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**UPDATE** Water Rescue on North Umpqua River (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/24/17 3:15 PM
UPDATE #2 - 05/24/2017

The search continues today for a man who jumped into the North Umpqua River from the bridge at Northbank Road and Singletree Lane near Glide on Monday evening and was carried down stream.

Investigators believe the victim to be 34 year old Riley Flury Rappe of Roseburg. Rappe has been missing since Monday evening and his vehicle was located near the bridge with his Oregon Driver's license inside. Rappe was experienced with this stretch of the river and has reportedly swam and jumped off of the bridge for years. He is presumed drowned.

Deputies will continue their search throughout the holiday weekend.


UPDATE #1 - 05/23/2017

Today, Marine Deputies and Douglas County Fire District #2 swift water rescue teams continued the search for the missing man.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received support and assistance from the Oregon State Police and North River Boats. Additionally, air support was provided by Bill Woods and the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

The search concluded for today at 1600 hours. Crews will resume the search Wednesday morning.



On Monday, May 22, 2017, at 7:28 pm, Douglas County 9-1-1 received an emergency call of a subject who had jumped off of the bridge into the North Umpqua River near North Bank Road and Single Tree Lane in Roseburg. The caller reported the male was being swept downstream after entering the water.

The Sheriff's Office Marine Division along with Douglas County Fire District #2 Swift Water Rescue Team and Glide Fire Department responded to the area. Emergency crews attempted to locate the man without success. The search has been suspended for the evening due to nightfall and hazardous conditions, but will resume the search tomorrow morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

No further updates or information will be released tonight.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/5204/104629/Sheriff-Patch.png , DCSO Marine Unit , North Umpqua River at Bridge , Douglas County Fire Dist #2 , DPFA Air Support , Rappe, Riley F
FBI Portland Honors Missing Children's Day -- Lamar Advertising Runs Digital Billboards in Kyron Horman Case (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 05/25/17 10:57 AM
#RockOneSock for Shaina and Shausha
#RockOneSock for Shaina and Shausha
Law enforcement agencies across the country commemorate National Missing Children's Day each year on May 25th. This year, the FBI is recognizing three long-term investigations involving Oregon children. The FBI continues to partner with local law enforcement agencies to provide requested assistance and investigative support in each of these cases.

Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, 2010. Kyron was seven-years-old at the time. Lamar Advertising, in cooperation with the FBI, is running digital billboard ads this week in Portland, Salem, Bend, Corvallis and Medford to highlight Kyron's case and the on-going effort to locate him. (Photo of billboard attached.)

"Our partnership with Lamar goes back many years, and it is a valuable resource to us as we search for both missing children and wanted fugitives in Oregon and across the country," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Kyron's FBI "Missing" poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/kyron-richard-horman.

The FBI's Portland Division is also recognizing two cases involve sisters Shaina Ashley Kirkpatrick and Shausha Latine Henson. Shaina was three-years-old and Shausha was just two-months-old when they disappeared on April 4, 2001. The girls were last seen with their mother en route to Sacramento, California. On April 29, 2001, their mother's body was found outside of Fernley, Nevada, while the whereabouts of the two girls remain unknown.

Shaina's FBI "Missing" poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/shaina-ashley-kirkpatrick, and Shausha's FBI "Missing" poster can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/shausha-latine-henson.

The Portland FBI is also working to raise awareness about missing children by participating in the #RockOneSock campaign. Started by John Walsh and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the goal is to raise awareness about missing kid cases and to keep alive the hope that -- like that perpetually-lost sock in the wash -- we can help bring some of these missing children home. Photos of the local #RockOneSock campaign can be found on FBI Portland's Twitter account @FBIPortland. (Two photos showing #RockOneSock for Kyron and for Shaina/Shausha are also attached.)

In 1932, the FBI was given jurisdiction under the "Lindbergh Law" to immediately investigate any reported mysterious disappearance or kidnapping involving a child of "tender age"--usually 12 or younger. However, the FBI can become involved with any missing child under the age of 18 as an assisting agency to the local police department. There does not have to be a ransom demand, and the child does not have to cross the state lines or be missing for 24 hours. Research indicates the quicker the reporting of the disappearance or abduction, the more likely the successful outcome in returning the child unharmed.

The FBI is fully committed to support local law enforcement partners investigating missing and endangered children. More information regarding these children can be found on the FBI's website at: www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap.

If you have any information regarding a missing child, please contact your local FBI field office, your local police department or call 9-1-1. Tips may also be submitted to the FBI through tips.fbi.gov.

Attached Media Files: #RockOneSock for Shaina and Shausha , #RockOneSock for Kyron , Kyron Billboard - Lamar Advertising - May 2017
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against "Business Email Compromise" Scams
FBI - Oregon - 05/23/17 12:52 PM
The Business Email Compromise scam has been around for a few years, but as a new analysis from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center shows -- it is a scam that has grown so large that it costs American companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Worldwide -- this scam racked up more than $5 billion in losses or attempted losses between October 2013 and December 2016.

There are a number of variations on how this scam works, but here are the basics:

The fraudster either spoofs an email account or is able to hack an account at a victim company. The fraudster then sends an invoice to a second company demanding payment. Both companies typically have a long-standing relationship, and that invoice doesn't look out-of-the ordinary. The fraudster arranges for the funds to be wired to an account he controls.

In a variation of this scam, the fraudster gets control of an email account belonging to an executive at the victim company -- a CEO, CFO or the like. Using that executive's persona, he sends a request to the finance department asking for a payment to be wired to another vendor immediately. The unsuspecting employee makes the transaction happen quickly to keep the boss happy. Regardless of how the scam plays out, the victim company suffers the loss.

Of particular concern in Oregon are the small and medium-sized businesses that are getting hit by this scam. Due to their size, they are often less likely to prepare for or recover from such a scam.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Require digitally-encrypted signatures by businesses on both ends of a transaction.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers either within your company or between your company and a vendor. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.

When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

For emails, make sure you "forward" your response as opposed to hitting "reply". That way, you are using a real -- not spoofed - email address by manually typing it in or accessing it from your existing contact list.

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as change in a vendor's payment location.

If you suspect that a fraudster has victimized your company, it is important to act quickly. Contact your bank right away, and call your closest FBI office. Also, make sure you report the incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

You can also find more information and tips on how to protect yourself at www.ic3.gov or www.fbi.gov.

Attached Media Files: Tech Tuesday - Russian written , Tech Tuesday - Spanish written , Tech Tuesday - Russian audio file , Tech Tuesday - Spanish audio file , Tech Tuesday - English audio file
Unmaintained Dry Vegetation is a Fire Hazard - City of Medford's Ordinance in Effect June 1st
Medford Fire-Rescue - 05/26/17 8:32 AM
With warmer weather and fire season approaching, vegetation in fields, hillsides and vacant lots is beginning to dry out. Unmaintained dry vegetation creates a significant fire risk during fire season. Fire can race through such vegetation endangering lives and property. The best way to minimize the fire risk is to reduce the available fuels. Please do your part to reduce the threat of wildfire this year by cutting dry vegetation prior to fire season. See the attached Media Release for more information.

Attached Media Files: Weeds & Grass Media Release
Media Advisory - Area Fire Agencies to Conduct Joint Wildfire Training - Media Advisory
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 05/26/17 8:43 AM
When- June 9th or 10th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Who- Members of the media are welcome to observe this training.

What- Firefighters from several Western Oregon agencies will be conducting wildfire training. A helicopter will be on site practicing water drops as directed by ground crews. Firefighters will be lighting and extinguishing live fires.

Where- Media should meet at 10:00 AM at 32776 S Sawtell Rd, Molalla, OR 97038.

Special Notes- Depending on the type of helicopter that is obtained for this training, a media flight may be a possibility. This will be determined on the day of the event.

OSP Arrests Driver and Passenger from same vehicle for DUII following crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/29/17 4:11 PM
On May 25, 2017, at approximately 3:02pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 108 in Jefferson County, which is near Warm Springs.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Subaru, operated by 48 year old Aurel STINSON from Warm Springs was traveling westbound on Highway 26. An altercation broke out between her and her right front passenger, 42 year old Fabian SUTTERLEE Jr also from Warm Springs. SUTTERLEE Jr grabbed the steering wheel and forced the Subaru onto the soft shoulder. STINSON attempted to regain control the Subaru but it traveled into a dirt slope where it rolled onto its roof. STINSON and SUTTERLEE Jr were both transported to St. Charles Madras with minor injuries. SUTTERLEE Jr would later be transported to St. Charles Bend by air from St. Charles Madras.

The investigation revealed both STINSON and SUTTERLEE Jr were impaired leading to the following charges:

STINSON was charged with DUII.

SUTTERLEE Jr was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Assault IV and Criminal Mischief 1.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Fire and EMS, Warm Springs PD and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104814/IMG_2352_(2).JPG
**** Names Released**** Fatal Crash-Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/29/17 8:12 AM
On May 28, 2017, at approximately 3:00 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 7.5 in Clatsop County, which is in the city of Warrenton.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford Focus, operated by 18 year old Ronald CABLE of Elma, WA, was travelling northbound on Hwy 101 when it crossed over the center line and into the path of a 2017 Freightliner truck. The Freightliner was operated by 45 year old Freddy PINA-LOPEZ. PINA-LOPEZ was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The operator of the Focus, CABLE, was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. 19 year old Devon BREATY, of Elma, WA, who was seated in the back seat was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and then to OHSU. 16 year old Eliana BREARTY, of Elma, WA was also seated in the back seat. She was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The 15 year old right front passenger, also from Elma, WA, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Fatigue and marijuana use is being considered as contributing factors in the crash.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Warrenton PD, Astoria PD, Seaside PD, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Clatsop County Medical Examiner, Warrenton Fire Department, Medix and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

End of Release.

Peviouse Release:

On May 28, 2017 at about 3:00 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle, fatal crash, on Hwy 101 near milepost 7.5 in Clatsop County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a passenger car, which was northbound, crossed over the center line, into the path of a semi-tractor trailer. One of the occupants in the passenger car was pronounced deceased on scene and all others involved have minor to no injuries. The roadway was closed, but is open at this time to all traffic.

At this time the names and other information is not available.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104806/101_ftlresized.jpg , 2017-05/1002/104806/101_ftlresized_41.jpg , 2017-05/1002/104806/101_Focus.jpg
Bend Man Loses Life in Crash-Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/27/17 7:56 AM
On May 26, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 27, near milepost 26 in Crook County. Once on scene, they determined it was a fatal crash.

The preliminary investigation determined the operator, 51 year old, Mark Alan HIATT, a Bend resident, was operating a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup southbound on Hwy 27, when for an unknown reason, left the roadway, driving onto the shoulder where the pickup crashed into a dirt bank and came to rest upside down. HIATT died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol is being considered as a factor.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Crook County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104793/2017052695215551.jpg
Counterfeit Bills Used at Area Businesses-Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/26/17 10:59 AM
Members of Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command have been investigating the use of counterfeit 20 and 100 dollar bills. The investigation; with cooperation of Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Secret Service, is revealing other occurrences of these same bills.

The bills appear normal, with poor paper quality. They have unique Chinese Characters printed on the front and back of the bills and are using bright pink or red ink.

Investigators are not sure how these bills have entered the Klamath Falls Community, but have learned these same bills have been found throughout the Pacific Northwest and have been successfully used at area businesses to purchase goods.

If you are in possession of one of these bills or have any information please contact your local law enforcement.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104765/20b.jpg , 2017-05/1002/104765/20.jpg
Officer cleared in shooting, Wolf Creek- Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 05/25/17 4:54 PM
The Josephine County District Attorney, Ryan Mulkins, prepared a press release detailing the case. Refer to the attached document for information.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104748/Press_Release_.pdf
Klamath Falls Teacher Arrested- Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 05/25/17 2:03 PM
On May 22, 2017, the Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Criminal Investigation Division received information from the Klamath County School District that several students at Brixner Junior High School, witnessed their teacher possibly taking inappropriate pictures of students in the teacher's classroom.

The events were reported to have occurred on May 18th and May 19th and the investigation was reported and began on May 22, 2017. On May 23, 2017, a search warrant was executed and 36 year old, Matthew L. WALKER, of Klamath Falls, was arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the charge of Invasion of Person(s) Privacy.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104735/0524-matthew-laurence-walker.webp
SafeOregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/24/17 1:00 PM
We are SafeOregon
We are SafeOregon
The Oregon State Police launched SafeOregon, a school safety tip line program available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon, on January 31, 2017. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to confidentially report and share confidential information of a risk or a potential risk to student safety. SafeOregon requires schools to complete a sign-up process in order for students to use it. Since SafeOregon was launched, 260 schools have enrolled and are using the tip line. That reaches approximately 110,000 Oregon students. SafeOregon gives students a way to reach out for help.

SafeOregon -- the school safety tip line -- became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety charged with improving safety and security at schools across the state. The task force was established by House Bill 4087, bringing together representatives from police, fire, school administration, teachers, school boards and service districts, along with the Governor's education and public safety policy advisors, legislators, the Oregon Department of Education and the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. The task force is chaired by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Dr. David Novotney, Willamette Education Service District.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe.

From a Principal of one School using SafeOregon today:

"In the two weeks [...] since our launch of SafeOregon we received 20 reports, 18 have been legitimate including bullying [...], suicidal feelings, sexual harassment, and drug use. Action taken has ranged from consultation with law enforcement, suspensions, or counseling the student or group of students.

In one particular instance, a student reported a girl posting suicidal thoughts on social media. SafeOregon called school administration, and the police were involved. The girl was taken to the hospital for evaluation, potentially saving her life. Another student reported her friend was being bullied. [...] The victim came up to me later, gave me a hug and thanked me for protecting and supporting him.

Tips from Students:

"They are fighting and I don't know what to do because they are both my friend and I don't want them to hate me because I don't wanna choose sides and I don't want them to get mad because I'm trying to fix things but idk."
Result: Their teacher talked to the students that were fighting and the tipsters identity was kept confidential. The tipster was acknowledged by the teacher later, without exposing his identity, for doing the right thing by reporting.

"She was talking to me in the hallway and I notice that she has cuts on her wrist and I have seen it before, she says she's depressed and she says she sad all the time"
Result: Student assessed by the school counselor. The student was not someone that was on the school's radar as having these struggles, so they were grateful for the tip.

For more information please visit www.safeoregon.com. The resource page has more information for students, parents and for schools to sign-up. Students and parents are encouraged to talk to their school administration about making SafeOregon available in their school.

It is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

Attached Media Files: We are SafeOregon , SafeOregon Partnership
Fatal Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash Interstate 5 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/23/17 3:45 PM
A fatal commercial motor vehicle crash occurred Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 near Rice Hill.
On May 23, 2017, at about 11:20 a.m., OSP troopers and emergency medical responders were dispatched to a commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 154.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Peterbilt Semi-Truck and trailer loaded with lumber was southbound and for unknown reasons departed the roadway and onto the 154 Exit. The semi-truck continued south and went through the grass median and came back onto the 154 on ramp before leaving and impacting the dirt embankment on the west side of the freeway. The semi-truck and trailer came to an uncontrolled rest partially blocking the 154 on ramp.

The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The name of the operator is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The operator was wearing safety restraints at the time of crash. The 154 southbound exit and on ramp were closed for the duration of the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and North Douglas Fire and EMS.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104674/mp154.jpg
Oregon City man dies in motorcycle crash-Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/23/17 2:48 PM
On May 23, 2017, at approximately 8:00am, the Oregon State Police responded to a 4 vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 99 and Paquet St. in Oregon City, Clackamas County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 2 passenger cars and a motorcycle were stopped due to heavy traffic. The fourth car, a 2009 Audi, approached the line of traffic, failing to see the traffic was stopped and rear-ended the motorcycle, killing the rider. The motorcycle was pushed into the car in front of it, causing a chain reaction.

The operator of the motorcycle was 56 year old, Johnnie O. BENNETT, of Oregon City. The operator of Audi, 40 year old Michelle Higgins, also of Oregon City was not injured. The operators of the other vehicles were not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's office, Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas Fire District and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is on-going and no enforcement action has been taken at this time.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104672/MC_F.jpg
***update-name correction***OSP Seeking public's assistance in locating witnesses of a Road Rage incident/Shooting near Millersburg- Linn County
Oregon State Police - 05/23/17 1:13 PM
Christopher TAVERNIER was lodged in jail.
End update

Previous Release:

On May 22, 2017, at approximately 6:00 PM, Oregon State Police troopers responded to a call of shots fired on Interstate 5 southbound, near Millersburg, in Linn County. Callers indicated a Jeep Wrangler and a Chevrolet Silverado were travelling south on Interstate 5 when they were involved in a road rage incident.

The Jeep Wrangler was operated by 43 year old, Christopher TAVERNIER, of Eugene. The Chevrolet Silverado was operated by 23 year old, Walter FENN II, of Albany. The passenger in the Chevrolet Silverado was the operator's father, 43 year old, Walter FENN, of Lebanon. At some point TAVERNIER pulled to the shoulder, exited his vehicle and fired a shot at the Chevrolet Silverado with a handgun. There were no injuries reported.

TAVERNIER left the scene and was located in a drive-thru of Starbucks in Albany where he was taken into custody without incident and a handgun was recovered from his vehicle. CHRISTOPHER TAVERNIER was lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Menacing and Harassment. The investigation is continuing. Any witnesses to the event on Interstate 5 are encouraged to contact Trooper Dakotah Keys at the Albany Area Command, (541)967-2026.

OSP was assisted by the Albany Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Office.
Lane County woman dies after ATV crash - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 05/23/17 10:31 AM
On May 21, 2017, at approximately 4:15pm, the Oregon State Police responded to the Mapleton Valley Fire Department after hearing on the radio of a woman being transported by a friend to the Fire Department with serious injuries. Medical personnel and OSP performed CPR on the female before she was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

The preliminary investigation has determined that 26 year old, SARA M. SMITH, from Lane County, was riding an ATV by herself in the Deadwood area and for an unknown reason, crashed. The OSP is continuing the investigation to determine the cause and location of the crash.
*** Update***Elmira Area Resident Loses Life in Fatal Crash - 126W Eugene/Veneta - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/23/17 10:05 AM
The operator of the Nissan has been identified as, 60 year old, DELLA ANN SHAVER. She was an Elmira Resident. End Update


On Wednesday May 17, 2017 at about 1:20 pm, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126W between Eugene and Veneta.

The ongoing investigation revealed that a white 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, operated by 78 year old Elmira local Larry Lay, was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled over into the oncoming lane, crashing head-on into an eastbound black 2011 Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Nissan died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Lay was transported to a Springfield area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification to the family. Information will be provided as it is available.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Fire Authority, Eugene/Springfield Fire, the Lane County District Attorney and Medical Examiners offices.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/1002/104497/Photo.jpg
Fatal Crash investigation-Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 05/23/17 9:11 AM
The Oregon State Police responded to a fatal crash on Hwy 99 and Paquet St. in Oregon City. There is no information available to release at this time. As soon as information is available, a detailed release will be provided.
Commercial Structure Fire - 603 SE Lane Avenue - 5/26/17 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 05/26/17 11:50 PM
Image 4
Image 4
At 9:48 p.m. on May 26, 2017, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 603 SE Lane Avenue. Douglas County Dispatch received multiple calls reporting smoke coming from the roof area of the structure.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the roof and windows of the structure. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a drier unit. No injuries were reported.

A total of 10 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power, Avista Utilities, and Bay Cities Ambulance. The cause of the fire is under investigation; however, the fire seems unintentional in nature at this time.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

Attached Media Files: Image 4 , Image 3 , Image 2 , Image 1
AMR River Rescue Season Opens 19th Season (Photo)
AMR Portland - 05/24/17 6:01 PM
Some AMR River Rescue Team members at Glenn Otto Park. 2016
Some AMR River Rescue Team members at Glenn Otto Park. 2016
(Portland, OR.) -- American Medical Response (AMR)'s River Rescue Team is in full preparation mode for the start of the program's nineteenth season this weekend. The season kick-off for the media is Friday, May 26, 2017, at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. AMR's River Rescue Technicians (experienced lifeguards trained in swiftwater rescue) will staff Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, and High Rocks Park in Gladstone, starting Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

The very wet winter means that we have a lot of snowpack and high water this year. High water levels from snowpack mean fast currents, unexpected drop-offs and cold water temperatures. Don't expect rivers to be the same as last summer. Life jackets are STRONGLY recommended for anyone on, in or near the water.

Before AMR's River Rescue Program started in 1999,Glenn Otto and High Rocks Parks previously claimed two to four lives every year. The role of AMR's River Rescue Team is to provide water safety/water condition information, identify and alert swimmers and park visitors to potential hazards, and rescue swimmers in distress.

Drowning is preventable. Simple steps can save a life:

-Wear a properly sized U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when in or near water, including docks and beaches
-Be aware and prepared for the hazards before you go in (currents, cold shock, debris)
-Know your swimming abilities -- If you can't swim, don't go in!
-Keep children within arm's reach and provide constant supervision in and around water

Event: AMR's River Rescue Program Kick-Off and Media Event
Date: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm Friday, May 26, 2017

Attending: AMR's River Rescue Team
Justine Kilsby, AMR River Rescue Program Coordinator

Location: Glenn Otto Park, Troutdale, Oregon
1106 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

Photo, video & audio opportunities available during River Rescue training demonstrations.

Interesting Data from 2016:

In 2016, 151 people were rescued (up from 120 in 2015 -- 25% increase)

-51% of people rescued were floating down the river on inner tubes or rafts

-19% of people rescued by lifeguards felt they had limited or no swimming ability

-81% of people rescued knew how to swim but still had to be rescued!

-69% of people rescued were adults

-31% of people rescued were children

-6% of people rescued were wearing a life jacket!

-It can happen to you!


About American Medical Response
American Medical Response, Inc., a leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, and RNs work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter. Locally, AMR provides ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/562/104718/052317_AMR_River_Rescue_Opens_19th_Season_--_FINAL_pdf.pdf , Some AMR River Rescue Team members at Glenn Otto Park. 2016
AMR Providing Free CPR Training to Help Save Lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims (Photo)
AMR Portland - 05/23/17 2:13 PM
Students at CCC learn compression only CPR
Students at CCC learn compression only CPR
(Portland, Oregon) -- When bystanders perform CPR until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews arrive, they can triple a sudden cardiac arrest victims' chance of survival. On May 24 - 27, American Medical Response (AMR) Multnomah and Clackamas County Operations and AMR's Special Services Division are teaching community members how to save lives by performing compression-only CPR. The training is endorsed by the American Heart Association.

With more than 350,000 Americans experiencing sudden cardiac arrest annually, AMR wants to make sure bystanders are trained and ready to assist. In compression-only CPR, hard, fast and rhythmic chest compressions allow oxygenated blood to flow through the body, keeping the brain and other essential organs alive until first responders arrive and can restart the heart.

It takes less than five minutes to learn this life-saving technique. The free lessons are a part of AMR's 2017 World CPR Challenge, which takes place during National EMS Week, May 21-27. Community members of all ages are encouraged to join in learning how to recognize the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and perform compression-only CPR.

WHAT: AMR providing free CPR training as part of a nationwide event

WHEN: May 24 - 27, 2017

WHERE: Multiple locations in Portland Metro Area

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Clackamas Community College -- Community Center
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Times: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Centennial Middle School (for students & staff)
17650 SE Brooklyn St, Portland, OR 97236
Times: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) -- near Planetarium
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Times: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Friday, May 26th, 2017
Oregon Zoo -- near Elephant Plaza
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Times: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Providence Park
1844 Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
Gate 2 at SW 18th Ave/ SW Morrison St
Gate 4 at SW 20th Ave/ SW Morrison St
Times: 5:00 pm to 7:15 pm

VISUALS: AMR Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and community volunteers
providing free training, members of the community learning a life-saving skill

HOW: If a teen or an adult collapses suddenly, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute
(Ex- Staying Alive, Bee Gees, 1977)

Since kicking off the annual CPR Challenge in 2013, AMR has seen bystander CPR double from 21 to 41 percent. This year, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American College of Emergency Physicians are joining the nationwide initiative to train 1 million people in bystander CPR.

To learn more about AMR's 2017 World CPR Challenge, please visit www.amr.net/cpr.


About American Medical Response
American Medical Response, Inc., is America's leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, and RNs work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net. Locally, AMR NW provides 9-1-1 ambulance services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties and non-emergency medical transportation throughout the Portland Metro area. AMR and its predecessor companies have served Portland area communities since 1913.

Attached Media Files: Students at CCC learn compression only CPR
Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for Memorial Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/26/17 2:15 PM
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or near the designated times on Monday, May 29.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868, as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday's name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers:
11:00 a.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Klamath Falls, Oregon
11:10 a.m., Eagle Point National Cemetery Memorial Day Program, Eagle Point, Oregon
11:20 a.m., Roseburg National Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration, Roseburg, Oregon
11:50 a.m., Veterans Celebration, Brookings, Oregon
11:55 a.m., Curry County Veterans Memorial, Gold Beach, Oregon
12:15 p.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Grants Pass, Oregon

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers:
10:10 a.m., Willamette National Cemetery Memorial Day Program, Portland, Oregon
10:15 a.m., Mt. View Cemetery 2017 Memorial Day Commemorative Service, Oregon City, Oregon
11:00 a.m., Mt. Angel Towers Memorial Day Program, Mt. Angel, Oregon
11:10 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park Memorial Day Program, Beaverton, Oregon
11:15 a.m., Veterans' Day Commemoration Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Portland, Oregon
11:20 a.m., Crescent Grove Cemetery Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Tigard, Oregon

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

The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the only F-15 pilot training school in the nation for the U.S. Air Force.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/962/104780/142FW_and_173FW_F-15_flight.jpg
Oregon Army National Guard military police unit mobilizes for Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/25/17 4:11 PM
SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 1186th Military Police Company was honored in a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon.

Approximately 30 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS). The Soldiers will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), which protects individuals or groups of individuals. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas.

In attendance at the ceremony was Oregon Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander; among other state representatives, community and military leaders.

The 1186th MP Company is based in Salem, Oregon. The unit often partners with local law enforcement agencies for training. The unit partnered with district and federal agencies to provide security, crowd management and traffic control during the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C.

In August 2015, the unit spent 12 days conducting live-fire exercises and simulated battle scenarios at the National Training Center (NTC), in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, Calif. The unit has previously deployed overseas twice; to Afghanistan in 2011 and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004. They also provided domestic operations support in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

These Citizen-Soldiers are from the following cities in Oregon; Portland, Salem, Keizer, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Gresham, Monmouth, Eugene, Springfield, Veneta, Central Point, Oakland, Roseburg, Redmond, Milton-Freewater, Ontario, and Nyssa. A few Soldiers are from Washington cities; Vancouver, Aberdeen, and Everett.

170525-Z-OT568-004: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1186th Military Police Company stand in formation during a mobilization ceremony honoring their upcoming overseas deployment, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-012: Oregon Governor Kate Brown accepts a framed guidon from Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Richard Smith, of the 1186th Military Police Company, during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. The guidon will hang in the State Capitol during the deployment and will be returned to the unit upon their return to Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-041: Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-073 Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-045: Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander, greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-113: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Nicholas Newson, of the 1186th Military Police Company, receives a hug from his father, Mark, following his mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Newson is among 30 Citizen-Soldiers scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/962/104744/170525-Z-OT568-113.jpg , 2017-05/962/104744/170525-Z-OT568-045.jpg , 2017-05/962/104744/170525-Z-OT568-073.jpg , 2017-05/962/104744/170525-Z-OT568-041.jpg , 2017-05/962/104744/170525-Z-OT568-012.jpg , 2017-05/962/104744/170525-Z-OT568-004.jpg
Oregon Army National Guard military police unit mobilizes for Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/24/17 1:55 PM
SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 1186th Military Police Company is scheduled to be honored in a mobilization ceremony on Thursday, May 25, at 1:00 p.m., at the Salem Auditorium, located at 2320 17th Street Northeast, Salem, Oregon, 97309.

Approximately 30 Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS). The Soldiers will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), which protects individuals or groups of individuals. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony will be Oregon Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander; among other state representatives, community and military leaders.

"As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, this ceremony should serve as a reminder that we continue to mobilize Oregonians for overseas missions," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "We honor and thank these Soldiers for their continued commitment to our state and nation."

The 1186th MP Company is based in Salem, Oregon. The unit often partners with local law enforcement agencies for training. The unit partnered with district and federal agencies to provide security, crowd management and traffic control during the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C.

In August 2015, the unit spent 12 days conducting live-fire exercises and simulated battle scenarios at the National Training Center (NTC), in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, Calif. The unit has previously deployed overseas twice; to Afghanistan in 2011 and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004. They also provided domestic operations support in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

150823-Z-ZJ128-001: Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Treyse Reber, M240 gunner with the 1186th Military Police (MP) Company, provides security for his squad during convoy training at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Calif., August 23, 2015. The 1186th MPs augmented the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team during force-on-force battle simulations against an opposing force from the active duty U.S. Army. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

160402-Z-NT152-023: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1186th Military Police (MP) Company move through an active shooter training scenario after learning techniques from their civilian counterparts at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, April 2, 2016. The Soldiers learned how to integrate with civilian law enforcement in case emergencies require a combined effort to protect Oregon citizens. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

170518-Z-YI240-064: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Kenneth Clark, team leader with the 1186th Military Police Company, guards the hallway during Personal Security Detail (PSD) training, May 18, 2017, at Camp Rilea near Warrenton, Oregon. The unit conducted training in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. (Photo by Spc. Michael Germundson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/962/104705/170518-Z-YI240-064.jpg , 2017-05/962/104705/160402-Z-NT152-023.jpg , 2017-05/962/104705/150823-Z-ZJ128-001.jpg
Oregon Airspace Initiative environmental impact statement goes up for public viewing (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/23/17 1:42 PM
The final version of the environmental impact statement for the Oregon National Guard Airspace Initiative was made publicly available, May 19, for a 30-day viewing period. The proposal is to establish and modify Military Training Airspace for the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG).

The proposed Oregon Airspace Initiative is to provide appropriately sized and configured airspace within close proximity to Oregon Air National Guard flying units to support advanced 21st century air-to-air tactical fighter technologies and training mission requirements.

The proposed action includes modification and addition to military training airspace located over northwestern, north-central and south-central Oregon and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, minor portions of the proposed action would be located above a small area of northwestern Nevada and the southwestern-most corner of Washington. It is important to note that this proposed action would result in airspace changes only and does not include any project components that would touch or otherwise directly affect the ground or water surface.

The Final EIS can be retrieved at:
or at any of the following libraries:
Astoria Public Library, Astoria Masonic Temple, Harney County Library, Crook County Library, Tillamook County Library.

Written comments on the Final EIS can be submitted to Mr. Kevin Marek, NGB/A7AM, Shepperd Hall, 3501 Fetchet Ave, Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762-5157, or by e-mail: usaf.jbanafw.ngb-a7.mbx.A7A-NEPA-COMMENTS@mail.mil. Please include "Oregon Airspace Initiative" in the subject line. In order to be considered, written comments must be received by June 19, 2017.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/962/104664/142FW_and_173FW_F-15_flight.jpg
BLM Honors Outstanding Volunteers at 'Making a Difference' Awards Ceremony
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/25/17 12:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pleased to announce the winners of the BLM's 2017 "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards for exceptional volunteer service on BLM-managed lands. This year's winners were honored at a special awards ceremony that was held live via video teleconference on Wednesday, May 24th.

"For over two decades, we have celebrated the contribution of dedicated BLM volunteers, and each year we are inspired by the enthusiasm and hard work of these outstanding people," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Congratulations to all the honorees this year -- I thank you and all the remarkable BLM volunteers who share a common goal with our employees and partners to be excellent stewards of America's public lands."

In 2016, over 27,000 volunteers contributed nearly 1 million hours of service valued at $23 million. The annual "Making a Difference" Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands. These hard-working volunteers have helped the BLM monitor cultural resources, improve fish habitats, keep campers safe, and provide environmental education, interpretation, and other visitor services.

The 2017 awardees and their BLM nominating offices are:

Teresita Calderon, Outstanding Achievement, California Desert District Office (CA)
Janice Shepherd, Outstanding Achievement, Grand Junction Field Office (CO)
Norm Jensen, Lifetime Achievement, Cottonwood Field Office (ID)
Richard and Linda Crooks, Lifetime Achievement, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (OR)
Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Group Excellence, Winnemucca Field Office (NV)
Ethan Diaz, Outstanding Youth, Colorado River Valley Field Office (CO)
Alexis and Connor Worthen, Outstanding Youth, National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (WY)
Clay Stewart, Employee Winner, Arizona Strip Field Office (UT)

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner organization representatives selected the winners for their exceptional contributions to conservation and management of public lands.

For more information, please contact Linda Schnee, BLM National Volunteer Program Lead, at (202) 912-7453 or lschnee@blm.gov.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
Secretary Zinke to Discuss President's Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for Interior Department
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/23/17 9:19 AM
WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, May 23, 2018, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will provide an overview of President Donald Trump's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of the Interior during a conference call with members of the news media.
Interior's Budget in Brief book will be online by 1:30 p.m. EST.

Who: Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

What: News media conference call on the Interior Department's FY 2018 budget

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. EST

Media: Credentialed members of the news media wishing to join the teleconference must RSVP with the journalist's name and contact information to interior_press@ios.doi.gov to receive the call-in information.
Play It Safe When You're In, On or Near The Water
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 05/26/17 12:31 PM
PORTLAND, ORE. -- Before you head out for a day around water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds you and everyone in your group to wear a life jacket.

In the last 10 years, 84 percent of water-related fatalities on Corps land involved people not wearing life jackets, with the greatest number occurring in areas not designated for swimming, according to data compiled by the Corps' National Operations Center for Water Safety. Eighty-eight percent of all such fatalities were men, while 68 percent were between the ages of 20 and 60. In addition, 27 percent of boating fatalities involved people falling overboard.

Most who drowned never intended to enter the water; they unexpectedly fell from a boat or dock. Falling into cold water triggers an involuntary gasp response, which causes you to breathe in water whether you want to or not. Breathing in a half-cup of water is enough to cause drowning.

Even a strong swimmer can drown from a fall into cold water. It takes an average of one minute for an adult to drown and just 20 seconds for a child to drown. Wearing a life jacket keeps you afloat until you can regain control of your breathing.

Only swim in areas designated for swimming. These areas have been inspected to provide a safe swimming environment. You swim at your own risk at all Corps beaches, so adults should always watch their children when they are around water.

Always wear the right size and type of life jacket for the activity you are enjoying. Learn more at PleaseWearIt.com.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District manages 18 lakes and reservoirs and offers recreation at 135 parks on the water within the state of Oregon. More than 10 million people visit our locations annually to experience the diverse range of outdoor activities we offer to people of all ages. For more information on Portland District's recreation opportunities, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation.
Nancy Lindburg's "Resolutions" to be exhibited in the Governor's Office June 5 -- July 27 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/25/17 10:30 AM
Nancy Lindburg, Back Yard, 2014. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches. Photo Kelly J. James. Courtesy of the artist.
Nancy Lindburg, Back Yard, 2014. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches. Photo Kelly J. James. Courtesy of the artist.
Salem, Oregon -- Salem artist Nancy Lindburg will exhibit "Resolutions" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem from June 5 to July 27.

Lindburg's paintings, ranging from simple still-lifes and non-representational studies to landscapes and color-field paintings, are rich in color and feeling. With an eye to careful observation, Lindburg gathers visual elements--pattern, texture, light, space, motion--into compositions that capture a stilled moment, enlisting the viewer to notice and experience the artist's perspective on "the power of color and structure... energy, nature, silence, hope." Both lively and meditative, Lindburg's works provide an encounter that is exhilarating and refreshing.

Lindburg's paintings have been exhibited nationally as well as at regional venues including Waterstone Gallery, Blackfish Gallery, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum. In 2010, her work was included in the collection of the Oregon State Capitol. Recognized both as artist and arts administrator, Lindburg has been awarded an Oregon Governor's Arts Award, Salem Family YMCA's tribute to Outstanding Women, and Salem's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Following a five-year stint as executive director at the Salem Art Association, Lindburg became the Oregon Arts Commission's first artist service coordinator. In her 12 years at the Arts Commission, she developed and oversaw the Percent for Art in Public Places and Art in the Governor's Office programs and helped initiate the Individual Artist Fellowships. Lindburg holds a bachelor's degree in art history and studio arts from Mills College and a master's in painting and sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is represented by Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org

Attached Media Files: Nancy Lindburg, Back Yard, 2014. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches. Photo Kelly J. James. Courtesy of the artist.
Request for comments and notice of public hearing on proposed 2017-2021 State Plan on Aging
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/26/17 2:29 PM
The Oregon Department of Human Services (Oregon DHS) Aging & People with Disabilities program (APD) is requesting comments on the proposed 2017-2021 State Plan on Aging. Comments are due by June 28, 2017. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon 97301.

PROPOSAL: APD develops a State Plan on Aging every two to four years as required under the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended. The plan is a contract with the Administration on Aging, which is now part of the Administration for Community Living and allows Oregon DHS to receive funds under title III and title VII of the act. The plan also provides a vision of and direction for Oregon's aging network of services and supports overseen by the Oregon DHS State Unit on Aging (SUA).

HIGHLIGHTS: APD is accountable for the implementation of programs for older Oregonians and Oregonians with disabilities. The SUA, a part of APD, is charged with the purpose and responsibility of implementing OAA programs. The SUA works closely with Oregon's 17 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to create a comprehensive package of services. AAAs provide direct information and services to seniors and people with disabilities across Oregon, while the SUA coordinates distribution of federal funds, provides training and technical assistance, and ensures statewide oversight and coordination for OAA programs.

The focus areas of the proposed state plan are united around a consistent vision: to ensure that older Oregonians can remain independent, safe, and active in their own homes and communities. The areas on which the SUA has strategically chosen to focus are the Aging & Disability Resource Connection of Oregon, person-directed services and supports, OAA core programs, and legal assistance and elder rights protection programs. Specific objectives, strategies, and outcomes are articulated for each of these focus areas. By implementing the state plan's goals and objectives, APD and the aging network will improve the capacity to provide services, information, outreach, education, and advocacy for older Oregonians. More importantly, it is a key component of APD's mission: to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.

HOW TO COMMENT: The proposed State Plan on Aging may be viewed at SUA's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/SUA/Pages/index.aspx or by contacting Sarah Odell at sarah.d.odell@state.or.us. Comments on the proposed State Plan on Aging may be sent to Aging & People with Disabilities, Attention Sarah Odell, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. Fax or email comments are acceptable and can be sent to 503-373-1133 or to SUA.Email@state.or.us. Deadline for comments is June 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

THE NEXT STEPS: Upon completion of the comment period, the comments will be addressed. Once the comments have been adequately addressed, the State Plan on Aging will be finalized with an effective date of October 1, 2017.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: APD is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify APD of any accommodation requirements or if you need information in an alternate format. To make these arrangements, please call Lori Watt at 503-945-6237 or email at lori.c.watt@state.or.us.
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, June 8 in Keizer
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/26/17 1:49 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) will meet on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 3406 Cherry Ave, Room 123, Keizer. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, updates on the Aging as an Asset Op-Ed project and the Legislative Committee work, discussions and input on changes to the service level priorities and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waiver, the Oregon Public Transportation Plan, and the status of the Aging & People with Disabilities program budget, in addition to a conversation with the Office of Rural Health on potential collaborations, and adoption of a new GCSS logo.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at Kelsey.Gleeson@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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Memorial Day: A tradition rooted in courage, honor, sacrifice (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 05/23/17 9:56 AM
Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
Note: The following is a special Memorial Day message from Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Memorial Day is a holiday rooted in tradition. Every year, thousands of Oregonians participate in ceremonies, parades and other solemn events. But long before the first Memorial Day processions wound their way down city streets, long before dignitaries across the country took to podiums to honor service and sacrifice, the holiday started, informally, with a much simpler tradition: the laying of flowers upon the grave of a fallen service member.

It was in the wake of the American Civil War that communities began the practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers. This military family and community tradition was later formalized as a national day of honor in Decoration Day, and what we now call Memorial Day.

In 1866, no family or community was untouched by the Civil War. America's bloodiest conflict resulted in over 1 million casualties and claimed over 620,000 lives. The impacts of the war were intensely and personally felt across the nation.

Today, over 320,000 veterans call Oregon home. We are a strong and diverse community, spanning four generations across five major wars. With every veteran counted, we must also recognize the sacrifice of their spouses and families, who served on the home front while their loved ones were in uniform.

At the same time, we must acknowledge that today's battles are fought by less than 1 percent of our population. The weight of the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has been borne by the few. Most of our citizens today have not been directly impacted by war. The same cannot be said for our Gold Star families, who have lost a loved one in service to our nation.

We can never forget the true cost of war -- a cost far beyond dollars and cents. A hundred years ago, in World War I, we lost over 115,000 dedicated service members -- almost 1,000 of whom were from Oregon. Those who survived the battlefields in Europe did not come home to a robust system of veterans' health care and benefits. But they banded together in service organizations and fought to advocate for the nationwide network of support we have today.

Across the ages, from the beaches of Normandy and the Pacific islands to the mountains and jungles in Asia, countless Americans have stood up to serve and have laid down their lives. At the most basic level, they fought to protect the one on their right and the one on their left, but ultimately their fight protects us all and preserves the values we hold dear.

This Memorial Day, as we kick off the start of summer and turn to enjoy Oregon's incredible parks, beaches, rivers and mountains, we must encourage all citizens to pause and honor our fallen and Gold Star families. We stand on the shoulders of all those who came before us and will never forget our veterans' service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for your support of Oregon's military, veterans and their families!

Cameron Smith served three tours in Iraq as a Marine and is the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Attached Media Files: Cameron Smith
Workshop in Banks on June 1 Coming for Department of Forestry's Trees to Seas Scenic Byway in Tillamook State Forest
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/26/17 1:24 PM
Correction: Corrected version of news release includes June 1 as the date of the workshop.

News Release

Release date: May 26, 2017

Contact: Kate Skinner, Tillamook District Forester, 503-842-2545
Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.-- Oregon Department of Forestry will present a workshop in Banks for the Trees to Seas Scenic Byway proposal for Highways 6 and 131. The route from the Banks-Vernonia Trail Head to the Cape Meares Lighthouse would be designated under the Oregon Department of Transportation's Scenic Byway program. The event will be held at Banks Fire District #13, located at 300 S. Main St. in Banks. It will begin at 6 p.m. on June 1 with a presentation followed by an interactive workshop.

The proposed Trees to Seas Byway runs through the Tillamook State Forest, connecting Oregon's Willamette Valley to the Pacific Coast. The route includes diverse ecosystems highlighted by interactive points including overlooks, interpretive kiosks, the Tillamook Forest Center and the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The byway traverses agricultural lands, a mountain pass, forestlands, estuaries and coastal landscapes.

Oregon's scenic byways create a unified statewide network of roadways that showcase and manage Oregon's most outstanding scenic routes. Each proposed byway must meet statewide criteria and have a corridor management plan that balances maintenance and preservation. Scenic byways located throughout the state benefit from consistent, uniform signage and statewide promotion in the form of a state map, guide, and other promotional materials published by Travel Oregon.

Financially, no commitment of funding is required from local jurisdictions who pursue the Scenic Byway designation. Travel Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Forestry invite the public to participate in this early phase of the proposed byway. The workshop is an opportunity to ask questions, provide ideas and hear more about the groundwork phase. All are welcome.

Fire season readiness headlines agenda for June 7 meeting of the Oregon Board of Forestry in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/26/17 1:19 PM
News Release

Date: May 26, 2017

Contact: Ken Armstrong, Public Affairs Director, 503-945-7420

Salem, Ore. -- An overview of fire season readiness and the 2017 fire forecast will lead the agenda when the Oregon Board of Forestry meets in Salem on June 7. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m., and run through approximately 2 p.m., with an Executive Session following and scheduled to end at approximately 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem.

Agenda items include:
Fire Season Readiness and Forecast -- An overview of resource readiness and a weather outlook for the upcoming 2017 fire season
Approval of the Forest Protection District's 2018 Fiscal Budgets and Rates -- Requesting approval of the Forest Protection District's 2018 fiscal budgets and rates
Fire Prevention Rule Making -- Update on the public hearing and seek permission to promulgate the draft fire prevention rules
Voluntary Efforts by Forest Landowners to Restore Salmon Habitat and Watersheds in the Oregon Coast Range -- A summary of voluntary restoration projects that have been completed by forest landowners over the past 20 years to recover salmon and restore watersheds in the Oregon Coast Range, and results from an online survey that asked forest landowners about their opinions and understanding of voluntary measures associated with the Oregon Plan
Hearings before the Board of Forestry -- Landowners in Clatsop and Crook counties have appealed their addition to the forest patrol assessment roll and have requested a hearing before the Board
Executive Session -- As the last item on the agenda, the board will meet in executive session to confer with legal counsel regarding the Board's rights and duties related to current litigation likely to be filed pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h)

Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the Department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

Safe campfire tips for this holiday weekend and beyond (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/24/17 8:43 AM
Keep campfires small and stay with them at all times
Keep campfires small and stay with them at all times
Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:

Know before you go
Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions at your recreation destination. An interactive map of Oregon's fire restrictions is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx Tom Fields, ODF's fire prevention coordinator, says the map continues to improve and is "an excellent tool for folks to use from home or from their mobile device."

Kick the campfire habit this summer
Portable camp stoves are a safer option to campfires at any time of year. Areas that prohibit campfires outside maintained campgrounds with established fire pits often allow camp stoves.

Select the right spot
Where campfires are allowed, avoid building the fire near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs or trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle it with rocks. Store unused firewood a good distance from the fire.

Keep your campfire small
A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed.

Attend your campfire at all times
A campfire left unattended for even a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Stay with your campfire from start to finish until it is dead out. That ensures any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly, and it is required by state law.

Never use gasoline or other accelerants
Don't use flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, propane or lighter fluid, to start or increase your campfire. Once the fire starts, wait until the match is cold and then discard it in the fire.

Have water and fire tools on site
Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers. Before you leave, DROWN all embers with water, STIR the coals, and DROWN again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

Burn ONLY wood
State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense, toxic smoke or noxious odors. Burning paper and cardboard can also easily fly up to start new fires.

Escaped campfires can be costly. Oregon law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires at any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. But by far the biggest potential cost is liability for firefighting costs if your campfire spreads out of control. These can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars or more.

During Wildfire Awareness Month visit the Keep Oregon Green website, www.keeporegongreen.org for other wildfire prevention tips.

Attached Media Files: Keep campfires small and stay with them at all times
Meetings on proposed gold mine to be held in Ontario, Bend
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 05/24/17 5:31 PM
Malheur County, Ore. - Upcoming meetings in Ontario and Bend will offer the public an opportunity to comment on a proposed gold mine in Malheur County.

Calico Resources USA Corp. is considering construction of an underground mine and surface mill complex in Malheur County, approximately 25 miles south-southwest of Vale. On May 17, Calico filed Environmental Baseline Study Work Plans, which include proposed baseline data collection methodologies, study areas, and timing/duration of baseline data collection and verification.

The work plans are available online at bit.ly/calicomeetings, and electronically at the Emma Humphrey Community Library in Vale and the Ontario Community Library.

Two meetings are scheduled to accept comment from the public:

June 8, 2017
Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mountain time

June 14, 2017
Department of Environmental Quality
475 NE Bellevue Dr., Suite 110, Bend
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific time

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on July 3, 2017. Comments must be received by this time and date to be considered. Written comments may be submitted by email to Calico.File@oregon.gov (please note "Grassy Mtn Comments" in subject line) or by mail to DOGAMI, Attn: Grassy Mtn Comments, 229 Broadalbin St. SW, Albany, OR 97321.
Media advisory: OHA to announce state tobacco prevention priorities, celebrate 20 years of successes in Central Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 05/26/17 4:07 PM
EDITORS: Media are invited to a celebration of Central Oregon's tobacco prevention achievements Wednesday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. A public health and health care symposium with state and Bend-area leaders will follow.

May 26, 2017

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will announce the state's tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017. The event will also celebrate the successes of Bend and Central Oregon's tobacco prevention efforts over the past two decades.

More than 20 years have passed since Oregonians voted to pass Measure 44, a ballot measure that increased the price of tobacco and dedicated a portion of tobacco tax sales revenue to the prevention movement. These public health initiatives, backed by Oregon voters, aim to keep kids and young people from starting to use tobacco, and to helping tobacco users quit. Since 1997 per capita cigarette pack sales have declined by more than 55 percent.

Following the media event, OHA will hold a Health Care Transformation and Public Health Modernization Symposium with local health care leaders about tobacco and chronic disease prevention, the progress and accomplishments of the Central Oregon region, and the work left to be done in Central Oregon and the rest of the state.

When: Wednesday, May 31. Media event, 1:30-2 p.m.; symposium, 2:20-3:10 p.m.

Where: Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), 334 NE Hawthorne Ave., Bend

Why: Tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon and is responsible for more than 7,000 deaths each year. There's still work to be done. OHA will unveil the state's tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017.


Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown, Crook County Health Department administrator

Lillian Shirley, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division director

Nathan Boddie, MD, Bend city councilor

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), student group committed to youth tobacco use prevention and other behaviors that can harm youth

Leslie Neugebauer, director, PacificSource Community Solutions coordinated care organization

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Public Health Division Rules Advisory Committee to review Indoor Clean Air Act rules June 7
Oregon Health Authority - 05/26/17 3:40 PM
May 26, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Public Health Division Tobacco Prevention and Education Program's Rules Advisory Committee (RAC).

Agenda: The committee will gather public input and review administrative rules in Chapter 333, Division 15 related to the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act.

When: Wednesday, June 7, 9:30-11 a.m.

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

Background: The Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) will convene a RAC and resubmit rules following the Oregon Administrative Procedures Act, beginning in May 2017. Membership of the RAC represents a diverse mix of stakeholders from business affected by changes in the law, health professionals, community-based organizations, and government agencies.

Contact: For more information or to be placed on a list of interested parties to receive notifications about meetings, public hearings and public comment periods, contact Sarah Barnard at Sarah.Barnard@state.or.us or at 971-673-1347.

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Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver renewal public forum
Oregon Health Authority - 05/26/17 11:05 AM
May 26, 2017

What: A public forum on Oregon's Medicaid 1115 Demonstration waiver renewal, as part of the regular meeting of the Medicaid Advisory Committee

When: The Medicaid Advisory Committee will meet for regular business Wednesday, June 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The 1115 Waiver public forum will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both are open to the public.

Where: Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street NE, Room 102-103, Salem. Because seating capacity is limited, please RSVP to Margie Fernando at margie.fernando@state.or.us if you plan to attend in person.

The public also can attend via webinar or telephone conference line. To attend by webinar, please register online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1742663635510619908. To listen in to the conference line, call 213-929-4212, access code 437-672-657.

Details: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Oregon's Medicaid 1115 Demonstration waiver renewal January 12, 2017. This was a huge step forward in Oregon's health system transformation. It will allow the state to continue its innovative model of health care for OHP members and providers. The approval preserves more than two decades of work that have gone into building and improving the Oregon Health Plan.

As part of its regular public meeting, the Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Oregon Health Authority will offer Oregonians an opportunity to provide input on the waiver's progress and how we can continue to move forward together toward a healthier Oregon. Oregon Health Plan members and the general public are invited to attend in person or participate online via the webinar.

OHA will accept public feedback in a variety of ways for this meeting:
In-person testimony during the public forum session at the Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting
Oral testimony via webinar during the public forum session at the Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting
Written testimony submission from June 28 to July 28, 2017. Details for submitting written testimony will be provided separately.

When available, a recording of the forum will be posted on the Medicaid 1115 waiver webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/Medicaid-1115-Waiver/pages/index.aspx and the Medicaid Advisory Committee page at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/MAC/Pages/index.aspx.

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Warmer weather ushers in 2017 Oregon beach monitoring season
Oregon Health Authority - 05/23/17 3:57 PM
May 23, 2017

Subhed: New 'beach action values' mean state is likely to see more health advisories

As temperatures rise in advance of the Memorial Day weekend, the Oregon Health Authority is launching its 2017 beach monitoring season to keep people informed about bacteria levels along the coast that may pose a health risk.

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program, based at the OHA Public Health Division, began its annual, regular evaluation of bacteria levels at beaches up and down the Oregon Coast, from Seaside to Brookings, May 22. Each year's monitoring period extends through Labor Day weekend.

The 18 beaches that will be monitored in 2017 include:
-- Seaside Beach, Cannon Beach, Tolovana State Park Beach, Clatsop County
-- Short Sand State Park Beach, Rockaway Beach, Twins Rocks Beach, Neskowin State Park Beach, Tillamook County
-- D River State Park Beach, Beverly Beach, Agate State Park Beach, Nye Beach, Seal Rock State Park Beach, Lincoln County
-- Heceta Beach, Lane County
-- Bastendorff Beach, Sunset Bay State Park Beach, Coos County
-- Hubbard Creek Beach, Harris Beach State Park, Crissey Field State Park, Curry County

Beaches will be monitored for beach action values, or BAVs, the marine recreational water quality standard used to determine if bacteria levels are unsafe for water contact. When a single marine water sample has bacteria levels at or above the BAV, a health advisory is issued. Once a health advisory is issued, people are asked to avoid water contact until the health advisory is lifted.

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

The state expects to see more beach advisories than in previous years because new BAVs are being used in 2017. In 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency updated its national beach guidance and required performance criteria for grants. EPA studies found that recreating in water with bacteria levels below the previous BAV of 158 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters of water (cfu/100mL) poses a health risk. EPA now requires states that receive funding for beach monitoring to adopt a new BAV that is more protective of the public's health. The updated guidance provides safer standards for recreational waters across the U.S. and will help focus resources on the highest priority beaches.

OBMP will apply a BAV of 130 cfu/100mL for the 2017 monitoring season.

OBMP initially set a new BAV of 70 cfu/100mL for 2017, and shared it with partners, stakeholders and the public last year. But the program proposed an alternative of 130 cfu/100mL to EPA for a number of reasons: summer coastal water temperatures on the Oregon Coast are colder than those found in locations studied by EPA, which limits the amount of time the most vulnerable population--children--are likely to spend time in the water; fecal bacteria concentrations in coastal waters are highly variable, which makes water quality predictions difficult; and a 70 cfu/100mL BAV would double the number of beach advisories, stretching program resources and requiring reductions in activities, such as monitoring frequency, the number of monitoring stations and efforts to find contamination sources.

"We are confident the new BAV strikes the right balance of health protection based on how Oregonians and visitors use our beaches," said Curtis Cude, manager of the Public Health Division's environmental public health surveillance program, which administers the OBMP.

Beach advisories will be publicized in OHA news releases throughout the 2017 season and will be posted at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach. To view a video about the 2017 beach monitoring season, visit https://youtu.be/NLgR9N3WChY.

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Links to beach maps

-- Seaside Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/seasidebeach.pdf

-- Cannon Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/cannonbeach.pdf

-- Tolovana State Park Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/tolovanabeach.pdf

-- Short Sand State Park Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/shortsandbeach.pdf

-- Rockaway Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/shortsandbeach.pdf

-- Twin Rocks Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/twinrocks.pdf

-- Neskowin State Park Beach: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/OBMP%20Neskowin%20Beach%20sites%20without%20north%20site%2032132%202017.png

-- D River State Park Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/driver.pdf

-- Beverly Beach: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/OBMP%20Beverly%20Beach%20sites%202017.png

-- Agate State Park Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/agatebeach.pdf

-- Nye Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/nyebeach.pdf

-- Seal Rock State Park Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/sealrock.pdf

-- Heceta Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/hecetabeach.pdf

-- Bastendorff Beach: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/OBMP%20Bastendorff%20Beach.png

-- Sunset Bay State Park Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/sunsetbaybeach.pdf

-- Hubbard Creek Beach: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/hubbardcreekbeach.pdf

-- Harris Beach State Park: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/harrisbeach.pdf

-- Crissey Field State Park: https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Documents/2015Maps/OBMP%20Crissey%20Field%20SP%20sites%202017.png
Monthly Meeting: Oregon Housing Stability Council
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 05/26/17 3:35 PM
Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 725 Summer St NE, Salem Oregon, Conference room 124 A/B
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330

9:00 Meeting called to order
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 IDA update
9:45 Draft meeting minutes (5/5/17)
9:55 Residential Loan Consent Calendar
10:30 BREAK
10:45 Statewide Housing Plan update
11:00 HUD 811 Update
11:30 Director's report
11:45 Chair report
Boating in Oregon's Waterways -Plan, Pay Attention, Share (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/23/17 12:47 PM
Salem, OR -- Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, pontoon, drift, stand up paddleboards, sailboats, personal watercraft; there's a boat out there that can connect you to the water and a rental facility ready to help you get your feet wet if you're new to boating.

The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to explore the interactive Boating Oregon Map, where you can find a boat ramp near you, or plan for a weekend escape to places less-frequented.

"This season is going to be a fantastic year for water recreation with abundant water," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Just be sure to plan ahead by checking the weather, water levels, reported obstructions, and having all of the right gear. Boaters can check the Marine Board's website for everything a boater needs to know to start planning a trip." Massey adds.

Massey emphasizes paying attention to your surroundings, continually scanning port to starboard and keeping a close eye on what's dead-ahead. "2016 saw an increase in accidents, largely from collisions," says Massey. "Familiarize yourself with the rules-of-the-road, and start out slow because of debris in the water from this past winter."

"With the extraordinary high water levels, many wing dams (also known as pile dikes) on rivers and bays are just below the surface, so boaters need to keep their distance from the shoreline up to several hundred feet out from shore." Boaters are encouraged to learn where the wing dams are located based on the waterbody where they're boating from www.charts.noaa.gov, for free, downloadable navigation charts.

Think about taking a "dispersion excursion" to lesser-known waterbodies, especially for people new to paddlesports or seeking more solitude. There are 96 waterways where motors are prohibited and 50 designated as electric motor only waterways. Visit the Marine Board's Experience Oregon Boating Handbook for more information about these areas.

The Marine Board also recommends boaters play it safe by:
Abstaining from marijuana, drugs or alcohol. Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Impairment can lead to a BUII arrest. Drugs and alcohol impair a boater's judgement and coordination. Swift currents, changing weather and debris require boat operators to be focused and skilled to avoid an accident.
If you are feeling fatigued, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, dehydration and wave motion contribute to fatigue. Continually monitor the weather because it changes quickly.
Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements. Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway. The water temperature for most waterways is below 50 degrees and wearing a life jacket is the most important piece of equipment for surviving the first few seconds of cold water immersion.
Never boat alone --especially when paddling. Always let others know where you are going and when you'll return.
Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway. Congestion is a given in many popular locations, especially with nice weather. Paddlers need to stay in calmer water near the shore and allow motorized boats to operate in deeper water. Motorized boaters should be given priority when launching, as many boat ramps are designed for heavier trailered boats to access the water.
In Oregon, all boaters must take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity.

For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit www.boatoregon.com.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/4139/104660/PDXMixed.jpg , 2017-05/4139/104660/WearItOR.gif , 2017-05/4139/104660/BSBS.jpg
Enjoy free camping and day-use parking for State Parks Day on June 3
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/25/17 10:15 AM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites people to stay and play for free to celebrate State Parks Day on Saturday, June 3.

Camping will be free the night of June 3 in all RV hookup sites, tent sites and horse camps. Day-use parking will be free both June 3 and 4 at the 26 parks that charge a day-use fee.

People can reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org or by calling 800-452-5687. Phone reservations must be made by 5 p.m. June 2. The campsite rental will be free, but all reservations will still include an $8 non-refundable transaction fee. Of the 56 state park campgrounds, 46 take reservations.

"State Parks Day is Oregon's way to say thank you for supporting your state park system," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "We welcome all Oregonians to connect with their favorite state park, or even enjoy a new one for the first time."

State Parks Day is always the first Saturday in June. The Oregon State Legislature established the free day in 1997 to focus public attention on Oregon's state park system.

Parks around the state will hold special events on June 3. Silver Falls State Park east of Salem will hold its annual foot races. The Silver Falls Challenge includes a 5K, six-mile run and a kids' 1,500-meter run.

Detroit Lake State Park will offer free hot dogs, a visit from OPRD mascot JR Beaver, and Junior Ranger programs for the kids. For a complete list of events, go to www.oregonstateparks.org and click on "things to do."

Four parks in the Bend area -- Tumalo, LaPine, Prineville and Cove Palisades -- will hold geology hikes or presentations that weekend.

Detroit Lake will also participate in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's (ODFW) Free Fishing Weekend. Visitors will be able to fish, crab and clam without a license June 3-4 at parks around the state. ODFW will provide the gear, bait and instructions.

Other state parks offering free fishing include Benson State Recreation Area in the Columbia River Gorge, Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, and Champoeg State Heritage Site north of Salem. For a complete list of parks with fishing events go to www.dfw.state.or.us/education/angling/free_fishing.asp.
Oregon Historical Marker to honor all-Black WW2 Paratrooper unit (Photo) (Corrected title)
Oregon Travel Experience - 05/23/17 10:43 AM
The Triple Nickles smokejump in the Pacific Northwest
The Triple Nickles smokejump in the Pacific Northwest
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., the Oregon Historical Marker Program will commemorate the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (also known as the Triple Nickles), an elite all-Black paratrooper unit deployed to Oregon near the end of WWII. A new historical marker honoring the Triple Nickles will be unveiled at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum located at the Illinois Valley Valley Airport in Cave Junction.

The Triple Nickles jumped their way into Oregon history in 1945 during a secret mission known as "Operation Firefly." Their charge was to parachute near forest fires in the Pacific Northwest caused by Japanese Balloon bombs, and disarm and destroy any remaining explosive devices.

The men of the 555th withstood many obstacles in their service to the US, including racism, lack of smoke jumping equipment, and a fatality in their unit during an Oregon jump---Private First Class Marvin L. Brown. The new marker also honors Brown's sacrifice.

Keynote speakers at the dedication include the Secretary of the Oregon Black Pioneers Gwen Carr, Professor Robert Bartlett of Eastern Washington University, Joe Murchison of the 555th Association, Ed Washington of the Oregon Travel information Council, and Roger Brandt of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization.

"The work to uncover and commemorate the lives of men who served in Oregon as part of the Triple Nickles is a great accomplishment," Carr says. "Oregon Black Pioneers is honored to be a part of this dedication."

In addition, Carr articulates that the 555th paratrooper's story is not confined solely to "... Oregon Black history, but is a part of all Oregon history."

Brandt was instrumental in the new marker's nomination, research, and funding process. "Oregon has never formally thanked the 555th for their role in defending Oregon during WWII, says Brandt.

Brandt notes that "The 555th historical marker installation is taking the first step towards acknowledging their contribution to our state's history."

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum is located at 30904 Redwood Hwy in Cave Junction.

The Oregon Historical Marker Program is administered by the Oregon Travel Information Council. For more information on the Triple Nickles and their new marker, telephone 1-800-574-9397.

Attached Media Files: The Triple Nickles smokejump in the Pacific Northwest , A member of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion , Triple Nickles on training flight aboard their C-47.
State Library Board Meeting in Salem, June 9, 2017
State Library of Oregon - 05/26/17 1:38 PM
The State Library Board will meet at the State Library in Salem on Friday June 9, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on June 9th, the board will consider recommendations of the Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council and the Talking Book and Braille Library Advisory Council. An open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

June 9, 2017
State Library,Room 103
Salem, OR
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair


9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the April 19, 2017 Meeting Bonebrake

9:05 Reports of Board Chair and Members Bonebrake
Nominating Committee Report Malkin

9:45 Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

10:30 Staff Reports (Take Your Board to Work Day) Dahlgreen
11:30 Open Forum Bonebrake

Noon Lunch

1:00 New Business:
FFY 2016 Library Services and Technology Act Funds Dahlgreen
Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council Recommendations Westin
Talking Book and Braille Advisory Council Recommendations Westin

3:00 Adjournment Bonebrake

Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting at the State Library, 6/2/17
State Library of Oregon - 05/24/17 4:58 PM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m. at the State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Jerry Curry, 503-378-5008 or jerry.w.curry@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The council advises the State Library Board and provides insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The council will also assist Government Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about Government Services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

Membership is representative of various Oregon state agencies. The current member list is available on our website: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/GRES/Pages/advisory.aspx

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Jerry Curry, 503-378-5008 or jerry.w.curry@state.or.us.

Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting
State Library, Meeting Room 103 (or by phone)
250 Winter St., Salem, OR
June 2, 2017, 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m.


2:00 Welcome & introductions of new Advisory Council members (All)
2:10 Advisory Council Selection Process (Curry)
2:20 Round Robin (All Attendees)
2:45 State Library Announcements (Agata)
3:20 New Web Page (Bolyard)
3:25 eClips (Curry)
3:30 Digital Asset Management System (Pitts)
3:40 Discussion/Selection of Advisory Council Vice-Chair (Nickerson)
3:45 Scheduling Upcoming Advisory Council Meetings (Nickerson)
3:50 Action Item Review (Curry)
4:00 Adjourn
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Klamath County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/26/17 8:08 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home disaster on May 26, 2017, at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the in the 6500 block of Happy Hollow Lane in Bonanza, OR. The fire affected two adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon State Parks Foundation announces fundraising results of online auction of Solar Eclipse campsites
Oregon State Parks Foundation - 05/23/17 2:24 PM
The Oregon State Parks Foundation today announced that its online silent auction of 30 Campsites at the Crooked River Campground in the Cove Palisades State Park in Central Oregon raised $60,000 in support of Oregon's State Parks.

Bids for the four night campground spaces averaged $500 a night. The auction attracted attention and bidders from across the country, although the winners were all from the West Coast with the exception of one winner from New York.

Seth Miller, Executive Director, said "Many people are not aware that the Oregon's State Parks are not funded by state taxes. Instead, visitor fees are the primary source of income, and a fixed portion of the Oregon Lottery revenues covers about 40% of the cost of operating the parks. Unfortunately, these sources of funds are not keeping up with the growing costs, so the Foundation was formed to help enhance the experience of using the parks."

Funds raised by this event support the Oregon State Parks Foundation, and enables it to support programs to encourage healthy activities and outdoor education, and increase access to the parks by under-served communities.

You can help too, become member of the Foundation for only $45 a year...and you will get a FREE one year parking pass as a thank you!

Learn more at www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org

About the Foundation

The Oregon State Parks Foundation was formed in 1995. It is the only statewide non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. Our mission is to enhance and preserve the experience of using Oregon's 255 State Parks....now and for future generations.

Since 1995, the Foundation has supported many vital projects such as restoring Vista House at Crown Point, helping to renovate five Oregon Lighthouses, preserving the Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum, and putting the first yurts in State Parks anywhere in the country. The Foundation is just completing a capital campaign to build a residential outdoor school facility at the Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
We strive to connect all Oregonians with their State Parks, to enrich the visitor experience through interpretation and education, and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

Attached Media Files: 2017-05/6096/104670/2017_Eclipse_Results_Release.pdf