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Pleasant Hill Man Arrested after Assaulting Deputy (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/22/18 12:40 PM
Shawn Obrein
Shawn Obrein
CURTIN, Ore. - On Sunday, January 21, 2018, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1999 Toyota Camry. The driver failed to stop and continued driving. The driver eventually stopped at the intersection of Highway 38 and Curtain Road.

The deputy contacted the driver, who did not present a driver's license. The driver, later identified as 29 year-old Pleasant Hill resident Shawn Michael Obrein, was being detained when he began to physically fight the deputy. A second deputy arrived and was able to assist taking Obrein into custody.

Obrein was found to be in possession of 1 gram of heroin, methamphetamine residue and evidence of delivery of a controlled substance. Obrein's driving privileges were suspended at the felony level.

The deputy sustained a minor injury to his eye. He was treated and released.

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

Assault on a Public Safety Officer
Assault 4th Degree
Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
Attempted Escape 3rd Degree
Driving While Suspended - Felony
Resisting Arrest
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Unlawful Delivery of Heroin
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Attached Media Files: Shawn Obrein

Missing Winston Man Located, Deceased (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/22/18 10:31 AM
Joseph Daniel Coccia
Joseph Daniel Coccia
UPDATE 01/22/18

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2:08 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified by a husband and wife that they had located a green Subaru with a deceased male in the Lost Creek area off of Coos Bay Wagon Road. This location is approximately a mile and a half into Coos County.

Deputies responded to the location and determined the deceased male to be 70 year-old Joseph Daniel Coccia of Winston.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is in charge of the death investigation. No foul play is suspected. Next of kin has been notified.



WINSTON, Ore. -- Deputies are seeking information from members of the community who may have information as to the whereabouts of 70 year-old Winston resident, Joseph Daniel Coccia.

The Sheriff's Office was notified Coccia was missing and took a report on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Coccia, who has dementia according to the caller, is reported to be associated with a green 1997 Subaru Legacy with Oregon license plate VRP113. Coccia's vehicle was involved in a hit and run on Friday, January 12th at approximately 6:30 pm in the 8800-block of Lookingglass Road in Roseburg.

He is described as a white male adult who is approximately 5'6'' weighing 135 lbs with brown eyes and is balding.

Anyone with information as to Coccia's whereabouts or that of his vehicle are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and refer to case number 18-0215.

Attached Media Files: Joseph Daniel Coccia

CANCELLED - Dog Advisory Board Meeting
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 11:26 AM

The Dog Control Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for tonight at 6pm has been canceled and will be re-scheduled.



This is to inform the public that there will be a Dog Control Advisory Board Meeting held at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Justice Addition to the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Room 210, Roseburg, OR on Wednesday January 17th, 2018 at 1800 hours (6pm). The agenda will include:

1. Old Business
2. Rescue Registry
2. License Fee
3. Tactical Communication Training for AC volunteers and Saving Grace employees
4. Livestock Rescues
5. Introduction of new Animal Control Supervisor

The Advisory Board is appointed by the Douglas County Commissioners as established by County Ordinances.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing-impaired or for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made in advance of the meeting to Kathy Cross, Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4449 or kacross@co.douglas.or.us

Glendale Man Arrested for Child Sex Crimes (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/17/18 8:09 AM
George Ray - Mugshot
George Ray - Mugshot
GLENDALE, Ore. -- Detectives have made an arrest in a child sex abuse case.

On December 19, 2017, deputies took a report of a possible sex abuse involving a minor child. On Tuesday, December 26th, detectives from the Sheriff's Office took over the investigation and learned the child had been assaulted by a male known to the child. The investigation continued.

On January 12, 2018, detectives, with assistance from the Oregon State Police, arrested 48 year-old George Ervin Ray of Glendale on child sex crimes. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on two charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two charges Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

Attached Media Files: George Ray - Mugshot

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Scams Targeting the Deceased (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/23/18 10:00 AM
TT - Deceased Scam
TT - Deceased Scam
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against scams targeting your recently-passed relatives.

The death of a loved one can take an enormous toll -- physically, emotionally and even financially. Beyond that, there are online scammers who will try to cash in on your already-difficult situation.

The fraudster could try to open new credit cards in the deceased person's name or use a phishing scheme to pressure a grieving spouse into paying for a bogus benefit. Perhaps he says that he is calling from an insurance company and is able to re-instate an expired life insurance policy if she just makes a payment to cover the last few years of unpaid fees. ID thieves may even try to use the deceased person's Social Security number to create a new identity.

So how do you protect your family after the loved one has passed?

Limit the information you put in your loved one's obituary or post online, including on social media. For instance, know that scammers are looking for dates of birth, mothers' maiden names, addresses and other personally identifiable information or PII.

Alert the major credit reporting agencies as soon as you can as to the passing. They will want copies of the death certificate as well as specific details about your relative, including date of birth, Social Security Number, full legal name and recent addresses. The agencies will flag the person's credit file and put a freeze on it to prevent others from opening new unauthorized lines of credit.

Make sure to also notify any current banks, credit unions or financial institutions that the deceased person used so that all checking, savings, investment or credit card accounts can be flagged appropriately. The same thing for insurance companies holding auto, home or life insurance policies. Check with the financial institution to see what access survivors' are entitled to and what protections will put in place to keep scammers out.

Send a copy of the death certificate to the IRS so that the person's tax account can be flagged as well. Send the death certificate to the mailing address that the deceased individual would normally use to submit tax returns. You may also submit a copy of the death certificate when you file the person's final tax return.

Sometimes your funeral home will notify the Social Security Administration -- but if not, you should do so right away.

Finally - obtain a credit report for the deceased person right after death and a few months down the road. This will help you to identify any otherwise unknown accounts and to watch for any attempted fraudulent activity after the death.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

Attached Media Files: TT - Death - Audio file , TT - Deceased Scam

FBI offers up to $10,000 reward in fugitive hunt for Barrett Busschau (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 01/17/18 10:00 AM
Busshcau - age progression
Busshcau - age progression
The FBI is offering a new reward and launching a media campaign in an effort to generate tips in the cold case fugitive hunt for Barrett Preston Busschau. Busschau, now 42 years old, disappeared from Oregon in 1993 after Clackamas County authorities arrested him on multiple sex abuse charges involving children. The FBI is running Facebook ads in both the Portland-metro area and in South Africa, where he may be living. In addition, the FBI Laboratory has produced an age-progressed photo of what Busschau may look like now, and the FBI is profiling Busschau's case on its fugitive website. His "Wanted by the FBI" poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cac/barrett-preston-busschau.

The reward of up to $10,000 is for information that leads directly to his arrest.

On July 27, 1993, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted Buscchau for the alleged molestation of five girls between the ages of ten and 15. He was 18 years old at the time. The charges include:
· 1st degree sexual penetration with a foreign object
· 1st degree sex abuse
· 3rd degree sodomy
· 3rd degree rape
· 3rd degree sex abuse

Busschau was released pending trial, but he fled before his next court appearance. In February 1994, a Clackamas County grand jury indicted him for failure to appear. That same year, the FBI obtained a federal fugitive warrant charging him with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.

Busschau is a native of South Africa, and he had been living in the United States since 1984 as a legal permanent resident. Investigators believe he may have traveled to California and/or Panama following his disappearance, but the last known sighting of him places him in South Africa.

Investigators do believe there may be people still living in the Portland-metro area who have information that could help lead the FBI to Busschau. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip to https://tips.fbi.gov. Anyone living elsewhere who has information about Busschau should contact the nearest FBI office or U.S. Embassy.


Attached Media Files: Busschau - FBI Wanted Poster , Busshcau - age progression , Busschau - booking photo - 1993 , Busschau - Facebook ad - Jan 2018

Winter Travel Reminder
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/22/18 11:16 AM
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Snow fell at higher elevations in Jackson County over the weekend. Forecasters warn of another storm coming through later this week that could cause travel difficulties. Here are some suggestions for staying safe:

Pay attention to weather updates and be prepared for sudden changes. A good resource is the National Weather Service in Medford - http://www.weather.gov/mfr/.

If weather and road conditions are expected to be treacherous, just stay home! Don't be on the road unless you absolutely need to be.

Avoid driving on roads and highways that are notoriously dangerous in winter. Examples are the mountain passes on Interstate 5, Highway 140, and Dead Indian Memorial Road.

Tell someone where you're going and stick to your planned route.

Follow well-traveled roads and highways; don't rely on your GPS to find the best route. Electronic map systems may send you on a backcountry road not intended for through traffic. Many are not maintained and the chance of someone finding you if you are stranded is much lower.

Stock your vehicle with winter survival gear, just in case: tire chains, blankets, water, food, medications, waterproof boots and gloves. Start your trip with a full tank of gas.

If you are planning to hike or camp at higher elevations, make sure you have adequate clothing, food, water, and gear. Keep an eye on the weather and have a plan for how you will leave if conditions become dangerous.

Don't rely on your cell phone! In many of the problem areas, there is no cell phone coverage.

Think prevention -- rescue crews shouldn't be part of your safety plan. JCSO Search and Rescue will always help in an emergency, but it can take hours for us to respond depending on location, conditions, and call volume. Please keep in mind that our search and rescue teams are made up of volunteers. Every mission takes them away from their families and puts them into dangerous situations.

Be safe out there!

Fraudulent prescription suspects elude police (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 01/18/18 4:20 PM
Scene photo
Scene photo
On January 17th of 2018, a local physician called the Medford Police Department to advise that he had become aware that unknown suspects were attempting to fraudulently fill prescriptions for pain medications at local pharmacies, using his name. Medford Police Officers began investigating these cases. On January 18th, starting at about 10:00 AM, Medford Police began receiving reports that the suspects in this case were being seen at pharmacies, by employees that were aware of the case. Officers began responding to these pharmacies, but the suspects had left prior to our arrival. At about 11:42AM, MPD received a report that the suspects were at the North Fred Meyer Pharmacy, attempting to pick up a fraudulent prescription. Officers responded and attempted to contact the two suspects in the parking lot.

Upon seeing the officers, the suspects fled in a red 2017 Hyundai passenger car with California plates, recklessly onto Hwy 62, northbound. Officers did not pursue the vehicle. The vehicle was spotted multiple times as it traveled out of the city and then eastbound onto Vilas Rd, where it was again spotted turning south onto N. Phoenix Rd. There were multiple attempts to utilize tire deflation devices on the vehicle, which were unsuccessful. Eventually, the suspect vehicle entered onto Interstate 5 in Phoenix and headed north on Interstate 5. A Jackson County Sheriff's deputy observed the vehicle exit I-5 at exit 30 onto Hwy 62, where it collided with a red 2010 Toyota Prius.

The two suspects fled from their vehicle and ran into the Rogue Regency Inn. A perimeter was set around the hotel and the suspects fled out the back of the hotel and were captured by officers after a short foot pursuit.

A portion of Hwy 62 was shut down briefly while the damaged vehicles were removed and the accident was investigated by the Medford Police Traffic Team. There were no injuries as a result of the motor vehicle crash.

The two suspects in this case are currently in custody and are being lodged at the Jackson County Jail.

#1- Perkins, Kenneth Anthony (18 years old)
Richmond, California
Charges: Tampering with Drug Records x3, Identity Theft x3, Elude (Vehicle), Reckless Driving, Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)

#2- Luna, Samuel Barreras Jr (21 years old)
Vacaville, California
Charges: Tampering with Drug Records x3, Identity Theft x3

Refer to Medford Police Case number 18-1137.

Attached Media Files: Scene photo

Medford Chiropractor Arrested for Sex Crimes (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 01/17/18 4:30 PM
Cooper - DMV Photo
Cooper - DMV Photo
The Medford Police Department received complaints from three female patients of Chiropractor Scott Cooper, owner of Cooper Chiropractic in the 700 block of East Main St. Investigators found the three victim females had consistent reports of unwanted sexual touching during chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy sessions with Scott Cooper.

An extensive investigation into the allegations revealed the first incident occurred in October 2017 and the two additional incidents would have occurred in January of 2018. All three cases included detailed statements about Scott Cooper touching the intimate parts of the female victims. The investigation also revealed the touching was sexual in nature and outside standard chiropractic care.

Scott Cooper was arrested at about 9:30 am on January 17th, 2018 at Cooper Chiropractic. Once he was taken into custody, an additional female victim was identified. She disclosed inappropriate touching consistent with the other three females.

The Medford Police Department will not be releasing the victim's names. However, the victims include a 20 year old female, a 32 year old female, a 17 year old female, and a 24 year old female.

This investigation is ongoing. Scott Cooper has been lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the below listed charges:

Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree - 1 count
Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree - 10 counts
Sexual Harassment - 4 counts

Total Bail: $77,500

Scott B. Cooper
53 years of age

Business: 700 block East Main St.
Residence: 400 block of North Barneburg Rd.

Related Cases: 17-23879

Attached Media Files: Cooper - DMV Photo

Business Burglary Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 01/17/18 4:20 PM
Soliz Mugshot
Soliz Mugshot
On 10-26-17, Medford Police responded to a reported burglary at the Golden Wok restaurant, located at 718 S. Riverside Avenue. A female suspect was observed on surveillance video committing the burglary. The suspect had thrown a piece of concrete through a window to gain entry inside the business. The suspect is observed on surveillance video stealing a safe, which contained cash and valuables.

On 10-30-17, an officer from the Phoenix Police Department contacted Cassie Soliz in a vehicle. Soliz was in possession of heroin and other controlled substances as well as cash, money orders and personal property. At the time the Phoenix Officer was not familiar with the burglary at Golden Wok. Soliz was lodged on drug related charges and the additional items were seized. It was later determined the cash, money orders, and other personal items had been stolen from the Golden Wok restaurant.

Soliz was believed to have been assisted by a male suspect during this burglary. Detectives also believe Solis and her male accomplice are responsible for multiple other burglaries based on the similarities of the crimes. Detectives believe Solis is responsible for burglaries in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.

On 01-16-18 at approximately 4:00 PM Detectives received information Cassie Soliz, 32 years old, was in the Grants Pass area. With the assistance of Grants Pass Public Safety, Soliz was located in the Wal-Mart parking lot and taken into custody without incident. Soliz was contacted with a male suspect whose involvement at this time is still being looked into. Soliz was lodged in the Jackson County Jail for charges of Aggravated Theft 1, Burglary 2 and Criminal Mischief 2 related to Medford Police case 17-25269.

Detectives from the Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are continuing their investigations.

Attached Media Files: Soliz Mugshot

**UPDATE#2 ** Toxicology Results ** Recovery Efforts Underway for Missing Swimmer Near Sauvie's Island
Oregon State Police - 01/23/18 2:02 PM
Update #2 - Toxicology results
The Toxicology report has returned with a result of no ethanol or acetone detected in Jonathan Walker's body. These results rule out alcohol as a contributing factor in Walker's death.



News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 3rd, 2017 7:23 AM

On August 2, 2017 at approximately 5:32PM OSP responded to the report of a missing swimmer at Walton Beach near Sauvie Island. Upon OSP's arrival at approximately 5:40PM, we learned the missing swimmer was identified as 18 year old, Jonathan James WALKER from Portland who had not been seen for approximately 15 minutes.

The investigation revealed that WALKER and a group of friends had been on a boat that was anchored approximately 30 feet off the shore. The group had jumped into the water and began to swim towards the shore when WALKER began to struggle. A Good Samaritan and one of WALKER's fiends attempted to assist him but were unable to.

OSP was assisted by Multnomah County, Clark County and the US Coast Guard who searched the area for WALKER without success. Additionally, Sauvie Island Fire and Rescue conducted a search along the shore without success. A dive team from Multnomah County responded and recovered WALKER.

The investigation is ongoing and alcohol use is being considered as a possible factor.


OSP is currently in the process of trying to locate and recover a missing teenage swimmer from the Columbia River near Sauvie's Island. Additional information will be released when it is available.

Double Fatal Crash on Hwy 22 Near Santiam Pass(Photo) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/22/18 7:30 AM
On Sunday January 22, 2018 at approximately 4:35pm OSP and Gates Fire responded to a two vehicle collision double fatal crash, on HWY 22E at milepost 76.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2017 Nissan Armada, operated by Joshua Lyons (age 34 from Portland), was eastbound and attempted to pass on snow covered roads. The vehicle lost traction slide sideways, and struck the front of a westbound silver Chevy Silverado pulling an enclosed trailer, driven by Alan Freeman (age 54 from Salem).

Lyons and his passenger Timothy Hays (age 47 from Silverton) were deceased at the scene. Freeman and two of his passengers, Shaun Dorschel (age 33 from Salem) and a juvenile passenger were treated and released for minor injuries from Salem Hospital. Freeman's third passenger, Donald Suklis (age 56 Jefferson) was transported to St. Charles Hospital with serious injuries.

The westbound lane was closed for approximately five hours. OSP was assisted by ODOT and Gates Fire Department.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111366/hwy_22.jpg

**Update Pike Found Safe- Grant County Release*** Idaho Woman Reported Missing When She Failed to Return Home - Public Assistance Needed (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/21/18 11:12 AM
We are attaching the update on locating Ruby Pike on behalf of the Grant County Sheriff's Office.


The Grant County Sheriff's Office has located Ruby Pike and she safe. They will send out a release shortly.


On Friday January 19, 2018 at 11:09pm, Oregon State Police received a missing person call regarding Ruby Pike (age 52 Star, Idaho). Ruby was reported missing by her husband and was last known to be in Portland. Ruby was to be traveling from Portland to Boise with unknown direct route. His husband last spoke to Ruby at approximately 4:13pm and she told him she would call when she arrived to Ontario, Oregon and Ruby never called. Ruby was supposed to arrive home around 10:00pm on Friday January 19, 2018.

Ruby's cell phone was "pinged" and the last location was near Hwy 395b milepost 59 which is ten miles south of Ukiah. Ruby's exact route is unknown.

Ruby was last seen wearing jeans, an orange shirt, and clogs. Ruby is described as being 5'9", 180lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Ruby is driving a 2008 white Toyota Tundra with a matching white Leer canopy with glass sides. The Tundra has three stickers on the driver's side tailgate and driver's doors of "Dallbello, Marker, and Vokal". The Tundra has all black custom slightly oversized tires.

On Saturday units from Patrol Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, including the airplane, searched the area of the ping and were unsuccessful. Search and Rescue for Grant County has been activated for the area and a missing person report has been filed in Ada County, Idaho.

Anyone seeing Ruby or Ruby's vehicle yesterday or today please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at (541)664-4600 and refer to case number SP18-023772.
Photo of Tundra is of similar not of exact truck.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111351/SAR_press_release.doc , 2018-01/1002/111351/Pike_(2).JPG , 2018-01/1002/111351/ruby.photo.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111351/tundra.png

Man Swept Away Off Rocks in Depoe Bay (Photo)*** Update #2 Name Added**
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 8:42 PM
Update #2
On January 19, 2018 Oregon State Police was notified the Mexican Consulate had made contact with the victim's next of kin in Michoacán, Mexico. The victim has been identified as Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez (age 46). Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez is presumed deceased.



On January 18, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm, Oregon State Police was notified by the United States Coast Guard that they had terminated the search efforts in Depoe Bay for the male who was swept into the ocean. Due to the ocean temperature and surf conditions they do not anticipate resuming tomorrow.

The male has been identified as a 46 year old male who had been living in Newport but was from Mexico. At this time, he is presumed deceased. Next of kin is being completed by the Mexican Consulate and once that is completed his name will be release.


On January 18, 2018 at approximately 11:20am the Oregon State Police responded to Depoe Bay for a report of a male that had been swept off the rocks near the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Witnesses reported the male went over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was then swept off the rocks.

Depoe Fire and Recscue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Coast Guard responded to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Facility Newport responded to the area within ten minutes and the crew ,aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, is continuing the water search but the male has not been seen since.

People are urged to be aware of the sneaker waves, high water, debris pattern from ocean waves, and not to cross closed parking lots or parks that are closed due to the ocean conditions.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111298/65F01342-F767-41F4-8F78-EFE6C7ED1002.jpeg , 2018-01/1002/111298/7EF7EC1C-A0FE-488A-B50B-61DC62017557.jpeg , 2018-01/1002/111298/73AABB3C-B181-4565-BA1B-626AB0992919.jpeg

Investigation into Stolen Vehicles in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 2:20 PM
On January 19, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police Major Crime Section served search warrants at two locations in North Salem and one in Marion County off West Stayton Road. All three locations have an association with Gone Towing. The major crime section is conducting an investigation based on information received that stolen vehicles were being held at the locations.

Anyone with information to report regarding Gone Towing please call Detective Barrientos at (503) 378-3387.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111334/gone.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111334/gone.3.jpg

Suspect eludes multiple law enforcement agencies and is in custody after an officer involved shooting in Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/19/18 11:30 AM
On Thursday, January 18th at approximately 3:20PM, an OSP Trooper operating a marked police vehicle attempted to stop a Dodge pickup for speeding on I-84 near milepost 109 westbound in Sherman County. The suspect failed to stop for the Trooper and when the suspect cut through the grassy median and began traveling eastbound, OSP discontinued the pursuit. At approximately 3:30PM, a Sherman County Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it near Moro. The suspect refused to stop for police and the Sherman County Deputy discontinued their pursuit.

A short time later an OSP Trooper observed the vehicle in Sherman County headed towards Wasco County. Wasco County Sheriff's deputies and the Oregon State Police attempted to stop the suspect by using spike strips at two separate locations, which were unsuccessful. The suspect vehicle was seen traveling through Tygh Valley at unsafe speeds and all law enforcement agencies discontinued efforts to stop the vehicle due to concerns for the public's safety.

At approximately 4:25PM, a Wasco County Deputy located the vehicle at a residence just off US 197 approximately 4 miles south of Tygh Valley. As the vehicle attempted to reenter US 197 the Deputy fired several rounds at the vehicle with his sidearm. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was operated by 30 year old Rudy Foki Paea FIFITA from West Jordan, Utah. FIFITA had two passengers in the vehicle, 23 year old Tiffany Joan ROUBMAI from Haiku, HI and their 1 year old son. Neither FIFITA, ROUBMAI or their son were injured during this incident.
FIFITA was lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles on charges stemming out of Sherman County for Attempting to Elude Police (2 counts), Recklessly Endangering another Person (4 counts) and Reckless Driving.

Under protocols established by Oregon Senate Bill 111 each county has a specific set of rules by which police shootings are investigated. In Wasco County those protocols call for the District Attorney to name another agency, which in this case was the Oregon State Police, to head the investigation, with participation from other officers of the County's Major Crime Team -- drawn from the other agencies. The agency involved in the shooting contributes a single liaison officer, but does not participate in the SB 111 review. The reason for this is so that there is as much of detached investigation as is possible.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Sherman County S.O., Wasco County S.O., The Dalles P.D., the Sherman County District Attorney's Office, the Wasco County District Attorney's Office, Oregon Department of Human Services and ODOT. The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will be released as the investigation allows.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111328/IMG951669.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111328/Fifita_NORCOR.jpg

***Second Update***Murder Investigation Completed - One Arrested and Two Outstanding - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 3:48 PM
On January 17, 2018, 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON (aka: Little Red) was located in Las Vegas, NV and arrested on the warrant for Murder.

End Update

On January 9, 2018, Damian Lee ATWOOD was taken into custody by Detectives of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the warrant for Murder.

Elizabeth HUDSON is still outstanding and we are asking for the publics help in locating her. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, you are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.


On June 22, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the death of 22-year old John REITTERER from Crescent City, California. REITTERER was located in a shallow creek off of Illinois River Road, near milepost 6. The death of REITTERER was determined to be a homicide and the investigation has been ongoing since that time.

On November 28, 2017, the completed investigation was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury. The Josephine County Grand Jury indicted the following persons on the charge of Murder and warrants were issued for their arrests:

- 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON, also known as "Little Red."

- 19 year old Damian Lee ATWOOD, also known as "Bubba J"

- 22 year old Ryan Michael ELDRED

On November 28, 2017, Ryan ELDRED was lodged at the Josephine County jail on the warrant for Murder.

The whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and Damian ATWOOD are unknown at this time but they are both known to frequent the Cave Junction, Oregon area.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and/or Damian ATWOOD are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/110973/Red.jpg , 2018-01/1002/110973/Eldred.jpg , 2018-01/1002/110973/Bubba_J.jpg

Salem Woman dies in Fatal Crash in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 3:00 PM
On January 17, 2018 at approximately 10:10pm Oregon Police State troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle fatal crash on HWY 22W near milepost 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2005 Honda CRV, operated by Lauren Beasley, age 21 from Salem, was traveling westbound on HWY 22W Honda veered off the road and struck a guard rail on the westbound lane, crossed into the eastbound lane of travel then struck a tree down a 20 foot embankment on the eastbound shoulder. Beasley suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor of the crash. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately five hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Polk County Fire, Sheridan Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111291/polk.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111291/polk.2.jpg

Semi Truck and Trailer Crash Causes Multi-Car Pile Up on I-5 Near Cottage Grove (Photo) *Update Name Added*
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 12:57 PM
Update fourth Driver named added

On Wednesday January 17, 2018 at approximately 7:46pm OSP Springfield and Roseburg responded to a multi-vehicle injury crash on I-5 near milepost 168.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound commercial motor vehicle (CMV), driven by Amarveer Dahliwal (age 45 from Everett, Washington), lost control of its trailer and struck the outside guardrail, the driver then overcorrected, crossed both southbound travel lanes and struck the center concrete barrier. The collision with the barrier dislodged several large concrete sections, forcing them into the northbound travel lanes.

A second northbound CMV, driven by David Solheim (age 55 from Myrtle Creek) stopped at the crash scene, exited the vehicle, in attempts to warn the southbound traffic. Solheim was struck by a southbound Dodge pick-up, driven by Decontee Renda (age 23 from Sheridan). Solheim was transported to sacred Heart at Riverbend hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

Four northbound vehicles crashed into the concrete barriers that were pushed into the northbound lane. Those vehicles were driven by: Bobby Carter (age 47 from Springfield), and Michelle Nickell (age 57 from Cottage Grove), Adam Castro (age 52 from Springfield), and Kelly Gregory (age 43 from Portage, Michigan). In total five people (all four drivers) were transported to Sacred Heart at Riverbend Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The crashes completely blocked both northbound and southbound lanes however Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to open one lane of travel in both directions in under two hours, allowing tow operators on scene to remove the vehicles. ODOT Incident Response remained on scene to replace the six concrete sections.

note the name of the driver of the Dodge Charger will be added as soon it can be confirmed.

Attached Media Files: 2018-01/1002/111296/I5.3.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111296/I5.2.jpg , 2018-01/1002/111296/I5.jpg

Oregon State Police Sergeant and Arson Detective's Investigation Lead to Arrests in an Arson Case- Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/18 8:00 AM
On September 2, 2017, OSP Fish & Wildlife sergeant was patrolling Roman Nose Mountain in the North Fork Smith River area, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle drive by him at a higher than normal speed. Approximately, ten miles down the road and half an hour later, the sergeant came upon a structure fire in an unoccupied building in a remote area of the North Fork Smith River. An off-duty forester, who also had just happened upon the scene, assisted the sergeant in taking action. The two forced entry through the gate of the property, put out a spot fire from embers that had crossed the river, and started building hand lines. Western Lane Fire Protection District employees responded with a helicopter and about half a dozen fire trucks and quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread further into the forest.

A follow-up investigation by an Oregon State Police arson detective led to charges being filed on three men. It was later determined that these three men where the same in the suspicious vehicle that had passed the sergeant.

Elijah James Peterson (18-yoa): Arson 1, Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

David Gilbert McCoy Jr (24-yoa): Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

Lucas Charles Reed (21-yoa): Criminal Trespass I

Photos are courtesy of Facebook

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Pacific Power names new managers to oversee community involvement (Photo)
Pacific Power - 01/17/18 9:36 AM
Alan Meyer, director of customer and community affairs
Alan Meyer, director of customer and community affairs
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Jan. 17, 2018

Pacific Power names new managers to oversee community involvement
Cheryl Carter and Alan Meyer will lead the dozen regional business managers who serve customers in more than 240 communities throughout the Northwest

PORTLAND--Pacific Power has promoted two experienced regional business managers to lead the seasoned group of professionals who work closely with the customers, local governments and major accounts the company serves in Oregon, Washington and California.

Cheryl Carter and Alan Meyer are both promoted to director, customer and community affairs.
Carter will lead the regional business managers serving Washington and central and northern Oregon. Reporting to her will be:
Matt Chancellor -- Bend (Central Oregon)
Bill Clemens -- Walla Walla (Southeastern Washington)
Alisa Dunlap -- Astoria (Clatsop County)
Lori Froehlich -- Yakima (Yakima Valley)
Sheila Holden -- Portland (NE Portland)
Diana Knous -- Portland (Portland and Mid-Willamette Valley)
Lori Wyman -- Pendleton (NE Oregon, Columbia Gorge)
Meyer will lead the regional business managers serving the Mid-Willamette Valley, southern Oregon and California. Reporting to him will be:
Todd Andres -- Klamath Falls (Klamath & Lake counties)
Sam Carter -- Roseburg (Douglas, Coos & southern Lane counties)
Celeste Krueger -- Albany (Linn, Benton & northern Lane counties)
Christina Kruger -- Medford (Jackson & Josephine counties)
Monte Mendenhall -- Yreka (Northern California)
Carter and Meyer are replacing Jim Gossett, who served the company for 38 years and retired in early 2018.
"Our customers and the partnerships we create to build local community prosperity are the reason we are in business," Scott Bolton, senior vice president for external affairs and customer solutions. "Delivering exceptional service is a team effort across our company and depends on effective communication, a close working relationship with our operations professionals, and always being in tune with our customers' needs. With Cheryl and Alan and their experienced, committed teams in place, we will continue to foster growth for the customers and communities we serve."

Both Carter and Meyer will report to Bolton.

Based in Portland, Carter has worked in the electric utility industry for 18 years. She began her career in the industry working on energy efficiency in California and later moved to Oregon to work for PacifiCorp's marketing department. In 2004 she went to work for Portland General Electric as a Product Manager and then General Business Market Manager before coming back to PacifiCorp in 2013 as an account manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing from Oregon State University and later earned an MBA from Washington State University, Vancouver. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her three teenage children and enjoys snow skiing and hiking.

Based in Stayton, Ore., Meyer has worked in the electric utility industry for over 29 years and started out shoveling coal at a Midwestern power plant in 1988 and later became a maintenance supervisor at a nuclear plant before managing a small call center for a St. Louis utility. In 2003 Alan and his family moved to Oregon where he started as a team manager, then operations manager at Pacific Power's Portland-based call center. He has served as an account manager and regional business manager in the Willamette Valley since 2007. Meyer will still be the first point of contact for communities and customers in Marion County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in management from William Woods University in Missouri. Alan and his wife Lisa, along with their adult children greatly enjoy life in the great Northwest.


About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

Attached Media Files: Alan Meyer, director of customer and community affairs , Cheryl Carter, director of customer and community affairs

Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open During Government Shutdown: BLM facilities will be closed
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 01/21/18 4:02 PM
Washington, D.C. -- During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. All BLM facilities on public lands however will be closed.

Please note that because of the federal government shutdown, the BLM websites and social media are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs

Public meetings set for BLM fuel breaks and restoration environmental impact statements
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 01/17/18 10:25 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management will hold 14 public meetings in six western states to identify issues and receive public comments. The purpose of these meetings is to gather input for the preparation of two Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (PEIS) aimed at reducing wildfires and restoring sagebrush steppe habitat.

The two PEISs will analyze future projects in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah and California. One will analyze fuels breaks, which slow the advance of wildfire and thereby reduce the threat to life and property, among other benefits. The other will analyze restoration work of burned areas, with an emphasis on replacing invasive species with native and other species more conducive to sagebrush-steppe health. BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation as we pursue our multiple-use mission. When completed, the two documents will provide standard analyses for fuels breaks and restoration projects, thereby reducing the need for in-depth evaluation on an individual project basis.

"The fuel break PEIS will help us to limit the size of wildfires and provide better protection for the public and firefighters," said John Ruhs, BLM Nevada State Director. "The restoration PEIS will speed the recovery of burned areas, helping the vegetation to recover faster and minimize the disruption of local economies."

BLM will accept comments until March 1, 2018. Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meetings, by email at GRSG_PEIS@blm.gov or by fax at (208) 373-3805. Written comments may also be sent via mail to Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709.

All of the scoping meetings listed will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location / Date / Venue / Address

Susanville, CA 2/6/18
BLM Eagle Field Office; 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130

Boise, ID 1/30/18
Wyndham Garden Hotel, Boise Airport; 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705

Twin Falls, ID 2/13/18
Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn; 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd., Twin Falls, ID 83301

Idaho Falls, ID 2/14/18
Hilton Garden Inn; 700 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Reno, NV 2/7/18
UNR, Crowley Student Union, Milt Glick Ballroom C; 1644 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503

Elko, NV 2/8/18
Red Lion Hotel, High Desert Inn Ballroom; 2065 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801

Ely, NV 2/13/18
BLM Ely District Office; 702 N. Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301

Lakeview, OR 2/7/18
BLM Lakeview Interagency District Office; 1301 S. G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630

Burns, OR 2/8/18
Harney County Chamber of Commerce/Community Center; 484 N. Broadway, Burns, OR 97720

Salt Lake City, UT 2/15/18
Courtyard by Marriot Downtown; 345 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Snowville, UT 1/31/18
Snowville Elementary School; 160 N. Stone Road, Snowville, UT 84336

Cedar City, UT 2/14/18
Heritage Center -- Festival Hall; 105 North 100 East, Cedar City, UT 84720

Vernal, UT 2/1/18
Uintah Conference Center; 313 East 200 South, Vernal, UT 84078

Moses Lake, WA 2/1/18
Moses Lake Best Western; 3000 W. Marina Dr., Moses Lake, WA 98837


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.


Attached Media Files: 2018-01/5514/111260/JAN18-003_(PEIS_Scoping_Meetings_NR)_Final.pdf

National Core Indicators - Aging and Disability survey results for Oregon to be released January 26
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/22/18 8:00 AM
(Salem, Ore) -- The Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program (APD) will share results from a National Core Indicators - Aging and Disability (NCI-AD) 2016-2017 survey from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018, during a panel discussion at Broadway Commons. The research results from the 2016-17 survey reflect 589 interviews with consumers who receive services through APD.

Speakers who will present the results and lead the discussion will be: APD Executive Director Ashley Carson Cottingham, NCI-AD Project Director Julie Bershadsky of the Human Services Research Institute, Governor's Commission on Senior Services Member Nancy Pierce and Oregon Disabilities Commission Chair Ted Wenk.

Event details

What: National Core Indicators - Aging and Disability survey results
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, January 26
Where: Broadway Commons (operated by the Salem Alliance), Mongolia Room, 3rd Floor, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. For a map of the Broadway Commons facility location and parking, visit this page on the Salem Alliance website.

To join by phone, call in to: (800) 230-1059, Confirmation Number 443413 for the NCI-AD Stakeholders Report Release Meeting. To join online, watch the live feed on our Facebook page.

NCI-AD is an initiative designed to support states' interest in assessing the performance of their programs and delivery systems and improving services for older adults, individuals with physical disabilities, and caregivers.

This event is open to the public. Closed captioning will be provided in the meeting room at Broadway Commons. Individuals who would like to request any other necessary accommodation, including language translation, please email Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us.


Governor's Commission on Senior Services to meet Jan. 25
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/18/18 2:49 PM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 165. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: regular commission business, new business, status reports on subcommittees and agenda creation for the full commission meeting on February 8, 2018.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at Alex.J.Pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

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Governor, ODVA seeking applicants to fill vacancy on Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 01/17/18 8:00 AM
Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs are seeking applications from veterans interested in serving the state's veteran community as a member of the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee.

Since the advisory committee was established in 1945, it has held a distinct and fundamental role advising the director and staff of ODVA. Advisory committee members are military veterans who are appointed by the governor and act as advocates for veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For more information about the Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee, please visit ODVA's website at www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Pages/Advisory-Committee.aspx.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a veteran whose service in the United States Armed Forces meets the criteria defined under ORS 408.225(1)(f). Interested applicants should complete the interest form that can be found online at www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Documents/Interest%20Form.pdf.

Completed forms may be submitted by email to executive.appointments@oregon.gov or by regular mail to Office of the Governor, Executive Appointments, 900 Court St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, OR 97301-4075. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 22, 2018.

Attached Media Files: Interest form , 2018-01/1082/111245/Department_Horiz_Web.jpg

Three warnings and three tips before purchasing digital currency
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/23/18 8:45 AM
(Salem) --The market for digital currency, also known as cryptocurrency, saw a near 50 percent drop in value last week after soaring to record highs only a month ago. Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services recently received two consumer complaints regarding digital currency transactions. Both transactions involved consumers unable to get help accessing their accounts from their digital currency exchange.

In light of recent complaints and news reports about scammers manipulating digital currency markets using social media and fake news, here are three warnings and three tips for consumers before purchasing digital currency.

Understand the risk -- Digital currency is unstable and can experience a sudden increase and decrease in value. The market has seen almost a 50 percent drop in value last week alone. It is not subject to regulation in the U.S., so the government cannot help you if your digital currency is lost, stolen, or hacked.
Difficult to get your cash -- Turning cash into digital currency is easy, but it can be difficult to turn it back into cash when you need it. This can prove risky considering how erratic the markets can be.
Not federally insured -- Unlike money deposited into banks and credit unions, digital currency is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Association (NCUA).

Do not spend or exchange money you cannot afford to lose -- The volatility of the digital currency market means that you should not use money that is needed for essential purposes, such as paying regular expense, debt, or saving for education expenses.
Treat digital currency investments like a commodity -- Treat cryptocurrency like a non liquid investment similar to oil, copper, or gold, and understand that digital currencies do not have the basic value of most commodities.
Use a digital currency exchange that is licensed with the state -- Oregon law does not require digital currency exchange companies, which only turn cash into digital currency, to be licensed. However, companies that help transfer digital currency from one person to another are required to be licensed by the state as a money transmitter.

"Cryptocurrency is a hot trend that is getting a lot of media attention today," said Cameron Smith, acting DCBS director. "Like all popular financial trends, we encourage Oregonians to be cautious and know the risks before purchasing this unstable and unregulated currency."

Oregonians can check the money transmitter license of a digital currency exchange at http://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/Pages/check-license.aspx/.

Oregonians who need help with their digital currency exchange company can contact the Division of Financial Regulation at 866-814-9710 (toll-free) or visit http://dfr.oregon.gov.


About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.

Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 9
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/19/18 9:20 AM
(Salem) -- Employers across the state are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 9, an event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of keeping people safe and healthy while on the job.

Now in its 15th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities. Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses and other employers can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"This stand-down provides an opportunity for employers and their workers to pause and remember the high value they should place on protecting workers from harm," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "It's an opportunity to highlight past successes and to review the reasons behind those successes. It's also a time to reflect on current challenges and to plan for the future with a renewed focus on identifying and eliminating hazards."

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

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 checks, to be used for a luncheon of their choice, when they sign up online by Friday, May 4: http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/signup.aspx. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

During the event, companies are encouraged to share their Safety Break activities on social media by tagging @OregonOSHA on Facebook and using #SafetyBreak2018 on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/index.aspx.


Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

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

Things to know when tax season opens January 29
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/22/18 2:30 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns on January 29. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won't start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received. This year, tax season ends on April 17.

Much like last year, the department won't be issuing personal income tax refunds until after February 15. This refund hold is part of the state's tax fraud prevention activities, and will allow confirmation that the amounts claimed on returns matches what employers report on forms W-2 and 1099. The IRS is also holding federal personal income tax refunds, but only for those taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Here are other important things for taxpayers to know:

There's a kicker this year.
To figure out how much to claim for a kicker credit, taxpayers should multiply their 2016 tax liability before credits--line 24 on the 2016 Form OR-40--by 5.6 percent. They can also use the What's My Kicker calculator at www.oregon.gov/dor, under "Popular Topics." Filing a 2017 return is the only way to claim a kicker; there are no kicker checks.

W-2s and 1099s are due by January 31.
Employers: Don't forget that the deadline to electronically file W-2s and 1099s is January 31. The deadline for both Oregon and the IRS moved up last year. The earlier deadline allows state and federal tax agencies to compare employer wage information with wage information provided on returns to help detect tax refund fraud. To file, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and go to the iWire application.

Tax payments are due by April 17 too.
Tax returns aren't the only thing due on April 17. It's also the date by which taxes owed for 2017 are due--even if the taxpayer has an extension to file. Payments can be made online, by mail, or in person and by cash, check, money order, cashier's check, debit or credit card, or electronic funds transfer. Cash payments are only accepted at the department's Salem headquarters. The regional offices can't accept cash.
Taxpayers who can't pay their taxes in full should contact the department as soon as possible to discuss setting up a payment plan or other payment options. Collections staff can be reached at (503) 945-8200.

Order forms, publications, and copies of past returns online.
Taxpayers can now order paper copies of tax forms and publications online. Go to www.oregon.gov/dor/forms and select "Order Paper Forms." Taxpayers can also request copies of previously filed returns 24/7 through Revenue Online. Tax information is confidential, so taxpayers must have a Revenue Online account to make a request. To sign up for a Revenue Online, visit at www.oregon.gov/dor and select "Revenue Online." There's a $5 fee for each return requested. Taxpayers can also request forms, publications, and returns by calling (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll free).

Don't forget about any eclipse-related income.
The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse event brought millions of visitors to Oregon. Taxpayers who sold merchandise or rented out their home or property for the event may have a state income or lodging tax obligation. Taxpayers should discuss reporting eclipse-related income with their tax preparers or check the instructions for Form OR-40, Oregon's individual income tax return. Lodging taxes must be collected by the property owner or their representative on any property that's rented out for 30 days or more during the calendar year.

Taxpayers have multiple filing options.
E-filing is the fastest way to get your tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.
Some software companies offer free software use and federal and state e-filing for taxpayers meeting their eligibility criteria. There are also free and low-cost tax preparation services available throughout Oregon. Also, Oregon taxpayers preparing their own return can file electronically at no cost using Oregon's free fillable forms.
For more information on filing options, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of a refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call (800) 886-7204. Due to the high volume of calls received during filing season, there may be long wait times. If you can't or would prefer not to wait on hold, you can opt for a call back when a representative is free without losing your place in the queue.

Employment in Oregon December 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/17/18 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 14,700 Jobs in December

In December, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 14,700 jobs, following a revised loss of 300 jobs in November. Monthly gains were concentrated in two industries that bounced back from weaker hiring patterns in the summer, as leisure and hospitality added 4,400 jobs in December and professional and business services added 3,000. Three other industries added at least 1,000 jobs in December: manufacturing (+2,400 jobs), construction (+1,600), and health care and social assistance (+1,000). No major industry cut jobs substantially in December.

Since December 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 48,400 jobs, or 2.6 percent. This is near the rate of growth experienced throughout 2016 and well into mid-2017. While the jobs reports in late 2017, which covered the August through November data, were indicating a slowdown in Oregon's economic expansion, the strong jobs reading in December reflects a return to robust growth.

Over the most recent 12 months, gains were most rapid in construction, which added 8,800 jobs, or 9.4 percent. Next in line was leisure and hospitality (+8,900 jobs, or 4.4%), followed closely by private educational services (+1,400 jobs, or 4.0%). Several major industries expanded by close to 3 percent: health care and social assistance (+7,200 jobs, or 3.1%), financial activities (+2,900 jobs, or 3.0%), and professional and business services (+6,600 jobs, or 2.8%). Meanwhile, only two industries changed employment over the year by less than 1 percent: government (+2,300 jobs, or 0.7%) and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.1 percent in December from 4.2 percent in November. Oregon's unemployment rate was the same as the U.S. unemployment rate, which was also 4.1 percent in December. The state's annual average unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.0 percent, which was Oregon's lowest annual average unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's second-lowest annual average unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, which was reached in 2016 and 1995.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 23rd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 6th.??NLG

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

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

Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon Decembver 2017 News Release

Radon Forum will teach people about health effects, testing, prevention
Oregon Health Authority - 01/23/18 2:58 PM
January 23, 2018

A forum on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Camas, Wash., will offer free information to the public about the dangers of radon, and how to test for and remove the gas from your home.

The sixth annual Northwest Radon Forum is a free educational event where people can learn about radon, its health effects, testing and community resources that are available. The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Camas Public Library, rooms A and B, 625 NE Fourth Ave. The Oregon Health Authority is a co-sponsor of the forum.

Resource tables will offer free radon information from 5 to 7:45 p.m. There will be a presentation and Q&A with a panel of radon experts from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Panelists will represent the fields of geology, health care, testing and mitigation, and community resources.

Radon test kits also will be available for purchase for $7, while supplies last.

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

The OHA Radon Program is joining the EPA in urging Oregonians to take action and test their homes for radon during January as part of National Radon Action Month.

For more information visit the Northwest Radon Forum website at http://radonforumnorthwest.com/ or contact Tiffany Belser at 503-718-6141.

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New web portal features food, pool, lodging inspection reports
Oregon Health Authority - 01/23/18 10:10 AM
January 23, 2018

HealthSpace licensing and inspection software provides public access to inspection statewide information

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Oregon Health Authority has launched a new web portal that will allow people to easily find inspection reports for facilities such as restaurants, swimming pools and hotels.

The portal is part of an updated statewide licensing and inspection system. This updated system will also collect inspection data in a way that will help OHA and county health departments better identify violation trends.

"For the first time people can get inspection results for every licensed facility in the state," said David Martin, Foodborne Illness Prevention Program coordinator at the OHA Public Health Division. "It will also give us improved data we will use to address risk factors that can lead to illness or injury."

Oregon has about 25,000 licensed food, pool and lodging facilities. They include restaurants, mobile units, commissaries, warehouses, vending operations, swimming pools, spas, travelers' accommodations, recreational parks and organizational camps. All facilities are licensed and inspected locally by county health departments.

Inspections are unannounced and focus on items most likely to cause illness or injury to patrons, but also include items such as general cleanliness and maintenance. In a food service facility, the focus is on approved food sources, cooking temperatures, holding temperatures of food, personal hygiene of food handlers and contaminated or dirty equipment. For a public pool or spa, the emphasis is on proper disinfection, clarity, entrapment concerns, proper filtration and the pool enclosure. Tourist facilities are evaluated for safety and general sanitation concerns.

OHA's online inspection portal can be accessed at: https://healthspace.com/Clients/Oregon/State/StateWebPortal.nsf/home.xsp.

HealthSpace replaces a system known as Phoenix that had been in use by 34 Oregon counties since 1994.

The data available for a county on HealthSpace depends on when that county began using the site. That means there may be some facilities without inspection information until they have had an inspection loaded in the new system. It takes 14 days after an inspection until the data appears on the site.

The site will show semi-annual, biennial and annual routine inspections as well as reinspections.

This will be the first time that this information is available to the public for 34 of Oregon's 36 counties. Two other counties, Washington and Multnomah, use their own licensing and inspection reporting sites, although Multnomah County will be using HealthSpace starting in March 2018.

"The rollout exceeded expectations," Martin said. "HealthSpace was released on time and for less than was budgeted. It will be a great tool to use to work with our industry and regulatory partners to improve compliance and better protect the public from food, pool and lodging-related illness and injury."

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Oregon Cannabis Commission meets January 30 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/22/18 2:20 PM
January 22, 2018

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission

Agenda: Review and approve documents; identify key issues for the OCC to address (committee member input); identify key issues for the OCC to address (public input); establish highest priority goals based on key issues; identify next steps and needed resources; timeline, location, structure and length of meetings for rest of the year.

When: Tuesday, January 30, noon to 3 p.m. Public Comments will be taken during the agenda item on key issues for OCC to address, from 1:20 -- 1:35 p.m. Comments will be a maximum of three minutes but may be reduced depending on the number of speakers. Public comment on the topic of identifying key issues may be emailed to shannon.m.mcfadden@state.or.us as well.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Conference Room 1B (on the main floor of the building), 800 NE Oregon Street Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-848-7030, access code 753428.

Details: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session though HB 2198. The commission consists of the state public health officer or the public health officer's designee and an eight-member panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. Along with this, the commission advises the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on the statutes governing medical and retail cannabis. For more information, see the commission's web page at http://www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Shannon McFadden at 971-673-3181, 711 TTY or shannon.m.mcfadden@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 25 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 4:52 PM
January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: Thursday, January 25, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1C. Please note that space is limited. Those interested in participating via conference call should contact Tara Weston before the meeting at 971-673-1047 to obtain call-in information.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor. It members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of tobacco's harmful impact on Oregonians.

Agenda: Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) budget implementation; Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act; Tobacco 21; legislative efforts.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use OHA programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee Meets January 24 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 4:31 PM
January 17, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve January 3 meeting minutes; discuss the oral health accountability metric; provide input for the public health accountability metrics report, recommend benchmarks for accountability metrics and process measures.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 1-2 p.m. The public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
· Sign language and spoken language interpreters
· Written materials in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA seeks applications for Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee
Oregon Health Authority - 01/17/18 3:35 PM
January 17, 2018

The Oral Health Program at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is calling for applications to an advisory committee overseeing one of the program's dental pilot projects.

Applications are being accepted for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee for Dental Pilot Project #200, which will train expanded practice dental hygienists (EPDHs) and demonstrate that EPDHs can successfully place "interim therapeutic restorations" (ITRs) when directed to do so by a collaborating dentist. The ITR is an interim restoration designed to stop the progression of dental caries until the patient can receive treatment for that tooth by a dentist.

The Community Dentistry Program at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry has partnered with Capitol Dental Care and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry on this project. Led by an EPDH, Capitol Dental Care will use telehealth-connected oral health teams to reach children who have not been receiving dental care on a regular basis. Capitol Dental will provide community-based dental diagnostic, prevention and early intervention services, including ITR placement when indicated by the supervising dentist.

The application for the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/ORALHEALTH/DENTALPILOTPROJECTS/Documents/AdvisoryCommitteeApplication.pdf. Interested persons should submit a completed application, along with a copy of a current resumé or curriculum vitae, to Sarah Kowalski, Dental Pilot Project coordinator, at sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2018.

For more information, contact Kowalski by email, or at 971-673-1563, or visit the OHA dental pilot project website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/PreventionWellness/oralhealth/dentalpilotprojects/.

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.

The Oral Health Program is located in the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion within the Public Health Division under the Oregon Health Authority.

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Winning Powerball ticket is better than coffee
Oregon Lottery - 01/22/18 11:03 AM
Jan. 18, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- More coffee. That's what James Wright thought when he checked his Powerball ticket.

"I got up and looked at the ticket and decided to check the numbers from my phone," he said. "I was bleary-eyed because it was early. I saw I missed the Powerball, but then the numbers matched up. I thought it couldn't be right. So I had some coffee and checked again."

After checking it a second time -- and having his heart skip a beat -- he woke his wife up and told her, "We have something special here.

"Overall it was a very surreal experience," he said.

Wright's winning numbers were 14-25-35-58-69, but he missed the Powerball number of 19 for the Saturday, Jan. 13 drawing for a prize of $1 million. The jackpot was $50 million. He purchased his ticket from the 7-Eleven on Willamette Drive in West Linn.

Oregon Lottery officials will be at the 7-Eleven off of Willamette Drive in West Linn at noon on Tuesday to present the owner of the franchise with an oversized ceremonial check for $10,000. Retailers who sell winning tickets receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000. During the event, Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number for free Powerball coupons.

Wright's prize was the third large Powerball prize won in Oregon this month. On Jan. 11, Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville, won $1 million playing Powerball. And on Jan. 4, Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million playing Powerball. He selected the Power Play option for an additional $1, which doubled his prize to a total of $2 million.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Clackamas County, where the West Linn Lottery retailer is located, more than $55.5 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


New Marine Director Appointed
Oregon Marine Board - 01/22/18 2:24 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board is pleased to announce the agency's new director, Larry Warren. Warren comes to the agency from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

Warren's strong leadership is founded on a career of serving Oregonians. As an avid boater with motorized and non-motorized boats, Warren brings experience that translates well to the Marine Board's mission of serving Oregon's recreational boating public through education, enforcement, access, and environmental stewardship for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Warren will start his new role with the agency beginning Monday, February 5, 2018. The Board, agency staff, partners and stakeholders welcome Mr. Warren to the helm, at the same time, thanking interim director Rachel Graham for leading the agency during the director search.

Marine Board Seeks Written Public Comment on Ford's Pond Petition
Oregon Marine Board - 01/17/18 3:13 PM
On January 11, 2018, the Marine Board received a petition requesting the Marine Board consider rulemaking for Boat Operations in Douglas County for Ford's Pond.

The proposed rule would prohibit the use of motorboats, except those propelled by electric motors, on Ford's Pond. It would also establish a 5 mph speed limit on the pond. The new rule is being proposed as a safety measure due to the size and depth of the pond and to protect the pond's earthen dam.

Written comments are being accepted through February 28, 2018 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the petition and public notice, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.


Volunteers needed for Feb. 10 tree planting at Willamette Mission State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/23/18 9:12 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Volunteers are invited to help plant trees and shrubs along a new floodplain forest in Willamette Mission State Park on Feb. 10. The event is a part of a larger habitat restoration project led by Willamette Riverkeeper, in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The restoration "work party", now in its second year, is part of the Willamette Mission Floodplain Reforestation Project. Its goal is to restore vital fish and wildlife habitat on 600 acres across the state park. The project broke ground in 2014 and has continued under the guidance of Willamette Riverkeeper, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Willamette River.

This winter, Willamette Riverkeeper members and volunteers intend to plant more than 107,000 native plants in Willamette Mission State Park.

"One of our project goals is to teach local community members, park user groups and youth about environmental stewardship," said Marci Krass, Restoration Manager for Willamette Riverkeeper. "We hope that by offering these service opportunities, people will invest in Willamette Mission State Park's transformation and feel a connection to the forest they are helping to restore."

The restoration work party will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. Volunteers will meet in the gravel lot for the Wheatland ferry, at the north entrance to Willamette Mission State Park. Parking is free. Registration and more info is online: https://goo.gl/8HsRcw.

Restoration work in Willamette Mission State Park is the result of a partnership between OPRD and Willamette Riverkeeper, with additional funding assistance from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Meyer Memorial Trust, Bonneville Power Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Willamette Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Willamette River. Programs are focused on enforcing the Clean Water Act, connecting Oregonians to their local river through monthly paddle trips, monitoring and cleaning urban riverfront areas, and enhancing and restoring habitat for fish and wildlife. For more information visit www.willametteriverkeeper.org.

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 2 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/19/18 8:01 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 2 via conference call. Agenda items will include a statewide cemetery clean-up day, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

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

Grants available for Oregon museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/18/18 2:32 PM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Museums may apply for a variety of projects, including of the following examples. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside the museum, but still meet the museum's mission.

"This program is versatile enough to serve museums of all sizes," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Beth Dehn. Past projects included a speaker series at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, electrical work at the Gilliam County Historical Society, storage materials for the Klamath County Museum and the Shelton McMurphy Johnson House in Eugene, interpretation at Washington County Museum and Cannon Beach History Center and a living history cemetery tour in Lincoln City.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

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

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

Salmonberry Trail meeting set for Feb. 2 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/18/18 8:54 AM
SALEM, Ore. - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will meet 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 to discuss the proposed Salmonberry Trail corridor. The meeting will be held in the Capitol, Room 50. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting agenda: an update on fundraising efforts, outcomes of a benefits study done by Portland State University, status of a proposed trail use and lease agreement with the Port of Tillamook Bay and an update on valley segment planning.
The proposed Salmonberry Trail is an 84-mile corridor connecting eight cities and two counties. The proposed route follows the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway and terminates in Banks.

STIA was established to promote and facilitate coordinated direction and guidance in the planning, development and maintenance of the multi-use trail. For more information contact Dennis Wiley, Salmonberry Trail project manager, 503-986-0723 or dennis.wiley@oregon.gov.

Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Issues Tsunami Preparedness & Safety Tips
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/23/18 12:27 PM
A 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska Tuesday morning provides a timely reminder to be ready in case of an earthquake or tsunami.

PORTLAND, Ore., January 23, 2018 -- The Red Cross is urging residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington to take preparedness actions following a tsunami watch along the U.S. Pacific Coast.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday morning, triggering tsunami warnings for Alaska and western Canada, as well as tsunami watches all along the U.S. Pacific Coast. Although the tsunami warnings have been downgraded to advisories, the Red Cross urges residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington to take preparedness steps to be ready in the event of a tsunami following a major earthquake.

Although not as severe as a tsunami warning, a tsunami advisory means that there is potential for strong currents or waves to develop that may be dangerous to those who are in or very near water. If you live in a coastal area, follow these Red Cross tsunami safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Before a Tsunami
Find out if your home, school, workplace or other frequently visited locations are in tsunami hazard areas.
Make an escape plan and build an emergency supplies kit. Find a supply list at www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide.
If you live or frequent a place in a tsunami hazard area, know the height of your street above sea level and the distance of your street from the coast. Evacuation orders may be based on these numbers.
Plan evacuation routes from your home, school, workplace and other places you could be where tsunamis present a risk. If possible, pick areas 100 feet (30 meters) above sea level or go as far as 2 miles (3 kilometers) inland, away from the coastline. If you cannot get this high or far, go as high or far as you can. Every foot inland or upward may make a difference. You should be able to reach your safe location on foot within 15 minutes.
Learn the evacuation plan where your child attends school.
Find out if the plan requires you to pick your children up from school or from another location. During a tsunami watch or warning, telephone lines may be overloaded and routes to and from schools may be jammed.
Practice your evacuation routes. Familiarity may save your life. Be able to follow your escape route at night and during inclement weather. Practicing your tsunami survival plan makes the appropriate response more of a reaction, requiring less thinking during an actual emergency.
If you are a tourist, familiarize yourself with local tsunami evacuation information. You may be able to safely evacuate to the third floor or higher in reinforced concrete hotel structures.

During a Tsunami
If you feel an earthquake while you are on the coast, drop, cover and hold on if inside and avoid falling objects if outside.
When the shaking has stopped, move quickly inland and to higher ground. Go on foot if possible.
Take your disaster preparedness kit (go bag), but don't delay leaving.
If you evacuate, take your animals with you. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for them.
If a tsunami watch is issued, listen to a NOAA weather radio, Coast Guard emergency frequency station or other official sources for updated emergency information and be ready to evacuate.
Remain inland and on higher ground until an "all clear" announcement is made by local officials.

After a Tsunami
Let friends and family know you're safe.
o Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website at www.redcross.org/safeandwell.
Continue using a NOAA weather radio or tuning to a Coast Guard station, or a local radio or television station for the latest updates.
Return home only after local officials tell you it is safe. A tsunami is a series of waves that may continue for hours.
Do not assume that after one wave the danger is over. The next wave may be larger than the first one.
Check yourself for injuries and get first aid as needed before helping injured or trapped persons.
If someone needs to be rescued, call professionals who have the right equipment to help. Many people have been killed or injured trying to rescue others.
Help people who require special assistance--infants, elderly people, those without transportation, people with disabilities and large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation.
Avoid disaster areas. Your presence might interfere with emergency response operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of floods.
Stay out of any building that has water around it. Tsunami water can cause floors to crack or walls to collapse.
Use caution when re-entering buildings or homes. Tsunami-driven floodwater may have damaged buildings where you least expect it. Carefully watch every step you take.
To avoid injury, wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up.
Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

For more disaster preparedness tools and information, visit www.redcross.org/PrepareGuide to download the free Red Cross Prepare Guide that has all the info you need to be prepared for disasters of all kinds.


People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Issues Tsunami Safety Tips

Reach for the Stars at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (Photo)
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 01/23/18 9:25 AM
McMinnville, Oregon--Back again for 2018, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is dedicating a full day of fun activities and learning workshops to serve people of all ages with special needs this Saturday, January 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Whether participants have a developmental or physical disability, the Museum wants to create a memorable and joyful learning experience. All museum activities and spaces will be wheelchair accessible and tailored to accommodate a wide variety of participant needs. We will have hands-on workshops, exploration tables and informational booths. Local Star Wars group Cloud City Garrison will also be making an appearance. Photo booth will be provided by Zack Poisal of Made in OR Entertainment.

"Reaching for the Stars is a favorite of both the Museum and the community. It is a chance to offer something truly wondrous in a fun, family-friendly environment. We hope to make every year our best one yet!" explains Museum Education Manager Kathryn Sinor.

Cost is $5 per person, and pre-registration is required. The following information is requested to register: Name, email address, number of people attending, and zip code. Register by emailing education@evergreenmuseum.org, or call the Museum at 503-434-4180.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and a Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates.

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The Path of the Ballot with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 01/22/18 4:32 PM
G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda
G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda
In response to increased interest in civic engagement, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington recently developed the following pilot programming for registered Girl Scouts in Oregon. Tours, followed by Q & A, of Elections Offices throughout Oregon will take place this coming week.
Event Description:

Did you know that Oregon is a "vote-by-mail" state? That's right - in Oregon, every registered voter can mail in or drop off their ballot instead of standing in line at a polling place. But then what? On the night of the January election or May primary election, you can get an up-close look at how ballots are processed in your county at the local elections office. Every vote counts!

Senior Girl Scouts may be able to complete a step toward earning the "Behind the Ballot" badge and Junior Girl Scouts can complete a step earning the "Inside Government" badge.

All January events are now closed. Events in May will be open for registration beginning on March 1, 2018. Registered Girl Scouts can sign up for "The Path of the Ballot" activities by emailing activities@girlscoutsosw.org for support.

Deschutes County Elections Office
Deschutes Services Building
1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 202, Bend, OR 97703
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Multnomah County Elections Office
1040 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Jackson County Elections Office
1101 W Main St #201, Medford, OR 97501
1/22/18 & 5/14/18
4 - 5 p.m.

Benton County Elections Office
120 NW 4th St #13, Corvallis, OR 97330
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Washington County Elections Office
3700 SW Murray Blvd # 101, Beaverton, OR 97005
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Are you a journalist interested in covering one of these activities? Please notify your respective Elections office and email communications@girlscoutsosw.org regarding your interest. Photography is permissible. However, we kindly request that you stay with our group. Please do not take photographs of personal information on ballot envelopes like signatures or addresses.
Also Coming this Spring!

Morning at the Mayor's Office with The Bus Project
City of Portland, City Hall
10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

The Power of Advocacy with The Bus Project
The Bus Project
9:30 a.m. -- 12-Noon

G.I.R.L. Agenda--Girls Scouts' NEW Civic Engagement Program!
In early October, 2017, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. launched the G.I.R.L. Agenda, a nonpartisan initiative powered by Girl Scouts to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls to lead positive change through civic action.


To learn more, please visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/girlagenda
Girls Scouts' History of Civic Engagement
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has emphasized the importance of civic engagement, by teaching and encouraging girls to create positive change in their communities through advocacy and action. Girl Scouts learn to stand up for what they believe in, identify issues they care about, and develop leadership skills to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts has a century of success which is reflected in the realm of public service by the fact that 76 percent of female U.S. Senators and 100 percent of U.S. Secretaries of State are Girl Scout alumnae.


Attached Media Files: G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda

The Path of the Ballot with Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 01/19/18 3:22 PM
Media Advisory

In response to increased interest in civic engagement, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington recently developed the following pilot programming for registered Girl Scouts in Oregon. Tours, followed by Q & A, of Elections Offices throughout Oregon will take place this coming week.
Event Description:

Did you know that Oregon is a "vote-by-mail" state? That's right - in Oregon, every registered voter can mail in or drop off their ballot instead of standing in line at a polling place. But then what? On the night of the January election or May primary election, you can get an up-close look at how ballots are processed in your county at the local elections office. Every vote counts!

Senior Girl Scouts may be able to complete a step toward earning the "Behind the Ballot" badge and Junior Girl Scouts can complete a step earning the "Inside Government" badge.

All January events are now closed. Events in May will be open for registration beginning on March 1, 2018. Registered Girl Scouts can sign up for "The Path of the Ballot" activities by emailing activities@girlscoutsosw.org for support.

Deschutes County Elections Office
Deschutes Services Building
1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 202, Bend, OR 97703
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Multnomah County Elections Office
1040 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Jackson County Elections Office
1101 W Main St #201, Medford, OR 97501
1/22/18 & 5/14/18
4 - 5 p.m.

Benton County Elections Office
120 NW 4th St #13, Corvallis, OR 97330
1/23/18 & 5/15/18
6 - 7 p.m.

Washington County Elections Office
3700 SW Murray Blvd # 101, Beaverton, OR 97005
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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Also Coming this Spring!

Morning at the Mayor's Office with The Bus Project
City of Portland, City Hall
10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

The Power of Advocacy with The Bus Project
The Bus Project
9:30 a.m. -- 12-Noon

G.I.R.L. Agenda--Girls Scouts' NEW Civic Engagement Program!
In early October, 2017, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. launched the G.I.R.L. Agenda, a nonpartisan initiative powered by Girl Scouts to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls to lead positive change through civic action.


To learn more, please visit: http://www.girlscouts.org/girlagenda
Girls Scouts' History of Civic Engagement
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has emphasized the importance of civic engagement, by teaching and encouraging girls to create positive change in their communities through advocacy and action. Girl Scouts learn to stand up for what they believe in, identify issues they care about, and develop leadership skills to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts has a century of success which is reflected in the realm of public service by the fact that 76 percent of female U.S. Senators and 100 percent of U.S. Secretaries of State are Girl Scout alumnae.


Attached Media Files: G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda , G.I.R.L. Agenda #GIRLagenda

OSBA opposes class-size bill, which could cost over $500 million
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 01/22/18 1:21 PM
A new bill made public Jan. 22, 2018, on behalf of Oregon's teachers union seeks to make class size a mandatory subject of collective bargaining. The Oregon School Boards Association is taking a strong stand in opposition for the same reasons it did in 2017, when a similar bill failed to pass.

Jim Green, OSBA's executive director, said House Bill 4113 would undermine local control and create an unfunded mandate that could lead to school boards having to cut services and school days to meet class-size restrictions. He said such attempts at restricting class size had proved to be failures in California and Florida.

"If you make class size a subject of collective bargaining, it will be a budget buster for school districts," said Green.

Based on estimates from the Oregon Department of Education, lowering class sizes by three students would cost an additional $575.6 million in the 2019-21 biennium. That translates to hiring roughly 2,600 new teachers, according to ODE estimates, at a time when the Legislature is struggling to even maintain current service levels.

Green suggested that legislators instead focus their attention on the broader picture of paying for a first-class Oregon school system, as they have signaled their intention to do through the Joint Committee on Student Success. (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/courtney/Documents/PR-jointstudentsuccess-FINAL.pdf)

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges.

2018 Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program seeks applications
Oregon Farm Bureau - 01/23/18 9:47 AM
Share Your Family's Story Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program
Seeking Applications for 2018 Century and Sesquicentennial Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program. The application deadline is May 1, 2018. Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land. To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process. Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities. Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records. These records help support Oregon's agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles. All documents are archived for public access.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch application and program guidelines are available at http://www.centuryfarm.oregonfb.org, or by contacting Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or cfr@oregonfb.org.

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family's farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 25, 2018.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share these stories of century-long connections with a broader audience. By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture. To date, 1,200 families have formally received the Century designation and 39 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education. It is supported by a partnership between the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University Libraries' Special Collections & Archives Research Center, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and by generous donations of Oregonians.

For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact Andréa Kuenzi Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or cfr@oregonfb.org.


Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Marks the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/19/18 4:08 PM
Monday, January 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The landmark Supreme Court decision overturned a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion unless a woman's life was at stake - legalizing abortion nationwide. This anniversary also marks a year of groundswell organizing across the country with people showing support for the health, rights and full equality of all people - including access to a safe and legal abortion. Americans have sent a clear message to politicians that they do not want unnecessary restrictions on abortion access.

When the Roe decision was handed down, abortion was illegal in nearly all U.S. states - except to save a woman's life, or for limited reasons such as instances of rape, incest or fetal anomaly. Roe rendered these laws unconstitutional and set a legal precedent that affected more than 30 subsequent Supreme Court cases involving restrictions on access to safe, legal abortion.

Statement from Laurel Swerdlow, Interim Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:

"We have seen attack after attack on reproductive rights and health over the past year. These attacks were met by a powerful grassroots response from women - and that resistance is still growing. The majority of Oregonians believe abortion should remain safe and legal. This is one of the reasons people across Oregon have spoken out at town halls, rallied across the state and marched: to show support for the health, rights and full equality of all people - and that includes access to safe and legal abortion.

"At Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, we believe in the right of all people to make their own personal medical decisions about pregnancy, without political interference. Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide expert, high quality care - including abortion - and ensure that patients receive accurate information about all of their pregnancy options. At Planned Parenthood, we trust women to make their own, fully informed healthcare decisions."

Planned Parenthood has seen the devastating consequences for people in states like Texas, where politicians have restricted access to abortion. People have been forced to travel hundreds of miles, cross state lines and wait weeks to get an abortion, if they can access services at all. These restrictions often have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, who already face systemic barriers in accessing quality health care.

At 101 years old, Planned Parenthood remains committed to its mission of building a world where all people have access to the health care and education they need, and all people have control of their bodies so they can determine their own destinies. The work of Planned Parenthood's compassionate and highly skilled health center staff makes this possible, and ensures the communities they serve get the best care possible, every day - no matter what.