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Bend Man Loses his life in Rollover Crash on Hwy 22E near Idanha in Linn County (Photo) **Correction and Update**
Oregon State Police - 12/16/17 1:38 PM
Correction and Update

The fire engine that rolled over was incorrectly identified in the previous release. The engine that rolled over was from the Idanha-Detriot Fire Protection District. The driver was uninjured as a result of the crash.

The updated information is that the fuel tank was loaded with over 11,000 gallons of fuel. It is unclear how much of the fuel that spilled was burned or was lost into the ground or river. DEQ is on scene and coordinating the containment and cleanup with ODOT. The roadway was damaged in the crash and there still is no estimate for reopening. Additional daytime photos were added to the release.

End of update

On Friday, December 15th at approximately 11:00PM, Oregon State Police responded to the report of a crash on Highway 22E near milepost 64 involving a 2001 Kenworth Central Petro fuel truck. Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle lost traction on the icy road and rolled over coming to a stop blocking the highway. The fuel tank ruptured and caught fire, spreading to nearby brush. A Idanha-Detriot Fire Protection District fire engine that was responding to the scene also lost control on the icy road and rolled onto its side. There were additional collisions in the area that resulted in no injuries. The driver of the fuel truck was identified as 58 year old, Ronald Edward SCURLOCK from Bend. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation and we have no additional information at this time. Highway 22E remains closed and travelers are urged to use alternate routes. OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Idanha Fire Department, Gates Fire Department, Salem Regional HazMat and ODOT. www.tripcheck.com

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Talent Man Loses Life In Crash On Interstate 5-Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/15/17 12:14 PM
On December 14, 2017, at approximately 4:00 PM, Troopers from the Central Point Area Command responded to a reported motorcycle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 26 northbound. This location is in Jackson County and is just south of Medford.

The preliminary investigation has determined that 65 year old Raleigh RODRIGUES, from Talent, Oregon was operating a 2001 Chevrolet pickup, and 25 year old Kevin MAYO, also from Talent, Oregon was operating a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, both were traveling north on I-5. The Troopers determined RODRIGUES and MAYO were engaged in a road rage incident that started several miles prior to the crash and RODRIGUES intentionally swerved, forcing MAYO off the roadway. MAYO was transported to a local hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Fire District 5, Mercy Flights, Phoenix Police Department, the Jackson County District Attorney's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. RODRIGUES was lodged in the Jackson County Jail and charged with Manslaughter I and Manslaughter II.

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Josephine County Man Shot- Serious Injuries
Oregon State Police - 12/15/17 12:08 PM
On December 14, 2017, at approximately 10:30pm, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to the Murphy area in Josephine County for a male indicating he had been shot.

When Troopers arrived at the Circle K in Murphy they contacted the male victim. The male had serious, but none life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital in Jackson County for treatment. The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division responded to conduct the investigation.

The detectives developed a suspect and arrested 29 year old Terence DALEY from Murphy, Oregon. DALEY was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on Attempted Murder, Assault 1, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Weapon.

This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of two "trophy" mule deer in both Deschutes and Jefferson County. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/15/17 11:44 AM
On December 2nd, 2017, OSP was notified of a mule deer found south of Pine Mountain in Deschutes County. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found the buck deer on BLM land in Kotzman Basin. The animal had been shot with only the head and back straps taken, and the rest of it was left to waste. Investigation revealed the deer was most likely killed around October 29th.
On December 3rd, 2017 OSP was notified of a second mule deer that was found dead in the Three Rivers community near Lake Billy Chinook in Jefferson County. The evidence at the scene revealed the deer was most likely shot by a center fire rifle at an unknown location, and later died in the yard of one of the residents. At this time, troopers believe the two incidents are not related.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or and arrest made in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Scott Sogge or Senior Trooper Aaron Roth through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-388-6213.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

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)

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OSP Responds to two crashes on Hwy 58 within a short time period (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/14/17 3:54 PM
The first crash occurred on December 14th at approximately 9:30AM and involved a commercial motor vehicle towing an empty tanker on Hwy 58 near milepost 60 east of Oakridge. No hazardous materials were released. The driver stated he lost control on the icy road and left the roadway, damaging a substantial amount of guardrail. He was uninjured

While investigating this crash, OSP was dispatched to another single vehicle, rollover crash at 10:40AM less than a mile from the first crash near milepost 59. This crash involved an SUV that had been operated by a female driver, who was the sole occupant, who also indicated she had lost control on the icy road and rolled over. The female was entrapped and extricated by fire personnel. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, the Oakridge Fire Department, Northwest Hazardous Materials, and Dowell's Towing on these crashes. Traveling at speeds too fast for conditions was a contributing factor in both of these collisions which occurred within a short time of each other. We ask the public to be cognizant of the road conditions for the area you are traveling in and slow down. The posted speed may not be the appropriate speed for the road conditions at the time.

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Icy conditions ahead, slow down
ODOT: East. Ore. - 12/15/17 2:42 PM
Hey folks, it is wintertime, so be prepared. Travelers are reminded to drive with extra caution throughout the eastern Oregon region. Several crashes along Interstate 84 have occurred between Ontario and Huntington where icy conditions are reported. Ice is also reported in Umatilla County and other areas. Expect possible delays. Give yourself extra travel time, slow down and allow extra space between you and fellow motorists. Also, turn off cruise control when rain, snow or spots of ice may be present. Chains or traction tires may be required at times. Always check TripCheck.com or call 511 before heading out.

Anglers remove 191,000 salmon-eating pikeminnow from Columbia and Snake rivers
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/11/17 2:46 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The numbers are in and they're impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The anglers' successes mean BPA is also successfully meeting its program goals.

"The program's goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon," said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. "Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean."

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more each pikeminnow they reel in is worth. State fish and wildlife biologists also release more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen registered with the Sport Reward Program earned an average of nearly $30,000 each. The top angler earned nearly $84,000, reeling in more than 10,000 fish over the five-month season.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent since it began.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

Economic impact of Oregon State Parks tops more than $1 billion per year
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/12/17 2:30 PM
Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state's economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to a report released today by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The report, Economic Activity from Recreation Use of Oregon State Park Properties -- System Report, measures how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. Visitor spending supported 16,000 full-and part-time jobs statewide, equating to a combined salary of $550 million.

"The report clearly shows that Oregon's state parks are more than great places to visit, but also a vital economic engine for local economies across the state," said OPRD recreation planner Terry Bergerson.

OPRD's analysis of the report found that each dollar invested in the Oregon State Parks system generates $30.50 in related economic activity.

OPRD commissioned economist Eric White, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, to prepare the report at a cost of $45,697 over a six year period. White analyzed survey responses from more than 18,000 visitors from 84 park properties. OPRD conducted the surveys from 2011-2016.

"We wanted to measure the economic benefits state parks bring to the state," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "The findings are clear: when state parks succeed, so do Oregon communities. We want to keep it that way, so we continue to look at what we can do to improve visitors' experiences."

The report provides information by region and by park. Coastal parks had the greatest number of visits and slightly higher levels of average spending, accounting for about half of the total statewide spending.

Silver Falls State Park provided the largest economic boost, with 1.4 million visits contributing $58.4 million to the local economy. Fort Stevens State Park followed with $40.1 million, and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site with $34.8 million.

"State parks are also an important side trip during many recreation outings," White said. "We estimate visitors spend about $245 million in local communities during those side trips."

Other key findings include:

>> Visitors spend an average of $25 for a day trip within 30 miles from home to $390 for an overnight camping trip more than 30 miles from home.

>>Visitors most often spend money on gasoline, groceries and purchases in restaurants and bars.

>> More than half ($619 million) of visitor spending across all state parks was generated by visitors who traveled more than 30 miles from home, and who stayed overnight on the property or in a nearby community.

The full report is available at http://bit.ly/OPRDRecreationEconomicReport.

Organizations & Associations
Help Make Christmas Possible in Idaho Falls
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/13/17 8:46 AM
WHO: The Salvation Army -- Idaho Falls, Idaho

WHAT: The Salvation Army needs volunteers and donations to help raise the funds need to support those in Idaho Falls who are going through hard times.


In Full Effect 12 December 2017:
Idaho Falls, Idaho

As we approach the middle of the Christmas season, The Salvation Army is providing even more opportunities for those wishing to bell ring and help their community in the processes. This tradition started 126 years ago and continues today as an easy way for people to help others in need. Bell ringers are essential to the success of this program, which raises over $75,000 annually for programs serving those in the most need.

For information:

Major Greg Moody -- Corps Officer of The Salvation Army, Idaho Falls: (208) 522-7200
To Sign-Up Online: volunteer.salvationarmy.org
To Apply for Paid Position: idahofalls.salvationarmy.org
Facility Address: 605 N Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID 83402


For all media inquiries, please contact Major Greg Moody: (208) 522-7200

Full Release:

(Idaho Falls, ID) The Salvation Army is trying to reach their goal of $75,000 to help support those in need in Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas. Here are a few ways you can help. To start, you can volunteer to ring for The Salvation Army. Just one hour of ringing can feed 13 people!

"Volunteers are always welcomed and are truly the heartbeat of The Salvation Army. Volunteers bring an extra sense of joy and cheer at the kettle. Many play instruments or sing carols and greet shoppers with smiles." says Major Greg Moody, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in Idaho Falls, Idaho. If you would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer this Christmas season, sign up online at http://ringidahofalls.org

Another way is to donate directly, either at the kettle or online. You can always go to idahofalls.salvationarmy.org and contribute there with your credit or debit card. Every cent counts and The Salvation Army is very appreciative of anything that is given. We thank the community for its support this far, and we know that we can hit our goal through the generosity of those who see the need.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 129 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at idahofalls.salvationarmy.org