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Bend/Central-Eastern Oregon News Releases for Tue. Feb. 28 - 12:11 am
Mon. 02/27/17
Missing person, Lester Hyder, located deceased near Bessie Butte, southeast of Bend, Oregon
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/27/17 6:48 PM
Updated Press release: 2/27/17 at 6:00 p.m.
Released by : Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Detective Division

Deceased subject: Hyder, Lester

Updated narrative:

On 2/26/17 at approximately 11:57 a.m, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a report of a hiker in the area of Bessie Butte, who had located the body of deceased male. The body was located approximately 100 yards east from USFS Road 1810 and approximately 1/2 of a mile south of China Hat Road. Deputies, Detectives and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the location of the body. The remains were positively identified as Lester Hyder.

No evidence of foul play was discovered and it appears Hyder succumbed due the elements after he walked away from his vehicle that had become stuck in the snow. Hyder traveled on foot in a snowstorm that would eventually result in 2-3 feet of snow. Hyder had last been seen alive in the area of Tekampe Road in southeast Bend and his pick-up was later located approximately 1.5 miles northeast of where his body was eventually located.

The search for Hyder logged over 1200 hours. The agencies involved in the search consisted of DCSO SAR volunteers and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (Camp Sherman Hasty Team), and Pacific Northwest SAR. Air assets from the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon State Police and AirLink were also used in the search.

Lester Hyder's next of kin have been notified.
Additional OSP Troopers Assist In Newport at Festival - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/27/17 3:38 PM
The Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) assisted the Newport Police Department and the OSP Newport Area Command with the Annual Seafood and Wine Festival this past weekend. This event can bring over 20,000 visitors to the area, which can put a strain on local law enforcement personnel and the Oregon State Police is committed to assisting local communities.

Over the four day event the OSP supported local area with additional traffic enforcement. The focus was on DUII enforcement, Distracted Driving, Seatbelt Usage and Speed Enforcement. There were over 9 DUII arrests, which is more than twice as many last year. There were three crashes, one which was a fatal crash. In addition, Troopers cited one person for Distracted Driving and warned another, five persons were warned for Seatbelt violations, 27 persons were warned for Speed violations and eight were cited, while 42 persons were warned for Lane Usage violations. Troopers warned 150 persons for other violations to include Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device, Equipment violations etc.

Several persons were lodged in jail on warrants and Troopers assisted Newport Police Department with a suicidal subject that jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The subject fell 130 feet from the bridge to the water and received only minor injuries.

The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides augmented patrol presence during large scale events around the State of Oregon by means of foot patrols, bicycle patrols and general patrols. MRT also provides tactical response to our partner agencies to assist with civil unrest.

Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1002/102171/Yaquina_Bridge.jpg
DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/27/17 3:16 PM
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2017

Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on March 6, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of November 2, 2016
Approve Minutes of November 2, 2016 Meeting

3. Basic Curriculum Update
Presented by Tami Atkinson

4. OAR 259-008-0064-Proposed Rule Change; The Telecommunications/EMD Maintenance Training Workgroup Recommendations for Maintenance Training Requirements
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. OAR 259-008-0020 -- Proposed Rule Change; Review Public Comment
Amends language to require the signature of a department head or a currently certified public safety professional authorized by the department head on the F4 Personnel Action Report Form.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. OAR 259-008-0060-Proposed Rule Change; Review of Public Comment
Amends language regarding supervisory certification; removes old language regarding the now expired "All Disciplines" chart (referred to as the old chart) for Intermediate/Advanced certifications; and include minor housekeeping.
Presented by Jennifer Howald

7. Alecia Zefakay DPSST #18241-Bureau of Emergency Communications; Basic Telecommunicator Certifications and Basic EMD Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

8. Department Update

Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting May 3, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
44 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/27/17 2:37 PM
Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah.
Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah.
Salem, Oregon -- In the first two of three rounds of FY2017 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $111,146 to 44 artists for career development projects. The awards include $52,496 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $40,300 in supplemental funding for seven artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $18,350 from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $535 to $9,000.

Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers. The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work. The Ford Family Foundation grants are awarded to artists in the fields of contemporary fine art and craft; The Oregon Community Foundation grants are awarded only to established Oregon artists in the literary and performing arts fields. Most of the grants from both foundations support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.

"This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists," said Julie Vigeland, the arts commissioner who chaired the review panel. "We also are so proud to support artists in representing Oregon outside of the region and internationally."

"We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers," said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages."

"These artists make our communities so much richer. It's an honor to be able to support them in their work as they continue their creative journeys," said Max Williams, president and CEO of The Oregon Community Foundation.

This fiscal year a total of $200,000 is available for three rounds of funding.

FY17 Round One Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Christine Carpenter (Ashland), Fiber, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,300
To support a residency in the studios of Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor in Glasgow, Scotland, to increase Carpenter's knowledge and capacity to prepare silk screens and the use of MX fiber reactive dyes, as well as skills related to supporting her practice.

Nicholas Chase (Eugene), Music, Arts Commission $1,500
To support travel expenses for the West Coast World Premiere Tour of Chase's work "Bhajan." Chase and violinist Robin Lorentz will premiere "Bhajan" on Feb. 21 at Monk Space in Los Angeles with an encore at San Francisco's Center for New Music on Feb. 23.

Taiga Christie (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,300
To support Christie's two-month internship to develop creative outreach and education strategies for marginalized communities at Rwenzori Rural Health Services in Kasese, Uganda.

Ethan Gans-Morse (Phoenix), Opera/Musical Theatre, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Gans-Morse's travel expenses for the composition and production of an original, full-length opera with a focus on self-development by Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene.

Damien Geter (Portland), Opera/Musical Theatre, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $700
To support Geter's travel expenses to play the role of Colline in Tacoma Opera's production of "La Boheme."

Alex Hirsch (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support the cost of fabricated glass materials, presentation hardware, framing works on paper and photography for Hirsch's first solo exhibition at the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland.

Tahni Holt (Portland), Dance, Arts Commission $1,425
To support Holt's one-week dance residency at The Lucky Penny's Work Room program in Atlanta, Georgia, where she will increase her artistic exchange with Atlanta's diverse art community and further deepen her research/practice.

Laura Hughes (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Hughes' development of "Almost Perfect," a site-specific mixed-media installation that investigates how individual perceptions of light, form and space interact, for a solo exhibition at Linfield Gallery in February.

Linda K. Johnson (Portland), Dance: Modern, Arts Commission, $700
To support Johnson's collaborative presentation at the 2016 Congress on Research in
Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars' annual convening at Pomona College (California) titled 'Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation: Bodies, Authorship and Choreographies of Transmission."

Ann Kresge (Salem), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Kresge's one-month visual art residency at Vermont Studio Center to complete the prototype of a handmade, limited edition, sculptural artist book, "Sacred Sites."

Isaac Lamb (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Lamb's co-presentation of the world premiere of renowned playwright Tommy Smith's "db" at Coho Productions at the Fertile Ground Festival. The production will include a developmental workshop and rehearsal with the playwright.

Jessica Mehta (Hillsboro), Literature, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Mehta's travel to New York City to read her poetry and lead her first workshop at Berl's Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. She also will meet with the publisher of her upcoming, third collection of poetry, "The Operating System."

Tabitha Nikolai (Portland), Visual Arts: Experimental, Arts Commission $625
To support Nikolai's participation in a group exhibition at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, exploring how queer and transgender bodies move through worlds, real and imagined, and how fashion can augment this movement.

Jack Ryan (Eugene), Visual Arts: Sculpture, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $7,500
To support Ryan's solo exhibition of new sculptural works at the Marylhurst University Art Gym in April.

Lisa Ward (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $2,500
To support Ward's first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah. The project aims to pull visitors away from highway rest-stops and into the heart of Green River's commercial core as an economic development strategy for the community.

Gary Wiseman (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,000, The Ford Family Foundation $1,900
To support Wiseman's five-month residency in the Digital Design Department at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he will create a new media experience that will blend experimental animation and sound with sight specific installation and virtual reality for an exhibition at Pah Homestead in Auckland in May.

Ryan Woodring (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $715
To support Woodring's travel to speak at the International Sculpture Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of a panel discussion with artists who create work based on recent political events.

FY17 Round Two Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Anthony Arnista (Portland), Theater, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Arnista's travel to serve as a theatrical technician for the 2017 Adeliade Fringe Festival at The Tuxedo Cat in Australia Feb. 17-March 19.

Amy Bernstein (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Bernstein's two-month residency as part of the Silence Awareness Existence Program from February to March at Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hameenkyro, Finland.

Julia Calabrese (Portland), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,400
To support the creation of an online archive for Calabrese's video, movement, performance and installation pieces.

Kelly Campbell (Portland), Theater: Puppet, Arts Commission $1,000
To support Campbell's travel for a two-week National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, June 7-18.

Laura Dunn (Portland), Literature: Poetry, Arts Commission $1,210
To support Dunn's expenses for the week-long Port Townsend Writer's Workshop with mentorship by poet Mark Doty at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington.

Wynde Dyer (Portland), Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation $2,000
To support Dyer's completion of the #CampHereTonight tarp quilt tents for direct action, fundraising and site-specific installations focused on the housing justice issues in Portland in the first three months of 2017.

Ken Eklund (Corvallis), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,015
To support Eklund's one-month arts and science residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, to collaboratively work on a game to make climate change and The Anthropocene visible and touchable.

Joe Futschik (Portland), Design Arts: Graphic, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Futschik's exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 21-24 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Brian Haimbach (Eugene), Theater, The Oregon Community Foundation $4,000
To support the presentation of Haimbach's one-man show "How to be a Sissy with Percy Q. Shun" Aug. 4-28 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Sam Hamilton (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,487
To support travel for a West Coast screening tour of Hamilton's feature film "Apple Pie."

Stephen Hayes (Portland), Visual Arts: Painting, Arts Commission $1,500
To support the production of 50 paintings, prints and drawings for Hayes' exhibition at the Artists Congress Converge 45 in Portland from August through September.

Elisabeth Horan (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,120
To support Horan's site-specific, interactive, collage installation "Un/conscious Un/coupling" at the Spring/Break 2017 Art Show at the Armory in New York City Feb. 28 - March 6.

Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (Portland), Music, Arts Commission $1,425
To support Hunter-Ishikawa's travel for a one-week intensive at the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center in Brooklyn, New York, to study advanced playing of the shinobue (a horizontal Japanese bamboo flute) with Kaoru Watanabe, North America's foremost practitioner.

Ellen Lesperance (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,600
To support Lesperance's interdisciplinary exhibition of visual art and written narratives based on her research in Manchester, England, from August through October at the Portland Art Museum's Crumpacker Family Library, in conjunction with Converge 45.

Charlene Liu (Eugene), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Liu's multimedia installation, composed of projected animation, prints, sculptures and augmented reality, during a three-week artist residency at Carrizozo Colony AIR Program in New Mexico.

Kayla Mattes (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $535
To support Mattes' opening exhibition of "Interpersonal Circumplex" with collaborative partner Justin Seibert at Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lamiae Naki (Portland), Music: Ethnic, Arts Commission $1,481, The Oregon Community Foundation $2,150
To support Naki's travel to the Babel Med world music booking conference March 16-18 in Marseille, France, to promote her group's new CD "De Fez a Jerez."

Blair Saxon-Hill (Portland), Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation $4,000
To support Saxon-Hill's three-week visual art residency at the Sagehen Creek Field Station in California as well as research at the Center for Art + Environment in Reno, Nevada. She will create and exhibit a new body of work that responds to the environment of the Tahoe Basin at Sierra Nevada College's Tahoe Gallery.

Justin Seibert (Portland), Media Arts: Technology/Experimental, Arts Commission $823
To support Seibert's participation in an interactive exhibition with collaborative partner Kayla Mattes at Front/Space Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rick Silva (Eugene), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Silva's travel to the Resonate 2017 Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, April 19-22 for a three-week exhibition of new work at Raiffeisen Art Museum.

Kaj-anne Pepper (Portland), Multidisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $4,300
To support a residency tour for Pepper's "D.I.V.A. PRACTICE" at The Lucky Penny (Atlanta, Georgia), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Reed College (Portland).

Katherine Spinella (Portland), Visual Arts, Arts Commission $1,500
To support Spinella's four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center where she will create work for a two-person exhibition at Umpqua Valley Community College in the spring of 2019.

Terry Thompson (Portland), Photography, Arts Commission $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Thompson's catalogue and retrospective exhibition of 45 years of photography at Augen Gallery and Lightbox Photographic Gallery in 2017.

Sharita Towne (Portland), Interdisciplinary, Arts Commission $1,500, The Oregon Community Foundation $7,200
To support Towne's exhibition and public programming of "United Re:Public of the African Diaspora Television" in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio.

Lou Watson (Portland), Visual Arts: Experimental, Arts Commission $1,200
To support Watson as an Artist-in-Residence at the O2F Fest, celebrating International Women's Day 2017 on March 8 at the Arcata Playhouse in Humboldt, California.

Ezra Weiss (Portland), Music: Jazz, Arts Commission $1,035
To support travel expenses for the presentation of Weiss' new composition "We Limit Not the Truth of God/Fanfare for a Newborn" at the 2017 International Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, Florida, May 18-20.

Vicki Wilson (Portland), Crafts: Clay, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Wilson's three-month ceramics residency at Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Virginia, where she will explore working with its highly unusual vein of clay and learn new firing techniques.
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Attached Media Files: Lisa Ward’s first permanent public art installation as part of the Our Town project in Green River, Utah. , Laura Hughes investigates how individual perceptions of light, form and shape interact with one another in her mixed-media installation, “Almost Perfect,” up now at Linfield Gallery
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash - Crook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/27/17 2:20 PM
On February 27, 2017 at about 9:20 a. m., Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on George Millican Road, which is 20 miles south of Pineville in Crook County.

When Troopers arrived on scene the vehicle, a 1995 Cadillac, was fully engulfed in flames and surrounding vegetation was burning. Once the fire was extinguished investigators determined there was one deceased person in the vehicle. At this time it is believed that only one person was in the car at the time of the crash and the identification of the driver is not yet known. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's office, the Bureau of Land Management and Prineville Fire and Rescue.

Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1002/102167/Millican_Fatal_3.jpg
Public hearing scheduled for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 02/27/17 1:09 PM
February 27, 2017

What: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division will hold a hearing to take public comments on its proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Agenda: Review of Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant proposal for October 2017 through September 2018. Public comment will be taken. The draft proposal will be posted on the division's website at http://bit.ly/2lYUEYx on Thursday, March 2.

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2-2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-C, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Program contact: Danna Drum, 503-957-8869, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant site: http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/

Oregon Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant: http://bit.ly/2lYUEYx
Bend receives Heritage All-Star Community designation
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/27/17 10:35 AM
Bend has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources. The formal presentation of the designation will be given by Christine Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at the March 1 Bend City Council meeting.

An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more.

"Bend displays wonderful collaboration on heritage efforts," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "Important historic resources are preserved and nonprofits, the city and county are working together to be sure they are recognized and celebrated. We are looking forward to exploring more of Bend's heritage resources when we bring the statewide Oregon Heritage Conference to town in 2018."

The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Bend and six other all-star communities to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.

"As a fourth-generation Bend resident, I'm particularly proud of our heritage and believe it's part of what makes Bend so attractive," said Mayor Casey Roats. "I'm pleased that Bend has received this designation that recognizes the work we've done to preserve our heritage. Continuing to value and protect our local historical resources is more important than ever in this rapidly growing and changing community."

Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting, March 9, 2017
Oregon State Library - 02/27/17 10:24 AM
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PST at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/index.shtml.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us.

Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting
Oregon State Library -- Room 103
March 9, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm


10:00 Welcome and housekeeping

10:15 Review agenda and approve minutes from November 9, 2016 meeting (Miller-Francisco)

10:20 Updates on budget and current projects (Weible)
Committee membership and new committee chair
Central portal

10:45 Review of RFP Categories (Miller-Francisco)

12:00 Working Lunch

12:45 Finalize Categories to include in RFP (Miller-Francisco)

2:00 Break

2:15 RFP evaluation criteria (Weible, Miller-Francisco)
Consider general criteria from Arizona RFP

2:45 Action Item Review and Upcoming Meeting Schedule (Weible)

3:00 Adjourn
Sun. 02/26/17
Minor Injury Motor Vehicle Crash Shuts Down Highway 97 (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/17 5:29 PM
By: Sgt. K. Dizney
Date: 2/26/17

Vehicle 1: 1973 Chevrolet Pickup Gold
Driver: 16 year old juvenile
Passenger: 14 year old juvenile

Vehicle 2: 2014 Dodge Challenger Silver
Driver: Edwards, Steven 39 years old Bend, OR

Vehicle 3: 1997 Jeep Cherokee White
Driver: Tillery, Kenneth 52 years old La Pine, OR
Passenger: Metcalf, Alexandra 22
Passenger: Munden, Logan 26
Passenger: Sittel, Ethan 26

Vehicle 4: 2002 Ford F-150 Pickup White
Driver: Mealer, Stormey 67 years old La Pine, OR


On Sunday, 2/26/17, at approximately 1:30 pm, deputies responded to a reported motor vehicle crash involving multiple vehicles and reported injuries on Highway 97 near milepost 159 which is near the Deschutes County Landfill transfer station.

Deputies responded and determined a 16 year old male driver, operating a 1973 Chevrolet pickup, lost control of his vehicle on ice/slush surface roadway while traveling southbound at this location. The pickup crossed over the center line and impacted a white 2002 Ford F-150 pickup traveling northbound. This was a glancing crash which caused the Chevrolet pickup to impact into the oncoming lane guard rail before coming back into the highway where it struck a silver 2014 Dodge Challenger head on. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage from this crash. During this event, a white 1997 Jeep Cherokee, also traveling northbound behind the White Ford F-150, impacted into the northbound guard rail while attempting to avoid a collision with the out of control Chevrolet Pickup.

This crash blocked both lanes of Highway 97 for approximately 1 hour, while tow vehicles were dispatched to remove the Chevrolet pickup and Dodge Challenger which were both disabled during the crash due to damage. The investigation into the cause of this crash determined that the 16 year old driver of the Chevrolet pickup lost control during icy roadway conditions. Factors such as speed, alcohol, or distracted driving are not believed to be related to this crash.

Both occupants of the Chevrolet pickup were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge Challenger also went to the hospital via private vehicle for non-life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office was assisted on scene by La Pine Fire Department, ODOT, and the Sunriver Police Department. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind drivers of fast changing driving conditions on our local roadways ranging from dry pavement to icy conditions in short distances, and to be ready to accommodate conditions as necessary while operating motor vehicles.

Attached Media Files: 2017-02/5227/102153/Resized952017022695140737.jpg , 2017-02/5227/102153/Resized952017022695140727.jpg , 2017-02/5227/102153/Resized952017022695140717.jpg
Sat. 02/25/17
Fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near Coos Bay
Oregon State Police - 02/25/17 1:45 PM
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at approximately 8:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 249 (approximately 12 miles south of Coos Bay).

Preliminary information indicates a blue/grey 2010 Ford Taurus was northbound on Highway 101 when the driver observed an oncoming southbound white 2004 Nissan Xterra began to fishtail and leave its lane. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane and the Nissan Xterra caught on fire.

The driver of the Nissan Xterra died as a result of the crash. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending a next of kin notification.

Both occupants of the Taurus were transported to the Coos Bay area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Photos not available at this time.
Newport resident killed in Highway 101 crash - south of Newport (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/25/17 1:00 PM
On Saturday February 25, 2017 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 136 (approximately four miles south of Newport). The involved vehicle, a green 2002 Ford Explorer, was northbound when the driver likely lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle slid sideways across the highway and traveled over an embankment, coming to rest on its top in a small creek.

The driver, identified as 40 year old Newport resident, Edgar Mendez Romero, died at the scene as a result of the crash. He was wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred.

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Fire and Rescue, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. In addition to troopers from the Newport Area Command, members of the Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) who have been working in the area due to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival were called out and responded to assist with this crash and numerous other ice related crashes that occurred around the same time.

Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1002/102144/20170225_105602.jpg , 2017-02/1002/102144/20170225_110351.jpg
Fri. 02/24/17
Housing Stability Council - Monthly Meeting: March 3, 2017
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/24/17 4:19 PM
725 Summer St NE Salem OR, conference room 124 A/B
9:00 Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes
November 4, 2016
January 6, 2017
February 3, 2017
9:30 Single Family Residential Loan Consent Calendar
9:35 Multifamily Bond Approvals
9:50 Manufactured Housing -- Challenges and Opportunities
10:50 Oregon's Affordable Housing: Analysis of Performance and Trends
11:50 BREAK
12:00 U.S. Department of Energy State Plan Overview
12:30 Report of the Director
12:45 Report of the Chair
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
Marine Board Meeting February 27 for Boating Facility Grant Requests
Oregon Marine Board - 02/24/17 1:45 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet on Monday, February 27, at 9 am via tele-video conference to discuss Round 3 boating facility grant requests. The meeting will be facilitated at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

Grant requests will be considered for the following applicants:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested

City of Coos Bay Empire and Eastside parking repairs $29,600.00
City of Roseburg Templin Beach parking overlay $41,536.41
Coos County Rooke Higgins vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Coos County Rocky Point vault toilet replacement $19,000.00
Jackson County Willow Lake, Klum Landing, Takelma, Dodge Bridge parking repairs $38,250.00
Klamath County Wocus Bay, Henzel and Petric parking repairs $10,000.00
Metro Chinook Landing parking repairs $30,957.21
Port of Arlington Port parking repairs $49,230.00
Port of Astoria East Basin parking repairs $15,000.00
Port of Bandon Port parking repairs $14,035.00
Port of Coos Bay Charleston parking repairs $34,075.00
Port of Garibaldi Port parking improvements $70,000.00
Port of Port Orford Port parking repairs $22,722.00
Port of The Dalles Port parking repairs and restroom door replacement $18,447.00
South Wasco Park & Rec. District South Ramp parking repairs $7,500.00
Total Requested $419,352.62

Additionally, two facility grant requests will be addressed separately for conditional approval:

Managing Agency Project Location and Scope Funds Requested Staff Recommendation

City of Reedsport Rainbow Plaza boating facility replacement $1,089,950.00 $589,950.00
ODFW Williamson River cultural survey $23,000.00 $23,000.00
Total Requested $1,112,950.00 $612,950.00

The meetings are accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
Media Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in Salem for Reproductive Health Equity
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 02/24/17 12:14 PM

Media Advisory: Hundreds to Rally in Salem for Reproductive Health Equity

Hundreds of Oregonians will demonstrate in Salem for landmark legislation to establish reproductive health equity. The rally will take place from noon-1pm Tuesday, February 28th on the west steps of the Oregon State Capitol as part of the Reproductive Health Equity Now Day of Action. Speakers will include elected officials as well as Oregonians whose lives will be directly impacted by this campaign.

Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232) ensures that Oregonians receive the full range of preventive reproductive health services at zero out-of- pocket cost; fills gaps in reproductive health coverage for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status; and prohibits discrimination in reproductive health care.

The Reproductive Health Equity Now campaign, which formally launched on January 18th, has already received an outpouring of support across the state and across the nation:

More than 10,000 Oregonians have signed petitions demanding reproductive health equity now.

A broad range of more than 2 dozen organizations have endorsed the campaign.

In an editorial published January 31st, The New York Times praised the legislation as "a powerful defense, at the state level, of necessary reproductive health care." The bill has also received national media attention from Time, U.S. News & World Report, Mother Jones, Rewire and Refinery29.

WHO: Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon
WHAT: Reproductive Health Care Now Day of Action
WHEN: Noon-1pm Tuesday, February 28th
WHERE: West Capitol Steps, Salem


The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon is a diverse, statewide coalition that is working to create a world where access to reproductive health care doesn't depend on who you are, where you live or how much you earn - where every Oregonian who can become pregnant has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life. The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.
Multi-Agency search warrant execution in the Dexter Area - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 02/24/17 11:33 AM
On Tuesday February 21, 2017, members of Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team (INET), assisted by members of Oregon State Police SWAT, ATF, FBI, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) and Reedsport Police Department, executed search warrants at 38534 Dexter Road, Dexter, Oregon and 82892 Minnick Road, Dexter, Oregon after an investigation involving the Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. OSP SWAT was called to assist drug enforcement detectives due to the size and layout of the Dexter Road location.

Two adults were contacted and detained at the Minnick Road address and are facing charges for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine. Four adults were detained at the Dexter Road address. One 5 year old minor child was also present and was taken into protective custody by DHS Child Protective Services. Several adults are facing charges of Unlawful Possession and/or Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. The child's father is also facing additional charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Child Neglect in the First Degree.

According to OSP Sergeant Erik Fisher, task force officers seized Methamphetamine, Psilocybin Mushrooms and a firearm along with additional evidence of sales from the locations. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are available.

The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, FBI and Lane County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the INET tip line at (541) 682-6266.
*** Update*** Name Released - Man Injured on Interstate 5-Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 02/24/17 10:19 AM
The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.

End of Update

Previous Release:

In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017 the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.
Thu. 02/23/17
Josephine Man Arrested After Brief Standoff (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/23/17 5:09 PM
On February 23, 2017, at about 9:00 a.m., TY RAY NUNES, age 34, from Grants Pass was taken into custody after a brief standoff in Josephine County.

NUNES has been the subject of an extensive search for many months because of the numerous criminal activities he has been involved in, to include Felony Eludes, Robberies, Federal Warrants and Narcotics. The Oregon State Police learned NUNES may be at a residence in the 700 block of Cienaga Lane in Josephine County and responded to the area.

Additional law enforcement also responded and assisted in taking NUNES into custody after a brief standoff.

During the past few weeks law enforcement arrested seven other individuals while attempting to locate and arrest NUNES.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Sheriff's office, Medford Police Department, Josephine County Parole and Probation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement.

Attached Media Files: 2017-02/1002/102092/Nunes.jpg
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention A Success (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:48 PM
Steve Gilliland
Steve Gilliland
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Off to a Rousing Start
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
There was learning and laughter aplenty Monday at the opening session of the 2017 Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention in downtown Salem.
Dairy farmers from across the state descended on the Salem Convention Center to renew acquaintances, browse industry displays and exhibits, and attend two waves of afternoon workshops on topics of high interest.
More than 350 delegates were registered for the convention, and spirits were high after keynote speaker Steve Gilliland addressed attendees to the luncheon. Gilliland, a comedian and author, regaled the audience with stories about his Bible-thumping mother, academically challenged (but athletically gift) son, and the hand signal he uses to order a cold one while mowing the lawn.
Marion County Commission Kevin Cameron welcomed the visitors to the state capitol and the county. "You are the hardest-working people I know of," he said, noting that there is no relief from the daily rituals of sustaining a dairy farm. "Cows don't take a vacation, and they certainly don't celebrate President's Day.
Out-of-state visitors were treated to a rare February "Oregon sun break" Monday afternoon, as the rain clouds parted for a brief period. Daylight steamed through the glassed-in upper floor of the convention, where representatives from 40 entities were showing their wares and telling their stories.
Among the highlights of the breakout sessions was a panel of working farm wives who talked about the role women play in the dairy industry. The panelists touched on the challenges of dealing with intergenerational struggles, in-laws and having a spouse as a business partner.
The first day concluded with a wine and cheese reception, dinner, an ice cream social and a performance by the Foggy Bottom Boys.
The schedule for Day Two of the convention included a 9 a.m. general session of transparency within the agriculture and food system.
As it was on Monday, there was a milk break scheduled to allow attendees to sample an array of frozen and chilled treats donated by processors around the State featuring the milk produced by the 228 dairy farms here in Oregon.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland , Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Focuses on the Contribution of Dairy Wives (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:46 PM
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Focus on Issues Including Dairy Wives who bring so much to their Dairy Farm Operations
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21.
A panel of well-informed women spoke candidly about the joys and struggles of dairy farming during a convention workshop Monday afternoon.
Attendees heard four farm wives share their experiences of working in the dairy industry.
It can be trying when frictions in the barns hit home, they said.
"It's super hard to see my son get yelled at by his dad," said Susan Pierson, a fourth-generation farmer. As both mother and wife, she is often a sounding board when things get overheated. "I have to do a lot of listening and not a lot of talking. But later I might say something to my husband like, 'You know, you were a little hard on him..."
"I feel like I'm in the middle a lot," said Julie Lourenzo, who shares the workload with her husband and other family members. When conflict arises, "I talk to both sides and try to work it out."
"I brought a husband into the job," said panel moderator Bobbi Frost, who is familiar with that uncomfortable space between the spouse you love and the parents who raised you.
The audience responded to a frank discussion about whether the panelists encouraged their children to pursue farming.
Sarah Rocha, mother of four boys, said she chose to allow her children to find their path. "The more you push, the more they push back," she said.
Rocha runs the calf operation on a farm with 600-650 cows and 150 goats.
"I pushed my sons away from the dairy," said Pierson, an organic farmer for 12 years. But as it was with other panelists, some children decide to join the family business after a time. Of one son she said, "All of a sudden he came to us and said he wanted to come back."
In response to a question about when how to draw the line between work and family time, Lourenzo said she knows she has reached her limit when she begins to voice complaints. "If you are going to complain, it's a sign you are doing too much," she said.
A highlight of the breakout session was when moderator Frost, who brought along her 11-month-old daughter, Max, to the convention, said she "felt like Superman" on a day when she completed her work while toting an infant around the farm.
Then she provided the quote of the afternoon with an observation about childbirth.
"One day my husband said to me that getting hit in the nuts is worse than having a baby. "
How so, she wondered?
"You want another baby, right?" he said. "But you don't hear me saying I want someone to hit me in the nuts again."
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

Attached Media Files: 2017-02/5166/102101/Dairy_Wives.jpg
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Offers Relevant Educational Sessions and Honors Senator Betsy Johnson (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:39 PM
Cody Nicholson Stratton
Cody Nicholson Stratton
Author -- Michael Davis

February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the second day:
Day Two of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association annual convention confronted some of the contemporary challenges of 21st Century business life.
Keynote speaker J. J. Jones of The Center for Food Integrity urged attendees at Tuesday's opening session to gain the trust of dairy consumers with see-through practices and policies. "Transparency is no longer optional," he said. "It's a basic consumer expectation."
Jones, a skilled communicator who spoke fluidly and without notes, provided plentiful takeaway suggestions on how Oregon's dairy farmers can provide more answers and access to their businesses. He encouraged a culture that would "embrace consumer skepticism" by responding to questions openly, clearly and accurately. Doing so can enhance the credibility of a dairy business, he said.
At a filled-to-capacity breakout session, social media savant and "agvocator" Cody Nicholson Stratton provided lists of practical do's and don'ts for dairy farmers who wish to reach their online followers and customers via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. "The best story is always the true one," he said. "Be clear about what you want to achieve, be genuine and set goals."
Stratton urged audience members not to "fly off the handle" and "act like spider monkeys" when online trolls try to provoke with incendiary posts. Instead, he said, "hug your hater" and shrug off the unwelcome messages with a benign response or no response at all.
State Sen. Betsy Johnson, a Democrat from Scappoose, received the ODFA's Distinguished Service Award during lunch-hour ceremonies. In accepting the award, she vowed to "fight the bad stuff and support the good stuff" during the 2017 legislative session and beyond.
The ODFA also honored activist farmer Bobbi Frost for her service to the organization in helping to defeat Measure 97 in the November, 2016 election. The measure would have imposed a corporate minimum tax on businesses whose sales exceed $25 million.
The noontime crowd had time to bid on a colorful array of cow-themed silent auction items.
Following the ODFA annual meeting and second round of breakout sessions, convention participants enjoyed a beer and cheese reception and the annual Oregon Dairy Women Dinner and Scholarship Auction.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.

Attached Media Files: Cody Nicholson Stratton
Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention Features Seriously Funny Speaker (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 02/23/17 4:35 PM
Steve Gilliland
Steve Gilliland
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Convention Features SERIOUSLY FUNNY SPEAKER'S ADVICE:
Author -- Michael Davis
February 23, 2017 -- Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association hosted a two day convention at the Salem Convention Center on February 20-21. Highlights from the first General Session:
Years after a painful divorce, Steve Gilliland began seeing a flight attendant.
For their second date, which included tickets directly behind the glass at a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, she opened the door wearing jeans and a sweatshirt.
Gilliland said she looked great, but it was what was written on the sweatshirt that got his attention: "Marry me. Fly free."
Gilliland has gotten a lot of mileage out of that story through the years. The well-traveled comedian and professional speaker shared the tale Monday afternoon during the annual Oregon Dairy Farmers Association convention. He was the day's keynote speaker.
The North Carolina-based comic is the author of a small library of inspirational books that grew out of his confessional storytelling and practiced stagecraft.
Gilliland does not suffer fools easily. When a lethargic employee at a Taco Bell told him he was "burnt out," the comedian said that was impossible. "I don't think you've ever been lit."
Wherever he goes, Gilliland poses the same question to the audience: Who were the five most influential people in your life?
Gilliland's "King James version" of a mother, a self-styled attack evangelist, made his influential list, as did his one-time secretary, an outrageous character who once said, "A closed mouth gathers no feet."
Gilliland, a one-time baseball broadcaster and former scholarship athlete at Florida State University, posits that your legacy can be determined by the number of individuals who would place you on their list of five.
When things go south in life, Gilliland's mother said there are only two sets of outcomes. "You can be bitter or better, stronger or weaker."
He offered that advice to his audience of dairy farmers and exhibitors, exhorting the attendees to keep the passion burning about their chosen profession and to be mindful of purpose.
The hour-plus talk ended with an admission from Gilliland that he married that flight attendant.
And they've been flying ever since.

The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association is located in Salem. The Association has been proudly serving Oregon's Dairy farmers since 1892.


Attached Media Files: Steve Gilliland
Boy Scouts Honor Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce for Lifetime of Philanthropy - Feb 28 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/23/17 12:31 PM
Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
SALEM, OR (Feb. 23, 2017) - Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host a breakfast Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 a.m. at the Salem Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the breakfast. While the breakfast is free, a donation will be requested. Registration is required. Call 503-581-6601 to register.

At the breakfast, the Scoutmaster of Philanthropy Award will be given to Drs. Bud and Selma Pierce in recognition of their philanthropic contributions in Oregon, and in the Willamette Valley in particular. Dick Withnell will be the keynote speaker. The event will also feature the posting of the colors by a local Boy Scout troop, presentation by B.S.A. executives, and a video of scouting programs and accomplishments.

The Cascade Pacific Council of BSA is honored to recognize the Pierce's extraordinary contributions this year. Their example as philanthropic leaders is inspiring. Last year the family of the late Larry Epping received the award.

Locally the BSA serves over 21,000 youth aged 6 to 21 in their various programs. Scouting teaches youth life and leadership skills using the outdoors as the classroom.

Attached Media Files: Doctors Bud and Selma Pierce
24th annual SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Sponsored by Pacific Seafood at the Evergreen Space Museum on March 10 - 12, 2017
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 02/23/17 7:56 AM
McMinnville, OR -- The beloved McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, which has grown to become one of the largest and most influential wine and food festivals in Oregon's wine country, returns for its 24th year under the expansive roof of the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. More than 170 exhibitors include over 70 wineries, more than a dozen food vendors, distillers, cideries, and breweries are scheduled to pour and serve their unique products to thousands of attendees from March 10-12, 2017, making the Classic one of the largest and best attended indoor wine and food events in the state.

Nicknamed SIP, the event is a dedicated fundraiser for McMinnville's St. James School that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that go directly towards programs benefiting the school's children. Organized and staffed entirely by volunteers, the Classic is one of the largest community events of the year in McMinnville and marshals the resources of one of Oregon's friendliest and most cohesive communities. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 3-day festival, some who have returned every year since the festival began in 1993 as a small gathering at the McMinnville Armory.

"It's a great festival," said Rich Washburn, Vice-President of Eola Hills Wine Cellars, a long-time Classic exhibitor. "We get a lot of wine-savvy customers who come not only from across the state but from across the country. It's a great way to spend a day or more."

For wine lovers, the Classic offers truly unique choices for both tasting and purchasing of wines from throughout the state of Oregon. Willamette Valley standouts like Methven Family Vineyards & Winery, Eola Hills Wine Cellars, and Willamette Valley Vineyards will be on hand to pour their exceptional Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, Chardonnays, and other varietals, alongside smaller, hard-to-find labels like Varnum Vintners, J.L. Kiff Vineyard, Denison Cellars, and Armonea Winery. Brands from Southern Oregon such as Troon, Hillcrest Vineyard, and Misty Oaks Vineyard bring the state's diverse bounty of wines to McMinnville for easy tasting and comparison. There are presently over 70 wineries signed up to exhibit, representing virtually all of the AVAs of Oregon. As with previous Classics, the wine buying experience is unparalleled as patrons' purchases are staged at a convenient booth for quick check-out and delivery to their cars.

Sponsor, Golden Valley Brewery, will offer selections of their craft beers, and distilleries like Vinn, Big Bottom, and McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery will pour samples of some of the craft spirits that are making Oregon a leader in custom, small-batch distilling. Food vendors, from barbecue and seafood to baked goods, seasonings and Mexican food will return to round out the food and wine experience.

After entry, patrons pay for each tasting or food item on an individual basis. For information and to order tickets online, go to www.sipclassic.org. VIP Parking, Free Parking, and Portland and McMinnville Shuttles will be available. Check the website for details. www.sipclassic.org


- This year marks the festival's 24th consecutive year, and 10th in a row at the Evergreen Space Museum. The 3-day event is one of the longest public food and wine events in the state of Oregon. Hours are Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Ample parking is available, and there will be shuttles from McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, downtown McMinnville.

- Some of the exhibits are cleared from the floor of the Evergreen Space Museum and vendors are interspersed with exhibits like the SR-71 Blackbird, the Titan II Missile and others, making it one of the largest indoor food and wine festivals in the state. Overhead exhibits of rockets and spacecraft add to the atmosphere. Next door on the Evergreen campus is the Evergreen Aviation Museum, with its flagship artifact, the Spruce Goose airplane built by Howard Hughes.

- Over 170 exhibitors are currently signed up, including more than 70 wineries, brewers, distillers, food vendors and crafts that include painting, sculpture, decorative metal and wood-works. Patrons are able to purchase bottles and cases of their favorite wines, with an easy and efficient checkout system that streamlines the purchasing process.

- Tickets for the event are $20 general admission, $17 Seniors and designated drivers. There will be a $3 discount coupon for Friday March 10th. 3-day passes are $36. Early Bird Discounts for tickets purchased prior to 1-15-17 at $15 General Admission, $14 Senior and Designated Driver, and $32 for a 3- day pass.

- General admission is $20/person

- The festival continues to be a major fundraiser for the St. James School of McMinnville, and marshals the resources of 100s of volunteers from the community.

- Dozens of wines are entered for judging resulting in Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best-in-Show awards.

- McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Website: www.sipclassic.org

- View the "The Classic Video" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMze30uDbM0

- Sponsors include Pacific Seafood, Davidson Benefits Planning, Les Schwab, Golden Valley Brewery, McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, Gormley Plumbing and Mechanical, First Federal, Kathleen's Hallmark Shop, Moreland Oil Co, and Albertsons -- Safeway.
Wed. 02/22/17
Woman Missing from Lincoln City Area - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 5:43 PM
On the evening of February 21, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department received a report that Lynette Kay PROPST, age 60, of Lincoln City, had been missing for a few days. PROPST was last contacted by text message on February 19, 2017.

Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office located PROPST's 2002 Nissan Pathfinder parked and unoccupied in Rocky Creek State Park. A note in the window indicated that the Nissan had broken down and she would return for it soon.

A search of the area was conducted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and the United States Coast Guard. PROPST was not located and a search is on-going.

Oregon State Police is seeking the public's help in identifying any witnesses or the whereabouts of PROPST. Anyone with information is urged to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 503-375-3555.

PROPST is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 113 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Photo
Public Health Advisory Board ad-hoc subcommittee to meet March 6 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 02/22/17 4:52 PM
February 22, 2017

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

What: A special ad-hoc subcommittee meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about guiding principles for legislation

When: Monday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8266406974935496706. The public also can listen via conference call at 1-877-848-7030, access code 2030826.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information, see the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Oregon Wildlife Foundation Donates ATVs to OSP to Support Wildlife Law Enforcement (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 3:44 PM
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently received a donation of three ATV's from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation. The three ATV's will allow the Troopers to cover more area and be more effective in the enforcement of the Fish and Wildlife laws. The Oregon State Police is very appreciative of the donation by the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and their continued support.

Attached is the press release from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and link below.


Attached Media Files: Release , Photo
Intersate 5 Closed on Siskiyous
Oregon State Police - 02/22/17 12:25 PM
Interstate 5 is currently closed due to rock slides and snow. Traffic is being held in both the southbound and northbound directions at this time from milepost 14 to the California border.

For road conditions and restrictions use tripcheck.com for the most current and up to date information.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/22/17 9:10 AM
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana, and the Portland Greek Festival.

"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "This event truly celebrates what is local heritage in Oregon."

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival started in 1968 as a celebration of the summer solstice and all things Scandinavian on Oregon's North Coast. Operated by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, this three day festival is held annually during the third weekend in June at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds east of Astoria.

The festival attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who are interested in exploring the rich culture and heritage of the Scandinavian countries. From its popular Finnish pancake breakfast to the Running of the Trolls, the festival abounds with educational opportunities in areas of customs, language, and the arts. In addition to traditional handicraft and food booths, entertainment is provided by Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups.

Loran Mathews, Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President, and Leila Collier, 2017 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Chair, remarked in a joint statement: "We thank the Oregon Historical Commission for this prestigious honor and invite all Oregonians and visitors to share our traditions and heritage by attending our festival."

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx.

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###

Attached Media Files: Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Oregon Heritage Tradition designation
January 2017 storms unload chilling number of slip and fall injuries
SAIF - 02/22/17 8:27 AM
Summary: SAIF reports more slips, trips, and fall claims last month than the past five Januarys combined.
As a result of the heavy snow and ice statewide last month, more Oregon workers suffered slips, trips, and falls than in any recent January, according to SAIF data.

More than 700 workers filed claims with SAIF for injuries due to slips, trips, and falls in ice and snow in January, far exceeding the nearly 250 injuries in January 2016--in fact, there were more slips, trips, and falls this January related to ice and snow than in the past five Januarys combined. Slips, trips, and falls due to ice and snow made up 21 percent of all claims SAIF received this January.

With more snow in the forecast for parts of Oregon this week, SAIF again wants to remind Oregonians to take it easy walking on snow, slush, and ice. This includes walking like a penguin--we have a demonstration on how, here: https://youtu.be/eOlrFVDRAjM --and creating an inclement weather procedure for your company. Workers and employers can find more cold weather safety tips at http://www.saif.com/news/inclement-weather-can-mean-an-increase-in-injured-workers.html and additional resources on the saif.com "Safety and health" page.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work.