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Dec 22,2006
The Office of the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy Wednesday morning on the deceased Mt. Hood climber who was found in one of two snow caves located by search and rescue personnel on December 17. According to Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. Larry Lewman, the cause of death for Kelly James, 48, was hypothermia from exposure to the cold environment.  Dehydration may also have been a contributing factor, he added, and chemical tests ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
A commercial truck driver was cited for careless driving after he lost control when he attempted to pass a slower moving semi-truck and trailer as the vehicles approached an icy curve, causing both trailers to collide, and one to jackknife and spill its load.  All three lanes of Highway 97 were blocked for two hours, said Oregon State Police.   Rusty Graves was cited for careless driving when he attempted to pass a semi-truck with trailer as they approached ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
University's Fowler Memorial Lecture will explore artistic expression in the post 9/11 era. Steve Kurtz, an artist and professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, will talk about the convergence of art, technology and radical politics during a free public lecture at the University of Oregon on Jan. 25. Kurtz made national headlines several years ago when he was accused of bio terrorism after police found lab equipment and books on bio ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2006
The Oregon Department of Human Services announced Thursday the appointment of a nationally recognized expert to help guide improvements at Oregon State Hospital. Bob Nikkel, Department of Human Services (DHS) assistant director for additions and mental health services, said Joseph Bloom, M.D., has been named special assistant for mental health in DHS. Bloom will report to Nikkel and DHS Director Bruce Goldberg, M.D. Bloom is dean emeritus of the Oregon Health and Science University School ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
SBA loans will help Tillamook residents repair damages from November flooding Governor Kulongoski today thanked the Small Business Administration (SBA) for its fast response to requests for assistance following November’s devastating storm in Tillamook County and for its commitment to rebuilding those communities. “These low interest loans will help homeowners, business owners and renters rebuild and get on with their lives,” Governor Kulongoski said. “This federal assistance is a crucial step to fully repairing the damage and ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
A veteran state manager has been elected president of the National Association of State Foster Care Managers. State Foster Care Manager Kevin George of Portland will serve a two-year term. He has been with the Oregon Department of Human Services for 16 years. Association members are convened annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau to address current issues facing state foster care programs. "As the needs of children in foster ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Oregon Wild opposes effort to tie widely supported county payments program to controversial old-growth logging initiative The curent proposal being floated by several Oregon counties proposes to finance the national County Payments Program by removing environmental safeguards and logging Oregon's remant old-growth forests Last week the conservation group Oregon Wild, formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council, announced its strong opposition to a proposal being floated by several Oregon counties to sell off over 1.2 million ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Oregon State Hospital patients will receive enhanced psychiatric care, thanks to a new partnership between Oregon Health and Science University and the Oregon Department of Human Services. The two-year agreement adds a chief psychiatrist and up to six physicians to the state hospital's Salem campus. John Bischof, M.D., former chief medical officer for Cascadia Behavioral Health, has been named chief psychiatrist. The additional physicians, who will be hired and assigned during the next several months, ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) announced today that Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown (D-Portland) will chair the Senate Committee on Rules during the 2007 legislative session. Immediately following the announcement, Brown said that closing loopholes in current ethics and lobbying laws will be a top priority for the committee. “There are a number of inconsistencies, intended or not, that exist in current Oregon law, which has not been updated since the Watergate era,” said Brown. ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
In the wake of at least five reported carbon monoxide deaths and 100 illnesses in the Northwest this week, public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) are reminding people that it's never safe to burn alternative fuels inside their homes. "In these recent cases, power outages and extreme cold caused people to seek ways to keep warm," said Mel Kohn, M.D., state epidemiologist in the DHS Public Health Division. "But you ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
The Oregon Transportation Commission received a report Dec. 12 that lays out a menu of funding options, cost reductions and tolling concepts that state and local decision makers can consider for constructing the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Project. While the Milestone One Report, submitted by the Oregon Transportation Improvement Group (OTIG), provides an analysis of project costs, available funding sources and potential funding gaps, it does not make recommendations regarding any specific funding alternative. “OTIG’s professional analysis will help us ... [full story]
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Dec 22,2006
Today Governor Ted Kulongoski received the final report and recommendations of his Taskforce on Equality in Oregon . The report summarizes the work of the Task Force this year and recommends two major changes to State policy: State law should prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and should provide a framework for legal recognition of same-sex relationships in a form that is different than marriage. “Equal protection under the law is the cornerstone of a just ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2006
The Oregon Department of Human Services in Portland was awarded a grant of $1,373,293 to expand the scope of a HOPWA grant awarded in 2001 In partnership with the Cascade AIDS Project, the Oregon Statewide Supportive Community Re-entry Project will provide 55 units of rental assistance as permanent supportive housing for post-incarcerated persons living with HIV/AIDS. "HOPWA has been a great success and many of our local partners, like the State of Oregon, stand out," ... [full story]
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