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Wed. 01/18/17
Oregon DHS Director Thanks Malheur County Partners for Assistance
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/18/17 4:06 PM
Statement from Oregon Department of Human Services Director Clyde Saiki:

As most of you know, we had to evacuate the DHS office building in Ontario for a few days in order to deal with heavy snow load on the roof. In many communities, that disruption might mean an office closure and lost services to the community -- but not in Ontario!

I want to thank our incredible community partners who stepped up to provide alternate work locations (and much more) for DHS staff. We only lost about 12 work hours before we were back up and running.

Thank you to: Malheur Council on Aging, Community in Action, Nazarene Church, Malheur County Juvenile Department and Justice Court , Employment Department/Work Source Oregon, and Sunset Lanes Bowling Alley.

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

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

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

Icy, slick roadways and snowy conditions can be expected along many eastern Oregon highways, combined with high winds, blowing snow and snow drifts. High winds may also result in down trees and/or powerlines. Drive with extreme caution or postpone travel until conditions improve.
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/17/17 11:56 AM
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

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

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

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

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


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