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Wed. 10/18/17
FBI Announces Results of National Child Sex Trafficking Operation in Oregon
FBI - Oregon - 10/18/17 11:06 AM
The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, working with a number of local and state partner agencies in Oregon, recovered two child sex trafficking victims as part of a national and international operation in the past week. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearhead the "Operation Cross Country" initiative to recover minor sex trafficking victims and to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

Across the United States, FBI task forces recovered more than 80 minors and arrested 120 traffickers. In all, 55 FBI field offices working with hundreds of local and state law enforcement partners took part in this, the 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country (OCC). International partners included Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Oregon operations resulted in:


PORTLAND
Two minor sex trafficking victims recovered. (One of these two just recently turned 18 but disclosed victimization that began when she was a minor).
Nine adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


EUGENE
Five adult prostitutes contacted. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


SALEM
One arrest - Terrence Martell Williams, age 34, on a state charge of promoting prostitution. Arrested by Salem Police Department.
Six adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


The FBI's victim specialists work with state protective service agencies and social service providers to offer those minors recovered medical assistance, mental health counseling or other support as needed. Adult prostitutes arrested by local law enforcement partners assisting in Operation Cross Country are also given the option to receive social services.

"It can be easy to think that selling sex with children is so corrupt, so depraved that it couldn't possibly happen in my town, my neighborhood, my school. But, as we find out every time we recover a child, these victims are here and their needs are very real," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These kids are everyone's responsibility, and they are counting on us -- the FBI, local law enforcement, the community -- to come together to give them a chance at a life we would all wish for our children."

Nationally and internationally, investigators staged operations in a number of locations, including casinos, hotels and truck stops as well as on street corners and via the Internet. With regards to the Oregon operations, we will not release specifics as to the stings, including their locations, to protect the integrity of future operations.

"We were honored to join this massive effort to hold offenders accountable," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We've made child exploitation a major enforcement focus at our agency, with initiatives and partnerships that include our Child Abuse Team, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT), A Safe Place Family Justice Center and our annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit. We salute the FBI, our deputies and partner agencies in their large-scale effort to bring these individuals to justice."


Oregon law enforcement partner agencies include:
FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force
Portland Police Bureau
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Beaverton Police Department
Tigard Police Department
Lake Oswego Police Department
Hillsboro Police Department
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Eugene Police Department
Salem Police Department
Keizer Police Department
Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT)
Lane County Sheriff's Office
Springfield Police Department
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon


Oregon social service agency partners include:
Safety Compass
Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
Clackamas County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
Clackamas County Juvenile Department
Multnomah County Department of Human Services
Washington County Juvenile Department
Marion County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
Lane County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
Lane County Child Protective Services
Lane County Department of Youth Services
Kids' FIRST Center
Looking Glass

Note: Additional information, b-roll, photos, and interviews associated with this year's operation can be downloaded at www.fbi.gov/occxi
October 20 is International Credit Union Day
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 10/18/17 10:26 AM
Find out why 235 million consumers worldwide, and 2 million in Oregon, have chosen not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions as their financial services partners.

TIGARD, OR. -- If you visit a credit union branch anytime, you'll receive a warm welcome, local service, and better interest rates than most other financial institutions offer. If you visit a credit union branch October 20th you'll feel an even more energized buzz. It's International Credit Union Day, an annual celebration of more than 68,000 credit unions and their 235 million members worldwide.

As not-for-profit financial cooperatives, credit unions provide a viable alternative to profit-driven financial institutions. Credit unions not only offer a plethora of financial services to their member-owners; they are also committed to community service, and are a force for positive economic and social change.

In Oregon, 5,000 employees of 59 credit unions serve 2 million members across the state, in 289 branch locations, and with 24/7 technology that helps consumers make wise financial decisions.

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions' proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year's theme, "Dreams Thrive Here," celebrates how credit unions and other financial cooperatives serve as catalysts to make different professions, personal choices, and career paths real.

Interview credit union employees and members in your community on #ICUDay. Please share this video with your audiences so consumers know they have a not-for-profit, cooperative financial services choice: https://vimeo.com/229748075





Attached Media Files: 2017-10/4992/108864/International_Credit_Union_Day_in_Oregon.docx
Tue. 10/17/17
Preparations are underway for the 2017 Shop with a Cop program (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/17/17 4:33 PM
2016 SWAC
2016 SWAC
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

NARRATIVE:

Planning and preparations are underway for the 2017 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office's Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop is a joint venture between local law enforcement agencies throughout Deschutes County, local Walmart stores, and McDonalds. Its primary focus is to help make the holidays a little brighter for less-fortunate families, and provide an opportunity for children to engage in positive police interaction.

The dates for this year's events are:

Tuesday, December 12th, Redmond Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm
Wednesday, December 13th, Bend Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm
Thursday, December 14th, Bend Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm

This will be the seventeenth year this event will take place. The program has come a long ways since its inception in 2001; that year, 20 school-aged students went shopping, and the $1500 in donations came from employees at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

During 2016's program, 107 school-aged children (grades 1-12) from schools in Deschutes County participated, shopping for approximately 552 family members. Many times, the students are hesitant to get anything for themselves, instead being more concerned with their family member's needs. The officers encourage the student shoppers get something for themselves, and, many times, a warm winter coat or a new set of snow boots "magically" appears in their shopping cart. Gifts are not always "fun and game" items; they often include shoes, clothing, personal items, family activities, household items and other needed supplies. In addition this program assists children and families throughout the year with basic needs during emergencies.

Shop with a Cop is completely funded by donations from our community. Many businesses, organizations, and individual citizens give money to the program. No tax dollars are spent on this program. In addition to shopping with the students, SWAC partners with Food 4 Less to help provide a Christmas meal for some families. We apply 100% of your donations to this local program.

Participating students are referred primarily by a community based advocacy group that works directly with school aged children at most schools throughout Deschutes County. Additional students are referred via the Central Oregon Partnership for Youth (COPY) program, which provides positive mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. The selected students are picked up by officers at their respective schools and driven to Walmart where they then enjoy a "one-on-one" shopping experience with their uniformed partner. While gifts are being wrapped, the students are treated to lunch, donated by the in-store McDonald's restaurants.

Although Shop with a Cop is overseen and coordinated by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, its continued success stems from the participation of officers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, police departments throughout the region, the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Services, and BLM law enforcement. Shop with a Cop has also been overwhelmingly successful in past years because of the outstanding generosity, in the form of monetary support, from local citizens and businesses. Volunteer support for the program has always been a critical part of the program's success as well.

For businesses and citizens who would like to make a monetary contribution towards this year's program, donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at the main Sheriff's Office in Bend, or at the Sheriff's Office's substations in La Pine and Sisters. Checks, made out to "DCSO SWAC", can also be mailed to:

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Shop with a Cop Program
63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97703

We again would like to thank the many Central Oregon businesses and community members that make Shop with a Cop possible...together, we CAN again make a big difference in the lives of many individuals and families!


Attached Media Files: 2016 SWAC , 2016 SWAC , 2016 SWAC , 2016 SWAC
DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/17/17 4:22 PM
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on November 16, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

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


Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Approve Meeting Minutes
Approve minutes from the August 17, 2017 Police Policy Committee Meeting

3. Approval for Changes to the Basic Police Curriculum
Presented by Staci Yutzie

4. Introduction to the New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale

5. Administrative Closures -- Police/Regulatory Specialist
Presented by Katrina Robson


6. McDonald, Rachel DPSST #57760 -- Portland Police Bureau; Application for Training and Subsequent Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

7. Shipley, Joseph DPSST #24794 -- Yamhill County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

8. Hewitt, Megan DPSST #31385 -- Hillsboro Police Department; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

9. Plummer, Teresa DPSST #31191 -- DPSST; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive Police Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

10. Ames, Zechariah DPSST #42841 -- Oakridge Police Department; Basic Police Certification, Basic Corrections Certification, Basic Telecommunicator Certification, and Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

11. Schafer, Bradley DPSST #54285 -- Canby Police Department; Basic Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

12. Ruiz, Jason DPSST # 57553 -- Bend Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

13. Smith, Clarence DPSST # 10581 -- Basic Intermediate, Advanced & Supervisory Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

14. Citizen Complaints against Grant County Sheriff Palmer, Glenn DPSST #18276
Presented by Katrina Robson

15. Department Update


16. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting -- February 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Police Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Update on Oregon fire agencies assisting with California wildfires 17 October 2017 (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/17/17 4:18 PM
Deschutes County Strike Team works to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex
Deschutes County Strike Team works to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex
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As firefighters slowly get the upper hand and weather improves somewhat in northern
California, two Oregon Strike Teams (Marion County and Jackson Josephine counties) are being demobilized today and will head back to their home stations over the next 24 hours.

More Oregon Strike Team demobilizations are in the planning stages if conditions continue to stabilize.

Oregon Strike Teams in southern California will remain deployed as that area is still under a Red Flag Warning and fire officials expect hot, dry weather and significant winds. We expect Oregon resources in that area to remain at least throughout the coming weekend.

Three Oregon Strike Teams (Washington County, Umatilla/Union counties, Linn/Benton counties) have been reassigned to assist with the recently growing Bear Fire in Santa Cruz.

"Oregon's deployed resources have been performing extremely well," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Marian Ruiz-Temple. "We have heard nothing but great things about our Oregon response system and the caliber of our firefighters. All Oregonians can take pride in the effectiveness and professionalism of our deployed men and women."


Attached Media Files: Deschutes County Strike Team works to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex , Dechutes County Strike Team work to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex , Washington County Strike Team receiving orders to leave Prado Staging near Chino and report to the Bear Fire near Santa Cruz.
DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/17/17 4:16 PM
For Immediate Release
October
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on November 14, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes -- August 8, 2017
Approve the minutes of the August 8, 2017 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

3. Approval for Changes to the Basic Parole & Probation Curriculum
Presented by Chris Enquist

4. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC
Presented by Robert Sigleer

5. Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0065 and Repeal of 259-008-0066 -- Combines the certification maintenance for P&P Officers employed part-time with the requirements for all other law enforcement officers
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. Introduction to New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale


7. Administrative Closures -- Corrections/Parole & Probation
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Ware, John DPSST #30288 -- DOC EOCI; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9. Shield, Russell DPSST #42433 -- Coos County Sheriff's Office; Basic Corrections Certification and Application for Intermediate Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10. Nauman, Alexander DPSST #54373 -- DOC OSCI; Basic Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

11. Feist, Miranda DPSST #57004 -- DOC TRCI; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

12. Olsen, Theresa DPSST #33223 -- DOC OSP; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

13. Frost, Nicolas DPSST # 48377 -- DOC DRCI; Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

14. Todd, Cheryl DPSST #51507 -- DOC SFFC; Basic Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

15. Hernandez Jeffrey DPSST #45724 -- DOC OSP; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

16. Cook, Christopher DPSST #53053 -- DOC SRCI; Basic Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

17. Joseph, Tracey DPSST #31239 -- DOC CRCI; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

18. Moore, Kenneth DPSST #57737 -- Curry County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

19. Witty, Kyle DPSST #57693 -- DOC EOCI -- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


20. Hyder, Brandan DPSST # 57869 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

21. Gilham, Robert DPSST #57870 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

22. Holguin, Michael DPSST # 51994 -- Josephine County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

23. Department Update

24. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- February 13, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/17/17 4:14 PM
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:30 on October 26, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room A234 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.


Agenda Items:

Welcome new members
Final revisions to content drafts
Mini Basic Facilitator Development
Instructor Suggestions
Instructional Materials Review & To Do




Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by the Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Glass Ionomer Rules Advisory Committee to meet October 19
Oregon Health Authority - 10/17/17 4:06 PM
October 17, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Glass Ionomer Rules Advisory Committee (RAC)

Agenda: Approve meeting minutes; review draft amended rule language (version 2); review statement of need and fiscal impact form; discuss next steps

When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 9-11 a.m. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A, Portland. Conference line: 888-636-3807, participant code 793800.

Who: The Glass Ionomer Rules Advisory Committee includes broad representation of these key stakeholder categories: coordinated care organizations (CCOs), dental care organization (DCOs), local school dental sealant programs, and dental sealant materials and clinical experts. More information can be found on the committee's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/sealantcert.

Program contact: Amy Umphlett, 971-673-1564,amy.m.umphlett@state.or.us

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Oregon Home Care Commission meets Thursday, November 2, 10 a.m. in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/17/17 2:45 PM
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) meets Thursday, November 2,
10 a.m., 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
The agenda includes: public testimony; Executive Director's report; OHCC Budget Update; Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition, Aging and People with Disabilities, Community Advisory Councils and Coordinated Care Organizations; and a Quarterly Homecare Worker Benefits Trusts update.

There will be a working lunch during question and answer staff reports, including: quarterly Workers' Compensation, quarterly Registry and quarterly STEPS QBR Referral, bi-monthly Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health Committee and monthly OHP OmbudsAdvisory Council, Traditional Health Worker Commission and training/Registry updates.

A Worker's Classification -- Workforce Development update will be followed by a quarterly Aging and People with Disabilities update. The full agenda is attached.

For those who are unable to attend in person there is a call-in number: 1-888-278-0296; then dial the access code: 7999724 #. The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month. Visitors are welcome to these meetings. Persons needing an accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna DeMeyer at 503-378-4984; joanna.m.demeyer@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)
The OHCC ensures high quality homecare services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains homecare workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). The commission serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.

Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-10/973/108838/Home_Care_Commission_Agenda_November_2_2017.pdf
Pacific Power crews helping Northern California recover from catastrophic wildfires (Photo)
Pacific Power - 10/17/17 2:28 PM
Charred poles on steep hillside require special equipment to be replaced.
Charred poles on steep hillside require special equipment to be replaced.
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Pacific Power crews helping Northern California recover from catastrophic wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--Oct 17, 2017--Sixteen Pacific Power crew members, from Yreka, Calif., Grants Pass, Medford, Bend and Portland, Ore. are working behind the active fire areas to help Pacific Gas & Electric restore electricity. Over the next 10 to 14 days, they'll work to rebuild the area's distribution system by putting in poles, stringing transmission line and reconnecting customers to the power they need to begin their recovery.

The crew at work consists of 12 linemen, 2 foremen, a manager and a mechanic. They left on Oct. 15 for a base camp outside Santa Rosa from which this highly-skilled team will be deployed as needed.

Pacific Power serves 45,000 customers in northern California in Del Norte, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, which are beyond the fire zone.


Attached Media Files: Charred poles on steep hillside require special equipment to be replaced. , Burnt utility poles being replaced near Santa Rosa, Calif.
Oregon Tech Announces Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge 2018
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 10/17/17 10:37 AM
October 17, 2017, KLAMATH FALLS, OR. -- Oregon Tech's Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge has been a huge success for student competitors and the Klamath community. Over the past three years, 15 student/alumni teams have competed for over $40,000 in prize money that was generously donated by Representative Whitsett, Senator Whitsett, Klamath County, City of Klamath Falls, KCEDA, Avista, the Gaucho Collective, the Herald & News, Klamath IDEA, Oregon BEST, Business Oregon, the Wendt Family Foundation, and Black Canyon Woodworks.

The winning team in 2015, Gro-volution, is continuing to grow under the leadership of one of its founders, Eric Wilson. Eric is moving ahead to build the Gro-volution business, a sustainable agriculture production system ("In the box farming"), with the help of their $5,000 first place prize, and subsequent loans and investments from community members and organizations. The winning team in 2016, GO Possibilities, with members Matthew Stansbury, Eric Tipler, Ben Fawver, and Tate Orlik Hill, is still engaged in research to produce graphene oxide -- a highly conductive fluid that is made of carbon, at lower cost and using less toxic chemicals than currently available products. Several team members are enrolled in graduate study programs that provide access to sophisticated equipment to help further their product development.

The winner in 2017, Helios Hive, formed by student inventor Mathias Dean, has just completed its first prototype of a solar-powered bee hive that will kill a predatory mite that is a responsible for the decline in the bee population worldwide. Mathias and business partner, Baker McDonald just competed in the InventOR competition at the state level in October and their team was awarded $2,500 for the best pitch presentation. Helios Hive will test their prototype this summer with Klamath Falls bee keepers.

The 2018 Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Kick-off Meeting will be on October 24, 2017 from 5 -- 7 pm at the Gaucho Collective on Main Street in Klamath Falls. Catalyze 2018 will be similar in format to last year, with teams competing for prizes, receiving coaching and technical assistance, as well as participating in a Shark Tech pitch session and development of a business plan to commercialize their invention. The winning teams will receive over $15,000 in cash and in-kind business supports, to enhance their ability to start and grow successful companies in the region.

Oregon Tech is encouraging all student project teams in both the Colleges of ETM and HAS to consider competing in the Challenge, and to form multi-disciplinary teams of engineers or healthcare majors with management and entrepreneurship students.

The Oregon Tech community is rich in talent and the Klamath community is rich in its desire and support to grow and sustain new invention-based companies in the region.

Preliminary Schedule of Events

o October 24, 2017 from 5 -- 7 pm: Catalyze Klamath Challenge IV Kick-Off Meeting. This is a hosted event at the Gaucho Collective for students, faculty, and community members to learn about the contest and begin to form teams. Gaucho Collective, 1038 Main St., Klamath Falls 97601.

o November 7, 2017: Preliminary Concept Pitch and Resource Solicitation at the Gaucho Collecrtive.


o November 27, 2017 - Jan 12, 2018: Catalyze Team Registration Window--
Final Deadline is January 12, 2018.
o January 17, 2018: Catalyze Team Meet and Greet. This is a hosted event for all teams to meet with mentor network and learn about external resources that are available to teams; Location TBD
o March 7, 2018: Annual SharkTech Venture Pitch Contest --Tentative date This is the first competitive event for all student teams. (Mandatory) Contact Mark.Ahalt@oit.edu.
o April 30, 2018: Final Report Due --See details, final report submission requirements at www.oit.edu/catalyze.
o May 17, 2018: Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Contest at Oregon Tech College Union. Teams will compete in front of a panel of judges for the PRIZES! We will post a list of judges, prizes and final details when we get closer to the date. Refreshments will be served for all team members.
See oit.edu/catalyze for specific dates, contest rules and judging rubrics or contact Professor Hallie Neupert at hallie.neupert@oit.edu.
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Nigerian 419 Scams
FBI - Oregon - 10/17/17 10:00 AM
October Marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information about emerging cyber threats, go to https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2017

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against Nigerian 419 scams.

In 2016, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 400 reports of 419 scams. The total losses reported by victims exceeded $1 million.

So what are Nigerian 419 scams? The number 419 refers to a section in Nigerian law concerning con artistry and fraud that deals specifically with people requesting assistance with transferring money. This scam has been around for a long time, but now more often than not, the scammer is contacting victims electronically.

What does this look like? An individual may contact you, often through e-mail, explaining that he needs help transferring a large amount of money. He tells you that political turmoil or a recent natural disaster in his country has affected his ability to transfer the money on his own. If you help him, he will allow you to keep some of the funds for yourself.

The scammer asks you to give him your financial information -- including your bank account number -- so he can complete the transfer. This allows him to access and steal from your accounts.

In another version of this scam, the fraudster may require that you to pay a fee in order to facilitate the transfer. Once you pay the fraudster, and he sees that you're willing to give him money, he continues to invent extra costs that he needs you to cover. As long as you keep paying, he keeps coming up with more expenses.

Regardless of which method the fraudsters use, these victims never see the promised jackpot.

So, how can you protect yourself?
Don't give anyone your bank account number or other financial information that could allow him to access your accounts.
Don't send money to strangers, unsolicited contacts or people you don't know face-to-face.
Don't transfer money on behalf of other people.
Don't trust anything that seems like an easy way to make a lot of money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Nigerian Scams - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - SPANISH Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - SPANISH Written , TT - Nigerian Scams - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - RUSSIAN Written
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon September 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/17/17 10:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017 CONTACT INFORMATION:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist
(503) 947-1267 Video and Audio available at 10:00 AM
David Cooke, Economist (503) 947-1272


Oregon's Employment Declines for the Second Consecutive Month in September

In September, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 3,800 jobs, following a revised loss of 7,000 in August. These job losses followed rapid gains during February through July, when a total of 42,600 jobs were added in just six months.

Recent forest fires did not have a noticeable impact on the September jobs report. Although many individuals and businesses were impacted in September by forest fires that raged in many locations within Oregon, the industry employment totals did not appear to be impacted significantly. A job is counted in this report when a worker is employed for any part of the business's pay period that includes the 12th of the month. Workers able to return to work during the September pay period are counted in the jobs report.

In September, four industries cut more than 1,000 jobs, while two added more than 1,000. Leisure and hospitality (-3,700 jobs) cut the most as this industry returned to the long-term trend line after a spike upward in June and July. With vacancy surveys indicating that many firms are having trouble attracting workers, part of the weakness in hiring is likely due to the tight labor market.

Professional and business services (-3,100 jobs) cut back at a time of year when a flat trend is typical for the industry. The industry appears to have stalled from its upward trajectory over the past eight years. Each of its published component industries cut jobs since September 2016: employment services (-1,400 jobs), business support services (-400), and services to buildings and dwellings ( 1,500). The two other industries that cut substantially in September were private educational services ( 1,400 jobs) and other services (-1,200).

All was not lost in September, as construction added 2,900 jobs and government added 1,400.

The September jobs report indicates that Oregon's over-the-year job growth, while moderate, has slowed. Between September 2016 and September 2017, payroll employment expanded by 37,400 jobs, or 2.0 percent. This is a reduction from the 3.1 percent job-growth rate seen through July. In the past 12 months, several industries continued to add jobs at a rapid clip, such as construction (+11,600 jobs, or 12.7%); health care and social assistance (+8,500 jobs, or 3.7%); and manufacturing (+5,700 jobs, or 3.0%). However, many of Oregon's industries haven't experienced the same rapid growth over the past 12 months, including government; professional and business services; wholesale trade; information; other services; and logging.

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.2 percent in September from 4.1 percent in August. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 4.9 percent in September 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September 2017.

These preliminary estimates of jobs and other labor force data are produced in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based largely on a survey of businesses and a survey of households, and are subject to later revision.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, October 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 14th.??NLG



Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industries within professional and business services.

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 January, February and March 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



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

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment In Oregon September 2017
BLM announces three selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 10/17/17 9:20 AM
Oregon Wild Horses
Oregon Wild Horses
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WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Mr. Fred T. Woehl, Jr. of Harrison, Arkansas, has been reappointed for the category of public interest (equine behavior); Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been reappointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; and Mr. James French of Winnemucca, Nevada, has been newly appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions. More information about the advisory board can be found here.

Mr. Woehl has been involved in the horse community for over 43 years as a trainer, natural horsemanship clinician and educator. He has been involved with the Equine Science Department at the University of Arkansas and taught Equine Science at North Arkansas College. He has served as a volunteer for the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program for ten years, conducting demonstrations of wild horse versatility and assisting with adoptions. Additionally, Mr. Woehl worked as a senior agricultural adviser for the U.S. State Department from October 2008 to November 2009 in Iraq, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of agricultural programs and policy for the Ninewa Province. From November 2009 to March, 2011, he worked in the Kingdom of Jordan, for the Department of Interior's International Technical Assistance Program, where he developed policies for horse use and trained the local Bedouin tribesmen in humane methods of training and in the use of horses at the Archeological Park of Petra. Mr. Woehl currently has four BLM mustangs that are used for demonstrations in Branson, Missouri, and good-will visits at nursing homes, schools and churches.

Dr. McDonnell is a Clinical Associate and Adjunct Professor of Reproduction and Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Also, as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, she consults privately on equine behavior and welfare. Dr. McDonnell, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, co-edited the current leading academic book on horse behavior, titled "The Domestic Horse: The Evolution, Development and Management of its Behavior," published by Cambridge University Press.

Mr. French has spent more than 40 years involved in the management of wildlife on public lands in north-central Nevada. Over the course of his career, including 32 years as a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, he developed a unique understanding of wild horse and burro issues, and has worked with diverse groups to develop land management plans on county, state and federally-managed public lands. Since 2011, he has served on the Humboldt County Commission, the Nevada Association of Counties (also known as NACO) Board of Directors, the National NACO Western Interstate Region Board of Directors, NACO Public Lands and Natural Resources Steering Committees (both state and national), the Humboldt River Water Authority Board of Directors, and the Nevada State Land Use Planning Council. He has contributed to the development of public lands policy, resource management plans and herd management plans for more than three decades. Mr. French has worked collaboratively with county commissions in 16 counties, as well as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and government in six states.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Wild Horses
County advisory group to state forestry meets Oct. 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/17/17 9:00 AM
Release date: Oct. 16, 2017

Contact:
Liz Dent, State Forests Division Chief, Salem, 503-945-7351



Salem, ORE - The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee's agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and updates from the ODF State Forests Division staff on the following:
Business Improvements
State Forests Division performance measures reporting
Habitat Conservation Plan
Forest Management Plan project

The meeting agenda is available on the department's web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

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Mon. 10/16/17
Division of Financial Regulation seeking comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases -- deadline is Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 3:19 PM
Salem - The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is seeking public comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases for silver metal tier individual health insurance premiums for 2018 plans.

The comment period starts Monday, Oct. 16. Due to the limited time frame to file revised rates, the deadline for comment is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. To comment in writing, email Ethan Baldwin via email at Ethan.C.Baldwin@oregon.gov.

The reason for the public comment period is on Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about immediately stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies. The Division of Financial Regulation is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage.

The division has determined that in order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, it must offer health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov the opportunity to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent. The deadline for insurance companies and the state to file new rates on HealthCare.gov is 12 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

Visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/news/Pages/20171013-trump-payment-reduction.aspx for more details about the decision to increase rates and a sample rate table of the revised rates.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
Don't fall for phone scams targeting utility customers
Pacific Power - 10/16/17 2:56 PM
Media inquiries: Media Hotline 800-570-5838

Don't fall for phone scams targeting utility customers

Bend, Ore--Oct. 16, 2017--Pacific Power is reminding customers to be aware of phone scams that target utility customers.

In the last week, customers in Central Oregon have reported receiving fraudulent calls from scammers posing as utility representatives. The callers insist that the customer is behind on their bill. They then threaten that, without an immediate payment, service will be disconnected.

Customers can protect themselves from these types of schemes by being aware of the following signs that indicate fraudulent calls:

If the caller says he is with the "Pacific Power Disconnection Department." No such department exists.
If the caller asks for your credit card number or advises you to purchase a pre-paid card from a store and to call back with the code. Pacific Power will not ask for this information. We can facilitate credit card payments through our vendor upon request, but our employees don't handle these payments directly.
If the caller claims your electric service will be disconnected if you don't make a payment immediately, particularly if you haven't received any prior notice about late payments or a potential disconnection. We don't threaten our customers. Instead, we work with customers who are behind on their payments to help them get back on track. Generally, notices about past due bills are sent to customers in the mail or delivered to their home, or they receive an automated phone message.

If you receive one of these calls, ask the caller to state your account number and compare it with the number listed on your bill. Pacific Power customer service employees will always have your account number.

Remember, if you still have concerns about the legitimacy of a call, you can always call back at our published customer service number, 1-888-221-7070. It's a toll free call and we have customer service employees available around the clock.
If you receive a suspicious call, take note of the phone number the person is calling from and any information that may help to track down the crooks. Please call and let us know at 1-888-221-7070.
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OPRD seeks to fill position on grant committee that advises on statewide trails
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 2:09 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking a representative of the hiking community for a vacant volunteer position on the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee that evaluates grants for statewide trails projects.

The competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. Grants are awarded to non-profits and governments for trail projects, including building new trails, improving existing trails and installing trail signs.

"Reviewing these grant applications is an important step in the process of improving and expanding Oregon's trail system," said OPRD grant coordinator Jodi Bellefeuille. "Grant committee members get to have a direct say in what trail projects are funded and provide feedback to land managers about their proposals."

The ten member committee evaluates and ranks requests for grant funding. Ideal candidates can live anywhere in Oregon and will be avid hikers with experience in one or more of the following areas: recreation planning, trail design, project management, grant management and budget review.

The committee meets once or twice a year at locations throughout the state. In 2017, meetings were held in Salem in May and September. Dates for 2018 have not been finalized. Time commitment varies and includes reviewing and evaluating 40-80 grant applications each annual funding cycle.

Those interested in serving must submit an OPRD Grant Advisory Committee Appointment Interest Form by Friday, Nov. 17. For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/RTP-Committee.aspx, or contact Jodi Bellefeuille at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.
Committee to review Oregon Heritage Grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 1:19 PM
A committee will meet to score and rank applications for the Oregon Heritage Grant program. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the Oregon Heritage Commission for final review and approval on November 6 via conference call. The grant committee meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone. The committee will meet October 30, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is 1?888?
278?0296, access Code: 4653554.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Community Bank Week honored in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 11:30 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 16-20, 2017, as Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state.

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve. They play an essential part of the state's economy, financing Main Street businesses, providing a full range of banking services, and creating jobs.

In some communities, the banks are the largest employer or the only provider of banking services.

"Oregon communities, especially small businesses, depend on their local banks," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Not only do these local bankers lend to Oregon families and farms to help communities flourish, but they also provide critical information and education to their customers about a variety of financial matters."

Community banks reported loans to Oregon small businesses topping $5.9 billion in a single year, according to a recent survey by the Oregon Bankers Association. The survey also showed community banks in the state gave to their communities, pitching in $4.9 million to nonprofits and community organizations. Meanwhile, their employees logged more than 64,000 volunteer hours.

Members of Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) and community banks throughout the state are celebrating Community Bank Week in Oregon. Banks will host consumers, students, small businesses, and local elected officials to showcase the positive effect banks have on the people they serve.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/community-bank-week.html.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Financial Regulation oversees the financial and insurance industries in Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/Pages/index.aspx and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
Services for seniors will continue
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/16/17 8:46 AM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments cease providing services under all programs and contracts." "Further MCOGS shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."

The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.

In late October and early November Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties share information on the process and seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.
Randall Children's Hospital first children's hospital to receive Level 1 pediatric trauma verification in the Pacific Northwest (Photo)
Legacy Health - 10/16/17 8:00 AM
KIDS Team Mobile ICU
KIDS Team Mobile ICU
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Portland, Ore. (October 16, 2017) The American College of Surgeon (ACS) Committee on Trauma has verified Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, making it the first in Oregon and the first children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive this premier status. There are approximately 50 ACS-verified Level 1 pediatric trauma centers across the country.

This recognition highlights the hospital's commitment and holistic approach to improving the care of injured children, ensuring every child access to pediatric specialists and expertise and providing the highest level of care for the most critically injured pediatric patients. The verification is also an extension of the long-standing expertise in trauma care offered at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which has been an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center since 1988 and is home to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center -- the only facility of its kind between Seattle and Sacramento.

"Randall Children's Hospital is a leader in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and this achievement in pediatric trauma highlights the hospital's approach to comprehensive care for each patient," said Bronwyn Houston, president of Randall Children's Hospital. "I am so proud of our incredible team. Receiving the ACS verification is an outstanding testament to their dedication and commitment to providing the highest level of care."

Randall Children's Hospital recognizes that children have different needs, illnesses and injuries than adults. That is why the hospital has a children's emergency department (CED) designed just for kids, open 24 hours a day. Studies have shown that children have better results when treated at a hospital that specializes in pediatric care. The children's emergency department is staffed by doctors and nurses who specialize in children's emergency care and the location on the Legacy Emanuel campus provides quick access to pediatric medical and surgical specialists, as well as experts in trauma, burn and critical care. In addition to trauma-related care, the medical team in the CED treat over 27,000 patients each year with various levels of injuries and life-threatening illnesses.

The process to achieve ACS verification is voluntary and means that the hospital and staff are required to meet stringent and essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma's published guidelines. The hospital is currently working on its Level 1 pediatric surgical center verification to be finalized in 2018.

"We are very proud that several years of diligence and hard work by the entire institution has led to verification of our center as a Level 1 American College of Surgeons Pediatric Trauma Center. This distinction means that we meet or exceed national standards established for medical centers treating the most severely injured children and their families," said Mubeen Jafri, MD, pediatric trauma medical director.

Some requirements and attributes of an ACS-verified pediatric trauma program include:

Pediatric specialists in neurosurgery, radiology, anesthesia, orthopedics, trauma surgery and critical care medicine who are available to care for children 24-hours-day, 7 days a week and meet additional standards of a Level 1 trauma center.
Dedicated trauma social worker and trauma-credentialed nurses.
Commitment to partner with hospitals throughout the state to improve the care of injured children in their communities, as well as at the Level 1 trauma center.
The highest level of staffing, skills, and facilities to provide pediatric trauma care to injured patients.
Performance improvement efforts to ensure that each patient experiences the best possible outcome by providing a continuum of care from the emergency department to our inpatient rehabilitation program, the only program of its kind in the state of Oregon.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.


Attached Media Files: KIDS Team Mobile ICU , Randall Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Sat. 10/14/17
Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Injury MVA
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/14/17 6:07 PM
MEDIA RELEASE

Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Injury MVA

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Location: Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Way

Vehicle 1: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Purple.

Vehicle 2: 2016 Toyota Corolla, Silver.

Driver 1: Farrow, Albert W Age: 77
Terrebonne, Oregon

Driver 2: Kinsey, Rebecca J Age: 66
Redmond, Oregon

Citations: Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

NARRATIVE: On October 14, 2017 at about 2:25pm, Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office where dispatched to an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash at the intersection of Hwy 126 and SW Helmholtz Way. Deputies responded to the scene with the Redmond Fire Department, the Oregon State Police and ODOT.

It was determined that Vehicle 1 was traveling north on SW Helmholtz, when it stopped at the intersection then attempted to cross Hwy 126, in front of Vehicle 2, which was traveling westbound. After the collision both vehicles came to rest on the north side of the highway.

Both drivers were transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Redmond, due to their injuries.

Traffic in the area was slowed, but continued moving while the scene was investigated.

The driver of Vehicle 1, Mr. Albert Farrow, was cited for Fail to Obey as Traffic Control Device.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this crash.

This investigation remains open.
***Name Released*** Bend Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/17 10:35 AM
The name of the deceased driver is Kim Douglas HOUSTON, age 58 (not 59 as previously stated). A dog that had been with HOUSTON also died as a result of the crash. Impaired driving and failure to use safety belts are being investigated as contributing factors. No further information at this time.

End Update

Previous Release:
On October 13, 2017 at about 5:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 97 near milepost 119 (Canal Avenue Overpass). Upon emergency crews arriving they discovered nobody in or around the 1997 Dodge Pickup which had apparently rolled over. Crews quickly found an adult male who was critically injured on the Canal Avenue overpass above 97.

Preliminary information revealed the Dodge had been traveling southbound on Highway 97 and drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail and rolled. The driver, a 59 year old Bend man, was ejected and landed on the bridge that spanned over Highway 97. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by first responders.

OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an initial release. More information will be released pending family notifications and further investigation.
Oregon sends five more task forces to Ca (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/14/17 10:18 AM
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
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California fire officials sent an additional request for five strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in southerrn California.

In response, the OSFM Agency Operations Center activated strike team crews from Linn/Benton counties, Umatilla/Union counties, Clackamas County, and Klamath/Douglas counties who are now on their way.

The OSFM is extremely grateful to Oregon's fire chiefs and their agencies for again stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south as they continue to struggle with an unprecedented amount of fires on their landscape.


Attached Media Files: Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews preparing to leave for California
Fri. 10/13/17
State announcement regarding Trump administration discontinuation of cost-sharing reduction payments
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/13/17 2:22 PM
Salem -- On Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies immediately. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage. After analyzing the announcement and its implications, DCBS has determined that there will be no change for 2017 health plans and is implementing a plan to ensure stability beyond this year.

"Oregonians can be assured that their 2017 plan rates and benefits will not change today or through the end of the year," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Premiums will not change, premium assistance through HealthCare.gov will not change, and working families in Oregon who are enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans can continue to access this important type of assistance."

In order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, DCBS is ordering health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

"These rate increases are necessary to ensure the stability of the health insurance market," said Acting Director Straight. "Oregonians who receive financial assistance through the Marketplace will find that premium assistance will also increase, shielding them from most of the increase."

Oregonians who do not qualify for premium assistance through HealthCare.gov are encouraged to work with an agent to shop around and consider a non-silver level plan that might work for their situation.

Open enrollment for 2018 plans begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. Oregonians are encouraged to work with an agent or community partner to find the best plan for their situation. Due to these additional rate increases on silver metal tier plans, it is especially important to apply for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

What are cost-sharing reduction (CSR) plans?
In addition to providing help paying for premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires Marketplace insurers to offer cost-sharing reduction plans to middle-income consumers (under 250 percent of the federal poverty level). These are silver-level plans with lower maximum out-of-pocket limits, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance, making access to health care services more affordable. About 50,000 Oregonians were enrolled in cost-sharing reduction plans.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Update on Oregon fire agencies assisting with California wildfires (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/13/17 1:16 PM
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
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All 10 strike teams the OSFM has sent south to assist with the wildfires in California are actively engaged on a 24-hour work cycle protecting homes and other structures.

Five strike teams from Lane County (2), Linn/Benton counties, Clatsop/Columbia counties, and Yamhill County have been assigned to the Central LNU Complex covering Sonoma, Lake, and Napa counties.

Five strike teams from Washington County, Multnomah County, Marion County, Jackson/Josephine counties, and Klamath/Deschutes counties are assigned to the Southern LNU complex covering Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties.

Oregon fire agency reps: OSFM State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (Central LNU Complex) and OSFM Red Team Incident Commander Ian Yocum (Southern LNU Complex) report that Oregon resources are preforming well and morale is high.

California is continuing to reach out to states to bring in additional resources. In addition to Oregon, resources have come from Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

California Fire Chief Kim Zagaris had high complements for Oregon resources stating that, "The ability of Oregon to mobilize and deploy their strike teams so quickly and efficiently has allowed our firefighters to get much needed rest," said Zagaris. "I'm impressed by the high caliber of the Oregon teams on the front lines doing tremendous structural protection work to protect the people and property of California. Everyone affected is extremely grateful for the help from Oregon."

California fire officials continue to expect dry windy conditions throughout the weekend which will continue to challenge firefighters and residents.

California made the request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management which then contacts and coordinates with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests; in this case the OSFM.

Follow the OSFM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/ and Twitter: @OSFM


Attached Media Files: Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires , Oregon's Washington County Strike Team helping to battle the California wildfires
Kicker details confirmed
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 10/13/17 12:02 PM
SALEM, Oregon--A more than $463 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or "kicker," for the 2016 tax year.

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there were in the past.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2016 tax liability before any credits--line 24 on the 2016 Form OR-40--by 6.3 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You're eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2016 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2017, you still have to file a 2017 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2017 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt you owe, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What's My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue's website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you'll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2016 and 2017.

You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call (800) 886-7204.

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Single Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries (Photo)
Sunriver Police Dept. - 10/13/17 11:48 AM
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On October 13th at about 0709 hours Sunriver Police and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to an unknown injury motor vehicle crash at South Century Dr. and Abbot Rd., into the waterfall feature. Upon arrival of Sunriver Police, it was determined that the driver of this vehicle needed medical attention. Sunriver Fire Department arrived, evaluated, and transported the driver to St. Charles Medical Center do to non-life threatening injuries sustained from the crash.

Based on the investigation by Sunriver Police, assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the driver of this vehicle was cited for Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving.

The investigation continues at this time. Witnesses to driving or the crash can contact the Sunriver Police Department at 541-593-1014.

Driver/Cited: John Teters; 42 years of age
LaPine, Oregon

Vehicle: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Oregon Plates (yellow in color, non-government)


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Information regarding the police activity on SE Scott today
Bend Police Dept. - 10/12/17 6:31 PM
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Case # 2017-316900

Date & Time of Incident: October 12, 2017 at 09:44 am

Type of Incident: Suspicious Circumstances

Location of Incident: 33 SE Scott Street

Narrative:

On October 12 at 9:44 am, the Bend Police Department responded to the area of 33 SE Scott Street for the report of an armed subject. The reporting person told 911 Dispatch that a person known to the business had walked in with a firearm and was intoxicated. There were other details known by the reporting person that caused concern.

Bend Police, including police officers and detectives, quickly set up a perimeter to keep the subject from becoming a risk to our community. We quickly learned there were no employees or other community members in the building with the subject. The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) was called to assist with this incident.

SE Scott Street from the Northbound Parkway on-ramp to SE Davis was closed for this operation. The roadway was closed for just under two hours.

Unfortunately, the subject in question was found deceased in the building. There is no evidence or information of suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Based on the totality of the incident, no further information will be released.

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Recovery of a stolen vehicle and multiple suspects arrested
Bend Police Dept. - 10/12/17 5:21 PM
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Case # 2017-317067

Date & Time of Incident: October 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

Type of Incident: Recovered Stolen Vehicle and Thefts

Location of Incident: 3405 N Highway 97; Chevron Circle K Bend North

Victim:

Jason Robert Landis 42 year old Portland, OR resident

Multiple businesses in the Bend area

Suspect:

Tajai Malik Carter 18 year old Happy Valley, OR resident

Juvenile Male 13 year old Portland, Oregon resident

Juvenile Male 14 year old Portland, Oregon resident

Narrative:

Officers from the Bend Police Department were dispatched to 3405 N Highway 97; Chevron Circle K, on October 12 at 11:38 am for the report of a hit and run. A gold Toyota 4-Runner hit a white BMW sport utility vehicle in the parking lot. The occupants of the 4-Runner left in the vehicle without exchanging information. The driver of the BMW was able to get the license plate of the 4-Runner and gave it to Deschutes County 911. The information was relayed to Bend Police Officers.

At 11:55 am, a Bend Police Officer found the 4-Runner in the parking lot of Arco at 304 NE Greenwood Avenue. The officer noticed the 4-Runner had damage on the vehicle consistent with what was reported during the crash at Chevron Circle K. The vehicle left the Arco parking lot with three occupants matching the description given to 911 Dispatch by the driver of the victim BMW. Two Bend Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle on NE Irving near NE 4th Street. As the officer initiated the traffic stop, all three occupants fled the vehicle. The vehicle continued forward hitting a trailer parked on NE Irving.

The three occupants split up and were chased by Bend Police. The first 4-Runner occupant captured was a 13 year old juvenile from Portland Oregon. The 13 year old was captured in the 500 block of NE Irving.

As officers checked a wide area around NE 4th and NE Irving, they found two people matching the description of the outstanding suspects running west on NE Dekalb, crossing NE 3rd Street. Officers were able to take the remaining two suspects into custody, one in the parking lot of Bi-Mart and one in the parking lot of Motel 6. Both locations were just west of NE 3rd Street near NE Burnside.

The suspects were identified as a 14 year old male from Portland Oregon and Tajai Carter, an 18 year old male from Happy Valley Oregon.

The investigation revealed a large amount of property inside the 4-Runner, to include suspected stolen property from several stores near the north area of Bend. A laptop was recovered and tied to a theft last night from Sherwood, OR. Other property recovered tied the three suspects to a theft from a vehicle in the JC Penny parking lot this morning.

Tajai Carter was arrested on Theft II Warrant, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Fail to Provide Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run) and Reckless Endangering. Carter was transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was lodged.
The 13 year old male was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana). This suspect was lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Department.

The 14 year old male was arrested on a Probation Violation Warrant, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run) and Criminal Mischief I (stemming from the Hit and Run). This suspect was lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Department.

More charges are expected stemming from the suspected stolen merchandise found in the recovered stolen vehicle. If anyone had their vehicle entered during the early hours of October 12, please contact non-emergency at 541-693-6911.

Marshall High School was placed in a brief "Lockout" during the time all three 4-Runner occupants eluded.

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Services for seniors
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/12/17 4:39 PM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) cease providing services under all programs and contracts. Further, MCCOG shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."
The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.
In late October and early November, Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties to share information on the process and to seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.

Contact information: Jane-ellen Weidanz, Long Term Services and Supports Policy Administrator, Jane-Ellen.WEIDANZ@state.or.us; 503-602-8399 or
Deb McCuin, APD, State Unit on Aging, Program Analyst; Debbie.MCCUIN@state.or.us;
541-618-7854
Wanted Roseburg Man Arrested Following Standoff - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/12/17 3:41 PM
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Troopers arrested a Roseburg man on several warrants after a long standoff in the Green District of Roseburg.

On October 12, 2017 at about 8:45AM, an OSP trooper observed a 2000 Suzuki Utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg. The trooper checked the speed of the vehicle at 89 miles per hour in a posted 65 mile per hour zone.

The Suzuki Utility vehicle, operated by RUSSELL SCOTT, age 60, from Roseburg, stopped in a business parking lot near "M" Street and Old Highway 99 South in the Green District of Roseburg. The trooper realized that SCOTT had multiple warrants for his arrest and he knew that SCOTT was recently in a standoff with Sutherlin Police Department. The trooper attempted to have SCOTT exit the vehicle but SCOTT would not comply. Additional OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Winston Police Department units arrived on scene. OSP troopers communicated with SCOTT for nearly 4 hours in the hopes of him voluntarily exiting is vehicle and surrendering without success.

Due to previous threats towards law enforcement the OSP Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) was dispatched to the incident. Once on scene, negations failed and SWAT introduced OC (pepper spray) projectiles into the vehicle. SCOTT finally complied and was taken into custody without further incident. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following arrested on the following warrants: Failure to Appear (Burglary I, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful use of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief), Failure to Appear for Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear for a Failure to Appear.

Old Highway 99 was closed from Highway 42 to Ervin Ave for about four (4) hours during the incident. Local businesses in the immediate area were closed during this period of time for safety reasons.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Douglas County Fire District 2 and the Oregon Department of Transportation


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DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:39 PM
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 1, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910
If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting
Approve Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting

3. Introduction to New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale

4. Administrative Closures -- Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Wright, Brandon DPSST #57481, Bay Cities Ambulance -- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Knight, Matthew DPSST #55443, Milton-Freewater Police Dept.- Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


7. Department Update

8. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup Meeting Scheduled - Amended
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/12/17 1:27 PM
For Immediate Release AMENDED
October 19, 2017
Contact: Linsay Hale
503-378-2427


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on October 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Department of Corrections - Professional Development Unit 5485 Turner Rd. SE Salem, Oregon 97302. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Teleconference:
Dial in: 888-273-3658
Participant Code: 4711910

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

Agenda Items:

1. The 9-month Experience Requirement for Basic Certification
2. DPSST Retirement Cards
3. Signature Authorities on F-Forms
4. The Issuance, Management and Maintenance of Multi-Discipline Certification
5. Agency Rank Structure
6. Minimum Standards for Management/Executive Levels of Public Safety Certification


Administrative Announcement
This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
PacificSource Foundation Awards $218k in Grant Support to Regional Nonprofits
PacificSource Health Plans - 10/12/17 1:16 PM
(Springfield, Ore.) Oct. 12, 2017-- The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement recently committed $218,000 in grant support to eight nonprofit organizations based in Oregon, Idaho, Southwest Washington, and Montana. The grant funding will span from one to three years. The Foundation, founded in 1992, has awarded a total of $ 376,000 to 14 nonprofits in 2017 thus far, with additional grants to be announced in November.

"Working in partnership to improve community health is a shared mission of both PacificSource and of our foundation," said Marian Blankenship, executive director of PacificSource's Foundation for Health Improvement. "We know that we can do so much more when we partner toward building vibrant and healthy communities. We are pleased to announce this latest round of funding to these deserving nonprofits."

The following organizations will receive grant funding:

Oregon:
Old Mill Center for Children and Families -- Trauma Informed Care Training and Support for Community Organizations. Three-year grant funding consisting of $25,000 in year one, $22,000 in year two and $20,000 in year three.
Gorge Grown Food Network --Veggie Rx for Pregnant Mothers and Their Families. One year grant of $35,000.
Cornerstone Community Housing -- Healthy Homes Program. Three-year grant of $25,000 per year.

Idaho:
Boise Rescue Mission -- Mental Health Program. Three-year grant of $20,000 per year.

Montana:
Missoula Aging Services --Care Transitions Program. One-year grant for $25,000.
Billings Clinic Foundation -- Project Echo Montana. Two-year grant of $10,000 per year.
Community Food and Agriculture Coalition -- Double SNAP Dollars for Healthy Communities. Two-year grant of $15,000 per year.

Southwest Washington:
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington -- Diabetes Program, Partnering to Address Root Causes of Poor Health. One-year grant of $11,000.

The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement's mission is to provide resources and funds for the health and welfare of underserved and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on children and youth. For information on how to apply for a PacificSource Foundation grant, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF



About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
Founded in 1992, the PacficSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an
expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation's grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yK92qF

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power - 10/12/17 10:39 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News media hotline: 800-570-5838 Oct. 12, 2017

Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power offers safety tips for homeowners preparing for fall

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don't put safety first.

"Now is a great time to prune any trees that could cause trouble once the storms start coming in," said Steve Harkin, Pacific Power safety director. "Winter storms bringing down branches is a big cause of power outages. Check around your property if any trees or branches could harm power lines if they fell. Some preventive work now could save more headaches and power outages later."

Use caution when pruning trees. Don't use pruning tools or ladders near power lines. Always keep yourself and anything you're handling at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines. Never try to remove a branch that is tangled or lying across a power line. Instead, call us at 1-888-221-7070 -- we'll be happy to remove it for you.

Treat all electric lines with caution.
Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.
Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you're working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Plant trees and shrubs away from meters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes meter reading, repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.
Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.