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Mon. 06/24/19
Hospitals Applaud Oregon House for Passing Tobacco Tax Referral
Oregon Assn. of Hosp. and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 06/24/19 11:02 AM



Dave Northfield

Director of Communications

(503) 479-6032 (o), (503) 329-1989 (c)






Lake Oswego, Ore. – June 24, 2019 – Oregon moved closer to reducing the harm done by smoking and e-cigarettes after the House of Representatives passed HB 2270, the tobacco tax referral.

The bill seeks to raise the cost of cigarettes by $2 per pack, bringing Oregon in line with taxes in California and Washington. House members passed the amended version in a bipartisan vote. HB 2270 also subjects e-cigarettes and other vaping products to the 65% non-wholesale tax now levied on non-cigarette tobacco products.

“We are grateful to House members for their support of HB 2270. We feel strongly that passing this bill is the right thing to do,” said Andy Van Pelt, OAHHS Executive Vice President. “Voters should have the chance to decide. We think they’ll choose to raise funds for existing programs to help adults quit and keep kids from starting to use these products, which we know are linked to the leading cause of preventable death in Oregon.” 

A large body of research shows that raising the price of tobacco products leads to reduced use.

The bill will also provide dedicated funding for Oregon’s Medicaid budget, raising about $350 million every two years. Supporters say the money will help ensure that nearly one million Oregonians will continue to have access to health care.

HB 2270 has moved to the Senate.


About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, OAHHS is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care delivery system.


Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1635/125587/FINAL_HB_2270_House_Release_06__2019_.docx

Sun. 06/23/19
Road Rage Menacing with a Firearm
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/19 8:56 PM


Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655



Road Rage Menacing with a Firearm


Released by:          Sgt. K. Dizney

Release Date:        6/23/19


Location:                Highway 20 West near Cloverdale Road


Arrested:                 Lehr, Justin Allen    Age:  39

                                  Forest Grove, OR





On Sunday, 6/23/19, at approximately 5:55 PM, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a road rage incident near the intersection of Highway 20 West and Cloverdale Road heading toward Sisters.  Deschutes County 911 received a report from one of the involved drivers who explained that a man later identified as Justin Lehr pointed a firearm at him from his vehicle in motion.  The victim driver described the suspect vehicle as a White Dodge Pickup and provided a description of the suspect driver who had pointed the gun.  The suspect vehicle followed the victim into Sisters where the victim turned and the suspect did not follow.  Deputies were assisted by the Black Butte Police and Oregon State Police with a search of the Sisters area looking for the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle was located in motion near Bi-Mart and deputies assisted by the Oregon State Police conducted a high risk (guns drawn) traffic stop and took Lehr into custody.  A search of his vehicle located a handgun that is alleged to be involved.  Lehr’s 7 year old son was also present in the vehicle during this incident and was returned to his mother following Lehr’s arrest.  Lehr was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges including:


  • Unlawful use of a Weapon
  • Menacing
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


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Airplane Crashes Into the Deschutes River Near Sunriver (Photo) **Updated 06-23-19 / 10 am
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/19 9:47 AM

Updated Release

Date: June 23, 2019

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Pilot: Kevin Padrick, 63 year old male, Sunriver resident (Deceased)

Passenger: Johannes Noordwijk, 69 year old male, Sunriver resident

Aircraft: 1996 Maule M-7 Single Engine with floats

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office identified the occupants of the aircraft as Kevin Padrick and Johannes Noordwijk, both of Sunriver, Oregon.  Noordwijk, the passenger was able to escape the aircraft after the crash.  He was later assisted to shore by Sunriver Fire and Rescue.  Padrick was later located deceased by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Divers.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has video is asked to contact the Deschutes  County Sheriff's Office at non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911.

This incident (including circumstances around the crash and cause of death) is still under investigation by multiple agencies.  No more information is available at this time.

Original Release

Date: June 22, 2019

Released By: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

On 06-22-19 at approximately 10:40 am, Deschutes County 911 recieved a call of a plane crash in the Deschutes River near Sunriver. The plane flipped onto its top and submerged.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (Patrol, Search and Rescue, and Marine Patrol), Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police and Sunriver Fire and Rescue responded.  

Sunriver Fire and Rescue arrived and was able to rescue 5 subjects from the aircraft as it floated upside down.  One of the subjects was rescued was a male occupant of the aircraft who was able to escape the aircraft.  The other subjects had swam to the plane to assist the occupants.  It was determined a male subject was still underwater and initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful. The remaining occupant in the airplane was believed to be deceased.

The surviving occupant was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue with swift water rescue technicians and rescue divers arrived.  While being supported by Marine Patrol Deputies, divers were able to locate the second occupant of the aircraft deceased underwater.  

Initial information indicates the plane had just taken off from Sunriver Airport.  The aircraft, an amphibious float plane, flipped upside down upon contact with the water.  The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.  Any further information relating to the details of the crash investigation will be released by NTSB.  The release of names of the occupants is pending notification of next of kin.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Sunriver Police and Fire, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/5227/125569/SAR_trailer.jpg , 2019-06/5227/125569/plane2.jpg , 2019-06/5227/125569/plane.jpg

Fri. 06/21/19
Three vehicle crash on Hwy 22E near milepost 21 - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/19 4:28 PM

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a three vehicle crash which occurred at 3:10 P.M. on Hwy 22E near milepost 21.

There is one confirmed fatality and five people were transported to area hospitals.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes will be closed for several hours while Troopers are investigating.  Please avoid the area, consider using an alternate route, or expect long delays.

More information will be released when it is available and appropriate.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125563/20190621_162009.jpg , 2019-06/1002/125563/20190621_155509.jpg

Oregon State Police seizes over 50 pounds of methamphetamine and over 4 pounds of heroin - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/21/19 2:46 PM

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at approximately 3:43 P.M. A Trooper from the Oregon State Police Central Point office contacted a vehicle for multiple traffic violations on Interstate 5 near milepost 20.  

An Oregon State Police narcotics K9 was deployed.  The K9 alerted on the vehicle and a search located 50.8lbs of methamphetamine and 4.8lbs of a heroin hidden inside the vehicle. 

Juan Enrique Lemus Del Cid (28) and Reynalda Larios-Cortes (57), both from Tacoma, WA. were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance for both methamphetamine and heroin and lodged at the Jackson County Jail.  

OSP was assisted by the Medford Homeland Security Investigations office.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125561/traffic_stop_2.jpg , 2019-06/1002/125561/traffic_stop_1.jpg

ODF partnering with utilities to reduce wildfire risk
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/21/19 1:35 PM

Salem, Ore - The Oregon Department of Forestry shared its web-based Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer tool to the Public Utilities Commission this week in an effort to reduce the number of wildfires started by power lines. ODF was joined at the PUC workshop by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Pacific Power to introduce measures utility companies are taking to prevent ignitions or provide quick response when fires occur.

With last year’s Camp Fire caused by a power line – taking 86 lives and devastating the town of Paradise, Calif. – this workshop served as a starting point for addressing this issue in Oregon. ODF reports an average of 47 fires are caused by power lines each year on lands protected by the agency. While most of these fires are caught at 10 acres or less, the remote location of power lines can sometimes lead to large fire growth due to lack of access. The 2018 Ramsey Canyon Fire, which started August 9 from a downed power line in Jackson County, burned nearly 2,000 acres and cost $6.6 million to put out.

ODF is encouraged that the PUC and utility companies are taking an active role in protecting lives, communities and natural resources from the dangers of wildfire.

“Preventing fires started by power lines is a tough nut to crack,” says ODF Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. “Correcting human behavior such as putting out a campfire is much different than preventing fires started by equipment or infrastructure. Monitoring thousands of miles of energized power lines is a monumental task, especially because many of these lines are in remote locations. We applaud these utilities for their efforts in mitigation and preventative procedures during times of elevated fire danger.”

Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer is an online tool for homeowners, community leaders and professional planners to create natural hazard mitigation plans based on fire risk for a given area. The program takes into consideration fire history, vegetation, topography, weather, and even infrastructure. Utility companies will be able to match power line corridors with areas of fire risk to develop mitigation and response plans.

Both PG&E and Pacific Power are taking steps to reduce vegetation in and around power lines and poles, increase the number of facility inspections, and invest in improving equipment resiliency and fire proofing. The utilities are also establishing a new fire prevention measure called a Public Safety Power Shutoff.  Proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions is a step toward keeping people and communities in high-risk areas safe. This measure is intnded as a last resort to help ensure customer and community safety.


Former President of Oregon Foster Care Agency Sentenced to Federal Prison for Theft, Money Laundering and Tax Evasion
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/21/19 12:18 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Mary Holden Ayala, 59, of Portland, was sentenced today to 33 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for stealing over $1 million from an Oregon foster care agency, money laundering and filing false personal income tax returns.

On February 7, 2019, after eight days of trial, Ayala was convicted by a federal jury in Portland on five counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property and seven counts of filing a false federal tax return.

From at least 2008 to 2015, Ayala, a longtime Portland resident, served as the President, Executive Director and primary agent of Give Us This Day (GUTD), a private foster care agency and residential program for youth.

“Mary Holden Ayala was responsible for protecting and caring for children in Oregon’s foster care system. Instead she callously stole from them,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Stealing from vulnerable children she was entrusted to serve with taxpayer money is a despicable act and warrants severe consequences.”

“Foster children have already lost almost everything—their parents, their homes, their sense of security. Mary Holden Ayala took from them the last thing they had—faith in a foster care system that is supposed to give them a chance at a better life. To steal from society’s most vulnerable children to enrich yourself is simply unconscionable,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

“Mary Ayala’s crimes include stealing funds intended to provide support for juvenile foster kids entrusted in her care, spending the funds selfishly on a luxurious lifestyle, and then hiding her personal use of the funds by filing false tax returns,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Justin Campbell. “Today’s sentence holds Ayala accountable. IRS Criminal Investigation is proud to work with our partners and investigate those who steal from the most vulnerable in our society.”

“Stealing money meant to pay for foster care expenses is reprehensible,” said Special Agent in Charge Steven Ryan of the HHS Office of Inspector General. “Such greed-fueled fraud can impact those in need and cheats taxpayers; however, today’s sentence shows that our hardworking investigators and law enforcement partners are committed to making sure criminals are held accountable for their actions.”

According to court documents, since its inception in 1979, GUTD was primarily funded by the Oregon state and federal government for foster care services including hiring and screening foster parents for community placements, compensating foster parents for services and placing foster children in residential or group homes. GUTD federal funding originated from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was administrated by ODHS.

From 2009 through 2015, Ayala exercised sole and complete control over GUTD finances. No other GUTD employee or board member had access to the organization’s bank accounts or statements during this time. With no internal controls in place, Ayala wrote checks, used the GUTD debit card and withdrew cash at will, using the organization’s bank accounts as her own.

Ayala used the money stolen from GUTD to pay her mortgage, remodel her home and fund other retail, travel and transportation expenses. Additionally, she used the money to fund other, non-GUTD business ventures including a media company, Big Mary’s fish and ribs restaurant in Portland, and to purchase and flip a commercial property.

In total, Ayala stole over $1 million from GUTD. As a result, her employees, foster parents and foster children in GUTD’s care suffered. GUTD residential house managers complained about a lack of basic necessities, including but not limited to food, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

In 2015, the day after Ayala resigned her position at GUTD, she filed five false federal income tax returns for tax years 2009 through 2013. Shortly thereafter, she filed a sixth false return for tax year 2014. Ayala failed to file a tax return in 2015.

During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Marco A. Hernandez ordered Ayala to pay $239,192 in restitution to the IRS and $1,025,235 to satisfy a forfeiture money judgement. The court also forfeited to the U.S. more than $451,000 in net proceeds from the sale of a commercial property on NE Martin Luther King Boulevard in Portland that Ayala purchased with stolen GUTD funds.

In a superseding indictment returned on May 3, 2017, a federal grand jury in Portland charged Ayala with five counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, one count of concealment of money laundering, one count of failure to file a personal federal tax return and two counts each of engaging in monetary transactions with criminally derived property and filing a false personal federal tax return. The government dropped the concealment of money laundering charge prior to trial.    

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and IRS-Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Donna Maddux, Clemon Ashley and Julia Jarrett, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Interior's BLM analyzes 11,000 miles of Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin to Combat Wildfires
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 06/21/19 9:57 AM

Boise, Idaho – Today, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management released the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin for a 45-day public comment period. This Draft Programmatic EIS analyzes a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million-acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.

“The Department of the Interior is dedicated to leveraging all of its assets to reduce wildfire risk and safeguard western communities,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We look forward to receiving feedback from the public on this effort which promises to make a real difference in reducing the wildfire threat.”

“Wildfires devastate forests, rangeland and communities across Idaho and throughout the West, and without strategic planning they’re likely to continue in the years ahead,” said Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. “With this initiative and others like it, we’re working proactively to curb wildfires’ destruction and make it safer and more effective for firefighters to protect people and property.”

Large, unbroken swaths of grasses, brush and other vegetation have provided a continuous supply of fuel for the recent catastrophic rangeland wildfires that have burned across the Great Basin states. The concept behind fuel breaks is to break up or fragment continuous fuels by reducing vegetation in key locations. When a wildfire burns into a fuel break, the flame lengths decrease and its progress slows, making it safer and easier for firefighters to control. The fuel breaks would be strategically placed along roads and rights-of-way on BLM-administered lands.

Tools used to create fuel breaks could include brown strips - areas where all vegetation has been removed; green strips - areas where vegetation that is more flammable has been replaced with less flammable vegetation; and mowing or targeted grazing depending on the locations and vegetation.  BLM developed four alternatives, including the No Action Alternative, based on comments received during the initial scoping period.

The proposed treatments are part of a larger national wildfire reduction strategy guided by President Trump’s Executive Order 13855 – Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and Other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk, as well as Secretary’s Order 3372 – Reducing Wildfire Risks on Department of the Interior Land through Active Management. The two orders direct DOI and Department of Agriculture agencies to implement policies to improve forest and rangeland management practices by reducing hazardous fuel loads, mitigating fire risk and ensuring the safety and stability of local communities through active management on forests and rangelands.

The preferred alternative identified in the Draft Programmatic EIS would create up to 11,000 miles of new fuel breaks within a 223 million-acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah. Fuel breaks would be reseeded, using both native and non-native plant species throughout the project area.

“Fuel breaks have proven to be very effective in slowing rangeland wildfires, making them easier and safer for wildland firefighters to control,” said John Ruhs, State Director for BLM Idaho, which is hosting the Great Basin Fuel Breaks EIS Team. “We believe that creating a system of fuel breaks will help us enhance and improve our working landscapes.”

The BLM is seeking public input to ensure that all aspects of developing a system of fuel breaks are analyzed. The BLM will accept written comments on the Draft Programmatic EIS and will hold a series of public meetings to gather public comment.

Public meetings will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the following locations:


  • July 10: BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA 96130
  • Idaho
  • July 9: Red Lion Boise Hotel, 1800 W Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83702
  • July 16: BLM Twin Falls District Office, 2878 Addison Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301
  • July 17: Idaho Falls (location TBD; contact Idaho Falls District Office at 208-524-7500)


  • July 9: Reno (location TBD, contact BLM Nevada State Office at 775-861-6400)
  • July 16: Red Lion Inn (High Desert Inn), 3015 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801
  • July 17: Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 Sixth Street Ely, NV 89301


  • July 8: Harney County Community Center, 478 N Broadway Ave., Burns, OR 97720
  • July 11: BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630


  • July 18: Hampton Inn & Suites, 307 North Admiral Byrd Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • July 18: Heritage Center Festival Hall, 105 N. 100 E. Cedar City, UT 84720


  • July 10: Spokane (location TBD, contact Spokane District Office at 509-536-1200)

An electronic copy of the Draft Programmatic EIS and associated documents is available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register. For comments to be considered, they must be received by the BLM no later than midnight MST on August 5, 2019.

Prior to including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your written comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Background on DOI’s Wildland Fire Prevention Efforts

In 2018, the Department of the Interior worked closely with partners on 2,500 treatment projects to remove excess burnable vegetation on more than 1.2 million acres of DOI- and tribally-managed lands.  Another 170,000 acres were managed for resource purposes. These efforts helped to reduce wildfire risk in some of the most fire-prone areas of the country.

The DOI continues to be the leader in the research, development, and practical deployment of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, on wildland fire management operations. With the largest drone program outside of the Department of Defense, the DOI uses drones to detect hotspots around fires, improve mapping, and monitor fire operations for improved safety.  In 2018, the DOI conducted 1,552 drone missions on 200 individual wildfires, doubling last year’s total.

In 2019, the DOI plans to deploy nearly 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. Firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, bulldozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires, and the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources. 

DOI Showcases Climbing Opportunities with Interactive Maps (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 06/21/19 9:07 AM
Climbing in the Wild Rogue Wilderness
Climbing in the Wild Rogue Wilderness

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a series of interactive online maps designed to promote climbing and other recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public lands. Developed in cooperation with Access Fund and Mountain Project, the maps allow individuals to easily plan exciting climbing experiences at sites around the western United States.

“The Trump Administration is committed to expanding and promoting the untold number of recreational opportunities for Americans to enjoy on public lands," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. "We have some of the best rock climbing sites in the world, and I hope that this new map can help to further highlight these locations and encourage more outdoor enthusiasts to explore our great outdoors.”

“The BLM is proud to share these maps and promote access to some of the world’s best climbing areas,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Casey Hammondexercising the authority of the BLM Director. “We are committed to expanding recreational opportunities on public lands for all Americans, and these interactive maps provide a great tool for folks to further explore the great outdoors.”

Now climbers can pull information about specific BLM-managed climbing areas through a centralized online tool while on the go. The maps, available at https://arcg.is/1SP18f, include useful site information such as photos, season of use, area characteristics, and difficulty levels. Visitors can also find a number of nearby attractions for each climbing site.

“The BLM manages some of the most iconic climbing destinations in the United States,” said Katie Goodwin, Policy Analyst at Access Fund. “This project has been part of an exciting collaborative effort between Access Fund, Mountain Project, and the BLM, and we look forward to our continued work to manage and promote America's cherished climbing destinations.”

“BLM-managed climbing areas hold some of the country’s best opportunities for people to learn about climbing and expand their skills,” said Matt Wade, Advocacy and Policy Director at the American Mountain Guides Association. “The new interactive online maps just released by the BLM will help more Americans access these areas and visit responsibly.” 

BLM-managed public lands represent the largest acreage available for recreation in America. About 67 million visits are made annually to these public lands and waters, supporting more than 47,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the country’s economy.

The BLM invites the public to visit one or more of the featured climbing destinations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The climbing area maps can be found at https://arcg.is/1SP18f.

Background on Great Outdoors Month
President George W. Bush initially proclaimed Great Outdoors Week in 2001 and 2002. In 2004, he issued June as Great Outdoors Month, and it has been proclaimed every year since. In 2017 and 2018, President Trump proclaimed the need to improve upon the management of public lands through public-private partnerships and the importance of expanding hunting and fishing rights at national wildlife refuges across the country. In accordance with this directive, the Department of the Interior has expanded hunting and fishing access, most recently proposing a 1.4 million acre expansion nationwide. To view this year’s Great Outdoors Month proclamation from President Trump, click here.

Attached Media Files: Climbing in the Wild Rogue Wilderness

Oregonians Encouraged to Keep Fireworks Use Legal and Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/21/19 8:21 AM

The Office of State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Fire Service, natural resource agencies, Oregon licensed fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts all encourage Oregonians to “keep it legal and keep it safe” when using fireworks.

The 2019 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opens June 23 and runs through July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use in Oregon without a permit, where they are permitted to be used, and the important safety steps to take when using legal fireworks.  

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is already high, and as the weeks go by that risk will only increase, so there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”

July 4 holiday public land visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, Oregon state parks, and beaches. Residents statewide can still enjoy fireworks at officially sponsored community events.

For residents who purchase legal fireworks, the OSFM encourages everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use:

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

For the last reported five years through 2018, there were 1,264 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon recorded by the state’s structural fire agencies, resulting in more than $3.5 million in property damage. During that same period, fires resulting from fireworks resulted in one death and 26 injuries. The data from structural fire agencies do not include incidents that occurred on federal and other state lands.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. 

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. “We encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets before deciding on when and where you choose to light legal fireworks.”

The OSFM has published FAQs for commonly answered questions about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, permits for the retail sale of fireworks, and state rules for their use and enforcement activities. OSFM’s fireworks education materials for sharing on social media also can be found on its website.


Thu. 06/20/19
Cottage Grove Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Hash Oil Explosion
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/20/19 3:31 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Eric L. Scully, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for endangering human life and illegally possessing and manufacturing marijuana during a November 2017 butane honey oil (BHO) explosion in Cottage Grove.

Scully was also sentenced to six months in prison for violating the supervised release conditions of a previous federal money laundering conviction. The two prison sentences will run consecutively, for a total of 84 months in prison.

According to court documents, on November 16, 2017, the Cottage Grove Police and Fire Departments responded to an explosion at a storage facility in Cottage Grove. Officers found Scully at a local hospital where he was being treated for serious burn injuries. Investigators later learned that, at the time of the explosion, at least three other individuals were inside the facility.

Two days later, Cottage Grove Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents executed a search warrant at the storage facility. Inside, they found a large, sophisticated, and unlicensed BHO extraction lab. BHO is a concentrated form of marijuana extracted using highly flammable or combustible solvents. During the search, agents found 1,200 pounds of processed marijuana, 728 marijuana plants and over 80 pounds of marijuana extract.

The investigation determined that while manufacturing BHO, one of Scully’s machines, located in a room containing highly combustible materials and equipment, caught fire. The machine and combustibles exploded, injuring Scully and placing the other individuals present at substantial risk of harm.     

At the time of the explosion, Scully was on federal supervision stemming from a money laundering conviction from 2016. In that case, Scully owned and operated a large, illegal marijuana grow in Eugene from 2012 through 2014. That investigation found that Scully collected over $1,000,000 in proceeds from his illegal business, which fed a luxury lifestyle of high-end cars, watches, jewelry, clothing, real estate and firearms. At the time of the search Scully’s properties in 2015, investigators uncovered over 230 pounds of marijuana, 219 marijuana plants, $179,860 in cash and numerous high-value items and vehicles.

Scully pleaded guilty to money laundering and served a 90-day prison sentence at the beginning of 2017. While in prison, Scully continued to actively develop his illegal BHO business in Cottage Grove, and expanded the operation while on federal supervision up to the date of the explosion.  

During sentencing, Scully was ordered to forfeit the personal property used to facilitate his crimes, which includes a truck, trailer, and over $25,000 in cash

On November 15, 2018, Scully pleaded guilty to one count each of endangering human life and illegally possessing and manufacturing marijuana.

This case was investigated by DEA and the Cottage Grove Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125528/SENTENCING-Scully-Final.pdf

Governor Brown Authorizes State Police to Bring Back Senate Republicans
Oregon State Police - 06/20/19 3:14 PM

State Senators left the Salem area before various bills made it through our legislative process to a final vote. A bill cannot move forward to a vote without a quorum. The departure of the Senators leaves the Senate without the minimum number of members required to constitute a quorum, so the legislative process has stalled.   

Consistent with the provisions in the Oregon Constitution, the Senate President requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring Senators back to the capital to resume the legislative process. Consistent with her authority under Oregon law (ORS 181.050), the Governor has directed OSP to provide that assistance. 

OSP has assisted in resolving a similar situation in the past, and, with the help of diplomats from both sides of the aisle, the Department has done so in a peaceful, gentle, and process-supporting way which allowed members of our Legislature to return to work without forfeiting the good relationships essential to moving forward collaboratively and productively.

Oregon State Police serves the Governor in her elected role as leader of Oregon’s Executive Branch of government, and she has now given a lawful directive which OSP is fully committed to executing. OSP is utilizing established relationships to have polite communication with these Senators. While we obviously have many tools at our disposal, patience and communication is and always will be our first, and preferred, option.

OSP will work with the Governor’s office and members of the Legislature to find the most expeditious way to bring this matter to a peaceful and constructive conclusion.

No further information will be provided at this time.

Below is a news release from the Office of Governor Kate Brown

Governor Brown Authorizes State Police to Bring Back Senate Republicans

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today released the following statement on the Oregon Senate's request for assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back the Senate Republicans:

“After many hours of well-intentioned, respectful negotiations on Wednesday, the Senate has come to an impasse. The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out. The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians. As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats’ request. It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building. They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do.”

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125534/Frequently_Asked_Questions_of_OSP_Role_in_Establishing_Senate_Quorum.docx

Ninth Circuit Lets Title X Gag Rule Go into Effect, Threatening Health Care for Thousands of Oregonians
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 06/20/19 2:21 PM

A ruling today by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allows the Trump administration’s dangerous and unethical Title X gag rule to take effect in every state but Maryland. The gag rule makes it illegal for healthcare providers in the Title X program to refer patients for abortion, and it blocks access to care at Planned Parenthood by imposing cost-prohibitive and unnecessary “physical separation” requirements.

The news comes after Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association filed a case in U.S. District Court in Eugene to block the gag rule. Judge Michael McShane issued a preliminary injunction April 29th against the gag rule.

Planned Parenthood has limited emergency funds that will allow affiliates to continue care for patients in the short term, while also seeking further emergency relief from the Ninth Circuit.

“Just yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a spending package that would block the gag rule from being implemented because it’s dangerous, unethical and illegal –– and now the Senate must act,” says Emily McLain, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. “The administration is putting health care at risk for patients across the country.”

Title X is the nation’s only program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, and serves more than 4 million people each year. Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41 percent of the people who rely on Title X for care in Oregon, meaning the new restrictions would have a devastating impact on thousands of people struggling to make ends meet –– the majority of whom are people of color, Hispanic or Latino.

More background and information on the gag rule and the litigation can be found here.

“Planned Parenthood will not stand for this attack on millions of people across the country,” says Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Planned Parenthood will not let the government censor our doctors and nurses from informing patients where and how they can access health care. We will continue to fight the Trump administration in the courts and alongside champions in Congress to protect everyone’s fundamental right to health care.”

The medical community, public health experts and the general public are against this rule. In addition to the American Medical Association, the gag rule has been opposed by major medical associations, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, 110 public health organizations, public health experts such as former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy and many others. A group of 19 different medical organizations, mayors, state lawmakers more than 200 members of Congress, newly elected Democratic governors and several other governors have opposed this legislation as well.

Serious Injury Crash Highway 99E near Oregon City -- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/20/19 1:27 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s serious injury crash on Highway 99E near Oregon City. 

On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at about 3:53 PM, OSP received a driving complaint that was transferred from 911.  Immediately after receiving the complaint the vehicle reported was involved in a head-on crash on Highway 99E near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota Tacoma, operated by Hosein RESLMN, age 36, from Milwaukie, was travelling northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 16 when his vehicle crossed the centerline hitting a southbound Jeep Commander operated by Lucia SMITH, age 28, from Hermiston.    Both RESLMN and SMITH suffered serious injuries.  RESLMN was transported by Lifeflight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and SMITH was transported to OHSU by ambulance. 

Highway 99E was closed for approximately 3.5 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Oregon City PD, Canby PD, Clackamas County S.O., Canby Fire and ODOT.

This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photograph provided by OSP. 

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125530/99E.jpeg

PR 08-19 Letter to region makes BPA's case for Western Energy Imbalance Market
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/20/19 1:00 PM

PR 08-19                                                                                                      BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, June 20, 2019
                                                                                             CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131


Letter to region makes BPA’s case for Western Energy Imbalance Market

Joining an EIM is one facet of BPA’s broader strategic plan to maintain competitiveness and continue its role as a driver of economic prosperity for the Northwest


Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration is one step closer in its consideration of joining the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

BPA issued a letter to the region today that describes BPA’s business case and legal authority for joining the EIM, as well as important related policy proposals. The letter to the region also proposes BPA sign an EIM Implementation Agreement with the California Independent System Operator, the market operator for the Western EIM.

An energy imbalance market is a voluntary market in which participating entities can choose whether or not to bid in resources for the purpose of dispatching power to balance supply and demand across a broad geographic region every five minutes. In the case of the Western EIM, that region would likely include much of the West Coast and portions of Canada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico by the time that BPA would potentially participate.

Selling surplus energy in western markets is essential to keeping BPA’s rates low and the exploration of joining the EIM is part of the BPA 2018-2023 Strategic Plan as a means to further strengthen financial health and maintain a competitive edge in the electric utility landscape.

“The new tools and capabilities that come with participation in an energy imbalance market will help BPA and the region to more fully realize the value of the flexible, carbon-free power of the Federal Columbia River Power System across an expanding footprint,” said Steve Kerns, the grid modernization director for BPA’s Business Transformation Office. “The technology and business processes behind the EIM are also foundational to participate in new energy and capacity markets like the Day-Ahead Market Enhancements currently being explored by CAISO and its stakeholders, including BPA.”

The signing of an Implementation Agreement would obligate BPA to spend funds specific to EIM participation and includes the development of a detailed project plan to ensure the necessary systems, processes and training are in place prior to market participation. This work by BPA will give regional customers greater access to emerging markets and may reduce long-term transmission costs by decreasing or delaying the need for transmission system expansion.

Other benefits to EIM participation are enhanced awareness tools that capture the state of the electric grid as well as improved modeling and coordination across BPA’s Power and Transmission services.

An independent, third-party analysis of BPA’s potential participation in the Western EIM forecasts a $29-$34 million annual net dispatch benefit for FCRPS participating resources.

The release of the letter to the region kicks off a public comment period that will help to inform a record of decision, anticipated in September 2019, on whether to sign the EIM Implementation Agreement. The public comment period closes on July 22.

While the Implementation Agreement is a significant step toward becoming a member of the Western EIM, there are several subsequent decisions that will need to be made before BPA potentially participates in the EIM. The full decision process is outlined in the letter to the region.

For more information on BPA’s consideration of joining the EIM, including the letter to the region, visit www.bpa.gov/goto/EIM. To comment on the Letter to the Region, visit our public comments site at www.bpa.gov/comments.

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 143 Northwest 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 546 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity generated 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 nation, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov


Fatal Crash Highway 99W near Junction City -- Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/20/19 12:30 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday evening’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 99W near Junction City. 

On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at about 6:30 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 99W and Lingo Lane. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota Corolla operated by Carol SEDANO, age 65, from Waldport, was southbound on Highway 99W.  For unknown reasons the Corolla left its lane and crashed nearly head-on with a northbound Buick Rea, operated by Jeffrey TAYLOR, age 68, from Corvallis.  The Buick Rea subsequently crashed into a telephone pole after the initial crash. 

SEDANO was transported by Life Flight to a local hospital with critical injuries.  Jeffrey TAYLOR suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  A passenger in the Buck Rea, Madeline TAYLOR, age 66, from Corvallis, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. 

Highway 99W was closed for about three (3) hours during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Junction City Police Department, Junction City Fire Department, Lane Fire Authority and Life Flight.   

Photograph provided by OSP. 

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125523/99W.jpg

CORRECTION: Marine Board Opens Rulemaking to Implement Legislation, Other Items
Oregon Marine Board - 06/20/19 11:42 AM

At the quarterly Oregon State Marine Board meeting held on June 19, in Salem, the Marine Board approved opening rulemaking for the implementation of several bills passed during the 2019 legislative session; as well as a boating restriction near the Sportcraft Marina dock on the Willamette River in Clackamas County. The Marine Board also considered a petition to repeal the recently adopted rules for boat operations in the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River.

Rulemaking opened related to the 2019 legislative session includes whitewater helmet availability on guided trips (HB2652), registration of boat rental companies (HB2077), improving non-motorized boating access (SB47), boating safety improvements (HB2078 and HB2079) and helping reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species (HB2076). The Marine Board will consider the rules at the October 2019 and January 2020 meetings.

In March, the agency received a petition to repeal the recently-adopted boat operation rules for the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River.  After deliberation, the Marine Board unanimously denied the petition, citing the need to first evaluate the effectiveness of the current rules.  “The Marine Board agreed that they wanted to see if signage, buoys, and increased enforcement would help,” said Marine Board Member, Vince Castronovo.  “We need to give these rules a chance and boaters time to learn them.”  The Marine Board asked OSMB staff to consider the petitioners’ concerns and to work closely with a recently established Mid-Willamette Waterway Safety Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of the new rules on the stretch of the Willamette in question.  OSMB staff was instructed to monitor the boating season in the Newberg Pool and give a presentation to the Marine Board on the effectiveness of the current rules October meeting.  At that time, the Marine Board may consider opening rulemaking.  

In May, the agency was contacted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) regarding wildlife management objectives to trap and remove problematic sea lions predating on salmon near Sportcraft Marina dock.  Because boaters in close proximity to the traps can hinder capture efforts, the Director approved a temporary rule creating a 150-foot buffer around the sea lion traps at the Sportcraft Marina dock from May 8 to May 31, 2019, and from September 1 through October 31, 2019.  Following adoption of the temporary rule, ODFW indicated that trapping efforts at this location will continue for the foreseeable future and requested a permanent rule to restrict watercraft from the area adjacent to the traps during the season when sea lions are present (September through May).  The Marine Board approved opening rulemaking. OSMB staff will return to the Marine Board in October with a rule recommendation.


Fatal Crash Highway 6 near Tillamook -- Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/20/19 11:40 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 6 near Tillamook. 

On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at about 4:45 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 5. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mazda 3, operated by Randy DARNELL, age 61, from Bay City, was traveling westbound on Highway 6 and for unknown reasons went off the road.  The Mazda 3 went down an embankment and struck a tree.  DARNELL suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Traffic was impacted for about two (2) hours during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Tillamook Police Department and Tillamook Fire and Rescue. 

Photo courtesy of OSP.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125522/Highway_6.jpg

Double Fatal Crash Highway 78 near Crane -- Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/20/19 11:38 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 78 near Crane. 

On Wednesday June 19, 2019 at about 11:15 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 78 near milepost 22.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a GMC Yukon, operated by Joyce ARENDS, age 66, from Wickenburg, Arizona, was eastbound when for unknown reasons went off the roadway onto the shoulder.  The GMC Yukon came back onto the roadway where it rolled multiple times.  The GMC Yukon came to rest on its top on the south side of the highway. 

ARENDS and her passenger, Arnold ARENDS, age 72, from Wickenburg, Arizona, both suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Traffic was only affected for a limited time during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Harney County Sheriff’s Office and Burns Fire Department. 

Photograph courtesy of OSP. 

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125521/Highway_78.jpg

Influenza vaccination rates among health care workers still short of goals (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 06/20/19 11:05 AM

June 20, 2019

Influenza vaccination rates among health care workers still short of goals
Dialysis facility workers continue to have highest flu immunization rates, report says

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new state report shows that although health care worker influenza vaccination rates have increased over seven flu seasons, facilities overall continue to fall short of national goals.

Health care worker flu vaccination rates increased by 46 percent since the 2011-2012 flu season — from 52 percent for all health care facility types to 76 percent during the 2017-2018 season. That means the state beat the national Healthy People 2015 goal of a 75 percent health care worker flu vaccination rate, but remains well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent, according to the Oregon Health Care Worker Influenza Vaccination Annual Report.

The report was published this week by the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

"When you need to be in the hospital for a medical or surgical problem, the last thing you want is to catch the flu from your doctor or nurse," said Dat Tran, M.D., public health physician in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section. "When health care workers are vaccinated against the flu, the people they’re caring for are protected."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed the Healthy People program with 10-year objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

Dialysis facility workers in Oregon have the highest flu vaccination rates of health care facility types covered by the report, topping both the 2015 and 2020 Healthy People goals. Their rate of 90 percent during the 2017-2018 flu season represents a 5.8 percent increase from the 2016-2017 rate of 85 percent.

Hospitals overall also beat the national 2015 goal for health care worker immunizations against the flu, coming in at a rate of 82 percent during the 2017-2018 season, but still short of the 2020 goal. Since the 2011-2012 season, rates of flu immunizations among health care workers at hospitals have risen by 37 percent.

Ambulatory surgery centers and skilled nursing facilities had the lowest rates of flu vaccinations among health care workers, coming in below both the 2015 and 2020 national goals. Ambulatory surgery centers saw only a slight rise between the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, from 72 percent to 73 percent. The rate of increase at skilled nursing facilities was similarly sluggish: 57 percent to 59 percent.

Dr. Tran said publication of the report each year tracks progress toward the Healthy People 2020 goal and directs public health action, showing the need for additional support and education.

There are important steps health care facilities can take to achieve 90 percent vaccination coverage. Among the recommendations included in the Oregon Health Care Worker Influenza Vaccination Annual Report are encouraging health care workers, including those not employed by the facility — such as contractors and volunteers — to get vaccinated at the beginning of every influenza season. Facilities can host promotional activities, such as holding mass vaccination fairs, providing vaccines at no cost to employees, starting incentive programs, and documenting all employees’ vaccination status and requiring a declination form for staff members who forgo vaccination.

The report is available on the OHA Public Health Division website at: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/HAI/Pages/Reports-and-Data.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/3687/125518/Flu_Vax_Infographic_W_Numbers.png

Armed Workgroup Agenda Webex Meeting June 25, 2019
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/20/19 10:28 AM

The Armed workgroup, a workgroup of individuals from the Armed Subcommittee of the Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee for the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a Webex meeting, June 25, 2019 from 11:45 a.m.to 1:45 p.m. For more information, contact Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

Committee Members:

William McKnight, Chair and Armed Representative PSIPC

Les Youngbar, Public Member PSIPC

Greg Glassock, Olympic Tactical & Investigators LLC

Kelly Sparlin, Rogue Protection

Marlin Otto, Advanced Security, Inc.

Shawn Jewell, R.E.A.C.T. Training Systems & Security

Webex Meeting Information:

Please visit the DPSST Private Security Committee page using the link below and follow instructions for participation in the Webex.

The link for the meeting is:


The password is ‘Armed’.

1.  Introductions         

    Introductions of voting members

2.  Power Point Presentation – Sharing Ideas on a Screening Process for Armed Applicants for Hire

    Presented by Marlin Otto

3.  Discussion to follow presentation – The What and the Why, Pros vs. Cons and Employer Responsibility

    Open discussion for workgroup

4.  Next Meeting

Criminal Justice Background Investigation Workgroup June 26, 2019
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/20/19 9:20 AM

Criminal Justice Background Investigation Workgroup
June 26, 2019

The Criminal Justice Background Investigation Workgroup will hold a meeting on June 26, 2019 at
11:00 a.m. in Conference Room A234 at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Linsay
Hale at (503) 378-2427.

Teleconference Information:
Dial-In: 888-273-3658
Participant Code: 4711910

Workgroup Members:
Dave Rash, OACP
Matt English, OSSA (CPC)
Chris Davis, PPB (PPC)
Gary Ninman, DOC (CPC)
Kelly Dutra, 9-1-1 Directors (Board/TPC)
Jamie Heppner, OACCD (CPC)
Keith Kimberlin, OPOA
Matt Kingsbury, Non-Management Police
Rebecca Carney, OSP (TPC)
Nadine Purington, FOPPO (Board/CPC)
Les Youngbar, Public
Matt Frohnert, OSJCC (CPC)

1. Introductions
2. Overview of Board/DPSST Background Investigation Requirements/Authorities
    Presented by Linsay Hale
3. Identification of Issues/Discussion Points
    Presented by Linsay Hale
    • DPSST’s Role in Pre-Employment Background Investigations:
          o Centralized Repository
          o Standardized Personal History Statement
          o Pre-Screening Public Safety Applicants
    • Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Checks
    • OAR 259-008-0015: Notarization of the Personal History Statement
    • Other?

4. Next Workgroup Meeting: TBD

Former insurance agent sentenced to 60 months for defrauding at least four elderly investors out of $284,000
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/20/19 9:12 AM

(Salem) – James Frackowiak was sentenced to 60 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution by Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Todd L. Van Rysselberghe for defrauding at least four elderly investors out of approximately $284,000.

Frackowiak targeted former insurance clients and sold them interests in the Frack Income Fund, LLC, promising returns of up to 9 percent. He mislead victims by failing to disclose that the fund consisted of his personal debts and had no potential for generating the promised returns.

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation discovered the scheme after receiving a complaint from one of the victims about Frackowiak’s insurance practices. The investigation revealed Frackowiak was withholding and combining client insurance premium payments. The division revoked Frackowiak’s insurance producer license in 2017 and fined him $14,000.

The investigation into securities fraud began that same year. The division’s enforcement team worked with the Clackamas County Sherriff’s office and Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office on the case.

“Collaboration at all levels of government service is essential for cases like this,” said Andrew Stolfi, division administrator. “Before making any investment, we encourage Oregonians to do their homework, ask plenty of questions, and be suspicious of offers that appear too good to be true.”

Oregonians are encouraged to make sure financial service agents and investment products are legally registered with the state before signing any agreement. For more information and a list of steps to take before investing, visit our investments page.

For more resources to protect yourself from financial fraud visit dfr.oregon.gov/financial or contact our advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll free).



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

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


Wed. 06/19/19
Four Key Players in the Rajneesh Episode Come Together for Panel Discussion in Portland June 27 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 06/19/19 5:01 PM
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Oregon Historical Society Research Library, bb002919
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Oregon Historical Society Research Library, bb002919

Portland, OR –  In 1981, the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers purchased the Big Muddy Ranch near the tiny Oregon town of Antelope. The ambitious experiment soon ignited great concern among the citizens of Antelope as well as among state and federal officials. The resulting legal and cultural controversies – many of them caused or exacerbated by supporters of the Bhagwan – played out in state and national media and in state and federal courtrooms.

On Thursday, June 27, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society (USDCOHS) and the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) are pleased to welcome leading advocates from both sides of the Rajneeshpuram episode, who will address issues that continue to reverberate today. Three speakers made prominent appearances in the highly acclaimed Netflix Original documentary series Wild Wild Country. The program begins at 7pm at the First Congregational Church in Portland. Tickets are $25 and are available via brownpapertickets.com. This program is the latest in USDCHS’s Famous Cases lecture series and is sponsored in part by Perkins Coie LLP.

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Tom Balmer will moderate the panel discussion, featuring:

  • Philip Toelkes (a.k.a. Swami Prem Niren), attorney for the Rajneesh
  • Robert Weaver, assistant U.S. attorney at the time and lead federal prosecutor
  • William Gary, lead counsel for Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer on the matter
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge John Jelderks, who presided over a number of the state court legal proceedings

“Thirty five years later, Oregonians continue to grapple with the Rajneeshpuram episode. It is an extraordinary story of a religious utopian experiment gone wrong,” said Douglas Pahl, board member for the USDCOHS and OHS. “The strong feelings engendered by these events remain, highlighted poignantly by proceedings in Oregon courtrooms. We’ve brought together the leading legal advocates to reflect on the most significant issues they faced during that tumultuous time.” 

Interest in the Rajneesh episode skyrocketed with the premiere of Wild Wild Country in 2018. The majority of the archival footage used came from the Oregon Historical Society, primarily the KGW News Collection. To learn more about the inspiration behind this Emmy winning documentary, read the OLA Quarterly article, “Wild Wild Archive: Analog Videotape of the Rajneesh Movement at the Oregon Historical Society” written by OHS Film Archivist Matthew Cowan. For more history of the Rajneeshees, visit the Oregon Historical Society’s online Oregon Encyclopedia.

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

Attached Media Files: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Oregon Historical Society Research Library, bb002919

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Youth and Families Workgroup meets June 21
Oregon Health Authority - 06/19/19 4:31 PM

June 19, 2019

What: Public meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Youth and Families Workgroup.

Agenda: Discussion of draft foster youth peer pilot approach and options; develop questions for youth and peer engagement; decide how to distribute the model and questions to community and how to connect with peer groups.

When: June 21, 10 a.m. to noon.

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

Details: The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges. Its focus is on peer-delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, see the RBHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HSD/BHP/Pages/Regional-Collaboratives.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•         Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•         Written materials in other languages

•         Braille

•         Large print

•         Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or email .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduates 57th class. (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/19/19 3:57 PM

REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduated its 57th class today during a ceremony held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon. The program, which boasts as one of the best in the country, helps students who have dropped out or fallen behind, recover credits or graduate and assists them learn a number of core values.



Cadet Gissell Izaguirre speaks to a packed crowd of friends and families about what graduation from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe (OYCP) program meant to her during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon, on June 19.  The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


Cadet Kelvin Gorbett speaks to a packed crowd of friends and families about what his life was like before entering the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe (OYCP) program during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon on June 19.  The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


Oregon Secretary of State, Beverly Clarno, proudly announces the accomplishments of the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program(OYCP) during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon, on June 19.  The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


Cadet Serena Hernandez sings a rousing rendition of the national anthem during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon, on June 19.  The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


Cadets of the 57th graduating class of the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) proudly march into their graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon, on June 19.  OYCP, which boast as one of the toughest programs of its kind, puts students through rigorous education and training as a means of helping students who had not previously done well in school, recover credits and find a better life track .  (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Dumpster dive earns customer $1,200 (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 06/19/19 3:29 PM
Dena Thompson, manager of The Lucky Spot, and the dumpster where they found the lost ticket.
Dena Thompson, manager of The Lucky Spot, and the dumpster where they found the lost ticket.

June 19, 2019 – Salem, Ore. – After an Oregon Lottery retailer sifted through a dumpster to find a lost winning ticket for one of their players, excellent customer service may have a new standard.
Last week, Mary Peabody from Portland, won $1,200 playing Keno10-spot and took her ticket to The Lucky Spot to claim her prize. Since Mary’s prize was more than $600, the prize needed to be claimed at the Oregon Lottery and in the excitement she accidentally left her unsigned ticket behind.
The next day, when she realized she had left the unsigned ticket at The Lucky Spot, the ticket was nowhere to be found. By law, Lottery tickets belong to the person who signs the back of the ticket, which is why the Oregon Lottery always urges people to sign the back of their tickets as soon as possible.
“The clerk was really upset that the ticket was lost,” Peabody said. “At that point, we thought we had lost $1,200.”
But the staff at The Lucky Spot decided they wanted to make sure the ticket was truly gone.
“I thought it might have ended up in the garbage on accident,” said Dena Thompson, the manager at The Lucky Spot. “I went out to see if the dumpster had been emptied and it hadn’t yet. So my staff and some of my friends started looking for the ticket.”
Thompson said she thinks they went through six different large bags of garbage before the ticket was found, intact.
“I couldn’t help thinking that this was crazy, we found it!” she said. “We didn’t have a phone number for Mary, so we held onto it until she came in again. I am so proud of our staff for being so honest. Anyone could have found that ticket and signed the back and claimed the prize.”
“You don’t expect people to do that for you,” Peabody said. “She was almost in tears when she told me they found the ticket. The first thing we did was sign it!”
 “The funny part is that this all happened during the Feast of Saint Anthony,” Larry Peabody, Mary’s husband of 60 years. “He is the patron saint of lost things.”
During the 2018 fiscal year, the Oregon Lottery awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes and $725 million to state and local programs.
During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $109 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Multnomah County, where Peabody lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.
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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, veteran services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Oregon passes bipartisan legislation to slow rising cost of health care and increase transparency for consumers
Oregon Health Authority - 06/19/19 3:26 PM

June 19, 2019

Contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@state.or.us

SALEM, Ore. — With the passage of Senate Bill 889, Oregon becomes the fourth state to set a spending benchmark to rein in the rising costs of health care. Modeled after a program in Massachusetts, SB 889 creates the Oregon Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark Program. The program will set a state spending growth target that all insurance companies, hospitals and health care providers would have to stay within.

"Health care costs keep growing at a level that’s not sustainable for family budgets, businesses, or the state budget," said Jeremy Vandehey, director of Health Policy and Analytics at the Oregon Health Authority. "In Massachusetts, this policy saved $5.5 billion for consumers between 2013 and 2016. That’s the kind of savings we want to bring to Oregon families and businesses."

Research shows that Oregonians pay more for health care and have higher deductibles than residents in other states. Oregon has the third highest health insurance deductibles in the country and is in the top 10 highest states for family budgets spent on out-of-pocket hospital costs. Oregon has already established a 3.4 percent growth rate for public programs, but there isn’t a similar target for the private market, where almost half of Oregon residents get their health insurance.

"We must do something about the rising cost of health care and the pressure it’s putting on Oregon families," said Representative Rob Nosse (D-Portland). "With health care spending making up nearly 20 percent of the economy, this bill offers us an opportunity to set a target for lower spending and to better understand the drivers of cost increases, so we can do a better job of controlling them."

SB 889 establishes a citizen- and stakeholder-led Implementation Committee selected by Governor Brown and under the supervision of the Oregon Health Policy Board. It will determine the details of the program, including establishing what the benchmark should be and how the measurement of the total cost of care should be designed. The committee will also provide recommendations on how entities with unreasonable cost increases will be held accountable. These accountability measures will have to be adopted by the 2021 Legislature.

"This bill is the result of legislators, hospitals, insurers, consumers and labor coming together to look at the most promising ideas for containing health care costs," said Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield). "It will bring everyone to the table to work towards a common goal of holding health care costs down for all Oregonians."

SB 889 passed the Oregon House of Representatives today by a vote of 46 to 12 and passed the Senate unanimously June 13. Rhode Island and Delaware have also adopted health care cost growth benchmark programs. Oregon's first report on total health care spending and analysis of health price increases is expected to be released in fall 2021.

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RELEASE: Farm Bureau, ODA, ODOT, sheriff promote rural road safety (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 06/19/19 2:41 PM



Farm Bureau, ODA, ODOT, sheriff promote rural road safety

MARION COUNTY, OREGON, June 19, 2019 — With the goal of keeping both drivers and farmers safe, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Marion County Farm Bureau, Marion County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation will host a press conference on Thursday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Gervais to highlight the importance of sharing the road safely with farm equipment. (Get the details of press conference or follow it tomorrow on Facebook live.)

For many farmers in the Willamette Valley, summer is the busiest time of year. The harvest of vegetables, berries, tree fruits, grass seed, clover, and wheat, among other crops, is in full swing with farmers spending long hours in their tractors.

Summer harvest means that sometimes large, slow-moving equipment must travel on public roads to move between fields or from farm to field. Driving a tractor on a highway is a legal and often necessary part of harvest — but it can pose a serious safety risk for both motorists and farmers without caution, courtesy, and patience.

“We’re reminding drivers to slow down, be patient, and use caution when encountering a tractor on the road,” said Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “Moving equipment between farms is part of a farmer’s day-to-day life, but it can make an already dangerous job even more so. Please, let’s give them our attention and respect to keep the roads safe for all Oregonians.”

The Oregon Legislature is also poised to pass HB 3213, which will create a pilot program to allow local governments to establish safety corridors on county roads. The bill was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate and now awaits the Governor’s signature.

“I was proud to introduce House Bill 3213, the Rural Oregon Achieving Driving Safety (aka ROADS) Act, this session. This bill is going to provide a tool for local law enforcement, counties, and communities to ensure that our county roads and farm roads are safe for tractors and farm equipment, and safe for our rural communities that want to get to and from home safely,” said Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis.

Farmers and Marion County Farm Bureau members Molly McCargar and Brenda Frketich were driving forces behind the legislation.

“Our rural roads are no longer being used just for getting agricultural products to market. They’re now being used as backroad commuting highways,” said McCargar. “Nearly every farmer, and non-farmer, I know who live on River, French Prairie, and McKay Roads have stories of close calls or accidents because of increased traffic. In less than a year, there have been 12 fatalities on McKay Road alone.”

“As a farmer, a first responder, a mom, and a community member, I can tell you firsthand that a lack of roadway safety is a very scary, all too often deadly scenario. My hope is that raising awareness around road safety in agriculture, and on these county roads, will save lives,” said Frketich.

Besides experiencing a few near accidents themselves while driving a tractor on the road, McCargar and Frketich lost a neighbor and fellow farmer in a deadly crash five years ago. Scott Miller served on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and was killed in 2014 when a car rear-ended his tractor, which was pulling a trailer.

“Too many people underestimate how dangerous it is when you don’t slow down or try to pass a tractor recklessly, or even illegally over a double line or on a curve,” said McCargar. “Unfortunately, this is something farmers are seeing more every year.”

Indeed, as smartphone driving apps become the norm, more motorists than ever before are using rural roads for day-to-day travel. More people are taking advantage of the growing number of farm stands, u-pick fields, and agritourism events available. Summer is also the time when major construction occurs on interstate highways, like I-5, which can cause drivers to seek alternate routes.

As the number of cars on rural roads increases, so does the risk of serious accidents involving tractors.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), in 2017 there were a total of 42 crashes statewide involving farm equipment, resulting in one fatality and 32 non-fatal injuries. This is a significant increase from only four years ago; in 2013, there was a total of 26 crashes involving farm equipment, with no fatalities and 11 non-fatal injuries.

To help drivers share the road safely with farm equipment, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) offers a one-minute video and a free brochure with important tips for both motorists and farmers.

Farmers do their best to avoid moving tractors during times of high traffic. However, during peak harvest, when the fruit is ripe or the hay is at the optimum level of dryness, they may have no choice.

Most farm equipment is designed to travel at speeds of no more than 25 miles per hour (mph), and must display a triangular, orange-and-red, reflective, slow-moving-vehicle sign if going out on public roads.

It takes only about 5 seconds for a car driving 55 mph to travel the length of a football field. A tractor driving 25 mph that looks far away can be directly in front of a fast-moving car within seconds. In low light, it can be even more difficult to judge the distance.

Safety tips for drivers include:

  • If you decide to pass farm equipment on the road, please do so with caution.
  • Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.
  • If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not proceed unless you can see clearly ahead of both your vehicle and the vehicle you will pass.
  • If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.
  • Do not pass if you are in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
  • Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must make wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator’s hand signals and look at the left side of the road for gates, driveways, or a place the vehicle might turn.

Safety tips for farmers include:

  • Oregon law requires a slow-moving vehicle reflector on any machine that travels the road slower than 25 mph. Always point the triangle up, keep the SMV emblem clean to maximize reflectivity, and replace the emblem when it fades, normally every two to three years.
  • Mark the edges of tractors and machines with reflective tape and reflectors. Consider installing retrofit lighting to increase visibility.
  • Turn on your lights, but turn off rear spotlights when going onto the road. From a distance, spotlights can be mistaken for headlights.
  • Be aware of heavy traffic patterns.
  • Consider installing mirrors on equipment so you can see motorists around you. Be careful where the mirrors are placed.
  • When moving multiple farm implements down the highway, leave enough space between each vehicle for cars to pass.


About Oregon Farm Bureau: Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties. OFB President Sharon Waterman is an OFB Hall of Fame honoree and operates a Century Ranch raising sheep, cattle, and timber in Bandon. She is OFB’s 16th president.


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Health advisory for water contact at Cannon Beach lifted June 19
Oregon Health Authority - 06/19/19 2:09 PM

June 19, 2019

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Cannon Beach, located in Clatsop County. The health authority issued the advisory June 18 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0440, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Personal Document Shred and Prescription Drug Disposal Event this Saturday in Sisters (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/19 12:52 PM
Shred Event Graphic
Shred Event Graphic

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 19, 2019 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting our next public shredding event this Saturday, June 22, from 10:00am until noon in the parking lot of the DCSO Sisters Substation, located at 703 N. Larch Street.  We are collaborating with Secure Shred during the event to provide residents of Deschutes County the opportunity to destroy up to four medium sized boxes of personal documents.  We will also have valuable identity-theft prevention information available for our community members hoping to learn more.

Shredding events are for private residential document shredding and are not intended for business or commercial disposal. No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached.

Prescription Drug Disposal On-Site

The Sheriff's Office will have a deputy on-site to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medications.  One purpose of the drug disposal program is to keep unwanted or unused medications out of the hands of unintended users, children and animals. Proper disposal methods also reduce the environmental impact to our water, soil and landfills.  Please, remove any needles or sharps before turning in unwanted medications. 

Canned Food Drive

The Sheriff's Office will be accepting non-perishable food donations during the event.  Participants are asked to consider bringing a donation to benefit local food banks.

Our last shredding event of the year will take place on September 7th in Terrebonne.  Visit our website at https://sheriff.deschutes.org/community/community-programs/events/ to see this and other offered public events.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Single Vehicle crash knocks down power lines near Woodburn - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/19/19 10:02 AM

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at approximately 2:45 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99E near milepost 30.

Preliminary investigation reveals a Ford truck, operated by Efren Arellano-Contreras (19) of Woodburn, was north on Hwy 99E when he left the roadway and collided with a power pole.  

Power lines were down and Hwy 99E was shut for approximately 2 hours.

Arellano-Contreras was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Arellano-Contreras is being charged with DUII, reckless driving and criminal mischief in the second degree. 

OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriffs Office, Woodburn Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Hubbard Fire department.

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Fatal crash involving road construction worker - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/19/19 8:39 AM

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at approximately 8:32 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle on Highway 140 East near milepost 8.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold Mazda, operated by Zahara Gonzales (38) of Klamath Falls, was traveling westbound on Hwy 140E, entering an active construction zone. Gonzales struck a road construction flagger, identified as Daniel Wessel (45) of Klamath Falls.  Wessel was working for Rocky Mountain Construction.

Wessel sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hwy 140E was closed for 4 hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and Klamath Fire Department.  

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Oregon Heritage Commission grants awarded to museums throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/19/19 8:10 AM

Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded $78,021 in grants to 13 museums throughout the state. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation, visitor education and heritage tourism. Award amounts ranged $1,230 - $8,148.

Funded projects:

  • Benton County Historical Society, in Philomath, for conservation of an 1850 child’s dress and jacket.
  • Eugene Debbs Potts Foundation, in Merlin, for building repair.
  • Gilliam County Historical Society, in Condon, for interpretive panels.
  • Gresham Historical Society for collections storage improvements.
  • High Desert Museum, near Bend, to install the Natural Wanderment exhibition and offer associated programming.
  • Lane County Historical Society, in Eugene, for collections storage improvements.
  • The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, in Eugene, to digitize a portion of the Native American basket collection.
  • North Lincoln County Historical Society, in Lincoln City, to develop a research library.
  • Tillamook Forest Center, near Tillamook, for collections storage improvements.
  • Oregon Daughters of the American Revolution, in St Helens, for preservation of the Caples House.
  • Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society, in Portland, for the purchase of rare train parts.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to develop the Present Future Lab.
  • Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, in Salem, to organize, document , and re-house the large furniture collection.

The museum grant program is offered annually by the Oregon Heritage Commission, part of the Oregon Heritage program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The grant program began in 1965 when only 24 organizations were eligible for the program.

The Oregon Heritage Commission works to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage. The Commission sponsors heritage initiatives that educate the public about the value of heritage and celebrate the state’s diversity.

The Oregon Heritage Commission consists of nine members appointed by the governor and nine agency advisors. Members are chosen from state agencies and statewide organizations, and represent a diverse geographical and heritage background.

To learn more about the Oregon Museum Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Commission awards grants to multiple historic cemetery projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/19/19 8:06 AM

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) has awarded $62,394 in grants to 12 historic cemetery projects throughout the state. The funds will help support preservation efforts, repair work and visitor education. Individual award amounts ranged $2460-$8,000.

Funded projects:

  • Restoration of the Gibbons-Maxwell memorial in the Athena Cemetery in Athena.
  • Monument repair at Blue Mountain Kees Cemetery in Weston.
  • Monument repair and cleaning at the Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby.
  • Fence repair and storage shed at the East Drain Cemetery.
  • Road improvement and shed repair at the IOOF Cemetery in Coburg.
  • Complete a walking tour and kiosk at Logtown Cemetery in Jackson County.
  • Purchase and install block markers at Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland.
  • Install an information kiosk and digitized the records of the Moro Cemetery.
  • Rehabilitate the Veterans Memorial area at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.
  • Repair, reset and clean headstones at the St. Helens Masonic Cemetery.
  • Repair fencing and five monuments at the Ukiah Cemetery.
  • Repair monuments and remove trees in the Weston Cemetery.

Historic cemeteries are documented by OCHC and must include the burial of at least one person who died before Feb. 14, 1909.

The historic cemetery grant program is offered annually by the OCHC, part of the Oregon Heritage Program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

OCHC maintains a list of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in the state. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote of designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at i.gill@oregon.gov">Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Tue. 06/18/19
Land Board honors recipients of natural resource stewardship awards
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 06/18/19 2:39 PM

NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

Media Contact:

Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, ken.w.armstrong@dsl.state.or.us                       

June 18, 2019

Land Board honors recipients of natural resource stewardship awards

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board last week presented awards to two recipients of the 15th-Annual State Land Board Awards at its regular meeting in Salem June 11. The awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources.

The Land Board, comprised of the Governor, the State Treasurer and the Secretary of State, presented its Wetland Award to Cavender Wetland Enhancement, a Grant County partnership that worked to protect a 9.7-acre wetland in Monument. The partnership included property owner Jack and Judy Cavender, the Monument Soil and Water Conservation District, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs/Bonneville Power Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Land Board also presented its Partnership Award to the Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee, Inc. for its submarine cable landing project. For more than 20 years, the OFCC worked – and continues to work – cooperatively with multiple submarine cable system owners on projects to develop and land cable systems on the Oregon coast.

“I am impressed by the levels of creativity, cooperation, and initiative we see from our project partners,” said Governor Kate Brown. “We celebrate our awardees and their positive impact on the state of Oregon and our incredible natural resources.”

Since 2004, the Land Board has given 33 awards to people and organizations across the state for their extraordinary effort, vision, and dedication to Oregon. Award winners have come from all geographic regions: from Northeast Oregon to the Central Coast; large cities to rural communities; and the Willamette Valley to Southern Oregon. Awards have gone to watershed councils, private landowners, a port, small nonprofits, government agencies, large environmental organizations, and law enforcement groups. Honored projects have been supported by an array of partnerships and funding sources.



Notices mailed to 645,000 clients possibly impacted by data breach
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/18/19 1:37 PM

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services is sending notices by mail to approximately 645,000 clients notifying them that their personal information was compromised during a previously announced January 2019 data breach.

It is not known if the compromised information, which includes personal health information, was viewed or used inappropriately.

The department is providing 12 months of identity theft monitoring and recovery services, including a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy, to individuals whose information was accessible. This service is provided by ID Experts and is called MyIDCare.

Instructions on how to enroll in the MyIDCare service is included in each notification letter.

The department was targeted by an email “phishing” attempt. A phishing email was sent to department employees on January 8, 2019. Nine employees opened the phishing email and clicked on an internet link that gave the sender access to their email accounts. Beginning January 9, 2019, these nine employees started reporting problems. All affected accounts were located and access to the nine affected accounts was stopped by January 28, 2019. On January 28, 2019 the department and the Enterprise Security Office Cyber Security team confirmed that the phishing incident was a data breach. The investigation confirmed that no other email accounts had been compromised and that no malware had been installed on department desktop computers or laptops.

Initial review of the incident indicated up to 2 million emails might be involved. After the breach was contained, the department began its electronic forensic investigation and analysis to identity exactly what data was compromised. Due to the exceedingly large amount of data and its complexity, the state determined that it would be appropriate to hire an outside firm, ID Experts, for data analysis.

Once it was confirmed that the compromised data included personal information, the department created an incident call center and website with information about the breach. The public was notified on March 21, 2019.

Most client information involved in the breach was in email attachments, like reports. The exposed client information includes first and last names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, case numbers, personal health information, and other information used in DHS programs. The personal health information includes Protected Health Information (PHI), covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Not all of these information types was exposed for each person.

ID Experts is providing MyIDCare, identity theft monitoring and recovery services, to affected individuals on behalf of the department.

Starting June 19, 2019 the department is sending individual notices and enrollment instructions to those who have been impacted, including notices to clients whose personal health information may have been involved.

Department clients who have questions about the breach or who need help enrolling in MyIDCare can call (800) 792-1750 toll-free or visit http://ide.myidcare.com/oregonDHS.

Keeping personal information secure for people the department serves is very important. The department has closed access to the email web application involved in the phishing attack. The department maintains safeguards in place to protect its clients’ personal information, including keeping security updates and patching up-to-date, completing independent security assessments, and using special software. The department also regularly trains its staff about recognizing phishing attacks.

The department has also notified the top three national credit reporting agencies of the incident. These agencies are TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.

Anyone concerned about identity theft is encouraged to contact these reporting agencies for a copy of a current credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com or call (877) 322-8228 (Option 1) toll-free.

This can also be done in writing to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Placing a credit freeze
All consumers have the option to freeze their credit reports for free. Parents may request a freeze of the credit report of a child under the age of 16. The guardian, conservator, or person holding a valid power of attorney for an individual may also request a credit report freeze for that person.

Below is each company’s freeze contact information:
Equifax, (800) 349-9960 (Automated, Option 1) or (888) 298-0045 (Live)
TransUnion, (888) 909-8872 (Option 3)
Experian, (888) 397-3742 (Option 1 followed by Option 2)

Anyone that suspects they are the victim of identity theft should report it to the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

For information on how to report suspected identity theft and for information about protecting your identity, visit:

The Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at https://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer-protection/id-theft-data-breaches/data-breaches/.

Federal Trade Commission consumer information on Privacy, Identity & Online Security at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity-online-security.

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Stay safe, healthy with safety tips from OHA as summer kicks off June 21
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/19 12:19 PM

June 18, 2019

Stay safe, healthy with safety tips from OHA as summer kicks off June 21

#SummerBummer campaign launches to prevent hot-weather injuries, illnesses

PORTLAND, Ore. — As summer kicks off Friday, June 21, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending people in Oregon take steps to keep the season from becoming a “bummer” with tips for staying healthy and safe.

OHA is launching a digital media campaign using the hashtag #SummerBummer to feature recommendations to prevent injuries and illnesses often associated with the season’s warm temperatures, including cyanobacterial (harmful algal) blooms, fecal bacteria at beaches, drownings, food- and insect-borne diseases, wildfire smoke and extreme heat.

The goal of the campaign, set to run from June 21 to Sept. 21, is to leverage social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to encourage people to sign up for recreational advisories at the OHA recreational advisories website. The campaign will offer Oregonians a one-stop shop for warm-weather safety tips, including these topics:

  • Drowning prevention — Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating, and make sure young swimmers wear life jackets. Don't swim alone or in bad weather, and always supervise children in and near the water. Visit the Safe Kids websites on pool safety at https://www.safekids.org/poolsafety and boating safety at https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/boating.
  • Wildfire smoke — Watch air quality reports, such as the Oregon Smoke Blog at  http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/. Limit exposure to smoke by reducing time spent outdoors or engaging in rigorous outdoor activity, and stay in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house or one with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available. Stay hydrated. If you have heart or lung disease, follow your health care provider’s advice for precautions. Visit http://healthoregon.org/wildfires for more.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases (West Nile virus, Zika) — Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed, such as watering troughs and bird baths. Protect yourself during outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active by using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas. Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly. Visit OHA's West Nile virus webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnvprevent.aspx.
  • Tick-borne diseases (Colorado tick fever, Lyme disease) — Wear tick repellent that contains permethrin or DEET. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toed shoes, and tuck pant legs into the tops of socks or boots. Frequently check your clothing, gear and pets for ticks, and remove them. After you get home, check your entire body for ticks, including under the arms, in and around the ears and inside your belly button. Visit www.cdc.gov/ticks/.
  • Cyanobacterial (harmful algal) blooms — Avoid areas of water bodies where there are signs of a cyanobacterial bloom, such as water that is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color. Avoid swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, and other high-speed water activities in areas of the lake affected by a bloom. Watch children and pets to be sure they are not swallowing water or coming in contact with cyanobacterial blooms washed up on the shore or dried on rocks. Do not use lake water for drinking because camping-style filters and boiling do not remove the toxins. Visit http://healthoregon.org/hab.
  • Beach bacteria — Visitors to Oregon beaches where a public health advisory is in place for higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm even if no advisory is in effect. Visit http://healthoregon.org/beach.
  • Foodborne illness prevention — For picnics, pack a food thermometer, cooler chest with ice, clean utensils, storage containers for leftovers, paper towels and trash bags. Always thaw food overnight in the refrigerator, not on the counter, or cook it while frozen. Wash your hands before preparing food, and if running water isn’t available, use disposable wet wipes or hand sanitizer to clean hands before and after touching food. Serve food from the grill on a clean platter, and don’t use the same plate and utensils used for raw food. Don’t leave food out in the sun, keep your cooler in the shade. Cook meats to minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria: 160 degrees F for ground beef, pork and lamb; 165 F for poultry. Visit https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2015/06/picnic.html.
  • Extreme heat — Visit air-conditioned places if possible and limit sun exposure when UV rays are strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Never leave children in a parked car. Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working outside, and avoid alcohol or liquids with large amounts of sugar. Keep up to date on the temperature and heat index when planning activities. Learn to recognize, prevent and treat heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Visit OHA's Extreme Heat webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx.

For more information, visit the OHA’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OregonHealthAuthority/; Twitter page, https://twitter.com/OHAOregon or YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/healthoregon.

Sign up for beach and freshwater advisories the OHA recreational advisories website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/Pages/index.aspx.

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Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet June 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/18/19 10:35 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Monday, June 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Santiam Room, Building D on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters campus, 2600 State Street.

The committee will discuss the following topics:

  • Updates from the Private Forests Division
  • Landowner Assistance Program updates
  • Forest Legacy and Community Forestry Program updates
  • Meeting schedule for the remainder of 2019

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx

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Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/18/19 10:00 AM
TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - Graphic - June 18, 2019
TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - Graphic - June 18, 2019

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against non-payment and non-delivery scams. 

Earlier this spring, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) released the list of the most common computer-related crimes. In terms of total number of victims reporting crimes, non-payment and non-delivery frauds topped the list. In all, more than 65,000 people reported getting scammed in this way, losing more than $183 million in the process. 

So what is this crime combo? Imagine you are selling something on the internet. It could be through a popular trading platform, your favorite social media site or elsewhere. You think you have a buyer for grandma’s precious keepsakes and send them off. Either the payment sent bounces or you never receive a payment at all. That’s non-payment fraud. 

Or, imagine you are the buyer. That car, video game console or cool new toy is listed at a great price. You can’t pass that up, right? You make the deal and send the funds, but the item never shows up at your home. That’s non-delivery fraud. 

How can you protect yourself? 

  • Make sure you are dealing with a reputable source. Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure legitimacy. 

  • Obtain a physical address rather than simply a post office box and a telephone number, and call the other party to see if the telephone number is correct and working. 

  • Send an e-mail to the other party to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those who utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account. 

  • Check online reviews and check with the Better Business Bureau from the other party’s area. 

  • Don’t judge a person or company by the look of a website; flashy websites can be set up quickly. 

  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals or companies from outside your own country. 

  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong. 

  • Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card numbers 

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at?www.ic3.gov?or call your local FBI office. 


Attached Media Files: TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - June 18, 2019 , TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - Graphic - June 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon May 2019 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 06/18/19 10:00 AM

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent in May  

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in May, from 4.3 percent in April. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 31 months, dating back to November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in both April and May.

During this economic expansion, Oregon’s unemployment rate has been lower than at any time since comparable records began in 1976. The previous low was reached in January and February 1995 when Oregon’s rate touched 4.7 percent. In addition to the very low level of Oregon’s unemployment rate, it has been lower longer than ever before. Since the late-1970s, during the prior five economic expansions, the unemployment rate would generally drop to a bottom in the cycle and then start moving upward within a few months. In contrast, during the past three years, Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped down close to 4 percent, remaining near there for 31 consecutive months.

In May, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose 1,200 jobs, following a gain of 4,000 jobs in April. Monthly gains for May were strongest in health care and social assistance, which added 900 jobs, and in construction and government, which each added 600 jobs. Two industries cut jobs modestly in May: private educational services (-500 jobs) and retail trade (-400 jobs).

Looking at longer-term trends, Oregon’s economy continued to grow rapidly. Since May 2018, total nonfarm payroll employment was up 47,400 jobs, or 2.5 percent. The most rapid gains over the past year were in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+4,900 jobs, or 7.6%) and construction (+7,500 jobs, or 7.2%). Job gains were widespread, with five other major industries each adding between 2.5 percent and 3.3 percent to their jobs base in the past 12 months. These industries were manufacturing (+6,500 jobs, or 3.3%), health care and social assistance (+7,300 jobs, or 2.8%), professional and business services (+6,700 jobs, or 2.7%), leisure and hospitality (+5,600 jobs, or 2.7%), and wholesale trade (+1,900 jobs, or 2.5%). During that time, none of the major industries cut a substantial number of jobs, although three industries showed little change: retail trade; financial activities; and mining and logging.

Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, June 25th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for June on Tuesday, July 16th.


All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the October, November and December 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon May 2019 News Release

Health advisory issued June 18 for water contact at Cannon Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/19 9:44 AM

June 18, 2019

Health advisory issued June 18 for water contact at Cannon Beach

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, located in Clatsop County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Cannon Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

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

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