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Tue. 01/17/17
Bend-La pine School update for January 17
Bend Police Dept. - 01/17/17 6:37 PM
January 17, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
541-355-1005, alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


30 Schools, Programs and Facilities Open Wednesday, Jan. 18
Rolling Start Underway; No asbestos at Kenwood Gym

"What an outstanding community of parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors we have," said Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson. "I know that having so many days off has been challenging for families and we appreciate your patience and understanding."

Mikalson said that thanks to the determination of more than 150 snow removal team members, 12 structural engineers and dozens of staff who have worked behind the scenes or volunteered their time, Bend-La Pine Schools will reopen 30 schools, programs and facilities tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18.

The following schools will open tomorrow at their regular time.


Administration -- Education Center
Amity Creek at Thompson School
Bear Creek Elementary
Buckingham Elementary
Ensworth Elementary
High Lakes Elementary
Highland at Kenwood School
Juniper Elementary
La Pine Elementary
R.E. Jewell Elementary
Rosland Elementary
Silver Rail Elementary
Three Rivers Elementary
Westside Village at Kingston School
Cascade Middle
High Desert Middle
La Pine Middle
Sky View Middle
Bend Senior High
La Pine High
Marshall High
Mountain View High
Summit High
Tamarack
Transition Co-op
Maintenance
Transporation, Bend
Transportation, La Pine
Warehouse -- Distribution
Bend International School



For this week, students will be released on Wednesday per their school's full day schedule, rather than the usual School Improvement Wednesday schedule. For a list of full-day release times, visit:

"Giving students a full day tomorrow with their peers and school staff will begin to get them back into their normal school routine and will let our great teachers have a full day with their students," said Mikalson.

Athletics and activities are being rescheduled with adjusted dates and times for all schools.

"Engineers have completed structural evaluations of all 38 school and work sites for structural integrity," said Mikalson. "They have now deemed all sites as structurally sound."

Mikalson said engineers found one school, R.E. Jewell Elementary, to have had structural damage. Repairs are now complete and structural engineers and City of Bend staffers have deemed the school sound and ready to reopen to students tomorrow.

While all sites are now deemed structurally sound, not all sites are yet ready for occupancy. To be cleared, snow loads must be below design capacity and all doors must be cleared to allow compliance with State Fire Marshal code.

Mikalson said that of the eight schools yet to open, crews are continuing to move snow off of roofs and away from buildings, so that they can be ready for occupancy.

"These schools will be opened in the days to come, we will keep updating our community at about 5 p.m. each night with new information," said Mikalson. "Again, thank you to everyone for their support and flexibility during these trying times. We are excited to get back to doing what we do best: teaching students."

"I know that many Kenwood families and neighbors have been anxiously awaiting the results of the asbestos test that we sent to a local lab," said Mikalson. "Results received today confirmed that there was no asbestos in the Kenwood gym and therefore is no asbestos present in the demolition rubble. I think this information will allow many to breathe a sigh of relief."

For more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: http://www.bend.k12.or.us/

The district has started a Facebook thread to allow business owners a location to share suggestions for keeping students who are not going to school busy in the days to come. It is located at http://bit.ly/2k2pEGN


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High winds, blowing snow, ice and freezing rain close freeway, create challenging driving contions
ODOT: East. Ore. - 01/17/17 4:50 PM
Motorists are reminded to continually check weather reports and TripCheck.com for update highway conditions before heading out on the road. Currently, Interstate 84 is closed through the Columbia Gorge due to ice and hazardous driving conditions. The freeway is closed between Troutdale at mile post 17 and Hood River at mile post 62. In eastern Oregon the Westbound freeway is also closed in La Grande at Exit 265 due to crashes, blowing snow, high winds and hazardous conditions.

Travelers will need to use alternate routes or wait until the freeway opens.

If using alternate routes, be mindful that GPS navigation devices/phone apps do not indicated road conditions of detour routes. Stay safe and stay on main highways.

Icy, slick roadways and snowy conditions can be expected along many eastern Oregon highways, combined with high winds, blowing snow and snow drifts. High winds may also result in down trees and/or powerlines. Drive with extreme caution or postpone travel until conditions improve.
**CANCELLED** Oregon State Library Board Meeting in Salem, January 19 & 20, 2017
Oregon State Library - 01/17/17 2:50 PM
The Oregon State Library Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Session on January 19 and 20, 2017 has been canceled due to inclement weather in numerous areas of the state. The meeting will be rescheduled for late February or early March.
Oregon National Guard to support 58th Presidential Inauguration in D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/17/17 2:33 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- Nearly 50 Oregon National Guard service members will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Guardsmen will augment the District of Columbia National Guard as part of Joint Task Force -- District of Columbia (JTF -- DC), supporting events such as the opening ceremony, swearing-in ceremony, inaugural speech and parade, as well as follow-on events.

Oregon Soldiers from the 1186th Military Police Company, 821st Troop Command Battalion, based in Salem, Oregon, will assist district and federal agencies with security, including crowd management, traffic control, and assisting with the flow of people in and out of the area during the inaugural events.

In addition, Oregon National Guard public affairs personnel will assist with highlighting the overall National Guard participation in this historical event. These public affairs specialists will capture photos and video of the Guard's participation, and assist with coordinating news conferences and interviews with Guardsmen.

"Partnering with local, federal security and public safety agencies during the 58th Presidential Inauguration is just one more example of how the Oregon National Guard is "Always Ready, Always There," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

The Oregon National Guard routinely supports civil authorities when needed during major events and is able to seamlessly integrate with interagency partners.

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the joint task force. The District of Columbia National Guard specifically created JTF - DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. The National Guard task force will supplement security, communication, medical evacuation and other support capabilities.

A crowd of 800,000 to 1-million is estimated to attend this national event. Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel during the inaugural events. The National Guardsmen will provide assistance to local civilian authorities as requested. All National Guard forces supporting the Inauguration will be sworn in as Special Police by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. However, the National Guardsmen will not be armed. This support ensures that the hundreds of thousands of expected spectators will be able to move around smoothly and safely before, during and after the Inauguration events.

National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates to April 30, 1789, when local militia members (today's National Guard) joined the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans to form an honor detail and escort Gen. George Washington during the procession from Mount Vernon, Va., to his inauguration ceremony in New York City. The National Guard has continued this tradition of inaugural support ever since. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.

Media interested in covering Oregon National Guard assets supporting the Inauguration may call (202) 685-9700 or email interview requests to JTFDCPress@gmail.com.

Photos and video of JTF-DC are available for download via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS): https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/JTFNCR58

Follow the National Guard in action with hashtags #NG2017Inauguration, #NGInauguration2017, #PI58, #NationalGuard.

More information and updates can be found at these websites:
Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (JTF-DC): http://www.dcng-inauguration.com/
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR): http://inauguralsupport.mdw.army.mil
Congressional Inaugural Committee: www.inaugural.senate.gov

Photo caption:
Joint service members salute while the stand-in presidential motorcade drives along Pennsylvania Avenue during the Department of Defense Dress Rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2017, in preparation for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, will provide ceremonial and other support to civil authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. John Raufmann)


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January 17 Countywide Storm Update (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/17/17 12:44 PM
Thinking beyond the sandbag
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For Immediate Release
Date: January 17, 2017
From Anne Aurand
City of Bend Communications Director 541-388-5573, aaurand@bendoregon.gov

Contacts:

Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh 541-322-2978, mobile 541-815-7437,
cburleigh@bendoregon.gov
Bend Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe, 541-322-6313, mobile 541-350-4775, dhowe@bendoregon.gov
Bend Streets Director David Abbas, 541-317-3016, mobile 541-610-3743
dabbas@bendoregon.gov

Sandbag and other storm related updates
January 17, 1 p.m.

We want to thank the citizens of Deschutes County for your willingness to take proactive measures to protect our community. We had a tremendous response to the availability of sand and bags today.

Within the City of Bend alone, we were able to distribute 13,000 bags and 193 tons (386,400 pounds) of sand. The City of Bend sandbag sites as well as the Deschutes County site on SE 27th Street are now out of bags.

Thank you to our community for taking this proactive approach. We saw firsthand how our communities came together to help one another during this storm. We saw community members helping each other fill, carry and load these sandbags. Volunteers and staff from our governmental agencies pitched in to make this a successful effort.

Community members that did not obtain a sandbag can still take a proactive measure to protect their homes and neighborhoods. Most households won't need sandbags to protect your home from potential flooding. See the attached graphic on "Thinking beyond the sandbag" for additional ideas.
To protect your residence you can also:

Clear your roof of snow
Pull snow away from your home to minimize contact with your siding and foundation vents
Clear your storm drain and catch basins
Clear the area around the fire hydrants

(Here's a link where you can find a storm drain and fire hydrant map:
https://maps.ci.bend.or.us/html5viewer/?viewer=hydrantviewer
Instructions to use this are on the home page that opens automatically. You can enter your address in the search to find what's in your neighborhood.)

Here is a link to find storm drains in Redmond, Oregon:

http://redmondoregon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ab8eebaf447d4fdbb0f77810ed003c8b

The weather report has been ever-changing and now it's looking better in terms of potential flooding. Recent updates have reduced the amount expected rainfall and temperatures are not expected to rise significantly higher. The amount of runoff is not expected to be as severe as originally reported.

Remember, 911 is for emergencies only. If you need non-emergency police or fire assistance, the number is 541-693-6911. We encourage our community to call 211 information if you have questions or need information related to this storm.

Thank you for your vigilance during the past two weeks. Please use this event as an opportunity to determine how you can better prepare your property for future weather events. Your Deschutes County, City of Bend, City of Sister, City of Redmond, City of La Pine and Deschutes 911 governments are preparing to respond to future events and minimize the impacts.


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Attached Media Files: Thinking beyond the sandbag
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/17/17 12:10 PM
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 26, 2017 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Member -- Ray Byrd - and Introductions

2. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes - Approve minutes from the October 27, 2016 meeting

B. (Consent Agenda Item B moved to regular agenda for discussion)

C. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0075, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amend drafted language requiring public safety professionals to report arrests, adding "or criminal citations" to DPSST, as presented. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

D. OAR 259-008-0065 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Adds maintenance for certification for corrections officers, parole and probation officers and regulatory specialists, includes additional amendments to clarify maintenance requirements and processes. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

E. OAR 259-008-0090 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Updates rule language to reflect changes in the submission of training records to DPSST. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016 with clarifications to section (7).

F. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0085 - Proposed Rule Change -- Approve.
Provides recommended updates and clarifies retest options for PCOD/CCOD courses. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

G. OAR 259-061-0018 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the expert witness exemption from licensure as a private investigator. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016

H. OAR 259-061-0010 and 259-061-0110 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the application and process for temporary investigator licensure. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.
I. OAR 259-060-0015 et al -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Review of public comment regarding proposed rule language to amend and adopt responsibilities and compliance regarding use of prohibited business name per HB 4142. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

J. OAR 259-060-0010 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends definition of "Alarm Monitoring Facility" to exclude a facility that provides temporary services during an outage or emergency. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

K. Updated 2016 Unarmed Private Security Training Course (Curriculum) and 2016 Unarmed Private Security Refresher Course -- Approve. Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

L. Unarmed Curriculum Testing -- Approve. Allows for DPSST curriculum staff to compose test questions based on approved curriculum and learning outcomes and to update questions if needed for clarification or ORS/OAR updates. Updates effecting Learning Goals and Outcomes would be forwarded to Unarmed Subcommittee and PSIPC for review. 8/2 Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

M. Christian Fritz DPSST#F28303 (Sandy RFPD/ #72) -- Not Discharge for Cause -- Not Revoke
5/4 vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

N. Geanna Harrison DPSST#F29281 (Warrenton Fire Department)) - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

O. Lyndon B. Johnson DPSST#32221 (Evans Valley Fire District #6) -- Revoke, Not allow to re-apply for two years. Unanimous vote to recommend Revocation and 8/1 vote to recommend to not allow re-application for two years to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

P. Marc Brodeur DPSST#43446 (Yamhill County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to revoke and 8/6 vote to recommend a 5-year ineligibility to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

Q. Richard Tirico DPSST#23776 (John Day Police Department) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

R. Jordan Kirksey DPSST#54339 (Linn County Sheriff's Office) - Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

S. Bryan Holman DPSST#56585 (Warm Springs Police Department) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

T. Adam Garner DPSST#49574 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

U. Dawn Kennard DPSST#32548 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

V. Michael Yanez DPSST#56333 (DOC CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

W. Patrick Williamson DPSST#56589 (DOC -- EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

X. Bradley Kaye DPSST#56605 (Lane County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Y. Joseph Hutchison (Grant County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Z. Dustin Herron DPSST#56417 (DOC - TRCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

AA. Sabrina Herrera DPSST#56571(DOC - CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

BB. Tyrel Caswell DPSST#56431 (DOC - EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

CC. Matthew Allen DPSST#56379 (DOC) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

DD. Daniel C. Kor PSID#03990 (Bravo Event Services Inc.) -- Assess Civil Penalty
Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

3. OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 250-008-0070, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. The Criminal Justice Denial/Revocation Workgroup recommendations for denial and revocation standards. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

4. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

5. Policy Committee Update

6. Next Meeting Date: April 27, 2017

Requires a vote by the Board.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/17/17 11:56 AM
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:14 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Dtanyum Huey, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 8:40 a.m.

Huey entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on December 1, 2016 on one count of escape in the second degree out of Klamath County. His earliest release date was December 2, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Insight school of Oregon - Painted Hills | Board of Directors Meeting
Insight School of Ore. - Painted Hills - 01/17/17 11:38 AM
Reminder: The ISOR-PH board will hold a regular board meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 4:00pm.

Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Board Members are hereby notified that the Meeting of the Board will be held at:

1.Via Teleconference:
Conference Call Number: 1-888-824-5783
Conference Code Number: 54433245#

And

2. Via Web Conference
http://tinyurl.com/ISORPH-SchoolBoardMeeting

The Public has been invited to the Board Meeting with notices posted at the following locations:

A. FlashNet Newswire
http://flashalertbend.net/press-releases.html

B. Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Office
603 NW 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Feb. 1 is the deadline for Oregon students to enter workplace safety contest
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/17/17 10:43 AM
(Salem) -- There is still time for Oregon high school students to let their video skills shine in service of a good cause: increasing awareness about safety on the job for young workers. The deadline to submit their creative work in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: "Speak up. Work safe." The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job.

Submissions will be judged on the following:
An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
"Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event this spring, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

In the past, student winners wrote and sang original music as part of their "safety musical," while other finalists relied on storytelling through oddball characters or serious themes that touched on the potential for on-the-job accidents.

Starting this year, students may submit their videos online.

For detailed contest information, including tips, rules, entry forms, workplace safety and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF LEGO(R) ART IS COMING TO OMSI: Oregonian artist returns home with an international record-breaking exhibit made from millions of LEGO bricks (Photo)
OMSI - 01/17/17 10:05 AM
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
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PORTLAND, Ore. (January 17, 2017) -- THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating exhibition of intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO(R) brick, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on February 18. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.
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THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works of art. This exhibition has toured the globe, breaking records and becoming both an art and pop culture phenomenon along the way.
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The collection features Sawaya's notable original pieces, as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces such as Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The exhibition concludes with a spectacular and innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused hyper-realistic photography produced in collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the iconic, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will come face-to-face with a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks. Inspired by his origins, Sawaya will also create and display a brand-new Portland-themed piece especially for the exhibition at OMSI.
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Sawaya's creations comprise the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya transforms the popular plastic construction toy into amazing showcases of creativity, innovation, and fine art.
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"I'm really looking forward to bringing this collection of art to Oregon for the first time. It's where this incredible journey with LEGO began. I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar," says Sawaya. "Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before."
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In THE ART OF THE BRICK, visitors will have the opportunity to try their own hand at LEGO brick ingenuity. OMSI has created a 1,500 square-foot "free-build" LEGO and DUPLO(R) play area for all ages. The play area will feature a variety of engineering, design, math, architecture, physics, and biology challenges, as well as helpful tips for young builders just getting started.
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"This exhibition is one that opens the door to a variety of complex topics through a simple toy most of us played with as children," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO. "It shows that art and science are very much linked together, and this exhibit is a fun and whimsical way to make both accessible to audiences of all ages."
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THE ART OF THE BRICK runs from February 18, 2017-May 29, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $15.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth, and $5.00 for seniors.
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First Tech Credit Union is the major sponsor of THE ART OF THE BRICK at OMSI. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu. For more information on Nathan Sawaya and the history of THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed contemporary artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, "The Art of the Brick is one of the top must-see exhibits in the world!" Originally from Oregon, when it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks.
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Now, Sawaya is an author, speaker, and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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Attached Media Files: The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , "Yellow," a life-sized sculpture made of thousands of bricks. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , Nathan Sawaya, contemporary artist from Oregon. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to conduct public meeting for proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 10:00 AM
Maupin OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m Feb. 8 at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd., Maupin.

The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels on existing roads through a high desert landscape carved with rivers. The bikeway passes through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from attendees.

Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, the program includes 15 designated bikeways, listed at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx.

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
or to Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., ATTN: Alexandra Phillips, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee to meet Friday, January 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/17/17 9:48 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Announcements, public comment, old business, subcommittees, new business, agenda items for next meeting, adjourn.

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

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

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
First tax return for marijuana retailers due soon
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/17/17 8:24 AM
The year is just starting, but for many who sold recreational marijuana in October, November or December, there are already tax obligations they need to fulfill.

For medical marijuana dispensaries that were selling recreational marijuana products under the temporary early start provisions--which ended December 31--their final returns and tax remittances are due by January 31. For retailers who were licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) during fourth-quarter 2016, their first returns are also due by the end of January. Dispensaries will file their final returns on paper, but retailers are required to file electronically using Revenue Online at www.oregon.gov/dor. Many businesses will be responsible for filing two returns for the fourth quarter: one on paper, and one online.

Businesses making payments in cash should schedule their payment appointments as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of appointments available throughout the month, and those for the end of the month tend to fill up quickly.

Additionally, with the end of early start, the permanent state tax rate of 17 percent is now in effect for all recreational marijuana sales, and those sales can only be made at licensed retail facilities. Consumers in many areas throughout Oregon may see an additional 3-percent local tax added to their recreational marijuana purchases.

The majority of municipalities with this additional local tax are entering into agreements authorizing the Oregon Department of Revenue to collect local marijuana taxes on their behalf. This will determine how businesses file and remit their local taxes. If the Department of Revenue is collecting for the municipality, businesses will file one quarterly return and make one monthly remittance for both state and local taxes. If the municipality is handling their own collections, businesses will have to work with the local government to determine local filing and remittance requirements. They'll still be responsible for filing and remitting state taxes as required by the Department of Revenue.

For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.DOR@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
Mon. 01/16/17
Redmond School District update for January 16
Bend Police Dept. - 01/16/17 6:33 PM
Good Monday afternoon,

Despite massive around-the-clock snow removal efforts, crews and engineers need an additional day to ensure schools are safe for students to return. For that reason, all Redmond School District buildings will be closed again Tuesday, January 17th, 2017; this includes all classes, athletics, and activities.

Over the course of the last four days, we have had over 110 crew members on the job removing snow and ice, working as fast as possible to make our schools safe again. There are still a number of our schools with "watch spots" where snow loads need to be lessened, as advised by the engineers. We need additional time to remove the snow off roofs and away from buildings without students or staff nearby. As we complete the advised snow removal from each building, the engineers will return to conduct a final walk through.

We have made considerable progress and I appreciate the efforts of all of those working long hours in frigid conditions to make it happen. If you happened to drive by Lynch or Obsidian this weekend, they were lit up like a Friday night football game as crews worked well into the night pushing snow from the roof. The mountains of snow that built up on the ground then have to be moved and piled away from the building in order to lessen the chances of seepage into buildings as melting occurs. We do anticipate that our schools will experience some level of leakage as a result of the storm and the amount of snow runoff. Evidence of water on the ceiling does not mean the roof has been compromised or that students are in danger.

The good news so far is that our engineers have not found any structural damage. As the snow was removed, the sagging roofs have returned to their normal positions and ceiling tiles have been restored. Additional good news is that the National Weather Service has reduced the threat of rain predicted to fall this week, although rising temperatures will still require runoff to be monitored closely. Most ground water drain systems are still buried beneath snow and ice, and our district maintenance and custodial team is already working to clear paths for water to travel away from buildings and into drain systems.

Again, as I have continued to share throughout the past couple of weeks, I so appreciate the patience and understanding our families, staff and community members have demonstrated as we face these challenging times. Having multiple school closures is a huge disruption to families with work, daycare, and transportation. We will continue to place student and staff safety at the top of our list while managing our school calendar to maximize student learning.

Our crews and contractors will continue to clear snow for the remainder of today and tomorrow. Engineers will arrive tomorrow to conduct an updated evaluation of each school building. We have high hopes to resume school on Wednesday, January 18th. We will provide an update by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Thank you,

Michael D. McIntosh,

Superintendent
Bend-La Pine School building update January 16 (Photo) Updated web link
Bend Police Dept. - 01/16/17 6:00 PM
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January 16, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
541-255-9112, alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Snow Removal Continues, Rolling Opening of Schools Begins Wednesday
Schools are closed Tuesday, January 17


More than 150 maintenance and custodial crews, in partnership with local contractors, continued work today to clear snow from Bend-La Pine Schools' rooftops.

"These men and women continue to make progress and we hope to begin a rolling opening of schools on Wednesday," said Superintendent Shay Mikalson. "We will be closed tomorrow to continue snow removal that will prepare us for an opening of some schools on Wednesday, followed by additional schools each day this week."

The attached document shows snow removal progress to date. This document will be updated daily on our website's Alerts and Updates webpage www.bend.k12.or.us/district/news-events/alerts-updates at about 5 p.m. until work is complete.




#END#



Alandra Johnson
Communication Specialist
Bend-La Pine Schools
541-355-1005
Connect with us:
Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
#IamBendLaPineSchools


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/5593/100994/January_16_School_Update_.jpg
Sandbag filling stations throughout Deschutes County (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/16/17 4:27 PM
Bend Sandbag locations
Bend Sandbag locations
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January 16:

Initial reports from the National Weather Service at the end of last week predicted warming temperatures and substantial rainfall between Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Recent updates have reduced the amount expected rainfall and temperatures have moderated. The risk for urban flooding still exists, but the amount of runoff is not expected to be as severe as originally reported.

Another factor in the expected reduction in runoff is the low moisture content in the snow. As we are all aware, the snow we have received has fallen under very cold temperatures. This dynamic should allow more moisture to be absorbed into the snow.

Residents should survey their property to make sure runoff can drain away from their homes and clear catch basins and storm drains. It is likely that most residents will not need sandbags.

With this said, we are still offering sandbags to homeowners and residents that are truly in need of them.

The sites below are "you-fill" sites. We encourage residents to come in pairs, one to hold and one to shovel, and bring a shovel. If residents would like to help fill additional sandbags for others who may be physically unable to fill their own, it would be greatly appreciated.

Find the location nearest to you:

Deschutes County (in partnership with Cities of La Pine and Sisters and Sunriver)

Starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 17, residents of Deschutes County can find sandbag locations in the following areas (map attached):

Sisters City Hall
520 East Cascade Avenue

Sunriver Public Works

Deschutes County Road Department
61550 SE 27th Street Bend, OR

Deschutes County South Services Building in La Pine
51340 US-97, La Pine, OR 97739


Bend residents can find sand bag materials at these locations, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 17.

Pacific Crest Middle School (3030 NW Elwood Ln, Bend, )
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office upper parking lot (Jamison Road, just south of the Sheriff's Office Headquarters)
Bend Streets and Operations Headquarters (575 NE 15th Street, off of Highway 20, behind the Bend Police Department)
South Bend Fire Station (61080 Country Club Dr, Bend)

To ensure that supplies last and are equitably distributed, volunteers will be on site to offer best tips for effective use of sandbags and encourage each household to take no more than 10 bags.

Redmond
Starting 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17.

Umatilla Sports Complex - 3000 SW Umatilla Ave www.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&q=3000+SW+Umatilla+Avenue%2c+Redmond%2c+OR+97756

Spud Bowl - 164 SW 15th St www.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&q=164+SW+15th+Street%2c+Redmond%2c+OR+97756

Quince Park - 1101 NW Quince Ave www.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&q=1101+NW+Quince+Avenue%2c+Redmond%2c+OR+97756


Tips for using sandbags effectively:

Properly filled and placed sandbags can divert water around instead of into buildings.

Place sandbags around garage doors, front doors, and foundation vents -- building walls and dikes out of sandbags is not as effective and not an efficient use of limited sandbags.


Attached Media Files: Bend Sandbag locations , Deschutes County Sandbag locations
***Update*** Search Ongoing For Eugene Area Man And Son Swept To Sea - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/16/17 10:22 AM
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The search for the missing persons has lasted throughout the night and this morning by the US Coast Guard. The adult male or his three year old son ave not yet been located. The adult male has been identified as 31 year old Jayson Dean THOMAS, of Elmira, Oregon.

OSP does not usually release the names of juveniles unless there is consent by the family or if the juvenile is a public safety threat. More information will be released when it becomes available.

End Update

Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County.

Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground.

The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications. OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1002/100977/IMG_0790_2.jpg , 2017-01/1002/100977/IMG_0793.jpg , 2017-01/1002/100977/IMG_0804.jpg
***Name Correction*** Lyons Teenager Loses Life In Highway 226 Crash - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 01/16/17 10:12 AM
Drivers name is Emily not Emil

End Update

Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 7:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 226 near milepost 22 (just west of Lyons). Upon emergency personnel arriving on scene they found a car had struck a power pole and an 18 year old female was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler passenger vehicle was westbound on Highway 226 (Albany-Lyons Highway) near Rashmar Road when it lost control and left the highway. It slid down a steep embankment, struck a powerpole on the driver's side, and then rolled over. A Linn County Sheriff's Deputy was first on scene and found the driver, Emily J REEDY, age 18, of Lyons, was deceased.

The roadway conditions were icy at the time of the crash. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Sun. 01/15/17
Bend-La pine School building update for Sunday January 15
Bend Police Dept. - 01/15/17 6:15 PM
January 15, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
541-355-1005, alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Crews Continue Snow Removal; Threat of Flooding Forecast

Update: 6 p.m. January 15

Maintenance and custodial crews, in partnership with local contractors, worked throughout the day again today to continue clearing snow from Bend-La Pine Schools' rooftops. The attached document shows progress to date. This document will be updated daily on our website's Alerts and Updates webpage at about 5 p.m. until work is complete. (https://www.bend.k12.or.us/index.php?cID=884)

"A huge thank you to the community for their outpouring of support for our teams today," said Executive Director of Facilities Mike Tiller. "We had students come by with cards and posters, while families, businesses and churches came by with cakes, cookies, pizzas and more."

"Work is progressing on rooftop snow removal," said Tiller. "There is now concern mounting regarding the changing weather forecast. The region is expected to see warming temperatures and rain, which may result in flooding to our area in the next few days."

"Due to the amount of snow that still remains on schools and the forecasted flooding, we are less optimistic that we will be able to resume classes for some, if not all, students on Tuesday," said Superintendent Shay Mikalson.

"If the anticipated rain and dramatic warming do occur, we could see water coming through our windows and doors and under thresholds of our schools," he added. "In addition to the 150 workers already clearing the roofs, we have mobilized seven excavation crews tomorrow to start prepping for the next wave of weather challenges."

Tiller said that engineers have completed evaluations of all 37 school and work sites for
structural stability. He said that engineers deemed 34 sites structurally sound and found one site, R.E. Jewell Elementary, to have structural damage. Repairs to this school began today.

Additionally, results of the district-wide engineering evaluation found possible areas of concern at Bear Creek Elementary and at Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School. Engineers are scheduled to return to these schools to complete additional assessments tomorrow.

"We have been in close communication with our partners at the city and county, who are urging homeowners, business owners and schools to direct melting snow away from structures and clear storm drains and swales," Tiller added.

Tiller said that volunteers are welcome to pitch in on Tuesday as teams fill sandbags that will be used around school sites. (To volunteer, contact Anne Birky at 541-355-4700.)

For more information from our community partners about how to prepare homes for the anticipated snow melt and for flood prevention tips, visit Flash Alert (www.flashalertbend.net).

NOTE: Bend-La Pine Schools will continue to share updates each night around 5 p.m.

Alandra Johnson
Communication Specialist
Bend-La Pine Schools
541-355-1005
Connect with us:
Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
#IamBendLaPineSchools


January 15, 2017: 4:00 PM
Site Site Inspected Status

Administration 1/12/17 Complete
Amity Creek 1/12/17 Complete
Bear Creek 1/12/17 Complete
Buckingham 1/12/17 Complete
Elk Meadow 1/13/17 Scheduled
Ensworth 1/12/17 Complete
High Lakes 1/13/17 Scheduled
Highland/Kenwood 1/12/17 Complete
Juniper 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
La Pine Elementary 1/12/17 Scheduled
Lava Ridge 1/13/17 Scheduled
Pine Ridge 1/13/17 Scheduled
Ponderosa 1/13/17 Scheduled
RE Jewell 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Rosland 1/12/17 Scheduled
Silver Rail 1/13/17 Scheduled
Three Rivers 1/13/17 Scheduled
WE Miller 1/13/17 Scheduled
Westside Village / Kingston 1/12/17 Complete
Cascade 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
High Desert 1/13/17 Complete
La Pine Middle 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Pacific Crest 1/13/17 Scheduled
Pilot Butte 1/12/17 Scheduled
REALMS 1/13/17 Scheduled
Sky View 1/13/17 Scheduled
Bend High 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
La Pine High 1/13/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Marshall 1/12/17 Complete
Mt. View 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Summit 1/13/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Tamarack 1/13/17 Scheduled
Transition 1/13/17 Scheduled
Maintenance 1/13/17 Not Necessary
Transportation Bend 1/12/17 Not Necessary
Transportation La Pine 1/12/17 Not Necessary
Warehouse-Distribution 1/12/17 Not Necessary
Roof Inspection / Snow Removal

#End#
Sat. 01/14/17
Red Cross Responds to Winter Storm Disaster in Bend
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/14/17 5:49 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a winter storm- related disaster on Jan. 14, 2017 in the 18,000 block of Choctaw Road in Bend, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults and their pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
Satruday update from Bend-La Pine Schools (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/14/17 5:28 PM
Snow removal 2
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January 14, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
541-355-1005, alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Snow Removal Continues, Significant Progress Made
Update: 5 p.m. January 14

Maintenance crews continue to work around the clock to clear snow from Bend-La Pine Schools' rooftops. At this time, snow removal on five school rooftops is now complete, eight are underway and 20 rooftops are scheduled to be cleared in the coming days. Due to low snow accumulations, four sites did not require snow removal the district's distribution center and the Bend and La Pine transportation departments and the maintenance facility.

The attached document shows progress to date. This document will be updated daily on our website at about 5 p.m. until work is complete.

"Once all of this is finished, we will be able to make decisions about delays or changes to Tuesday's school schedule," said Superintendent Shay Mikalson. "At this point we are hopeful that classes will resume for most, if not all, students on Tuesday."

Mikalson says that the district will continue to share updates each night by 5 p.m., through Monday, January 16.

Executive Director of Facilities Mike Tiller said that three large rock drilling air compressors, 30 snow blowers and a snow slide are helping to expedite the work of dozens of men and women using snow shovels to clear more than 2 million square feet of rooftops on schools in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver.

"Once snow has been removed from rooftops, structural engineers and staff will complete secondary inspections at school sites where visual evidence of sagging interior ceilings was reported earlier this week," said Tiller.
"Our community is really rallying around our teams," Tiller said. "Contractors have joined our removal efforts and some great folks from a local real estate company even dropped by our schools today with warm coffee and hot chocolate for the crews. That kindness really goes a long way to keeping us motivated when temps are in the single digits and the snow is deep."

Tiller said that once snow is removed from rooftops, crews will begin preparing for the possible flooding that is expected to occur early in the week.

"We have been in close communication with our partners at the city and county who are urging homeowners, business owners and schools to direct melting snow away from structures and clear storm drains and swales," he added.

More information from our community partners about the anticipated snow melt and flood prevention can be found at http://www.flashalertbend.net.

NOTE: The next Bend-La Pine Schools update is expected to be shared on Sunday, January 15 by 5 p.m.


January 14, 2017: 4:00 PM

Site Site Inspected Status

Administration 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Amity Creek 1/12/17 Complete
Bear Creek 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Buckingham 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Elk Meadow 1/13/17 Scheduled
Ensworth 1/12/17 Complete
High Lakes 1/13/17 Scheduled
Highland/Kenwood 1/12/17 Complete
Juniper 1/12/17 Scheduled
La Pine Elementary 1/12/17 Scheduled
Lava Ridge 1/13/17 Scheduled
Pine Ridge 1/13/17 Scheduled
Ponderosa 1/13/17 Scheduled
RE Jewell 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Rosland 1/12/17 Scheduled
Silver Rail 1/13/17 Scheduled
Three Rivers 1/13/17 Scheduled
WE Miller 1/13/17 Scheduled
Westside Village / Kingston 1/12/17 Complete
Cascade 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
High Desert 1/13/17 Scheduled
La Pine Middle 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Pacific Crest 1/13/17 Scheduled
Pilot Butte 1/12/17 Scheduled
REALMS 1/13/17 Scheduled
Sky View 1/13/17 Scheduled
Bend High 1/12/17 Scheduled
La Pine High 1/13/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Marshall 1/12/17 Complete
Mt. View 1/12/17 Snow Removal In Progress
Summit 1/13/17 Scheduled
Tamarack 1/13/17 Scheduled
Transition 1/13/17 Scheduled
Maintenance 1/13/17 Not Necessary
Transportation Bend 1/12/17 Not Necessary
Transportation La Pine 1/12/17 Not Necessary
Warehouse-Distribution 1/12/17 Not Necessary

Roof Inspection / Snow Removal


#END#


Attached Media Files: Snow removal 2 , Snow removal
***Update - More details and photos*** Nevada Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Cape Blanco - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/14/17 11:10 AM
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The pilot killed in Friday's aircraft crash has been identified as Raymond J WULFENSTEIN, age 80, of Pahrump, Nevada. Information from the family is that WULFENSTEIN also maintained a residence in Lakeside, Oregon.

Investigation has revealed the on January 13, 2017 at about 11:50AM, WULFENSTEIN, radioed FAA air controllers and said he was losing sight in one of his eyes and needed to land his plane. No further radio contact was made with him thereafter. A USCG helicopter crew overheard the distress call and headed to the area to search for the aircraft.

The FAA notified Curry County 911 that a Coast Guard helicopter was looking for a plane south of the Cape Blanco State Park. FAA requested assistance in checking the Cape Blanco State Airport to see if the aircraft had landed there. Sixes River Fire Department checked the airport and the plane was not there.

At about 1PM, the USCG helicopter crew located the crashed airplane on the beach near the mouth of the Elk River. The crew landed the helicopter and checked on WULFENSTEIN, who had been ejected during the crash, and found him to be deceased.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time if WULFENSTEIN was attempting a beach landing, but the 1980 Piper Dakota violently collided with the sand. The plane was totaled following the crash and was later removed and taken offsite for NTSB investigators.

No further releases are anticipated in the near future.

End Release


Previous release:
On January 13, 2017 about 1:20PM OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crashed airplane on the ocean beach near Cape Blanco (near the mouth of Elk River).

The US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area after overhearing a distress call between a pilot and the FAA. After a search, they located the wreckage and alerted first responders. At the scene, a deceased male was located near the wreckage who is believed to be the pilot. It is believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

First responders will remain on scene into the evening pending further investigation which will be ongoing through Saturday. OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, the US Coast Guard, and Sixes River Fire. The man's name is being held pending notification to the family. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Visit US Coast Guard's twitter at @uscgpacificnw and facebook at @uscgpnw for further details on their involvement.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1002/100947/Courtesy_USCG_-_1.JPG , 2017-01/1002/100947/Courtesy_USCG_-_2.JPG , 2017-01/1002/100947/Elk_River.jpg
Fri. 01/13/17
Move from Community Hotline to 211 for information- Deschutes County Storm Operations
Bend Police Dept. - 01/13/17 5:17 PM
The Central Oregon governmental agencies that have been operating at hotline for public information are transitioning calls from that hotline to 211. The hotline number 541-322-6330 is no longer in service. Please call 211. Dispatchers at 211 have been prepared with necessary information.

The purpose of the 211 essential community services phone number is to help residents get questions answered about issues related to this storm. This phone line will be available from 9am to 5pm through January 20th.

If it's an emergency please call 911.

If it's a non-emergency but you need Police or Fire assistance, call (541) 693-6911
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Deschutes County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/13/17 4:59 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 52,000 block of Caribou Rd in La Pine, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including one adult and three children. 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.
Bend-La Pine School building update (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/13/17 4:26 PM
Roof inspection
Roof inspection
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NOTE TO MEDIA: There will be photo opportunities at Mountain View High School today.

January 13, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us
Julianne Repman, Director of Communication and Safety
541-788-6890



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crews Continue Clearing Snow from Roofs Today
100 staff members and contractors continue to clear more than 2 million square feet of roofs.

Maintenance crews continue to work around the clock to clear snow from more than 2 million square feet of roofs across Bend-La Pine Schools. More than 100 staff members and local contractors will be at school sites today clearing roofs of schools and facilities.

Structural engineers and staff also continue to inspect facilities and roofs throughout the district. The attached document shows their progress to date. This document will be updated daily on our website until work is complete.

This concerted effort to clear snow will allow for further roof assessment at all schools and will prepare the facilities for school to resume as soon as possible.

"Our maintenance crews have been working round-the-clock for weeks to remove snow from roofs and our facilities. While the work is demanding, it is truly a labor of love for our staff," said Mike Tiller, Executive Director of Facilities for Bend-La Pine Schools. "Our maintenance crews love these facilities and are giving this effort their all."

One creative Bend-La Pine Schools maintenance staff member used his know-how with metal to create nine roof rakes. Finding roof rakes had been a challenge in town, so Bill Ziegenbein figured out a way to create the devices in house.


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Alandra Johnson
Communication Specialist
Bend-La Pine Schools
541-355-1005
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Attached Media Files: Roof inspection
Hydropower -- answering the cold weather call - Columbia and Snake River dams crank out the power
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/13/17 3:53 PM
Portland, Ore. -- Prolonged subfreezing temperatures across the Pacific Northwest are driving power demand to its highest levels in nearly 10 years--topping out on Friday, Jan. 6 at 10,943 megawatts. That's enough electricity to power nearly eight million homes.

In recent days, power demand has moved above 10,000 MW. Although electricity demands exceeding 10,000 MW are uncommon, Friday's peak is not a record; that honor goes to the year 1990, when BPA's system reached an all-time-high of 11,970 MW.

The January 6 peak was the highest BPA has seen since 2009, when winter demand reached 11,561 MW. For perspective, one MW is enough electricity to power 700 average sized homes.

The bulk of this BPA supplied electricity comes from 10 federal dams, six on the Columbia River and four on the Lower Snake. These dams are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System that encompasses 31 federal dams and one nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Smoke management committee will meet Jan. 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/13/17 2:08 PM
An update to Oregon's Smoke Management Plan will begin with a Jan. 19 meeting of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Smoke Management Advisory Committee in Salem.

The plan's overall purpose is to guide the state in providing maximum opportunity for essential forestland burning while minimizing smoke intrusions into Smoke Sensitive Receptor Areas and other sensitive areas. The plan is a coordinated effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem office in the Santiam Conference Room, located at 2600 State St. The committee's Jan. 19 agenda can be viewed at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx.

Major agenda items for the meeting include:
-The plan's 10-year strategic financial plan
-The pace and scale of industrial land burning
-A debrief of the November 2016 joint meeting of the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission and their tour of the Ashland Watershed Resiliency Project
-Preparation for the upcoming Smoke Management Review

In 1989, the Oregon Legislature directed the State Forester to establish a Smoke Management Advisory Committee to provide advice and assistance to the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Program. Membership of the committee includes representatives of industrial forestland owners, non-industrial forestland owners, the general public, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Each representative serves for renewable two-year terms. The committee meets twice a year.
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Expected snow melt and flood prevention
Bend Police Dept. - 01/13/17 12:05 PM
For Immediate Release
Date: January 13, 2017
From: Anne Aurand
City of Bend Communications Director, aaurand@bendoregon.gov
Joint Information Center today through 5 p.m. 541-693-7930

Contacts:
Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh 541-322-2978, mobile 541-815-7437,
cburleigh@bendoregon.gov
Bend Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe, mobile 541-350-4775, dhowe@bendoregon.gov
Bend Streets Division Manager Chuck Swann, 541-317-3015


The Big Melt

With record breaking snow buildup on the ground and warmer temperatures and rain forecasted for Monday and Tuesday, it's time to prepare for a big melt off. Rain on snow increases the possibility of flooding when storm drains and inlets are covered with snow, ice or slush. If the water can't get into the storm drain, it can result in flooding.
The majority of our storm water system relies on infiltrating water to the ground. A very small section of town drains to the river. When we have large rain and snow melt events, the ground becomes saturated, and infiltration rates diminish.

The City of Bend

Streets and Operations Department crews and contractors are currently widening streets which will assist transportation ease as well as helping to clear storm drains. They will likely plow streets more than once in coming days.
Utility crews this weekend will also work to clear blocked storm drains.
The Utility Department is getting mobile pumps and Vactor trucks ready to pump high water areas. If required, detours and street closures may be necessary to manage flooded areas.

There are things you can do to protect yourselves and your property. The sooner the better.

This is very important. Everyone needs to play a part.
Before the weather turns warmer and wetter, residents can help prevent and prepare for anticipated flooding. Residents who feel safe doing so can help keep storm drain inlets and swales open by using a shovel or rake. You may need to do this more than once.
Direct melt off away from structures by creating paths. Remember water will travel from high points to low points by the easiest means possible. Given this, you may want create safe pathways for water flow and/or obtain sand bags now.
Keep an eye on your neighborhood storm drains (grates on the streets and inlets within a curb area) especially as rain nears. If it is safe to do so, continue to clear snow, ice and slush that may otherwise block your storm drain inlet to help prevent localized flooding.
Do not pull up manhole covers. This can create additional sanitary sewer flooding issues in addition to health and safety hazards. Call Utilities at 541-317-3000 (ext. 2 for storm drain issues) if you feel that lifting a manhole would relieve a flooding situation. An answering service will dispatch calls over the weekend and after hours to staff in the field.

Helpful maps for the public. Here's a link where you can find a storm drain AND fire hydrant map:
https://maps.ci.bend.or.us/html5viewer/?viewer=hydrantviewer
Instructions to use this are on the home page that opens automatically. You can enter your address in the search to find what's in your neighborhood.
Separately, a map of catch basin locations: http://www.bendoregon.gov/home/showdocument?id=29383 (This link is also found on: www.bendoregon.gov/water)

Safety tips:
Sloped roofs can create safety risks as temperatures rise. Melting will bring down icicles and snow slabs off pitched roofs; be vigilant when entering or exiting a building to protect your safety.
Don't forget to shovel out your fire hydrant. In the event of a fire, crucial firefighting time would be saved if firefighters didn't have to shovel out the hydrant.


Parking restrictions downtown for snow removal
On Sunday night, Taylor NW will clear snow from downtown and will try to clear storm drains in advance of thawing. The plowing efforts will run from 11 p.m. through 7 a.m. Monday. There will be no parking allowed on the streets downtown after 10 p.m. Sunday night. Cars will be towed as needed, and towed cars will be found in the Troy Field and City Hall parking lots. Towed cars will not be fined. Map attached to this press release.


Roof snow load details per geographic area:

The collapse of an elementary school gym and commercial buildings has generated everyone's concern. The City of Bend does not make recommendations on when to remove snow from roofs. It is up to the individual property owner to consider the benefits and dangers of snow removal and decide their own course of actions. Highest concern buildings:
Flat roofs.
Areas with large open areas and no internal support, such as warehouses and gyms.

Structures built in Bend with building permits are designed to handle 20-25 pounds per square foot, which equates to about 20 inches of snow. Older structures, built before the adoption of building codes in Bend (late 1960's), may not meet this minimum standard. Manufactured homes are designed to carry 20-30 pounds per square foot, or about 2 feet of snow.

In areas outside of Bend, structures built with building permits are designed to handle more weight per square foot. In La Pine, most structures should have 55 to 70 pounds per square foot roof capacity. In Sunriver, that capacity is 50 pounds per square foot of roof capacity. In Sisters, it is 35 pounds per square foot.

Any property owner in Deschutes County can check the ground snow load for their area by visiting www.dial.deschutes.org, searching for their address and clicking Development. (Snow load details are available at the bottom of the page.)
Oregon Health Authority Receives Early Waiver Approval
PacificSource Health Plans - 01/13/17 11:07 AM
Fast-tracked waiver approved before Federal Government administration change

(BEND, Ore.) Jan. 13, 2017-- PacificSource Community Solutions is pleased to learn that the 1115 waiver renewal application submitted by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in August 2016, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Oregon's existing five-year waiver--which authorizes transformation of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) through coordinated care organizations (CCOs)--expires on June 12, 2017. This fast-tracked waiver, is valid from Jan. 12, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

The OHA contracts with 16 CCOs across the state to serve OHP members in a managed care model. Oregon's efforts to transform Medicaid, bend the cost curve, and promote improved health outcomes through a partnership between the OHA and the CCOs require a waiver.

"PacificSource Community Solutions greatly appreciates the tireless work by the OHA and Gov. Brown to support the CCO model and the 1115 waiver," said Ken Provencher, president/CEO of PacificSource. "This waiver promotes critical continuity of care for Oregonians during a time of uncertainty at the Federal level."

The OHA had originally requested additional financial support from CMS, but this waiver does not come with enhanced funding for transformation efforts

"We remain committed to working with OHA during this next phase of CCO development and performance," said Dan Stevens, PacificSource's executive vice president of product management. "This waiver represents stability and an opportunity for CCOs to continue to innovate and work together with stakeholders to build healthier communities."

About PacificSource Community Solutions
As part of the PacificSource family of companies, PacificSource Community Solutions serves Medicaid members through its coordinated care organizations in Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. Founded in 1933, PacificSource employs 900 people, serves more than 275,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
Having flu symptoms? Talk to your doctor before visiting hospital ER
Oregon Health Authority - 01/13/17 10:58 AM
January 13, 2017

Staying home, calling health care provider, visiting urgent care clinic are good options for people with mild illness, health officials say

Winter weather, the onset of flu season, and the usual admissions for heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions are keeping many hospitals in the state busy.

Influenza season is in full swing, causing achiness, fever, cough and sore throat for many Oregonians. Emergency departments are busy, and people with mild symptoms who want to be seen can protect others and avoid long waits in the ER by calling their primary care provider before heading to the hospital.

Most people with flu recover with just rest and drinking plenty of fluids. "Many people have the flu this season, but people with mild illness should see a health care provider only if they're at high risk for severe illness or they develop severe symptoms," said Richard Leman, MD, public health physician with Oregon Health Authority.

People should call 911 if someone they know with the flu has severe shortness of breath or is difficult to wake. For those 65 and older, pregnant women, children, and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems who get fever with cough or sore throat, talk to a health care provider.

Others with mild symptoms who want to be seen should consider contacting their own provider or going to urgent care before heading to the ER.

Flu cases in Oregon have spiked in recent weeks. Laboratories in the state reported 1,641 specimens that were positive for influenza during the week of Dec. 25-31. That's up from 609 positive flu specimens the previous week. Most of the cases have been influenza A, this season's predominant flu type, with one strain, H3N2, hitting the elderly population particularly hard.

Hospitalizations also have been on the rise. There were 143 hospitalizations during Dec. 25-31, which was nearly double the previous week's total. The week before that saw just 33 hospitalizations.

There have been no pediatric deaths attributed to the flu this season, officials say. The Public Health Division does not track adult flu deaths.

Officials offer these tips for people to consider to get the care they need and help emergency rooms care for those who need it most:
-- Get the flu vaccine. It's the most effective way to prevent the flu. The fewer people who get the virus, the fewer who will need care.
-- "Know when to go." Understand flu symptoms and their severity, and when it's OK to just call your doctor or stay home.
-- Most people with the flu recover in a couple of weeks, and those with mild illness do not need to go to the emergency room.
-- If you are at high risk for severe illness or concerned about your illness, call your health care provider.

Even though most people only have mild illness, some people with severe illness do need emergency care. Adults having a hard time breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, or seizures should be seen promptly. This is also true for people with flu who get better, then have a fever and cough that return.

Children should be seen urgently if they have fast or troubled breathing, bluish skin color, are not waking up or interacting, become so irritable that they do not want to be held, or have fever with a rash. They also should be seen if symptoms of the flu get better but then come back with a fever and cough. Infants should get medical help right away if they are unable to eat, have a hard time breathing, do not have tears when they cry, or have many fewer wet diapers than normal.

Other ways to help prevent flu:
-- Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.
-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.
-- Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
-- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.
-- Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To find a flu vaccine clinic, visit http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ and use OHA's flu vaccine locator tool.

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Stroke Care Committee to meet January 19 by conference call
Oregon Health Authority - 01/13/17 9:56 AM
January 13, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include: 2017 committee report to the Legislature; stroke rehabilitation workgroup update; discuss committee's next steps.

When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-8:30 a.m.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee is established by ORS 431.673 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: The meeting will be a teleconference call. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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2017 Historic Cemetery Award Nominations Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/13/17 9:11 AM
Nominations for the 2017 Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation, part of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program, are now being accepted.

This new category in the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognizes an individual, business, or organization for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon historic cemeteries, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of historic cemetery activities.

Nominations are encouraged for all efforts that lead to the preservation of a historic cemetery or contribute to the preservation of historic cemeteries statewide. Examples may include the establishment of a preservation program, the reclaiming and care of an abandoned cemetery, training others in monument repair, documentation, public education, tools that enhance cemetery preservation, etc.

"The new award is named for Sally Donovan, who developed historic cemetery planning and provided training in monument documentation and repair," said Kuri Gill, Oregon Historic Cemeteries program coordinator. "She brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in this state and personally influenced monument repair in dozens of cemeteries."

Announcement of awardees will be made in early April 2017. Awards will be presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.

Applications can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is February10, 2017.
Thu. 01/12/17
This is an update from the Redmond School District
Bend Police Dept. - 01/12/17 4:46 PM
Update January 12, 2017 1:22 p.m.

Out of caution for student and staff safety, all Redmond Schools are closing early today, January 12, 2017 and canceling Friday, January 13, 2017. After ongoing review of facilities, and increase incidents of roof leaks throughout the day, it has been determined that it's best to remove staff and students from the buildings. Although we believe students are not in immediate danger, we are choosing to err on the side of caution and safety. We anticipate school resuming on Tuesday, 1/17/2017, as Monday is a national holiday.

Thank you,
Redmond School District


Information Hotline

For public information, agencies have established a hotline today until 5 p.m. The number is 541-322-6330 and this phone line is located in an interagency Emergency Operations Center. For immediate emergency service, call 911.

The City of Bend (Fire, Police, Streets, Utilities), Deschutes County (Sheriff's Office, 911, Road Department and Emergency Services Manager), Red Cross, Bend-La Pine Schools, Central Oregon Community College, Bend Parks and Recreation District, City of Redmond, Redmond Police and Fire, City of Sisters and Sisters Fire, Sunriver's Police and Fire, La Pine Fire Department and St. Charles Medical Center are all working together to keep the community safe.

Community safety is all of our foremost concern.
Bend-La Pine School information for events scheduled the next week
Bend Police Dept. - 01/12/17 4:34 PM
January 12, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us
Media line: 541-693-7930


UPDATE from Bend-La Pine Schools


UPDATE 4:25 p.m. January 12:

Reminder: No school on Friday, January 13.

Athletics and activities updates: All athletic and activities at Bend-La Pine Schools facilities through Monday, Jan. 16 are canceled.

Please refer to the following list of high school activities and events. Approved events will take place as indicated; canceled events will not take place; pending activities may be canceled or moved to another site.

Mountain View High School

1-12-17
CANCELED - Boys Basketball at MVHS
APPROVED - Wrestling has been moved to the Hooker Creek Event Center at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond
1-13-17
CANCELED - Girls Basketball at MVHS
APPROVED - Wrestling will be at the Oregon Classic at Hooker Creek Event Center
1-14-17
APPROVED - Wrestling continues at the Oregon Classic
APPROVED - Swimming at the Rumbaugh Invitational in Corvallis
1-17-17
PENDING - Girls Basketball at Bend Senior High School
PENDING - Boys Basketball hosts Bend Senior High School

1-18-17
PENDING - Wrestling hosts Redmond

Bend Senior High School


1/13/17
APPROVED - Wrestling at Deschutes County Fairgrounds Oregon Classic wrestling tournament
APPROVED - Swim Practice at Juniper Swim and Fitness 3 to 5 p.m. then travels to Corvallis (Competes Saturday)
CANCELED - Boys Basketball host Summit
CANCELED - Girls Basketball @ Summit

Saturday 1/14

APPROVED - Wrestling at Deschutes County Fairgrounds Oregon Classic wrestling tournament
APPROVED - Swimming at Osbourne Aquatic Center, Corvallis Oregon


Summit High School

1/17/2017
PENDING - Tuesday - Boys basketball, Home vs. South Eugene, Frosh, JV and Varsity, 5:15 and 7:00 p.m.

La Pine High School

1/13/17
APPROVED - Basketball @ Glide
APPROVED - Wrestling @ Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Oregon Classic

1/14/17
APPROVED - Basketball @ Coquille
APPROVED - Wrestling @ Oregon Classic

1/17/17
APPROVED - Basketball @ P. Hill
PENDING - Wrestling @ Culver


Information Hotline

For public information, agencies have established a hotline today until 5 p.m. The number is 541-322-6330 and this phone line is located in an interagency Emergency Operations Center. For immediate emergency service, call 911.

The City of Bend (Fire, Police, Streets, Utilities), Deschutes County (Sheriff's Office, 911, Road Department and Emergency Services Manager), Red Cross, Bend-La Pine Schools, Central Oregon Community College, Bend Parks and Recreation District, City of Redmond, Redmond Police and Fire, City of Sisters and Sisters Fire, Sunriver's Police and Fire, La Pine Fire Department and St. Charles Medical Center are all working together to keep the community safe.

Community safety is all of our foremost concern.
Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet Thursday, January, 26, 2017
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/12/17 4:28 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on January 26, 2017 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes announcements, a public comment period, debrief of the January meeting, a discussion on planning a 2017 Oregon Conference on Aging, and setting the agenda for the February 9 full commission meeting.

People can also call into the meeting: 888-363-4735, access code: 3439085.

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.

About the Governor's Commission on Senior Services: The GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations, and advocacy, we work to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.
All roads are open around Highland Magnet at Kenwood School
Bend Police Dept. - 01/12/17 3:14 PM
Newport, Harmon and Nashville have been opened up for traffic at this time. This is still an active construction site and the property is closed to the public.
Severe Weather Causes Increase in Red Cross Responses
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/12/17 1:51 PM
January 1 through January 12, Red Cross has responded to more than 50 disasters, a 117% increase in responses when compared to the same time period last year.

PORTLAND, Ore. January 12, 2017 -- American Red Cross responders have remained vigilant both day and night to help people affected by disasters, including many caused by severe weather across Oregon and SW Washington. Since January 1, 2017, Red Cross responders have helped more than 130 families at more than 50 disasters from Vancouver to Klamath Falls. That's a more than 117% increase in disaster responses when compared to the same time period last year.

In addition to responding to disasters that affect a single family, the local Red Cross has simultaneously been operating a shelter for more than three dozen residents affected by an apartment fire on SW Alder in Portland and shelters for people affected by power outages and extreme cold in Cave Junction and Enterprise, Oregon. With power restored, the shelters in Cave Junction and Enterprise have closed, however the shelter for residents of Hotel Alder remains open at University of Portland.

Responders throughout the region remain on standby to assist people who have been impacted by disasters related to the severe weather or otherwise. The Red Cross has already helped at two separate incidents this morning, including a roof collapse in Hillsboro that left seven people and pets displaced and an apartment fire in Gresham that left nine people displaced. In both cases, the Red Cross provided assistance to people affected to help meet their immediate basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, health and mental health assistance).


When the weather is cold, the number of home fire incidents tend to rise. Use caution when heating your home with space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves.

HOME HEATING SAFETY REMINDERS

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Portable Space Heaters
Keep at least three feet of space between a heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding and papers.
Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed or when leaving the room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year. Check for creosote deposits, soot build-up and physical damage.
Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Store kindling, fire logs and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
Use proper fire starters, such as newspaper, kindling or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1190/100880/News_Release_-_Severe_Weather_Causes_Increase_in_Red_Cross_Responses.pdf
OPENING DELAYED: The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, an exhibition by photographer Peter Marbach, opens January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Historical Society - 01/12/17 1:47 PM
Due to the snow and ice in Portland, the opening of this exhibit has been delayed to Wednesday, January 18.

Images for press can be downloaded via http://bit.ly/fromsourcetosea

Portland, OR -- The Columbia River flows for over 1200 miles, born free in the cradle of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. From its humble beginnings from a tiny spring you can straddle, to a two mile wide confluence with the Pacific Ocean, the river flowed for thousands of years in a natural state of astounding beauty. It was also the place of a miraculous ancient migration of Pacific salmon that came all the way home to the headwaters in Canada.

In this new original exhibition, The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, Oregon photographer Peter Marbach shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and is on view through April 1.

When asked about the process of creating this exhibit, artist Peter Marbach shared, "It was a challenge to sort through all the work I have created for this exhibit. It is a vast, diverse river with so many distinct features and people who have inspired me with their stories. Ultimately, it came down to which images best represented the essence of the project and help illuminate the larger story of preserving this great river and taking steps toward restoring ancient salmons runs."

One striking image featured in the show is a self-portrait of the artist. "In December 2015, I drove the 15 hours to the headwaters region in search of the true source of the river," said Marbach. "It was bitter cold but I was determined to stay until finding it. I trudged through a mile of frozen marsh following a creek that was continually narrowing until I found the spot where the water bubbles up from an underground spring. I was overjoyed to stand there and straddle the headwaters! But it took two hours to create a self- portrait, waiting for a brief moment of sunlight to illuminate the moment of discovery.

The exhibit will include a blend of riverscapes, wildlife, and portraits of people who live along the Columbia, showcasing the beauty, culture, and geographic diversity of Nch I Wana -- The Big River.

"Having lived along the Columbia for more than twenty years, I have a deep respect and connection to this sacred river," said Marbach. "This project only enhanced that connection, especially getting to know the wild and free section of the Columbia in British Columbia. Cradled between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Range, the unspeakable beauty fired my imagination to wonder what it must have been like before the era of dams when fish used to migrate all the way, some 1200 miles from the Pacific to the headwaters."

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.

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About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
Public Health Advisory Board meets January 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/17 1:37 PM
January 12, 2017

What: The regular public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Share information about the Healthy Places Initiative; discuss Oregon Health Authority's agenda for the 2017 legislative session; discuss State Health Improvement Plan priorities for obesity and substance use; review 2017 work plan and discuss potential changes to meeting structure.

When: Thursday Jan. 19, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 5:15 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available by dialing 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068.

Who: 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.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432; sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/17 1:31 PM
January 12, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

Agenda: Oregon Tobacco Quit Line evaluation updates; communication coordination; tobacco legislative efforts check-in.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Please note that space is limited.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor to provide the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) with recommendations and guidance on program and budget matters. Its members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use.

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Updated Roof Safety Release
Bend Police Dept. - 01/12/17 1:29 PM
For Immediate Release

Date: January 12, 2017

From: Anne Aurand

City of Bend Communications Director

Contacts:

Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh 541-322-2978, mobile 541-815-7437,
cburleigh@bendoregon.gov

Bend Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe, mobile 541-350-4775, dhowe@bendoregon.gov

Media Joint Information Center today, Jan. 12, 2017, Joint Information Center 541-693-7930


Storm update, Jan. 12, 2017, 1 p.m.

The collapse of an elementary school gym and two large commercial buildings has raised concern. We know roofs are being loaded but there is a risk to climbing on your roof to remove snow, too. So, how do you know whether to remove snow?

Highest concern buildings:
Flat roofs.
Large open area buildings, such as warehouses and gyms, with no internal structural support.

Building owners: If you have questions about the safety of your building, you may consider getting private structural engineers to evaluate structures. In addition to structural engineers, architects may be helpful to contact, or contact the contractor who build your home.

Structures built in Bend with building permits are designed to handle 25 pounds per square foot, which equates to about 20 inches of snow. Older structures, built before the adoption of building codes in Bend (late 1960's), may not meet this minimum standard. Manufactured homes are designed to carry 30 pounds per square foot, or about 2 feet of snow. Flat roofs are more of a concern, because they tend to hold more snow moisture.

Snow weights averages 15-20 pounds per square foot (less for cold light and fluffy more for wet heavy and/ or compacted). Unfortunately manufactured and mobile homes, carports, accessory structures may have only roof loads capacity of 20 pounds or even less, per code. We are seeing failures in the lighter snow load capacity roofs now and if you have one of these types of structure one needs to take appropriate action to protect life and property.

Future concerns: Rainfall (which is in the forecast) on top of snow can add a significant amount of weight to a roof rapidly. If the snow continues to pile up over 20-25 inches on your house, consider removing it from the roof.

It is very dangerous to climb on the roof in snow conditions, please either use a snow rake from the ground or contact a licensed professional, such as an arborist or a roofing contractor to access the roof. Pay attention to where the snow will land if you choose to use a snow rake, and watch out for falling icicles.

Information Hotline

For public information, agencies have established a hotline today until 5 p.m. The number is 541-322-6330 and this phone line is located in an interagency Emergency Operations Center. For immediate emergency service, call 911.

The City of Bend (Fire, Police, Streets, Utilities), Deschutes County (Sheriff's Office, 911, Road Department and Emergency Services Manager), Red Cross, Bend-La Pine Schools, Central Oregon Community College, Bend Parks and Recreation District, City of Redmond, Redmond Police and Fire, City of Sisters and Sisters Fire, Sunriver's Police and Fire, La Pine Fire Department and St. Charles Medical Center are all working together to keep the community safe.

Community safety is all of our foremost concern.
PacificSource Health Plans Partners with CMS on Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model
PacificSource Health Plans - 01/12/17 12:56 PM
PacificSource Health Plans has been selected by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a partner in its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. The five-year CPC+ model, the largest multi-payer initiative launched by CMS, began on January 1, 2017 in 14 regions across the United States.

CPC+ is an advanced primary care medical home model, with a goal to strengthen primary care through regionally based, multi-payer reform and care delivery transformation. The initiative brings together a collaboration of Medicare fee-for-service, commercial insurance payers and state Medicaid agencies, and includes two tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options.

"Many payers are interested in strengthening primary care, but a single payer has limited potential to transform primary care practices," said Peter McGarry, PacificSource vice president of provider network. "With collaboration, we can achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier communities."

CPC+ builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative CMS launched in 2012 that ended on December 31, 2016. The goals of CPC+ include:

Supporting patients with serious or chronic diseases to achieve health goals.
Engaging patients and their families in their own care.
Working together with insurers, hospitals and other clinicians, including specialists, to provide better-coordinated care.
Giving patients access through enhanced in-person hours and 24/7 telephone or electronic means.
Proactive care management for high-risk patients to improve outcomes.
Comprehensive physical and mental care including preventive services.
Patients receiving timely follow-up after emergency room or hospital visits

PacificSource payer partners in CPC+ include: AllCare Health, Inc, Atrio Health Plans, CareOregon, Eastern Oregon CCO, FamilyCare Health, Medicare fee-for-service, MODA Health Plan, Oregon Health Authority (Medicaid), BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Montana Medicaid, Primary Health of Josephine County, Providence Health Plan/Assurance, Tuality Health Alliance, Umpqua Health, Western Oregon Advanced Health, Willamette Valley Community Health, and Yamhill Community Care Organization.

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana.

The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 280,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
Update from Bend-La Pine Schools
Bend Police Dept. - 01/12/17 12:33 PM
January 12, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us
Media line: 541-693-7930

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


UPDATE for Bend-La Pine Schools

All schools cleared and CLOSED; several schools on a watch list

UPDATE January 12, 12:20 p.m.:

All Bend-La Pine Schools facilities were cleared of students by 10:55 a.m. Students and staff are cleared from the buildings and all buildings are closed.

All activities and events scheduled at school facilities through Monday evening are canceled.

Bend-La Pine Schools administrators have met with a roofing consultant and several structural engineers who are assessing schools throughout today and in coming days. The following school sites have potential roof load issues and are being assessed today: Education Center in downtown Bend, Buckingham Elementary School, Juniper Elementary School (one building), La Pine High School and R.E. Jewell Elementary School.

The gymnasium at Highland Magnet at Kenwood School is scheduled to be demolished today as a safety precaution.

School maintenance crews have been out during the last several days clearing roofs and checking on drains.

Information Hotline

To help the community get the information they need, the agencies established a hotline for public information and questions today until 5 p.m. The number is 541-322-6330 and this phone line is located in an interagency Emergency Operations Center at the 911 Dispatch Center.

The City of Bend's Fire, Police, Streets, Utilities and Administration departments, Deschutes County's Sheriff's Office, 911 Dispatch, Road Department and Emergency Services Manager, Red Cross, Bend La Pine Schools, Central Oregon Community College, Bend Parks and Recreation District, City of Redmond, Redmond Police and Fire, Sunriver's Police and Fire departments, La Pine Fire Department and St. Charles Medical Center are all working together to keep the community safe.

Community safety is all of our foremost concern.
BLM Announces Southwest Oregon Withdrawal
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 01/12/17 12:08 PM
More than 100,000 acres of federal lands will be protected to safeguard critical watersheds

Portland, Ore. --The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management has signed a public land order for a 20-year term withdrawing lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM in the southwest corner of Oregon, subject to valid existing rights.

This withdrawal includes 95,805 acres of National Forest System lands on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and 5,216 acres of Bureau of Land Management public lands in the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the BLM. The lands are in Josephine and Curry Counties. The Assistant Secretary's Order withdraws these lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws, location and entry under the U.S. mining laws, and operation of the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, for a period of 20 years while Congress considers legislation to permanently withdraw those areas. This action will also protect the natural resources in the southwestern Oregon watersheds from possible adverse effects of mineral development.

This withdrawal does not prohibit or restrict any other authorized uses on these lands. The withdrawal protects these watersheds from possible adverse effects of mineral development. Also, while this action prohibits the location of new mining claims, it does not prohibit ongoing or future mining exploration or extraction operations on valid pre-existing mining claims.

The area covered by this action is generally known as the Klamath Mountains and includes the Rough and Ready-Baldface Creek and the Hunter Creek-North Fork Pistol River subwatersheds of southwestern Oregon. The defining characteristic of the proposal is the North Fork of the Smith River, which originates in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and drains most of the area under consideration for withdrawal. Creeks that feed into the North Fork and other rivers that flow to the Oregon Coast offer unique ecological features stemming from the confluence of the Coast Range, Cascades, and Siskiyou Mountains. A high concentration of rare plants, forested trails, and scenic views are all emblematic of these drainages. Rough and Ready Creek and Baldface Creek are listed as eligible for National Wild and Scenic River designation by the U.S. Forest Service.

The areas protected include the watershed of the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River in Oregon and the watershed of Rough and Ready Creek. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreation and natural resources to the area.

Additional information about the BLM's mineral program is available online at: www.blm.gov.


Attached Media Files: SW Oregon Mineral Withdrawal
Immediate Road Closure on NW Newport for Demolition
Bend Police Dept. - 01/12/17 11:17 AM
Newport Avenue in Bend will be closed immediately, likely for the remainder of the day. Bend La Pine Schools has determined the gymnasium at Kenwood School (Highland Magnet School) needs to be demolished and this controlled demolition will commence as soon as possible. Detours are in place, westbound traffic will be diverted to Portland Avenue at 5th Street; eastbound will be diverted to NW Portland at 9th Street.
Marine Board Meeting in Salem January 18
Oregon Marine Board - 01/12/17 10:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet in Salem on January 18, for their quarterly Board meeting being held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, beginning at 9 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
Contract terms for the Duckworth Dock in Downtown Portland
Consideration of a petition for rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County
Boating Facility Grant --Klamath County, Wocus Bay
Program reports
Strategic plan report

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Tuesday, January 17. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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2017 tax season opens January 23
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/12/17 9:40 AM
The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns when the 2016 tax season opens January 23. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won't start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received.

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

Here are a few things for taxpayers to keep in mind this tax season:

E-filing is the fastest way to get your tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.

There are many free or low-cost preparation options available for both federal and Oregon tax returns.
o Some software companies offer free software use and e-filing for eligible taxpayers.
o AARP and CASH Oregon provide free and low-cost tax preparation services throughout local communities.
o All Oregon taxpayers preparing their own return can file electronically at no cost using Oregon's free fillable forms.
For more information visit www.oregon.gov/dor and search for "free tax preparation services."

Anyone who needs a personal income tax return booklet can order it through the Department of Revenue. The booklet is available online at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms , or taxpayers can order a copy by calling (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222, or by mailing their request--along with their name, phone number, and mailing address--to:
Forms
Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14999
Salem, OR 97309-0990

According to a report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy, one in five taxpayers who were eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit didn't claim it in past tax years. For more information about the credit and eligibility, visit the IRS website at www.eitc.irs.gov.

On the subject of tax credits: Oregon is offering a new refundable credit to low- and moderate-income families: the Working Family Household and Dependent Care (WFHDC) Credit. The new credit brings together benefits previously offered under Oregon's Working Family Child Care and Child and Dependent Care credits, and replaces both credits starting in tax year 2016. For more information on the WFHDC credit, including additional details on eligibility and supporting documentation requirements, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
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Red Cross Responds To Home Fire In Joseph.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/11/17 5:56 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 11, 2017 in the 60000 block of Hurricane Creek Road in Joseph, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 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
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Theft from Several Vehicles at Silver Falls State Park - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/11/17 4:12 PM
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On December 3, 2016, OSP was notified of several vehicles broken into while parked at the 214 Trailhead at Silver Falls State Park, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The subsequent investigation revealed the thefts total over $10,000 and a stolen credit card was used at three Salem businesses shortly after. The pictured male and female are suspects in the thefts and the pictured truck, or one like it is associated with the pair. The truck is a Ford, possibly with black rims and is likely a diesel.

Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact Trooper Elias Breen of the OSP Salem Area Command at 503-798-5035 or ebreen@osp.state.or.us . Reference case number SP16407520.

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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to host recruiting event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/11/17 3:28 PM
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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville will be holding a one-day recruiting event on Friday, January 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clackamas Community College -- Gregory Forum. During this event, corrections professionals will share information about careers including Correctional Officers, Food Service Coordinators, Physical Plant/Maintenance Specialists, Correctional Counselors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, and Administrative Support.

Those who come on board at CCCF will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application and scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT Test for Correctional Officers ($35 fee -- accepted payment methods are: valid credit card, debit card, or prepaid debit card). Participants may register prior to the event at: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport).

The event will be held at Clackamas Community College -- Gregory Forum, located at 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (503) 570-6668. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison located in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.


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Snowstorm leads to last-minute, milion-dollar win
Oregon Lottery - 01/11/17 2:56 PM
Jan. 11, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- An Oregon Coast man had one of the best snow days ever.

Like many Oregonians spending time at home during the recent winter weather, Joemel Panisa (pronounced: Joe-MEL Pa-NEE-sa) spent the time cleaning his office. But Panisa is different in one million ways -- he discovered his winning Mega Millions ticket just eight days before it was due to expire, thanks to the snow and ice storm.

Panisa told Oregon Lottery officials he placed the ticket in an envelope and put it in his office last January and forgot about it. When he came across it while cleaning, he checked the numbers online and realized it was a winner. He also said he remembered media reports about the unclaimed ticket expiring this month and knew he had to claim it as soon as possible.

Claiming his prize, Panisa's ticket became the fourth Mega Millions $1 million winner since the game was offered in Oregon in 2010.

Panisa purchased the ticket for the Friday, Jan. 15 drawing at the US Market 104, along Highway 101 in Newport on Jan. 13, 2016. He claimed the prize Jan. 9 and he had until Jan. 17 to claim the prize or it would have expired. All Mega Millions tickets are good for one year from the date of the drawing, and Panisa cut it very close.

The US Market 104 will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $10,000 for the store. Octavio Tamayo, manager of the store said they had enjoyed some large Scratch-It wins of $100,000 but nothing this big.

"It is surprising and very exciting," Tamayo said when he found out. "My staff is going to be wondering who bought the ticket now. Hopefully they come back in and let us know."

Tamayo said he wasn't sure what the company would do with the selling bonus, but said that they love hearing about winners so they can share with other players who come in.

Mega Millions is a game which features five white balls and one Mega Ball. It is drawn every Tuesday and Friday at 7:59 p.m. Panisa's quick pick ticket had five numbers but he missed the Mega Ball number.

All unclaimed prizes go into the state's Economic Development Fund. In fiscal year 2015, more than $5.9 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Interior Department Releases Comprehensive Roadmap to Reform Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 01/11/17 2:04 PM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the results of a comprehensive, public review of the Nation's federal coal program. The review, based on hundreds of thousands of public comments and prompted by a Secretarial Order issued in 2016, examined concerns about the federal coal program that have been raised by the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department's Inspector General, Members of Congress and the public.
"Based on the thoughtful input we received through this extensive review, there is a need to modernize the federal coal program," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "We have a responsibility to ensure the public -- including state governments -- get a fair return from the sale of America's coal, operate the program efficiently and in a way that meets the needs of our neighbors in coal communities, and minimize the impact coal production has on the planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit. The only responsible next step is to undertake further review and implement these commonsense measures."

Secretary Jewell first called for an open and honest conversation of the federal coal program in March 2015. Today's report outlines the need for modernization of the federal coal program in the following key areas: ensuring a fair return to Americans for the sale of their public coal resources, assessing the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and considering impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.

"Over the past eight years we have focused on modernizing and strengthening the way that energy is produced in America. As a result of that work, solar, wind and geothermal power are the fastest growing sources of energy in the United States and oil and gas are produced in safer and cleaner ways. It is vital that we update our nation's coal program as well. This report provides the critical starting point for the modernization that is needed," said BLM Director Neil Kornze.

The report sets out the best policy ideas available for addressing these important issues, and identifies the additional data and technical work needed to decide how to move forward.

Today's report also identifies a number of good government modernization activities that will be taken in the near future to improve the program. These include increased transparency of the leasing program, increased protection for private surface owners and opportunities to prevent wasted natural gas from coal mines. Additional areas to be considered include: adjusting rental rates and bonus bids paid for leased coal to reflect inflation (which have not been updated in more than 30 years); strengthening financial and environmental responsibility requirements for operators who are permitted to bid on coal leases; and undertaking actions to improve lease process efficiency.

The production of federal coal accounts for more than 40 percent of all coal produced in the United States and is responsible for 10% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. While energy markets, communities, environmental conditions and national priorities have undergone major changes in recent decades, the BLM's management of the federal coal program has stayed relatively static.

Next steps in the review process include finalizing the additional analysis identified in the report and completion of the programmatic environmental review required by Secretary Jewell's January 2016 order.

Consistent with the practice during two programmatic reviews of the federal coal program that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s, the Interior Department has instituted a pause on issuing new coal leases while the review is underway. The pause does not apply to existing coal production activities. There have been limited, commonsense exceptions to the pause, including for metallurgical coal (typically used in steel production), small lease modifications and emergency leasing, including where there has been a demonstrated safety need or insufficient reserves.

Companies can continue to mine the large amount of coal reserves already under lease, estimated to be enough to sustain current levels of production from federal land for approximately 20 years.

The report is available here: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage¤tPageId=93180
Joint Deschutes County and City of Bend Media Release for January 11th
Bend Police Dept. - 01/11/17 11:51 AM
For Immediate Release

Date: January 11, 2017

Anne Aurand City of Bend Communications Director 541-388-5573, aaurand@bendoregon.gov
Whitney Hale

Deschutes County Public Information Officer, 541-330-4640, whitney.hale@deschutes.org

Contacts:

Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh 541-322-2978, mobile 541-815-7437,
cburleigh@bendoregon.gov

Bend Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe, 541-322-6313, mobile 541-350-4775, dhowe@bendoregon.gov

Bend Streets Director David Abbas, 541-317-3016, mobile 541-610-3743
dabbas@bendoregon.gov

Storm update, Jan. 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Snow Accumulations:

The Central Oregon area has been impacted by significant snow fall since the beginning of December. Records from the National Weather Service show Central Oregon received its first snow December 6. Substantial amounts of snow have fallen throughout the region. The National Weather Service has provided accumulations for Bend (approximately 50") and Sunriver (approximately 52"). Normally we see periods of warmer weather to melt the snow between storms. The cold weather has prevented snow melt, which has caused the snow to accumulate.

City of Bend Streets and Operations

City Crews cleared all arterials and collectors overnight. As of about 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, the residential street contractors reported being about 40 percent done. It will take more than a day to finish all residential streets.

The Streets Department cannot accommodate each individual request that is made at their offices for clearing particular streets. The Streets Department cannot give time estimates on when plows will arrive in specific neighborhoods.

Our goal is to ensure streets are cleared but when that will happen is dependent on numerous factors in the operation. Please expect significant delays, especially in neighborhoods. We appreciate your patience.
The City's Snow and Ice Control Plan is designed to provide cost effective maintenance for the 850 miles of public roadways that we maintain. Per our Plan, Streets are divided into major arterials and collectors, plus streets that service schools medical facilities and major employment centers. These are our priority areas.

During the snowfall event, streets are typically opened with one pass through initially, so as to make it just passable for drivers. As weather conditions change, we often alter our snow-clearing strategies in the midst of the snow removal operations to control drifting snow and ice or address other special emergency situations. Plow drivers often end up making multiple passes in order to clear a path on a street.
The downtown parking garage is waiving nighttime parking restrictions this week and will allow overnight parking to get cars off the streets to help plows clean up downtown and improve parking. Parked cars can stay in the garage until 11 a.m. before they risk an overtime citation.

Red Cross:

The Red Cross has not opened a shelter at this time but is ready to do so if needed. If the situation dictates, they have secured shelter opportunities in Bend and La Pine. The Bend shelter would be located at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road. The La Pine shelter would be located at the Calvary Chapel, located at 16430 Third Street.

The most efficient way to contact the Red Cross at this moment is through 211. If the situation dictates, Red Cross Corporate will designate a 1-800 number. As of now this number has not been created as we are in a pre-emptive position.

Deschutes County Roads

If you have questions about snow plowing and removal in rural Deschutes County, please call the Deschutes County Road Department at 541-388-6581. As a reminder, many rural residents live on Local Access Roads that are not maintained or plowed by the Deschutes County Road Department.

Cascades East Transit

Bend Fixed Routes are on snow schedule today. All routes leave Hawthorne Station on the hour with the exception of Route 12, which leaves OSU-Cascades 25 minutes after every hour. Several Community Connector routes are running behind schedule today. Please call 541-385-8680 with questions or visit cascadeseasttransit.com and check the service alerts section. Sign up for text alerts on your cell phone to receive notifications about snow schedules and delays by texting "CET" to 313131.

Bend-La Pine Schools

Bend-La Pine Schools are closed today. Evening events and activities are also canceled.

Bend Parks and Recreation District

Bend Park and Recreation District opened recreation facilities today at 9 a.m. and encourages community members to check updates at http://www.bendparksandrec.org/winter-storm-update/ for the latest information about classes and programs.

From Jan. 10, 2017

The City of Bend's Fire, Police, Streets, Utilities and Administration departments, Deschutes County's Sheriff's Office, 911 Dispatch, Road Department and Emergency Services Manager, Red Cross, Bend La Pine Schools and Bend Parks and Recreation District are all working together to keep the community safe. Community safety is our foremost concern. This storm is still growing in intensity and we expect challenges to increase, so here are some helpful tips that will help the public.

Information Hotline

To help the community get the information they need, the agencies established a hotline at City Hall for public information and questions today until 5 p.m. The number is 541-322-6330.

Roofs

We know roofs are being loaded but there is a risk to climbing on your roof to remove snow, too. So, how do you know whether to remove snow? Here's what we've learned:

Structures built in Bend with building permits are designed to handle 25 pounds per square foot, which equates to about 20 inches of snow. Older structures, built before the adoption of building codes in Bend (late 1960's), may not meet this minimum standard. Manufactured homes are designed to carry 30 pounds per square foot, or about 2 feet of snow. Flat roofs are more of a concern, because they tend to hold more snow moisture.
Rainfall on top of snow can add a significant amount of weight to a roof rapidly. If the snow continues to pile up over 20-25 inches on your house, consider removing it from the roof.

It is very dangerous to climb on the roof in snow conditions, please either use a snow rake from the ground or contact a licensed professional, such as an arborist or
a roofing contractor to access the roof. Pay attention to where the snow will land if you choose to use a snow rake, and watch out for falling icicles.

Fire hydrants

The Bend Fire Department is asking for residents to shovel the snow out from around fire hydrants. We understand you may not know where the hydrant is in your neighborhood. There is a fire hydrant locations map on the www.bendoregon.gov/water page.

Gas appliance flues (or vents)

If you have a gas-fired water heater, check your roof to make sure the vent pipe, or flue, protrudes above the snow and is not blocked.

Berms

When the City is plowing these significant record levels of snow, the snow may end up as a berm across a driveway, or covering a sidewalk or a fire hydrant. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

A snow removal tip from the Streets Department:

If you want to clear your driveway/curb/sidewalk/mailbox or other area before the snowplows have come thru, clear an area on both sides of your driveway and out in the right-of way (about three or four feet creating a large pocket in front of your home) and pile snow onto your yard, not out in the street. This may reduce the possibility of getting a huge pile of snow in your driveway when snowplows clear your street. The more snow you clear from these areas, the less will be deposited at your driveway entrance.
Sidewalk clearing is the responsibility of residents and businesses.

From early Jan. 10, first update:

Bend Fire, Bend Police, Sheriff's Department Emergency Operations Manager, City Streets, City Administration, County Road Department, Bend La Pine Schools and Bend Park and Recreation discussed these together.

1. Stay home unless you absolutely have to go out. This prevents accidents and helps emergency first responders provide best service. Reschedule non-essential appointments.

2. Don't park on the road if possible. The Streets Dept. would like to be able to clear streets wider for public safety, for school and transit buses, and for all residents. Move your car to avoid risk of it getting damaged by snow removal equipment.

3. Watch out for vulnerable populations -- neighbors really need to use this opportunity to check on elderly or disabled neighbors. They may be isolated
and immobile. They may need shoveling, or groceries or medications. Now is the time to keep an eye on those who may not be prepared for this.

4. Do not let children play in snow berms near roads. Snow plow drivers can't see them.

5. Don't call 911 for these issues:

?,? Roof issues; clearing or repairing. Google roofing contractors, arborists, or chimney sweeps. Use licensed contractors.

?,? Plumbing issues such as frozen pipes. Call a licensed plumber.

?,? Shoveling and snow removal. Licensed excavating contractors, landscaping contractors and construction contractors. However, government agencies are also using these services so they are busy. This is where neighbors really need to look out for each other.

Seniors and disabled in need of assistance:

?,? Volunteer Coordinator, Cheryl Howard, 541-388-5579 or choward@bendoregon.gov ?,? Central Oregon Council on Aging 541-678-5483. COCA is also helping to connect seniors with emergency needs to volunteers
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Marine Board's Quarterly Meeting Canceled
Oregon Marine Board - 01/11/17 11:06 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board has canceled their quarterly Board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 12, in West Linn due to inclement weather conditions. The agency will send out notification once a new date and time are determined.
Oregon State Library Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting, 1/18/17
Oregon State Library - 01/11/17 9:31 AM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm PST at the Oregon 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 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 at: 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
Oregon State Library -- Room B9 (or by phone)
January 18, 2017
1:30 -- 3:30 PM

Agenda

1:30 Welcome and introductions

1:40 State Librarian Announcements (Dahlgreen)

1:50 eClips Revamp & Upgrade (Curry)

2:05 Digital Asset Management System (Bolyard & Pitts)

2:20 Government Services Social Media Strategy & Statistics (Pearson)

2:35 Discussion/Selection of GS Adv. Council Vice-Chair (Nickerson)

2:45 Money "Smart Week" April 2017 Programming (Newsome)

2:50 Farewell/Recruitment Adv. Council Members (Curry)

2:55 Round Robin (All Attendees)

3:20 Action Item Review (Curry)

3:30 Adjourn
Grants available for Oregon museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:46 AM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections projects, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

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

"This program is a nice opportunity for museums to complete important projects," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Todd Mayberry.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. "Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," says Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator. "A recent applicant and awardee noted she had never received more assistance, both before the with application and after with the award. That is the experience we hope to provide for all applicants."

There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain online grant system.

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

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
Grants available for main street building projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:44 AM
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for up to $100,000 in matching funds for downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant funds may be used to acquire, rehabilitate, and construct buildings on properties in designated downtown areas statewide.

Funded projects must facilitate community revitalization that will lead to private investment, job creation or retention, establishing or expanding viable businesses, or creating a stronger tax base. Projects may include fašade improvement, accessibility enhancement, basic utilities, second floor renovations and more. Only organizations participating in the Oregon Main Street Network are eligible to apply. Projects must be within approved Main Street areas. Eligible organizations may collaborate with the local governments and private property owners to apply for projects that will have the biggest benefit to the downtown.

"We are excited to see the impact this grant program will have in communities working hard to keep their downtowns a strong asset in their communities," notes Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Network Coordinator.

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects and review applications. A free workshop specific to the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant will be January 31 in Cottage Grove. Additional grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be offered. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain the online grant system. To learn more about the grant, workshops, and the Oregon Main Street Network visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at Sheri.Stuart@oregon.gov or 503-986-0679.



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Grants available for historic cemetery projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:40 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

A previous grant applicant, Patricia McCracken with Winchester Elementary School, said cemeteries program staff were supportive when she was submitting her grant report. "We were new to filling out grants; staff was extremely helpful when we called," she said.

There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain the online grant system.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:38 AM
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. It can also fund significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national).

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects, review applications and assist with the online grant system. There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain online grant system. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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