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February 2021

Hallie Ford Museum of Art reopens February 25 with new exhibitions and works on view

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art will reopen to the public on Thursday, February 25 with three new exhibitions. Timed entry tickets will be required and can be purchased online at www.willamette.edu/go/hfma. With federal and state guidelines constantly evolving, the museum recommends visiting the website for the most current information and visitor guidelines. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

New Exhibitions

Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art in the 1930s” represents the first major exhibition to feature an extensive overview of the largely “forgotten stories” of the bounty and variety of work created in our region during the economic hard times of the 1930s through nationally supported art projects. The exhibition features approximately 72 artworks created in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana and includes paintings, murals, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures, as well as furniture created for Timberline Lodge. “Forgotten Stories” reintroduces a number of talented figures whose names are now unknown, and also includes early work by prominent figures like painter Morris Graves and photographer Minor White. This exhibition in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins lobby continues through March 27. More information can be found at: willamette.edu/go/forgotten-stories.

Gold of the Caliphs: Medieval Islamic Coins from the Gary Leiser Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art” offers a fascinating glimpse into Islamic art, history, politics, economics, and religious beliefs as reflected in medieval Islamic coins minted in locations from Spain through Central Asia. The exhibition features approximately 75 coins of the more than 500 Islamic coins that Leiser donated to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in 2017. As a special feature, the exhibition includes the world’s oldest coin, minted in the 6th century BCE in ancient Lydia on the southwest coast of modern-day Turkey. This exhibition is taking place in the Study Gallery through August 14. More information can be found at: willamette.edu/go/gold-of-caliphs.

"Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial" has been organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), and curated by Rebecca Dobkins, anthropology professor and curator of Native American art. This two-part exhibition features a selection of contemporary prints created by Native and non-Native artists at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon. Founded by native painter and printmaker James Lavadour (Walla Walla) in 1992, CSIA seeks to create educational and professional opportunities for native artists to utilize their art as a vehicle for economic development. The exhibition will take place in the Print Study Center with Part I scheduled through April 24 and Part II opening May 8 and continuing through August 14. More information can be found at: willamette.edu/go/csia-2021.

Virtual and Online Viewing Options
For those who are unable to visit the museum in person at this time, the museum has created a a number of ways to experience the museum and to celebrate the visual arts through a variety of virtual and online offerings that can be found at willamette.edu/go/hfma-virtual21. The “Forgotten Stories” exhibition includes a 360° virtual tour, a four-part lecture series and a four-part self-guided film series. More options can be found on the website.

Be sure to check out special loans that can be found throughout the museum, including Auguste Rodin’s “The Weeping Burgher (Andrieu d’ Andres)” which was conceived in 1884-5 and cast in bronze in 1974, as well as special loans made possible through the Art Bridges Foundation which include Barkley Hendricks’ “Brenda P” and John Frederick Kensett’s “Beacon Rock, Newport,” and more.

Director John Olbrantz says, “We are excited to finally be reopened after being closed for the last three months due to the coronavirus pandemic and look forward to seeing you in the galleries one day soon.”

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Salem PR firm wins five awards from the nation’s leading professional communications organization

VanNatta Public Relations (VPR), a PR, marketing, and consulting firm in Salem, Oregon, was honored by the Public Relations Society of America Oregon Chapter (PRSA) during its  Spotlight Award ceremony. The company was recognized for five noteworthy PR campaigns in 2019-2020. VPR has won eleven PRSA awards in three years.

The Oregon PRSA held its annual event (virtually) on Dec. 3, 2020. The PRSA Spotlight Awards draws hundreds of communication professionals every year to see the best campaigns in the state and honor mentors, young professionals, and lifetime achievement in the industry.

VPR won two awards (a community relations campaign and a branding campaign) for their work with The Reed (formerly Reed Opera House) in Salem. The firm managed a successful campaign to showcase the renovation efforts in The Reed and establish its new brand in the community.

VPR was also recognized for campaigns with the Salem Fire Foundation and the Salem Police Foundation. They helped promote the Salem Fire Foundation’s use of Community Connect, a web-based program that allows citizens to share life-saving information with first responders before responding to a 911 call. VPR also implemented a community relations campaign to fundraise for the Salem Police Foundation and purchase a TI Training Simulator, which helps prepare police officers for dangerous situations.

The final award was for an event campaign for TinyFest NW, an annual festival in the pacific northwest that features tiny homes. VPR helped promote the event and highlight alternative ways to live small.

VanNatta PR is at 3340 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR 97302. PRSalem.com

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Oregon Consumer Justice donates more than $1.7 million in trust-based community grants to 26 Oregon nonprofits

SALEM, Ore.—Feb. 25, 2021—Oregon Consumer Justice, an Oregon nonprofit with a mission of advancing consumer protection, has donated more than $1.7 million in emergency response grants, supporting 26 Oregon nonprofit organizations that in turn assist communities across the state in both rural and urban areas.

In determining the grant recipients, Oregon Consumer Justice implemented a trust-based philanthropy model, which uses trust as a starting point to break down the traditional power dynamic between funder and grantee and build relationships based on transparency, dialogue and mutual learning. Trust-based grants place the responsibility of due diligence on the grantmaker rather than the grant seeker and simplify and streamline paperwork to remove unnecessary burdens and barriers for grantees.

“Our goal was to have an immediate impact on consumers who are most vulnerable in our state, so we structured our grantmaking to get financial help quickly to these 26 organizations,” said Oregon Consumer Justice board member Sayer Jones. “Particularly for these first rounds of grants, we focused on helping those impacted by COVID-19 and last summer’s wildfires. We selected nonprofits that serve communities in geographical regions throughout the state, and we’re incredibly proud of how many culturally-specific organizations we were able to connect with and support through this process.”

One organization selected was the McKenzie Community Development Corporation (McKenzie CDC), which fosters and supports economic, environmental, and community well-being for the McKenzie River area in Lane County. It received a $25,000 grant in response to the impact of last fall’s devastating wildfires on the region; the organization is currently rebuilding and reuniting the nine communities of the McKenzie River Valley following the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire, which destroyed 450 homes.

“Our community, which skews elderly, has been a target of many scams and predatory practices following the Holiday Farm Fire, from an asbestos testing firm inflating their charge for ground tests by 400% to RV dealers selling defective units to our residents,” explained Timothy Laue, McKenzie CDC president. “We are incredibly grateful to Oregon Consumer Justice for this grant money, which will be used to fund partial salaries for two community organizers providing key advocacy—including consumer complaints and protections—for elderly residents of our rural community.”

Imagine Black (fka PAALF/PAALF Action Fund), which helps Portland’s Black community imagine the alternatives they deserve, received a $100,000 grant. The organization envisions a world where people of African descent enjoy the rights, resources, and recognition to be a thriving, resilient and connected community. The grant money will be used to support affordable housing practices, anti-displacement, protection against predatory practices, the creation of the Black Worker Center and navigation of the new green economy.

Consejo Hispano of Astoria, a nonprofit that works to equitably integrate Hispanics into the broader social and economic fabric of communities in Oregon and Washington, received a $50,000 grant. The organization aims to provide programs and services that address both the immediate and long-term needs of the community. For example, it helped residents set online appointments to get driver’s licenses once the "Drivers License for All" bill went into effect because individuals either did not have computers, internet access, or they faced language barriers. The grant money will allow the nonprofit to hire an additional case manager to work with rural Latinx communities impacted by COVID and the recent wildfires.

The grants have been made over the past three months, with money coming from a “cy pres” award that distributed unclaimed class action settlement money to Oregon Consumer Justice. In March 2015, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2700 into law, which mandated unclaimed funds be used for the benefit of consumers, not corporations. Before that, companies that lost class action lawsuits were allowed to keep unclaimed settlement money. The new law was applied for the first time in 2019 in the class action lawsuit Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products LLC. Former Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Jerome LaBarre ruled that unclaimed funds from the class action lawsuit be used to establish a consumer advocacy nonprofit organization; this led to the founding of Oregon Consumer Justice.

GRANT RECIPIENTS 
Click HERE for details on each nonprofit and purpose of grant
211info — Portland — $60,000
AGE+ — Clackamas — $75,000
Black United Fund of Oregon — Portland — $76,000
Burns Paiute Tribe — Burns — $10,000
Coalition of Communities of Color — Portland — $85,000
Community Alliance of Tenants — Portland — $75,000
Consejo Hispano — Astoria — $50,000
DevNW — Oregon City — $50,000
East County Rising Community Projects — Gresham — $60,000
Four Rivers Health Care — Ontario — $50,000
Imagine Black — Portland — $100,000
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization — Portland — $75,000
Latino Community Association — Bend/Redmond/Madras — $50,000
Legal Aid Services of Oregon — 8 regional offices — $60,000
McKenzie CDC — Lane County (Eugene/Springfield) — $25,000
National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) — Washington, D.C. — $10,000
Native American Youth and Family Center — Portland — $75,000
Neighborhood Partnerships — Portland — $100,000
Oregon Food Bank — 5 locations, 21 statewide food banks and more than 1,400 food assistance sites — $50,000
PCUN — Woodburn — $100,000
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives — Portland —$120,000
Rogue Action Center — Phoenix — $75,000
UNETE — Medford — $74,000
Unite Oregon — Portland, Washington County & Medford chapters — $61,325
Warm Springs Community Action Team — Warm Springs — $75,000
YWCA of Greater Portland — Portland Metro — $75,000

The Oregon Consumer Justice Emergency Response Grant Report can be viewed in full here.

About Oregon Consumer Justice
Oregon Consumer Justice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2019 that is committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace. The organization advances the rights of consumers through advocacy, research, education and engagement, and works to bring consumer justice into balance for all Oregonians.
OregonConsumerJustice.org

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Jack Cain Named Commissioner of Mavericks Independent Baseball League

Long-time baseball executive Jack Cain has been named as Commissioner of the Mavericks Independent Baseball League.  Cain has spent over 4 decades in baseball serving as Team Owner, Senior Advisor, General Manager and League President.  1981 marked Cain’s entry in baseball as owner of the Central Oregon Phillies and, prior to the season, renamed the team the Bend Phillies.  The team became the Bend Bucks in 1987 and eventually the Bend Rockies in 1992 a name they held until the franchise moved and became the Portland Rockies in 1995.  Cain had phenomenal success in Portland drawing nearly ¼ million fans in each of his first two seasons in the Rose City and set an all-time attendance record for Class A short season baseball.  Success was not limited to the gate as his teams won the Northwest League Championship in 1997 and Division Championship in 1999.  Jack’s success in Portland was the catapult for AAA baseball’s return to Portland that ultimately led to ending Cain’s ownership tenure.   The AAA Portland Beavers were quick to add Cain as their Senior Advisor and Special Assistant and he twice served as the interim General Manager for the Beavers.  For his efforts, Jack was named Northwest League Executive of the Year on three different occasions and was elected as Northwest League President, a position he held from 1985-1990.  In addition, Cain won the prestigious Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award in 1999 for operational excellence and Sporting News’ Executive of the Year honors in 1995.  In 2002, Jack and his wife, Mary, were honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Portland Rose Festival for their exemplary dedication and commitment to children, family and community.  Jack has always been an active part of the community, having served on the boards of Portland Youth for Christ, Salvation Army, Portland Rotary and on the Executive Board of the Old Timers Baseball Association of Portland. Many area sports fans know him best for his work on the local gridirons, where he was a high school football official for over 30 years.  “I’ve known Jack since my entry into baseball back in 1989 and a finer gentleman would be hard to find.  He has earned the respect of many in the game and his vast network of relationships he has built over the years will help jump start the Mavericks League,” said long-time Volcanoes’ team owner Jerry Walker.  “We couldn’t be happier to have Jack as the first Mavericks League Commissioner.”

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Serendipity by Dena

What can be more inspiring, and yet more daunting, than a blank canvas?  SO much potential, and yet SO much intimidation - all at once!

I'm Dena Lynn, owner and artist of Paint-Fun, and also of Wonderland Art.  For the past 5 years, I've made it my business to turn every-day humans into artists.  I truly believe that every person has an inner-artist, lurking within, and I love to find it, and bring it out to play.  I've led thousands of people, of all ages, of all levels of experience, into the joy of self-expression -- simply by walking them through an entire painting, start to finish.

Being self-taught myself, I know it's not only possible, but provable -- to date no one has "failed" - no one has died.  I love to hear two things from first-time painters:  "Ok, that was more fun than I thought!" and "Wow, I'm better than I knew I could be!"  I do not expect, nor do I even want, for others to precisely copy me (though I demonstrate, stroke by stroke, one step at a time) -- what I want, is to create a safe environment, in which each person can find, and unleash their own creativity.  Like with any muscle, the "creativity muscle" gets stronger over time, and with each artistic adventure, each person becomes more competent, and more confident.

Since the restrictions on gathering have occurred, I've taken my Paint-Parties, both public and private, to the magic of Zoom.  This makes it possible for humans all over the planet to create together - a wonderful way to celebrate holidays, or any other occasion, with far-away loved-ones.  I offer a selection of public Paint-Parties each month, and I'm available to create private Paint-Parties, using the painting of your choice.

In addition to that, I've been hand-painting 3D items (furniture, mirrors, lamps, decor items) in a whimsical, joyous style, for decades.  I look for unusual, distinctive, yet discarded items, and I bring them to new life - functional furnARTure.  I'm featured in Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, where I'm one of the co-owners, and in Elsinore Gallery in Salem, as well as through my Etsy shop -- and yes, I can be commissioned to paint items that you already own.   "If it holds still ~ I can paint it!"

I turn ordinary objects into art, and ordinary humans into artists!

You can find my Paint-Party Event Calendar at http://paintfun.party/

And you can find my Wonderland Art  at Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WonderlandArtbyDena?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

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WILLAMETTE VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER DIRECTOR HONORED WITH LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Salem, Ore. – Willamette Valley Communications Center (WVCC) director Mark Buchholz was recognized by The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) for a lifetime achievement award. This is the highest award, created to recognize a distinguished member who has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of emergency communications in Oregon. This is an award well earned through years of dedication and leadership to the City of Salem and the Willamette Valley Communications Center.

Mark has worked for WVCC for 22 years as the Director. His commitment to his team and the City of Salem has led to continued success of emergency response in the community. The center also provides ongoing 911 and dispatch services to the City and 27 other police and fire agencies in Oregon.

 

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Salem's oldest restaurant, the Court Street Dairy Lunch, is a legendary downtown landmark. Since 1929, the Court Street Dairy Lunch has been serving homestyle favorites from the 18 old fashioned counter seats and the 11 comfy booths. Locals, dignitaries, blue collar workers, students, and tourists have made this little restaurant on Court Street a venerable staple in the mid-Willamette Valley. Often referred to as "Salem's living room", located in the heart of the city, the Dairy Lunch always seems to be in the middle of local conversation.

The real star here is the food. Homemade from scratch, the Dairy Lunch has used the same ingredients for nearly 100 years. Famous for biscuits and real country gravy as well as the big Ranch Burger, the Court Street Dairy Lunch features milkshakes, which are still the champion that kids from 3 to 93 enjoy more and more every year!

The Court Street Foundation now runs this historic eatery. Dedicated to the preservation of the Court Street Dairy Lunch, your favorite recipes, and to the development of a Student Culinary Program, veterans in the restaurant business share knowledge and experience with high school culinary students in all aspects of operating an actual restaurant.

Please visit our website: https://dairylunch.com/

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Local Salem artist Diane Trevett will show a collection of her paintings during the month of January at Roy John Designer Goldsmith.  Roy John offers his business walls as a gallery to showcase and support artists. There is a new show every month of the year!  Diane is also offering her fine art reproductions in the store.

Diane uses painting and drawing media to explore botanical and nature subjects. She is fascinated by their unique form and hidden details, and uses the final composition to enhance these qualities. Painting or drawing a subject is like re-inventing it and making it her own. She engages in a playful interaction of manipulating brush and paint. What emerges in her final work are exquisite floral and organic images.

In her early teens in Chicago, she visited a retrospective exhibit of Georgia O'Keeffe whose work made a remarkable impression on her, and became her inspiration that continues to this day. O’Keeffe’s way of seeing forms of nature, flowers, landscapes and buildings, her choice of color, rendering, and composition all paralleled what was forming in Diane’s artistic development. In the summer of 2013, she fulfilled a long-time dream of touring O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. That impressive experience fed her art soul deeply.

Diane maintains a 400 sq. ft. studio adjacent to her home. She exhibits her work through a variety of venues that include juried art competitions, one-woman and group shows, fine art fairs. She is a member of the artist cooperative Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, and exhibits often at the Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery in Salem. She is a founding member of the non-profit Artists in Action group, now in its 20th year, and serves on the board. Diane is also the art exhibit curator for the Salem Public Library Foundation’s program “Salem Reads: One Book, One Community”, which takes place each February.

To visit the shop, masks are required and a limit of 4 - 6 people at a time may occupy the space.  The location is 315 Court St. NE in Downtown Salem, next to Venti’s and Great Harvest Bread.  Regular business hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 10:30am to 3:00pm.    When you are downtown, please stop by!

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Chemeketa Community College Receives Welcome Donation

$200,000 Gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services will help fund a greenhouse for the new Agricultural Hub

Chemeketa Community College has received a $200,000 gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services to build a greenhouse in the new Agricultural Hub, which is slated to open on the Salem Campus in the coming weeks.  This new hub will serve the local agricultural community and industry with classroom and community meeting space, garden/farm demonstration fields, a woody ornamental lab, and beneficial insectary.  The complex includes new indoor and outdoor facilities for Chemeketa’s Agriculture and Horticulture programs, space for industry consortia and commodity groups, learning gardens connected to local high school and FFA curriculum, and is located adjacent to the Marion Polk Food Share youth farm.

Though a greenhouse was in the original plans for the Agricultural Hub, construction costs prohibited the college from moving forward with this endeavor.  When Northwest Farm Credit Services heard of the college’s difficult decision to cut the greenhouse from the plans, they surprised college officials with their generous gift.

“Northwest FCS makes long-term investments in education and research, as part of our ongoing commitment to improve lives in the industries and communities we serve,” said Brent Fetch, Oregon President, Northwest Farm Credit Services.  “We are pleased to support Chemeketa Community College's Agricultural Hub because we believe this program will yield the next generation of Oregon’s agricultural talent, which is vital to the industry’s long-term success."

Chemeketa’s Agricultural Hub will provide students with education and training in agri-business, agri-technology, agri-science, and agri-logistics.  Sean Kolb, Relationship Manager of Northwest Farm Credit Services mentioned his personal connection to community colleges and how important they are. “As a community college alumni and member of the Ag Business Management Advisory Committee, I’m delighted Northwest FCS is investing in our region’s ag industry through Chemeketa Community College’s Agricultural Hub,” Kolb stated. “The college provides critical education support to meet the workforce needs of our agriculture community.”

Northwest Farm Credit Services announced the gift during a virtual meeting with college administrators.  Holly Nelson, Dean of Regional Education and Academic Development who has been at the core of the Agricultural Hub’s development stated, “Chemeketa is extraordinarily grateful for the significant investment gift by Northwest Farm Credit Services in Chemeketa's Agricultural Hub.  This sizable donation shows their true commitment in supporting the local community and creating a vibrant agricultural industry in the mid-Willamette valley."

College President Jessica Howard echoed that sentiment, “We cannot thank Northwest Farm Credit Services enough for their trust in Chemeketa, and we look forward to serving the agricultural industry with greater workforce training opportunities, a gathering place for the agricultural community, and robust opportunities for students for years to come."

For more than 50 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley. As the second multi-campus district in Oregon, Chemeketa serves 30,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn and Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).

Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.

Marie Hulett, MPA, EdD  | She, Her, Hers (Pronouns Matter)

Executive Director, Institutional Advancement

Office: 503.399.2530  │  Cell: 714.595.0437  │  Fax: 503.399.2519

Chemeketa Community College │ 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE  │  Salem, OR 97305

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Oregon’s 162nd Birthday and Anniversary of Statehood Celebrated Online

Oregon celebrates her 162nd birthday on February 14. This year the Oregon State Capitol is presenting this annual event virtually. To view activities, videos and participate in trivia from now until February 14 you can join the Facebook event, https://www.facebook.com/events/802301673666205, or on February 12 you can visit https://bit.ly/3rsltTx where all the posts will be gathered into one place.

The Oregon State Constitution, which is usually displayed in the Capitol Galleria, is available entirely online. The Oregon State Archives has uploaded two versions of the document, the original handwritten constitution, https://sos.oregon.gov/blue-book/Documents/state-1857-constitution1.pdf, and its contemporary typed version with amendments, https://sos.oregon.gov/blue-book/Documents/oregon-constitution.pdf .

This year we will also showcase the first- through third-place winners of the “Why I Love Oregon” essay contest, which was coordinated by the Gilbert House Children’s Museum. Winning essayists have been asked to submit a video recital of their entry.

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is the event’s presenting sponsor. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.oregoncapitolfoundation.org.

For more information about the Oregon State Capitol and its programs and events, please visit www.oregoncapitol.com or call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388.

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LOTTERY OFFERS NEW DROP BOX IN SALEM FOR WINNERS TO CLAIM PRIZES

Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, a new drop box at the Lottery offices in Salem will open for players to submit their winning tickets and claim forms. The drop box is for prizes over $600 and up to $50,000. Prizes of $600 or less can be redeemed at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The Lottery’s Wilsonville office remains closed and does not have a drop box.

For the health and safety of Lottery players and employees during the pandemic, the Lottery’s payment centers in Salem and Wilsonville have remained closed to the public since March 2020.

“With Lottery offices closed to the public, winners of Lottery prizes over $600 had limited options to claim their prize,” said Lottery Director Barry Pack. “Players could either patiently wait for the Lottery payment centers to reopen or mail their winning tickets to the Lottery office in Salem. Providing the drop box is just part of an on-going effort to give our players a way to get their prizes without having to put their winning ticket in the mail.”

The drop box offers 24/7 access to submit a prize claim at the Lottery office in Salem. Lottery staff will process claims daily, and players should allow up to 14 days to receive their prize in the mail. Winner claim forms and envelopes will be available at the drop box for players to submit their prize claims.

In addition to the new drop box, the Lottery has been exploring other ways to provide players who have won prizes over $600 with a way to claim their prize. In the coming months, a new walk-up window and a new player-appointment system will also be available.

Players with winning tickets of $50,000 or more, still need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. As always, players should be certain to sign the back of their tickets.

For downloadable claim forms and updates, players can go to oregonlottery.org/claim-a-prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veteran Services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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COMMUNITY SOLAR PROGRAM PROGRESSES IN OREGON, PUC APPROVES FIRST PROJECTS

Oregonians can get the benefit of solar power, whether renting or owning

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the first three projects to begin operation in Portland General Electric’s (PGE’s) service territory as part of the Community Solar Program at a public meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021. These projects will begin commercial operation immediately and project subscribers will see their subscription charges and credits on their PGE electric bills as early as March.

The PUC approved the following Community Solar projects:

  • Dunn Road – A 1.8 megawatt photovoltaic project located north of Sandy in Clackamas County
  • Hope –  A 2.5 megawatt photovoltaic project located southwest of Molalla in Clackamas County
  • Williams Acres – A 2.5 megawatt photovoltaic project located east of Woodburn in Marion County

“This is an important milestone to enable more Oregonians, regardless if they rent or own a home, to access solar generation through projects of their choice,” said Megan Decker, PUC Chair.

Oregon’s Community Solar Program allows customers of Idaho Power, Pacific Power, and Portland General Electric to access solar power from the generator of their choice without the need to install solar photovoltaic panels on their premises. Customers have the option to subscribe to part of a solar project and be credited on their electric bill for their portion of generated energy even if they rent or own a home with limited solar access.

A key aspect of the Oregon Community Solar Program is a 10 percent project capacity carve-out dedicated to low-income customers. Low-income customers who subscribe to a Community Solar project will enjoy cost savings on each monthly utility bill. The program is designed to promote greater access to solar by reducing barriers to participation, ensuring meaningful customer benefits, and encouraging diverse participation.

In 2016, Senate Bill 1547 was passed by the Oregon Legislature, which included a directive to establish a Community Solar Program for Oregon customers of Idaho Power, Pacific Power, and PGE, the three electric utilities regulated by the PUC. The PUC administers the program in partnership with Energy Solutions, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Community Energy Project.

For additional information about the Oregon Community Solar Program, including subscribing to one of the three approved projects ready for operation or numerous pre-certified projects under construction, visit www.oregoncsp.org or call 800-481-0510.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric, natural gas and telephone utilities, as well as select water companies. The PUC mission is to ensure Oregon utility customers have access to safe, reliable, and high quality utility services at just and reasonable rates, which is accomplished through thorough analysis and independent decision-making conducted in an open and fair process.

Contact Info:
Kandi Young, Public Information Officer
Cell: 503-551-5290 ** kandi.young@state.or.us

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Chemeketa Cuts Ribbon on Diesel School

Marion County Oregon  County Commissioners  Kevin Cameron ,  Colm Willis , and  Danielle Bethell  helped usher in a new era of workforce development and training alongside  Chemeketa Community College  President,  Jessica Howard , Executive Deans,  Holly Henry Nelson  and Marshall Roache, and Chemeketa Board of Education members  Jackie Franke  and  Ed Dobson  during a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at Chemeketa’s new Diesel Technology Training Center.

Marion County, supported by the commissioners’ work on this project, contributed $100,000 toward equipment and infrastructure. The governor’s Regional Solutions program committed to providing an additional $200,000.

The first cohort of students in the Diesel Technology Program started hands-on classes last Monday and are enjoying working on new and used equipment donated by local industry and employers who are seeking a highly trained workforce in this area. There is a great demand for skilled diesel technicians, which has helped fuel the excitement for this program, which has been in development for five years.