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Thu. 04/27/17
Public Lectures about Historic Conservation Photos Tour Oregon
Oregon Historical Society - 04/27/17 3:36 PM
Press images available online at http://bit.ly/2p8eMIG

Portland, OR -- Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene, and Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photographs, manuscripts, and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at lectures around Oregon in late April through early June.

William L. Finley's interest in wildlife conservation began when he and his boyhood friend, Herman T. Bohlman, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Research Center are collaborating to make more than 40 years of photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence, and other materials created by William Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman available online. The project, "Reuniting Finley and Bohlman," is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

The project began in July 2016 and will be completed by June 30, 2017. This digitization effort allows the collection, which is physically divided between the Oregon Historical Society in Portland and Oregon State University in Corvallis, to be united in its entirety for researchers and conservationists to access in a single digital space. Many of the photographs and documents are already available on Oregon State University's digital collection website at http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman. The collection will also be made available on the brand new OHS Digital Collections website, which is set to launch on May 22, 2017.

The entire digital collection will include approximately 6,500 photographs and 8,600 pages of manuscript material. The photographs include Finley and Bohlman's trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath Lakes, and Three Arch Rocks on the Oregon coast -- and, these photographs played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt's decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations. A fourth wildlife refuge near Corvallis was named in honor of William Finley. More information about Finley can be found on The Oregon Encyclopedia at https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/finley_william_l_1876_1953_/#.WQI3m_krKUk.

The public lecture and slide presentation series, "On the Road with Finley and Bohlman," started in Burns, Oregon on April 25 and will also be offered at these locations:

April 27: Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Auditorium, Klamath Falls, 7pm -- 8pm
May 13: Oregon State University, Valley Library's Willamette Room, Corvallis, 6pm -- 7:30pm
May 14: Netarts Community Club, Oceanside, 2pm -- 3:30pm
June 7: Oregon Historical Society, Portland, 6:30pm -- 7:30pm

More information about the series, including details on related nature walks, is available at http://www.ohs.org/finley.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Take Our Kids to Work Day (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/27/17 2:12 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a number of activities at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today as part of a national event, Take Our Kids to Work Day.

More than four dozen boys and girls participated in today's events at the Academy. The children were of family members and friends employed at the Academy in a variety of roles including public safety trainers, police officers, firefighters, regulatory specialists, and trades such as electricians, plumbers, food services, etc.

The day's activities began with a "roll call" during which all of the children were given a "briefing" on an "investigation" they were going to be assigned to assist with. The investigation would provide clues at each location which would eventually allow them to close their case. The clues would bring the children to various locations within the agency so they can see the various careers that exist at the Academy. Participants also visited the Academy fire station where they helped extinguish a simulated car fire and at the end of the day were able to meet Trooper Jeff Frietag of the Oregon State Police and his K-9 drug detection partner Keno.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "the goal of our event is two-fold. First, to give the children of our staff the opportunity to find out more about what their parents do. Second, to get boys and girls thinking about what type of careers they might be interested in when they grow up. Waiting until they are out of high school is too late. The motto of our day is that any boy or girl can do any career they want when they grow up."

Background on Take Our Kids to Work Day from Wikipedia - Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York in the summer of 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The first celebration took place on Thursday, April 22, 1993 and has since been celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year in order for the 37 million children, parents, schools in over 3.5 million workplaces across the country, in addition to participants in over 200 countries around the world, to plan ahead for the annual event. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event. The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed b oth boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it "Take Our Children to Work Day" or an equivalent. The program's official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, OLCC regulatory specialists, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 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.

Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_9.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_8.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_6.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_5.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_4.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_3.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_2.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_7.jpg , 2017-04/1187/103909/Kids_to_Work_2017_1.jpg
Traffic Crash Takes the Life of a Washington Man on Interstate 84 at MP 277 - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 12:05 PM
On April 26, 2017, at about 2:59 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 277, fourteen miles east of La Grande in Union County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, operated by Richard Arnold COCHRANE, age 77, and passenger, Joanne Kay COCHRANE, age 73, both from Spokane Valley, Washington, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 277 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crashed through a guardrail into the median and overturned. Richard COCHRANE suffered fatal injuries while Joanne COCHRANE suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital for treatment.

One lane of the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by La Grande Fire Department, North Powder Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Photo2 , Photo1
Traffic Stop leads to seizure of drugs and money and gun - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 10:52 AM
On April 26, 2017, at approximately 5:20pm an Oregon State Police Trooper, out of the Central Point Area Command office, stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe on Interstate 5 near mile post 27, which is near the Medford area in Jackson County for a traffic violation. The vehicle was northbound.

The trooper observed indications of criminal activity and obtained consent to search the Chevrolet. The consent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 22 pounds of marijuana, 6.8 pounds of cocaine and over $6700.00 in cash. The narcotics were found in the luggage area of the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle, 38 year old Carlos Zavala FLORES of Juneau, Alaska and the passenger, 27 year old Jorge Armando LOPEZ-VILLAREAL of California were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine and Import/Export of Marijuana.

Attached Media Files: Narcotics , Lopez , Flores
Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet Thursday, May 11 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/27/17 10:00 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission meets Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Guest speaker Ashley Carson Cottingham -- Director of Aging & People with Disabilities, public comment, legislative updates, ADA celebration planning, discussion on the AOCIL/ODOT settlement, a viewing of HASL's curb ramp video, and next meeting agenda items.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1-888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.
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Marine Law Enforcement Academy Training May 1-6
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/17 9:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be conducting marine law enforcement training on Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County, from May 1 through May 6. This training is specifically designed for new or seasonal marine law enforcement who are new to boating laws, boat handling and water safety fundamentals.

This in-depth training encompasses hands-on learning in a pool environment that includes cold water immersion with full utility gear and water rescue techniques. The training also covers accident and theft investigations, boating under the influence of intoxicant detection and apprehension, basic boat handling, trailering, and scenario-based exercises on Hagg Lake.

In addition to hands-on training, the academy now includes an interactive online classroom component, which is a new resource being implemented by the Marine Board, before officers attend in person. The online training replaces classroom presentations, leading to better learning outcomes while saving money and providing flexibility in delivery for new hires and refreshing knowledge of existing marine officers.

This academy is being hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, with highly skilled deputies from around the state taking an active role with instruction. Pool sessions will be conducted at the Forest Grove City Aquatic Center.

For more information about the Marine Board's partnership with marine law enforcement, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Wed. 04/26/17
Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/17 5:15 PM
News Release

Date: April 26, 2017

Contact: Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7248

Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout

SALEM, Ore.--Today the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously adopted new rules to protect cold water streams that support salmon, steelhead or bull trout. The rules apply to forest management around small and medium streams in western Oregon north of the Siskiyous. The effective date is July 1, 2017.

"This was a difficult journey. But, in true Oregon fashion, people of diverse interests and backgrounds worked together and crafted a thoughtful solution. I'm proud of everyone who joined the conversation. We found a way to protect cold water and allow private landowners to responsibly manage their property," said Board Chair Tom Imeson.

The rules will help reduce or eliminate gaps in the tree canopy along streams. The rules will do this by requiring landowners harvesting trees to leave wider streamside buffers on small and medium streams, keep more trees in the buffers after harvest, and better distribute the remaining buffer trees for wildlife shade and habitat.

State Forester Peter Daugherty said, "The practical result of these rules is not just keeping water cold, the wider stream buffers will also provide other streamside benefits, such as improved habitat. The rule changes build on what Oregon's forests are already doing well, providing the state's cleanest water."

In 2015, the board decided to update and refine rules for harvesting timber to meet the cold water standards set by the state for salmon, steelhead, or bull trout streams. To ensure broad public representation the board convened an advisory committee of members from the conservation, forestry, fishing, and landowner communities to recommend technical changes to the draft rules to meet the board's policy intent. Forestry held nine public meetings throughout western Oregon to bring the public into the conversation.

Video File: State Forester Peter Daugherty talks about the new riparian rules - https://youtu.be/IQt6FGWTdW8

Video File: Board of Forestry Chair Tim Imeson talks about the new riparian rules - Tom - https://youtu.be/vw62tqR0g2c


Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
*** Update-Name Released *** Single vehicle fatal crash -- Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/17 4:03 PM
The operator of the 2007 Honda was 23 year old Lenore Consuela RIBERA from Warren, OR. No further information is available at this time.

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Previous Release:

On April 26, 2017, shortly after 7am, Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near mile post 59, which is about 1 mile east of Clatskanie in Columbia County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a small sedan was west bound on Hwy 30 when for an unknown reason left the roadway, striking several trees before coming to rest. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased after medical personnel arrived on scene.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Clatskanie County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1002/103864/crash.jpg
Washington Man Arrested Following Pursuit (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/26/17 9:43 AM
Alexander, Kevin Raymond
Alexander, Kevin Raymond
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at approximately 2:42 am, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 5 near mile marker 132 northbound. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, however the operator failed to stop and attempted to flee reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

The deputy pursued the vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 where the driver eventually stopped near mile marker 175 after spike strips successfully deflated the tires.

The driver then attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended by the deputy and assisting officers.

The driver was identified as 57 year old Kevin Raymond Alexander of Spokane Valley, Washington.

Alexander was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

-Attempt to Elude Police-Vehicle
-Attempt to Elude Police-Foot
-Unlawful Possession Methamphetamine
-Reckless Driving
-DUII-Controlled Substance

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sutherlin and Cottage Grove Police Departments.

Attached Media Files: Alexander, Kevin Raymond
Tue. 04/25/17
*** Update *** Photo Added Lebanon Man Sentenced after taking already dead Trophy Bull Elk - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 11:32 AM
On April 24, 2017, 53 year old Jeffrey Allan McCRAVEN of Lebanon, was found guilty in a Linn County Court of one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule, a Class A Violation.

Subject to the guilty verdict, McCRAVEN was required to:

-Forfeiture of the elk meat and antlers; Ordered by the court to be released to the victim.
-Forfeiture of Bow and Arrow seized during investigation.
-Pay $15,000 in restitution to ODFW.
-Pay $435 for the violation of Take/Possession of Bull Elk.
-Pay $279.23 for meat processing.
-Pay $500 to the OHA TIP fund.
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team, which concluded McCRAVEN engaged in the unlawful take of a trophy 6x6 bull elk in East Linn County on September 11th, 2016.

The investigation revealed that the bull elk was legally shot and mortally wounded by the victim who is an acquaintance of McCRAVEN. A search party, which included McCRAVEN, could not locate the bull that day. The following morning, McCRAVEN located the expired elk and he shoved and shot arrows into the bull to make it appear as if he had lawfully harvested the bull. McCRAVEN then validated his archery elk tag, and then tried to convince others that he killed it.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, fur-bearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Fur-bearers $100

Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1002/103832/Elk.jpg , 2017-04/1002/103832/McCraven.JPG
Fish and Wildlife Trooper Seeks Public's Help In Illegal Killing of Beef Calves - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 10:09 AM
On April 13, 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division investigated the illegal shooting of two yearling beef calves on a local cattle ranch north of Port Orford. The incident took place in a pasture east of highway 101 near milepost 291 in Denmark, Oregon.

One of the calves was left wounded while the other calf was field dressed and removed from the field. The suspect(s) gained access to the pasture by cutting a hole in the fence and loading the animal into a vehicle that was parked on highway 101.

The victim of the incident is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect(s). Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Dylan Roberts at the number listed below.

Trooper Dylan Roberts: (971)-601-0047

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

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

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Attached Media Files: 2017-04/1002/103828/Fence.jpeg
Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Western Lane 2018 Annual Operations Plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Release date: April 25, 2017
Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on the Western Lane district's Annual Operations Plan (AOP), outlining the work plan for state forest activities for the upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on June 8, public comments are invited for ODF's Western Lane district AOP for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

The plan describes specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Western Lane Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of the long-term Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan.

Public comment details:
The draft AOP for Western Lane is available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx.
An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments for the Western Lane AOP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG7VN29
Comments may also be submitted through ODF's online comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.


Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Wolf Creek - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 7:33 AM
On April 24th, 2017, at approximately 9:38 PM, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to the Wolf Creek General Store in Josephine County Oregon, attempting to locate a male subject known to have a felony warrant. While attempting to take the male subject into custody, a struggle ensued between the suspect and a Trooper. During the struggle the male suspect was shot, resulting in a fatal injury. The Trooper was uninjured.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111, the Josephine County Major Crimes Response Team was activated to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

All further information related to this investigation will be released by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Sun. 04/23/17
Red Cross Responds To Klamath Falls Fire Affecting Three
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/23/17 10:04 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday, April 22,2017, at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the 300 block of North 11th Street in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The single-family fire affected three adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.