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Tue. 03/28/17
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/28/17 3:53 PM
Joseph A. Roden
Joseph A. Roden
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday morning of apparent natural causes at Snake River Correctional Institution. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, Joseph Roden, 70, was found unresponsive in the shower. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 9:00 p.m.

Roden entered DOC custody on January 8, 2014, on two counts of assault in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree out of Josephine County. His earliest release date was January 15, 2025.

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

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.


Attached Media Files: Joseph A. Roden
Agnieszka Laska honored with Joan Shipley Award; 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships announced (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/28/17 3:18 PM
Agnieszka Laska
Agnieszka Laska
Salem, Oregon -- Agnieszka Laska, a Portland-based dancer/choreographer and the founder of Agnieszka Laska Dancers, is the 2017 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission's honorary Joan Shipley Award. Laska leads a group of seven Oregon artists selected for the Arts Commission's 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships. The 2017 fellowships support artists working in the performing arts; visual artists are reviewed in alternating years.

The Joan Shipley Award is named for Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011. Shipley was a collector, philanthropist and supporter of many arts and humanities organizations. In 2005, she and her husband John received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Many in the arts community also counted her as a mentor and friend.

The Arts Commission's fellowship program is available to more than 20,000 artists who call Oregon home. Fellows are recommended by a review panel of Oregon arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). The Arts Commission reviews and acts on the panel's recommendations.

The following performing artists were awarded 2017 fellowships: Agnieszka Laska (Joan Shipely Award), Portland; Oluyinka Akinjiol, Portland; Leah Anderson, Ashland; Douglas Detrick, Portland; Ashleigh Flynn, Portland; Eliot Grasso, Springfield; and Lydia Van Dreel, Eugene.

Brief biographies and photos available on request.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Attached Media Files: Agnieszka Laska
CMS approves 2017 rates for Oregon's CCOs
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/17 3:15 PM
March 28, 2017

SALEM--Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Oregon Health Authority's Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) contracts and capitation rates for 2017. Today's approval by CMS finalizes the 2017 rates for all 16 CCOs that contract with the state of Oregon to manage and deliver health care to Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), the state's Medicaid insurance program. OHA pays these capitation rates to CCOs on a monthly basis to cover OHP members for physical, behavioral and oral health services.

"Oregon has been successful at bending the cost curve and saving over $1.4 billion since 2012 with the coordinated care model," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "This is largely because of our commitment to using global budgets and maintaining a sustainable rate of growth. Today's approval by CMS is validation that our CCO rates are actuarially sound and that Oregon's CCOs can continue providing quality care for Oregon Health Plan members."

The rates approved today show that Oregon is on track to meet its cost containment rate of 3.4 percent, with an aggregate 2017 rate increase of 3.2 percent. The 2017 rates take into account several factors, including differences in regional costs, population disease risk and hospital reimbursement. Oregon has pledged to maintain this sustainable rate of growth through 2022 as part of its renewed Medicaid waiver.

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Class of 2017 Oregon Heritage Trees officially honored (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 03/28/17 1:10 PM
The arborist work party last November helped move forward the Grove of the States restoration project.
The arborist work party last November helped move forward the Grove of the States restoration project.
The Oregon Heritage Tree Program is pleased to announce the Class of 2017 Heritage Trees. This year, three groves of significant Oregon trees will be honored. Two groves located in Central Oregon are slated to be recognized during a ceremony in July, while a collection of state trees near Portland will be honored on their 50th anniversary in late August.

###SUB-HEADER### The A.M. Drake Ponderosa Pines

The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers and the A.M. Drake Homestead Ponderosa Pines grow near the City of Bend. Both groves represent Central Oregon history and a connection to the people who settled or passed underneath their branches. Their survival over the last several hundred years makes them the perfect ambassadors to new generations of Oregon history lovers.

Nate Pedersen, a member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and Community Librarian for the Deschutes Public Library, nominated the Central Oregon trees. He described why the two groves are notable in their own communities as well as connected to the rest of the state.

"So much of Bend life centers around Drake Park, which is kind of Bend's shared living room," said Pedersen. "It's humbling to look at the A.M. Drake Homestead old-growth Ponderosas and think about all they have witnessed. These trees were already old when Alexander and Florence Drake arrived in Central Oregon in 1900 to build their homestead, and they stood tall throughout the entire development of Bend, from its population of a few dozen people to the over 81,000 living here today."

The A.M. Drake Ponderosa Pines are approximately 300 hundred years old and shade the spot where the Drake homestead lodge once stood. After the Drakes moved to California, the lodge was owned by a succession of organizations and prominent Bend citizens. When the original home was demolished in the 1950s several other trees in the grove were lost. However, three trees survived and will receive the award.

###SUB-HEADER### The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers

Pedersen also explained the significance of the other Central Oregon honoree, the Huntington Wagon Road Junipers.

"If you've ever spent time in the high desert of Oregon, you soon discover how easy it is to become disoriented in a wilderness of Western Juniper trees," Pedersen noted. "I began to realize how important these old blazed (marked) trees were for early travelers on the Huntington Wagon Road."

Following the line of a very old Native American trail, the Huntington Wagon Road was marked by J.W. Petit Huntington in 1864 as a route between The Dalles and Fort Klamath. When the road was firmly established, it was used by prospectors, homesteaders, soldiers, and tradesman. Warm Springs Indian scouts frequently used the road in skirmishes with the Paiutes between 1865 and 1867. Much of the original road later became OR Hwy 97.

One Juniper along the historic road is particularly meaningful to Pedersen and to visitors trekking a looping two-mile trail that crosses part of the original Huntington Wagon Road. It is a scrappy specimen known as the "Target Tree," primarily for its notches and scars from bullet holes. The bullets were most likely souvenirs from soldiers who camped nearby and who used the tree for target practice.

"For me history really comes alive when you touch the bullet holes on the Target Tree," said Pedersen. "When I think about those unknown soldiers, lost to history... I have to admit that I experience a visceral connection with the past."

The Huntington Wagon Road Junipers and the A.M. Drake Homestead Ponderosa Pines will be honored this July in Bend. More information on the public ceremony will be posted to on the organizational website, at www.ortravelexperience.com.

###SUB-HEADER### The Grove of the States

The third honoree in the Class of 2017 Heritage Trees is a historic arboretum of state trees. The "Grove of the States" is located at the French Prairie Rest Area on southbound I-5.

In 1967 Oregon Attorney General Robert Y. Thornton hosted the 61st annual conference of the National Association of Attorneys General in Portland. As part of a conference event, Thornton planned for the Grove of the States as a homage to First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her work fostering the 1965 Highway Beautification Act (HBA).

When Thornton created plans for the Grove, he involved two major Oregon partners: The Oregon State Highway Department (today--the Oregon Department of Transportation) contributed the site, and the Oregon Association of Nurserymen (now known as the Oregon Association of Nurseries) provided tree stock for the original collection.

In 2010 the Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) undertook long-term management of the French Prairie Rest Area. However, officials recognized that the Grove of the States suffered serious health issues, and began looking for solutions to restore the Grove.

Local companies, Bartlett Tree Experts, General Tree Service, Treecology, and C&R Reforestation donated their time, expertise, and equipment to help remove dead and hazardous trees and pruned others.

Many volunteers joined OTE and Friends of Trees in planting replacement state trees. Their efforts ensured the project moved forward on schedule, and preserved Oregon's historic arboretum for future generations of travelers to the area.

In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary Celebration August 28, 2017, the Grove of the States will be officially honored as an inductee into the Oregon Heritage Tree Program. This designation recognizes the Grove as an important public space that welcomes and encourages students, heritage tourists, and Oregonians to learn more about our state's history and nature.

About the Oregon Heritage Tree Program:The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) Heritage Programs include the Oregon Heritage Tree Program and the Oregon Historical Marker Program. OTE is a semi-independent state agency charged with promoting public safety, preserving the recreational value of public travel on state highways and promoting economic prosperity by directing motorists into nearby communities. This includes preserving the natural beauty and aesthetic features of rest areas, and providing information regarding and maintaining points of scenic, historic, cultural and educational interest.

Attached Media Files: The arborist work party last November helped move forward the Grove of the States restoration project. , The original A.M. Drake Lodge, with several of the old-growth Ponderosa Pine trees
Air Traffic Controller Receives Mentor Award (Photo)
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 03/28/17 10:56 AM
Pictured: Margot Durand, Nicole Mace, Royce Mace, Ted Abrams & Marilyn Geaney
Pictured: Margot Durand, Nicole Mace, Royce Mace, Ted Abrams & Marilyn Geaney
The Peter R Marsh Foundation of Vancouver, Washington has selected local mentor with Citizens For Safe Schools, Royce Mace, as an award recipient this year. The Marsh Foundation is based on the foundation belief that people who voluntarily and privately serve others in-need are indeed the most valuable citizens of our communities. One initiative of the Peter R Marsh Foundation is to encourage selfless service to others by identifying people who serve, recognizing and awarding them for their service and encouraging them to continue in their important community role -- because they inspire others to experience the fulfillment of living as a Silent Servant.

Royce is an air traffic controller at Kingsley Field. As a member of Citizens for Safe Schools, he not only believes "character counts and mentoring matters", he lives it every day. To date, Royce has mentored two young men, both for over a year. He is still in communication with both of his mentees and continues to meet regularly with one them. As a mentor Royce spends one hour per week taking his mentee to do fun things in the community including playing basketball at the base, rock climbing at The Ledge, going for hikes and much more.

Citizens For Safe Schools staff feel honored to know Royce and can see the difference he is making in his mentees' lives. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please email info@citizensforsafeschools.org or call 541-882-3198.

Attached Media Files: Pictured: Margot Durand, Nicole Mace, Royce Mace, Ted Abrams & Marilyn Geaney
Mon. 03/27/17
***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Beach Accident at South Jetty Park Beach - Coos County
Oregon State Police - 03/27/17 12:13 PM

The deceased female is Aurora GENAI SHEFFEL, age 14, of Eugene.

Previously released:

On March 25, 2017, at about 4:00 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to South Jetty Park Beach in Bandon, where a log had rolled on top of a juvenile. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the juvenile female that had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that a 14-year-old juvenile from Eugene was playing on a log, in the heavy receding tide, when the log rolled on top of her. Witnesses were able to remove the victim from underneath the log after several attempts. Despite the efforts of a responding Bandon Police officer, who administered CPR and the paramedics who performed life saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at South Coos Hospital.

OSP was assisted by Bandon Police Department, Coos County Medical Examiner, Coos County Sheriff Office and Bay Cities Ambulance.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: State Parks (Safety Tip)

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

How to play it safe: If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it.

Class Prepares Volunteers to Mentor Children with Incarcerated Parents
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/17 11:21 AM
Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.

After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, April 8, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. This will be the last training class offered until the fall. For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email COPY@deschutes.org Additional program information is available at the Sheriff's Office web site at www.sheriff.deschutes.org/copy.

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/5227/102987/mentor_training_4-8-17_Deschutes.pdf
Oregon's total solar eclipse, where will you be? Tickets/RSVP range for $0 - $2,900. (Photo)
WCI - 03/27/17 9:15 AM
A special vintage release will only be available at the Eclipse Wine Festival
A special vintage release will only be available at the Eclipse Wine Festival
The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is not likely to happen again in your lifetime. Astronomers say that a partial eclipse will be on October 5, 2108 and the next total solar eclipse will pass over Oregon July 25, 2169. However, room reservations and events at the Eclipse Wine Festival, from Aug. 18 to 21 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars are still available. Reservations are required and tickets for rooms, free campsites and details of entertainment packages are at: http://eolahillswinery.com/.

This rare natural phenomenon is passing directly over the Eola Hills Legacy Vineyard, located just outside of Salem, Oregon.

From Aug. 18 through 21, the winery is offering room and camping reservations paired with entertainment and "day of" packages. Prices for accommodations and a wide variety of entertainment packages range from $0 to $2,900 with group discounts available. The Eclipse Wine Festival include a Field & Vine dinner created by Chef Pascal Chureau with wine parings and a VIP concert with Patrick Lamb. A portion of proceeds of this VIP event will benefit the experimental and educational fermentation programs. The Eclipse Wine Festival accommodations and entertainment packages are offered at several price points and include guided star gazing, live entertainment, concerts, winery hiking and biking trails and amazing astrological, geological and viticulture learning. Free bus transportation is provided. Reservations from as far away as Japan and France are have already been made at Eola Hills and space is extremely limited. Security and safety will not allow any room for last minute additions to the viewing spaces allotted to Eola Hills.

For packages, tickets and additional program information and tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/

or call

503-623-2405 or 800-291-6730

About Eola Hills

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.

Attached Media Files: A special vintage release will only be available at the Eclipse Wine Festival , This NASA map charts the pathway of the total solar eclipse. Willamette Valley is projected to have the longest total eclipse time.
Sat. 03/25/17
Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 5 at Milepost 33 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/25/17 11:12 PM
On March 24, 2017, at about 5:28 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck on Interstate 5, near milepost 33 (Central Point area). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the adult male pedestrian had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Freightliner towing a box trailer, operated by Steve Glenn PEMBERTON, age 52, of Red Bluff, California, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, in the right lane, when he observed a person run onto the highway. PEMBERTON was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment and later pronounced deceased at the hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. The pedestrian has not yet been identified.

PEMBERTON was not injured and is cooperating with investigators as they conducted a reconstruction of the crash site. One lane was closed for approximately three hours following the crash until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Central Point Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights Ambulance, and Fire District Three.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Photo
Troopers Arrest a Terrebonne Man during a Rally at the Capitol Mall - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 03/25/17 8:01 PM
On March 25, 2017, at about 11:00 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area just outside the Oregon Capitol where 200 to 300 people of two opposing groups were involved in a disturbance. One person identified as Matthew Curtis HEAGY, age 31, of Terrebonne, used pepper spray and sprayed a trooper. The subject was detained and found to also be carrying a concealed firearm.

It was determined that HEAGY is a convicted felon and was in possession of a Firearm. During the time of the event, the firearm was never displayed.

HEAGY was arrested for the following charges:
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Carry Concealed Weapon - Firearm

This is an active investigation and no further information is available.
Highway 20E Crash Claims the Life of a Yoncalla Woman - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 03/25/17 6:36 PM
On March 24, 2017, at about 1:44 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20E near milepost 43, at the Brothers rest area.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Nissan Altima, operated by Amber Dawn WILSEY, age 40, and passengers Teresa Ann HALEY, age 66, both of Yoncalla, and Ross Anthony DENTEN, age 46, of Oakland, was traveling westbound when a 2010 Toyota Rav4, operated by Mary Virginia BOSWELL, age 84, of Seneca, traveling eastbound, attempted to make a left hand turn into the Brothers Rest Area. The Toyota's front passenger side corner impacted the front of the Nissan causing extensive damage. HALEY suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. WILSEY, DENTEN and BOSWELL suffered serious injuries and were transported to a Bend area hospital.

The westbound lane of Highway 20E was closed for approximately six hours while Troopers investigated the crash.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Missing Cow/ Assistance Needed in Locating the Owner
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/17 9:54 AM
Lt. Ty Rupert


On 3/23/2017, at approximately 1059 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a cow at large near the area of SW McVey/S. Canal. As of 3/24/2017 the Sheriff's Office has been unable to locate an owner and is caring for the cow at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Rescue Ranch. If you are missing a cow or have any information on an owner please call the non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. Thank You for your assistance.
Fri. 03/24/17
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Invites the Public to the Capitol for Dairy Day (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 03/24/17 5:16 PM
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Tuesday, March 28, will be a day of celebration for Oregonians of all ages as we mark the 20th Anniversary of Milk as Oregon's Official Beverage. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt being served in the Galleria. During the Floor Session of both the House and Senate, the 2017 Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kiara Single and the First Alternate, Kortni Ragsdale, will be introduced by their Senator, Betsy Johnson and Representative Brad Witt.

An Official "Toast to Milk - Oregon's Official Beverage" will take place at 2:15 pm in the Galleria led by the House and Senate Leadership. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Ice Cream will be served beginning at 2:30 pm.

Oregon is home to 228 Dairy Farms. Our farms range in size from small to large, organic to conventional. You can be assured that every dairy farm is a family operation and they take the health of their cows and their land very seriously. Every dairy farmer is heavily regulated by State and Federal officials.

The leadership of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association looks forward to welcoming you to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Attached Media Files: Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 7 People in Redmond
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/24/17 1:44 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, March 24, 2017, at approximately at 9:35 a.m. in the 700 block of NW 28th Loop in Redmond, OR. The fire affected 7 people, including 5 adults, 2 children and 2 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit for bids on bungee jumping concession at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/24/17 1:41 PM
News release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 24, 2017

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 503-986-0722 (desk), 503-931-2590 (cell)

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit for bids on bungee jumping concession at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

Terrebonne OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit proposals from concessionaires interested in conducting recreational bungee jumping from a decommissioned highway bridge over the Crooked River at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint north of Terrebonne. Responses to the solicitation will be accepted starting sometime the week of March 27 through late April or early May. Exact dates will be available through the official state procurement website, http://orpin.oregon.gov/.

A summertime pilot project was conducted in 2015-2016, then ended. A visitor survey conducted in 2016 showed the activity did not detract from the overall park experience (http://bit.ly/peterskeneogdensurvey), and highway safety appeared unaffected. The effects on raptors nesting and flying below the canyon rim were inconclusive and require study over a longer period, so the project includes ongoing monitoring and a readiness to change schedules or operations as needed to protect birds. The contract will have a short initial period--as few as 2 years--with renewal options that extend to 10 years, giving the park manager flexibility to modify the project more extensively if additional information becomes available. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will continue to consult with both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Protecting wildlife passing through the park is important, and while there are no raptor nests nearby, we'll need to monitor this carefully so we can make adjustments as we go," says OPRD Stewardship Manager Trevor Taylor.

"The department's mission includes outdoor recreation, and adapts to offer new opportunities where they are compatible with a state park landscape," says OPRD Mountains Region Manager Jerry Winegar. "Climbing and mountain biking were both new to state parks at one time, but now help introduce new people to Oregon's outdoors."

Businesses interested in submitting proposals for the operation must register with the State of Oregon Procurement Information Network -- https://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome.

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Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
Oregon Health Authority - 03/24/17 1:35 PM
Resending to clarify lead level measurements and add information on blood lead testing.

March 24, 2017

Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
State finds levels of the metal were significantly above federal standards, prompting building owner to voluntarily close for air sampling, clean-up

PORTLAND, OR--A multi-use commercial building in Salem that once stored and finished batteries has closed for testing, inspection and clean-up after state regulators confirmed that lead dust levels on several interior surfaces were significantly above national health protection standards.

The owner of the building at 576 Patterson St. NW in Salem, which contains at least six businesses, agreed Thursday to voluntarily shutter the structure at the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, effective immediately. The agencies had reviewed results of tests on dust wipe samples taken from more than 20 spots around the interior of the building and determined the lead dust levels that were found posed a public health threat to those visiting and working in the building.

The building owner moved immediately to fence the entire facility and personally contact all business owners in the building to inform them of the closure. Among the businesses in the building are a CrossFit gym with a small childcare facility; a home renovation firm; a baseball training facility with indoor batting cages; a catering business; a roller skating rink; and storage and office space. A microbrewery also is under construction in the building.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for lead levels at child care facilities are 40 micrograms per square foot on floors, 250 micrograms per square foot for windowsills and 400 micrograms per square foot for window troughs. Many of the samples collected in the 576 Patterson building had lead levels of many thousands of micrograms per square foot--one sample taken from the brewery floor was measured at 2,115.45 micrograms per square foot. A windowsill in the brewery was measured at 6,127.44 micrograms per square foot.

The highest sample in the building was taken from an electrical panel in a batting cage, found at 188,636 micrograms per square foot; and another on a girder above a roller skating rink was at 179,654 micrograms per square foot. Only one sample--on the CrossFit facility floor--was measured at less than 5 micrograms per square foot.

"Chronic, long-term exposure to lead is a serious concern. When we see levels of dangerous contaminants such as lead at extremely high levels that potentially endanger public health, our goal is to stop the source of the exposure," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, state health officer at the OHA Public Health Division. "This is why we encouraged the building's owner to close immediately, and fortunately, the owner acted without delay."

DEQ recommended the owners of the facility test for lead inside the old building on site, which the owners voluntarily agreed to in late February. The owners wanted to see what actions they would need to take for DEQ to lift deed restrictions in place on the site since the 1990s following cleanups to remove concrete flooring and soil contaminated with lead beneath it. In 2016 the owners entered the site into DEQ's Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides oversight to property owners who want to clean up hazardous-substance sites in a voluntary, cooperative manner.

While the extent of the public's exposure to areas of the building with the highest lead dust levels and the precise degree of the health risks are not known, children are most at risk of long-term health effects because their bodies absorb more lead than adults' and their brains are still developing, according to EPA. Infants and young children are often exposed to more lead than adults because they put their hands and other objects contaminated with lead from dust or soil into their mouths. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, such as lower IQ and hyperactivity.

Hedberg says there is no evidence of human illness related to exposures at the facility.

DEQ plans to inspect the 576 Patterson building in the coming days, and Oregon OSHA will work with the building owner to conduct air monitoring during and after clean-up of the interior. OHA also is encouraging anyone who is concerned about past lead exposure to see their health care providers and get screened for elevated blood lead levels.

Polk County Public Health is offering free blood lead testing for children ages 1-18 and pregnant or breastfeeding women who may have been exposed to lead while inside the building. Testing will be offered March 28, 4-7 p.m., at Polk County's West Salem location, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Salem. Those interested can call 503-623-8175 for more information.

Other adults and parents of children younger than 1 should seek testing through their primary care provider or pediatrician. The testing, though important, is not considered an emergency and does not need to happen immediately.

For more information on lead exposure and health, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/lead.

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/24/17 12:57 PM
Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Oregon winery funds experimental fermentation program

Eola Hills, first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future will be the first donor to the experimental vineyard to Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.

Pinot Noir and Chocolate will be hosted in the "Barrel Room" of Eola Hills Wine Cellars from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets are $85. The event will feature six pairings of Pinot Noir with chocolates prepared by Fleur Chocolate and select appetizers. A colorful presentation on Clark College at Boschma Farms will be presented at 6 p.m. Total donations from this event are expected to raise between $10,000 and $20,000.

Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized. To do so takes more than education, it requires land combined with resources for curriculum development, equipment and laboratories.

Huggins also believes this event will initiate an on-going coalition of support that includes funding from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy, and other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington. His dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States.

Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Washington, along with Eola Hill's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be pouring at the event and will explain to guests how they may contribute to the future of this experimental winery. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com.

Seating is limited, for tickets http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency year after year. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.

Attached Media Files: Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Fish and Wildlife Troopers Seek the Public's Help in an Eagle Poaching Case - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/17 11:18 AM
On March 20, 2017, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Trooper responded to a report of a Bald Eagle that had been killed and dumped at the mouth of the Winchuck River near Brookings. The Bald Eagle's talons had been cut off and illegally taken. An examination of the Bald Eagle showed no sign of visible injuries that would have led to the death of the bird. The taking of the Eagle's talons without a permit is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940. Penalties under the Act can include jail time and a fine of $100,000 or more, depending on the circumstances. Bald Eagles are also protected under Oregon's Wildlife Laws.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Senior Trooper Paul Rushton at the number listed below. It should be noted that this incident is unrelated to another press release where an OSP Trooper helped rescue two injured Bald Eagles in the Brookings Area.

Senior Trooper Paul Rushton: 541-531-5896

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

Attached Media Files: Photo2 , Photo1
Thu. 03/23/17
State Search and Rescue Coordinator Reminds Oregonians to stay safe this Spring Break (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/23/17 2:16 PM
Spring Break is coming up and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas would like to remind Oregonians to stay safe while enjoying spring break activities. Lucas says the search and rescue community in Oregon stands ready to respond when needed, but that being safe and prepared should always be a priority when getting out to enjoy all Oregon has to offer.

Lucas says a lot of accidents can be avoided by being prepared and knowing where you're going, the weather conditions, what you need, and by bringing extra supplies like water and high protein or other snacks.

"If you are going out, away from the city, you should plan accordingly. Plan for safety and the unexpected," says Lucas. "When you go hiking, dress accordingly. Bring food, a cell phone and other supplies you may need."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations in Oregon. That mission includes coordinating activities of state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue, liaising with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and other organizations, and providing on-scene search and rescue coordination when requested.

"Search and Rescue is a needed asset, especially in Oregon. We live in a large state with so many recreation opportunities," Lucas added. "No one goes out with the intent to get lost or injured so preparing in advance can keep you safe."

He said even though it is spring break, weather conditions still may be harsh, making it even more important to be prepared when heading outdoors. Here are some wilderness safety tips: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/upload/Safety%20Tips%20for%20Hiking-2.pdf

To learn more about the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Program go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/Search-and-Rescue.aspx

Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas (center) stands with U.S. Coast Guard Pilots, March 2017, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters prior to a capabilities demonstration of the MH-65 Short Range Recovery Helicopter. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters)

A scene at the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Summer Exercise in 2016 shows search and rescue personnel standing near Brim aviation search and rescue helicopters in Ashland, Ore.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

Corvallis and Eugene Mountain Rescue teams are tested on their basic ground search and rescue rope rescue skills in June 2016 during Oregon Mountain Rescue Council re-certification at Mary's Peak outside of Corvallis Oregon.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/3986/102916/20170313_112125.jpg , 2017-03/3986/102916/20160604_104420_001.jpg , 2017-03/3986/102916/20160521_160802_(002).jpg
CODE Team Executes Search Warrant and Seizes Methamphetamine
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) - 03/23/17 1:33 PM
Date and Time of Incident: 03/22/17 -- 5:08pm

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests and Search Warrant

Location of Search Warrant: 1881 NE Moonglow Court, Bend, Oregon

Suspect Information:

Jason Rydell Johnson 36 year old male Bend Resident
Judith Lynn Flanders 56 year old female Bend Resident
Preston Lee McNeely 52 year old male Transient


The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team conducted a month long investigation into the criminal distribution of methamphetamine in the Central Oregon area. On March 22nd Jason Johnson was arrested during a traffic stop and a search warrant was executed at 1881 NE Moonglow Court. Judith Flanders and Preston McNeely were arrested. Approximately five ounces of methamphetamine was recovered, currency, scales, drug records, and packaging material.

On March 22nd, 2017, at about 5:08 pm, members of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team (CODE), assisted by a Bend Police Officer, conducted a traffic stop on a 1978 Ford van near the intersection of Pettigrew Road and Thomas Drive, in Bend, Oregon. Jason Johnson was the driver of the van and only occupant in the vehicle. Investigators had observed him leaving 1881 NE Moonglow Court and arranged the traffic stop.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. Investigators seized over an ounce of methamphetamine from Johnson's vehicle.

On this same date at approximately 6:22 pm, CODE detectives executed a search warrant at 1881 NE Moonglow Court. Judith Flanders was contacted and arrested without incident.

Investigators seized just under two ounces of methamphetamine, currency, scales, drug records, and packaging material from the residence.

During the search warrant execution, Preston McNeely arrived at the residence. He was in possession of over two ounces of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody and charged with the below listed charges.



Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.890)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.894)


Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.890)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.894)
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.886)


Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.890)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.894)
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.886)

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney's, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.
Tillamook Forest Center will close Tuesdays this summer
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/23/17 12:17 PM
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook Forest Center will change its hours and days of operation for the upcoming summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Summer hours of operation for ODF's popular forest education center will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays. Admission and most programs are offered free of charge to the public.
The move to close on Tuesdays during the peak season represents a reduction in the Center's normal summer schedule from seven to six days per week. The Tuesday closure will affect interactive exhibit spaces, facility access, public programs and tours offered at the Tillamook Forest Center, located one hour from Portland in the heart of Tillamook State Forest.

"We are working hard to achieve our mission of providing forest education and interpretation, and hope to minimize disruptions to services we provide 60,000 visitors each year," said TFC Director Fran McReynolds. Tuesday, she notes, is typically the least busy day of the week.

Fall and spring hours will remain unchanged, with free public access to the center beginning annually on the first Wednesday in March, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Address: 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook, Oregon 97141. The Tillamook Forest Center is closed December to February.

Wed. 03/22/17
Albertsons robbery with arrest of suspect
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 8:53 PM
Date: 03/22/2017 Case # 2017-090326

Date & Time of Incident: 03/22/2017 @ 1847 hours

Type of Incident: Robbery III & Theft II

Location of Incident: 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons)

Victim Information: 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons)

Suspect Information: Thornsberry, Marcus 45 year old, Bend resident


On March 22nd, 2017, at 1847 hours Officers from the Bend Police Department responded to the area of 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons) as it was reported a robbery had occurred at the location.

It was reported the suspect demanded money from an employee cashier at a checkout stand. The suspect made threatening statements to the cashier as he demanded the money. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and the subject fled from the business on foot. A description of the male suspect was provided and Officers from the Bend Police Department responded and checked the area for the suspect.

A citizen standing outside the business saw what was occurring and followed the suspect. The suspect had fled to the east on Revere Ave. and then went to the south on NE 5th St. The citizen reported last seeing the suspect go south on NE 5th St. before losing sight of the individual.

Officers then started checking the area and located a male subject in the area of NE 5th St./ Quimby Ave. The male matched the description of the suspect and was wearing the same clothing. The male was taken into custody by officers. The suspect was identified as Marcus Thornsberry. Officers seized evidence which included U.S. currency believed to be related to the crimes committed.

Thornsberry was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was lodged on the below charges.

Thornsberry's Charges: Robbery III and Theft II
Five Car Crash Claims the Life of a Scappoose Man Near the Sauvie Island Bridge - Multnomah County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:52 PM
On March 22, 2017, at about 9:55 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a five vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 10.5, just east of the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Preliminary information indicates that a red 2004 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Lewis DEMARS, age 58, of Scappoose, was traveling eastbound on US 30 when the Ranger crossed over the centerline and into oncoming, westbound traffic. The Ranger struck a 2012 Toyota Camry, operated by Steven RICHARDS, age 46, of Vancouver, Washington, nearly head-on. The Camry began to spin and hit the side of a 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Michael WILLIAMS, age 38, of Portland, which was also traveling westbound. After colliding with the dump truck, the Camry traveled across the centerline and into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it collided head-on with a 2010 Honda Fit, operated by Laurie DAVIS, age 61, of Scappoose. The Ranger continued eastbound a short distance after striking the Camry, where it crashed head-on into a 2003 GMC utility van, operated by Breckon SCOTT, age 26, of Camas, Washington, that was traveling westbound.

DEMARS was pronounced deceased at the scene. RICHARDS, DAVIS and SCOTT were transported to Emanuel Hospital with injuries. WILLIAMS was uninjured and remained on scene.

Both lanes of US 30 remained closed for approximately three hours while Troopers investigated the crash. Oregon State Police was assisted on scene by Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: Photo3 , Photo2 , Photo1
***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Crash on US Hwy 26 near Milepost 18 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:01 PM
Involved Vehicle
Involved Vehicle

The deceased male is Richard Franklin POLLOCK, age 44, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and his family members have been notified of their loss.

Previously released:

On March 14, 2017, at approximately 6:58 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 26 near milepost 18. This incident location occurred near the city limits of Seaside.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on US 26 near milepost 18. While traveling eastbound, the driver identified as Kathy Barnes, age 43, of Seaside Oregon, struck a male pedestrian, who was standing in the travel portion of the roadway.

The deceased male has been identified as a 44 year old male from Ketchikan, Alaska. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin.

OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Elsie Fire Department, MEDIX and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours

Attached Media Files: Involved Vehicle
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility adds butterfly program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/22/17 3:56 PM
Taylorís Checkerspot Butterfly
Taylorís Checkerspot Butterfly
A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.

This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.


Attached Media Files: Taylorís Checkerspot Butterfly
Aggravated Theft Sale of Gold Bars (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 3:49 PM
Fake Perth Mint
Fake Perth Mint
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Case # 2017-63055

Date & Time of Incident: July 2016-February 2017
Type of Incident: Aggravated Theft by Deception/Conspiracy
Location of Incident: Multiple locations in Bend and Redmond, Oregon

Victim Information:
Levi Huffman, 47 year old male, Redmond resident
Craig Boatman, 29 year old male, Bend resident
Justin Leiva, 29 year old male, Bend resident
William Fleming, 65 year old male, Bend resident

Suspect Information:
(1)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident
(2)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident

On March 21st two Bend juveniles were arrested for multiple counts of aggravated theft by deception and conspiracy.

This investigation stemmed from the juveniles using online websites to buy artificial gold bars that resembled authentic gold bars. The juveniles sold the artificial gold bars to unsuspecting Bend residents as authentic gold bars over the past year. The juveniles were sophisticated and used multiple ways to conceal their identity and scheme. The juveniles were able to identify local residents that were interested in purchasing gold through Craig's List and set up meetings to make the transactions.

Bend Police received first report on February 24th regarding gold bars. Multiple reports of similar activity came in through March 21st identifying two male juvenile suspects.

Several officers and detectives spent a substantial amount of investigative time on this case. Officers were able to locate, interview, and arrest the juveniles. Combined, the suspects received over $50,000 in US currency and other goods for the artificial gold. Bend Police was able to recover some of the money used to purchase the artificial gold bars.

Both juveniles were contacted at their Bend residences and transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department where they were lodged on the charges listed below.

We are asking the community to let us know if you purchased Royal Canadian Mint bars or Perth Mint bars (see attached photos) from someone other than a dealer between July 2016 and March 21, 2017. If you have information regarding purchasing or being asked to purchase these type of gold bars please contact the Bend Police at 541-693-6911.

Bend Police wants to warn citizens from buying precious metals and gems from unknown persons. If you want to purchase metals and gems we suggest contacting reputable dealers in the area. We also want citizens to be diligent regarding who they are communicating with on line before setting up a meeting.

Suspect Juvenile 1
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 2 Counts
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 6 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 6 Counts
Money Laundering

Suspect Juvenile 2
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 1 Count
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 5 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 5 Counts

Attached Media Files: Fake Perth Mint , Fake Royal Canadian Mint
Oregon's Public Safety Career Fair Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/22/17 2:00 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

We ask that you please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in a career in public safety.

Attached Media Files: Career Day Flyer
Union County Farm Bureau president talks respect for water, opposition to bills
Oregon Farm Bureau - 03/22/17 1:32 PM
[On March 22, the House Energy & Environment Committee will hold hearings on two costly water-related bills: HB 2705, which would require farmers outside irrigation districts to install expensive measuring devices on all water diversions, and HB 2706, which would impose a $100 tax on water rights.]

In the heart of the scenic Grand Ronde River Valley in far eastern Oregon, along Catherine Creek, Jed Hassinger, president of Union County Farm Bureau, raises an interesting mix of crops: peppermint, sunflowers, wheat, and grass seed.

He and his brother Seth are the fifth generation to run the family farm and keep a proud agricultural heritage thriving.

"Over the years we've learned to manage this land well. We take pride in it and really value that," said Hassinger. "It's important that we're good environmental stewards so future generations can enjoy the same farming productivity and wildlife and all the aesthetic values we enjoy now."

But when he hears about bills that would substantially increase his farm's costs -- and specifically a $100-per-water-right fee with HB 2706 -- it frustrates him.

"They call it a 'management fee,' but you pay money when you apply for a water right. It seems like another tax, which is not insignificant if it's for the maximum $1,000 a year," he said. "It's especially tough now when commodity prices are so low and margins are so slim, to have that kind of a tax added on to our farm's expenses when we could be putting that toward more efficient irrigation infrastructure or upgrading equipment."

Oregon's farmers already pay a significant amount to maintain the infrastructure needed to deliver water to their crops, including increasing electricity costs. The value of a water right is already part of the property values they pay taxes on every year.

This new fee would not go to providing any direct benefit to family farms. Instead, it would go to the Department of Water Resources (OWRD) for administrative costs and studies.

Meanwhile, HB 2705 would require measurement and reporting for all water rights outside of irrigation districts and cities. The proposal would require installation of costly measurement devices and authorizes OWRD to impose a punitive penalty of up to $500 per day with no exceptions for equipment failure.

HB 2705 also is impractical for many farm and ranch families. Technologically advanced measurement devices are expensive, and would be particularly so for farms with multiple diversion points. HB 2705 is an unnecessary cost burden on rural households.

Most of Oregon's farmers are already exemplary environmental stewards, committed to doing more with less without state-mandated measurement systems. These families care about maintaining a healthy environment -- they depend on it for their livelihood -- and are constantly striving to conserve water, improve soil health, increase energy efficiency, and, of course, raise the highest-quality crops possible.

For example, a few years ago, Hassinger received an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grant to experiment with soil moisture sensors.

"It's been a monumental change in the way we manage irrigation," he said. "We have about 75 sensors so we can keep tabs on the exact soil moisture in different fields. We're able to know when to water and how much is needed."

The precise, targeted technology prevents inadvertent over-watering of crops, thereby limiting water runoff, reducing overall water use, and keeping the soil's nutrients intact for the plants.

While it's difficult to know for sure, Hassinger estimates the sensors are to thank for a 15% improvement in water conservation.

The farm is also transitioning to a more-efficient pivot irrigation systems from wheel lines, and uses variable-frequency motors on pumps to save both water and energy.


Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/17 1:25 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

Attached Media Files: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team will meet Wednesday, March 29 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/22/17 12:15 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- Executive Team meets Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 280, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, new member election, OPA 2 position updates, ASL interpretive services, RFP updates, Deaf Culture training discussion, review of bylaws, review of budget, and comments or concerns.

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

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

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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"Extraordinary," "Historical," "Memorable," and "Must-be-seen" events coming to the Evergreen Museum Campus --Come Visit!
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 03/22/17 11:47 AM
McMinnville, Ore. (March 22,2017) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is excited to announce new events and historical happenings for 2017. Not only will the Museum open its campus for a Solar Eclipse event on Aug. 21, we will celebrate our new partnership with The Falls Event Center, and commemorate the one and only Spruce Goose and its 70th Flight Anniversary, just to name a few of our exciting events.

The Falls Event Center -- Grand Opening Event
Come celebrate and tour the newest of The Falls Event Centers, located on the Evergreen Museum Campus. Take a tour of the newly developed Lodge, formerly the Chapel, and the Main Hall located in the Space Museum. Enjoy complimentary food, beverages, and entertainment.
Date: March 29 2 pm -- 8 pm

Spring Break Camp:
Evergreen Museum's 1-day camp provides students with a fun-filled model rocket experience. They will build and fly 2 model rockets, one they get to keep at the end of the day and another team rocket they must design and build from scratch.
Date: March 31 8 am - 3 pm
Pre-Registration requested

History Continued
Join us in the Space Museum at our Galaxy theater as the museums' docents explore topics including Nuclear Powered Submarines, Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck operations, F-100, Living in Space, A-10 Warthog, and much more.
Date: Tuesdays 2 pm -- 3 pm and one Saturday a month.
Please check the Museum website for time and topic.
Included with admission.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Join the museum educational staff along with speakers from NASA JPL for this historic event. Watch the Solar Eclipse in the heart of the Yamhill Valley.
Date: August 21 - the campus will open at 6 am
Presentations: starting at 8 am (more details to come)
Cost: $5 per person, includes glasses for viewing the eclipse.

70th Anniversary of the Flight of the Spruce Goose - November 2, 2017
Join us and hear about this one of a kind artifact from Spruce Goose experts. Learn the story of how it came to be at the Evergreen Museum, the reason behind constructing a wooden airplane, and much more. Help us to celebrate this amazing artifact.
Date: November 2, 2017
Presentations and Speaker information to come.
Cost: Included with Admission

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
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