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Oregon News Update

News from around the State of Oregon, from Rogue Valley Magazine

Monday, July 22, 2019

A life cut short – 19 Year Old Bend Woman Dies in Hwy 97 Crash

Hwy 97 was closed for nearly 4 hours while OPS investigated a fatal head on accident on Hwy 97 in North Klamath County believed to have distracted driving and speed as factors.

The investigation revealed that a white 2005 Jeep Liberty was traveling southbound on Highway 97 and for unknown reasons, drifted onto the southbound shoulder.  The operator of the Jeep reportedly overcorrected, and spun into the oncoming lane colliding with a 2014 grey Dodge Ram truck that was towing a travel trailer. The driver, 19 year old Lauren Cantrell, driving the Jeep Liberty was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Time To Get Your Ship in Shape – State-wide Boater Registration Sting Planned

Its due time to check your boat’s decals, the registration numbers, and their registration card and make sure they’re up-to-date. If you don’t, or you could face a $265 citation. That’s because “Operation Ship Shape” kicks off August 3-4th; looking for expired registrations. The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 32 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police will be checking any boat that is powered by a motor – electric, gas, diesel or steam, and all sailboats 12 feet and longer.  This includes inflatable rafts with an electric motor, even a standup paddleboard or float tube with an electric motor

Provider Rates Increase September 1st for Those Caring for People with Disabilities

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) will receive $30 million from the General Fund for provider rate increases. Senate Bill 5026 aims to bring direct support professionals’ wages as close as possible to $15 per hour by the end of the 2019-2021 biennium.

Adult 24-Hour Residential Services, Agency Attendant Care, Day Support Activities, Community and Facility, Employment Path, Community and Facility; Small Group Employment and Supported Living providers will all see an increase. Effective September 1, 2019, approximately $4.6 million General Fund (approximately $15.5 million total fund) will go to implement new rate models for Children’s Residential Services (group homes).

Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires – Smokey the Bear License Plate Available August 1st

3000 pre-paid vouchers had to be sold before the “Keep Oregon Green” plate featuring Smokey the Bear could be manufactured. For the rest of us, you can apply for the plates by mail, at DMV field offices, online or through licensed vehicle dealers when they purchase a car; starting August one.  The plate is only for passenger vehicles titled and registered in Oregon.

In addition to regular title, registration and plate manufacturing fees, the Smokey Bear plate has a $40 surcharge due when you first order the plate and at each registration renewal. The surcharge is the same amount for four-year or two-year registration periods. Customers who purchased a prepaid voucher may submit that with their application in lieu of the surcharge

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