesel generators. All food waste will be composted and beverage containers recycled.

Participating food carts include: 808 Grinds, 50 Licks Ice Cream, Garcelon's Soup & Grilled Cheese, Hapa Ramen, Hungry Heart PDX, Gonzo, Kesone Asian Fusion, Little Boba Truck, Topped Art, Ramy's Falafel Fusion, So Cold Shaved Ice, Thrive, and more!

Tickets go on sale April 2, 2014 at omsi.edu. General admission is $30 and includes samples from each of the participating carts. A limited number of pre-tasting tickets at $50 will also be available. This level of admission includes a complimentary drink ticket and will allow attendees to sample for an hour and a half before the event opens to the general public.


Event Details:
Date--Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time--Pre-tasting, 1-2:30 p.m.; General Admission, 2:30-6 p.m.
Location--OMSI's North Parking Lot
Prices--Pre-tasting, $50; General Admission, $30
Tickets on sale April 2, 2014 - online at omsi.edu.



ABOUT WILLAMETTE WEEK
Since 1974 Willamette Week has remained Portland's definitive source for news, arts and culture, politics and events -- providing audiences with an independent and irreverent understanding of how their worlds work so they can make a difference. wweek.com.

ABOUT OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.
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Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/14
March 28, 2014

Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Patients and medical records transferred to Oregon State Hospital

The Blue Mountain Recovery Center will close March 31. Built in 1948, BMRC was originally the admission and treatment building of the former Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Most recently, it provided hospital-level care for up to 60 patients who had been committed to the Oregon Health Authority for psychiatric treatment.

The remaining BMRC patients have been transferred to the Oregon State Hospital's Portland and Salem campuses. Construction of a new psychiatric facility in Junction City is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, and it will begin serving patients in spring of 2015. The new facilities in Salem and Junction City were designed to provide a therapeutic environment that best supports recovery from mental illness.

Upon closure, Oregon State Hospital will take possession of the archived medical records of former patients of Blue Mountain Recovery Center, Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center, and Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Records will be available after May 1, 2014. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of former patient medical records should mail or fax their request to Oregon State Hospital:

Mailing address
Health Information Department
Room B01-252
Oregon State Hospital
2600 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-945-9855

For questions about medical records, please contact the Oregon State Hospital Health Information Department at 503-945-2976.

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Marine Board Partners with RBFF for Lapsed Boater Renewals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/28/14
RBFF mailer for lapsed boater registrations
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During the week of April 1, a select number of boaters with lapsed motorboat registrations will be mailed reminder notifications as part of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's registration marketing program (RBFF).

Boat owners who have not renewed their boat registration that expired on 12/31/12 will be included in the mailing. Approximately 10,000 renewal notices will be mailed and the results analyzed by RBFF to evaluate whether targeted mailings with angling or boating-focused messaging encourages owners to renew their registrations. The notices and mailing costs are funded entirely by the RBFF with 21 other states participating in the project, along with Oregon.

Motorboat registrations with the Marine Board are a flat, $3 per foot and the cost of registration includes a $5 surcharge toward the aquatic invasive species prevention program, which is a dedicated account. Registrations account for 36 percent of the Marine Board's revenues, that help pay for boat ramps, restrooms, parking, boarding floats, law enforcement, environmental programs and boating safety education.

For more information about the Marine Board, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/About-Us.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: RBFF mailer for lapsed boater registrations
Six Injured, Including 5-Yr Old Ejected Child, in Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Meacham in Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's single vehicle rollover crash along Interstate 84 west of Meacham in northeastern Oregon that resulted in serious injuries to a 5-year old boy who was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 11:37 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by BEATRIZ MURILLO, age 38, from Salem, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 234 when MURILLO lost control on black ice. The vehicle rolled several times crossing through the median before coming to rest on the westbound shoulder.

The Suburban was occupied by six family members. A 5-year old boy was not properly restrained and was ejected from the rolling vehicle, coming to rest seriously injured in the westbound lanes. The child, whose name is not available, was initially transported by air ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. He was then taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for treatment of serious injuries.

The other five family members, including driver MURILLO and 44-year old passenger LUCIO MENDOZA, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Other names are not available for this release.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Michael Wolf is the lead investigator. No photographs available for this release.

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Tribal EMS, Pendleton EMS, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed approximately 1 hour.

OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to remember that proper safety restraint usage is the single most effective way to protect against injuries or death in a motor vehicle crash. The greatest danger to unbelted children and adult occupants is ejection from the vehicle. An unbelted or improperly restrained occupant is five times more likely to be ejected than one who is belted.

The odds of surviving ejection are estimated at one in four - compared to a one in two hundred fatality rate for occupants who remain inside the vehicle. Ejection is the principal reason that minors are prohibited from riding in an open bed of a pickup truck.

For child safety seats, follow the manufacturer's instructions or attend a free child safety seat clinic (see below for resources). For adults, "proper use" means the lap belt is placed low across hips with the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back - this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

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OREGON LAW: A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

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03/27/14
Update: Photo - Woman Treated & Released From Hospital After Spending Hours Trapped in Vehicle off Highway 95 near Rome in Southeast Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
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A Meridian, Idaho woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she spent several hours in her crashed vehicle down in a ravine off Highway 95 near Rome in southeast Oregon. The woman's vehicle was spotted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employees who contacted police and medical responders.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 7:07 p.m., ODOT employees reported to OSP Southern Command Center dispatch that a vehicle was seen off Highway 95 near Rome Hill an estimated distance of over a hundred yards in a ravine. Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency responders were dispatched to the remote area. ODOT employees hiked down to the vehicle and confirmed that a conscious, injured adult female was trapped inside.

The woman, identified as TARAH M. COLWELL, age 32, from Meridian, Idaho, told the ODOT employees she was trapped inside her damaged passenger vehicle since early that morning after it went off the highway to where it came to rest.

An air ambulance and ground medical personnel were dispatched to the area. Jordan Valley Ambulance and rescue personnel arrived about an hour after the report came in to remove the woman out of the ravine back to the highway for transport to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. According to the hospital, COLWELL was treated and later released. Malheur County search and rescue resources were also requested to respond but were advised to disregard after the woman was rescued.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The vehicle may not be recoverable.

No other information available for this release.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/27/14
March 27, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting April 1 in Portland, where OHA staff and the board will continue to work on the board's recommendations to Governor Kitzhaber. The board will hear a general progress report on the work, as well as a presentation on the Sustainable Rate of Growth work group. The board also will hear an update on OHA's data and measurement strategy - including the payment process for coordinated care organization quality incentive measures - and an update on selection of new health plans by the Public Employees' Benefit Board (PEBB). The board will hear public testimony beginning at 3 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 1, 1-3:15 p.m.

Where: Market Square Building, ninth floor, 1515 S.W. Fifth Ave. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream, and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page.

Agenda:
* Director's report
* OHPB recommended actions: progress report
* Sustainable Rate of Growth work group update
* Data and measurement update, including:
- Health plan quality metrics work group and metrics alignment
- CCO quality incentive payment process and timeline
* Coordinated care model spread: PEBB health plan selection and Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) update

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Special Board Meeting - Kiona-Benton City School District
Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist. - 03/27/14
March 28, 2014 - Special Board Meeting at 6:00 P.M. with an Executive Session fifteen minutes prior to the meeting.

Superintendent Search Firm will be decided.
MEDIA ADVISORY - Oregon Business Development Commission to Meet April 4 in Tillamook
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/27/14
MEDIA ADVISORY

The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations in Tillamook on Friday, April 4. The first portion of the meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., will be held at the Tillamook Creamery Board Room, 4185 Highway 101 South. The second portion, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at the Officers Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officers Row, in Tillamook.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
Preliminary Information: Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning the investigation into early Thursday morning's two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. The southbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted to Highway 99 with anticipated closure and possible delays for a few hours.

Preliminary informtaion indicates on March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 25. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality. The offending driver, who was northbound in the southbound lanes, was extricated from the vehicle and is being taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are on scene investigating. OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.

Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No more information expected for release until later today.

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03/26/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 3 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Portland Man - Interstate 84 near North Powder in Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday afternoon along Interstate 84 near North Powder led to the arrest of a Portland resident after the trooper found approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside the rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2013 Ford Fusion displaying Arizona license plates eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 282 for a speed violation. The driver was identified as JESUS MACIAS, age 35, from Portland.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside a suitcase on the rear seat. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $7500.

MACIAS was taken into custody and lodged in the Union County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Photograph Source: Oregon State Police

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$237,500 awarded to boost capacity for 17 Oregon arts organizations
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
As part of its multi-year Sustaining Oregon's Arts program, the Oregon Arts Commission has awarded $237,500 in Capacity Building Grants to 17 Oregon arts groups. The grants, which range from $3,100 for upgrading Triangle Productions' office equipment to $24,500 for a capital campaign position at the Salem Arts Association, fund specific projects designed to strengthen the organizations and help them better achieve their missions.

Capacity Building Grants enable groups to respond to technology and environmental changes by building their operating capacity, improving financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and/or strengthening management and board governance.

"These grants help arts groups keep pace with changing technology or respond to one-time challenges or opportunities," said Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who chaired the grant panel. "The number of grant requests we receive, which far exceeds what we are able to fund, demonstrates that this is an area of great need for the arts field."

Applications from 40 organizations totaling $756,664 were received.

2014 Capacity Building Grants were awarded to:

All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland: $22,400
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center, allowing All Classical to enhance programming, build audiences and further develop financial capacity and stability. The new facility will provide adequate, healthier space for volunteers, interns and staff, in addition to accommodating on-site meetings by the board of directors.

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton: $6,400
To support the design and installation of exterior signage and other projects to increase organizational visibility. Included will be design and production of a new council brochure, new projection capability for meeting spaces and enhancements to the website for user and donor functionality.

Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW), Portland: $22,300
To support a full technology systems upgrade to manage the organization's artistic programs and generate earned and contributed revenue, including a new computer network and an updated website. The new technology will allow CMNW to more fully utilize its Customer Relationship Management software.

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $10,000
To support the purchase of new workstations and software, replacing decades-old donated computers with a new, compatible system. The upgrade will allow the museum to increase efficiency and expand programs and services to better meet community needs.

Eugene Opera, Eugene: $12,000
To support the creation of a new website that improves user navigation and is accessible to mobile devices, adding a content management system for staff and volunteers and integrating the opera's blog. The website will include design updates and a new video more accessible to younger audiences.

Eugene Symphony, Eugene: $19,000
To support the adoption of a cloud-based database to integrate analyze, and maximize the use of patron data. The database will enable the symphony to significantly enhance messaging for its communications, cultivation and stewardship efforts while ensuring patrons and donors feel their relationship with the Symphony is fully recognized and valued.

Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $10,000
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center. The move will provide space for the recruitment of skilled volunteers to track and manage patron data, as well as for board meetings; it also will inspire closer collaboration with fellow tenants Portland All Classical and Portland Opera.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $17,000
To support the purchase of computers, software and a new phone system. The technology upgrade will allow staff to be more productive and efficient, enhance the ability to plan, organize and market programs, simplify program registration and increase public access to Josephy Library resources and Josephy Center programs.

Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $11,500
To support the adoption of a new cloud-based database to integrate ticketing, subscriptions, fundraising, email marketing and collaboration. The database will allow the company to advance its five-year strategic plan to improve fiscal growth with enhanced communication and better understanding of its users.

Literary Arts, Portland: $20,000
To support re-mastering Literary Arts lecture archives and make them available to anyone across the state through a new online interface and associated marketing plan. The project will remove geographic barriers to participation in Portland Arts & Lectures, reaching new audiences and strengthening the organization's mission to promote reading and writing statewide.

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland: $7,900
To support an upgrade to the organization's financial management and network security systems, increasing Newspace's ability to effectively and efficiently process visitor donations, class registrations and related communications. The upgrade also will better separate office and web systems, ensuring that Newspace customer data is more secure.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $22,300
To support the creation of a new website in advance of the organization's 50th Anniversary Season. The website will allow functionality for use on tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices, better enabling the Opera to attract and retain younger audience members. It also will be more cost-efficient to maintain and will provide greater patron security.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,200
To support the migration to a new integrated relational database that will capture donations, ticket purchases and patron information in one central system. The new system will enable the theater to strategically market to people who have purchased tickets to similar shows; easily identify donors in specific categories to maintain or expand giving relationships; re-engage lapsed donors; and encourage first-time charitable giving by ticket-holders.

Salem Art Association, Salem: $24,500
To support a temporary increase in the Grants Manager position, enabling the manager to work full-time toward completion of the association's Access Art capital campaign. The campaign will fund the installation of an elevator, allowing access to the upstairs gallery space, and the renovation of the Bush Barn Annex to accommodate space for workshops and a studio.

Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem: $5,600
To support the purchase of upgraded computers and software that will increase system capacity and allow the institute to better manage relationships, grow revenue, develop new partnerships and attract more volunteers.

triangle productions, Portland: $3,100
To support an upgrade of office technology to enhance marketing and sales efforts. The new equipment will enable staff to create quality marketing materials in-house, enhance presentations and utilize point-of-sale technology as well as improving services to patrons.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Wash., Portland: $15,300
To support technical upgrades including replacing current accounting program, migrating data and updating scheduling software. The new equipment and software will save staff time by eliminating the need for manual hand entry to connect the accounting and scheduling systems, reduce opportunities for error, improve user experience with the Educator's Guide, and improve back-end reporting so Young Audiences can better track and evaluate program use.
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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.
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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Update: Motorcyclist Dies From Injuries Sustained in March 22nd Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed through the Medical Examiner's office that a 24-year old Newberg man died early Wednesday morning, March 26, at a Portland hospital from injuries sustained Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County.

CURTIS PETERSON, age 24, was critically injured March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., while operating a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28. PETERSON failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the highway where he was ejected.

PETERSON was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he was being treated until he passed away. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville and North Plains offices are continuing the investigation.

Previously released information available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/03_23_2014_seriousinj_mtc_hwy99w_mp28.aspx

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Dinosaurs Roar to Life at OMSI
OMSI - 03/26/14
EMBARGOED RELEASE
Please run on or after May 4, 2014


UNCOVER FEATHERED SECRETS AND FEROCIOUS STORIES
AS DINOSAURS ROAR TO LIFE AT OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Animatronic Exhibition Opens May 23

Portland, Ore. (March 26, 2014) - Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history.

Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Now believed to have had feathers, scientists understand that some dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern birds.

"Dinosaurs are intriguing subjects that provide rich opportunities for science learning," says Nancy Stueber, OMSI President. "This exhibition is a tremendous opportunity to learn about the latest scientific findings while igniting our imaginations as the creatures seemingly come to life. We couldn't be more excited."

Each of the life-like animatronic dinosaurs has been custom designed and handcrafted for the exhibition by a team of "paleo-artists" using the best available data from paleontologists on how each species actually looked and sounded.

For many, the exhibition's feathered Tyrannosaurus rex juvenile will be the most striking dinosaur. Long considered the quintessential reptilian dinosaur in appearance, scientists believe the predator may have been covered in downy protofeathers from the time of its hatching through adolescence. Other guests may find the awesome size of the 15-foot tall Gigantoraptor to be the biggest surprise, especially when they realize the specimen from which the model is based had not yet reached its full size at the time of its death.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages, capturing the human fascination with dinosaurs at a time in history when paleontologists are uncovering and identifying new species at an unprecedented rate.

Dinosaurs Unearthed opens Friday, May 23, 2014 and closes Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Admission for adults is $13; youth (3-13) and seniors (63+), $9.50; member adults, $5; member youth/senior, Free. Prices include admission to the museum. Visit omsi.edu for more information.

About Dinosaurs Unearthed:
Dinosaurs Unearthed, located in Richmond, British Columbia Canada, creates outstanding guest experiences for indoor and outdoor venues around the world. The company produces traveling exhibitions that are engaging, entertaining and grounded in current science. Since 2007, many exhibitions have opened to great success throughout North America, Australia and Europe, inspiring millions of guests in museums, science centers, zoos and other venues. Recent Dinosaurs Unearthed North American exhibitions have appeared in Chicago, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Berkeley, Vancouver and Winnipeg. www.dinosaursunearthed.com

About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI):
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu

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State Cultural Funders Hold Grant Workshops in Echo, La Grande, Statewide (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
Arts in the Parks with Pat Courtney Gold, was a grant of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Folklife Network and Oregon Cultural Trust.
Arts in the Parks with Pat Courtney Gold, was a grant of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Folklife Network and Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, OR - Grant application season has begun for the Oregon Cultural Trust and its partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and Oregon Heritage.

This group of statewide culture-focused organizations will be coming to Eastern Oregon on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, to share briefly about their programs, and discuss how they can be helpful and add value to the current and future activities of the cultural nonprofits and individuals in the community.

The workshop, "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities," will take place April 15, 3-5pm at Echo's Historic City Hall/Community Center, and Wednesday, April 16, 11:30-1:30 at the F. Maxine and Thomas W. Wood Memorial Library at 2006 4th St. in La Grande. These meetings are open to all potential grant applicants, and are likely to draw from several cities in Union, Umatilla, Grant and Morrow Counties.

Cultural Trust Manager, Kimberly Howard said she hopes the introductions and small group breakout sessions will be, "a broad discussion of how our organizations can intersect with your community in a way that has significance." Rotating small group conversations with each of the funders during the program will identify community needs and provide networking opportunities with regard to arts, heritage and humanities. "We hope people will make new connections in their conversations," said Howard.

After adjourning, the funding organizations will have clipboards available, on which potential applicants may sign up to receive additional information about a particular program. The Cultural Trust will also be scheduling one on one phone consultations with serious applicants in the months leading up to the May 15, 2014 deadline.

The group of cultural partners traveled the state together in 2012, meeting with applicants, but they did their grant workshops by webinar in 2013. Said Howard, "These workshops are a great chance for funders and cultural nonprofits to meet, face to face. This ends up being the most effective way of providing technical assistance and being present to listen for the best possible results."

Other "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities" programs will take place in April in Bend, Burns, and The Dalles.

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Attached Media Files: Arts in the Parks with Pat Courtney Gold, was a grant of Oregon Heritage, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Folklife Network and Oregon Cultural Trust.
Oregon Cultural Funders Hold Conversations with Funders in The Dalles, Statewide (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
The Dalles Art Center is a past grantee of the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Wasco County Cultural Coalition.
The Dalles Art Center is a past grantee of the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Wasco County Cultural Coalition.
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Salem, OR - Grant application season has begun for the Oregon Cultural Trust and its partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and Oregon Heritage.
This group of statewide culture-focused organizations will be coming to the Gorge on Tuesday, April 15, to share briefly about their programs, and discuss how they can be helpful and add value to the current and future activities of the cultural nonprofits and individuals in the community.

The workshop, "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities," will take place April 15, 10am-12pm at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 East Fourth St. This meeting is open to all potential grant applicants, and is likely to draw from several cities in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties.

Cultural Trust Manager, Kimberly Howard said she hopes the introductions and small group breakout sessions will be, "a broad discussion of how our organizations can intersect with your community in a way that has significance." Rotating small group conversations with each of the funders during the program will identify community needs and provide networking opportunities with regard to arts, heritage and humanities. "We hope people will make new connections in their conversations," said Howard.

After adjourning, the funding organizations will have clipboards available, on which potential applicants may sign up to receive additional information about a particular program. The Cultural Trust will also be scheduling one on one phone consultations with serious applicants in the months leading up to the May 15, 2014 deadline.

The group of cultural partners traveled the state together in 2012, meeting with applicants, but they did their grant workshops by webinar in 2013. Said Howard, "These workshops are a great chance for funders and cultural nonprofits to meet, face to face. This ends up being the most effective way of providing technical assistance and being present to listen for the best possible results."

Other "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities" programs will take place in April in Bend, Burns, Echo and LaGrande.

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Attached Media Files: The Dalles Art Center is a past grantee of the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Wasco County Cultural Coalition.
MEDIA ALERT - RVHS Students Teach Horse Basics to Tri-Tech Class
Finley Sch. Dist. - 03/26/14
FINLEY, WA - The River View High School Equine Science Class in Finley will teach 35 pre-vet students about the basics of working with a horse. Students from the pre-vet class at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick will visit RVHS on Thursday, March 27 for a hands-on learning experience from 8:30 AM to 2 PM.

Finley's Equine Science students (grades 9-12) have spent months preparing for this educational day at the high school. Live horses are used to teach the class, and RVHS teacher, Mr. Keith Holman, says he is excited to step back and watch his students present their lesson.

"The students putting this on have spent a lot of time inside and outside the classroom learning what they need to know in order to put this day on," Holman said.

The March 27 lesson ends with a saddling (race) contest. Students from Tri-Tech will arrive at River View High School at 8:30 AM, with a lunch break at 12 PM.

For more information, contact Mr. Holman at 509.582.2158 or kholman@finleysd.org.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 8-9 in Bend
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/26/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 26, 2014

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

Bend OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year on April 8-9 at The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center at 3075 U.S. 97 Business, Bend OR.

On April 8, Commissioners will tour state parks in the area starting at 10 a.m., then attend workshops at The Riverhouse.

On April 9, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at The Riverhouse to discuss acquisition priorities and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes two actions related to property -- one an exchange affecting a portion of the Bandon State Natural Area, and the other an update to the list of 2013-2015 acquisition priorities - - plus separate items related to contracts, the 2015-2017 budget, and other topics.

The full meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Vanessa Demoe at vanessa.demoe@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 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. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx.

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03/25/14
Celebrate Sunnyside on April 8, 2014
Sunnyside Sch. Dist. - 03/25/14
On Tuesday, April, 8, 2014, the City of Sunnyside, Sunnyside School District, Sunnyside Community Hospital, and Port of Sunnyside will be joining together to celebrate our community's continued growth and success with a special day of ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, tours, and special announcements. The Celebrate Sunnyside event will be held at various locations around the community throughout the morning and early afternoon, including a hosted lunch. The community and media are invited to attend all or any of the events listed below. A bus will be available to transport attendees from site to site. Attendees interested in traveling on the bus should park in the Central Park parking lot and meet at Centennial Square at 9:00 a.m. for the start of the festivities. Please RSVP to diana.castillo-paul@sunnysideschools.org or 509-836-8700 by April 5, 2014.

9:00 a.m. Downtown Revitalization Celebration
Centennial Square- 6th St. and Edison Ave.

9:30 a.m. Sunnyside High School Addition Construction Tour
Sunnyside High School- 1801 E. Edison Ave.

10:00 a.m. Hospital New Service Announcement
Sunnyside Community Hospital- 1016 Tacoma Ave.

10:30 a.m. Port of Sunnyside Anaerobic Digester Groundbreaking
Port of Sunnyside Water Lab- 747 Midvale Rd.

11:15 a.m. YV-Tech Sunnyside Campus Ribbon Cutting and Tour
YV-Tech Sunnyside Campus- 437 Barnard Blvd.

12:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch at YV-Tech

12:30 p.m. Fire Station Ribbon Cutting and Tour
Sunnyside Fire Station- 513 S. 8th St.
Registration now open for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/25/14
CONTACT:
Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8322
jared@oregonvolunteers.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2014

Registration now open for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon

SALEM, Ore. -- Registration is now open for the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon, which will recognize outstanding Oregon volunteers for their hard work and achievements.

Details:

What: Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon
When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24
Where: Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE
Who: We encourage participation by award winners, nominees, family, friends, volunteer colleagues and other Oregonians who share a commitment to community engagement
Cost: $30 per individual ticket (winners will receive one ticket to attend). Tables of eight are also available. People must register in advance.
Register: To register, or for more information, visit our website at http://www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva/. Register by April 17.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Before the luncheon, the Commission will hold a hearing to gather public input on volunteering throughout Oregon. That hearing is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m. and will also be held at the Salem Conference Center.

Oregon Volunteers is the State Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Its mission is to strengthen our communities by inspiring Oregonians to actively engage, volunteer and serve. Oregon Volunteers promotes and supports AmeriCorps, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), volunteerism and civic engagement to strengthen Oregon communities. For more information about Oregon Volunteers, please visit http://www.oregonvolunteers.org.

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 banking stores; 9,000 ATMs; the Internet (wellsfargo.com) and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. Last year Wells Fargo was named the most generous company in America and the most generous bank in Oregon.
Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package scheduled to participate in Alaska Vigilant Guard Exercise (Photo)
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The Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to participate in the Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, March 25 - April 3.

The unit's mission is to respond to man-made or natural events and provide a robust, quick-response search and extraction, with the varied capacities of decontamination, medical triage, treatment and stabilization, and fatality recovery.

Oregon's CERFP unit will work alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise will tie into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

Two groups from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing provide the medical support (to include a trained medical team embedded within the search and extraction team), and fatality recovery elements, and Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 3670th Maintenance Company and the 224th Engineer Company provide personnel for the decontamination, search and extraction, and command and control teams.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

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To see the Flickr photo album of our Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/

PHOTOS:
140324-Z-MZ730-001: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) set ramps to load equipment into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24, as they prepare to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140324-Z-MZ730-002: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) set ramps to load equipment into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24, as they prepare to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140324-Z-MZ730-005: Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III (center), Director of the Air National Guard, poses for a photo with members of the Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24. Clarke was in Oregon to attend a Silver Star ceremony for a member of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron. He also met with the CERFP as they prepared to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140325-Z-MZ730-001: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) load into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 25, as they depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)


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Wapato Middle School Cultural Unity Fair Reminder
Wapato Sch. Dist. - 03/25/14
Good afternoon,

Just wanted to send a reminder about our upcoming 32nd annual Cultural Unity Fair. Much of the preparation of the food and the final practices for the dance routines will be taking place tomorrow afternoon (Wed., March 26th) at about 3pm if any of you wanted to come do a preview.

If a preview doesn't work for you then anything you can do to spread the word about the event which is Thursday, March 27th from 4:30 to 7:00pm at Wapato Middle School, is extremely appreciated. This event is open to the general public.

I've attached the release I originally sent a week or so ago.


Thanks and remember "EVERY School Day Counts"


Attached Media Files: Cultural Unity Fair
State to auction coins, jewelry, collectibles from abandoned safe deposit boxes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 03/25/14
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Public invited to April 3-5 event in southern Oregon

White City - About 1400 lots, ranging from diamond rings to baseball cards, will be offered for sale at a public auction in White City, near Medford.

Location:
885 Industrial Circle, White City, OR (9 mi. north of Medford)

Auction Preview:
Thursday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Public Auction:
Friday, April 4, 9:00 a.m. (jewelry and miscellaneous)
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. (coin and currency)

The location is the auction facility of the auctioneer, Liska and Associates.

Every year the Department of State Lands, which manages the state's unclaimed property program, receives hundreds of boxes, envelopes and packages containing the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. Financial institutions must turn over the contents to the state when owners have not kept up rental payments and when owners cannot be located for two years.

Before scheduling a sale, unclaimed property staff looks for owners by posting their names on a searchable online database and by performing specialized individual searches. Any unclaimed contents are sold at public auction. The proceeds from the sale are posted to the owner's account and are available forever to be claimed.

Unclaimed funds are held in trust in the Common School Fund until claimed by owners or their heirs. The fund sends twice-yearly distributions to all of Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Additional information, including auction catalogs:

State Lands: 503-986-5257 (Salem)
http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/UP/Pages/up_auction_2014.aspx

Liska: 541-471-0916 (Grants Pass)
http://www.liska-auctioneers.com/2013/other-auctions/april-4-5-safetyauction/


The State Land Board consists of Governor John A. Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown 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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MEDIA ALERT - Pyramid Night in Finley
Finley Sch. Dist. - 03/25/14
FINLEY, WA - Finley Middle School's annual Pyramid Night takes place tomorrow, March 26 from 5:30 to 7 PM. The parent night is coordinated by the sixth grade teaching team at the middle school and involves a pizza dinner for sixth grade students and their families, a "tour through Egypt" led by the students, and presentations made by the sixth graders with a question and answer time regarding their culminating projects for the Egyptian unit.

The annual Pyramid Night is open to the public. Following the family dinner from 5:30 to 6:00, pyramid presentations will take place from 6 to 7 PM. Those wishing to take part in the FMS tour of Egypt should enter through the side doors of the middle school building into the school commons.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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03/24/14
Loaded Log Truck Crashes off Highway 204 west of Elgin into Phillips Creek (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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A log truck driver received minor injuries Monday after losing control resulting in the truck and trailer loaded with logs coming to rest on their side in Phillips Creek along Highway 204 about a mile west of Elgin.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Walt Anderson, on March 24, 2014 at approximately 4:35 p.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a loaded log trailer driven by JUSTIN K. WRIGHT, age 33, from Summerville, was eastbound on Highway 204 near milepost 39. As the truck and trailer came out of a right curve, it traveled onto the shoulder and continued down the embankment into the river where it came to rest on its right side.

WRIGHT freed himself from the truck and got out on his own. He had minor injuries and was cited for Fail to Drive Within a Lane.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, Elgin Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. DEQ was notified to assess any environmental impact. There is no information regarding a diesel spill from the truck.

ODOT and the logging company are on scene to remove the truck, trailer and logs from the creek.

Both lanes are potentially affected during recovery work. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

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PHOTOS: Oregon Air National Guard combat controllers awarded for heroism (Photo)
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron were honored for their heroism during an award ceremony today, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore.

The Airmen recognized were Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews with the rarely awarded Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones with the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson with the Bronze Star.

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard were in attendance at the ceremony.

Biography for Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is the Director, Air National Guard:
http://www.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130416-029.pdf

Fact Sheet for Silver Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7729

Fact Sheet for Bronze Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7771&page=1

PHOTOS:
140324-Z-CH590-336: U.S. Army Capt. Seth Nieman (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews (right), a combat controller with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron, with the rarely awarded Silver Star, March 24, during a ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. Matthews' actions saved Nieman's life, along with other Special Forces teammates, during an ambush near Jalrez, Wardak Province in Afghanistan on Nov. 27, 2012. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-276: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo with Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III (third from left) and Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant James W. Hotaling (center) following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke; Chief Master Sergeant James Hotaling (a former Oregon Air Guard member); Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-280: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo with Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson; Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; and. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-302: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 31 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Minnesota Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop last Wednesday about 15 miles north of Madras on Highway 97 led to the seizure of approximately 31 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a Minnesota man. OSP Drug Enforcement Section has been conducting follow up investigation and has authorized the release of the information related to the arrest.

On March 19, 2014 at approximately 1:10 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2008 Chrysler Sebring displaying Minnesota license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 75 for a traffic violation. The vehicle's driver was identified as DANIEL R. VAGLE, age 31, from Big Lake, Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the assistance of an OSP drug detection dog led to the discovery of approximately 31 pounds of marijuana in a large duffel bag in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $75,000.

VAGLE was taken into custody by troopers and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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February 2014 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon's Counties
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/24/14
Benton County had Oregon's lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February at 5.3 percent. Harney County (11.6%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fourteen of Oregon's counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 6.9 percent and 12 were below the nationwide rate of 6.7 percent. Grant County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 3.7 percentage points.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon's six broad regions between February 2013 and February 2014. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+2.7%). The Portland area (+2.2%), the Willamette Valley (+1.9%), Southern Oregon (+0.4%), Eastern Oregon (0.3%), and the Oregon Coast (+0.2%) also saw job growth over the year.

For additional information on your local area, please visit QualityInfo.org and select an area on the Regional Information map.

Next News Releases
The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for March on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released on Monday, April 21, 2014.


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Correction to Update #2: Additional Information & Photo - OSP SWAT Helps Take Two in Custody Following Attempt to Elude in Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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Correction to female suspect's first name spelling to read "CHALLIS"

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Two people were taken into custody Sunday morning after trying to hide in a residence leading to an over two hour standoff with Oregon State Police (OSP), Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Police Department. OSP is continuing the investigation. The name of the female and a list of charges are provided in this update.

The male suspect is identified as BRENT WALDORF, age 23, from Madras. He was lodged in Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony warrant - Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (Wasco County)
* Felony warrant - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Felony Attempt to Elude & Reckless Driving (Jefferson County)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Arson in the First Degree

The female suspect is identified as CHALLIS SHAREI HEATH, age 23, from Warm Springs. She was lodged in Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

* Arson in the First Degree
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop 1992 Honda Civic four door for disobeying a stop sign southeast side of Madras in Jefferson County. The driver failed to yield, attempting to elude by driving through a field, across Madras and onto Highway 361 into the Metolius area.

About 10 minutes later, the male and female occupants abandoned the car in an alley and fled on foot. OSP, with the help of Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Police Department, tracked the two people to a residence in the 500 block of Washington Street in Metolius. Contact with the residence owners confirmed the two suspects were inside trying to hide.

One of the suspects was believed to be WALDORF who was wanted on outstanding warrants and thought to be potentially armed. OSP activated SWAT personnel from central Oregon and Willamette Valley. After some of the SWAT personnel arrived on scene, they made entry and took both people into custody at approximately 10:15 a.m. While inside, SWAT officers learned the suspects set a fire in the kitchen and it was put out with fire extinguishers.

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 212 west of Boring in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's two vehicle head-on traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 57-year old Oregon City woman and critical injury to an 18-year old Boring girl along Highway 212 west of Boring in Clackamas County. Updated information and names are released in this update.

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by AMANDA J. GRAHAM, age 18, from Boring, was eastbound on Highway 212 near Peterson Road about milepost 6. For an unknown reason at this time, the pickup crossed the double solid centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Mazda Protege four-door driven by CHERYL ELAINE HILL, age 57, from Oregon City.

HILL was critically injured and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she died after arrival.

GRAHAM was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe is the lead investigator. Both drivers were using safety restraints and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Boring Fire District, AMR ambulance, and ODOT. The highway was re-opened at 3:00 a.m.

OSP and ODOT reminds all travelers that many people are hitting our highways day and night during spring break period, March 22 - 30. During last year's spring break period, six people died in 6 separate traffic crashes on Oregon's roads.

All motorists are urged to join their law enforcement officers in keeping out highways safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

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MEDIA ALERT - Farm Fair Begins Tomorrow
ESD 123 - 03/24/14
KENNEWICK, WA - The 21st Annual Farm Fair begins tomorrow, March 25, at 9 AM at the Benton County Fair Grounds in Kennewick. The Fair takes place on March 25 from 9 AM to 2:30 PM and on March 26 from 9-11:30 AM.

More than 1,200 fifth grade students representing 14 public and private schools will attend the two-day event learning about agricultural products, careers and commodities through fun hands-on experiences and presentations.

For more information, contact Ramona Rommereim at 509.531.7857 or franklin.farmbureau@gmail.com

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Oregon OSHA fines WildCat Haven for safety violations following worker's death
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined WildCat Haven $5,600 for safety and health violations after an animal keeper was attacked and killed at the Sherwood sanctuary. The sanctuary violated its two-person safety procedure and cage latches did not fully secure dangerous cougars, Oregon OSHA found.

"Sadly, as is so often the case, this workplace tragedy may have been prevented if the employer had followed and enforced its own guidelines when employees entered the cougar enclosures," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator.

Renee Radziwon Chapman was attempting to clean one of the cages at the sanctuary when one or more cougars attacked her on Nov. 9, 2013. The victim was working alone at the facility.

Oregon OSHA cited WildCat Haven for two serious violations, each with a penalty of $2,800. The investigation found the sanctuary violated its two-person safety procedure by allowing keepers to work alone on a frequent basis.

The second violation identified an inadequate latch design on the cougar cages. If the locks were not fully closed, they could inadvertently pop open. In order to fully secure the latch, keepers were required to enter the cage and attach a carabiner onto the latch's lock fitting. The enclosure itself was also poorly designed with no separate entry door. As a result, cougars in two separate chambers needed to be secured in order to safely enter.

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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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.


Attached Media Files: Oregon OSHA citation
03/23/14
Oregon FBI On-Call PIO
FBI - Oregon - 03/23/14
PIO Beth Anne Steele is on leave until Monday, March 31st. Until then, media please utilize the on-call pager at (503) 208-6241 for assistance. Thanks.
03/22/14
Red Cross responds to Hermiston fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/14
At noon on Saturday Red Cross volunteers responded to a single family fire in the 1900 block of NE 10th Street in Hermiston. Three adults were affected. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, linens, comfort kits, and disaster health and mental health information/referral.
03/21/14
Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron awards Airmen with high honors (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/21/14
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to honor a group of Airmen with the 125th Special Tactics Squadron, with a Silver Star and Bronze Star medals, during a ceremony on Monday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, located at 15300 SE Minuteman Way, in Clackamas, Ore.

Scheduled to attend are Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

The Airmen scheduled to be recognized are Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews with the Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones with the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson with the Bronze Star.

"The 125th STS has a proud history of displaying valor and heroism in combat," said Maj. TJ Awada, commander of the 125th STS. "The actions of Sergeants Matthews, Jones, Matlock, and Thompson are in keeping with the highest traditions of this squadron and the Oregon National Guard.

On Nov. 27, 2012, the vehicle Matthews' was riding in struck an improvised explosive device, triggering a coordinated ambush near Jalrez, Wardak Province in Afghanistan. Despite being ejected from the vehicle, and sustaining head injuries and multiple lacerations, he immediately came to his feet and faced small-arms fire from 12 different enemy fighting positions, some as close as 30 meters.

Although seriously wounded, Matthews returned fire and made his way back to the overturned vehicle to aid his wounded teammates. He located his team leader, who was ejected from the vehicle and seriously wounded, and moved him to safety while continuing to exchange fire with the enemy. As his Special Forces teammates regrouped, Matthews coordinated close air support and medical evacuation for the wounded. Despite being exposed to enemy fire, he continued to direct close air support, which eventually repelled the enemy.

"His heroism under fire while directing close air support allowed friendly forces to recover all personnel with no loss of life and maneuver out of the ambush's kill zone. Sergeant Matthews' actions undoubtedly saved the lives of his wounded teammates and an Afghan interpreter," the award citation reads.

On Oct. 6, 2012, Matlock's team began receiving intense enemy fire while conducting a patrol in Arabon Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Matlock dove into a nearby irrigation ditch and returned fire while coordinating air support to suppress the enemy fire pinning down his team. He crawled to a vantage point where he determined that two Special Forces and two Afghan partner force soldiers were severely wounded. Matlock soon realized that his team leader was also injured. With complete disregard for his own safety, Matlock jumped to his feet and ran to the aid of his teammates. He rendered first aid while coordinating medical evacuation flights and close air support. As medical evacuation helicopters arrived, he carried one of his injured comrades to safety while under enemy fire.

On Oct. 8, 2012, Jones served as the primary joint terminal attack controller assigned to an Army Special Forces Team conducting a tactical ground movement in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. The team's lead vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, triggering a coordinated ambush. Jones immediately returned fire while coordinating close air support aircraft overhead. After the initial volley of enemy fire, Jones exited his vehicle and rushed to the command element, which was pinned down by enemy fire. As he made his way to the front of the convoy, Jones continued to engage the enemy and provide air support. While coordinating airstrikes, Jones lost line of sight communications with the aerial support. Without regard for his personal safety, Jones immediately moved to an exposed position in order to regain communications and continue aerial coordination to repel the enemy assault.

Between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2011, Thompson served as a joint terminal attack controller attached to an Army Special Forces team, conducting more than 35 combat patrols in the rugged terrain of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. During one mission, insurgents ambushed his team with machine gun and small arms fire. Thompson returned fire, enabling the team to reach cover. He quickly relayed the location of two insurgents he identified, enabling Afghanistan Local Police to defeat both insurgents. Also, during a separate patrol, his team came under heavy small arms fire from insurgents. Thompson returned fire, re-supplied the M-249 machine gunner, and directed mortar fire. He then controlled fixed-wing air support, initiating an enemy withdrawal. Throughout the deployment, Thompson controlled 34 aircraft during multiple life-threatening missions.

The 125th STS was officially established on May 1, 2005, and is headquartered at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. The 125th Special Tactics Squadron currently has 79 members made up of Combat Controllers (CCT), Special Operations Weathermen (SOWT), and numerous support positions. Members of the unit undergo a rigorous two-year training program where they graduate as combat divers, military free-fall and static-line parachutists and are trained to operate in any environment in the world.


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Spring Break Message: Drive Safely to Save Lives (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/21/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation urge all drivers to drive safely and save lives during the spring break period, March 22 - 30, 2014.

Many people traveling this spring break, either alone or with family or friends, will hit our highways day and night. During the 2013 spring break period (March 23 - 31), six people, ages 17 - 79, died in six separate traffic crashes on Oregon roads.

"Fatal and serious injury crashes are almost always preventable, usually attributed to driver error, and the impacts to those affected can be devastating," said OSP Major Travis Hampton. "OSP troopers are joining law enforcement and traffic safety partners around the country encouraging all motorists to pledge their support for highway safety and to comply with all traffic safety laws."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), highway fatalities rank as one of the top 12 causes of death in the United States and are the leading cause of deaths among teens. Over 33,000 people dying on our nations' roadways is unacceptable.

Last year, preliminary numbers show Oregon recorded 314 traffic fatalities, a drop of nearly 7 percent from the number of fatalities in 2012. Through March 19, 2014, 50 people have died in Oregon traffic crashes.

The Oregon State Police and ODOT urges all motorists to join their law enforcement officers in keeping our roads safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your traffic lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

Everyone traveling - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - all have the individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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Renewable energy projects in Northwest receive $1.9 million from Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power - 03/21/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 21, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
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Renewable energy projects in Northwest receive $1.9 million from Blue Sky customers
Pacific Power's popular renewable energy program in its eighth year of investing back into communities

PORTLAND, Ore.--From solar panels atop a junior high school in the Yakima Valley to a wind project on the southern Oregon Coast, to a geothermal facility in Klamath Falls, 15 renewable energy projects are closer to reality thanks in part to funding from Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Together, the 12 solar installations and one hydro, one geothermal and one wind project will receive up to $1.9 million in 2014. These projects will bring more than 2 megawatts of renewable energy capacity online. This is the eighth year Blue Sky customers have funded projects, which since 2006 have helped more than 60 facilities produce power and demonstrate the viability of renewable energy in their communities. Blue Sky customers have invested more than $6 million in projects during that time.

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

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

Projects receiving funding are:
City of Corvallis Waste Water Treatment Plant Solar Field
Corvallis, Ore., $400,000
Solar, capacity: 150 kilowatt
Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, Ore., $250,000
Geothermal, capacity: 1.75 megawatt

Pendleton Army Air Support Facility and Armory (Oregon National Guard)
Pendleton, Ore., $250,000
Solar, capacity: 150 kilowatt

City of Astoria Bear Creek Hydro
Astoria., Ore., $169,000
Hydro, capacity: 30 kilowatt

St. Mary's School
Medford, Ore., $150,000
Solar, capacity: 40 kilowatt
Alameda Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
Portland, Ore., $139,167
Solar, capacity: 55 kilowatt

West Valley Junior High School
Yakima, Wash., $91,586
Solar, capacity: 10 kilowatt

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Marine Life Center
Charleston, Ore., $86,661
Wind, capacity: 10 kilowatt
Lava Ridge Elementary School
Bend, Ore., $76,950
Solar, capacity: 39 kilowatt

Bend Parks & Recreation District Administration Office
Bend, Ore., $76,940
Solar, capacity: 39 kilowatt

Boise-Eliot Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
Portland, Ore., $97,476
Solar, capacity: 50 kilowatt
Maggie Gibson Plaza
Portland, Ore., $48,450
Solar, capacity: 10 kilowatt
Hood River Valley High School
Hood River, Ore., $38,744
Solar, capacity: 20 kilowatt
Coyote Trails Nature Center
Medford, Ore., $32,451
Solar, capacity: 12 kilowatt
The Next Door, Inc.
Hood River, Ore., $17,555
Solar, capacity: 10 kilowatt

Most projects are on schedule to be completed in 2014. The upcoming application period for the 2014 round of Blue Sky community project awards will begin in April of this year and closes in June.

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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 10th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Tax credit for the severely disabled or disabled children reinstated
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/21/14
SALEM--The 2014 Legislature passed SB 1534 allowing all taxpayers, regardless of income, to claim the severely disabled or disabled child exemption credit.

This immediately affects nearly 1,500 taxpayers who have filed, or are filing, their 2013 income tax returns. Those who haven't yet filed may take advantage of the credit; those that have already filed may amend their return.

Previously, taxpayers above an income threshold didn't qualify. The recent change removes the income cap. "Any Oregon taxpayer that qualifies for the severely disabled or disabled child exemption may now take the credit," said JoAnn Martin, administrator of the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.

The Oregon Department of Revenue is sending letters to tax practitioners and taxpayers they identified who claimed these exemptions, but didn't qualify because of the previous income cap. Attached to the letter will be an amended schedule with special filing instructions. Following the special instructions will ensure priority processing of the amended return.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@state.or.us. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the amount of calls the department receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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$67,500 In Cultural Tourism Grants Announced To Help Communities Draw Visitors to Arts Events
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/21/14
Seven Oregon arts-based projects have been awarded $67,500 in 2014 Cultural Tourism Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission to help draw out-of-town audiences to their events and activities. The grants, which range from $7,500 to $10,000, were awarded to groups in Ashland, Eugene, Hood River, Jacksonville, Portland and Salem.

Cultural Tourism Grants support projects and partnerships that advance arts-based visitor/destination activities, strengthening the links between the arts, the tourism industry and local economic development.

The 2014 grant recipients, which include established arts organizations such as the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as the Salem Art Association and Hood River's Independent Film Festival, were approved Friday by a panel led by Arts Commission Vice Chair Libby Tower that included Doug LaPlaca, the president and CEO of Visit Bend, Leslie Scott of Eugene's Oregon Truffle Festival and Kate Sokoloff of Sokoloff Creative in Portland. The recipients were selected from a pool of 15 applicants requesting a total of $131,919. The recommended funding distribution ensures a balance of projects in and outside of the Portland Metro area.

"Cultural Tourism Grants play an important role in demonstrating the impact of the arts on driving tourism and local spending," said Tower. "One of the Arts Commission's ongoing goals is to ensure the critical connection between the arts and economic development is recognized and encouraged."

Cultural Tourism Grants were initiated in 2008 through Oregon's Culture, History, Art, Movies, Preservation (CHAMP) cultural reinvestment initiative.

The 2014 Cultural Tourism Grant recipients are:
Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River: $10,000 - To support the Columbia Center for the Arts' third annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, scheduled for Nov. 7-9 at five downtown locations in Hood River.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (UofO), Eugene: $10,000 - To support the exhibition of 17 original watercolors by Diego Rivera not previously exhibited outside Mexico. The Museum will exhibit these seminal works illustrating the Quiché-Maya sacred book, the "Popol-Vuh," the creation story of the Maya, Oct. 15, 2014 through Jan. 15, 2015.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $10,000 - To support the creation and implementation of coordinated digital and print advertising to bilingual and ethnic-specific audiences in Oregon and northern California to attract new tourists of color throughout the nine-month season, particularly to plays and events related to CultureFest in September 2014.

Peter Britt Gardens Music and Arts Festival, Jacksonville: $7,500 - To support Taste of Summer, an annual kickoff event held in downtown Jacksonville that includes music, wine, art, family activities and food, promoting local businesses and activities to out-of-state tourists and encouraging them to visit, extend their stay and patronize local businesses.

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $10,000 - To support the Portland Art Museum's exhibition, "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden," the Museum's first collaboration with the Louvre featuring more than 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures from some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The Museum will promote "Tuileries" along the I-5 corridor to attract overnight leisure travel, one of Travel Oregon's Key Initiatives. The exhibit will run June 14 through Sept. 14.

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland: $10,000 - To support the Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) in its 11th year featuring 10 days of contemporary visual and performing arts from around the world in venues throughout Portland. TBA will partner with another Portland-based festival, FEAST, to lead a joint marketing and advertising campaign in the San Francisco area.

The Salem Art Association, Salem: $10,000 - To support the Salem Art Association's targeted marketing efforts to increase festival participants from the Portland metropolitan area, and increase overall attendance and art sales at the 2014 Salem Art Fair & Festival.
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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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Expect crosswalk changes on OR Hwy. 11 in Milton-Freewater (UPDATE - inlcudes pdf attachment)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 03/21/14
Travelers and pedestrians in the Milton-Freewater area are cautioned to watch for changes at the intersection of OR Hwy. 11 and N.E. First Street. Pedestrian crossing upgrades, including new Rapid Flash Beacons will be activated today. The existing, sub-standard traffic signal will be removed after the beacons are turned on. The upgrades are designed to create a safer environment for persons crossing OR Hwy. 11. Drivers and pedestrians need to watch out for each other as everyone becomes familiar with the changes. Informational flyers announcing the crosswalk upgrades have been distributed to local businesses and the school district (see attached). Copies of the flyer can be downloaded from the ODOT website at www.tinyurl.com/odot-region5.


Attached Media Files: Flashing Beacon Flyer
03/20/14
Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee meets March 26 in The Dalles
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/14
The Eastern Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committee will meet Wednesday March 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at The Dalles Inn, 112 West 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058.

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

The agenda includes:
1. Public comment period
2. Wildfire Protection Act Update
3. Summary of 2012 large fire review
4. Implementation plan for Committee's recommendations
5. Discuss recommendations for new policies or processes as related to regulatory reforestation obligations and eligibility for financial assistance.
6. Board of Forestry and Legislative updates
7. Special forest products rule update
8. Bald Eagle rulemaking process
9. Compliance with leave trees, downed habitat trees, and FPA regulations - monitoring outcomes and recommendations
10. Compliance audit update
11. FERNS e-Notification system update.
12. Take action on any of the above items.
13. Set future meeting dates.

Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

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

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx
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Former Foster Care Youth and the Affordable Care Act
OR Department of Human Services - 03/20/14
On January 1, 2014, Oregon began providing Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) benefits to former foster care youth under the age of 26. Oregon's program is called the Former Foster Care Youth (FFCY) Medical Program.

A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows children/dependents under the age of 26 to stay on their parent's health insurance. Recognizing that children who are discharged from the foster care system as an adult (18-20) do not always have that option, the ACA includes a provision allowing former foster care youth to remain on Medicaid until age 26, regardless of income.

"We are working with our caseworkers, community partners and stakeholder networks to help us get the word out, so these young adults can get enrolled in health care coverage" said Sherril Kuhns, Federal Compliance Manager for the Oregon Office of Child Welfare.

Youth can request a FFCY application from their DHS caseworker, Independent Living Program (ILP) provider or FosterClub Dedicated Outreach Representative. Other options include:
Phone: The DHS Children's Medical Unit (CMED) can take applications over the phone, please call 503-945-5720 or 503-947-2598.
Email: Applications can be requested or submitted via email 5508.c-med@state.or.us.
Mail: Applications are also available online on the DHS Independent Living Program website; look for FFCY Medical Program Referral Form. To submit application print, complete and mail application to CMED, 500 Summer Street NE, E-69, Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: Completed applications can be faxed to 503-945-7032
Subcommittee of county advisory group for state forestry to meet March 21 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/14
A subcommittee of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, March 21, in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) Revenue Distribution Subcommittee agenda include:

* Discussion on what a successful pooled revenue distribution formula would look like.
* Review work done to date on the revenue distribution formula, which culminated in the Version 2 approach based on revenue history.
* If needed, explore ideas for other revenue distribution methodologies.
* Review analyses done for the subcommittee review.
* Plan for the subcommittee to report/make recommendation at the April 4 FTLAC meeting.

As scheduled, the subcommittee will convene a single time and adjourn.

The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Clatsop Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be available.

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.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

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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Be ready for an earthquake, wherever travel takes you
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/20/14
OREGON - Exploring Oregon during spring break? Take time to plan for an earthquake or tsunami before setting off on your adventure.

"A Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could happen anytime - even during vacations," says State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "Plan now to be ready no matter where you are."

March is Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month in Oregon, and also marks the anniversaries of two eye-opening disasters for the state: the March 11, 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami and the March 27, 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunami.

"Oregon's tectonic setting is a mirror image of Japan's," says Yumei Wang, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) geotechnical engineer. "The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami showed us how destructive a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami could be, and emphasized the need to prepare."

Preparing for a major Cascadia earthquake also gets Oregonians ready for other types of earthquakes. The most damaging Oregon earthquakes of the past century, the magnitude 6.0 and 5.9 Klamath Falls earthquakes and magnitude 5.6 Scotts Mills earthquake, were caused by shallow crustal faults.

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?
The Oregon Coast: A Cascadia earthquake will generate a tsunami, so know where high ground is and how to get there. The Oregon Tsunami Clearinghouse, www.OregonTsunami.org, is a one-stop resource for all essentials, including evacuation brochures, evacuation route maps, and preparedness kit checklists.

A city: If you're outside, move to an open area. Glass, bricks and other debris may fall from buildings, and utility poles and wires, signs, and street lights may topple. If you're inside, "drop, cover and hold on" under a study table or desk, and don't go outside until the shaking stops.

The mountains: During an earthquake, move away from cliffs and steep slopes where debris may fall, or a landslide may occur. Be alert for falling rocks and trees.

Road trip: If you're driving when an earthquake hits, stop the car away from buildings, bridges, overpasses, trees and utility lines. Put your parking brake on, and stay in the car until the shaking is over.

BEFORE LEAVING HOME
- Create a travel version of your emergency plan. Identify an out-of-state relative to check in with during a disaster. (Be sure to choose someone who's not traveling at the same time.) Pick a safe meeting place at your destination - consult evacuation brochures and local maps - and make a plan for reuniting after a disaster. "Having a conversation about who you'll call and where you'll meet is an easy step that's so important," says McConnell. "Discuss as you're packing, or when you're all in the car together."

- Build an emergency kit for your car. Include necessities such as bottled water, high-calorie snacks, first aid kit, flashlight, road maps, emergency contact list and emergency cash. Checklists for car, home and personal kits are available at www.oregongeology.org/sub/emergencykit.htm
Seal the deal
Pacific Power - 03/20/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 20, 2014
503-813-7291

Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
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Seal the deal
Whether buying or selling a home, energy efficiency helps provide value and Pacific Power has a checklist to help you

PORTLAND, Ore.--The residential real estate market is leaving the winter doldrums and kicking into high gear as the weather improves. National surveys show home prices climbing 10 percent above last year's levels while the number of sales is uneven month to month.

As prices goes up, buyers want to make sure they are getting the best value in a home with energy efficiency measures that provide comfort year-round. For sellers, adding some energy efficient features may help you get that selling price you desire.

Either side of the negotiating table, an efficient home is a great idea and a worthwhile investment.

"Energy efficiency is a big selling point," says Amy Graham, president of the Oregon Association of Realtors. "Smart buyers demand good insulation and an efficient heating and cooling system. The successful sellers know the features to add to make their homes more attractive."

To help out, Pacific Power has developed a handy checklist of what to look for. Check it out at bewattsmart.com/checklist. Of course, the checklist is great if you are planning to stay in your home as well. Here are a few top tips:

* Ask if an energy inspection, rating, audit, check-up or assessment has been done on the home. Request a copy of the report and contact information for whomever completed the report so you may follow-up with them if need be. If a seller has had this done, put it front and center for a potential buyer to see.
* For new homes, ask if the home is ENERGY STAR(R) Certified. If so, ask for the HERS Index Score. The lower the score, the better the energy performance.
* For existing homes, ask the seller for the utility costs for the past 12 months. A savvy seller can have this information on hand to make the home's efficiency part of the value from the start.
* Insulation & weatherization. Are the attic, walls, crawlspaces and basement insulated? Have all joints, seams and penetrations been sealed with caulk, foam, gaskets or polyethylene? Is the attic ventilated using soffit and roof vents?
* Heating & Cooling. Is the heating/cooling system a high-efficiency system? Check the yellow EnergyGuide label on the water heater to determine the efficiency of the unit. A water heater tank that is warm to the touch needs additional insulation. Newer water heaters installed in the last few years are highly insulated and should not be warm when touched. Sellers can make a simple project pay dividends by insulating the hot water heater.
* Windows. Are the windows single, double or tripled glazed? Check for air leaks around the window frames.
* Lighting. What percentage of the light bulbs in the home are incandescent, compact fluorescent or light-emitting diodes (LED)? Compact fluorescent and LED bulbs offer greater energy savings. Another low cost project for a seller to burnish the home's energy efficiency.
The tips can help you find a home that will keep you comfortable year round for years to come and help you keep your energy bills as low as possible. When thousands of us do that, we are putting off the need for new power plants and transmission lines, which also helps hold the line on power costs. Already, Pacific Power is projecting that two-thirds of the growth in electricity use in the next 20 years will be through energy efficiency savings.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Paddlers -Remember to Carry Your Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/20/14
AIS Program Expenses
AIS Program Expenses
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"So far so good, but we've got a long way to go," state officials say about the on-going efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and keeping new ones from entering the state. Even key legislators such as Representative Caddy McKeown see the progress being made -and see that more needs to be done to protect our waterways. That's why the Marine Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) work in tandem to administer the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program, where the Marine Board administers the financial aspects and ODFW implements statewide inspection stations.

Manually powered boats (paddle and oar) 10 feet long and longer are required to purchase a permit and carry it when operating the watercraft. Non-resident paddlecraft operators are also required to purchase a permit and carry it when boating in Oregon waters.
The Marine Board sells both an annual and two-year Tyvek tags for paddlecraft and can be purchased through the Marine Board's office in Salem or online through the Marine Board's new storefront. Permits expire on December 31 of the current year for the one year permit or
December 31 of 2015, depending on which permit is purchased. Out-of-state permits for non-motorized boats are also $5.

"What's nice about purchasing your AIS permit through the Marine Board is boaters aren't charged a processing fee," says Glenn Dolphin, Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Coordinator for the Marine Board. "The permit is a flat, $5 for a one year and $10 for two years." Funds are dedicated and used only for the aquatic invasive species prevention program. Annual permits for paddlers can also be purchased from any ODFW license agents for $7. Oregon's registered motorboat owners already contribute to the AIS program through a $5 surcharge on their boat registration fee. Out-of-state permits for motor boats are $20.

In 2013, revenue generated from AIS Prevention Permit totaled $724,175. State, county and local law enforcement agents issued 1,281 warnings and 569 citations related to AIS violations. Additionally, law enforcement supported ODFW watercraft inspectors with boater compliance on 15 different days resulting in 30 citations issued for failure to stop at a watercraft inspection station. Of the 7,441 watercraft inspected in 2013, 279 were contaminated with aquatic invaders, 228 with aquatic vegetation and 17 watercraft were contaminated with either quagga or zebra mussels originating from Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Utah. A complete report is available for download at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/docs/AISPP_Annual_Report.pdf.

Boat inspection stations are now open and are focusing on highways entering Oregon. Travelers entering the state are asked to look for "Boat Inspection Ahead" signs and be prepared to pull off the highway for inspection. An inspection takes about 10 minutes if boats are free of aquatic species. If a boat is found to be contaminated with aquatic invaders, it will be cleaned by a mobile decontamination team. All trailered boats and paddlecraft are required to stop for an AIS inspection when traveling past an open station.

In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed legislation that created a self-supporting aquatic invasive species prevention program. The program is designed to educate boaters about the threat of aquatic invasive species and what boaters can do to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that are already in Oregon, like the New Zealand mud snail. Revenue generated by the permit fee is used for inspection/detection, decontamination, law enforcement and education efforts.

For more information about the aquatic invasive species prevention permit program, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/pages/index.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: AIS Program Expenses , ODFW Boat Inspection Team
Washington Man Arrested After Fatal Traffic Crash Leads to Death of 7 Yr Old Girl, Critical Injuries to Mother - Highway 395 in Hermiston (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/14
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A 29-year old Washington man is in custody following Wednesday night's fatal traffic crash in Hermiston that resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl and critical injuries to her mother. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on March 19, 2014 at approximately 8:21 p.m., a 2010 Kia Soul driven by LESLIE ROQUEZ, age 29, from Irrigon, Oregon, was northbound on Highway 395 stopped in the left lane at the intersection with Punkin Center Road when it was struck from behind by a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by JESUS MORAS NAVA, age 29, from Paterson, Washington.

After the vehicles came to rest, JESUS MORAS NAVA fled on foot and was found hiding near the scene by a Hermiston police officer.

LESLIE ROQUEZ was critically injured and initially transported by Hermiston Ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center. She was later flown by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of critical injuries.

Her daughter, TELEEYA ROQUEZ, age 7, was seated in the rear middle position properly restrained in a booster seat and safety belt. TELEEYA ROQUEZ was pronounced deceased at the scene.

JESUS MORAS NAVA was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center by Hermiston Ambulance where he was treated and released. OSP took JESUS MORAS NAVA into custody and lodged him in the Umatilla County Jail on the following initial charges:

* Manslaughter in the Second Degree
* Felony Hit & Run
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Assault in the Second Degree

The drivers were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Hermiston and Pendleton offices are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services, and ODOT. The highway was closed over four hours.

No scene photographs for release.

Suspect photograph - Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

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9-1-1 Professionals to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/20/14
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 89th Basic Telecommunication Class on Friday, March 21, 2014.

The graduation will begin at 11 am and will be held at the Academy in Salem. The class consists of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

# Members of the Graduating Class#

Dispatcher Latosha Bowles
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kyle Burnett
Frontier Regional Communications

Dispatcher Sara Cima
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Rebecca Easton
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Maureen Fennimore
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Cassandra Flatt
Frontier Regional Communications

Dispatcher Emily Hendricks
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Jessica Jordan
Coos Bay Police Department

Dispatcher Jennifer Leighton
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Melissa Luna
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Mary Matsen-Reed
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Angela McColley
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Joan Merrell
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Miranda Moulton
Harney County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Diana Pappas
Seaside Police Department

Dispatcher Erin Rodman
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Sarah Smith
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Samantha Steele
Tillamook County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Thomas Steinke
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Tristan Thompson
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Kariane Turnbull
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Ryan von Brandt
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Megan Ziegler
Deschutes County 9-1-1


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 212 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
03/19/14
Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Depoe Bay in Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lincoln County Crash Team, is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 101 about three miles south of Depoe Bay in Lincoln County. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female whose name is released in this update.

On March 19, 2014 at approximately 8:40 a.m., a witness traveling southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 130 reported a car passed their vehicle southbound at a high rate of speed, traveling off the highway and through a wide turnout where it went off a cliff. The 2008 Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle was spotted resting approximately 250 feet below on rocks near the surf line.

Emergency responders from Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire District, Pac West Ambulance, and Oregon State Police responded to the scene and confirmed the vehicle contained a deceased adult female who was ejected. A rope rescue team consisting of personnel from Yachats, Central Coast, Newport, Toledo and North Lincoln Fire & Rescue were called out to reach the victim below. The U.S. Coast Guard responded with a helicopter and boat resources to help. Their helicopter moved the victim up to the highway.

The victim is identified as ADRIANA STAR RUIZ, age 23, from Lincoln City.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are leading the investigation with the assistance of members of the interagency Lincoln County Crash Team. Agencies with representatives of the team were Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.

ODOT also asssisted at the scene. No lanes were closed but several emergency response vehicles and personnel were at the scene until clearing about 12:50 p.m.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Deadline approaching for property tax deferral for disabled, senior citizens
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/19/14
SALEM--The filing deadline for Oregon's property tax deferral programs is fast approaching.

Both current participants that need to recertify their eligibility this year and new applicants for the programs have until April 15 to file the necessary paperwork, according to program manager Bronson Rueda.

"Eligible Oregonians who want their property taxes paid in November must meet the April 15 filing deadline," Rueda said. "If we don't get their forms by April 15, we can't pay their property taxes this year."

Only certain current participants need to recertify this year. They received recertification forms by mail in February and need to return them directly to the Department of Revenue. New applicants for deferral should send their paperwork to their county assessor's office.

Deferral allows eligible seniors 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 6,500 active participants and more than 2,000 inactive accounts. Eligibility criteria have changed in recent years, so citizens interested in deferral should obtain the most recent application form or contact Revenue's Deferral Unit for the latest information.

Applications and information about the program can be obtained from county assessors' offices, by calling 503-945-8348, or by visiting www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-03/861/72674/031914_Deferral_Deadline_Release.pdf
Death Investigation - Interstate 84 near Pendleton
Oregon State Police - 03/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Umatilla County Deputy Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into the death of a 25-year old Hillsboro man. Preliminary investigation indicates a drug overdose is the apparent cause of death.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on March 18, 2014 at approximately 8:57 a.m., OSP troopers from the Pendleton office and local EMS personnel responded to a medical emergency call along Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 212 in the Pendleton area. Upon arrival, EMS personnel contacted the truck's driver who said the passenger stopped breathing.

EMS personnel started CPR on the adult male passenger identified as MITCHELL ROBERT EVANS, age 25, from Hillsboro. He was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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Middle School Students in Finley Present Tour of Egypt (Photo)
Finley Sch. Dist. - 03/19/14
2013 Pyramid Night
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FINLEY, WA - Sixth grade students at Finley Middle School are preparing for the annual Pyramid Night on Wednesday, March 26. Parents of sixth grade students will take a tour of Egypt (by means of the middle school gym) led by their children beginning at 6 PM on March 26.

The parent night is coordinated by the sixth grade teaching team at the middle school and involves a pizza dinner for students and their families, a "tour through Egypt" led by the students, and presentations made by the sixth graders with a question and answer time regarding their culminating projects for the Egyptian unit.

This annual, cross-curricular unit on Ancient Egypt is a collaborative effort between sixth grade teachers across every subject level. In math, science, social studies, and English, teachers have been presenting lessons that bring the world of Ancient Egypt to life in their individual subject areas.

The annual Pyramid Night is open to the public. Following the family dinner, pyramid presentations will take place from 6 to 7 PM. Those wishing to take part in the FMS tour of Egypt should enter through the side doors of the middle school building into the school commons.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: 2013 Pyramid Night
THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Stanley Cup to Visit Portland (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/19/14
Portland on the Stanely Cup
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Iconic Hockey Championship Trophy to be displayed at the Oregon Historical Society and Moda Center Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22

Portland, OR - The Stanley Cup, the trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League champion, will visit Portland on March 21 and March 22. The visit is sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, the Portland Winterhawks, and the Oregon Historical Society. The Winterhawks and OHS also partnered on an exhibit entitled "Rose City Champions," which salutes the one hundred year history of hockey in Oregon and is on display at OHS until April 1.

First awarded in 1893, and named for Lord Stanley of Preston, a 19th century Governor General of Canada, the Stanley Cup is made of silver and nickel alloy. It stands 32.25 inches tall and weighs 34.5 pounds. The first American team to play for the Stanley Cup was the Portland Rosebuds, who held the trophy in 1916 after winning the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and their name remains engraved on the trophy to this day. Also on display with the Stanley Cup will be the Lester Patrick Cup, which was the championship trophy of the Pacific Coast Hockey League and the Western Hockey League from 1949 to 1974. The Patrick Cup was won by the Portland Buckaroos in 1961, 1965, and 1971.

The Stanley Cup and the Patrick Cup will be on display for public viewing at the following times and locations:

Friday, March 21
Oregon Historical Society | 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission (Free for OHS members, Multnomah County residents, and children 5 and under; $11 general admission; $9 for students and seniors; and $5 for youth (ages 6-18).

Moda Center
At the Portland Winterhawks Playoff Game (6 p.m. - for ticketholders only)

Saturday, March 22
Oregon Historical Society | 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission (Free for OHS members, Multnomah County residents, and children 5 and under; $11 general admission; $9 for students and seniors; and $5 for youth (ages 6-18).

"We are delighted to join together to bring the Stanley Cup to Portland and to give Oregon's many hockey fans the opportunity to see this iconic and beloved trophy" said Doug Piper, President of the Portland Winterhawks, and Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.

"I've been a hockey fan ever since my mom ran over me with a Zamboni," said Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear. "Columbia is honored to play a role in the Stanley Cup's visit to Oregon."

Beaverton-based Leupold and Stevens and Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters are also participating sponsors of the public exhibitions of the Stanley Cup and Patrick Cup.

About Rose City Champions: 100 Years of Hockey Exhibit

This spring, step out onto the ice and into one hundred years of hockey history in the new Oregon History Museum exhibition Rose City Champions: 100 Years of Hockey. The story of hockey in Portland began with the Portland Rosebuds, the first US team to play for the Stanley Cup. The Rosebuds gave way to the Buckaroos, a colorful part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League and WHL, and eventually led to the formation of today's record-setting Portland Winterhawks.

Featuring an array of artifacts including vintage hockey sticks, team uniforms, and trophies on loan from collector Scott Petterson and the Winterhawks organization, Rose City Champions focuses on the many important "firsts" in hockey and examines the role of Portland as a leader in this sport. Learn more at http://ohs.org/exhibits/current/rose-city-champions.cfm.


About the Oregon Historical Society

Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.

The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Museum admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.


Attached Media Files: Portland on the Stanely Cup , The Stanley Cup , The Stanley Cup
Oregon announces 2013 workplace deaths
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/19/14
(Salem) - Twenty-nine people covered by the Oregon workers' compensation system died on the job during 2013, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. It's a slight decrease from 2012's figure of 30 deaths and continues a downward trend seen in recent years.

The year 2010 marked the state's all-time low of 17 deaths. That figure was likely tied, in part, to the economic downturn. In 2011, there were 28 deaths and, in 2009, 31 people died on the job.

Construction saw the largest concentration of deaths in 2013, with seven workers killed in that industry. Logging resulted in six deaths. The construction industry also accounted for a significant number of deaths in 2012 (five total), illustrating the high hazard nature of the work.

"Each workplace death illustrates the need to continue our commitment to preventing these tragedies," said Patrick Allen, director of DCBS. "Although workplace safety in Oregon has improved significantly in recent decades, there is still much we can do to ensure all of our workers can come home to their families at the end of the day."

On-the-job injuries have been on the decline in recent decades. In the 1990s, there was an average of 55 workplace deaths per year. In the 1980s, the average was 81 deaths. The statewide rate of reported workplace injuries and illnesses has also decreased more than 50 percent since the late 1980s. Oregon started tracking workplace deaths in 1943.

"While this report tends to confirm an overall downward trend in Oregon worker deaths, it also confirms what we know all too well," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA, a division of DCBS. "Too many workers die on the job in Oregon and those deaths can be prevented."

Oregon OSHA offers educational workshops, consultation services, training videos, and website information to help Oregon employers create or improve their safety and health programs.

DCBS compiles fatality statistics from records of death claim benefits paid by Oregon workers' compensation insurers during the calendar year. The data reported may exclude workplace fatalities involving self-employed individuals, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to individuals with out-of-state employers. These workers are either not subject to Oregon workers' compensation coverage requirements or are covered by other compensation systems.

Deaths that occur during a prior calendar year may appear in the compensable fatality count for a later year because of the time required to process a claim.

Complete data on all deaths caused by injuries in Oregon workplaces, regardless of whether they are covered by workers' compensation insurance, are computed separately and reported in the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) administered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2013 CFOI count is not expected for release until fall 2014.

The link to the full DCBS fatality report can be found here:
http://www.cbs.state.or.us/imd/rasums/ra_pdf/wc/fatal/annual_rpt_13.pdf

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

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. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.