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Fri. 11/16/18
High-dose flu vaccine reducing hospitalizations in seniors, study shows
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/18 9:59 AM

EDITORS: Steve Robison, lead author of the study, is available for interviews after 11 a.m. today. To set up an interview, call 971-246-9139 or email PHD.Communications@state.or.us.

November 16, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us

High-dose flu vaccine reducing hospitalizations in seniors, study shows

Researchers examined vaccine with four times antigen level of typical vaccine

PORTLAND, Ore.—High-dose influenza vaccine reduces hospitalization for the virus among Oregon seniors, a new Oregon Health Authority study has found.

The study of more than 144,000 seniors, ages 65 and older, living in the Portland metropolitan area showed that high-dose flu vaccine was 31 percent more effective at preventing senior flu-related hospitalizations than the standard-dose flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 season, according to the study appearing in the scientific journal Vaccine.

A high-dose vaccine contains four times the antigen of a standard flu vaccine. Antigens are the molecular structures on the surfaces of viruses that trigger the body’s immune response. Seniors typically have a weaker immune response to standard influenza vaccines than younger adults, and benefit from vaccines that are high-dose or "adjuvanted" specifically for seniors.

Putting another chemical, an adjuvant, into the vaccine helps create a stronger reaction to the antigen of the vaccine. Seniors should get a vaccine that is intended to boost their immune response.

Steve Robison, epidemiologist in the Oregon Immunization Program, is the lead study author. Co-author is Anne Thomas, M.D., public health physician in the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section. They say protecting vulnerable seniors during flu season each year is a constant challenge.

"Seniors are at greater risk of severe illness from flu," Thomas said. "What’s more, typical flu vaccine doses aren’t adequately protective for many seniors. We wanted to know whether a widely used high-dose flu vaccine would benefit a large population of seniors, particularly in reducing hospitalizations."

For their study, Robison and Thomas focused on seniors who reported receiving a flu vaccine by Dec. 11, 2016, which is roughly four weeks before the typical onset of substantial local flu disease activity. It also ensured that seniors who received the vaccine had enough time to achieve full "seroconversion," which is when flu antibodies develop and become detectable.

The study population consisted of 78,602 seniors who received high-dose flu vaccine and 65,705 seniors who received the standard vaccine dose.

Robison and Thomas found that senior use of high-dose flu vaccine, compared with standard-dose vaccine, was associated with a "substantial reduction in the risk of hospitalization" with laboratory-confirmed influenza.

"The message is: do not give the standard flu vaccine to seniors. Give the high-dose vaccine or adjuvanted vaccine," Robison said. He said that while the adjuvanted vaccine was not addressed in the study, it also is a good alternative to the standard-dose vaccine for seniors.

Robison explained that because adult influenza is not a reportable disease in the United States, only limited data on actual amounts of disease exist. However, due to funding from CDC’s Emerging Infections Program, the OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention program tracks influenza hospitalizations in the Portland metro area.

"We are fortunate here in Oregon to have accurate data on flu hospitalizations," Robison said. "Coupled with a strong immunization registry in our state, we have the ability to use our hospitalization and vaccination data to figure out how well vaccines are working. In this case, our study tells us at least one of these vaccines may be working better than we think."

The study is available on the Science Direct website at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X18313197?dgcid=author.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Local flu clinics can be found by using the flu vaccine finder tool at http://www.flu.oregon.gov/. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also is promoting National Influenza Vaccination Week on its website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/nivw/ to highlight the importance of flu vaccination.

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Unclaimed $1 million Powerball prize expires November 26 (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/18 9:31 AM

November 16, 2018 - Salem, Ore. –  Someone who purchased a Powerball ticket on November 25, 2017 has, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, one extra day to claim their $1 million prize. But time is running out!
Lottery prizes are good one year from the date of the drawing. Since the one-year anniversary of the unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket falls on Sunday, Nov. 25, Lottery rules stipulate that the prize can be claimed the next business day. In this case, Monday, Nov. 26. Since the prize is more than $50,000, it can only be claimed at the Lottery’s Salem Headquarters, at 500 Airport Road SE in Salem. The Salem office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ticket was sold in the Southeast Portland area, and the winning numbers are 08-13-27-53-54 with a Powerball of 04. The player matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number.
All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. Each year approximately $5 million in unclaimed prizes goes into the fund. In fiscal year 2016, more than $5.3 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund. In fiscal year 2017, more than $5.4 million was transferred.
The Oregon Lottery also recently released new mobile phone applications for both iPhone and Android phones. One of the features of the new app, available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, is the ability to scan Lottery tickets to let players know if they’ve won a prize.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Armed Road Rage Suspect Arrested in NE Bend
Bend Police Dept. - 11/16/18 7:58 AM

Date:  Friday, November 16, 2018

Case:  2018-355588

Date & Time of Incident:  Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 1439 hours

Type of Incident:  Menacing

Location of Incident:  NE 8th St / NE Olney Ave


Kory Allen                     27 year old  Bend, Oregon Resident

Brittani Williamson        23 year old  Bend, Oregon Resident

4 year old female

1 year old male


Zeke Duge          71 year old  Sisters, Oregon Resident


On November 15th, 2018 at around 1439 hours, Bend Officers were dispatched to a ‘Road Rage’ incident involving a firearm near NE 8th St / NE Olney Ave.  Officers learned the victims in this incident, Kory Allen and Brittani Williamson, called to report a male, later identified as Zeke Duge, pulled a gun and pointed it at them near the intersection.  Two small juveniles were in Allen’s vehicle at the time of this incident.

Officers quickly located the suspect vehicle near NE Neff Rd / NE Purcell Ave are were able to take Duge into custody without incident.  Officers were able to confirm Duge did point a loaded firearm at Allen’s vehicle and all four occupants.

A firearm was recovered from Duge’s vehicle and he was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on the below listed charges.


  • Reckless Endangering
  • Unlawful Use/Carry of a Weapon
  • Disorderly Conduct II
  • Menacing
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants

OMSI's Annual Membership Sale Kicks Off on Black Friday
OMSI - 11/16/18 7:57 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 16, 2018) – Give the gift that lasts all year! Starting Friday, Nov. 23, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is offering 15% off all memberships during their annual membership sale, which runs through Jan. 1. 

OMSI members receive a wide array of benefits:
- Sneak peeks to big exhibits
- Chinook Book App access (with exclusive OMSI coupons)
- Discounts on summer camps, movie tickets, sub tours, food, events and more
- Reciprocal access to more than 325 museums across the country (see entire list)
- Tax deductible expense

Membership levels and sale price:

OMSI for 2 - $84
•    1 named adult + 1 guest or 2 named adults
•    2 theater or submarine vouchers

Family - $97.75
•    2 named adults + 4 children

Family Plus - $123.25
•    2 named adults + 4 children
•    1 guest per visit
•    4 theater or submarine vouchers

Friend - $144.50
•    2 named adults + 8 children
•    2 guests per visit
•    8 theater or submarine vouchers
•    Unlimited Planetarium Matinee showings

Patron - $191.25
•    2 named adults + 10 children
•    3 guests per visit
•    Unlimited Planetarium Matinees
•    2 OMSI After Dark attraction passes
•    Free Parking Pass
•    10 theater or submarine vouchers

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Thu. 11/15/18
Two Work Crew Inmates Flee on Quad (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/18 5:45 PM
dcso star
dcso star

Released by:  Sergeant William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  November 15, 2018


McCallister, Shawn D.      Age: 34

Turre, Christopher G.       Age: 30


On November 14, 2018, a Corrections Deputy and four inmate workers were at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Ranch, east of Bend.  The inmate workers were at the ranch to perform clean up and assist with the care and feeding of the rescue animals we have there.

At approximately 11:25am, the supervising Deputy lost sight of two of the inmates and began searching for them at the east end of the ranch.  The Deputy discovered the entrance gate onto the property had been forced open.  The two inmates had forced the gate open using the quad and left the property.

As the Deputy began making notifications of the escape, Deschutes County 911 received a call of two males on a quad speeding and “doing cookies” in the area of Arnold Market Road and Rimfire Rd.  The description of the two subject and quad matched that of the two missing inmates.  As deputies and other law enforcement resources began searching the area, another witness reporting seeing the two inmates and quad on China Hat Road heading towards Bend.

An Oregon State Police (OSP) aircraft in the area on regular patrol responded to the area of China Hat Road to assist with the search.  The OSP aircraft was able to locate, track, and coordinate responding resources to the inmates and quad.

At 1228 hours, Inmate Christopher G. Turre was located and taken into custody by an OSP Trooper on National Forest land to the east of the Lava Butte.  The second inmate, Shawn D. McCallister, was located and taken into custody approximately 35 minutes later.  Deputies located him after he had abandoned the quad and fled on foot into a nearby lava field to hide.  Both inmates were returned to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail a short time later.

An investigation into the escape determined Turre and McCallister had both drank hand sanitizer from a container that had been located in the jail transport van.  Hand sanitizer is usually around 60% alcohol, with is equivalent to 120 proof liquor.  The hand sanitizer was available to the inmates as a disinfectant during their work crew duties.

Inmates McCallister and Turre now face charges of Escape 2, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1 from this incident.  McCallister will also face additional charges of DUII, Attempt to Elude Felony, Attempt to Elude Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Departement, Sunriver Police Department, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM Ranger) for their assistance.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Attached Media Files: dcso star

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search And Rescue Is Seeking Additional Volunteers (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/18 3:34 PM

Date:  11/15/18

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications from members of our community who are interested in becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (DCSO SAR) is one of the busiest search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2017, DCSO SAR completed 127 missions and over 300 trainings. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more.

Selected applicants, who must be at least 21 years of age, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. The 2019 SAR Academy will begin on April 1st, with Volunteers graduating on May 9th. Generally, training occurs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, which consist of classroom exercises and is followed up with a day of training on Saturday for outdoor practical exercises.

Academy attendees will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid/CPR and how DCSO SAR operates. Included in the academy, is a "pack test", which consists of a five mile hike (2 1/2 miles uphill and 2 1/2 miles downhill) carrying a 25 lb. back pack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes. Each academy attendee will be assigned a mentor to assist with the successful completion of the academy.

Applications can be found online at www.deschutes.org/jobs and must be submitted by January 18th, 2019 at 5 PM.

Once applications are reviewed, applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted and required to attend an informational session. Applicants will also be required to attend an oral board interview. A background investigation will be completed for all applicants who are selected after the oral board interview. Some qualities necessary include a flexible schedule enabling mission attendance, the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player. There is a $100 entry fee for those selected, which covers initial Search and Rescue Volunteer clothing issued upon graduation from the academy.

Additional questions can be answered by telephoning the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit at 541-388-6501, as well as going online to http://sheriff.deschutes.org/Special-Services/sar/ and www.deschutessearchandrescue.org.

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Parking fee waived for Green Friday at Oregon State Parks (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/18 3:30 PM
South Falls at Silver Falls State Park
South Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites people to play for free Nov. 23 in celebration of “Green Friday.” The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 25 state parks the day after Thanksgiving.

"We started Green Friday four years ago to encourage people to opt outside and the response has been very positive," said Lisa Sumption, OPRD director. "We’re thrilled that many families now include a state park outing as part of their holiday tradition.”

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 25 parks that charge $5 daily for parking. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 23, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online.

Driving directions and more info about state parks is on oregonstateparks.org.

Attached Media Files: South Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Cottage Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges After Hash Oil Explosion
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/15/18 3:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Eric L. Scully, 35, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to endangering human life and illegally possessing and manufacturing marijuana after a November 2017 butane honey oil (BHO) explosion in Cottage Grove.

“Manufacturing hash oil is extremely dangerous and poses a grave risk of injury or death to producers and unknowing, innocent victims. Federal authorities will continue targeting BHO producers and the illicit distribution networks providing them with butane gas. Together with our local partners, we will put an end to this severe public safety threat,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

“This investigation highlights the significant dangers that these extraction operations pose,” stated Keith Weis, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Pacific Northwest Region. He further added, “This explosive event in Cottage Grove’s community was caused by highly reckless criminal activities surrounding butane honey oil (BHO) production, this time we were very lucky that lives were not lost.”

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 more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana bud and shake, 728 marijuana plants and over 80 pounds of marijuana extract. Each plant was either mature or had leaves and readily observable root formation.

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

Scully faces up to 40 years in prison with a five-year mandatory minimum sentence, a $5 million fine and a mandatory four-year term of supervised release. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and defense counsel are jointly recommending a non-binding, 87-month sentence for Scully who will be sentenced on February 21, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane.

As part of the plea agreement, Scully agrees to pay restitution to each victim as determined by the court, including payments for property damage, physical injuries caused by the explosion and the reimbursement of insurance companies. Scully also agreed to forfeit $25,980 in criminal proceeds and a pickup truck and trailer used to facilitate his crimes.

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: 2018-11/6325/119707/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Scully-Final.pdf

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Acuity Subcommittee meets November 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/18 2:47 PM

November 15, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us (media inquiries)

Marisha Childs, 971-673-0389, isha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us">marisha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information and accommodation)

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Acuity Subcommittee meets November 21 in Portland

What: A public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's Acuity Subcommittee.

Agenda: Overview of the acuity cross-walk, subcommittee members’ discussion and questions. The agenda is available on the OHA’s nurse staffing website.

When: November 21, 3-4:30 p.m. No public comment period is offered.

Where: Portland State Office Building Room 368, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland; or by conference call at 877-336-1829, access code 2075141.

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's acuity subcommittee advises the Oregon Health Authority on acuity measuring and how acuity is measured on a nurse staffing survey. Board members serving on the subcommittee will review the acuity cross-walk and advise OHA for future nurse staffing surveys.

For more information, see the OHA nurse staffing website at http://www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

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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 Marisha Childs at 971-673-0389, 711 TTY or isha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us">marisha.childs@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Statewide Housing Plan draft released; OHCS seeks public comment
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/15/18 2:31 PM

SALEM, OR – Today Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) released the draft Breaking New Ground: the OHCS Statewide Housing Plan, a five-year look at the agency’s priorities, goals, and strategies in ensuring a stable and affordable housing landscape. Drafted after combining robust statewide outreach and partner input sessions with quantitative data analysis, the document reflects what is needed to address the housing and service needs of both rural and urban communities across Oregon. OHCS will seek feedback over the course of the next month to clarify strategies and strengthen the Plan.

Director Margaret Salazar will be releasing a video interview later this month, ahead of five public meetings to introduce the draft plan and seek feedback on the strategies. The five meeting dates and locations are listed below.

  • La Grande – November 29th 1 PM – 3 PM at Cook Memorial Library
  • Eugene – December 10th 10 AM -12 PM at a location to be determined
  • Redmond – December 11th 12 PM – 1 PM at Redmond City Hall
    • Part of the Housing For All meeting
  • Forest Grove – December 11th 1 PM – 3 PM at Forest Grove City Hall
  • Newport – December 13th 1 PM – 3 PM at Oregon Coast Community College

Additional details about the Statewide Housing Plan, including details about 2017 outreach and county profiles, are available online.

Single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles - Wasco County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/18 1:04 PM

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at approximately 6:15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 89.

Initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Dodge Ram PU, operated by Zachary Rivera (32) from Mulino, OR, was westbound on Interstate 84 when the vehicle hit the guardrail, crossed both lanes, and went down an embankment on the south side of Interstate 84.  

Rivera was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.  He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Oregon State Police were assisted by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1002/119696/20181114_072615.jpg

Oregon State Police is requesting assistance in 2017 missing person case - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/18 12:38 PM

CORRECTION -  Richard Hillmann 

On November 22, 2017, Richard Hillmann attended a day before Thanksgiving gathering at a friend’s house on Pleasant Valley Road in Josephine County.  He left the party between 8 - 9 PM in his green 1997 Toyota SR5 pickup (OR License VWT 361) and has not been seen since.

Hillmann's residence is within 5 miles of the Pleasant Valley gathering.

The Oregon State Police adopted the case in March of 2018 and has interviewed many witnesses, friends, and neighbors. Hillmann had few close associates and primarily stayed to himself.

Investigators believe that Hillmann is the victim of foul play and the person(s) involved were known to Hillman.

Oregon State Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Hillman and/or his vehicle. If anyone has seen Hillmann, the vehicle,  or have any information regarding his disappearance they are asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 or OSP and reference case number SP18-076662 / Detective John Anderson.

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1002/119692/Hillman2.jpg , 2018-11/1002/119692/Hillman1.jpg

Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/15/18 12:14 PM
Aubrey Richardson
Aubrey Richardson

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Aubrey Richardson, died today, November 14, 2018. He was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) and passed away at the institution. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,900 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state. Richardson entered DOC custody on November 22, 2016 from Linn County.  His earliest release date was September 19, 2021. He was 76 years old. Next of kin have been notified.

TRCI is a multi-custody facility in Umatilla that houses more than 1,800 men.  It delivers a range of correctional services and programs including education, work opportunities, and cognitive programming.  The minimum facility opened in 1998 and the medium facility opened in 2000.

Attached Media Files: Aubrey Richardson

Pedestrian struck on Hwy 99 - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 11/15/18 11:57 AM

On Wednesday November 14, 2018 at approximately 8:44 pm Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian on Hwy 99 milepost 4.5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2018 Ford F150 PU, operated by Jordan Abbasi (33) of Missouri City,
Texas, was traveling northbound on Hwy 99 near milepost 4.5 when he hit a pedestrian in the roadway.  The pedestrian , identified as Bonnie Weyburn (52) from Vancouver, WA.  was transported to the hospital but later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Abbasi was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by EMS, Jackson County Fire, and ODOT.


Chronic Pain Task Force meets December 5 in Lake Oswego
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/18 10:50 AM

November 15, 2018

Contacts: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Daphne Peck, 503-373-1985, c.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Chronic Pain Task Force meets December 5 in Lake Oswego


What: A public meeting of the Health Evidence Review Commission's Chronic Pain Task Force

When: December 5, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Crowne Plaza hotel, Plaza 2 & 3, 14811 Kruse Oaks Drive, Lake Oswego. The public also may attend via a listen-only conference line by calling 888-204-5984, participant code 801373.

Agenda includes: Review opioid tapering evidence evaluation by Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Evidence-based Policy; review results of CCO survey of implementation of previous back and neck pain coverage changes and implementation of other potential coverage changes related to chronic pain; review and discuss potential alternatives to task force proposal; public comment will be accepted for 30 minutes starting at about 11 a.m.

For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/DSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx. The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting.

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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 Daphne Peck at 503-373-1985, 711 TTY or c.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the event. Written comments are also welcome at C.info@state.or.us">herc.info@state.or.us.

OHA reminds public to practice safe food handling with parody 'Salmonella' Twitter account
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/18 9:32 AM

November 15, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us

OHA reminds public to practice safe food handling with parody ‘Salmonella’ Twitter account

Oregonians encouraged to keep food safety in mind this holiday season

Nothing ruins a holiday gathering quite like an unwelcome guest, particularly when that guest is a bout of food poisoning.

That’s what the Oregon Health Authority hopes to help Oregonians avoid this holiday season by sharing prevention messages through Salmonella, a parody Twitter account personifying the salmonella bacteria.

Through his tongue-in-cheek tweets, Salmonella (inadvertently) highlights ways Oregon cooks can make their kitchens less welcoming to the illness-causing contaminant.

In his messages, Salmonella enthusiastically tells people that using the same cutting board for both raw meats and vegetables is a great way to invite him to dinner; cooking stuffing inside the turkey appeals to his sense of living dangerously; and not to believe the nay-sayers—eating raw cookie dough really is a great way to get sick.

"We want people to know salmonella can have serious consequences for your health," said Emilio DeBess, DVM, state public health veterinarian and an Oregon Health Authority salmonella expert. "But you can keep it off your menu by taking simple steps as you prepare your food."

Each year 400 to 500 cases of salmonella are reported in Oregon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States each year.

OHA offers the following tips for preventing food poisoning at home:

  • Wash hands and surfaces often.
  • Don’t cross-contaminate.
  • Cook foods to the proper internal temperature.
  • Refrigerate foods promptly.

Although cases of salmonella are most common during the summer months, food is often a central part of holiday preparations, making Thanksgiving and the winter holidays a good time to raise the subject.

Children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to foodborne illnesses and should take extra precautions to practice safe food handling.

Popular social media platforms handle billions of messages each day and are effective ways for people to share information. Robb Cowie, OHA communications director, said the Salmonella social media campaign offers a new way of getting attention for an important public health issue.

"If health experts always deliver food safety messages in the same way, we run the risk that people will tune them out," Cowie said. "Social media can help spread the word, but it means we have to take a different approach. Our intent with Salmonella’s light-hearted tone is to reach more Oregonians and warn them: Don’t take Salmonella lightly. He can ruin your holiday—or worse."

Through the campaign, the Salmonella parody account will respond to Oregon-based audiences posting on social media about preparing or consuming food and deliver a timely food safety message. In its first 72 hours, Salmonella has reached nearly 50,000 Oregonians.

Using social media to deliver public health messages is an emerging health communications practice and similar campaigns have shown positive results. In its "Melanoma Likes Me" campaign, Melanoma Patients Australia created a Twitter persona for Melanoma to reach young Australians, the group most at risk for the lethal cancer. Over the summer of 2014-2015 the campaign reached 2 million people and helped generate a 1,371-percent increase in unique visits to the Skincheck mobile site, a site that helped users check their moles and marks for signs of cancer.

Oregonians can follow Salmonella at @SalmonellaOR.

For more information on safe food handling practices, visit the Oregon Health Authority website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/FOODSAFETY/Pages/tips.aspx.

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Motor Vehicle Crash blocks La Pine State Recreation Road (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/18 8:54 AM

Motor Vehicle Crash blocks La Pine State Recreation Road

Prepared by:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

Driver:  Meeker, Michael Cody 37 years of age

                Klamath Falls, Oregon


Vehicle:  2012 GMC Acadia (unknown color due to fire damage)


Charges:     DUII

                   Reckless Driving

                   Criminal Mischief 1 x 2


On 11/14/18 at approximately 1703 hours, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the La Pine Fire Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on La Pine State Recreation Road.  The reporting person advised the vehicle had hit the bridge going over the river, and that the vehicle was in the river and on fire.

When Deputies arrived on scene, they found a 2012 GMC Acadia fully engulfed in flames along with the surrounding vegetation.  The roadway was blocked by the damaged guardrail, and a large amount of debris.  La Pine State Recreation Road was blocked in both directions.  La Pine Fire units arrived on scene, and quickly extinguished the fire.

The accident occurred when the driver, Michael Meeker, was driving west bound on La Pine State Recreation road.  He left the roadway on the north side of the roadway striking the guardrail and bridge over the river.  The vehicle then spun 180 degrees, landing in the dry portion of the river under the bridge.  There was severe damage to the guardrail and the pedestrian portion of the bridge, along with conduit and wiring belonging to Midstate Electric.  The vehicle was a total loss.

A DUII investigation was conducted, and Michael Meeker was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (alcohol), Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief I.  He was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

Midstate Electric and the Deschutes County Road Department responded to the scene.  The bridge was found to be safe, and both traffic lanes were opened at approximately 1840 hours.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the La Pine Fire Department, the Oregon State Police, and the Deschutes County Road Department.


Attached Media Files: 2018-11/5227/119679/20181114_172533.jpg , 2018-11/5227/119679/20181114_171735.jpg

County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee meets November 19 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/15/18 7:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The County Opportunity Grant Program Advisory Committee will meet 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 510 Hawthorne Ave. SE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The bulk of the agenda will feature County Opportunity Grant Program (COGP) applicants presenting their proposed projects to the committee for review. Project presentations will run 9:40 a.m. – 2 p.m. For specific presentation times, refer to the full meeting agenda on the grant program website.

The committee will evaluate and score all applications and create a priority ranking list of projects to be funded. The priority ranking list will be forwarded to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for final review and approval.

The COGP Advisory Committee consists of seven members who represent counties, recreational vehicle owners, people with disabilities and the general public. They also represent various geographic areas of the state. 

The COGP provides grant assistance on a project basis for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and planning of county park and recreation sites that provide camping facilities. The program was established in 1983 to direct a portion of revenue from recreational vehicle registration fees to counties for park and recreation sites and programs. All Oregon counties are eligible to apply to the COGP. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). 

For more information about the COGP, visit oprdgrants.org.

Individuals who need special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Mark Cowan, OPRD grant program coordinator, 503-986-0591 or k.cowan@oregon.gov">mark.cowan@oregon.gov, at least three days in advance.

Wed. 11/14/18
Spread some holiday cheer by volunteering to help seniors (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 11/14/18 8:39 PM
AARP volunteers volunteer at Store to Door in Portland
AARP volunteers volunteer at Store to Door in Portland

It’s the season of giving and the holiday season is a time when many non profits make their annual request for donations. But just as important is the need for volunteers, said AARP Oregon State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts.

The founder of AARP, Ethel Percy Andrus, noted that “It is only in the giving of ourselves of others that we truly live.” She believed in community service. It’s part of the DNA of AARP. "We are proud that we have more than 150 community volunteers statewide, but we also help with other AARP family programs such as AARP Tax Aide, The AARP Smart Driver Course and Experience Corps, hosted in Portland through Metropolitan Family Services. All of these programs and many more are looking for volunteers and offer meaningful ways to give back and make a difference!" Haughton-Pitts said.

Volunteering is great for the community, but it’s valuable to volunteers as well! Psychology Today ran a story a few years ago about some of the benefits of volunteering. Did you know people who volunteer are healthier and live longer?  Health and longevity gains from volunteering come from establishing meaningful volunteer roles before you retire and continuing to volunteer once you arrive in your post-retirement years.  Another great aspect of volunteerism, is that it helps us develop and maintain social connections and make new friends. It gives us a sense of purpose.

And for people who are still in the workforce, volunteering can help develop new skills and abilities. It can be great for your career! You meet key people and can learn new skills – and open up possibilities such as leading teams.


Here are some of the great organizations serving older adults. Volunteers receive training and support from staff.


Elders in Action. As our community of older adults grows, their needs grow as well. Elders in Action is looking for volunteers to give presentations and advocate in the community to raise awareness about the problem of elder abuse and to provide direct services to low-income adults. Elders in Action provides training to new volunteers every month. Please contact Laura Berrutti to learn more about volunteer opportunities and trainings: a@eldersinaction.org">Laura@eldersinaction.org and 503-595-7533, or visit:  http://eldersinaction.org/volunteer/  


Ride Connection Volunteer Drivers help their neighbors stay active, independent, and connected with the places that mean the most to them. Whether you’d like to drive an older adult to the senior center, a neighbor with a disability to a medical appointment, or a Veteran to visit a loved one in a care facility, we’ll match you with riders in need of transportation at times that are most convenient for you.For more information on our flexible volunteer opportunities, contact Pam Monahan, Volunteer Outreach Specialist, at (503) 528-1738, pmonahan@rideconnection.org, or visit our website: https://rideconnection.org/


Store to Door is a local nonprofit that supports independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service.  Store to Door looks for dedicated volunteers to help take weekly nourishment and social connection to homebound seniors in Portland.  Currently, they have a critical need for volunteers to help as weekly Delivery Volunteers and/or Order Takers.  Email Volunteer@Storetodooroforegon.org or call 503-200-3333 ext 106 More information can be found at www.storetodooroforegon.org/volunteer


Meals on Wheels – The most common volunteer job is delivering meals and friendly greetings to homebound seniors.  The program helps stop senior hunger and social isolation. Find a local place to volunteer through https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch?sign-up=1


AARP Smart Driver Program – Driver Safety volunteers teach and organize the award-winning AARP Smart Driver™ classroom course curriculum in their local communities throughout the state. Learn more at https://www.aarp.org/auto/driver-safety/volunteer/


AARP Foundation Tax is looking for help in putting $50 million in refunds back in the pockets of Oregonians in 2019. You can help by training as a Tax-Aide volunteer. To find an opportunity near you in Oregon and apply, sign up at:  https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/


Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteers will respond to concerns of residents in nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes. https://www.oltco.org/ltco/volunteer


State Health Insurance Benefits Assistance volunteer counselors help people in their community understand their Medicare insurance choices and their rights through individual counseling, education, and referrals. Ehttps://healthcare.oregon.gov/shiba/volunteers/Pages/volunteer.aspx


AARP Oregon volunteer – We’re currently looking for individuals who would like to learn about AARP issues and become advocates. Write to aarp@aarp.org">oraarp@aarp.org to learn more.

Attached Media Files: AARP volunteers volunteer at Store to Door in Portland

Marine Law Enforcement Recognized for Life Saving Efforts, Outstanding Program Service
Oregon Marine Board - 11/14/18 3:50 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board recognized marine law enforcement from around the state for seven water-related rescues during their post-season Marine Law Enforcement Conference, held in Redmond on October 16.  The Marine Board also recognized individuals for outstanding service that went above and beyond in helping improve boating safety on Oregon’s waterways.

Life-Saving Recognition

The agency’s annual lifesaving awards recognize personnel who have exhibited heroism, going above and beyond the call of duty, by directly attempting to rescue one or more persons involved in a water-related incident.  These awards are open to all law enforcement, boating safety volunteers, and other marine partners.  Seven rescue events occurred during the boating season with nine lives saved.    

On January 22, OSP Trooper Aaron Miller was conducting a boat patrol with the Oregon State Police on Tillamook Bay.  Trooper Miller was actively monitoring the dive cockle fishery in the bay due to reports of violations.  On this day, Trooper Miller was invited to conduct a boat patrol with Deputy Paul Fournier who is assigned with the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol.  The officers located a dive boat in an area commonly known as Crab Harbor and they noticed visible violations.  The officers tied up to the dive boat and were talking with the captain when one of the divers showed signs of distress and fell unconscious underwater.  Due to quick thinking by another diver to drop the gear, the diver in distress was able to surface.  The officers recovered the unconscious diver, blue in color, and not breathing.  As Deputy Fournier operated the boat in an effort to get the diver to medical personnel, Trooper Miller started chest compressions.  While on-route to the docks, the diver regained consciousness and started breathing on his own.  The diver was transferred to medical personnel immediately upon arriving at the docks. 

On March 27, shortly after midnight, Deputy Ron Osborn and Deputy Scott McLellan received a call of a car stopped and blocking one of the eastbound lanes of the Steel Bridge in Portland.  The Portland Police Bureau asked the Multnomah County River Patrol to do an area check in case there was a jumper.  No one had been seen attempting to jump from the bridge.  From the marine patrol boathouse, it took nearly 30 minutes for the deputies to arrive on-scene.  Once the deputies arrived, they were able to spot a face and hands sticking out of the water.  The person was located next to an ocean-going grain ship at the grain terminal downriver from the Steel Bridge. 

They pulled next to the person and were able to get him on the boat, then transported him to the Fire Bureau dock where they met AMR medics.  The person was unresponsive by that time and was transported to OHSU where he regained consciousness and survived his injuries.  Rescues of this type are very difficult in the dark under quickly changing wind and weather conditions.  Deputy Osborn and McLellan’s keen vision and expertise helped locate the person just in time.

At noon on May 27, Deputy Jerry Williams and Deputy Dave Young from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office were patrolling the North Santiam River, just upstream from the confluence where the North and South Fork of the Santiam River meet, near Jefferson.  While patrolling the river, Williams and Young spotted two young men in inner tubes.  Neither of the floaters was wearing a life jacket and they were approaching a sizable tree snag that was above the waterline and extended below the waterline like a chain link fence of wood, maple vines, and debris.  One of the floaters was able to make it to the other side of the river to safety without incident, but the other person in the inner tube was entangled in the snag and the tube overturned.  The man was pinned underwater and was pulled by the current under the snag.  Deputy Williams drove the boat as Deputy Young grabbed the wrist of the man, held on as hard as he could, and pulled the man up to keep his head out of the water so he could breathe.  Deputy Williams and Deputy Young instructed the man to climb the snag until they could pull him into the jet boat safely.  They transported the man to Jefferson Fire Department medics. 

In August, Lane County received a call of a water rescue on Fern Ridge Reservoir.  There were six family members that were boating and enjoying their afternoon when tragedy hit.  A nine-year-old child called to report that their mother and father were both in the water and that they were in critical need of help.  The child also reported that the father was underwater.  Deputy Guy Pease and Deputy Jon Bock were on Fern Ridge at the time of the call but on the other side of the reservoir.  The conditions were very rough, with three-foot swells and high wind conditions.  Another call came in that an eight-year-old and 11-year-old were also in the water.  Deputies Pease and Bock responded from across the lake and began the search.  They quickly spotted two boys who were hysterical and struggling to keep their heads above the large waves.  One of the boys was screaming that his dad was dead.  Both of the boys were pulled from the water and brought to safety.  Deputy Pease saw the mother in the water, holding the father.  The mother had one arm through a life jacket and was struggling to hold onto the father.  The mother was hysterical and kept sinking below the surface.  Deputies brought the father onto the boat and Deputy Bock began chest compressions.  Deputy Pease grabbed a CPR mask and took over compressions as Deputy Bock pulled the mother into the boat.  All of the individuals involved were taken to the boat launch at Orchard Point.  Regrettably, the father was unable to be revived, but the heroic actions of Deputies Pease and Bock, the other three people were rescued. 

On September 10, Deputy Mike Cahill from the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office dove into the Columbia River to rescue a suicidal woman.  Deputy Cahill responded to a call at 3:23 pm after launching his patrol boat roughly ½ mile downstream from Channel Marker 40 near Boardman.  Deputy Cahill spotted a woman in the water about 50-75 yards out.  There were three to four-foot swells with visible whitecaps, as she struggled to keep her head above the water, moving further out into the river.  There wasn’t time to deploy a boat, so Deputy Cahill immediately dove into the water in an attempt to rescue the woman.  The woman went underwater several times and didn’t resurface, but not before Deputy Cahill was able to get a visual on her and get close enough to grab her by one of her elbows.  He identified himself and told her he wanted to take her back to shore.  She tried to break loose, but the deputy was able to maintain good contact with her.  As Deputy Cahill was attempting to get the woman back to shore, she begged him to let her go.  Deputy Cahill spoke calmly and reassured her as he swam them both back to shore.  The woman repeated she wanted to be let go and tried to escape, but Deputy Cahill didn’t give up.  He was working against the water, the wind, the strong current and the woman he was attempting to rescue.  Deputy Cahill was able to swim her to shallow water where Boardman Police entered the water to assist.

On July 18, a man attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Fremont Bridge into the Willamette River, more than 380 feet below.  On any other day, this would be a short and sad story, but just a half a mile away was River Deputy Kevin McAfee from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol.  As soon as the call was broadcast, McAfee immediately motored to the location –by himself.  There’s a brief moment after a person enters the water where the body’s survival instinct and body chemistry take over.  If a person is conscious and had the ability to move at all, they will automatically try to breathe.  Those moments are fleeting as a person’s body is instantly impacted by cold water shock, in addition to any severe injuries that can lead to drowning.  After 20 years with the sheriff’s office marine patrol and several years of service on the Dive Team, and Search and Rescue, McAfee knew this reality all too well.  Portland Police, Portland Fire, and the Coast Guard were all notified and responding to the call.  The patrol boat, “Munson” is equipped with cameras and recorded the event as McAfee approached the Fremont Bridge in search of the man.  The camera was not immediately able to detect the man in the river.  Portland Police located the man’s vehicle on the bride, giving McAfee a better idea of where to begin looking, just past the center of the bridge.  The traffic unit was able to spot the man, struggling in the water toward the middle of the river.  The man had very little capacity to hold on to life.  McAfee spotted the man and using extreme skill and care, adjusted the boat speed, dropped the front gate on the boat and pulled the man on board –with perfect timing.  This is exceptionally difficult to do, let alone solo.  The Portland Fire Bureau boat 6 Rescue Craft personnel arrived moments later, boarded the boat and started rescue medical attention.  They took the man to a waiting ambulance and on to the hospital.  The medical lifesaving procedures performed by fire, ambulance medics, nurses and doctors were equally as miraculous and deserving or recognition.  But if not for Deputy McAfee’s dedication to protect and serve the public, this man may not be alive today.  

On a chilly October afternoon, Deputy Scott McDowell and Sergeant Steve Dangler from the Multnomah County River Patrol were dispatched to assist Vancouver Police Department with a female suspect who had fled into the Columbia River.  The woman was in the river ranging from knee-high to the center of her chest.  As she continued to move around, she stumbled and eventually fell into the river. As the officers got closer, Sergeant Dangler dropped the front door of the boat.  This gave Deputy McDowell a clear view of the woman and would allow them to pull her aboard.  While in the river, she kept talking to herself and yelling out.  The goal was to corral her to the shore so she did not go under water.  This part of the river drops off substantially and given the mental state of the woman currently fighting to evade them in the river, the deputies were certain she would not be able to swim. The high winds made it challenging to maintain the boat position or move with her. Underwater pilings and high wind and waves put the woman, the officers, and the patrol boat at risk.  Sergeant Dangler decided that they had to act immediately or risk damaging the boat or losing the subject in the river.  He stripped some of his gear and told Deputy McDowell to position the boat on the next approach for him to hop off and securely grab her.  Sergeant Dangler jumped in the water, grabbing the subject under her right arm and tightly holding her against him so she could not turn out and away.  Once Sergeant Dangler got his footing, he positioned her to the left to pull her off balance.  Sergeant Dangler carried the woman to shore where two more Vancouver Police Officers were waiting. Vancouver took the woman into custody without further incident.  Due to the quick actions by all, the woman was able to get awaiting medical attention despite her resistance.

Marine law enforcement officers from 32 county sheriff’s offices, tribal representatives and the Oregon State Police train for swift water rescue, boat maneuvering, and a myriad of other life-saving scenarios each year during the Marine Board’s Law Enforcement Academy.  Academy training, in addition to the Marine Board’s drift and jet boat training schools, has proven to be well worth the time and effort in the number of lives saved each year.  

The Marine Board is sincerely grateful for every marine officer who puts their own lives at risk every time they patrol Oregon’s waterways and the thousands of people they impact through their presence.   

Program Awards

Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Wade Holom –Boat Maintenance Award

Marine law enforcement boats and equipment are purchased for marine programs using recreational motorboat dollars from the Marine Board, in addition to funding for boating safety education and patrol hours.  Boats and equipment require maintenance, and depending on the areas of patrol, some boats can experience extreme wear and tear from season to season.  In the first award of its kind, the Marine Board recognized Deputy Wade Holom of Malheur County with a Boat Maintenance Award.  Deputy Holom takes exceedingly good care of the county boat by conducting and verifying all of the required maintenance, communicating regularly with the agency’s Waterway Program Coordinator, Brian Paulsen about needed repairs, and finding creative solutions to get the maximum value and life out of the watercraft.  Deputy Holom’s dedication and efforts to ensure the boat is well maintained to prolong the life of the boat, deserves commendation.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Rayce Belmont -Rookie of the Year

This award recognizes a top performing marine officer who completed the current year’s marine academy and dives in as an active and effective new recruit.  Deputy Belmont’s excellent attitude, stellar boat operation skills, positive energy and easy-going demeanor helped garner him 639 boater contacts, where he issued 136 warnings and citations, along with some boating education. 

Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Charles Douglass –Most Valuable Contribution

The Most Valuable Contribution Award is one that is selected by unanimous consent of the Oregon State Marine Board’s Boating Safety Program staff.  A combination of action and attitude, Douglass has both character attributes.

Deputy Douglas was hired in 1999 by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the Marine Patrol on September 20, 2008.  Douglass is a top performer in boater contacts year to year, is a top jet boat operator, one of our foundational instructors, and finds time every year to teach at the Marine Law Enforcement Academy, Drift and Jet Boat Schools. He also serves on the state’s Boating Accident Investigation Team and holds many advanced certifications that make him one of the top, if not the top, boat accident investigators in the state.  For the Marine Board’s “Operation Ship Shape” during the 2018 boating season, Douglass contacted 68 boaters addressing 80 violations in a single weekend and claimed over 200 documented boating violations between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  The Marine Board is incredibly grateful to have a deputy of Douglass’ caliber, setting the standard for others. 

Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Daren Krag –Officer of the Year

The annual Officer of the Year Award is the Marine Board’s top award, selected by the Law Enforcement Advisory Group, recognizing someone with outstanding skill, attitude, and exceptional service to Oregon’s boaters over the last 12 months. 

Dep. Daren Krag, of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, is a renowned Boating Under the Influence (BUII) detection expert.  Krag is also an educator, an excellent instructor and boat operator, and is beyond dedicated to the cause of boating safety. 

As a corporal of the Marine Unit, Krag is responsible for all the administrative tasks as well as the job of Marine Deputy. His interactions with the public are charismatic.  Most citizens he contacts – even those he arrests – will tell you he is a great guy, fair, honest and caring.

Daren’s program consistently ranks at the top for boater contacts.  Most noteworthy, Krag averages well over half of all BUII arrests in the state, and during the 2018 season was nationally recognized for his specific contributions to the region to ensure the waterways are safe for everyone.  Krag is also an instructor at the Marine Law Enforcement Academy, Drift and Jet Boat Schools, and teaches boating safety in the local schools and to community groups. The Small Boat Rescue Team, under his leadership, is an effective, efficient resource that benefits all of Klamath County.  Krag’s willingness to aid other counties with tools and equipment such as side-scan-sonar has helped families of victims find closure.  The Marine Board is indebted to the service of Deputy Krag, the example he sets for others, and the kindness he shows to everyone he encounters. 


The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters.  No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs.  Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training, and equipment), education/outreach materials, and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, restrooms, and construction and maintenance).  The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials.  The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards.  For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/14/18 2:28 PM
Michael Krajeski
Michael Krajeski

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Michael Krajeski died on November 10, 2018. He was incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) and passed away in the institution’s end of life care program. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Micheal Krajeski entered DOC custody on July 25, 2012 from Multnomah County.  His earliest release date was August 17, 2019. He was 60 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,900 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state. Next of kin has been notified.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues©, whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

Attached Media Files: Michael Krajeski

State to announce 10 communities selected for Operation Welcome Home
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/14/18 1:34 PM


November 14, 2018



Ariel Nelson                                       

Government Relations and Communications Liaison

Oregon Housing and Community Services

503-949-0201, iel.Nelson@oregon.gov">Ariel.Nelson@oregon.gov    


State to announce 10 communities selected for Operation Welcome Home

Operation Welcome Home Launch will take place November 15th at 2 PM at Seavey Meadows in Corvallis.

SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) will formally announce ten communities selected to participate in Operation Welcome Home tomorrow at 2 PM. OHCS, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), will support communities by providing technical assistance in their initiative to end veterans’ homelessness. The selected communities will gather for the Operation Welcome Home Launch at Seavey Meadows (1099 NE Sorrel Place Corvallis, OR 97330), a veterans’ affordable housing community funded with state resources.

“It’s unacceptable that any veteran would experience homelessness,” said OHCS Director Margaret Salazar, “but we know that veterans are more likely to face these challenges. Operation Welcome Home centers the goal of ending veterans’ homelessness and uses national best practices and clear goalposts to advance that goal. The ten communities selected demonstrate a desire and ability to address veterans’ homelessness, and we are proud to support them in this effort.”

Operation Welcome Home is a campaign to address veterans experiencing homelessness that will run from November 2018 to May 2019. This initiative is supported through Measure 96 lottery funds allocated by the 2017 Legislature, and represents the first stage in supporting local communities as they work to end veteran homelessness. Throughout the course of this campaign, OHCS and ODVA will provide communities the support needed to house 500 veterans across Oregon. This investment will not only support local community efforts, but it will create a lasting infrastructure to make an impact well into the future.

“Veterans and their families deserve stable housing,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “This technical assistance will help communities create a by-name list of veterans experiencing homelessness that will allow multiple services providers to coordinate and leverage resources to help each veteran experiencing homelessness. This approach ensures we are looking at the person experiencing homelessness rather than another statistic.”

The selected communities are listed below. Additional details about Operation Welcome Home available online.

  • NeighborImpact and Central Oregon Veterans Outreach: Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agencies: Marion and Polk Counties
  • ACCESS: Jackson County
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership: Yamhill County
  • Oregon Coast Community Action: Coos and Curry Counties
  • United Community Action Network: Douglas and Josephine Counties
  • Community Action Partnership of Oregon: Baker, Grant, Harney, Hood River,
  • Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Sherman, Union and Wasco Counties
  • Community Services Consortium: Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties
  • Clackamas County Social Services: Clackamas County
  • Lane County Human Services Commission: Lane County


Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1810/119647/Operation_Welcome_Home_Press_Release.pdf

Oregon Building Codes Division adopts energy-efficient code for commercial structures
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/18 12:24 PM

(Salem) – The State of Oregon has launched a new optional energy-efficient code to help achieve increased energy efficiency in commercial structures.

This week, the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard was approved by the Building Codes Structures Board and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use throughout Oregon.

The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.

“This continues Oregon’s national leadership in providing innovative construction regulatory options. The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses,” Building Codes Division Administrator Mark Long said. “Providing businesses with an additional regulatory path helps Oregon meet our overall energy-efficiency goals.”

The code is a statewide alternate method, which provides additional options for Oregon businesses.

“Oregon is fortunate to have the ability to make these efficient options available to industry working through our advisory boards,” said Long. “This is another example of regulatory success in Oregon.”

The code is based on a federally recognized energy standard that establishes robust, but achievable, construction standards that align with Oregon’s energy goals. The standard also  includes a fully programmed online tool, allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.

Builders who want to use the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard will document compliance with the standard using an Oregon-specific tool and Architecture 2030’s Zero Code Energy Calculator to help designers identify potential renewable energy sources to improve efficiency. The information will be recorded as part of the permit file for the building.

Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard statewide alternate method.


The Building Codes Division (BCD) adopts statewide construction standards, which ensure a uniform and predictable regulatory environment in Oregon. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/bcd.

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

Gingerbread Adventures Returns to OMSI
OMSI - 11/14/18 11:28 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 14, 2018) –  This holiday season, jingle all the way to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to see towering sculptures, sweet science demonstrations and build-it-yourself workshops at the third annual Gingerbread Adventures, opening Nov. 17.

Local architecture firms and bakeries have teamed up to design and build gingerbread sculptures focused on the theme “Egypt”:

•    Soderstrom Architects & Bon Appetit Management Company with “Despicable Megypt”
•    Lewallen Architecture & New Seasons with “Fa La La La Ra”
•    Scott Edwards Architecture & Sugar Cubed Cakes with “Sweet AfterLife”
•    LRS Architects & Love Bites by Carnie with “Under Wraps”
•    Walker Macy & Sarah’s Cookies with “Khepri Rising”
•    LEVER Architecture & Pix Patisserie with “Ain’t No Party Like an Afterlife Party” 
•    WRK Engineers & Ankrom Moisan Architects & Delice Chocolate & Confections with “A Game of Cat & Mouse-oleum”

Gingerbread Adventures, sponsored by New Seasons with support from Bob’s Red Mill and Macy’s, highlights the innovation and food science that goes into assembling elaborate gingerbread sculptures. Food science intertwines biology, technology, engineering, architecture and physics in the creation of these artistic creations showcasing Portland’s diverse cultural experience, innovative food scene, and architectural expertise. 

“The last two years of Gingerbread Adventures have been so much fun, and I’m always impressed by the creativity of the teams,” said Melony Beaird, OMSI events manager. “The architect firms really push the boundaries of what the bakers can accomplish with edible materials, and you will see new and innovative ways to use gingerbread and sugar.” 

There will be more than just amazing sculptures on view. Located in OMSI’s Auditorium, guests can learn how to make an origami Sphinx, decode hieroglyphs, design a winter scene and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” selecting their favorite gingerbread sculpture.

Returning this year is the popular food science workshop: How Does the Cookie Crumble? Adults will spend an evening learning how buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes. Then, they’ll have a chance to design, build and test their own quake-proof gingerbread house. Workshops will be held Dec. 13, 18 and 20; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per gingerbread house (up to 2 people per house).

Gingerbread Adventures is included with general admission to the museum and will be on view in the OMSI Auditorium from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, 2019. For more information, visit omsi.edu.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Marks Transgender Awareness Week, Expands Services in Central Oregon
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette - 11/14/18 10:34 AM

November 12-19 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender-nonconforming people — and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care.

“Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is proud to provide quality, compassionate health care to transgender people in Oregon and Southwest Washington,” said Anne Udall, President & CEO. “Our services and programs are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our goal every day is to make each person who comes through our doors feel welcome, comfortable and cared for while providing the best possible care.”

Last month, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette launched gender-affirmation services for people 18 and older at its Bend Health Center. As part of PPCW’s commitment to community engagement, staff are connecting with community members, LGBTQ-serving organizations and other healthcare providers to ensure that the services offered meet the diverse needs of the community.

“Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette believes that all people deserve high-quality, affordable health care, no matter who they are,” said Liliana Cabrera, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator. “We are committed to improving the way transgender people receive health care in our region, and our doors are open to everyone.”

Transgender people face many barriers and challenges when accessing health care. In 2011, the “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Discrimination Survey” of transgender and gender-nonconforming people from across the United States found that:

  • 28% of respondents were subjected to harassment in medical settings and 2% were physically assaulted in doctor’s offices
  • 19% were refused medical care, with higher numbers for people of color (21% of black trans people and 23% of Latinx trans people were refused care due to bias)
  • 50% had to “teach my provider” about basic transgender health
  • 28% postponed medical care when sick or injured due to discrimination
  • 41% postponed medical care when sick or injured due to inability to afford it
  • Respondents reported more than 4 times the national average of HIV infection (black trans people reported more than 7 times the national average)

The study also showed the compounded effects of anti-transgender bias and racial bias on black and Latinx transgender people. For example, 19% of respondents reported having no health insurance; for black transgender respondents, the number was 31%.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider and advocate, serving 2.7 million patients through its healthcare service providers, and 1.5 million people through education and outreach in 2013.

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette’s seven health centers in Oregon and Southwest Washington offer a wide variety of preventive health services, and more than 55,000 patients annually depend on PPCW for quality, affordable health care. Visit PPCW.org to find the health center nearest you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2018 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 11/14/18 10:00 AM

Oregon Adds 4,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 4,600 jobs, following a revised gain of 4,700 jobs in September. Monthly gains in October were widespread, with nine of the top 13 industries adding jobs, led by professional and business services (+1,500 jobs); wholesale trade (+1,000 jobs); and government (+1,000 jobs). Only two major industries cut jobs substantially in October: private educational services (-800 jobs) and financial activities (-900 jobs).

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in October, the same as in August and September. These were Oregon’s lowest unemployment rates since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in both September and October.

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 38,100 jobs, or 2.0 percent, since October 2017. In that time, construction remained the fastest growing industry, with a gain of 8,200 jobs, or 8.2 percent. Health care and social assistance added 6,200 jobs, or 2.6 percent. Professional and business services also grew rapidly, adding 5,400 jobs, or 2.2 percent. However, three of Oregon’s major industries slowed recently, with gains close to one percent since October 2017: financial activities (+1,000 jobs, or 1.0%); leisure and hospitality (+1,700 jobs, or 0.8%); and retail trade (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%). And two industries declined over the year: information ( 100 jobs, or -0.3%) and private educational services (-800 jobs, or -2.2%). 

Over the past two years, retail trade has seen multiple store closures and the bankruptcies of several major national retailers. These closures and other factors contributed to a moderation in overall retail employment growth. Since October 2016, Oregon’s retail employment grew at an annual rate of only 1.0%, which was about half the growth rate of Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment. Somewhat counterbalancing retail’s slowing was moderate growth in wholesale trade (up 2.8% in the past 12 months) and in transportation, warehousing, and utilities, which grew consistently close to a three percent annual rate over the past six years. 

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 20th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 18th. 

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

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

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

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: 2018-11/930/119630/employment_in_Oregon_--_October_2018_--_press_release.pdf

Beware of health insurance surveys offering gifts for personal information
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/18 8:51 AM

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has issued a cease-and-desist order against Helen Kyung Lee and Joany Inc., also known as Impact Health Inc., for forging consumers’ signatures on insurance documents, which violates the Oregon insurance code. The department, through its Division of Financial Regulation, is pursuing fines and seeking to revoke the licenses of Lee and Joany Inc.


Lee and Impact Health Inc. offered consumers a $50 gift card for filling out an insurance survey through either Facebook or Craigslist. The survey required consumers to provide a copy of their health care identification card with a valid effective date and member number. Lee, or representatives of Impact Health Inc., then forged consumers’ signatures on a form that identifies the consumers’ insurance agent, also known as an agent of record form. This allowed Lee to receive commissions from insurance companies without the consumers’ consent or knowledge.


Approximately, 1,600 Oregonians completed the survey in 2017, and more than 900 agent of record forms were filed as a result. The division has attempted to contact several consumers who filled out the survey. At least 12 have confirmed that their signatures were forged, and that they did not ask Lee nor Impact Health Inc. to be their agent. 


“The division takes attempts to deceive both consumers and companies that serve Oregonians very serious,” said Andrew Stolfi, insurance commissioner. “We encourage everyone to be on alert for attempts like this to dupe consumers and businesses for financial gain, and to contact our consumer advocates if you believe you have been harmed.”


The division wants anyone that filled out a survey from Impact Health Inc. to do two things:

  1. Contact your insurance company to confirm it has the correct agent on file for you. If you filled out the survey, but do not have an agent, confirm that your insurance company does not have one listed for you.
  2. Oregonians who learn that the agent of record is not correct, contact the division’s consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) to report it.


This was a multi-state scheme. If you live outside Oregon and filled out a survey from Impact Health contact your state's insurance department to report it.


The division believes similar efforts exist to obtain consumers’ personal information. Be mindful of these schemes, and avoid them with these steps:

  • Be suspicious of offers to receive gift cards or similar prizes for providing personal information. If it seems too easy to earn a prize, it is probably a trick. 
  • Do not give out your personal information by phone, email, or text. Government agencies, insurance companies, banks, and credit unions typically do not ask for this information unprompted.


To learn more about protecting yourself and your finances visit, dfr.oregon.gov.


Oregonians who have questions, concerns, or problems with an insurance or financial services company, agent, or broker can contact a consumer advocate at 888-877-4894 (toll free).



Tue. 11/13/18
Tualatin, Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/13/18 5:17 PM

Update (11/14): Added restitution and forfeiture figures and co-counsel.

PORTLAND, Ore.—Ronald Eugene Stover, 64, of Tualatin, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property criminally derived from wire fraud and a scheme to defraud investors.

According to court documents, beginning in 2010, Stover began soliciting short-term loan investments to fund various Xtreme Iron capital projects. Stover claimed to have a long track records of success in real estate development, business and banking and relied heavily on investor introductions made by other professional intermediaries to establish his credibility. Xtreme Iron owned a heavily-leveraged fleet of Caterpillar and John Deere heavy equipment in Frisco, Texas and maintained an office in Wilsonville, Oregon.

At Stover’s urging, investors sent funds to Tri-Core Funding Group, an entity wholly owned and controlled by Stover. Stover falsely claimed the company had a sound business model, strong growth opportunities and manageable debt exposure. In addition to Stover’s many false claims about the business’s health and viability, he advanced many falsehoods about the nature of the investment opportunity including, but not limited to: investor funds would be used exclusively for business purposes, Stover himself would provide additional capital sourcing from his own funds and investors would receive short-term repayment of their loan notes plus interest.

As alleged in the count of conviction, Stover emailed a victim in May 2012, soliciting funds to purchase heavy equipment from Caterpillar. In response to the solicitation, Stover executed a 30-day loan note promising repayment plus interest. The victim wired $175,000 to Tri-Core Funding Group the next day. Unbeknownst to the victim, Stover never intended to use the money as promised. Immediately after receiving the funds, Stover used the funds to make over a year’s worth of mortgage payments on his residence in Tualatin, which was on the brink of foreclosure. Stover never repaid his victim.

Stover faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on February 25, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken. As part of the plea agreement, Stover has agreed to pay more than $3.2 million in restitution and nearly $169,000 to satisfy a forfeiture money judgement.

The IRS and FBI investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Donna Brecker Maddux and Julia E. Jarrett, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-11/6325/119614/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Stover-Final-Updated.pdf

New videos show need for revenue reform and school funding (Photo)
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/13/18 4:28 PM
Barbara Smith Warner
Barbara Smith Warner

OSBA has released a “A Time to Listen,” a potent documentary on Oregon’s chronic education funding problem and the legislative drive for a solution.

“The American dream is ‘I want to make a better life for my kid,’” Rep. Barbara Smith Warner says on the video. “Education is the most important part of that.”

OSBA unveiled the video Saturday at its 72nd Annual Convention in Portland. The video, part of “The Promise of Oregon” education advocacy campaign that OSBA began in 2014, explains recent school funding history and why the state needs revenue reform.

Both the full video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0DCBcB5Wts) and a shorter web version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au7DamK3jW8) can also be viewed at the Promise of Oregon website (www.promiseoregon.org).

“We need to get the message out that our schools need to be fully and adequately funded,” OSBA Board President LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD) says on the video.

Through interviews with students, school board members, legislators, parents, business leaders and others, the videos describe the chronic underfunding of the state’s education system. They also offer a sense of hope about Oregonians’ shared commitment to young people and the continuing work of a legislative committee dedicated to identifying solutions.

The videos are part of a campaign focus for 2018-19 on the need for revenue reform and cost containment, with a goal of sustainably and fully funding public schools.  

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

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon

Attached Media Files: Barbara Smith Warner

BLM announces the first Veteran Interagency Hotshot Crew
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/13/18 3:56 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Oregon/Washington office announced today the Lakeview Veterans Fire Crew has achieved certification as the Lakeview Veterans Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC).  Of the 112 IHCs throughout the nation, Lakeview Veterans is the tenth BLM-funded hotshot crew, and the only one focused on recruiting and developing veterans.

Interagency Hotshot Crews are the most highly trained and experienced type of hand crews and they must meet and maintain stringent requirements to achieve the IHC status. Their primary mission is to provide a safe, professional, mobile response to all phases of fire management and incident operations. IHCs are staffed, conditioned, equipped and qualified to meet a variety of strategic and tactical wildland fire assignments, and they are typically relied upon for the most challenging fire assigments.  When not committed to fire assignments, IHCs provide a workforce to accomplish a variety of resource management objectives while maintaining availability for incident mobilization.

In 2016, Lakeview Crew 7 and the Lakeview BLM fire organization requested that the Lakeview Veterans Crew begin the process to be certified as an IHC. Over the subsequent two years, the Lakeview Veterans Crew took steps to meet the IHC requirements before being formally certified at the national level.

“We’re proud of the Lakeview crew and the continued efforts to develop a workforce of Veterans. We recognize the diligence and tenacity required to meet Hotshot crew standards, which demonstrates the exemplary quality and performance ingrained in this crew,” says Jeffrey Fedrizzi, BLM Deputy Director, Fire and Aviation.

The Lakeview Veterans IHC will provide an opportunity for veterans to work in a team environment and build skills and experience. Team members will also learn about opportunities to work for and become competitive for employment with the Federal Government in other natural resource arenas.

“What makes this crew unique is our ability to work together through stressful situations, including long-duration fires. Vets are used to that,” said Michael McGirr, Lakeview Veterans IHC Superintendent. “The ability to lead and follow is apparent from their military time. And the medical experience on our crew is well above standard. Several of our vets have combat paramedic experience,” continued McGirr.

The Lakeview Veterans IHC also has four drone pilots, who flew more than 100 missions on fires in 2018.  These drone missions provided everything from mapping and scouting fire lines to spot fire detection and aerial ignitions.

Photos of Lakview Crew 7 are available at:  https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZpTc1t


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

Legacy Health receives highest honor for therapeutic garden design; Newly published research provides promising evidence of nature's potential to alleviate burnout among nurses (Photo)
Legacy Health - 11/13/18 3:40 PM

Legacy Health receives highest honor for therapeutic garden design;

Newly published research provides promising evidence of

nature’s potential to alleviate burnout among nurses

PORTLAND, ORE. – At the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, November 12, representatives of Legacy Health and landscape architect Quatrefoil, Inc., received The Center for Health Design’s Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Award Platinum – the highest level – for the Evidence-Based Design (EBD) and Evaluation of the second-floor terrace garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.


The award recognizes the use of an EBD process in the pursuit of increasing value, improving outcomes and engaging stakeholders. Awards were presented to projects that showed exemplary achievement through collaboration, evaluation and sharing: the touchstones of the EBD process.


“The natural environment can foster well-being and enhance people’s ability to function,” said Teresia Hazen, Med, HTR, QMHP, coordinator, Therapeutic Garden Program at Legacy Health. “The garden is such a peaceful place and the perfect antidote from the stress in a hospital environment.”


Located near the hospital’s Family Birth Center and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, the 6,800-square-foot open-terrace garden is accessible round-the-clock to all hospital patients, visitors and employees. Called “A Nature Place,” the garden incorporates the elements of portal, path, destination and surround.

New study out: micro-doses of nature reduce symptoms of nurse burnout

The Legacy Emanuel garden was also the setting for an in-depth research investigation on nature to combat stress and burnout among nurses. The groundbreaking study was published in the November 2018 American Journal of Critical Care: Impact of Nurses Taking Daily Work Breaks in Hospital Garden on Burnout.

“To our knowledge, this is the first controlled study to investigate the influence of taking work breaks in a garden on nurse burnout,” said co-investigator Serene Perkins, M.D., FACS, Director of Surgical and Clinical Research for Legacy Research Institute. “In short, taking work breaks in the Legacy Emanuel garden significantly reduced burnout in nurses working in high-stress environments.”

The takeaway

Nature presents us with a very real means to address workplace burnout. In this study, once daily, nurses spent a brief break, which lasted approximately 20 minutes, in a hospital garden; and a positive effect was noted after just 6 weeks. Meaningful green spaces represent an achievable means to help tackle burnout - and not just in hospitals, but in all kinds of workplaces.



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Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., EDAC, co-project investigator and a pioneer in landscape design, said “There is a pattern of evidence that suggests that well designed gardens can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and relax people.” Dr. Ulrich is a guest professor of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and Emeritus Professor at Texas A&M University.

According to Dr. Ulrich, anything that can be done to improve staff morale and help nurses cope with intense job demands and stresses can potentially help hospitals and other health care providers deliver better quality care.

The power of Philanthropy
The in-depth study of the restorative benefits of therapeutic healing gardens was funded by a $560,000 Open Spaces Sacred Places grant from the TKF Foundation, which supported a cluster of studies at Legacy Emanuel, including the one described here.

“Philanthropy is a vital spark for innovation and scientific breakthroughs. Taking findings and transforming them directly to improve medical care. . . that’s what Legacy Research does best,” said Joe Frascella, Ph.D., vice president of Legacy Research Institute.

Why this research matters

A recent Gallup survey found that burnout impacts as many as two-thirds of American full-time workers to some degree, with 23 percent reporting feeling burned out often. Among nurses, a third are believed to experience high levels of burnout. It is a pressing problem that cuts across occupations of all kinds, industries and settings. For workers, it can eat away at their mental and physical health in a myriad of ways and can even shorten lifespans. An estimated $125 - $190 billion in health care spending is attributed to burnout each year.

 “Heart of the Hospital” film features Legacy Emanuel Terrace Garden
The short film, “Heart of the Hospital,” explores the design and healing role of the therapeutic garden at Legacy Emanuel to improve patient care and outcomes. It was selected by the SHIFT Festival film committee to screen at their October 2018 conference.


About Legacy Health

The area’s largest, local nonprofit health system, Legacy Health’s role in caring for the community is extraordinary. Legacy has six medical centers, dedicated children’s care at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, a trauma and burn center, and more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics. A regional leader in providing charity care, Legacy also offers a wide range of community health and wellness programs. And, we are partners in the Unity Center for Behavioral Health and CARES Northwest. To learn more about supporting any of Legacy Health’s hospitals or programs, visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.


About TKF Foundation

The TKF Foundation is a private grant-making foundation whose mission is to provide the opportunity for a deeper human experience by inspiring and supporting the creation of public green spaces that offer a temporary place of sanctuary.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-11/419/119611/Nurse_Garden_AJCC(2)_(1).pdf , 2018-11/419/119611/Teresia_Hazen.jpg , 2018-11/419/119611/Legacy_Emanuel_Healing_Garden.jpg , 2018-11/419/119611/Legacy_Emanuel_Garden.jpg

Otis, Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography Using Dropbox
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/13/18 1:10 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – William Borges, 20, of Otis, Oregon, pleaded guilty today to one count of distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, investigators identified Borges in September 2016 as part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office into the use of Dropbox, a cloud-based file sharing application, to distribute media depicting the sexual exploitation of children. A federal search warrant issued to Dropbox produced the email address Borges used to create a Dropbox account identified by investigators as containing child pornography. Investigators later matched three video uploads to Dropbox depicting the sexual abuse of young children to the IP address of Borges’ home in Otis. During a search of Borges’ home, he admitted to possessing child pornography and trading images and videos using Kik Messenger and Dropbox.

Borges faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release. He will be sentenced on February 11, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken.

The FBI Sacramento Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) and FBI Salem Resident Agency investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Amy Potter, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The FBI’s CETF conducts sexual exploitation investigations—many of them undercover—in coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov/tips.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-11/6325/119605/CHANGE_OF_PLEA-Borges-Final.pdf

PGE y Pacific Power comparten información sobre estafas y fraudes dirigidos a clientes de servicios públicos
PGE - 11/13/18 11:03 AM

Este miércoles 14 de noviembre, Portland General Electric y Pacific Power celebran el Día de la Concienciación de los Servicios Públicos Unidos en Contra de Fraudes. Durante esta campaña nacional, empresas de servicios públicos locales trabajan juntos para compartir información sobre cómo prevenir ser víctimas de estafas y fraudes dirigidos a clientes de servicios públicos.

Los ladrones se hacen pasar por empleados de empresas de servicios de electricidad y generalmente contactan a las víctimas por teléfono, mensajes de texto, redes sociales, correo electrónico o incluso llaman a sus puertas. Una práctica común es amenazar con desconectar el servicio si la persona no paga la factura de inmediato. En la mayoría de los casos, piden que utilicen una tarjeta prepagada, pues estas no pueden ser localizadas y dan acceso instantáneo al dinero de la víctima.

Los estafadores están usando métodos cada vez más sofisticados para convencer a la población más vulnerable. Generalmente buscan a personas mayores de edad, familias de bajos ingresos, clientes que no hablan inglés o dueños de pequeñas empresas. Con la información correcta, los clientes podrán detectar si se trata de una actividad fraudulenta.

PGE y Pacific Power quieren compartir estos consejos para proteger a los clientes de fraudes y estafas:

  • Las empresas de servicios públicos nunca pedirán que el cliente haga un pago con una tarjeta prepagada. Estas compañías ofrecen varios métodos para pagar una factura — por ejemplo, a través de sus sitios web o por teléfono — pero no pedirán el uso de una tarjeta prepagada. Nunca acepte la compra inmediata de una tarjeta prepagada.
  • Si alguien amenaza con desconectar su servicio de inmediato, llame a su empresa de servicios públicos. Nunca va a recibir una única notificación sobre sus facturas vencidas, ni tendrá solo una hora o menos para responder. Puede tomar su tiempo y hacer preguntas. Los empleados oficiales de las empresas de servicios públicos permitirán que el cliente llame a la oficina para poder confirmar su cuenta o hacer consultas.
  • Si alguien se presenta ante su puerta solicitando un pago, pida ver la identificación del empleado. La credencial incluirá el nombre del empleado, su foto, logotipo de la compañía y un número de verificación al que puede llamar para confirmar que la persona es realmente un empleado oficial. Si se siente amenazado o incómodo, no abra la puerta ni entregue dinero. Llame al 911 si teme por su seguridad.
  • Para verificar su información de cuenta, llame al número de teléfono que se encuentra en su factura mensual o en el sitio web de la empresa de servicios públicos. Evite llamar al número telefónico que le provea el presunto estafador.  
  • Si sospecha que puede ser víctima de fraude, repórtelo a la empresa de servicios públicos y a las autoridades locales.

Para más información sobre las tácticas que utilizan los estafadores y recomendaciones sobre cómo protegerse de ellos, visite PortlandGeneral.com/Fraude y PacificPower.net/Scam.

Si desea obtener consejos adicionales por parte de Servicios Públicos Unidos en Contra de Fraudes (Utilities United Against Scams, en inglés) y detalles sobre la campaña nacional, visite UtilitiesUnited.org. Use #StopScams para unirse a la conversación.

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense For Veterans (Part 2) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 11/13/18 10:00 AM

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense for our veterans.

This week is a time set aside to honor and celebrate those who’ve stood guard through the years to protect their fellow Americans. As we remember and recognize their service, we want to make sure that we are protecting them from financial predators.

Last week, we talked about helping veterans avoid falling victim to deceitful schools and programs that target their education benefits. This week, we are sharing some information from our partners at the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs about scams targeting veterans later in life.

One concern – investment and benefit scams. In this case, dishonest financial advisors, attorneys and insurance agents will offer to help retired military folks move their money around in an effort to make them eligible for more government benefits. They may convince a vet to transfer assets to a trust or to invest in insurance products in an effort to qualify for a VA pension or Aid and Attendance Benefits. There are certainly plenty of reputable professionals out there to help veterans with these pension claims and benefit requests, but if someone wants to charge you an up-front fee of thousands of dollars for the help – watch out. The VA can provide a list of approved attorneys and advisors who will help you for free.

Also of note - this type of scam is usually targeted at seniors who don’t actually qualify for VA pensions or Aid and Attendance benefits. If you get caught up in this scam, you may end up having to re-pay the government. Also, in some cases, the unscrupulous advisors don’t fully educate the senior on the long-term consequences of money transfers and insurance purchases – resulting in loss of funds or loss of eligibility for Medicaid down the road.

Another type of scam targets seniors who are having cash flow issues. These fraudsters offer you an advance on your pension or disability payments. They will give you a lump sum payment if you just sign over your pension checks for the next five to ten years. The fees are often high and the original cash buy-out is typically a fraction of the overall value of the pension.

Finally – watch out for scam artists who say they want to help you update or check your military records. If someone contacts you claiming to be from the VA and they say they need to update your personal information – hang up. Contact the VA yourself using a validated system to confirm whether any update is needed. Likewise, if someone tries to charge you for accessing your own military records or government forms – don’t bite. Contact your local VA office to get your records for free.

As always, if you have been victimized by a 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 - Veteran scams pt 2 - November 13, 2018 , 2018-11/3585/119049/TT_-_Veterans_Part_2_Graphic.jpg

Conference of Local Health Officials meets November 15 in Eugene
Oregon Health Authority - 11/13/18 9:42 AM

November 13, 2018

Contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, um@state.or.us">danna.k.drum@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Conference of Local Health Officials meets November 15 in Eugene

What: The annual public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO)

Agenda: Committee appointments; update on the Environmental Public Health Modernization Plan; Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee recruitment; update on Tobacco Prevention and Education Program funding work group; presentation on Family Connects home visiting program; 2020-24 State Health Improvement Plan engagement update.

Agenda is subject to change. The meeting agenda and related materials will be posted on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/about/clho-meetings/ before the meeting date.

When: Thursday, November 15, 9:30-11 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Lane County Health & Human Services (Charnelton) Building, Room 530, 151 W. Seventh Ave., Eugene

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on foundational capabilities, programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147 (ORS 431.340).

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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 Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or um@state.or.us">danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


How to avoid spreading the flu at work
SAIF - 11/13/18 9:25 AM

Summary: Stay home—work can wait.


It’s flu season, which means you know the drill: If you get sick, stay home from work. But what if you have a big meeting, or an important deadline?

“Most people know they should stay home, but still find reasons to go into work,” said Liz Hill, SAIF’s Total Worker Health® adviser. “Not only does this expose your co-workers to an illness, it also makes it a lot harder for your body to recover.”

Hill suggests managers can help set expectations during flu season. This includes:

  • Encouraging workers to use their sick leave. Oregon law requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid leave per year.
  • Making it easy for workers to wash their hands. Consider having alcohol-based hand sanitizer available on worksites where handwashing facilities are not available.
  • Planning for flu season. When employees are out, extra work can fall to other staff members—increasing their likelihood of getting sick or injured. Have a contingency plan for being short on employees.

Most importantly, managers should lead by example.

“It sometimes seems managers are the least likely to take a sick day,” said Hill. “Remember, you are setting the tone for the whole team—if you get sick, stay home.”

For more information on flu prevention at work, visit saif.com/flu.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com. 

Incident response training exercise to be held in Coos Bay (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/13/18 8:00 AM

SALEM, Oregon – Members of the Oregon National Guard’s 102nd Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) - Civil Support Team (CST) and Oregon Department of Corrections are scheduled to participate in a training exercise on Wednesday, November 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 200 North Ross in Coos Bay, Oregon. 

The training exercise will enhance incident response capabilities by furthering interoperability and coordination between agencies.

The 102nd CST, based in Salem, can be rapidly mobilized to an incident anywhere in Oregon to assist civil authorities with early-detection and analysis capabilities of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident. The goal is to minimize the impact on civilian populations and facilitate requests for follow-on emergency and military support by civil authorities.

PHOTO CAPTION (180712-Z-CH590-060): Members of the Oregon National Guard’s 102nd Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) - Civil Support Team (CST) work together to identify hazardous materials as part of a joint interagency training exercise, July 12, 2018, at Autzen Stadium, University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon. The 102nd CST is scheduled to participate in another joint incident response training exercise with the Oregon Department of Corrections on Nov. 14, 2018, in Coos Bay, Oregon. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/962/119572/180712-Z-CH590-060.jpg

Mon. 11/12/18
Oregon Department of Forestry Sends Equipment and Personnel to Assist with California Wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/12/18 1:03 PM

Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has deployed two strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist in suppression efforts for the devastating wildfires in California. This deployment was coordinated with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).

Using the EMAC system, California fire officials originally requested additional resources to support suppression efforts in the southern portion of the state. The two ODF strike teams, consisting of five Type 6 engines each, two strike team leaders and an agency representative, departed early Sunday morning. In addition to ODF districts in eastern and southern Oregon, resources include engines and personnel from the Douglas Forest Protection Association.

While en route, the ODF teams received new orders to divert to the Camp Fire near Chico, CA due to the evolving and emergent situation. Both strike teams arrived at the Camp Incident Command Post Sunday evening and will be joining suppression efforts on the front line Monday morning. 

“Oregon and California have a long-standing relationship of mutual aid wherever suppression resources are needed,” said Oregon’s State Forester, Peter Daugherty. “California has come to our aid during our challenging fire seasons and Oregon is now able to help California during this tragic time of need.”

At the time of arrival, the Camp Fire was reported at 111,000 acres and 25 percent containment, with approximately 6,453 residences destroyed and an additional 15,000 structures threatened. An estimated 31 people have lost their lives and an additional 200 are listed as missing.

The ODF teams will join their Oregon State Fire Marshal counterparts, adding to the growing number of out of state resources joining suppression efforts during these devastating wildfires impacting much of the state. The team anticipates a full 14-day deployment.


Beaverton's Bryan named Oregon School Board Member of the Year (Photo)
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/12/18 12:18 PM
Oregon School Board Member of the Year Anne Bryan at OSBA's Annual Convention.
Oregon School Board Member of the Year Anne Bryan at OSBA's Annual Convention.

Beaverton School Board member Anne Bryan’s passion for public education has earned her the first Oregon School Board Member of the Year award.

Bryan was recognized Saturday at the Oregon School Boards Association’s 72nd Annual Convention in downtown Portland. OSBA launched the Oregon School Board Member of the Year (http://www.osba.org/About-OSBA/OregonSchoolBoardMemberOfTheYear.aspx) award this year to recognize outstanding volunteers who make a difference in their communities.

"Through her dedication she epitomizes what a school board member should be," said OSBA Executive Director Jim Green. 

Bryan joined the Beaverton board in 2013 and became board chair in 2015.

“She models for all of us what a school board member looks like,” said Becky Tymchuk, who took over the Beaverton chair position in July.

Bryan has been instrumental in aligning board work with strategic objectives and long-range planning, creating a district rainy-day fund, increasing community engagement, expanding course offerings, and shepherding the 2014 passage of Beaverton’s $680 million construction bond.

Tymchuk said Bryan made sure the board received proper training and resources and she helped keep the board working together. She described Bryan as a great collaborator and a tough act to follow.

“She provides leadership in a way that you want to follow,” Tymchuk said.

Bryan says it’s a team effort. She said she takes pride in knowing the community believes the school board is working together on behalf of students. She credits community support, district staff and her fellow board members for the school board’s successes. 

Bryan graduated from Stanford with degrees in history and math and computational sciences. She is chief of staff at Circle Media and volunteers with a half-dozen school-related organizations. Bryan’s husband, John, works at Intel, and she is a mother of four: Peter, 23; Tom, 21; James, 18; and Matthew, 15. The three oldest graduated from Beaverton’s Westview High, and Matthew is a sophomore there.

Although her four sons have certainly influenced her desire to serve on the school board, Bryan said her passion for public education predates becoming a parent.

“I have a fundamental belief in the power of public schools and that board work is important and that it can make a difference,” she said.

Beaverton Superintendent Don Grotting said the board’s character under Bryan’s leadership helped persuade him to take the job in 2016. The board’s engagement and personal touch with the community impressed him.

Grotting pointed to Beaverton’s 86 percent graduation rate and narrowing achievement gap as well as equity programs as proof of Bryan’s leadership. Bryan follows current education trends and issues and she does her homework, he said.

“Her tremendous work ethic and her heart and compassion for education are among the biggest I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Nominees for the new statewide award were considered for their advocacy efforts, leadership and support for student achievement.

A panel of out-of-state school board association executive directors chose Bryan from among four finalists. Bryan’s name will be placed on the OSBA website and engraved on a plaque in OSBA’s Salem office. Bryan also will be able to register for OSBA events free for a year.

Green reminded school board members to keep an eye out for fellow members’ accomplishments and begin considering nominations when they open in January 2019.

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


Attached Media Files: Oregon School Board Member of the Year Anne Bryan at OSBA's Annual Convention.

Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to California to Assist with Wildfire Response
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/12/18 10:57 AM

Fifteen volunteers from Oregon and SW Washington to help provide disaster assistance in California

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 12, 2018 – As multiple wildfires continue to rage in California, the Red Cross Cascades Region (serving Oregon and Southwest Washington) has deployed 15 volunteers to assist in the massive response effort. With nearly a quarter million people displaced, the Red Cross is working to provide shelter, food and comfort for those forced to leave their homes with little notice.

Overnight, more than 2,100 people were cared for in 18 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across the state of California. In addition, the Red Cross has provided shelter supplies for over 7,000 people and begun mobilizing emergency supplies to serve over 15,000 households. Supplies include sifters, personal protective equipment, respiratory masks, rakes, shovels, work gloves, tarps and other resources. Also, nearly 3,900 people have registered on Safe and Well, a free Red Cross website that allows people to let their loved ones know they are safe.

Fifteen Red Cross disaster responders from Bend, Grants Pass, Gresham, Gold Beach, Junction City, Medford, Newberg, Portland, Salem, Summerville, and Wolf Creek, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, are either already on the ground or making their way to California. In coordination with government and community partners, Red Crossers are preparing strategic shelter and warehouse locations and stocking food, cots, blankets and other relief supplies to help people affected by the fires.

In addition, a dozen Red Cross Cascades Region volunteers continue to assist with the recovery efforts of Hurricane Michael in Florida and Hurricane Yutu in the Mariana Islands.

In order to be ready to assist in the relief efforts related to these disasters, the local Red Cross Cascades Region is always looking for volunteer disaster responders. People interested in volunteering for the Red Cross as a disaster responder are encouraged to visit redcross.org/volunteer for more information.

The Red Cross has two ways to help you reconnect with loved ones. The free Red Cross Safe and Well website allows people to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done on the website or by texting SAFE to 78876.

The Red Cross Emergency App “I’m Safe” button allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. The Emergency App is in English and Spanish and is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

MAKE A DONATION Entire communities and families have been left reeling from deadly wildfires. Help people affected by the California wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

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


Attached Media Files: News Release - Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to California to Assist with Wildfire Response

Sun. 11/11/18
Injured Hiker assisted at Smith Rock State Park (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/18 4:50 PM

By: Deputy Aaron Myers, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued Hiker: Cuffley, Krystal, 35 year old female, Hanover, Pennsylvania

On November 11, 2018, at 1307 hours, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch was contacted by Krystal Cuffley's brother, who she was hiking with, that Krystal had sustained a non life threatening injury that prevented her from hiking down the Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock State Park. 

Redmond Fire responded to Krystal Cuffley's location and evaluated her injuries. Redmond Fire requested Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SAR Volunteers respond with a wheeled litter to transport Krystal Cuffley down the trail. 11 DCSO SAR Volunteers hiked up Misery ridge and assisted Cuffley down the trail in the wheeled litter where she was further evaluated by Redmond Fire. Cuffley choose to stay with family and seek further medical attention on her own. 

“The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.”

Attached Media Files: Photo

Oregon National Guard participates in Veterans Day events (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/11/18 2:26 PM

181110-Z-FS713-004: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, perform a Howitzer salute during the annual Veterans Memorial Service, November 10, 2018, at Timber Linn Memorial Park in Albany, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-OT568-001: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 234th Army Band pose for a photo with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden at the annual Veterans Memorial Service, November 10, 2018, at Timber Linn Memorial Park in Albany, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-FS713-001: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 82nd Brigade Troop Command march along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 2018, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-OT568-019: Oregon Air National Guard Airmen march along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 2018, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-FS713-006: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William Edwards, the Deputy Commanding General – Operations, First U.S. Army Training Support Division (West), observe the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade from the reviewing stand, November 10, 2018, in Albany, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard participated with a joint color guard, marching units, vehicles and equipment, the 234th Army Band, and an F-15 flyover. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-CH590-021: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III (left), commander 7th Infantry Division, assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and Brig. Gen. Donna Prigmore (center), Oregon National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, render a hand salute as the American Flag passes by during the Fort Vancouver Veterans Day Parade, Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 10, 2018. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department) 

181110-Z-PL933-0016: Mr. Steele Clayton, a Vietnam War helicopter pilot, guides in an Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during its landing at the Linfield College baseball field as part of a Veterans Day celebration, Nov. 10, 2018, in McMinnville, Oregon. Clayton served with the active duty U.S. Army for more than 30 years and flew helicopters in Vietnam from 1970 through 1971. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181111-Z-LM216-004: Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast, Land Component Commander, Oregon National Guard, addresses the audience as the keynote speaker at the annual Washington County Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11, 2018, in Hillsboro, Oregon. This year's event included a commemoration for the service, valor, and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans, and was sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services, in partnership with Memorial Fund for Veterans of Washington County, VFW Post 2666, and American Legion Post 6. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Zach Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

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Sat. 11/10/18
Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Fire Affecting Two People in La Pine
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/10/18 11:59 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family disaster at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 on Highway 97 in La Pine, Deschutes County, Ore.

This single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.

Red Cross Responds to Single-Family Fire Affecting Two People in La Pine
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/10/18 11:56 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family disaster at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 on Highway 97 in La Pine, Deschutes County, Ore.

This single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.

Oregon State Police Investigating Assault at Crissey Field State Recreation Center -- Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/10/18 8:40 AM

On Friday, November 9, 2018 the Oregon State Police responded to the Crissey Field State Recreation Center for an assault.

Investigation reveals that at approximately 1:30 PM an adult female was hiking on trails in the park when she was attacked. The attacker had been hiding in the brush adjacent to the trail.  The victim was able to fight off the suspect and flee the area.  She called 911 and Oregon State Police Troopers and Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and checked the area.

The suspect is still outstanding and is described as a white male adult, early 40’s, with stringy chin length dark hair, and a medium length beard.  He was wearing blue and gray plaid jacket, dark dirty jeans, and black boots.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 or OSP from your mobile device.

Investigation is continuing no further information is available at this time.

Attached Media Files: 2018-11/1002/119546/Crissey_Field.JPG